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Previous Shows

 

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2012 Shows

 

The Waymores

Don Henry, Sally Barris & Tom Kimmel

February 12th, 2012

A delicious blend of contemporary folk, retro pop and old school country by three of the best performing songwriters in the world!

Caleb Hawley - March 9th, 2012

He has received top honors in the prestigious New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010). 

 

2011

John Magnie

January 22nd, 2011

 

We kicked off our 2011 House Concert season with John Magnie on January 22nd.  It was five years ago on December 3rd, 2005, that John first performed at the house and helped established Highlands House Concert venue with an awesome show.  He brought some special guests to perform with him and made it a night that our guests will never forget.  You can find the review of the show from the North Denver Tribune here.

Since then, John "got the band back together" with the Subdudes and recorded several albums and has been touring endlessly.  He's one of our very favorite performing musicians, songwriters and all around great guy.

The Waymores

Don Henry, Sally Barris & Tom Kimmel

February 4th, 2011

 

A delicious blend of contemporary folk, retro pop and old school country by three of the best performing songwriters in the world! .

Melissa Greener

www.melissagreener.com

March 25th, 2011

 

"Melissa Greener is one of those rare artists who appear on the scene with all their talents maturely developed. Blessed with a glorious, outsized, and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is also an accomplished guitarist whose powerful acoustic flat-picking is rooted in blues and folk. An arresting songwriter, she uses highly literate, vivid imagery to take typical concerns like love and identity beyond familiar territory. The music is strikingly original and impressively varied, featuring strong, catchy melodies in strange and brooding voicings."
  Celine Keating - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

 

Melissa's latest CD is a wonderful collection of songs that are introspective, beautifully composed and sung with imagery. She is no slouch on guitar - her fingerstyle playing holds its own as a solo guitarist and her playing propels her songs with power and grace. Her style could be compared to Shawn Colvin - melodic with grooving guitar that stands up solo or with a band.

Ellis

October 30th, 2011

 

Ellis may not be a household name, but once you’ve seen her perform you’re not likely to forget her. A mix of folk artist, dharma teacher, and comedienne, her music is best described by the effect it has on her audience rather than a particular genre. Simply put, she leaves audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts. With compelling songwriting and engaging performances, Ellis is quietly amassing a loyal following of supporters across the country.

A winner of several awards including the 2009 Just Plain Folks Best Female Singer Songwriter CD (Break The Spell), as well as being voted the “Most Wanted To Return” performer at both Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Sisters Folk Festival, she has also received Top 5 recognition in the Telluride Troubadour Song Contest and the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song Contest.

 

 

Ross Martin Guitar Workshop

December 10th, 2011

Highlands House Concerts will be hosting Ross Martin for a two hour guitar workshop where he will teach you:

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Exercises to help develop right hand picking

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Tips for creating a full, rich sound when playing fiddle tunes and leads

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Practice playing up the neck

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Ideas for making practice time more productive

 

 

 

Ross Martin & Grant Gordy

House Concert on December 16th, 2011

 

These two amazing guitarists happen to both be in town in December, so we have been given a holiday gift to see them together for a special evening of music.

Reflecting his love of diverse genres like jazz, bluegrass, country, folk, experimental and classical music, Ross Martin has always felt at home with fellow musicians who seek to reconcile, through their music, the incredible wealth of styles available to listeners.  He has toured and performed with a wide range of artists including Matt Flinner, Tony Furtado, Ron Miles, Mollie O’Brien, The Motet, Caroline Herring, Dwele, Sonya Kitchell and many others and currently has a CD release with the Matt Flinner Trio.  Check out Ross Martin's Website.

 

Grant Gordy got the call from David "Dawg" Grisman to sub in and then ultimately join the Quintet as guitarist. Says Grisman of Gordy: "He  belongs to the new elite family of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier ... Bluegrass, newgrass, jazz, classical and even 'dawg' are all audible influences in Grant's musical vision ... His guitar stylings offer a rare blend of flat-picking virtuosity, jazz exploration and classical sensibility - all displayed here in the setting of his choosing."

Check out Grant Gordy's Website.

   

The Rhythm Angels - May 23rd, 2010

With Special Guest Bob Sinclair

The Rhythm Angels are a duet with seamless harmonies and smart lyrics, both earthy and transcendent. As happens with traveling troubadours, careers found Celeste Krenz and Rebecca Folsom circling around each other for years. Celeste hails from the ranch country of North Dakota, while Rebecca comes out of the mountains of Colorado. It wasn't until they performed in-the-round at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee that they sang together for the first time. Inspired by the magic of their contrasting voices and harmony blend, they started performing together on a regular basis. After sold out shows across the country, it was clear audiences felt the magic, too.
 

The Winstons - April 24th, 2010

 

THE WINSTONS' latest CD, COMING THROUGH, debuted at #5 on folk radio's Top Albums & Songs, spent four months on folk radio's Top 50 Albums list, and earned THE WINSTONS the title of 1st Place Folkies and the award for 1st Place Folk Song ("Up In The Air") in the 2002 Boulder Folk & Roll Awards. 

Victory Review calls COMING THROUGH "extraordinarily satisfying, like the smoothest sipping whiskey, magical, slightly inebriating and addictive; this is what we all wish we'd hear when we turn on the radio."

Kraig Kenning - March 31st, 2010

Highlands House Concerts hosted International Slide Guitar Champion, Kraig Kenning, for a show at Chapultepec Too in the Denver Highlands neighborhood. 

Kraig Kenning who captured first place honors in the first annual "National Slide Guitar Festival" competition in Brevard, North Carolina. The event was sponsored by the National Guitar Company, along with co-sponsor Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Call him contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American Fingerstyle or Americana. Regardless of the genres crossed, Kraig Kenning manages to leave every audience feeling like they've just spent some quality time with an old friend.

Mary Flower - September 26th

It was such a great night.  The first set Mary lit up the strings with her ragtime, jazz and gospel numbers.

The second set was packed with special guests.

The Moody Sisters - May 17th, 2009

The Moody Sisters collaborated together for the first time in the Spring of 2008 for the "More Pretty Girls Than One" benefit concert at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. Braced by their intoxicating 4-part harmonies and sensational vintage nighties, audiences begged for more Moody. The band, "Rarely" (Cheryl Winston, guitar), "Stormy" (Sally Truitt, banjo and bass) "Fruity" (Erin Humphrey, accordion), "Gloomy" (KC Groves, mandolin and bass) and "Cutie" (Tierney Kathleen, guitar) now performs throughout the Boulder/Denver area, bringing a unique, fresh-out-of-the-oven vintage blend of folk, bluegrass, cowboy swing and old time to the Colorado Front Range.

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Your host gets to be a Moody brother!

 

Barbara Lamb - April 25th, 2009

It was a great show featuring Babs and her looping machine!

 

March 22nd, 2009

The Matt Flinner Trio - Music du Jour CD Release!

Matt Flinner, Ross Martin & Eric Thorin

 

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Even the host got in on the action...

Kraig Kenning

July 18th, 2008

Highlands House Concerts hosted a special summer show at Chapultepec Too! 

The evening began with Kraig's amazing songs, fingerpicking and slide guitar.

Kraig was followed by the Jack Hadley Band

 

 

 

Highlands House Concerts hosted Harry & Kit, who have

both dedicated their careers to supporting the Denver music community, local and touring artists, through their music stores.  They both have hosted their own concerts  and music workshops for decades.

 

Harry Tuft & Uncle Kit Simon

May 17th, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlands House Concerts hosted its 4th Marriage in Music for it's third season with Rich Moore & Mollie O'Brien.

They performed songs from their new release, 900 Baseline, with blues, vintage roots covers and gorgeous ballads that all got the Mollie and Rich treatment - just one voice and one guitar covering the whole range of great American music.

The was a very special evening that included a suprise guest musician, guitarist Ross Martin.

Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore

February 29th, 2008

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Highlands House Concerts continued with its  Marriage in Music with Andy and Cheryl Winston.

