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S2:E1 – Brass and Gold Society


Season 2 Premier! We’re back and couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the new season (with 15 episodes!) then with a true blend of Denver’s evolving musical voice. Brass and Gold Society represent all that we’ve come to love about our city’s melting pot. Thank you DownBeat community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. If you like what we’re doing, please Subscribe. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

Founded in 2018, The Brass and Gold Society combines live soul and jazz with hip hop. Each member is an A-lister in the Denver music scene, bringing their own ecclectic musical influences to this diverse supergroup. Fronted by award-winning MC michael illse7en acuña, B&G fuses Denver’s finest brass instrumentalists and jazz leaders. Members: Illse7en – MC Randy Runyan – Trumpet Michael Windham – Saxophone Ryan Sargent – Trombone Tenia Nelson – Keys Aaron Summerfield – Guitar Ben Fausch – Tuba Alex Tripp – Drums

Links and Mentions: Brass and Gold Society Instagram: @bandgsoc Facebook: @bandgsoc Shout Out! Bailey Elora Instagram: @baileyelora

S1:E10 – Claire Heywood – Season Finale!


Season Finale! Episode 10 Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock! As we reach the end of our first Season, we’re overwhelmed with thankfulness for those in our lives that have supported our endeavor. Thank you so, we love you! During our downtime please continue to stay in contact as we have more planned. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

About our guest: CLAIRE HEYWOOD is a singer-songwriter who has gained recognition in Denver for her smoky, emotive voice and “thoughtfully measured lyrics and melodies.” (Westword) ​

A longtime creative writer, Heywood quietly explored the crafts of vocal performance and songwriting alone in her bedroom for two years before beginning to play solo sets in small listening rooms, mostly in connection with Colorado’s literary / arts scene. ​

In late 2017, Heywood met producer and studio owner Joshua Olsen at Syntax Physic Opera’s open mic. They collaborated to record her first release with a full band, who gathered to record over the course of six months at Third & James Studios.

The band includes local writer Rebecca Hannigan on backup vocals, AMZY drummer Wes Barton, bassist Trevor Vader, Duncan Britt on keys, and guitarist Mike Sandoval. ​

Heywood released The Wind, It Howls independently with a full-band set at Syntax Physic Opera in March 2019. 303 Magazine called the record “a deeply personal — yet unequivocally relatable — account of love and loss, redemption and healing.” ​

“Her mature vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics make it hard to believe that Heywood has only been seriously pursuing songwriting for the past few years. With such a strong introduction to the music scene, it’s clear that Heywood’s is a voice that refuses to go unnoticed.” ​

Listen to The Wind, It Howls or catch Claire Heywood & her band at Hi Dive July 13 and at Denver’s Underground Music Showcase July 26-28.

Band: Wes Barton (Drums): @the.wb on Instagram Trevor Vader (Bass) @ratchet_dad on Instagram Duncan Britt (Keys) @duncan_britt_music on Instagram Mike Sandoval (Guitar) @olscrapiron on Instagram Rebecca Hannigan (Backup vocals, percussion) @rwehappyigan

Links and Mentions: CLAIRE HEYWOOD | Instagram: @claireaheywood | Facebook: @claireheywoodmusic | Elevation Beer Co. http://elevationbeerco.com/beer/7437-2/ | Boulder Beer Co. – Gender Fluid http://boulderbeer.com/gender-fluid

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S1:E9 – Bouse


Episode 9! Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock!

About our Guest: Laying roots in Denver, CO, Bouse cultivates sound and poetry infused with story-telling, love and beauty of the commonplace. His debut album, Early Girls, is in the canon of folk singer-songwriter tradition, stripped down to simple guitar and vocals. Hear the record on all streaming platforms and find Bouse live on his events schedule on Facebook @bousesound. He will be playing the Orpheus Music and Arts Festival in Glenwood Springs this summer August 9-11.

Links and Mentions: BOUSE Facebook: @bousesound Instagram: @buis_haus | Orpheus Music Fest Instagram: @orpheusmusicfest | Denver Beer Co. – Juicy Freak http://www.denverbeerco.com

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S1:E8 – hellocentral


Episode 8! Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock!

