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Sponsored by the Mt. Crested Butte Town Center Community Association, the Live! From Mt. CB Summer Concert Series returns for the summer of 2019 with an exciting lineup of amazing musicians. Join the fun key Wednesday evenings between late June and mid-August for an evening of free music at the base of Mt. Crested Butte.
All shows will take place at the Red Lady Stage in Mt. Crested Butte from 5:30 - 7:30 pm
2019 Summer Line-Up
The Jacob Jolliff Band - Bluegrass
The Jacob Jolliff Band is the next generation of bluegrass supergroups, led by one of the country's premier contemporary bluegrass mandolinists. Before joining Yonder Mountain String Band in 2015, Jacob Jolliff founded the beloved New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner.
The Jacob Jolliff Band features a rotating cast of some of the most virtuosic and innovative young pickers in the country. Jacob Jolliff continues to tour extensively with Yonder Mountain String Band year round, assembling his namesake band when his schedule permits, for rare, not to to be missed performances.
Aaron Lee Tasjan – Rock N’Roll
Most people know Aaron Lee Tasjan as one of the wittiest, most offbeat, brilliant, Americana troubadours writing and singing songs today. And the New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone will all gladly corroborate. But steel yourselves, folk fans, because he’s about to follow his restless muse straight out from under the weight of everyone’s expectations into the kind of glammy, jingle-jangle power-pop- and- psych-tinged sounds he hasn’t dabbled in since his younger days playing lead guitar for a late-period incarnation of The New York Dolls.
Tab Benoit – Delta Blues
Grammy nominated guitarist, singer, and songwriter Tab Benoit makes his home near New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana. He's one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene. For most of the 1990s and into the 2000s, he's worked each of his records the old-fashioned way, by playing anywhere and everywhere he and his band can play. Unlike so many others before him, Benoit understands that blues is not a medium in favor with 50,000-watt commercial rock radio stations, so as a consequence, he's combined each of his releases with as many shows as he can possibly play.
Los Colognes – Tulsa Sound
One of the highest and rarest aspirations in popular music is to reach for the transcendental, to access the spirit. On the third album “The Wave” by Nashville based Los Colognes, they succeed just this- in breaking through the conﬁnes of everyday pop song lyricism to tell a sort of holistic story. It’s not a concept piece, but it’s a brooding and still joyful song cycle ﬁlled with philosophical rumination, effortless hooks, inspiring musicianship, and expansive arrangement. Los Colognes have given us a singular collection of quietly anthemic tunes, held together by philosophical reflection and damn fine rock and roll chops.
Polyrhythmics – Jazz Fusion
The 8 piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle's finest exports. Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics’ latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece’s impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it’s without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.
The Dip – R&B/Soul
The Dip is an electrifying seven-piece soul band from Seattle, Washington. Featuring three members of Beat Connection, the band toes the line between crooning soul and hard-driving funk. Featuring crunchy lines from the Honeynut Horns, The Dip is a throwback groove that is sure to get you movin'.
Battle of Santiago - Afro Cuban Post-Rock
Toronto-based group Battle of Santiago combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility. The result is a wholly unique sound that tells a universal 21st Century story, transcending borders while staying rooted in one city’s immigrant experience.
Cha Wa – Mardi Gras Funk
From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their grammy nominated album “Spyboy” to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture.
Although “cha wa” means “we’re comin’ for ya” in Indian vernacular, Boudreaux says the album “Spyboy” is “Cha Wa all around” for a different reason. Cha Wa ignites an entire new generation with contemporary anthems set ablaze by its high-flying ensemble. Says Boudreaux, “Everyone put their minds together to make this music. Everyone had input on at least one song. And the whole band has a different type of connection these days. Everybody’s bonded now. Everybody’s just having fun”.