One event on August 12, 2018 at 10:30am
Hosted by The Ark Magazine
Enjoy music at FREE concerts throughout both days at the entertainment tent and adjoining Beer Garden in the park. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy! Held at McPhelemy Park.
For more information on the bands see below on page.
Tami Deal, Michael DiLillo and Bill Kelly make the molten core of Mountain Mantra. Recently, Bill Gray has been accompanying them on bass. Buena Vista’s local folk-rock crew came together in open mic sessions through shared love of rock, blues and Neil Young inspired songcraft. DiLillo’s chromatic harmonica lightning drives the acoustic rhythm section while Kelly and Deal share vocal responsibility on many original songs and reclaimed sing-along hits. All three are seasoned musicians who log the extra hours of a practicing band with an extensive catalog to their careers out of a great passion for music. The moniker Mountain Mantra is a perfect fit.
Blue Recluse Featuring Shawntel Royale worked the Austin music scene for nine years before the sultry lead vocalist returned to Colorado. She reconnected with college friends, including bassist Chris Hudson, now her husband and one half of a solid rhythm section with drummer Ernie Mose. Royale’s powerful, passionate vocals reflect her main musical influences: Koko Taylor, Etta James and Susan Tedeschi. Mike Twarogowski plays classic electric blues guitar and Earnie Hatfield adds soulful keyboard riffs. Blue Recluse is one of the best blues-rock bands in Colorado. They reignite classic blues and soul music making full use of Royale’s strident wail and the band’s virtuoso keyboard and guitar jams. Blue Recluse has been penning new classics of their own and has had a notable entry in NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest as well as an album in the works. The band has been in demand throughout Colorado all of this year.
Doing more than 120 dates per year touring over two continents, Daniels and his band have been invited to appear in such diverse places as The Down Home Blues Festival in South Carolina, The Bob Hope Chrysler Desert Classic, The Curacao Swing Festival (South America), and all over Europe. Chris was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He has appeared with the Garth Brooks, B.B.King, Vince, Gill, Amy Grant, Joe Walsh, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Oates, The Lumineers, Uncle Cracker, Blues Traveler, The Neville Brothers, and many more. Daniels just released his 15th CD “Blues With Horns,” a collection of new songs and some of the best horn-drenched classics from the likes of Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Walter “Wolfman” Washington and Bobby Blue Bland. He recovered from illness that took him away from touring through the early 2010’s, but he is back with a vengeance along with renowned backing band “The Kings,” and veteran Colorado funk/soul singer Freddi Gowdy to headline Gold Rush Days.
The perfect way to start a Sunday of local songwrting talent, Erin Jane Cooper brings decades of classical piano, jazz, rock and jam-band experience to bear in her recent outings as a solo artist. Cooper has been writing music with the tenderness and guts of a peaceful warrior. Her reedy vocals can shimmer, prance or ache, just like her piano, doing rhythm melody and harmony duties all inclusive. She is one of Buena Vista’s finest and a regular in the small spaces of House Rock Patio and Vino Salida. Hearing her through the full sound system of Gold Rush Days is likely to leave a lasting impression.
Recently married Matt Hakala and Claudia Juhrs are Buena Vista locals that had to have three weddings just to accommodate their friends and roots all over the world. Hakala has been writing music through the majority of his travels from Colorado to Texas, Hawaii, the Far East with many detours along the way. The singer and guitarist is currently teaching tabla drum lessons in Buena Vista. With the addition of Juhrs’ enchanting voice and prowess on a planet of percussion, they can carry any scenario in Hakala’s songwriting notebook, whether it be rusty-familiar neighborhood snapshots or the unashamed bonejumping energy of a make-up. The couple sums up their musical explorations as simply, “following the heart”. The first Felony and Sin album was recorded more as a gift to each other in a friend’s pro studio in Austin. They sat on this wonderful music and released it only online and to friends and family. Now having just printed a new EP drawing on an extensive backlog of songs, Felony and Sin will debut at Gold Rush Days to finally share their music live.
The alt-country duo of Duke and Tami Sheppard has been a staple of clubs and festivals in Salida and Buena Vista since 2014. They have reached new heights in this past year, touring behind a second album, “Boomtown Ghosts” and adding new songs along the way. They have been signed to Don Richmond’s Howlin’ Dog Records and the label support has brought them around the country. The wit, cheer, humility and nostalgia in Sheppard’s songs reel in a growing fan-base with each new venue. These hometown sweethearts have been entertaining together for years enough to qualify as veterans, but the music comes always with freshness and focus. As they dedicate more fully to their musical calling, they are defining the modern mountain sound to the world.