Coal Town Reunion
Were you strumming along to bands like the String Cheese Incident prior to them hitting it huge? Were you hip to the Motet before they were jiving down Red Rocks every summer? Do you remember when snagging a Pretty Lights ticket wasn’t on the same competitive field as getting an Uber on New Years Eve?
If not, it is lucky that you wandered onto 303 Magazine today, because 2017 is your time to shine with knowledge of Denver’s imploding underground. We have concocted a list of band run downs and interviews for you of all of the acts in Denver that we know are going to explode onto the scene.
It is not a mystery that roots/folk bands do well in Colorado, and there is always room for more. Having come to fruition in 2014, this band has plenty to give in the future and we at 303 are excited to hear it. Consisting of an acoustic and electric guitar, drums, fiddle and bass, the group gets their sound by piecing together their talents and smoothing it all out with lullaby-style lyrics yet a danceable tempo. We chatted with bassist and vocalist Jeff Montoya about what he favors in the area and how we can all get excited for what is to come. Check it out:
303 Magazine: What do you love about being in Denver’s music scene?
Jeff Montoya: Denver has had a tight knit, yet welcoming community of really good artists for a long time and it has always been supported by a community of people who are just as welcoming and are eager to listen. They’ve been feeding off one another and it’s really starting to explode. The amount of Denver bands that are buzzing nationally is a testament to that. You get to play with some amazing musicians and become fans of one another.
303: What do you have up your sleeve for 2017?
JM: We put out our first EP in 2016 and are going to record our first full-length album with the folks at Playing For Change in 2017. They are doing great things and putting out some great music,and we are excited to be a part of it. We haven’t ventured far outside of Denver, so we’d like to get on some festivals and do a mountain tour this year.
303: What is your favorite venue/neighborhood to play?
JM: We love the Walnut Room. Mile High Spirits and Ophelia’s are awesome too. Last summer, we played on the rooftop of Battery 621 in the Art District and you can’t beat the having the Denver skyline right there. But lets be honest, Denver is home to THE venue. We want to play there.
There you have it. Those of you who suffered in 2016 as the ones always running two steps behind the hot acts can finally stand tall in 2017 as a musical know-it-all. Use this list wisely.