Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes Boulder Theater Friday, November 15th, 2019 Doors 7:30 p.m. | Show 8:30 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am Friday, Sept. 13th $45.00 – $47.50 As the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes, Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures—the band has won four Grammys (out of its nine nominations), and she has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation. But for her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements and intimate, revelatory lyrics. As the first project to come out under Brittany Howard’s own name, Jaime represents an enormous step both musically and personally. “It’s my first time making decisions on my own, being the captain of the ship,” she says. “It brings up existential questions—why am I here, why do I do this?”
Bruce Cockburn Boulder Theater Sunday, November 17th, 2019 Doors 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, June 7th $35.00 – $45.00 Since his self-titled debut in 1970, the Canadian singer-songwriter has issued a steady stream of acclaimed albums every couple of years. Bone On Bone, Cockburn’s 33rd album, pays tribute to late, seminal Canadian poet Al Purdy and his poetry. Cockburn’s rugged fingerpicking style on the Dobro perfectly matches Purdy’s plainspoken words and the grizzled voice of his street character. Cockburn, who won the inaugural People’s Voice Award at the Folk Alliance International conference in February and will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in September, continues to find inspiration in the world around him and channel those ideas into songs. “My job is to try and trap the spirits of things in the scratches of pen on paper and the pulling of notes out of metal,” he once noted. More than forty years after embarking on his singer-songwriting career, Cockburn keeps kicking at the darkness so that it might bleed daylight.
Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Boulder Theater Sunday, November 24th, 2019 Doors 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am Friday, Sept. 20th $35.00 – $50.00 A loyal American son from Texas, Murphey’s long-running incarnation as a purveyor of the music, lifestyle, and values of the American West is one of many musical mantles he has worn over the past 50 years. To track his career path is to span the country itself, from coming of age in the Texas folk music scene to Los Angeles to Colorado to Nashville and then back to his native Texas. During the early 1970s in Austin, TX along with artists like Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn, Murphey created the “Cosmic Cowboy” movement, which was pivotal in drawing artists like Willie Nelson to the scene and helped birth the “Outlaw” Country movement. Murphey has been awarded gold albums for Cowboy Songs, Vol. I, Blue Sky Night Thunder, and a Platinum single, “Wildfire”. He has been given the prestigious Charlie Russell Award for Western Heritage. He is a 5-time recipient of the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, and boasts awards from the Academy of Country Music, Rock Music Awards, Academy of Western Music Awards, Governor of New Mexico’s Outstanding Achievement Award, Outstanding Son of Texas Award by the Texas Legislature, and multiple from BMI. In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Association Hall of Fame, joining old friends Willie Nelson, Guy Clark, and Allen Shamblin.
Trace Bundy’s Acoustic Holiday – 11t Annual with Very Special Guest Kaki King Boulder Theater Saturday, December 7th, 2019 Doors 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am Friday, Aug. 23rd $25.00 – $35.00 Internationally-acclaimed guitar virtuoso Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard. His music is poetry in motion, using harmonics, looping, multiple capos, and his unique banter and stage presence to deliver an unforgettable live concert experience. Listening to his intricate arrangements is one thing, but seeing the fan-dubbed “Acoustic Ninja” play live confounds even the most accomplished music lovers as to how one person can do all that with just two hands and ten fingers.
The Wood Brothers Boulder Theater Friday, December 13th & Saturday, December 14th, 2019 Doors 7:00 p.m. | Show 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am Friday, September 13th $36.00 – $65.00 At a point in their career where most artists would be looking to strategically position themselves for even greater commercial success, The Wood Brothers instead turned to artistic expression in service of the muse. In chaotic times when honesty is in short supply and ulterior motives seem to always be at play, The Wood Brothers put faith in themselves and ultimately their audience by writing and recording a collection of songs that is honest and pure. Indeed, their sixth record, One Drop of Truth, dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles, and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film.
Trevor Hall – Two Nights Boulder Theater Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th, 2019 Doors 7:30 p.m. | Show 8:30 p.m. Tickets on sale at 10:00 am Friday, August 2nd $31.50 – $55.00 An eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – echo with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining an incredibly and refreshingly universal message. While on the road, Hall sees the stage as his moving temple, a place where he can share in the experience of his spiritual journey with his audience. Hall’s annual trips to India also continue to serve as a source of creativity and motivation for his music. The precious lessons and experiences that he has harvested from his journeys East have moved Hall to return a service to those who have colored his music and his life so beautifully. Hall uses donations collected at his live shows to help support an ashram in Allahabad, India, the home of his Guru, where underprivileged and orphaned boys and girls are given the chance at a better life and a traditional Vedic education.