Jul
23
11:00 am11:00

Summer Music Series presents Anthony Ruptak & the Midnight Friends

anthony ruptak

Anthony Ruptak has never been content with doing things the way they should be done. Or rather, the way people expected him to do them.

Leaving his home at age seventeen with few possessions and a zealous drive, Ruptak began his journey into professional musicianship. He started by busking on the streets of Denver for enough cash to make it through the night, and soon migrated to the open-mic scene -- where he played six to seven nights per week, often doubling down on local mics in a single evening, for over a year. Once he began booking his own shows, Ruptak found himself at the point of no return and committed to persevering on his musical path. 

Since then, Anthony's brother, Matt, enlisted himself into the group as an atypical percussionist in 2014 and joined in following the invisible glow that only the brothers could see.

Raised in the high mountains of Bailey, Colorado, Anthony Ruptak evolved from a junior high youth group singer to a studded-belt-wearing hardcore screamer, and then to a finger-picking folk artist and eventually an interpreter and manipulator of emotive sound. The songs he fashions are unique in their own right, but have been compared to the colors of Connor Oberst, Modest Mouse and Fionn Regan.

Ruptak performs with an ever-shifting cast of characters ranging from a stark and gripping solo performance to an ensemble of 10 or more musicians. At the root, there is Anthony and his brother. From playing the stickiest bar-corner gigs imaginable to some of the country's great concert halls and amphitheaters like Red Rocks, Ruptak's momentum harbors no hesitation. And he intends to take that train as far as it goes -- in continuing to run his songwriter open mic, in cultivating a welcoming, progressive musical spirit in Denver, and in his growing connection to the world and the people around him.

With a new EP due in May tatled "Don't Let It Kill You", Anthony is more eager than ever to share his work with as many as will listen. His goal is to affect the hearts and minds of his audience and to bring them something they'll remember for years to come.

Aug
16
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Music Series presents This Broken Beat

this broken beat

Music to make you feel. This broken beat is an indie-pop duo from Denver who bring an energetic, lively show to wherever they go. Mixing music genre's and styles, you are sure to get a taste of various kinds of music throughout their live set. this broken beat has toured all around their hometown state of Denver as well as the outer-midwest states encompassing Colorado. They are currently putting the final touches on their album debut album with notable Denver-producers Jack Roberts & Tyler Glasgow at Streetlight Audio. After hearing the first two singles, "Sweat & Blood' & "CO", the new album is sure to be a banger for the 2017 summer. Catch them at a venue near you!

Aug
20
11:00 am11:00

Summer Music Series presents Leon and the Revival

leon and the revival

Leon and the Revival emerged in 2015 when members of established Denver bands Reverend Leon’s Revival and The Royal began to collaborate on a new project that showcased the members’ shared love of classic soul and R&B music from the 1960s and 70s. Influenced by Otis Redding, Van Morrison, Darondo, Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles, Rateliff and the boys, and James Brown. The Revival fuse multiple musical styles into a high-energy, deeply satisfying live musical experience. A veteran band before their first performance, members of the group have performed at South by Southwest, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, Hi Dive, Lion's Lair, The Gothic, and several Denver basements. Although the band’s sound is firmly rooted in traditional soul music, Leon and the Revival infuse their songs with modern touches: driving guitar and keyboard work and melodic, effects-laden basslines. The Revival is Eric Marshall,drums; Mark Nelson, guitar; Eli Fredrickson, bass; and Andy Schneider, keys. Many of their shows feature Randy Runyan on trumpet and Jeffrey Young on trombone. Frontman Paul Leon Ramsey describes his inspiration for the Revival's live shows: "When I was a kid, my dad's cousin told me that when my dad was a teenager, he used to sneak out of the house on Friday nights to sing at the juke joint on the outskirts of town. As he told me the story, I watched my late father blush (for the first and only time). That secret still ignites my imagination. Our shows are an interpretation of what the juke joint out on the country roads of Sherman, Texas might have been; the image of folks dancing and giving themselves over to the music just enough to make them blush and grin decades later."

Aug
30
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Music Series presents La Pompe Jazz

la pompe

La Pompe Jazz is a Denver-based gypsy jazz group that fuses eclectic American jazz standards with french ballads, and Django Reinhardt "Hot Club" tunes. With a diverse blend of vocal arrangements and hard swinging instrumentals, La Pompe Jazz has garnered a loyal following of swing dancers.