This was a fun evening of music and comical transitions as Highlands House Concert Host, Dwight Mark, performed in the round with the Winstons. 

 

 

The Winstons & Dwight Mark

January 12th, 2008

 

Highlands House Concerts hosted its second house concert of it's third season and another married musical duo "Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart".

Click Here for photos and a movie clip from the show
Stacey and Mark over the years have lived and learned so much from each other.
They have always found themselves inseparable from the beginning. It is playing music Day in and out together that locked in the sound and love they could not unlock if they tried.
Their Songs are the diaries of their life good times and bad, completing the love they have.  They live in Ashland City TN west of Nashville but call home from the road most of the time. 

 

Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart

December 2nd, 2007

 

 

 

 

The Laws

November 17th, 2007

 

The Laws shared a special evening at Highlands House Concerts with their love of music and food.  

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In 2007, The Laws have released a new CD, Ride it Out, and won 1st place at the 2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina!  

Listen to their music and watch a video of their August 2007 performance on Entertainment Tonight at The Laws Website  

Bob Tyler

June 8th, 2007

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Highlands House Concerts hosted Nashville's Bob Tyler for one of the most memorable performances ever! With a mixture of longtime Bob fans from when he lived here years ago along with those who never ever heard of Bob before, he had guests captivated on every song. From swing jazz, blues and folk to country, rock and bluegrass, Bob mixed it up and included some killer fingerstyle instrumentals. His selection of songs, stories and animated performances had everyone laughing and screaming the whole night through!


 

Boulder Acoustic Society

Friday, May 18th, 2007

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Highlands House Concerts hosted Boulder Acoustic Society with their new five piece band and a new CD. Aaron, Brad, Kailin and the two Scotts are accomplished multi- instrumentalists who captivate audiences with guitar, fiddle, string bass, marimba, ukulele, percussion, accordion, banjo and mandolin.

Pickin' Parties

Saturday, March 4th, 2007

& April 29th, 2007

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Highlands House Concerts hosted  pickin' parties where many of the pickers are previous guests of Highlands House Concerts.

The host also celebrated Chinese New Year and provided some home cooked Chinese dishes.

 

 

Tom Kimmel  

November 19th, 2006

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Tom Kimmel may be best known for his songs, which have been recorded by dozens of major artists (including Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstadt and Shawn Colvin) and featured in film and television (Twins, Runaway Bride; Miami Vice, Touched By An Angel). He is however a unique, critically acclaimed recording and performing artist in his own right. He tours widely, has released seven albums, and his music is appreciated around the world.

"A singer/songwriter who possesses the best qualities of John Wesley Harding or John Hiatt—superb songwriting and raw, hard-driving vocals.
—San Francisco Herald Examiner

"Kimmel has his own ‘voice’ and it rings with authority. A master poet."
—The Tennessean

[His songs] "have an anthemic, urgent quality earned through sheer quality of songwriting."
—New York Daily News

 

 

Boulder Acoustic Society

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

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Highlands House Concerts hosted  Boulder Acoustic Society - a four piece band with a new take on American Roots Music. Aaron, Brad, Kailin and Scott are accomplished multi- instrumentalists who captivate audiences with guitar, fiddle, string bass, marimba, ukulele, percussion, banjo and mandolin. Their deep respect for tradition, passion for innovation and intriguing instrumentation creates a remarkable and memorable listening experience. The music is modern and accessible, subtle yet virtuosic and serious yet light hearted.

 

Kraig Kenning - Friday, September 15, 2006

 

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Kraig Kenning who captured first place honors in the first annual "National Slide Guitar Festival" competition in Brevard, North Carolina. The event was sponsored by the National Guitar Company, along with co-sponsor Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Call him contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American Fingerstyle or Americana. Regardless of the genres crossed, Kraig Kenning manages to leave every audience feeling like they've just spent some quality time with an old friend. Few artists are as capable of connecting so directly with such diverse listeners while playing over 200 dates a year, receiving airplay on 40 stations nationwide, and selling 60,000+ recordings of six self-produced CDs. But Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet, touring non-stop for the past decade. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place." Together with his trademark dobro and passionate lyrics, Kraig reminds us just how personal--and potent--original music can be.

