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Brent Cowles

Brent Cowles began playing the guitar at the age of 13. Within a year, he was writing his own music and playing in bands. At 17, Cowles began a solo career under the moniker You, Me and Apollo and played mostly in the southwest and west coast.

In 2011, You, Me and Apollo transitioned from a solo act to a full band. The band released a well-received debut EP titled Cards with Cheats and later a full length album, Sweet Honey. After a great ride and three years of touring the United States, and much to their fans dismay, the band called it quits.

After a short break from music, Cowles returned to his roots; standing on a stage, just him and his guitar, belting out his poetry that, according to the Denver Post, would be the envy of songwriters twice his age. Cowles writes from a deep, raw, authentic place and marries it to a sound that has been likened to the soul of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Cowles is currently working on new music and releasing a new solo EP.

In 2011, You, Me and Apollo transitioned from a solo act to a full band. The band released a well-received debut EP titled Cards with Cheats and later a full length album, Sweet Honey. After a great ride and three years of touring the United States, and much to their fans dismay, the band called it quits.

After a short break from music, Cowles returned to his roots; standing on a stage, just him and his guitar, belting out his poetry that, according to the Denver Post, would be the envy of songwriters twice his age. Cowles writes from a deep, raw, authentic place and marries it to a sound that has been likened to the soul of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Cowles is currently working on new music and releasing a new solo EP.

Gasoline Lollipops

Gasoline Lollipops is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the energy and rebelliousness of punk. It’s an all-new incarnation of alt-country that’s both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway’s soundtrack.

This year Colorado Daily readers voted Gasoline Lollipops “Best Local Musician/Group” for 2017. In 2016, Denver Westword named Gasoline Lollipops Colorado’s Best Country Artist. 2014 and 2015 brought multiple awards and accolades to the Gasoline Lollipops, including being selected to play six showcases in Austin during SXSW 2014; getting voted Best Band in the Colorado Daily’s 2014 and 2015 polls; being selected as one of only six bands across Colorado for the highly coveted SpokesBUZZ Emerging Artists Incubator program; and winning the Oskar Blues Battle of the Bands in 2015.

The quartet has also been on the bills of a number of great music festivals, including SXSW; NedFest; the Westword Showcase; Divide Festival; Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest; UMS Denver; Higher Ground Music Festival; Empire Americana; FoCoMX; Frozen Dead Guy Days and more.

Here’s what others are sayin’ about the GasPops:

“Uncompromised, vicious and authentic” – The Denver Post

“A group that combines elegance with grit and a rambunctious intensity” – Denver Westword

“One part rockabilly and one part alternative rock, the Gasoline Lollipops have carved out a space for themselves in the Boulder music scene with a sound and feel that is all their own” – Colorado Daily

N810

With a style that crosses the boundaries of EBM, European House, Australian Electro, and Dubstep, n810 never ceases to keep the crowds moving and sweating all night. A classically trained musician, n810 found that his true love was electronic music, especially the mournful and sometimes-angry sounds of EBM. Major influences included early on the likes of Front 242, Gary Numan and Kraftwerk, and more recent influences of groups like VNV Nation, Apoptygma Bezerk and Beborn Beton and DJs like Maruo Piccotto, Tiesto and Timo Maas. These influences combined with his classical training lead to seamless mixes that span Electronic Music genres and endear him to crowds. n810 has played with such local greats as DJ Ascension, BeeKay, DJ DMX, Juggernaut, Danny Marin, Jackalope, Papa Gongo and the FACE, as well as having opened for such greats as Joey Beltram, Angel Alanis, Jon the Dentist, John Bishop, The Roxys (NYC) DJ Spyder, and Ronan Harris of VNV Nation. n810 has been gathering a large following from across Colorado and even across the world. He has also brought his unique style to several large, live events as the only DJ on the billing, including a performance during VNV Nation’s “Matter and Form” tour’s Denver stop.
n810 is also Fort Collins’ premier Zombie DJ, performing at the annual Zombie Crawl Zombie Fest in October and the Drop Dead Gore-geous Fashion Show in May. He also has performed at the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) festival for the last four years.

Strange Americans

It’s the kind of music that the Carhartt-wearing, hard-working, industrial beer-drinking, regular Americans would listen to — the ones who could end up on an episode of TV’s Dirty Jobs. It’s a little raw, a bit loud, unapologetic and honest. It’s blue collar rock and roll and it’s something that Denver’s Strange Americans is crafting with both brawn and finesse, like a hot rod mechanic bringing back an old barn find.

In a sense, Strange Americans is rescuing something from the rust pile — straight-forward, no frills rock and roll, and a matching aesthetic that is heavy on songwriting and storytelling, but presented with reverb-drenched punch and passion — the way The Band or Crazy Horse would have done it.

Strange Americans first began in 2009 through a series of Craigslist ads and mutual acquaintances. The group, which released its much applauded debut full-length A Royal Battle in 2012, released its sophomore album That Kind of Luster in September of 2014 . The ten-song, 45-minute rocker showcases a band that has cultivated an authentic, raucous live show.

The most recent release, Borrow You, Brother — recorded with Matt Pence at The Echo Lab in Denton, TX — suggests Strange Americans reaching new heights: Their ability to weave new sounds and styles into their established classic, guitar-driven, blue-collar Americana rock speaks to the band’s creative strengths. They’re not going anywhere, nor is the grit and rubble that has defined rock and blues music since their earliest days.

RL Cole & The Hell You Say

A rock’n’roll blending machine, RL Cole weaves a retro style & tone with an electric, energetic howl & unique, wild performances. It’s a hard-to-match mix of up-tempo primitive rock’n’roll, early psychedelic, and blues ballads.

Performing 2017-2018 with the excellent, in-the-pocket band The Hell You Say (members of The Night Sweats, Florea, & A. Tom Collins), the quintet brings a sharp edge back into their carefully crafted music.

“The music Cole creates is part blues, part otherworldly, slow-burning firestorm that defies conventional genres, with a live show that leaves the audience’s jaws hanging….there’s a riptide of tension throughout the record.” Heather Browne- Springs Magazine

Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams

Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi-Beams’ brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself.
Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of rocked-up honky tonk, western swing, Dylanesque originals and spaghetti western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. But Halden has met his match in the Hi-Beams. Each outrageous tale he spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums.
From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, Prairie Home Companion to performing arts centers, Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music.