LAKE STREET DIVE

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Friday March 21, 2014, 7:30 pm
The Paradise Theatre 215 Grand Ave, Paonia, SOLD OUT!!!
Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. “We realize this could all go away tomorrow,” says Rachael Price. “But that won’t change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves.”Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. “I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,” says Olson, who acquired the nickname “McDuck” while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. “They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.”Lake Street Dive has come a long way, but this just could be the start of something even bigger.  It took a casually made video featuring the band gathered around a single mic, performing a cover of Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” shot on a Brighton, Massachusetts, street corner to grab the public’s attention—its YouTube views now hurtling past a million views. What followed was nothing less than a modern-day music business success story—T Bone Burnett tapping them to perform on the Another Day, Another Time show at Town Hall featuring music from and inspired by the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, taped for an upcoming special on Showtime. The New Yorker raved of their Town Hall performance: “I can’t imagine then, that Lake Street Dive—a quartet led by an amazing young singer, Rachael Price—won’t be getting some air time soon.” Rolling Stone called the band “unexpected showstoppers,” while Hollywood Reporter noted the group “delivered one of the show’s best moments with the swinging ‘You Go Down Smooth,’ with stirring vocals by lead singer Rachael Price.” The New York Daily News was similarly enthused, saying Lake Street Dive “was the evening’s wild card,” and noting Price “has the soulful howl of a young Etta James.”

And just like that, Lake Street Dive went from playing for a small devoted following, to selling out venues and planning an initial European tour, with dates on several late-night TV shows in the offing.

While “I Want You Back,” a track from their six-song Fun Machine EP, which included five covers and an original track, was spreading like wildfire on the Internet, the band had little idea what was happening. They were ensconced at Great North Sound Society, a recording studio located on an 18th century farmhouse in Parsonsfield, Maine, two hours from Boston, with producer/engineer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter) alocation so remote, cell phone reception was spotty and web access non-existent.

The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton, Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a self- titled debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from “a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns ‘60s influences like Brill Building girl groups (“Stop Your Crying”), British Invasion rock (“Bobby Tanqueray”), horn-driven Stax R&B (“You Go Down Smooth”), Motown soul (“Use Me Up”) and even The Band-like gospel blues (“What About Me”).
“Our musical development has been like Google Earth,” explains Olson, “going from the entire universe to a specific place. That’s how we’ve honed in on our sound. We had the whole world of music at our fingertips, and we were unsure of what direction to take, but now we’re zeroing in a little closer.”

All four members of the band take part in the writing. The Bridget-penned title track is a wry commentary on how those selfie iPhone photos are just a cover for loneliness, but it could also refer to the rest of the album, each song a polaroid glimpse of a band that is constantly evolving.

“Nothing we do is set in stone,” says Olson about the band’s recording process in the studio, and that they are, first and foremost, a live outfit. “Songs change when we start to play them for people. That determines the stylistic direction more than anything else. When we record a song, that’s just a snapshot of where it was at that moment. And it continues to grow as we perform it.”

And as things are rapidly growing for Lake Street Dive, the nine years that they spent focusing on their musical development has left them with one constant to strive for. “We are named in homage to dive bar bands,” says Calabrese, “we were, are and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we’re playing for 10 people or 10,000 we want them to have that feeling.”

Band Website: www.lakestreetdive.com
Lake Street Dive Promotional Material: www.bighassle.com/publicity/lake-street-dive
Tickets & More Concert Info: www.pickinproductions.com
Additional Concert Info: Rob Miller pickinproductions@gmail.com (970) 260-6493

Still Going 70 in a 55 – Mike Gwinn and the North Fork Flyers

Still Going 70 in a 55

2014-mike-gwinn-cdMike Gwinn & The North Fork Flyers will present a CD Release Party at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia Colorado on Saturday March 15th. The new CD, “STILL GOING 70 IN A 55″ is a celebration of Mike’s 70th birhday and features 10 original songs penned by Mike and engineered by David Snider.  The North Fork Flyers have been performing together for the past 10 years, thrilling crowds with their amazing repertoire of horn based jazz, funk and rock. Don’t miss this concert/premier.

