While local music fans are well-acquainted with The Haunted Windchimes, an upcoming Ivywild School show offers an excellent opportunity to see three of the Pueblo band's four members in a different light.
The March 25 show will feature Windchimes multi-instrumentalist Mike Clark and his gypsy-folk band The River Arkansas, prior to their departure for a series of concert dates in Texas. Joining them are in/PLANES, a new side-project from husband-and-wife duo Inaiah Lujan on electric guitar and Desirae Garcia on bass.
"Inaiah and I met and started to play music together as a duo in 2006; this project is to remember those roots," says Garcia. "We used to refer to our sound as 'vintage pop,' but these days, we are not so sure what to call it. We have always written and played songs while doing chores like cooking dinner or doing the dishes. We've taken those songs out of our kitchen at home and put them onstage to share them. [It's] a pretty intimate set of songs inspired by musical couples such as John and Yoko, Mickey & Sylvia and Gram and Emmylou."
The night after the Ivywild show, in/PLANES will appear with singer-songwriter Natalie Tate at Denver's Swallow Hill Music School. Then, on March 31, you can hear them performing with The Shapiro Brothers at Songbird Cellars, which is scheduled to move to its new location on Pueblo's Neon Alley later this month.
Elsewhere, announcements galore are coming from the MeadowGrass Music Festival. Much like last year, the festival is offering free admission to those who volunteer for four or more hours. Those who volunteer all three days will also receive a complimentary camping pass. It's a good deal, not to mention a great way for local music fans to get directly involved and help the festival run smoothly.
In addition, the festival has revealed its second wave of performers, who'll be joining headliners Jackie Greene, Fruit Bats, Jeff Austin Band, The Barr Brothers and Judah & the Lion:
Mandolin Orange, a wistful North Carolina-based duo, plays a gentle, rustic mix of bluegrass and country. Their most recent album, 2015's Such Jubilee, marked their second release on beloved indie label Yep Roc. After a series of tour dates across the United States and Europe, Mandolin Orange also appears at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June.
David Wax Museum, formed in Boston by husband and wife David Wax and Suz Slezak, blends rhythmic roots rock, traditional American and Irish folk and Mexican son music, although their latest release, Guesthouse, widens the musical palate to include "technicolor" synthesizers and an array of percussion. The band's self-released albums have earned a loyal grassroots fanbase and praise in Paste, Time, Huffington Post and The New York Times.
Wendy Woo will be a familiar name amongst Colorado music aficionados, as her innovative, percussive guitar work has made her a live favorite across the state for decades. Woo is one of a select few performers to receive five Westword Music Awards.
Denver singer-songwriter Megan Burtt performs folk rock with an indie-pop sheen, and the Berklee graduate's songs have been honored at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the Kerrville New Folk Festival. Her latest album, The Bargain, recounts her recovery from a near-fatal disease, and her busy performance schedule has taken her to Vietnam, Europe, and on regular holiday tours of the Pennsylvania prison system.
Boasting rich vocal harmonies and a sound steeped in traditional country, gospel and bluegrass, Gunnison trio Free the Honey scored the top-played album in November 2015, according to radio playlists compiled by FOLKDJ-L, with their third LP, Fine Bloom. The trio has kept up a healthy touring schedule and performed at many Colorado festivals, including the Mountain Harvest Festival and Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival.
Denver's Strawberry Runners play "shimmery, gritty, tender-hearted pop," led by confessional storytelling and the airy vocals of singer and songwriter Emi Night. The group's debut album, When We Were Good, is slated to be released this coming April, while the band recently completed an extensive tour in late 2015 and recorded a four-track Daytrotter session in January.
Finally, a familiar face for the Colorado Springs music scene: Popular singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall makes another return from his new home base in Florida. Crandall will also be performing a late-night set in addition to his main stage appearance.
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