Jeff Austin Band w/ Dead Winter Carpenters, Turkeyfoot - FRIDAY

Jeff Austin Band w/ Dead Winter Carpenters, Turkeyfoot - FRIDAY

Fri, October 5, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

*** PRODUCTION SCHEDULE ***

7:30 DOORS
8:00 - 9:00    Turkeyfoot
9:15 - 10:15  Dead Winter Carpenters
10:30 - Close Jeff Austin Band

Jeff Austin Band
Jeff Austin Band
“When I’m writing a song, it’s not about the hot licks, it’s about the voice and how it can be showcased from song to song,” says musician Jeff Austin. His focus is on transporting his audience by way of his vocal: “It’s the direct communication with the crowd — not just asking them how they’re feeling, but bringing something out of them.” For Austin, the act of speaking to people through his art really means using his voice.

The career of the Colorado-based artist has already seen him break through jam and bluegrass scenes, play stages from The Fillmore Auditorium to Red Rocks Amphitheater, and outdoor events like Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, among many others. But with the launch of his solo career in 2014, Austin is now building on the foundations of previous ventures while honing his own sound and charting new courses.

“I’ve learned a lot from the people I’ve played with,” says Austin who has shared stages with such luminaries as Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Earle Scruggs, Jon Fishman, and Phil Lesh. And it’s artists such as these who have helped crystalize Austin’s idea of what he wants to do as he moves forward with his eponymous project. “From both the rock side and the bluegrass side,” he explains, “I’ve learned a lot about song structure, solo ideas, playing with guts, and being who you are.”

Although he considers the Jeff Austin Band his primary focus, the mandolinist and singer is also known for embracing collaborations. In 2004, he released a full-length album with Chris Castino (The Big Wu) that featured guest appearances by Noam Pikelny, Darol Anger, and Sally Van Meter. Just two short years later in 2006, Austin teamed with Keller Williams and Keith Moseley to record a live album of bluegrass takes on Grateful Dead covers. The project, released under the name Grateful Grass, benefited the Rex Foundation. And most recently, Austin revived 30db - his project with Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee.

In truth, Austin only began playing the mandolin a few years before co-founding progressive bluegrass outfit Yonder Mountain String Band, a group with whom he parted ways in 2014. And, picking prowess aside, Austin has always considered his voice to be his first instrument. He was drawn to singing from a young age, pursuing musical theater in high school and college. That passion is still evident in his approach to song craft.

Austin draws from those varied roots and readily admits to still loving musicals, being fascinated by Madrigal singers, and tuning-in to a wide range of vocal powerhouses. He channels all of these influences into his solo career, while also seeking personal innovation. For his newest project, Austin sought out musicians on the cutting-edge of the acoustic and jazz music circles. Artists proficient in theory and technique, but not afraid to lend themselves to some “far-out arrangements.” The result is some of Austin’s most structured, yet exciting, compositions to date with an approach that fits within his own evolving journey and personal motto, "The work continues."

Although there is a strong undercurrent of momentum and innovation that course through Austin’s newest project, there is also a connection to the past with the bandleader revisiting selections from his back catalog. Offerings include “Dawn’s Early Light,” “Snow in the Pines,” and others dating back to the 1990s. What matters, Austin points out, is that those songs evoke strong emotional responses both from the audience and himself. Played by this new ensemble, those songs feel revitalized and fresh.

When it comes to dynamics and structure, Austin taps the variety of sounds and styles he's absorbed from theater, jamming, nearly twenty years of performance, and his love of experiencing live music as a fan. It’s that inner concert enthusiast that binds him to his own audience and a powerful exchange between the stage and the crowd. “I hope they take with them exactly what I hope they leave with us,” he says. “And that’s inspiration.”
Dead Winter Carpenters
Dead Winter Carpenters
In a time when music has been transformed and genre lines are left behind like the seasons, Dead Winter Carpenters are producing an ever-evolving style of music. The time spent, both in the studio and criss-crossing the American countryside, has provided Dead Winter Carpenters with a ground-breaking sound that blends Americana roots-rock with a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ Alt. Country that has an edge that is as hard-hitting as it is whimsical. While the roadsigns and towns pass by the windows on the highway of tour, DWCs are writing original material based on this musical journey which speaks magnitudes to these experiences.

As the band continues to evolve its definitive sound, one can’t help but feel the change of the alchemy brewing within Dead Winter Carpenters. Foot-stomping original tunes blended with the band’s onstage presence highlighted by the vocal melodies and five part harmonies, ferocious fluidity of the fiddle, deep pounding thump and thud of the upright bass, country ramblings of the telecaster and acoustic guitars, and the driving drums all meld together to create an experience that is sure leave you wanting more…

The five piece outfit is:

Jenni Charles -fiddler/vocalist
Dave Lockhart -upright bassist/vocalist
Jesse Dunn -rhythm guitarist/vocalist
Bryan Daines -lead guitarist/vocalist
Brian Huston -drummer/vocalist
Turkeyfoot
Turkeyfoot
For a musical style born out of rural Kentucky, and initially popularized by a single band, bluegrass has a surprising knack for bringing people from all walks of life together. For Jordan Brandenburg (Mandolin), Michael Rudolph (Bass), Bridger Dunnagan (Fiddle), Dave Pailet (Guitar), and Alex Koukov (Banjo), bluegrass has been a way to connect with others, to make friends and to cultivate joy, so it’s no surprise that community is at the center of their band ethos. The five friends, who comprise Denver’s next big bluegrass band, Turkeyfoot, share momentous instrumental talent, an enthusiasm for collaboration, and some serious songwriting chops. Turkeyfoot’s debut EP was released on June 1st, 2018 and features four original songs as well as a cover of Norman Blake’s “The Railroad Days”. While the band’s original songs feature themes of love and loss in contemporary settings, musically, the members share a love for traditional, straightforward bluegrass and it shows in the no-nonsense, driving arrangements. After taking second place at the 2018 Rockygrass Band Contest,Turkeyfoot is looking forward to a busier tour schedule and recording a full length album. “We’re going to continue being dedicated to the craft, having fun, and continue to ratchet up the gigs so that we can share the music with as many people as possible”, says Rudolph, who plays bass and is one of two founding members. What is their end goal? “I want people to feel happy and inspired by our music”, says Brandenburg, “ and on some songs, I want them to cry.”
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/