Underground Sound Series hosts first of seven concerts
Last Friday, the Underground Sound series at the Vilar Performing Arts Center hosted the first of seven concerts scheduled to take place each week through November 11. and this year’s lineup features a diverse mix of genres and artists from across the country.
The series opened with a performance by Molly Tuttle, a Nashville-based bluegrass artist who gained national recognition for her virtuoso guitar and songwriting skills. Tuttle is the first woman in history to win the International Bluegrass Music Association Guitarist of the Year award, awarded to her in 2017 and 2018, and has performed at Vilar in the wake of the release of his second album, entitled “… but I would prefer to be with you”.
“As expected, Molly Tuttle’s guitar prowess and charming stage presence set the tone for the Underground Sound series,” said Owen Hutchinson, executive director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “Those who knew her music passed out over their favorite tracks, and those new to Molly Tuttle added an instant favorite to their Spotify playlists. This is what it is about in this series. Seeing an artist you don’t know is like taking a chance, but this series is curated to deliver, show after show.
Discover new voices
Underground Sound aims to give members of the community the chance to discover new artists at the cutting edge of their genres who have not yet become household names. Ruthie Hamrick, Marketing Director of the Performance Center, said artists performing with Underground Sound are often on the verge of mainstream popularity.
“Part of the series’ mission is to support emerging artists, burgeoning musicians, and people who are working to forge their way in the music industry,” Hamrick said. “We have had past musicians – Elephant Revival, Gregory Alan Isakov and others – who, a few years after taking the stage [at the Vilar] sell venues like Red Rocks. It’s really exciting to see them at the dawn of their careers, before they start to headline 9,000 people.
The Vilar has been hosting this musical series for over a decade in late fall, reflecting the intention to serve the locals, as opposed to some of the more touristic productions during the high seasons of summer and d ‘winter. Known as the ‘Love of the Locals’ series, organizers are keeping tickets cheap and portable to include as many community members as possible.
“This series is one of our favorites in the theater because it takes place at a time of year when people have a little more free time and you can relax before moving on to the busy winter season,” said Hamrick. “It’s great to meet up with your neighbors and friends, anyone interested in discovering new music. “
Affordable and transferable passes
The Unlimited Underground Sound Pass costs $ 125 and includes general admission tickets to all seven shows and one free drink at each concert. The passes are also fully transferable, allowing people to share tickets with whomever they choose.
“You might not be able to commit to seven shows, but it’s a great way to share with your neighbors or coworkers and invite someone who wouldn’t normally attend a show at the Vilar, or who could explore a new genre, ”says Hamrick. “We also like the idea of giving it away. You can put on a show for your babysitter or your teacher, and they can enjoy a night out too.
Tickets for individual shows are also available for $ 32 each, no drink included.
Six upcoming shows
The second show in the series will take place this Wednesday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance by Jade Bird. Bird is a singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom who brings a British twist to American-style folk and country music. She released her second album, “Different Kinds of Light”, in August this year, and at just 23, she was featured in Rolling Stone magazine, the BBC’s 2018 “Sound Of” poll and Vogue, among others. .
Denver-based band Taylor Scott take the stage the following Friday, October 15, where they will perform new music from their upcoming unreleased album. Like all performers, Scott was deeply affected by the 2020 lockdown and returns to the stage with a strong sense of purpose.
“With this forced leave, it was a moment of reflection,” Scott said. “It ended up bringing a lot of intensity and focus to the music when I came back on stage. My mission is to always try to be super present, to compensate for anything I might have taken for granted before achieving. how fragile it all is.
Scott took advantage of this free time to work on a new album, which will be released later this year, and he will be sharing his latest songs with audiences at Underground Sound.
“After playing exclusively acoustic guitar for a year, I felt quite aggressive, musically, and I really wanted to stretch out on stage and really bring energy and play a little more rock and roll type,” he said. Scott said. “We play almost all of the tracks on this new album, so people hear a lot of things that no one else has heard before, and it’s super exciting.”
Scott said he is thrilled his group is part of such a large group of up-and-coming artists and looks forward to sharing his work with audiences ready to be exposed to the new music.
“One thing I love about emerging artists, if you will, is that it feels like they tend to be more music-oriented a lot of the time,” Scott. “I always appreciate that intensity and that kind of intention. When you see an artist who really works for it, who is really trying to make their way to the next level artistically and in their career, I think that it really does bite people, which is a really fun way to see someone. a play. “
Tickets for the Underground Sound series are available online now at vilarpac.org. Proof of full vaccination is required to attend all Vilar Performing Arts Center events.
Next lineup of Underground Sound
JADE BIRD: Wednesday October 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Jade Bird is a burgeoning singer-songwriter taking part in the BBC’s Sound Of 2018 poll and was recently featured everywhere from Vogue to Rolling Stone. Bird is part of a tight-knit Nashville songwriting community including Jason Isbell, Sheryl Crow, and Brandi Carlile.
TAYLOR SCOTT BAND: Friday October 15 | 7:30 p.m.
Funk, soul, rock and R&B meet in the repertoire of this Denver-based band. On stage, the road-proven Taylor Scott Band simply kills night after night. Good luck trying to sit up or stay still. In addition to touring and recording with his own band, Scott performs alongside blues legend Otis Taylor and Warren Haynes.
SAMMY MILLER AND THE CONGREGATION: Thursday October 21 | 7:30 p.m.
Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission, the band pulls people out of their lonely lives and puts them in the moment with an uplifting dose of cheerful jazz performed with infectious theatricality. Led by Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller and his seven-piece band are adventurous and charismatic musicians who are conservatory-trained but have not lost their childish wonder and dread of playing music. Since the group’s inception, they have performed around the world, including at Lincoln Center and the White House. Although independently, the band members performed with artists such as Lady Gaga, Wynton Marsalis, Lizzo, Jason Mraz and Beyoncé.
GOLDEN DAWN ARKESTRA: Saturday October 29 | 7:30 p.m.
It will be a Halloween show like no other! Golden Dawn Arkestra will take listeners on a world tour from Brazil to Berlin, sweeping psychedelic punk and rock, delving into disco and soul, while romanticizing the World Beat. Golden Dawn Arkestra continues to experiment with a myriad of musical styles and genres, while staying true to their expansive cinematic sound.
SIERRA HULL with special guests Dead Horses: Thursday November 4th | 7:30 p.m.
Sierra Hull is an American bluegrass icon. After making her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, the virtuoso mandolinist from Tennessee performed at Carnegie Hall at age 12, then landed a contract with Rounder Records a year later. In just her first 25 years, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has crossed more milestones than many musicians in their lifetime. Dead Horses has been described as an “intimate, folkloric conversation between two close friends” and they’ve been named the Rolling Stone Artist You Should Know.
SETH WALKER: Thursday November 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary American artists on today’s scene. He is a multidimensional talent who combines a knack for melody and lyrics with a rich voice, steeped in gospel and southern accents, with a true blue talent for the guitar. It has released 10 albums, is in the Top 20 of the Americana charts, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Blues Chart, and received accolades from NPR, American Songwriter, No Depression, and Relix, among others.