The Armory Performing Arts Center has released its 2017 Live at the Armory concert series lineup with Brighton Blues Blast kicking off the series May 20. With a variety of artists scheduled to perform, the eclectic concert series includes everything from a high-energy cover band to American folk.
- May 20: Live at the Armory presents: Brighton Blues Blast featuring Eric Lindell and Marquise Knox
Eric Lindell is accomplished on guitar, harmonica, keyboards and bass, and has performed with many of the Crescent City’s top musicians since bursting on the scene in 2005, when he first appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. His live shows draw as much attention as his material. His combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul with foot-stomping R&B, swamp pop, funk and blues has won him critical and popular acclaim across the country. Artist website: www.ericlindell.com/.
Marquise Knox’s talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. He has also performed at dozens of festivals and has toured all across Europe. Artist website: www.marquiseknoxblues.com/.
Tickets are on sale now for the 7 p.m. co-headliner show at brightonarmory.org/.
Beginning at noon May 20, the Brighton Blues Blast free concerts will feature four bands beginning with Felonius Smith, The Symbols, John Weeks Band and Delta Sonics.
- June 30: SHEL with special guests Pandas and People and Matthew Wilburn Skinner
In a new music scene that’s crowded, genre-twisting and attuned to mastery in live performance, SHEL is a must-know young band for anyone who wants to keep up with tomorrow’s greats. Their spellbinding live performances tap deep skills as instrumentalists and total trust to generate improbable power onstage. Artist website: www.shelmusic.com/.
Pandas and People
Pandas & People may call Colorado home, but their music transcends geological borders. With a unique sound blending traditional folk and hook laden songwriting, their recorded material continues to become more eclectic with each release. The group’s blend of indie pop and folk bridges the subtle gap between energy and introspection, with lyrics that are warm, uplifting and joyful, yet personal and insightful. Artist website: pandasandpeopleband.com/.
Matthew Wilburn Skinner
Matthew Wilburn Skinner’s lyrics capture the raw human spirit and come to through the colorful tapestry of songs and stories of love and danger with a passion born of living and tempered with an infectious groove. Each performance is a thrilling, emotional carnival ride filled with love, laughter, pain and heartbreak. Artist website: www.mattskinnerband.com.
- July 22: Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake & Brandon Gibbs of Devil City Angels and Cheap Thrill with special guest Romero
Make your way to the Armory for an evening of your favorite rock hits in an acoustic and intimate setting.
New York guitarist Joel Hoekstra is best known for playing with Whitesnake. Frontiers Music recently released the critically acclaimed debut from his new side project Joel Hoekstra’s 13 entitled Dying to Live. Artists’ websites: www.joelhoekstra.com/.
Electric guitarists Brandon Gibbs is best known for playing with Devil City Angels. An accomplished guitarist, he is currently on tour with the band delighting crowds with his unmatched talent and deep passion for performing. Artists’ websites: www.bgibbsmusic.com/.
The concert will also feature ROMERO, Colorado native Christopher Romero’s first solo band. In 2016, ROMERO opened for King’s X, Black Stone Cherry, 3 Doors Down and performed at the first Texas Mutiny Festival featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Candlebox, Hellyeah and more. Artist website: www.romeroentertainment.com/bio.html.
- Aug. 12: Tony Furtado with special guests
Tony Furtado is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef. All of the music of America is in Tony’s music. Tony has performed throughout the world at top venues and appeared at such prestigious music festivals as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Jazz Aspen, Kerrville Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Sisters Folk Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival and countless others. Artist website: www.tonyfurtado.com/.
Super Diamond, the Neil Diamond Tribute Band, success in America is unprecedented for a tribute band. With a nod from Neil (the man himself), Super Diamond has been embraced by the long time Neil Diamond fan-base and also found huge popularity in the hip rock clubs of America. Super Diamond delivers a high-octane Diamond tribute show that rocks concert goers across the states. They’ve also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, Fox News, VH1 and have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Spin, The New York Times and more. Artist website: superdiamond.com/.
Oct. 28: Wash Park, Halloween dance party
Voted as Denver A-list’s #2 band in the state, Wash Park is one of Colorado’s most requested bands. When it’s time to party, Wash Park Band goes into high gear with the full band which consists of three dynamic vocalists, a full four piece horn section, and a five piece rhythm section to deliver an experience like no other. Wash Park has played for many prestigious clients including the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Heart Association, The Adoption Exchange, Denver Autism Society, numerous fortune 500 companies, and hundreds of wedding clients throughout the region. Artist website: www.washparkband.com/
- Nov. 14: Hayseed Dixie with special guests
Hayseed Dixie are the acknowledged creators of their own musical genre, Rockgrass. Hayseed Dixie have now released 15 albums since 2001, consisting of both original material and reinterpretations of previously rendered songs, selling a combined total of over 600,000 physical copies. They have performed more than 1,200 live shows in 33 different countries. Artist website: www.hayseed-dixie.com/Home.html
Boulder’s Face will return to the Armory stage performing their fan favorite holiday event! A Brighton favorite, this vocal rock band is a nationally recognized group who bring a new edge and attitude to the human voice. Using just five singers and a vocal drummer, Face creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. No instruments and no special effects – just five guys. Artist website: www.facevocalband.com/.
Tickets for the 2017 Live at the Armory concert series will go on sale soon at www.brightonarmory.org. The concert series is made possible by a generous grant from the Brighton Lodging Tax Advisory Committee.