Redfield, 31, grew up a preacher’s son in small, humble and peaceful Minnesota and Nebraska towns, and is quick to quote memes about the morality of work, such as “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.
Don’t be fooled by the shakos and tuxedo jackets, this isn’t your high school pep rally, it’s MarchFourth Marching Band. The almost-20-person band features a five-piece percussion corps and six-part brass section along with more traditional rock band elements.
Harris grew up in Philadelphia and has spent his life in the hiphop community. Grass Roots Project is his third dance company after Rennie Harris Puremovement and his training company Rennie Harris R.H.A.W. The new group came along when Harris wanted to start something with a West Coast vibe.
with Sheppard channeling Thom Yorke’s delicate falsetto overtop. But listeners are quickly introduced to the scope of Sheppard’s vocal range as he takes on a rich baritone that belies the recent college grad’s age. The result is stripped, poignant and ethereal.
Influenced by eclectic and infamous artists such as Duke Ellington, Philip Glass, Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Claude Debussy and Bjork, John A. Díaz-Cortés creates an equally eclectic sound with his own music.
“[Boulder is] a second home for us for sure,” says Ranaan Meyer, double bassist for the Indiana-based string trio. “The Colorado Music Festival we consider family. We’ve been there four summers, so this will be our fifth appearance that they are presenting us at — there’s history there,” says Meyer.
Banjoist Dave Johnston knows a little about this, as Yonder Mountain String Band found themselves in the position this year of morphing the structure of their much beloved four piece with the departure of mando player and co-founder Jeff Austin in April.
This improvisational power trio is known for deconstructing live soundtracks to your favorite films, but their annual Xmas Show takes a turn for the yuletide and twists favorite Christmas tunes into art-house movie scores. The trio is known for their live, danceable jazz/funk/improv fusions with heavy endings and incredible soloists.