This Saturday, September 17 is another banner day for music in the valley. Boulder, Colorado favorites from Vertex weekend: Lady and The Gentlemen will return to play the Lariat in Buena Vista. Both the ladies and the gents describe themselves as “heart-warming,” on their bio. The band indeed has a big, warm sound with brass and strings that gives ample respect to soul, jazz rock and American rooted music.
With a range from coo to belt, vocalist Miranda Kennedy is all class. Her voice is velvet, as is often her dress. Alma Sever keeps a steady groove on guitar, but will also grab a fiddle when it is called for. The band fills out quickly with a sometimes savage guitar in the hands of Jarrod Guaderrama, and a punchy rhythm section: Marshall Carlson on bass and Bryan LeFever on drums. Horns of all varieties are held by Leo Faccenda on saxophone and Matt Wikolak on trumpet. Both double with gentlemanly backup vocals. Keys are commanded by Braden Waller.
We spoke briefly with the band about their sound and music in Boulder.
Ark Magazine: Does Lady and the Gentlemen have a creation story?
Lady and the Gentlemen: The group started off from members who frequented a local weekly “jam session” in Boulder. Since it’s creation as a side project (March 2015), the band has evolved and grown into what it is today.
Ark: As a bigger group, how has it been surviving through smaller shows and travelling as you are making your mark?
LATG: It is a big leap and tremendous effort to keep such a large group together touring and playing shows as a new band. Each member and instrument is fundamental to the sound and stage presence of Lady and the Gentlemen. To survive financially, however, the band frequently plays shows (for example smaller venues and bars) as a 4-5 piece group and still maintains a full sound and diverse set.
Ark: The music scene for soul, funk and horns seems to be warming up in general again. Have you been in cahoots with any other musical outfits, or did you come to this style of music in a more individual way?
LATG: The music scene in The Front Range of Colorado is very tight knit community today and is consistently growing. Musicians [are] constantly sitting in as guest artists with other bands and musical projects. [Many musicians are] starting new and different bands all the time. From this musical community, there is always a vast resource of inspiration to be had. Although LATG strives for an original and unique sound, it cannot be denied that we have drawn influence from some of our closest friends and colleagues.
The influences that the band has drawn from do combine into a really unique sound. They recently entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest. Although they did not win, I am sure they placed quite well. The entry will have you tapping your feet. See here: