OpenAir First Birthday Bash

Illegal Pete's Presents

OpenAir First Birthday Bash

A. Tom Collins, Flashbulb Fires, Bonnie and the Beard

Fri, November 9, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


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This event is 21 and over

OpenAir First Birthday Bash
OpenAir First Birthday Bash
Nov. 9: OpenAir’s First Birthday Bash
You’re invited! Come celebrate new music from Colorado Public Radio as OpenAir turns one.

Meet the OpenAir hosts and catch live performances from A. Tom Collins, Flashbulb Fires and Bonnie and the Beard during OpenAir’s First Birthday Bash, Nov. 9 at the Hi-Dive.
Since OpenAir launched on Oct. 31, 2011, CPR listeners have been tuning in to OpenAir 1340 to explore a diverse selection of new music and discover a thriving generation of artists right here in Colorado. More than 80 bands, most of which have Colorado ties, have visited CPR’s Performance Studio to record their music and talk with OpenAir hosts, giving you a chance to connect with your favorite artists.

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A. Tom Collins
A. Tom Collins
A. Tom Collins and his band are an act hard to pigeon-hole, navigating the murky swamps of New Orleans R&B and '60s Soul, and following the cues of diverse inGluences from Tom Waits and Cab Calloway, to The Stooges and Sam Cooke. A. Tom Collins drops anchor with an impressive crash at each and every port, transfixing bewildered audiences with its strange brand of old time futurism that is as familiar as it is refreshing. Expect wild horns, surprising rhythms, catchy gang chants, and one hell of a live show led by piano-man Aaron Collins, whom Denver's alt-weekly Westword called 'one of the city's best front-men.'

In its short history, A. Tom Collins has been a featured headliner the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase in 2011/12/13, made appearances at SXSW 11/12/13, Denver's Westword Music Showcase 2010 to 13, Snowball Music Festival 2012 in Vail, the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, Bohemian Nights Festival in Ft. Collins, New Belgium's Tour de Fat, and toured the European continent this past summer with dates in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, and the UK.

They have shared bills with notable acts such as Alabama Shakes, Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Sally Ford And The Sound Outside, March Fourth Marching Band, Nathaniel Rateliff, and the late, great T-Model Ford. This fall of 2013,the band hits the road in support of their debut full-length 'Stick & Poke', produced by the legendary Bob Ferbache(Slim Cessna's Auto Club/16 Horsepower), is available now on CD,12" Vinyl, and digitally everywhere. South West and West Coast dates TBA soon.
Flashbulb Fires
Flashbulb Fires
Known for their distinctive brand of emotionally rich American indie-rock, Flashbulb Fires has a genuine conviction to push the boundaries of popular music. The Denver band's knack for combining dynamic song structures with beautifully magnetic arrangements is instantly recognizable, while their live show is immediately captivating, blending polished artistry and raw electricity. With an energy akin to the Arcade Fire and lyrical sketches reminiscent of Pedro the Lion and The National, Flashbulb Fires' music is both evocative and meticulously crafted.
Bonnie and the Beard
Bonnie and the Beard
"Bonnie and the Beard has a wayward traveler-feel about its sound — if Vaudville Americana were a genre, the local trio would be at the top of it."
(Bree Davis, Westword Backbeat)

Bonnie and the Beard is a vivacious group– often quite salacious, lost deeply in dream and delirium. They spin tales of outlaws, redemption and longing through their own brand of boot-stomping southern-blues/gypsy-rock.

"They deliver their songs with such a charming playful seriousness it's hard not to get sucked into the fun."
(Peter Washington, Concerted Effort)

They began playing together after spending a hazy summer writing as the old, dusty cowboys they admired. Wandering through canyons and sharing fireside meals with their wolf dog, their stories of reckless rebels began to pour into rousing and passionate songs. They're almost a wheelin' dealin' circus band. Their raw energy and husky voices conjure up images of open desert road, nights under the stars and rusty Cadillacs.

"Bonnie and the Beard possess a sound that is both sweet and sultry yet still raw and rawkus. Combining a bit of delta blues with indie-rock sensibilities, Bonnie and Beard sing about the struggle of human existence with the pipes to knock the dust off the highest rafters of any smoky bar."
(Illegal Pete's / Suburban Home Records)
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209