A Country Christmas with Bonnie & The Clydes
Also: Whippoorwill / Halden Wofford and The Hi*Beams / Ryan Chrys Duo
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The Oriental Theater is proud to present a holiday spectacular that’s a little more tear in your beer than Jingle Bells. Featuring some of the Front Range’s hardest working and most beloved twangers, this 7th installment of Country Christmas is a sure cure for the mall music blues.
There will be a canned food drive to benefit Metro Caring, one of Denver’s oldest and largest organizations dedicated to ending hunger and poverty. Everyone who donates at least two items will receive one free CD from the band of their choosing.
Bonnie & the Clydes are one of the foremost Front Range bands, pioneering their unique sound of Rocky Mountain Country Soul. Fronted by the fiery Bonnie Sims, this band has been making waves with powerful and memorable live performances for the past seven years.
Bonnie & the Clydes were awarded 'Best Country Band' in 2013 & 2014 in Denver Westword's Yearly 'Best Of' poll. Their latest album, DEAR SOMEBODY, was also awarded PEOPLE'S CHOICE and BEST COUNTRY ALBUM for the 2016 Colorado Playlist.
The band maintains a full calendar of concerts, teaching and speaking engagements, touring stateside and overseas.
The band has independently released 4 studio albums; a self titled debut, "Wrong Side Up", "Music For the People: Part 1" and the latest release, "DEAR SOMEBODY".
Seeing Bonnie & the Clydes’ live show is what sets them apart. The energy and connection that the band facilitates with the audience is irresistible, and first timers become life long fans in a single night. From intimate house concerts to festival stages, Bonnie & the Clydes are building a grassroots movement with their original Rocky Mountain Country Soul.
“Masterful at containing the true dynamic nature of emotions. At once, sad and joyful, yearning and fulfilled. Which element stands out strongest depends on your mood. This is beautiful, masterfully crafted, skillfully performed music..” HEY REVERB
Staci Foster, Tobias Bank (Papagoya, Von Stomper), and Alysia Kraft (Patti Fiasco) are on the same wavelength of intentionality. Catharsis is the point of the songs but the tools to get there vary. With Bank on drums, Foster swapping between guitar, harmonica, and banjo, and Kraft playing electric guitar, they’re in their element with raw, authentic, stripped-down performances that nod to icons Neil Young and Lucinda Williams. There is spirituality steeped in the country backdrops they write from and a deep reverence for the landscapes that raised them. A balance of grace and grit is written as much into their worldview as their songs.
Recorded at GPM Studio in Fort Collins and co-produced by Tallgrass, their debut album contains six- stick-to-heart tracks that earned them 2016 nominations for Wyoming Public Radio and the Colorado Playlists’ Best Albums of the Year. Culture Trip named them to the female edition of 50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State. In their first ten months as a band, they’ve shared stages with Lydia Loveless, Colin Hay, and Old Crow Medicine Show, and will perform at this year’s Treefort Music Festival.
Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams’ throwback and stylish take on the honky tonk genre is a breath of fresh air amidst other wannabe retro acts. With some of the choicest players on the Front Range and a professionalism that is bar-none, the Hi Beams landed themselves on the famed NPR show “A Prairie Home Companion” in recent years and Wofford’s distinct vocals continue to garner the band well-earned attention. - Marquee Magazine, Boulder, CO
One of Colorado's most popular and enduring acts, the Hi*Beams celebrated ten years together in 2010. Rootsy but not revivalist, the Hi*Beams' rollicking stage act features rocked-up Texas honky tonk and western swing, equal parts original and classic.
Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts bring forth new energy to country music fans who love the heroes and outlaws of old. Influenced by the songs and personalities of legends like Waylon, Willie and Johnny Cash and driven with a deep love for blazing guitars, gritty lap steel and lightning fiddle, the band is a beacon for the next generation of classic hearts. You’ll hear Nashville sounds and new country twists for sure, they’re just cut apart and patched into the bedroll of Western cowboy ridin’ hard to beat the posse. This is Modern Outlaw Country.
Recent highlights include being direct support for Blackberry Smoke, The Marshall Tucker Band, Junior Brown and The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. The band will be on tour in 2015 performing across the Mid-West promoting their second full length album, Up From The North.
Winner “Best Country Band, 2014″
– Rocky Mountain Battle of the Bands
Winner “Best Country Song, 2014″
– Colorado Music Association
Nominated “Best Country Band, 2014″
- Westword Music Showcase Awards
Winner “Best Americana Song, 2013″
- Colorado Music Association
Cover / Feature, Ryan Chrys
- Talent Monthly Magazine
“Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts put on one of the day’s best performances on the Strainwise stage.”
- Colorado Music Buzz, Higher Ground Music Festival 2013
“Chrys’s deep vocal delivery recalls Shooter Jennings. Taking cues from outlaw-country pioneers like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, Chrys and company lay down a collection of fueled-up twangy numbers alongside some heartfelt ballads.”
- Westword Magazine (Denver’s division of Village Voice)
“Ryan Chrys’ career as a Colorado musician has mostly been in the background of bands, until the guitar solo. He is a guitarist’s guitarist, a country rock ax man. …he’s branched out on his own with A Lick and a Promise, an impressive album of country rock songs..”
- The Denver Post
“Ryan Chrys on guitars and vocals is a standout.”
- Colorado Music Buzz Magazine
"The album is good, and I’m sure it’d be even better coming out of the stereo in a old rusty pick-up.”
- Marquee Magazine, Boulder, CO
“At any given show, you may find him perched on one of the subs (or mains!), dressed to kill… One of his better stunts last year was to hook up wireless and walk Colfax during his act on the Musicians In Action outdoor stage during the Root 40 MusicFest.”
“Love your music – you are like Johnny Cash meets Greg Allman!”
- Elizabeth Smith, Events Director, MAIN STREET SQUARE, Rapid City, SD