 

 

Mary Flower  June 25th, 2006

Working in both the intricately syncopated Piedmont fingerpicking style and her own deeply bluesy lap-slide guitar, Mary Flower has earned raves from critics and audiences alike for her springwater-clear vocals and guitar mastery. As the only woman in history to twice place in the top three at the legendary national Fingerpicking Guitar Championships, and with six critically acclaimed CDs and three instructional DVDs to her credit, Flower is in demand for festivals, concerts and guitar workshops on both sides of the Atlantic...

A hopeless mistress of the blues, she plies her trade wherever she might find kindred spirits -- fellow travelers on a life journey called the blues. But Flower doesn't content herself with rehashing the well-trod southern soil-borne wailings of a by-gone era. But neither does she forsake its rich tradition. Flower is one of those rare artists who manages to create a tincture of the aged authentic with the freshly original.

             Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

May 20th, 2006 - Buddy Mondlock

"I came to your house the other night to see Buddy Mondlock. I had one of the most memorable, fun times of my life..."

 

          Highlands House Concert Guest

Nashville-based, Buddy Mondlock, writes songs.  He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name just a few.  Recently he collaborated with the legendary Art Garfunkel and the wonderfully musical Maia Sharp. The three of them wrote and recorded an album together called “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” and then toured all over America and Europe.

He won the New Folk Award and Song of the Year Award at Kerrville.  David Wilcox and recorded his song "The Kid". Peter, Paul and Mary also recorded this song and then asked him to sing with them on their “Great Performances” TV special.

Buddy did some writing with this other new kid in town named Garth Brooks. Garth became a star and “Every Now and Then” ended up on his album “The Chase.” Janis Ian heard him singing at the Bluebird Cafe and asked him if he’d like to write with her. Their song “Amsterdam” got recorded by Joan Baez. Nanci Griffith asked Buddy to sing on a show she was taping for Irish television. She ended up liking that song so much that she recorded “Comin’ Down In the Rain” on her Grammy Award winning collection “Other Voices, Other Rooms.”

 

Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore  April 1, 2006

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"You obviously don't know about this woman because if you did, she'd be very rich. O'Brien has one of the clearest, truest voices of our time. She is way underrated. I can not listen to her live without getting goosebumps, and this rootsy collection of blues, acoustic folk and hybrid Americana showcases her voice as well as a recording can. 

Mollie O’Brien sings. Does she ever. Jazz, R&B, blues, gospel, southern mountain traditional — you name it. And she approaches each with an ease that makes you think she was steeped in the style since the first time a note left her throat.      

Mollie’s recordings are a tribute to the variety of her taste and the versatility of her performance. On her solo CDs — Every Night in the Week and I Never Move Too Soon (on Resounding Records) and Tell It True, Big Red Sun, and Things I Gave Away (on Sugar Hill) — she moves without hesitation from style to style, dipping into the songs of Lennon and McCartney, Percy Mayfield, Memphis Minnie, Chuck Berry, and the Subdudes.

 

Laurence Juber  March 4th, 2006

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Laurence Juber is a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine. He has released 11 critically acclaimed solo albums, including "LJ Plays the Beatles" and "Guitarist". His new release, "One Wing", is a collection of solo guitar arrangements drawn from the Paul McCartney and Wings repertoire.
As a studio and touring musician he has worked with such artists as George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul Williams and Al Stewart. His guitar playing is featured on films such as "Dirty Dancing", "Pocahonatas", "Good Will Hunting" and many TV shows including "Home Improvement" and  "Seventh Heaven".  His solo guitar arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" is featured on the  GRAMMY®-winning collection "Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar".

