Racing the Sun

Racing the Sun

Portobello Road, Mike Ring, Charlie Fitz

Sun, February 9, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

Racing the Sun
Racing the Sun
Racing On The Sun (formerly known as Castaway) is an alternative/rock band from Northern Colorado
Portobello Road
Portobello Road
We are Portobello Road! A Denver band with huge aspirations to make a name for ourselves
amongst some of the best in the almighty Denver music scene.

We have been a band for about 5 years, playing many of Denver's best stages, Herman's Hideaway, The Walnut Room, Benders, The Gothic Theater and many many more.
We are a random yet powerful mix of music with backgrounds
in grungy blues, rock, alternative, punk and ska. Portobello Road is a strong and loud band with a stage presents full of energy. We are a mature act, devoted to every show! Portobello Road has released a 5 song self-titled EP displaying the work of 3 originals and 2 covers (The Black Keys, and Neil Young). Our original songs such as "Luxury" has been added to the KTCL 93.3 locals only rotation, a popular local radio station in Denver, CO. Our music can be heard on Mile High Music
Underground, Denver Internet Radio, KBUT FM out of Crested
Butte/Gunnison, CO. Reverbnation, SoundCloud and of course our website, Portobello Road has been recognized by the likes of 98.5 KYGO, Colorado Concerted Effort-Chronicles of the Colorado Concert Experience, Sports Authority, Go Fast, Bands 4 Bands entertainment, Music Go Round, Westword Magazine, and
Entertainment Solutions Inc. We are eagerly awaiting the release of our first full length album. Anticipated by many, the album will soon be available on itunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora. We are currently still in the studio adding
perfection to our sound hoping to catapult some success outside of our Denver roots. Portobello Road is your average 4 piece band with a far from average sound
featuring brothers Chris Michaels (vocals, guitar) and Drew Michaels (guitar, vocals) along with Tommy Weber (bass) and Josh Meneses (drums).
Mike Ring
Mike Ring
Between its driving rhythms, vocal panache, and melodies designed to hook deep, a careless listener might think Mike Ring's music is simply bombastic indie-pop. While the 24-year-old Colorado songwriter powers his songs with an infectious energy—both in his highly polished recordings and manic live show—his true artistic stamp is honesty and intimacy of his lyrics. Ring's lyrical voice is bold and unique, finding deep emotional resonance in sharp, elegant images and straightforward language. His ability to wrestle with themes of love, family, longing, and hope with clarity and immediacy drive the verve of his music.

After falling in love with its small but rich music scene, Ring moved to Greeley, CO in 2012, and began crafting his songs in a space where close collaboration with other artists and openness with music fans is the norm. It's this sensibility, that music is about reaching out and making connections which encourage others to tell their stories, that Ring carries with him as he breaks into Denver.

Ring's wide palette of musical colors, which range from folk to funk to math rock to RnB, is made possible by his careful staffing of his band with virtuosic players (Noel Billups - keyboards, Dan Salisbury - drums), fellow vocal dynamos (Mariah Foster, C.J. Welch) and high-energy bruisers (Pie Lombardi - guitar, Paul Buscarello - percussion). As live performers, Ring and his band are a journey that begins with Ring's charisma and penchant for spectacular (and often destructive) stage antics and ends with the quiet vulnerability that elevates the band beyond most pop acts. Billowing rock organs fade to ethereal pads, jagged guitars descend into ghostly feedback, and Ring's electric vocal runs become a whisper.

With his new single, "Where the Water Runs", Ring confidently brings his craft to the next level. The song is prayer of hope for those facing depression and suicide; it is both deeply personal and wholly relatable. Paired with a short documentary, a portion of the song's proceeds will be donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“Where the Water Runs” is a boldness in both writing and production. Ring sets his sights high for this track and what we see is a musician both comfortable enough in his own skin and confident enough to go for it. -Bandwagon Magazine

"...lively music and an interactive performance that left audience members singing their songs long after [they] left the stage." -UNC Mirror
Charlie Fitz
Charlie Fitz
Venue Information:
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209