Hootenanny BreckBrew's 28th Anniversary feat. Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Billy Strings, Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, The Sweet Lillies, Coral Creek, The Teskey Brothers, Woodshed Red, Brothers Of Brass @ BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY

Cervantes' & Breckenridge Brewery Present

Hootenanny BreckBrew's 28th Anniversary feat. Mike Gordon, Hard Working Americans, Billy Strings, Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn, The Sweet Lillies, Coral Creek, The Teskey Brothers, Woodshed Red, Brothers Of Brass @ BRECKENRIDGE BREWERY

Sat, July 7, 2018

Doors: 11:00 am / Show: 11:00 am

$45 GA - $110 VIP

Mike Gordon
Mike Gordon
Bassist Mike Gordon (co-founder of the seminal improvisational rock band Phish in 1983) released OGOGO (Produced by Shawn Everett) in September.
Hard Working Americans
Hard Working Americans
Hard Working Americans is a mission as much as a band. Loose-limbed, freak flag waving specters caper inside this freshly minted but quicksilver evolving unit where the boogie politics of Haight-Ashbury canoodle with southern muscle, blue-collar understanding, and a bold rallying cry for true American individualism, freedom and community.

"The description of church I got as a kid – a joyous celebration of life and gratitude - was nothing like the reality of it, and I feel like this band is a spiritual outlet that lives up to the description," says lead singer, professional scallywag and People's Preacher Todd Snider. "I feel like I'm the small part of a bigger thing. I think the deepest thing music does is make people dance and Hard Working Americans is here to make folks move."

Formed in late 2013, HWA comprises Snider, bassist Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), guitarist Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), keyboardist Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), drummer Duane Trucks and guitarist Jesse Aycock.

"We all agree it's our job to challenge people. What've we got to lose? And it's easy with this group of musicians," says Schools. "We have these two young bucks, Jesse Aycock and Duane Trucks, who are just so in love with and dedicated to the craft and eager to try anything. And then you've got guys like Neal, Chad and me who've been through a million situations of varying levels of success, so we've got the point of view that we can get away with whatever we want in this band. Couple that with the enthusiasm of Jesse and Duane and it's this potent creative engine with no boundaries. And Todd is just an overwhelming output of words and ideas. It's a pretty ideal situation."

The group's self-titled debut was released January 2014 and featured 11 inspired, timely compositions by standout but often overlooked composers like Will Kimbrough, Kevn Kinney, The Bottle Rockets, and more. Part of the HWA mission is shining a light on the folks that get missed in the modern shuffle, and the way the guys crawl inside the songs brings each song to vibrant incarnation, a process that only accelerated more intensely once they took this bohemian revival on the road, something happily evident on the upcoming concert film & live album The First Waltz. Directed by Justin Kreutzmann, the film offers an insightful, copacetic-minded snapshot of the beginning chapter of this fertile new collaboration. But the title The First Waltz is telling. As anyone who's seen HWA live, the longer this project percolates the more they discover "gears we didn't know we could use," , as Neal Casal observed after a recent late night festival barn burner.

"From the beginning, we all agreed to serve the songs and not do some rote bar band covers. The idea was to deconstruct the songs down to their essence and then build them up as a group," explains Schools. "We made the first record and it was good but once we brought in Jesse and started tour rehearsals we knew instantly we had lightning in a bottle. The obvious question was, 'What's next?' Prove our mettle with original material."

"The transition to original music has been really easy because of how well and how quickly this band has gelled," says Schools. "We finished the first tour in February and went directly into the studio in Chicago in the dead of winter, which was great because we were trapped in there [laughs]! We just started playing around with some of Todd's ideas and Neal just poured out 20 years worth of riff-rock that he'd kept in some vault he'd forgotten about inside himself. So, it's this sort of psych-rock, riff-rock, garage-y sounding thing with hints of Americana song forms."

The clear flow and friendship in Hard Working Americans is easy to see, and the gravity of what they're doing develops a stronger, more irresistible pull the longer they serve this mission.

"When music becomes almost religious it doesn't need to be a show. It can be a real experience, where the gathering before and hang afterwards all matter to the whole thing, " says Snider. "I think it's the highest calling I can put my ability to rhyme orange with door hinge to. I feel like I've been preparing my whole life to rhyme words for Dave Schools."
Billy Strings
Billy Strings
Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”



Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Consider him the next in line of an Americana thread, not some upstart or bandwagon jumper.



While Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow, he has already earned some landmark achievements. He has been invited to play on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He’s landed coveted slots at festivals like Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox to name a few and he’s shared bills with popular touring acts Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Leftover Salmon, Cabinet and more. And the industry has taken notice: He just won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin and was voted #1 in, scene tastemaker, Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16. .
Drew Emmitt
Drew Emmitt
Revered as one of the most energetic and innovative mandolin players on the jamband/newgrass scene today, Drew Emmitt’s “inestimable talents” (An Honest Tune) don’t end with just the instruments that can be picked. Holding the wheel steady on acoustic and electric slide mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar and mandola, Emmitt’s superlative storytelling and versatile vocal abilities are incomparable. Following a decade of success with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo effort, Freedom Ride, drawing on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs. Critics and fans loved the collaboration and Emmitt relished the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’d shared festival stages. “It's amazing,” he said, “it's like walking in a dream….Standing on stage next to Sam (Bush) is pretty indescribable.” After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for the past few years and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Drew Emmitt's solo work is rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh every-time approach to bluegrass music.

Following a decade of success with Leftover Salmon, Emmitt released his first solo effort, Freedom Ride, in 2002 drawing on the talent of peers John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan and Randy Scruggs. Critics and fans loved the collaboration and Emmitt relished the chance to record with some of the giants with whom he’d shared festival stages. “It's amazing,” he said, “it's like walking in a dream….Standing on stage next to Sam (Bush) is pretty indescribable.” In 2005 he followed up with Across The Bridge, an equally impressive effort showcasing Emmitt’s bluegrass chops and songwriting talents as a straight-ahead bluegrass man. After touring as the Emmitt-Nershi band with Billy Nershi of The String Cheese Incident for the past year and making several reunion appearances with Leftover Salmon, Long Road finds Emmitt rejuvenated and once again taking the contemporary, live gig, fresh every-time approach to bluegrass music.
Andy Thorn
Andy Thorn
Plays Banjo in Leftover Salmon
The Sweet Lillies
The Sweet Lillies
The Sweet Lillies’ high-energy, melodic tunes have quickly captured the hearts and music souls of fans in Colorado and beyond. The band credits its appeal to the original and compelling songwriting of all four members. The magnetic combination of Melly Frances (vocals), Julie Gussaroff (upright bass), Becca Bisque (viola), and Danjo Lynn (banjo) give this band a soulful, rare, alluring sound that blends Americana and bluegrass, creating a style all its own. As testament to their appeal, The Sweet Lillies have already shared the stage with the likes of Peter Rowan, Vince Herman, Kyle Hollingsworth, Andy Hall, Bill McKay, Jake Wolf, Dave Abear, Leftover Salmon, Yarn, and Drunken Hearts. Based out of Colorado’s Front Range, The Sweet Lillies are continually expanding their audience and reach, building fan and critic support through an unwavering commitment to creativity, a contagious love of music, and a get-up-and-dance attitude that spreads lots of love and smiles.
Coral Creek
Coral Creek
CORAL CREEK is an Americana / Newgrass band featuring the original music of Chris Thompson and Bill McKay (formerly of Leftover Salmon and Derek Trucks Band), performing a vast repertoire of original songs and Americana classics by The Band, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Peter Rowan, Bob Dylan and more. CORAL CREEK is a Colorado front-range band playing high energy shows that appeal to audiences across the bluegrass, coutry-rock, blues and jamband spectrum, performing genre-bending original music and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics.



The Road Ahead (2010) and Watch Me Fly (2012) - both produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident – launched CORAL CREEK into the heart of the Colorado music scene. Since forming in 2010, CORAL CREEK has performed on festival main stages, concert series and clubs across the US, Europe and the Caribbean. With the addition of Bill McKay on keyboards/vocals, CORAL CREEK has released a fresh new self-titled ablum produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth (https://coralcreek.bandcamp.com/releases). The album debuted at #3 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart and reached #18 on the Roots Music Report Americana-Country Album Chart. Online at www.CoralCreek.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coral.creek.band/
The Teskey Brothers
The Teskey Brothers
Woodshed Red
Woodshed Red
Woodshed Red hails from the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Their sound is like a train ride through the mountains where it was created. It blends the beauty of the snowy peaks, with the bends of slowly winding creeks, and the grit of the sheer rocky cliffs into an audible journey with plenty of fresh air.

Formed in May of 2013, Woodshed Red quickly gained traction in the Colorado live music scene. Comprised of fiddle, acoustic guitar, upright bass, drums, and both male and female vocals, they have a smooth sound with a bit of twang. Their live show is engaging and energetic, with a repertoire of over 150 songs which span several eras and genres, reshaped with their Americana twist. So far they've found a niche not only in playing bars and clubs, but also weddings, corporate events, and private functions.
Brothers Of Brass
Brothers Of Brass
The Brothers of Brass is a Denver-based horn and drum outfit specializing in hard-hitting street music. The Southern brass tradition meets Denver streets.
Venue Information:
Breckenridge Brewery
2920 Brewery Ln
Littleton, CO, 80120
https://www.breckbrew.com/