PHOFFMAN / BECK QUARTET FEATURING: PAUL HOFFMAN, ANDERS BECK, BILLY STRINGS & SAMSON GRISMAN

Boulder Weekly Presents

PHOFFMAN / BECK QUARTET FEATURING: PAUL HOFFMAN, ANDERS BECK, BILLY STRINGS & SAMSON GRISMAN

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

Wed Apr 5

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Ages 15+ without a parent

All tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable following purchase

Listed price does not include tax and service charge

Price is the same online, over the phone, or in the Box Office.

NO BAGS

Paul Hoffman
Paul Hoffman
Founding member, singer, songwriter and mandolin player for the award winning folk/americana outfit Greensky Bluegrass, this is the FB home for Paul Hoffman's solo musical adventures.
Anders Beck
Anders Beck
Anders Beck plays the dobro... or the resophonic guitar as some call it... or the "drop steel" as he calls it. In his relatively short time playing the instrument, Anders has built a reputation for being a unique, creative player that fits into any musical situation with a sound that is strong yet sweet; dirty yet somehow clean. To quote a recent Jambase article, "Anders Beck's moaning dobro got me where it hurts AND heals.".

Anders was a founding member of what may turn out to be one of the most notable farm teams in bluegrass, Broke Mountain. His playing and songwriting helped shoot the band quickly into the spotlight when they won the 2003 Rockygrass Band Contest only two months after forming the band. When the band members decided to pursue other outlets for their music in 2005, Anders was recruited by friend and songwriter extraordinaire, Benny "Burle" Galloway of Yonder Mountain String Band fame, to help create a band to showcase the man's phenomenal songs. The resulting band, The Wayword Sons (uniquely consisting of acoustic guitar, dobro, piano and bass) made one critically acclaimed album, toured coast to coast and played many of the country's major festivals.

In 2008, Anders officially joined Greensky Bluegrass as a result of many late night jam sessions and a clear musical chemistry that could not be denied. He views the band as a sort of culmination of his previous projects in that it involves killer bluegrass pickin' and stellar songwriting. His playing fits incredibly well into the bands melodic soundscape and seems as if it was always there.

While other collaborations are too many to list, Anders has notably played in solo projects with Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) and Jeff Austin (YMSB), has played sets with The Drew Emmit Band and The Emmitt Nershi Band (Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident) and is often asked to sit in with bands ranging from Railroad Earth to New Monsoon.

Aside from music, Anders likes to backcountry ski in deep, deep powder and is currently starting to write his first novel.
Billy Strings
Billy Strings
"Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 23-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That's Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick! It's acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING! Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of 'Wild Bill Jones' to a raw cover of 'Cocaine Blues' or picking delights like 'Red Haired Boy' and 'Soldier's Joy.' But the standout track is the opening song, 'Dust in a Baggie,' a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It's a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid's gonna go." — D.L. "THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION"
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
In 2009 The Flatbellys recorded Get ‘Round in a house on Foster Ave in Lansing, MI. Flatbelly mandolinist, Josh Rilko, calls it an unofficial Bluegrass thesis for college years spent studying the topic. “Night classes” involved all sorts of unorthodox study methods. I was a groupie. I remember having BB gun target practice with our friend Nicky in the living room while the Flatbelly boys were recording or rehearsing upstairs. (We gave it only 1 or 2 pumps before shooting). They released the record at Art’s Bar on Kalamazoo Ave in Lansing. I was there. I took pictures and sang the harmony on Colleen Malone with Josh and Leslie [now bass player of the Colorado band, The Railsplitters]. Before the show our friend Becky spray painted the band name with red and black spray paint on an old white sheet. Soon after Flatbelly banjo player, Josh Brand, moved to Nashville to take the TN bar and become a banjo pickin’ laywer. Flatbelly flatpack guitarist, Jesse Meyers, moved to Colorado to become a pilot. Josh and Spencer, Flatbelly bassist, joined a local bluegrass band, and I left the country for my last semester of college. When I returned I had an album’s worth of material had convinced the two remaining Flatbellys, and a handfull of other Michigan musicians, to help me record it. We called it Lindsay Lou - A Different Tune.

At that same time in 2010 Mark Lavengood was putting together his first record, which also featured some of Michigan’s finest and was entitled From Dust To Steel. We initially met and jammed with Mark at Blissfest Music Festival around that time, but it wasn’t until 2011 when Jen Sygit brought Josh and I along with her for a show at Uncommon Ground in Chicago that we got to spend time and get to know him. I remember wondering if I had ever laughed so much and had so much fun in one evening.

By 2012 we had been playing a lot with Mark, and we went into the studio to create Release Your Shrouds, which was immediately followed by our first tour of the East Coast. We went on touring nonstop as a four piece band (myself, Josh, Spencer and Mark) and playing Michigan shows with our friend and banjo player Keith Billik until the summer of 2013 when Spencer left the band for life-off-the-road, leaving Josh as the last original Flatbelly.

In October of 2013 we solidified our current lineup with PJ George on bass. His knack for harmony singing and playing soulful music on just about any instrument he choses has undoubtably had an effect on our music. You might see wisdom and experience when you see him, and it’s not just the beard. PJ’s musical background spans from being a bluegrass bassist [Barefoot, Nora Jane Struthers] to a drum major to a jazz pianist to co-founder of an alt rock outfit [The Cheap Seats]. He’s toured extensively and has played a major role in recording a good number of albums. He’s the one who initially suggested we record our next full length record in our dining room, and we latched onto the idea like a dog to a bone.

2014 saw us touring the West Coast, the East Coast, the Midwest and Germany together. We recorded an EP in Boston, which set us up well for the LP undertaking. Jeff and Susan from Beehive Productions came from New York and we cranked out a live performance of 12 songs in 4 days, which together form Ionia. It’s the truest recording I’ve ever been a part of, and I feel proud of it.

2015 saw us making two trips to the UK for tours including the Shetland Folk Festival, and extensive touring of the US including an appearance at the Stagecoach Music Festival put on by Coachella in SoCal. Three of us have all up and moved south of our home state in the Great Lakes to make Nashville our home base. We tour so much that home is usually on our backs like the old bluegrass standard declares. And with our new little tour bus, the road is feeling more like home than ever. Check out our facebook page for photos and tour updates.
Venue Information:
Fox Theatre
1135 13th St
Boulder, CO, 80302
http://www.foxtheatre.com