They've been making their mark with performances at Denver's most popular swing dancing venues such as The Mercury Cafe and the Arvada Tavern and a sold out concert at this winter's 'Speakeasy Soiree'. They have also managed to reach outside the jazz community with notable venues like Ophelia's and great summer festivals like The Denver Flea and The Big Wonderful. La Pompe Jazz is pushing the envelope for what vintage jazz can be and bringing the music alive for a whole new generation.


Jul
19
6:30 pm18:30

Summer Music Series presents Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs

Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs

"Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs, winners of the Vertex Musical Championships’ “Best in Class for Strings” award, bring their unique style of country music to Colorado. Colorado residents can get better acquainted with Matt Rouch in AXS' exclusive interview with the band."

Brian Stabile, Axs.com

Based out of Denver, CO, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs are making waves in the Colorado music scene. Rouch, a self-proclaimed southpaw whiskey-loving Virginian, self-released his first full-length solo album, "The Beautiful and the Damned" in March 2016 and now his 4-piece alt-country folk group is one of Denver's fastest up and coming bands, with mentions in Music Connection Magazine, Denver Post, Marquee Magazine, Scene Magazine, and Axs. 

"We all came together because we love bands like the Avett Brothers, Elephant Revival, The Decemberists, etc. so it made sense for most of us, we do have one Phish-head who loves him some jam bands, but he's also a classically-trained violinist so it works out. When I first came to Denver I was blown away by the talent here, there's so many amazing musicians, but what really drew me were the songwriters, there's a whole underground scene of phenomenal songwriters that need to be brought to light, this town isn't like a Nashville where songwriters are really appreciated and a few of us intend on changing that. The band just wants to make music for people who appreciate songwriting, melody, structure, etc. with a little twang too it, not too much, just enough, I've been called Country-Light, might need to trademark that."

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Jul
9
11:00 am11:00

Summer Music Series presents The Heartstring Hunters

The Heartstring Hunters

The Heartstring Hunters are an indie-folk band based in Boulder, CO. Rich harmonies, youthful optimism and stories-from-the-road characterize a sound that invites you into a musical conversation between friends, an adventure that dances between the space of the open road and a midnight sky.

A genuine collaboration between singer-songwriter Carolyn Hunter, producer/mulit-instrumentalist Daniel Hunter, bassist Alessandro Ceserani, drummer Alex Heaton, and vocalist Rachael Sheaffer, the Heartstring Hunters are currently touring throughout Colorado, sharing stages with artists such as Karla Bonoff, The Leftover Cuties and SHEL, though you’re just as likely to find them spontaneously entertaining crowds at farmer’smarkets and street fairs all over the state. All east-coasters originally, it was the power of connection and a love for music that led them from the forests of Vermont, the rivers of Virginia, and the beaches of Florida all the way to the rockies.

The Heartstring Hunters will be releasing their debut EP this winter and while many listeners lovingly match Nicely’s lead vocals to the tones of Joni Mitchell, their new music also incorporates other times and influences such as Feist, Lavender Diamond and Matt Corby. In the spring, they plan to hit the road to tour heavily in support of this new release, along with their camper and two beloved canine companions, Tyrone and Dixie. Keep your eyes and ears open for this bloomin' force of young folk.

Jun
25
11:00 am11:00

Summer Music Series presents Chloe Tang

Chloe Tang

By combining emotionally propelled lyrics, catchy melodic hooks, and driving drum beats, Chloe and her three piece band create a high energy and engaging live show experience. The Phoenix, AZ native, currently based in Denver, CO, has created an impressively diverse Alternative Pop repertoire by pulling influences from folk, blues, and rock. Chloe is relentlessly making breakthrough moves into the local music scene as both a solo performer and with her backing band.

Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Summer Music Series presents Royal St. Ramblers

Royal St Ramblers

Join this new New Orleans inspired jazz, swing, and blues band as the come to the Central Market!

'Royal Street Ramblers' is the music of the street. It's the gypsy spirit and the New Orleans tradition shaking hands. It's a damp day in October trying to make enough money to cover the light-rail. Or a burning July afternoon when people are actually stopping, and everything feels just right. It's old music with new voices. 

David Lawrence of Denver gypsy jazz band La Pompe Jazz' will be joined by Armando Lopez, most notably from 'The Brothers of Brass' & 'The Workshy'. Gary Sloan, best known for his prolific bass playing, will be sitting in on trombone! Plus, the rhythm section is going to be held down by two of the tightest players in Denver - Zach Brake is holding down the tuba & Jake Herman will be playing the drums.

Don't miss this new project! Be prepared for a fusing of NOLA classics, combined with repertoire from the gypsy jazz school, a smattering of originals, and some classic Brass Band funk to switch it up.