Michael Houser Birthday Celebration feat. Sam Holt, Tori Pater, Spanky, Eric Martinez and Andy Clapp w/ Jonah Wisneski (The Whales)

Michael Houser Birthday Celebration feat. Sam Holt, Tori Pater, Spanky, Eric Martinez and Andy Clapp w/ Jonah Wisneski (The Whales)

Sat, January 4, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

Cervantes' Other Side

Denver, CO

$10 Advance / $15 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Sam Holt
Sam Holt
After the 2002 passing of forty-year-old Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser, Sam Holt, Houser's guitar tech, experienced this moment of clarity as he realized the critical need to make the most of his time. "There were many times he [Houser] told me, 'I want you to go do your own thing. You need to quit teching and go play music,' says Holt.

"And [after he died] that really hit home for me." It was Houser's death that served as the catalyst for Sam Holt to dedicate himself to Outformation.

Although it's clear his more-than-seven-year tenure with Widespread Panic has been instrumental in Holt forming and pursing Outformation, the story really begins with Holt's old friend, bass player and singer Grady Upchurch. "Grady and I go way back and we share a lot of history," explains Holt, "and to be able to make music with someone and connect like that and then also have that shared background is pretty special."

Regardless of whether Holt developed his confident, "hypnotic" style by touring with Outformation, learning at the foot of Michael Houser, sitting in numerous times with Widespread Panic, or by simply tapping into the music in his head, it's a driving factor to the Outformation sound. Having already played for packed stadiums with tens of thousands of screaming fans, Holt is ready to lead Outformation to the masses.
Tori Pater's Big Bad Band
Tori Pater's Big Bad Band
Tori Pater is Denver's favorite rock star.
Eric Martinez
Eric Martinez
Eric Martinez lives in Denver, CO where he plays locally with his bands Lake Effect and The Tori Pater Trio. Eric also plays in the Athens, GA based Rock band Bloodkin, Daniel Hutchens Acoustic, and CubanStack the east coast based rock band that rears it’s ugly head for a few weddings and festivals a year.

Eric has been playing music since the mid 80’s and has played the guitar, bass, and drums in bands all across the country. Since moving to Colorado he has found his niche in a music scene that thrives on originality and hard work and has played with the likes of Outformation, Jerry Joseph, Willy Waldmen& Brian Jordan, Cecil “Peanut” Daniels, Polytoxic, Double Parked, plus the annual re-make of The Bands “The Last Waltz” where he sings and plays guitar on Neil Youngs Helpless.

Eric has also been writing and recording music for years. In his home studio he can lay down anything from acoustic tracks to full band orchestrations of his music. He has also worked with engineer/producer David Barbe at Chase Park Transduction while recording Love Songs For Losers the second solo record from Bloodkin frontman Daniel Hutchens and Baby They Told Us We Would Rise Again Bloodkin's critically acclaimed new release. These sessions included Athens, GA greats like Todd Nance, William Tonks, Mike Cooley, and John Neff.
Jonah Wisneski
Jonah Wisneski
As a strong pressence in Colorado, Jonah Wisneski has been contributing to Denver's burgeoning music scene for the last few years. After spending time as a session player, touring/recording/playing with various musical acts in Colorado, Jonah is finally letting his own voice be heard with a new band and a new record.

A guitarist/singer/composer, Jonah Wisneski spent the last few years working on his own music in between his time spent with other bands. Enlisting close friends (Colorado musical mainstays: The Fox Street All-Stars and Kinetix) to join him in the studio, it was time to work out the sound he was hearing in his head.

"I entered the studio a while back with a batch of songs, and ideas how they would be arranged. Josh Fairman (Kinetix) signed on to produce/engineer/play on the record, and he was pivotal in helping this come together. From there,Fox Street All Stars joined in, and were playing on songs until we had reached a point where everyone could feel good about the sounds we were getting. It kind of snowballed when musicians like Nate Barnes (drums) of Rose Hill Drive, and Bill McKay (Piano) of Leftover Salmon contributed. The results were exactly what I was hoping for."

Now, with a record on the way, the live band has found it's stride playing rhythm & blues soaked rock, rooted with sounds of Americana and more. The approach is to blend contemporary and classic ideas into a sound that is uniquely its own, yet newly familiar.

"I want the focus to be on the songs. I've got a great band that can put on a great live show, but I want the songs to be great in any environment, whether it's live or on your stereo."

The result, is a debut record due this summer. Hours of recording culled down to a cohesive sound that represents only the tip of the iceberg. Featuring members of Leftover Salmon, Rose Hill Drive, Kinetix and Fox Street All Stars, the record will showcase some of the country's best musicians. With numerous shows on the horizon, the future is looking bright.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/