Tickets at the door $25.00 or $20.00 presale (Brown Paper Tickets, Homestead Market, Paonia Farm & Home and Backcountry Bistro). LIMITED SEATING.  Ticket includes CD.

Doors open at 7pm; show starts at 8pm.

Mike & the Flyers will be promoting the “Save the Paradise” push!!

For info call Mike 970-527-3424 or email him.

Lucius

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A Benefit For KVNF COMMUNITY RADIO

LUCIUS
With Openers:  ”You Won’t”

Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:30 pm
The Paradise Theatre 215 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO

“Joyous, Melodic Anthems” – Billboard
“Perfect, Magnetic Pop Music” – NPR

Lucius is a triple-threat of vocal harmonies, infectious hooks, and dance-inducing percussion. Pair those traits with the band’s irresistible live show and it’s easy to see why NPR Music calls them “a fabulous band playing such infectious pop songs” and Paste hails the group as “blissful.” Charismatic co-founders and lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig sing in unison – two voices as one – uniquely delivering songs with stories told from the same perspective. Multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish, and Dan Molad round out the stylish, Brooklyn-based quintet.

Tickets $20 Advance, $25 Door ~ On Sale Now!
Available locally at Homestead Market & Backcountry Bistro
And online at www.pickinproductions.com

Band Website: www.ilovelucius.com
Promo Material: www.ilovelucius.com/promo/ & www.highroadtouring.com/artists/lucius
Bio & Hi Res Photo: www.ilovelucius.com/promo/
Tickets & More Concert Info: www.pickinproductions.com
Additional Concert Info: Rob Miller pickinproductions@gmail.com (970) 260-6493

New Year’s Eve Party

Starting at 7pm until 10pm, Delicious Dance of the Blue Sage is sponsoring a New Year’s Eve dance party. This is a benefit for the Theatre!!!

Dress to impress!

DJs Skip & Patty will provide the music!

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Paper Bird

Pickin’ Productions presents Paper Bird! Opening ~ Craig Childs & Bill Powers ~ A BENEFIT FOR KVNF PUBLIC RADIO on November 22 at 7:30PM.

Tickets $20 Advance, $25 Door ~ On Sale Now *
Available locally at Homestead Market & Backcountry Bistro or online
* Note: A Limited number of $35 Premium Reserved seats available, visit the Pickin’ Productions site for more information

Pickin’ Productions is partnering with KVNF Community Radio and The Paradise Theatre to bring top notch, national artists to the North Fork Valley. Let it be known – this band, Paper Bird, we are extra-excited about. The sound is new, fresh, fun and the music is tight, intricate and delicate all at once. We predict this will be a show you won’t forget.

2013-paper-bird-imageSince the band’s formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, roots, and Americana to delighted audiences nationwide. Paper Bird has released two studio albums, Anything Nameless and Joymaking (2007) and When the River took Flight (2010); as well as Carry On (2011), which was the score to a collaboration with Ballet Nouveau Colorado of the same name. Their unique sound is a combination of a dynamic and energetic rhythm section intertwined with effortless and flowing harmonies and the group’s backbone is their songwriting, musicianship and a general allergy to all limitations and trends. With seven members and no designated leader, the possibilities for Paper Bird are constantly unfolding, with fluctuations in style and mood akin to weather patterns. Their rare and beautiful approach to music led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and were voted in the Top 10 Best Underground Bands by the Denver Post three years in a row, as well as being 5280′s Top of the Town “Top Local Band.” Most recently, Paper Bird was featured in February 2013 in the New York Times in a story about up and coming Denver bands.

