Natalie Spears

Natalie Spears

Featuring The Singing Bone Medicine Show

Saturday, Jun 8, 7:00pm
Tickets: $25

Natalie Spears brings listeners in touch with the warmth of community, the quiet awe of wild places, and the intimate corners of humanity. Her forthcoming album, “The Hymn of Wild Things,” (out June 7) chronicles her experience of wonder, loss and metamorphosis. This is a collection of songs about the intimate corners of humanity, hers and ours alike. With a quiver of instruments (banjo, piano, guitar), she threads opposites together: love with loss; tradition with innovation; and the human experience with the more-than-human world. Spears has played the John Hartford Memorial Festival, Blackpot Festival, Palisade Roots Festival, Chautauqua Community House, Crested Butte Performing Arts Center and the Wheeler Opera House.

There once were two sisters, call them Mythic and Modern. Mythic sang the songs that found resonance in the blood, bone and souls of the “common” folk. Modern chose a prose that appealed to the elites self-serving notions of advancement and progress. One day, jealous of her sister’s love and popularity among the people, Modern killed Mythic, burying her bones high in the hills under a Juniper Tree. With Mythic gone, Modern remade much of the world in her image, fancying herself the New Queen. However, as Modern’s power grew the hearts of the people sank, and in time, they could take no more. It was then that some began digging into the dirt of the subconscious, of dreams, of the umbral hauntings found beneath the Juniper Tree. When they eventually unearthed the old bones of Mythic, those bones began to sing. Their songs revealed Modern’s betrayal and reawakened that deep and resonant hum within the people. The Singing Bone Medicine Show is blessed to work with such songs and bones.

Singing Bone Medicine Show

The Singing Bone Medicine Show, as the name would suggest, both digs for and shares with others the living, yet often obscured, “song bones” that are the dreams of the earth given form in the myths, fables, legends and stories of the world’s variegated patchwork of human cultures. Our medium for this work is equally as olden and arcane as the stories themselves– puppetry, the theater of haunted rags where trickster speaks from behind a mask.

We offer ourselves and the song bones we carry to you. Dark or light, glimmering or umbral, we weave our varied performances to cater to both the old and the young. Festivals, schools and celebrations could find us a welcome guest (our shows at the crossroads, however, might be better off missed). Give us space for our stage and a slice or two of time and you’ll presently find your bones singing too.

Upcoming Events

Superman (PG)

Superman (PG)

May 25 – Retro Film – An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home’s first and greatest superhero – Superman.

The Polish Ambassador

The Polish Ambassador

May 27 – HELD OVER – The Polish Ambassador will perform with Scott Nice and Grandfather Gold. Presented by the Paradise Theatre, Seems Legit Productions, Paonia Soil Co, and Paonia Realty.

Milk (R)

Milk (R)

Jun 20 – Heritage Month – The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as a mentally challenged American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay, schizophrenic elected official.

The Birdcage (R)

The Birdcage (R)

Jun 21 – In The Birdcage, a gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.

What the Bleep Do We Know

What the Bleep Do We Know

Jul 6 – In What the Bleep Do We Know, a fictional photographer’s quest to spiritually rediscover herself is interspersed with documentary footage of scientists and theologians discussing the philosophical aspects of quantum physics.

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Jul 24 – Eclectic, immersive and mesmerizing; guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto embodies the notion that music has no language: beautifully raw and cathartically emotional.

Fracking the System

Fracking the System

Aug 3 – Fracking the System is a political thriller documentary from the front lines of climate justice activism in Colorado. When a fracking mega-site gets moved from a White neighborhood to a BIPOC neighborhood, a concerned mother fights to try and stop it.