It is shaping up to be quite a season of live music at Montanya Distillers, played by talented and original musicians, some are from our own back yard, some from as far afield as Equador.
All shows are 6-9pm, family friendly, no cover charge, original music. Don't come expecting cover bands. :)
May 21st: Handmade Moments, 6-9pm Fayetteville, Arkansas
One of our favorites! Their music is deeply soulful and reminiscent of 20s dance hall hits and viper era jazz with some Beatboxing. Modern and fresh; Joel and Anna’s songwriting contains a subtle and humble vibe. Alto sax, ukelele and more.
May 23-24th, Miss Emily and Tony Rosario 6-9pm, Grand Junction/Denver
Sultry, soulful and powerhouse vocal harmonies, original sound, blues, R&B, strong guitar rhythms.
June 11th and July 9th: Free the Honey, 6-9pm, Crested Butte, Colorado
Someday when these guys were enormously famous, we will get to say they were once our "house band". They will wow the whole world one day, but for now, we get to host them. 3 part harmonies, ever-changing instruments, über talent, and original music.
June 13th: Erin and the Project, 6-9pm, Missoula, MT
Combines soul, r&b, blues, jazz, and alternative rock to create a unique SoulTernative genre. This dynamic act features powerhouse female vocals and driving rhythms that will leave you in the afterglow. Click here to listen.
June 19th, Peter Jong Chang, 6-9pm, San Francisco
Hot guitar rhythms from many genres, original and instrumental.
June 20th, The Chuckless Wagons, 6-9pm Crested Butte, CO
The acoustic alter-ego of Ryan Herr and Tyler Lucas from local ski-funk band band Mine Control. Their music is stripped down and acoustic featuring mandolin and guitar. Sharing a love for musical conversation, their playful weaving of trickling melodies and pulsing rhythms will put the groove in your grass. They perform a range of traditional music from classic American troubadours and add a Crested Butte twist consistent with the unique character only found above 8,000 feet in the West Elk Mountains. Joining them is Mollie Hull, who contributes her venerable vocal harmonies and guitar playing.
June 25th, July 2nd, August 19th, Rachel van Slyke,
Soulful vocals and guitar, a strong musical talent from Nashville singing in many genres from country to Americana and alternative.
June 26th, Ben Powell, 6-9pm San Diego, CA Ben Powell makes his way through this world like a one man band of years past, but with a fresh, new, vibrant sound. Ben has created a truly unique sound playing his resonator guitars, stomping on a homemade winebox footboard, playing rack-harmonica, and singing his old style blues and his original tunes about any issues of the day.
June 28th, Sweetwater String Band, 6-9pm, High Sierras, CA Sweetwater String Band delivers an original highly danceable bluegrass sound featuring cello, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass.
July 1-2, Ryan Flores, 6-9pm Ontario, Canada
This performer has been one of our absolute favorites of the last year. He is wildly talented!!! Ryan is an independent musician, singer, and songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. He is well known for his very uplifting, honest, and relatable original music, most of which revolve around the genres of pop, R & B, acoustic, and some contemporary folk. We like to think of him as Balkan vamp. He is mainly inspired by artists who sing on a more inspirational, personal, and original level.
July 11th, August 15th: Gypsy Jazz Social Club, 6-9pm
An ever evolving lineup of spectacularly talented local musicians playing an original yet familiar set of Gypsy Jazz with a world sound.
July 24th, Kyle T, 6-9pm Durango, CO
Kyle T or Kyle Dewitt Tischler is a 21 year old Country artist from Carnesville, Georgia, currently based out of Durango, CO area, who started playing music at age 6 after hearing the famous "Hank Williams" song, "Hey Good Looking". Kyle has a versatile style heavily influenced by country music. His deep voice and skill on the guitar make him versatile to take on any genre he chooses.
July 30, Michael Shay Trio, 6-9pm Quito, Equador
With the nuance of a classically-trained musician, the grit of a musical globe-trotter, and just enough twang to know he's from Texas, Michael Shay's folk and alt-country songwriting sensibilities reflect a vision comfortably outside any "Americana" box while poetically evoking his earliest influences: Townes Van Zandt, Neil Young, Dylan, and the Dead.
Born in Austin, currently based in Quito, Ecuador, Michael Shay has spent twenty years exploring countless musical traditions in far-flung countries, which finally him back to performing his own rootsy Americana originals as part of the trio that will visit Montanya.
July 31, Candy Lee, 6-9pm Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Candy Lee is an award winning, "golden voiced" singer/songwriter who combines her love for folk, jazz, and indie music to create her own original style. The first thing you'll notice when you hear Candy Lee is her voice- timeless, entrancing, and ethereal. She pulls you in with her sweet, catchy melodies and moving music, but it is her smart, creative lyrics that deserve a second listen.
Grace Easley and Gordon Lewis have been playing music together now for almost two years. They met in Springfield, Missouri while Grace Easley and her friend were busking and Gordon showed up in a pedicab with a banjo. After this, the two got to know each other and went on to become Roma Ransom, which has an original gypsy caravan sound.
August 8th, The Clarks, 6-9pm Boulder, CO
Original semi-acoustic folk, blues and rock. THE CLARKS is a Boulder-based trio, named for CLARK’S QUARK (n.), a theoretical but as yet undiscovered subatomic particle postulated by the great Polish/Native American physicist Clark Blzgyqzckrpgvki (Indian name ‘Empty Vial’), whose anticipated properties are (i) it is destroyed at the same instant it is created and (ii) when placed in a solution of alcohol and stimulated by energy emits coherent sound waves of unimaginable power and beauty. Along with the Higgs Boson, discovery of the Clark’s Quark is one of the last great problems in modern physics.