We have a goal, and with your help we can reach 100 subscribers. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

About our guest: hellocentral is the product of a culmination of influences, experiences, and a common passion for music. Compared to the likes of Brand New, Turnover, and Blink 182, hellocentral set out to create music that people can not only dance to, but connect with, blending dreamy indie rock elements with hard-hitting yet catchy pop punk choruses and melodies.

In The Band: Cody – Lead Vocals, Guitar. || Justin – Backing Vocals, Guitar. || Frank – Backing Vocals, Bass. || Rob – Drums.

Links and Mentions: hellocentral Instagram: @hellocentral

Avery Brewing Co. https://www.averybrewing.com SPONSOR US!! :))

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S1:E7 – Amazing Adventures


Episode 7! Thank you DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock!

We have a goal, and with your help we can reach 100 subscribers. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

About our guest: Denver based “Psych Rock Indy Pop” band lead by Donovan Armijo stop by the studio to perform their unique jazz inspired “buzz inducing” wall-of-sound. Maybe, along the way you’ll discover something about yourself or the world in which you inhabit with Amazing Adventures.

[From the band] The buzz: “It’s like if Mac Demarco actually knew how to do jazz stuff but was also better and played more pop punk…Idk but they’re really good.”- Exciting Basement Fest Vol. 2

The truth: Cosmic radiation filtered through the delicate electrical connections of organic machinery and transmitted as sonic waves

Most likely to: Study biology 

Least likely to: Pass on a yacht party 

File next to: Steeley Dan, Specific Ocean, Streetlight Manifesto, Homeshake, Men’s Breakfast, Kandin, Michael McDonald, (lowkey Jack Johnson) Board of Directors: Donovan Armijo (vocals/guitar), Adriana Perez (drumset), Anna Panella (trombone), Kevin Cincotta(Keys), Bridget Hartman (Saxophone), Ben Parrish (Bass).

Memorandum: Stay posted for our debut album “Burdens of Leisure” coming fall of 2019.

Links and Mentions:

Instagram: @amazing_adventures_music

ORPHEUS MUSIC FEST https://www.orpheusfest.com

UPSLOPE Brewing Co https://www.upslopebrewing.com

STEM Ciders http://stemciders.com

Merch! DM on Insta, they’re sure to help up your band shirt game @cereza_music @somethinglikeseduction @thesoltones

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S1:E5 – Cereza



Episode 5! Thank you to the DownBeat Denver community for helping us support these amazing local musicians. You rock! We have a goal, and with your help we can reach 100 subscribers. If you’re an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

About our guest: Cereza is an alternative rock band comprised of 4 young Denver musicians. Drummer Keelan McDorman and front man Joseph Figueroa started creating music together in 2018. Since then, they’ve added bassist Dante Robledo and guitarist Sergio Castorena. Together, Cereza is making a big splash in the Denver music scene. You can catch them live around the local music circuit, or listen to their self-titled EP on all all streaming platforms.

Links and Mentions:

Cereza | Instagram: @cereza_music

Odell Brewing – Colorado Lager https://www.odellbrewing.com/beer/colorado-lager/

Odell Brewing – Drumroll APA https://www.odellbrewing.com/beer/drumroll/

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S1:E4 – Fisherman Matador


Episode 4! Thank you to the Colorado music community for your amazing response! We have a goal and with your help, we can reach 100 subscribers. We would love to know your thoughts, either in the comments below or on the social of your choice. If you are an artist or have a (reasonable) guest recommendation, let us know. Thank you immensely for watching! M&M

About our guest: Fisherman Matador are a two piece indie/alternative rock band based in Denver, Colorado. Bandmates Brandon Unpingco and Karsten Fischer have been creating music together since 2012. Having played a few shows around Denver, they are currently working on a brand new EP entitled ‘Braun’, an homage to their days living in Germany. Which also happens to be where they began their musical journey.

Links and Mentions:

Fisherman Matador Instagram: @Fisherman Matador

Tommyknocker Brewery https://tommyknocker.com/

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