The Big Thompson Flood
Based out of Golden, Colorado, The Big THompson Flood combines Rock/Blues/Funk with Country/Rock-a-Billy. Their sound is old-school rock, blues, and funk with a little twang for good measure.
A Colorado native who grew up in Houston and now lives in Boulder, Monika first fell in love with music when she was given a baby Gibson electric guitar for her 12th birthday. A season 5 contestant on the hit TV show "The Voice", she describes herself as a “blues-inspired singer-songwriter, bad ass and aspiring rock star.” Her talent as both a songwriter and a performer suggest that her already successful music career has a very bright future.
With a lot to shout about the "Gas Pops are quickly becoming one of Colorado's most popular acts. They came in to the Violet Recording sound stage to perform "Drink My Fill" for a video to promote their upcoming album release at the Fox Theater in Boulder
Rogue Sound in its purest form is a hip-hop-reggae-fusion group, with roots in funk, rock, and jazz. With their immense sea of influences and tastes along with their bilingual lyrics and easy-going vibe, Rogue Sound strives to cross cultures and genres while mixing musicianship with simplicity in a positive party atmosphere.
Colorado seems an unlikely origin for reggae music. The distinctive grooves conjure images of beaches and palm trees, not snowy mountains. But Al Laughlin has been challenging that stereotype for almost thirty years.
Al was one of the founding members of a little band you might have heard of – The Samples. The reggae-influenced rock group achieved fame in the 90s, headlining national touring festivals and sharing the stage with the
likes of Phish and Dave Matthews Band. Laughlin co-wrote some of the band’s most iconic songs, and his percussive, off-beat reggae keyboard style helped define the band’s much-loved sound.
Time moves on and many things change, but Laughlin is still growing and making great music. Collaborating with many of his old Samples bandmates, as well as new blood from the vibrant Colorado music scene, Laughlin has crafted a new sound in Highway 50
– a reggae/jazz/ska jam band named after a lonely road in Utah where Laughlin once ran out of gas.
Paa Kow hails from Ghana Africa where he quickly became known as a child prodigy of drums in a culture that values drums above other instruments. While working with the major African groups of the time his skills were recognized by emissaries from the music school of Colorado University. He was invited to take part in their program and has since been a prolific influence in the Boulder Afro-Jazz scene playing halls like the Boulder Theater and the Fox theater to name a few. Catch him playing out and prepare to be astounded by his compositional and drum set skills.
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