eTown Presents the Danny Barnes / Nick Forster Duo
Don’t Miss This Special ‘Live At eTown Hall’ Concert
BANJO VIRTUOSO DANNY BARNES AND BLUEGRASS VETERAN NICK FORSTER JOIN FORCES FOR THE FIRST IN A NEW SERIES OF ‘ETOWN PRESENTS’ CONCERTS AT ETOWN HALL
With Special Guest Patrick Dethlefs
WHEN: November 3, 2012 / 7:00 PM SHOW (6:30 PM Doors)
WHERE: eTown Hall
1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302
COST: $12.00 (plus tax and theater fee) / ON SALE NO
presented by our friends at KGNU
Two tall guys, Danny Barnes and Nick Forster, are joining forces for some rambunctious, artful music making this fall, in a series of concerts throughout the US. Danny Barnes is known for his inventive banjo playing, great original songs and his constant quest for the most soulful part of any song. Nick Forster, bass player, songwriter and harmony singer in Hot Rize and the host/co-founder of eTown, has done it all, played with everybody and is at the peak of his musical powers. Together, these two are going to explore new territory and go wherever the music leads them. Between them, Danny and Nick have been on stage with many of the best musicians of the last couple of decades. They share the musical roots of bluegrass and old-time string band music, but have pushed the boundaries in every direction – without losing sight of the heart and soul of that sound.
Dave Matthews says, “Danny Barnes’ ‘Pizza Box’ is my favorite new music, my favorite rock record, and my favorite country record. The music is smart and soulful, and the lyrics are profound. I can’t stop listening.” But it’s Barnes skill as a storyteller that shines strong. He tells tales with the wry wit and humor of Garrison Keillor, the lyrical eccentricities and intellect of Randy Newman, performed with the southern twang and swagger of Levon Helm. Barnes combines and blends all of these elements into a style that is uniquely his own.
Nick Forster, long known as “the only man in the world who was born in Beirut, was bitten by a weasel and who’s played on the Grand Ol’ Opry”, got his start with Hot Rize back in 1978. As a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist, he’s shared the stage with more musicians than he can count. Whether on guitar, bass, mandolin or lap steel, he’s got a distinctive style and a great musical ear. Don’t miss this rare chance to see this dynamic duo perform (full set, not an eTown taping) at the amazing sounding eTown Hall. As our first official concert offering, we’ll be selling these tickets at a deeply discounted price, just our way of inviting you to come check out our new series!
Opening act – Patrick Dethlefs
Patrick Dethlefs’ songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs’ new release Fall and Rise offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.
Now only in his early 20s, Patrick won the Best Teen Songwriter Award (2009) at Swallow Hill Music—one of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S. dedicated to developing folk and acoustic music. Patrick also received Best Song and Best Performance.
Perhaps the innate nostalgia embedded in Patrick’s music takes root in the age at which he began playing. Inspired by his father who he lost when he was young, Patrick first picked up a guitar when he was 12. Also a musician, Patrick’s father leaves a crescendoing legacy through his son who is not only humble, but humbling, through his unassuming creative presence.