Paper Bird’s fourth album, Rooms, pushes musical boundaries even further than anything the group has done. Paper Bird wanted to make an album that was coherent and truly represented where they are as a band and as people –so they made a hard left turn by enlisting good friend and accomplished film composer Ryan Fritch, to produce Rooms. “Ryan sees music differently than all of us had before this recording process,” said drummer Mark Anderson. “His input on our music opened our eyes to new ways of writing and experiencing sound, helping to create an atmosphere within the album that did not exist before.”

More information or to set up interviews, contact Rob Miller

Mollie O’Brien

Pickin’ Productions presents Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore with Eric Thorin and special guests Honey Don’t on November 8 at 7:30PM.

Tickets ($20) on sale at Homestead Market in Paonia and online.

2013-molly-obrien-imagePickin’ Productions is thrilled to bring back one of their favorites, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore. If you’ve seen them before, then you know she’s one of the greatest singers on the planet. If you haven’t seen them before, you’re in for a treat.

Partners in marriage for over twenty four years, professional musicians for longer than that, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore are just now starting on another journey – that of a performing duo. The release of their new live CD, 900 Baseline, this past June is proof that working couples can make beautiful music together. Blues, vintage roots covers and gorgeous ballads all get the Mollie and Rich treatment – just one voice and one guitar covering the whole range of great American music.

Mollie O’Brien is simply one of the best interpreters of American music. She has built a loyal national and international following with both her solo career and her collaborations with brother Tim O’Brien. She has performed and recorded with a virtual who’s who of modern acoustic music including Chris Thile, Jerry Douglas, Todd Phillips, Nina Gerber, Sally Van Meter, Scott Nygard and many, many more.

Web site: www.mollieobrien.com

More information or to set up interviews, contact Rob Miller

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Save the Paradise Dance Party Benefit Bash!

Friday, August 30th, 7:30pm

An evening of dance, comedy, spoken word and more! All to benefit our fine theatre. Drink specials, friends, community- y’all come!

Paradise Benefit

Here’s the schedule for the evening’s affair:

  • Welcome Home: Future of FOPT
  • Spoken Word: Craig Childs, Prima Mary + more
  • Cage Free Comedy
  • Dance with DJ Smyth and DJ Art Beller
  • Visuals by Adam Smith & Jordan Schevene
  • Ambiance by Bohemian Beet Studio
  • $10 suggested donation

Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Strolling Scones!

The GALACTIC PREMIERE of the all new original stage play “Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s The Strolling Scones!” Is coming to the Paradise Theater in Paonia, CO Oct. 11-13, 2013.

Show times:
Fri. Oct. 11 & Sat. Oct 12 – 7:30pm; Sun. Oct 13 – 2:00pm matinee.

The play, with book written by New York playwright L.E. McCullough and music and lyrics by Rick Stockton, is an all original 2 act rockin’ – rollin’ musical that follows the fictional Strolling Scones – 1960′s era British invasion band – through their struggles to adjust to the new millennium after being “accidentally” frozen in a VW microbus at the bottom of an ice choked high mountain lake since 1969. Lenore Cambria directs some of Paonia’s most skilled comedic actors through this witty and campy multi-media extravaganza.

As the legend goes……

The year was 1969. Popular British Invasion band the Strolling Scones were on their first North American tour.

Enroute to their New Year’s Eve gig in snowy Colorado, the band had an “accident” of unknown cause … their VW microbus careened off the road into an ice-choked high mountain lake, where the hapless rockers were frozen instantly. Search and rescue attempts failed and the band was presumed dead.

Now, more than 40 years later, the band has been found, miraculously thawed, and put back out on tour. All still in their Twenties and ready to rock.

Follow Malcolm, Yardley, Stewart, Chelsea, Rainbow Sunshine and Harry as they struggle to adjust to a new millenium and a second chance to rediscover their music – and redefine their lives, loves, and dreams.

For more information, contact Helen Highwater (970) 527-4490.

Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets!

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