Band brings ‘sweaty soul’ to BV

Soulful music captures the true essence of its subject, and that quality embodies the music of Greeley band The Burroughs. This nine-piece group’s music embodies that kind of passion to create unforgettable music.

Uniting to start a band just four years ago, the members of The Burroughs debuted to immediate success that has snowballed ever since. Like gospel music, the band’s songs evoke a contagion of heartfelt emotion. With a lineup of trumpet, sax, baritone, keys, drums, bass, guitar and trombone, the band immerses listeners in a classic soul vibe while adding modern flair to the mix.

Frontman and lead vocalist Johnny Burroughs learned about the vigor of soul music at a young age as a pastor’s son. Not only did he grow up in the church, but his love for music did too. Learning to play bass for the church at age 12 and then leading musical performances by 14 gave Burroughs a background that has propelled his career.

“Pretty much everything I know about music and everything I’ve done with it has been inside the church. Ever since I was little, music is the thing that makes the most sense to me and is the thing that I love most. It is the best way for me to express who I am and connect with people,” said Burroughs.

The band tours Colorado and surrounding states and has played various festivals, including the Boulder International Film Festival and the Underground Music Showcase. This Saturday, March 3, the band will debut at The Lariat in Buena Vista. Kicking off their performance at 8:30 p.m., Burroughs and his fellow musicians will showcase what sultry soul music is all about.

“When you think of a genre like most musicians or music today, it’s very broad; you know you can touch any kind of music and play anything in it, Burroughs said. For us, the sweaty soul part of it is something that gets you moving and gets your heart to feel something. We call it ‘sweaty soul’ because we give you literally everything we have on that stage, and we like to say if you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right.”

The recent release of their first full-length studio album, Got to Feel, has allowed the band the opportunity to finally express who they are as a single sound and what direction they want to take their music.

Their album can be found anywhere music is sold online, and physical albums can be bought through their website or at live performances.

“This album really is a culmination of the band as a whole, and I feel like it is the first time you really hear what the sound of The Burroughs is. There are a lot of our influences in this record, but more than anything, this record shows you who we are and also our message,” he said. “Our goal is to make sure that when you are done listening to us you feel like life is good and good things are going to happen, and that at the end of the performance people leave feeling that way.”

The band not only provides this positive energy for their audiences but for the community of Greeley as well. Because of the overwhelming support from their home base, The Burroughs have consistently given back by donating a percentage of their earnings to local charities. They partner with different organizations in the area to raise money while giving the gift of music.

Last year they began partnering with schools music programs by holding clinics for students of various ages during the day and putting on joint performances afterward to encourage students’ passion for music.

“Community has always been a huge part of this band, and it was kind of something that was built into its DNA. We really feel like we’ve grown up in this community, and the people that have supported us have meant a lot to us so we always want to do whatever we can to give back. We want to show kids that, not only are there opportunities to create music, but also that there are so many different fields and the business is so widespread that if you want to have a life of music, there is a lot you can do with that,” said Burroughs.

Just like their inspirational message to the next generation of musicians, this band will continue to chase the dream and do what they love because that is ultimately the message of simplicity and goodness of life with which they leave audiences.

“That’s the payoff. What I love about being on stage is I get to be exactly who I am. I don’t have to lessen myself; I just get to be fully who I am. I get to connect with these people in my band that I love and we get to create something in that moment together, and I love that the audience gets to be a part of what’s happening,” said Burroughs.

Ark Valley Music Line-up

Date

    Name

Time

Venue

Town

March 1

    Carey Nall

3 p.m.

Ski Cooper

Leadville

March 2

   Jordyn Pepper

5 p.m.

The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 2

    Chris Nasca

5:30 p.m.

  Boathouse

Salida

March 2

    Ben Miller Band

8 p.m.

SteamPlant

Salida

March 2

    The Workshy

8:30 p.m.

  The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 3

    George Finnell, Sam Galey

3 p.m.

  Ski Cooper

Leadville

March 3

    Gabby the Fabulous

7 p.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville

March 3

   The Burroughs

8:30 p.m.

  The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 4

    Gabby the Fabulous

10 a.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville

March 7

    Open Mic Night

7 p.m.

The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 7

    Open Mic w/ Carey Nall

7 p.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville

March 8

    Nine Dollar Shawl

3 p.m.

Ski Cooper

Leadville

March 8

    Salida Aspen Concert

7:30 p.m.

  SteamPlant

Salida

March 9

   Roma Ransom

7 p.m.

Deerhammer

Buena Vista

March 9

   Andy Sydow

5:30 p.m.

  Boathouse

Salida

March 9

  Kellyanne Conway Stole My Bike

7 p.m.

Soulcraft

Salida

March 9

   Space Orphan

9 p.m.

The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 10

   Nine Dollar Shawl

3 p.m.

Ski Cooper

Leadville

March 10

   Allen Thompson

5:30 p.m.

  The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 10

   Gabby the Fabulous

7 p.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville

March 10

   Old Mose

8 p.m.

Wood’s

Salida

March 10

  Swashbuckling Doctors

9 p.m.

Victoria Tavern

  Salida

March 10

  Evanoff

9 p.m.

The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 11

   Gabby the Fabulous

10 a.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville

March 14

   Open Mic Night

7 p.m.

The Lariat

Buena Vista

March 14

  Open Mic Night w/ Carey Nall

7 p.m.

Wilde’s

Leadville