7th Annual High Peaks Music Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2016


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• MONOCLE BAND

MONOCLE BAND is led by the sweet and soaring vocals of Monica Whittington (vocals, acoustic guitar) and includes songwriting partner Bill Huston (vocals, guitar) and the unparalled ensemble of jazz-trained and roots-based musicians, Eric Wiggs (vocals, upright bass, guitar), Ben Blechman (violin) and Josh Moore (drums, percussion).

The quintet formed in 2011, and have been wowing audiences by blending their stirring song-craft, with flat-picked guitar, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and the most musical of drums into a sound that moves body, mind and soul.

Colorado music legend Danny Shafer says “Monocle’s instrumental ability is as strong as their connection to the audience. They always are able to give an engaging performance whether to a dancing crowd or a listening room”.

Indeed, the band’s noted performances have led them to the main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Rockygrass, countless venues across Colorado’s Front Range including opening for The SteelDrivers, The Samples and Ralph Stanley. Monocle Band is Rocky Mountain Indie Folk… brand new, original music rooted in traditions of Telluride bluegrass and the troubadour wanderings that led Townes Van Zandt through the San Juan Mountains on horseback. www.monocleband.com

   
• DAKOTA BLONDE - Host Band

DAKOTA BLONDE is one of the most unique acoustic sounds around. Mary Huckins, Don Pinnella and Tony Raddell have played and sung their way into countless hearts & souls around the globe. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor is out of this world!  Their musical sound is hard to classify, but best put, they are part folk, part bluegrass, part acoustic rock, part singer/songwriter, and Celtic. A unique blend of heart, authenticity and contagious spirit, their acoustic sound is like no other. Their tightly blended harmonies will have you believing they were born to sing together. Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their song writing, CD projects and performances across the country and internationally.  Ernie Martinez, multi-instrumentalist, and singer/songwriter/producer joins them every year to make it an extra special performance.

The three band members met while working as music therapists at Fort Logan Mental Health Center in Denver, CO. Their authentic camaraderie is evident and their audiences tend to feel better after a dose of Dakota Blonde.

Dakota Blonde has played and sung their way into countless hearts & souls around the world. Their combination of original tunes and carefully selected covers, along with their endearing stage presence and humor is out of this world! Their musical sound is hard to classify, but best put, they are part folk, part bluegrass, part acoustic rock, part singer/songwriter, and Celtic. A unique blend of heart, authenticity and contagious spirit, their acoustic sound is like no other. Their tightly blended harmonies will have you believing they were born to sing together. Dakota Blonde has received top honors for their song writing, CD projects and performances across the country and internationally. www.DakotaBlonde.com

   
• ACOUSTIC EIDOLON

ACOUSTIC EIDOLON features Coloradans Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire. Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.” The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously. Classically trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before. Their signature “new acoustic” sound is full of boundless possibilities that comes from blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences. www.acousticeidolon.com

   
• FREE THE HONEY

FREE THE HONEY hailing from Gunnison, CO, Jenny Hill, Lizzy Plotkin and Katherine Taylor offer up original and traditional tunes with richly layered vocal harmonies and authentic acoustic resonance. Inspired by their mountain culture and dedicated musicianship the results are magical. With Jenny and Lizzy on fiddle and mandolin and Katherine on guitar and banjo, they create a sound that is all original and a rich alchemy of vintage folk, jazz, blues, country, gypsy and gospel.

In April 2015, Free the Honey recorded their first full-length studio album, Fine Bloom, with bassist Andrew Cameron. Fine Bloom showcases their dedicated musicianship, which is complimented by place-based songwriting drawn from the deep well of feminine experience and indelible ties to home, family and nature. Fine Bloom was the most played album on folk radio for the month of October 2015 and subsequently #3 for November 2015 with "Take Me Home" as the most played song for two consecutive months. www.freethehoney.com

 
• THE FRANK MARTIN TRIO

THE FRANK MARTIN TRIO brings a wide range of styles and sounds, yet all emerging from a deep well of character. The band’s music, much of it original, shares stories of life, joy to injustice — all with a goal of empathy and redemption. Frank Gayer Martin picked up the guitar and lifted his voice at the age of thirteen. Now 4 decades years later, he knows it’s not how well one plays and sings, “but how much soul you bring to the party.” Early on, Martin was hooked by the wounded charisma of Gram Parson, leading to the taproots of Americana and its branches that span folk, blues and jazz. Today Martin’s sings with a voice imbued with the spirit of gospel and blues. His touch on guitar and mandolin delivers both fire and rain. The graceful Aaron Taylor, drummer/percussionist, is an artist of time and color and has been Martin’s companion and foil for many years and several bands, including All The Pretty Horses. Bassist William Brown brings the warmth and texture of acoustic bass with a jazz mentality and a go-for-it spirit. The band members live in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, Colorado. www.frankmartinmusic.com

 
• DARRYL PURPOSE

A singer songwriter, DARRYL PURPOSE is known for his narrative lyrics and fingerstyle guitar. His unique blend of Texas rock, blues, Cajun and Tejano music is a heartfelt abandonment of musical trends and a passionate embrace of the rich ethnic heritage. Darryl toured nationally from 1996 to 2004 headlining at venues such as McCabe’s in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center in New York and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Drawing on his experiences he created a wealth of poignant, beautiful and powerful songs -- releasing six critically acclaimed CDs. He was thrilled to share stages with a variety of artists, including Santana, Ellis Paul, Pete Seeger, David Carter and Tracy Grammer, and Bonnie Raitt. During this time Darryl co-founded the Second Strings Project, helping to bring used guitar strings to musicians in need around the globe. In 2004 Darryl took a sabbatical in Colorado, climbing mountains and exploring other creative pursuits. Still in Colorado, he has now returned to full time performing with renewed energy and vision and recently released his first CD, “Next Time Around”, of original material in more than ten years. “Purpose has the voice of James Taylor, the brains of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Willie Nelson.” www.darrylpurpose.com