 

 

 

Colorado Songwriters Showcase  January 28th, 2006

Featuring Andy and Cheryl Winston, Rich Moore & Dwight Mark in the Round

 

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THE WINSTONS' latest CD, COMING THROUGH, debuted at #5 on folk radio's Top Albums & Songs, spent four months on folk radio's Top 50 Albums list, and earned THE WINSTONS the title of 1st Place Folkies and the award for 1st Place Folk Song ("Up In The Air") in the 2002 Boulder Folk & Roll Awards. 

Victory Review calls COMING THROUGH "extraordinarily satisfying, like the smoothest sipping whiskey, magical, slightly inebriating and addictive; this is what we all wish we'd hear when we turn on the radio."

Rich Moore's CD, Steady State, contains seven of Moore's compositions along with three tasty covers, including a Ray Charles-inspired "You Don't Know Me."

RICH MOORE is well-known and well-loved in Colorado's acoustic music family and has lived and performed here for over 25 years. He made his reputation early on as bassist and guitarist with stellar local outfits like The Solid Senders, and in recent years has been the rhythmic bedrock for Pete Wernick's Live Five, Celeste Krenz, and with ensembles fronted by his wife, the internationally- esteemed vocalist Mollie O'Brien. 

Legendary songwriter Tom Paxton says of Rich’s playing:

"Whenever I'm trying to work out a guitar arrangement I inevitably come to a point where I ask myself, 'How would Rich play this?' Then I laugh at my pretensions to greatness and go back to my usual plunk, plunk style. Fact is, Rich plays the way I hear it in my head. I just wish my hands heard it that way, too."

 

DWIGHT MARK shares his stories of travels, relationships and appreciation for nature with his songs performed on acoustic Hawaiian Weissenborn slide guitar, mandolins, mandolas, Portuguese guitarras, guitar and dobro.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Andy Volk says, “Dwight’s vibrant, richly textural arrangements and soaring vocals describe a crossroads where acoustic, folk, rock, and pop meet in songs that celebrate the beauty of nature and the unbridled joy of the groove.”

 

Check out the review of the show in the North Denver Tribune

John Magnie - Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 

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Highlands House Concerts hosted singer-songwriter, John Magnie, who has graced the performances and recordings with Shawn Colvin, Anders Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo', Amy Grant and Sam Bush to name just a few.  John is best known for his great songs and trademark accordion performances with the Subdudes - the band he started back in 1987, which has recently regrouped and is touring to sell-out crowds across the country.

Since the late 90's, John has also released a solo CD and three CD's as the 3 Twins, which includes Subdudes members Tim Cook and Steve Amedee.  These recordings show his mastery of mixing musical genres on piano, soulful vocals with engaging lyrics, and some of the most memorable vocal melodies, harmonies and grooving band tracks.

Kraig Kenning - Friday, October 21st, 2005

 

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Kraig Kenning who captured first place honors in the first annual "National Slide Guitar Festival" competition in Brevard, North Carolina. The event was sponsored by the National Guitar Company, along with co-sponsor Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Call him contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American Fingerstyle or Americana. Regardless of the genres crossed, Kraig Kenning manages to leave every audience feeling like they've just spent some quality time with an old friend. Few artists are as capable of connecting so directly with such diverse listeners while playing over 200 dates a year, receiving airplay on 40 stations nationwide, and selling 60,000+ recordings of six self-produced CDs. But Kenning has shaped himself into one of the most capable performers on the planet, touring non-stop for the past decade. "There is an exchange at a spiritual level in a great performance. My goal is to journey with all my listeners to this magical place." Together with his trademark dobro and passionate lyrics, Kraig reminds us just how personal--and potent--original music can be.

 

Celeste Krenz - Sunday, September 18th, 2005

 

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Our First Performance - The Housewarming Concert

Celeste's music spans genres of folk, country, pop and rock with a voice that is timeless.  She shares her stories of growing up on a ranch in North Dakota and most recently in her latest recording, Beautiful Soup, stories of finding the love of her life and starting a family of her own.

Nashville-based, Celeste Krenz, will join us in a special solo concert in a break from her tour through Colorado and Wyoming with the "Women in the Round" series featuring Liz Barnez and Rebecca Folsum.