Grant Farm, A-Mac & the Height headline Ark Valley music scene
The Lariat continues to bring top Colorado talent to Buena Vista, starting the New Year with A-Mac and the Height Saturday, Jan. 6, and Grant Farm Saturday, Jan. 13.
One of the most talented and popular bands in Colorado’s burgeoning music scene, Grant Farm is well known to Ark Valley residents, having performed twice in Buena Vista last year.
“We love the Buena Vista community,” said band leader Tyler Grant, “and we’ve always been really well-received ever since the first time we played there in 2011. It was a benefit for The People’s Clinic, and we played at The Asian Palate. … And as far as a good ol’ rock ’n’ roll venue, The Lariat is the place. Court and Robbie have done a really classy job with the space and the vibe.”
Grant Farm’s jam band tendencies combine Grant’s lead and slide guitar skills with top-notch musicianship and tight vocal harmonies. The band’s melding of country, rock and bluegrass creates music that has earned the band a dedicated following at festivals and venues around the country.
The band released its third album of original music, Kiss the Ground, in 2016, marking its first full-length concept album.
“The album is an ode to working people” Grant said. It addresses “the struggle that everyone in modern society faces trying to keep up with a system where we have to work too many hours and have no time to do the things that humans are meant to do – arts, recreation, family, enjoying life.”
In 2014, the band released Meeting on the Mountain, a collaboration with Oregon-based jam band Fruition. Grant Farm also created the acclaimed Meeting on the Mountain Live, a collaborative, live webcast concert featuring Grant Farm as the house band and Grant as host (MeetingOnTheMountain.com).
Grant said he and his band mates – Adrian Engfer, bass and vocals; Sean Macaulay, drums; and Kevin McHugh, keyboards and vocals – will “relaunch Meeting on the Mountain Live in March. … We also plan to release an album of live performances from the show, and that could turn into a series of us playing with guest artists.”
A-Mac and the Height
With a unique sound blending reggae, hip hop, alternative rock and creative songwriting, A-Mac and the Height’s music continues to evolve while retaining an emphasis on diversity and positivity.
The group’s music combines feel-good energy and conscious thinking with uplifting lyrics that are personal and insightful. Formerly known as A-Mac DZ, the band debuted in 2013 and went on to play shows all over the country with artists like Rusted Root, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Wookiefoot and others.
The band has also earned several accolades, including a nomination for Best Jam Band by Westword in 2017 and a feature performance on 97.3 KBCO’s Studio C Sessions.
With energetic live performances, A-Mac and the Height delivers uplifting renditions of original songs with plenty of extended jams. Their penchant for intricate improvisational performances makes every show unique.
Band leader Alex Mackenzie-Low (aka A-Mac) handles lead vocals and plays acoustic guitar. Matt McElwain plays drums, Karl Rivers sings and plays keyboards, Stephen Edwards plays bass, Joey Bean sings and plays saxophone, Ted Kleist sings and plays lead guitar, and Jake Heym rounds out the band on percussion.
As a band, these musicians thrive in their home state of Colorado and all over the country, bringing a positive, happy vibe to fans in a world mired in gloom and negativity.
So start the New Year on a positive note with A-Mac and the Height then Grant Farm at The Lariat.