Joyride Brewing Presents
The Bluegrass Generals ft. Andy Hall & Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Greg Garrison (Leftover Salmon) and Jon Stickley w/ Gipsy Moon, The Haunted Windchimes, Sweet Lillies and The Last Revel - FRIDAY
Fri, January 6, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)Cervantes' and The Other Side - DUAL VENUE
$20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show
This event is 16 and over
TAP TAKEOVER - JOYRIDE BREWING COMPANY
Both Bluegrass Generals shows at Cervantes' will feature a Tap Takeover by local brewery, Joyride. Only beer brewed by Joyride will be featured on tap for these two special shows taking place at Cervantes' on January 6th and 7th.http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/event/1381366/
Music was all around me growing up. My grandparents, Frank and Carmela Pandolfi, started the Connecticut Opera Association in 1942. I never met my grandfather, but my grandmother got us playing piano at a really young age. I loved every sound I heard. Ultimately inspired by my older brother Jono’s musical tastes and exploits, I got my first banjo in the summer of 1997. The next ten or so years flew by. During that time I got my undergrad degree at Dartmouth College and then went on to be the first ever banjo principal at the Berklee College of Music before moving to Nashville, TN in 2004. Along the way I was lucky to work with many amazing people, but ultimately I started a band with great musicians who are also my great friends–The Infamous Stringdusters. We have been touring for about 9 years, have a bunch of albums, a Grammy nomination and our own festival. We strive to make good original music, explore the world and enjoy life.
I have a few banjo-centric solo albums that I wrote and produced (Looking Glass and the Handoff), that feature some of my favorite acoustic players. I do session work in Denver and work as a producer for other artists/bands, helping them craft their music, a job I absolutely love to do. While my solo side of things focused on the banjo for a long time, lately I have been on a newer, broader musical journey: TRAD+. It’s a landscape of sounds–electronic, acoustic, vinyl sampling, live drums, deep textures, live jams and more. , Founding Fathers.
Music has always been my passion, but I also love to write and create short motion pictures. I started working on video around 2007, filming the ‘Dusters hijinx, documentary style. Since then I have enjoyed finding more and more creative ways to use the camera/editing software, from stop-motion to performance to ski vids. My writing focuses mostly on our adventures and our musical scene, a subject that’s always interested me along my journey from the Northeast to Nashville, Virginia and now Colorado. Bluegrass is its own world, filled with incredible musicianship and a short but vibrant history of crazy characters, trends and changes. A few of my pieces about the current state of the bluegrass world reached a big audience. In the wake of that attention the International Bluegrass Music Association asked me to deliver a keynote address at the 2011 World of Bluegrass in Nashville, TN (their annual business conference), giving some real recognition to a new vision of a bigger, more connected acoustic world. We are excited to be a part of whatever comes next for bluegrass.
I moved to Denver, CO in 2013, a place that has always been an unofficial home for the Stringdusters. It’s full of great people, great music and great living, and I’m excited to call it home.
From 2005 until 2008, Garrison toured with mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile, and along with Thile, was a founding member of the critically acclaimed chamber-bluegrass ensemble (and Nonesuch recording artist) Punch Brothers. Garrison is featured prominently as a performer and writer on Punch, the band's 2008 debut release, as well as Thile's solo record How to Grow a Woman from the Ground. During Garrison's tenure with Thile and Punch Brothers, he performed at Carnegie Hall, on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, at the Grand Old Opry, and garnered two Grammy nominations.
Denver based trumpeter/composer Ron Miles features Garrison as part of his groups, and his bass playing can be heard on the "Blossom" side of Miles's 2006 Sterling Circle release Stone/Blossom.
Juno award winning banjoist Jayme Stone (www.jaymestone.com) featured Garrison on his recent critically acclaimed and Juno nominated album "Room of Wonders" along with guitarist Grant Gordy and fiddle whiz Casey Driessen.
Greg has also been a member of Colorado bluegrass/rock band Leftover Salmon since 2000, recording three albums with the band and performing at venues and festivals across the U.S. like Red Rocks, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, and Bonnaroo.
Garrison continues to maintain an active performing and recording schedule with several regional and national artists in addition to his teaching duties at Metropolitan State College and the University of Colorado at Denver. He received his MM in Double Bass Performance from the University of Northern Colorado, and his BM from the University of Illinois. He also holds a DMA in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado, where he explored the common roots of all forms of American improvised music.
The New York Times' Nate Chinen writes "… there's hardy cohesion among the players — no less on the Gypsy standard 'Valse de Wasso' than on 'Darth Radar' a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, as on 'The High Road,' by Tim O'Brien, they sound both respectful and free." Premier Guitar Magazine also took note of "Darth Radar," with Jason Shadrick calling it, "a rapid-fire take that moves from a serious ska beat to burning surf-style runs that would make Dick Dale proud."
The four members Silas Herman (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Mackenzie Page (guitar, tenor banjo, vocals), Matt Cantor (bass, vocals), and Andrew Conley (Cello) reside in the mountains of Nederland Colorado where they write all original material about nature, sunsets, mountain rain, and love.
With soothing harmonies, soul-stirring poetry, and instrumentals that make the hips sway, Gipsy Moon is constantly reinventing their version of indie-folk to include celtic melodies, latin rhythms, jazzy vocals, bluegrass drive, and a gypsy swing that brings acoustic music into an exciting new dimension. A blending of genres that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together to sing and dance until the sun comes up.
If one should come upon Gipsy Moon, whether on the stage, on the road, or singing in the woods, they should be pleased at the prospect of kicking off their shoes, smiling at the heavens, and getting down and dirty.
It's the vocal harmonies that really set them apart, a three-headed juggernaut of Desirae Garcia (ukulele), Chela Lujan (banjo) and Inaiah Lujan (guitar). When their voices blend, it is nothing short of beautiful. The sound is often moody and melancholy, but it is always deeply affecting. That sound is embroidered by the instrumental mastery of Mike Clark (harmonica, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and concertina).
With their second, self titled, album released in May of 2015, The Last Revel further demonstrates their ability to create rich and delicately textured recorded material with a modern “tip of the hat” to the storied history of American folk music.
Cervantes' and The Other Side - DUAL VENUE
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80203