Shanti Groove w/ Monocle Band, Liver Down The River (PATIO SET)

Grass For That Ass Presents

Shanti Groove w/ Monocle Band, Liver Down The River (PATIO SET)

Thu, August 31, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

OVER 21 = $5 Before 8 PM / $10 Between 8 PM and 9 PM / $15 After 9 PM /// UNDER 21 = $15 All Night

This event is 16 and over

Shanti Groove
Shanti Groove
Monocle Band
Monocle Band
Formed in the musically fertile slopes of Colorado’s Front Range, Monocle Band offers a fresh and vibrant take on the roots acoustic music that has made Colorado one of the most exciting music scenes in the country. Monocle Band is Rocky Mountain Indie Folk…brand new, original music rooted in the traditions of Telluride bluegrass and the troubadour wanderings that led Townes Van Zandt through the San Juan Mountains on horseback. 

 Always rooted in song, the group’s music flows from a stomping fiddle breakdown to a lost lover’s lament. This is original music, the acoustic sound of the spirit, innately authentic yet sonically aligned with the roots music revival enchanting the nation. Lighting up dance floors and breaking hearts across the Rocky Mountain west since 2011, Monocle Band blends stirring songcraft, flatpicked guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass, and the most musical of drums into a sound that will move your body, mind, and soul.

Led by the sweet and soaring vocals of Monica Whittington, the Boulder, Colorado based quintet combines the best of song-craft and captivating performance. Monica (vocals, acoustic guitar) and songwriting partner Bill Huston (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar) have assembled an unparalleled ensemble of jazz-trained and roots-based musicians and have played over 250 dates since the bands the band’s inception. Filling out the quintet are Eric Wiggs (vocals, upright bass, electric guitar), Ben Blechman (violin) and Josh Moore (drums, percussion). As Colorado music legend Danny Shafer says, “Monocle’s instrumental ability is as strong as their connection to the audience. They always are able to give an engaging performance whether to a dancing crowd or a listening room.” Indeed, the band’s noted performances have led them to the main stage band competitions of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass, countless venues across the Front Range, and to opening slots for The SteelDrivers, The Samples, and Ralph Stanley.

Monocle Band released their debut self-titled CD in October of 2013 to enthusiastic acclaim, gaining them the 25th most played CD on the National Folk DJ chart for the month of September 2013. The CD was recorded and produced at The Distillery in Lyons, Colorado by David Tiller (Taarka, ThaMuseMeant), the man behind the sounds of Elephant Revival’s first two albums, and features contributions from Grammy award winning lap steel guitarist Sally Van Meter and other noted guests. As Denver Westword magazine says “this affecting batch of heartrending songs...genuinely possesses the kind of pastoral charm that so many others seem to be striving for these days but rarely achieve.” It is a snapshot of a moment in time: an acoustic rhythm backed by crackling drums, a shimmering curtain of electric guitars and violin, all of it lifting up the yearning tones of Monica Whittington’s vocals. Marquee Magazine calls the record “splendidly written and performed.”

Monocle Band’s debut recording is a musical postcard made even more poignant when The Distillery Studio in Lyons was washed away in the recent Colorado floods, just months after the record was finished. The album captures a band in its creative stride, a young group with a firm command of their craft and a steady gaze to the mountains and plains that lie before them.
Liver Down the River
Liver Down the River
Liver Down The River is a six-piece jam style bluegrass group from the beautiful mountains of Durango, CO. The band incorporates elements of funk, rock, celtic, and Irish music into their sound. Their story began in the fall of 2012, when mandolin/harmonica player Patrick Storen met vocalist/guitar player Matt Granzow. The pair had an impromptu jam session in the Bader Snyder Dorm room of Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Together they began experimenting with bluegrass music, and incorporated their eclectic styles on traditional Grateful Dead tunes. That day spawned a lifelong friendship between the pair, and before long they were picking together every afternoon.

Soon after, Emily Aguirre-Winter got word of these picking sessions and joined them with her fiddle and lead vocals. Aguirre-Winter brings her melodic vocal beauty to Liver Down The River’s music, and her classically trained musical background initiates refreshing and angelic textures to each creative composition. Aguirre-Winter adds a melodic flavor to the group with her songwriting craftsmanship, and ability to pinpoint harmonies and echoing call and response heard on songs like ‘Shot O’ Booze’ and ‘Murder Ballad’.

Over the next few months the trio enlisted the talent of drummer John Carter Colia, and bassist/vocalist Derek Abt. These additions allowed for more ambitious musical excursions, and a breakaway from traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Colia, the man that keeps the train from rolling off the tracks each night, is the driving force of the band. His approach to percussion allows for the band to dive into many different styles, wile maintaining a rhythmic flow. This driving force is complimented by Abt’s funky bass rhythms paving the pathway for the band to bend the rules of traditional bluegrass, and pioneer a sound of their own, which they call NewGrass. In 2014 the multi instrument virtuoso Tyler Rice was added to band on lead vocals, banjo, and keyboards. Having moved to Durango from Cumming, GA Rice quickly took on a key role as a remarkable songwriter for the band with enticing stories of the road and traveling experiences. With this addition, Liver Down The River was complete.

Experimenting with extended improvisational jamming and exploring a diverse range of musical genres, Liver Down The River brings new life to classic fiddle tunes and traditional bluegrass standards. Striving to write music that conveys the atmosphere and feeling of the Colorado way of life, Granzow’s lyrics connect with real life emotions and are easily relatable to anyone who listens. Granzow states, “Whether it be our high energy bluegrass tunes, extended jamming, or funk tunes—we are creating music that will last, and connect with the emotions of our audiences.” Fueled by the energy of their whiskey drinking and dancing audiences Liver Down The River creates a show full of magic and spontaneous surprises. Their high-energy performances and close interaction with their fans lead to the attraction of their dedicated fan base, known as the Liverfolk.

Liver Down The River will be releasing Liver Down The River EP on June 30th 2015, and will be celebrating the EP release with performances throughout the summer of 2015. Liver Down The River EP will be available for digital download on all major listening platforms, and will be available for purchase at all of their upcoming shows. Be sure to pick up a copy and catch Liver Down The River at a city near you! For a full listing of upcoming Liver Down The River shows please visit:
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205