THANKS TO ALL WHO JOINED THE 2016 SUMMER IN THE CITY SERIES & TURNED OUT FOR DYNAMIC SHOWS IN 2017 & 2018
Hot Fun in the Summertime with Music and More in Five Points, Live!
Check out the video, pictures, and band info from past shows...
2016 Video Recap ~ Photos by David Weinhacht, Roger Marks, Karen Marks, Anna Lee, Doug Gertner. Music: "Counterfeits" by Frontier Ruckus.
2017 Video Recap ~ Photos by David Weinhacht, Tim Yip, and Doug Gertner. Music: "Almost Great" by Jill Sobule
Recent Concerts: Scroll Down for Views and Reviews of Past Shows by Sémplice Baroque, Carla Sciaky, Frontier Ruckus, Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, Jill Sobule, Cameron Dye, Todd Prusin & Alex Commins, Beth Wood, Tsibele, Shear Shazar, The Flyin' A's, Scott Mulvahill & Alanna Boudreau, the return of Jill Sobule, Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore, Alec Ounsworth, Rabbi Jack Schechtman Gabriel. (Keep scrolling to see them all...as the list of performers grows, so does this page.)
FIVE POINTS LIVE! came to life on Mother's Day 2016 with a brunch and house concert by Sémplice Baroque, a talented quartet consisting of Miriam Rosenblum, recorders, Carla Sciaky, baroque violin, Ben Cohen, lute and harpsichord, and Elinor Saragoussi, bass viol. A full house of family and fans, including many moms, were treated to delicious, handmade brunch foods, and a tasty program of baroque music, during this benefit concert to raise funds that helped Sémplice attend a baroque institute in Ohio last summer. Thanks to all for a successful launch. Get more info on their music at www.SempliceBaroque.com
The good times and great music continued on a warm night in early June when local Denver balladeer Carla Sciaky made a rare solo appearance at Five Points Live! A packed house of over 40 fans were treated to “The Story to the Song,” as Carla connected the dots between her favorite songs and how she came to know and sing them. Get more info on her music at CarlaSciaky.com
Wednesday, July 13, was a truly special evening at Five Points Live! as we were delighted to host a family favorite, Michigan-based, indie recording artists Frontier Ruckus, taking a break from their national tour to play our living room. Their music is lyrically intensive and driven by guitar, banjo, trumpet, musical saw, keys, and harmonies. Learn more @ FrontierRuckus.com
On Sunday, July 17, the evening began with a nod to the Beatles' famous 1969 rooftop concert on the deck, as Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe were joined by special guest Liat Arochas for a set of Fab Four tunes. The fun continued with a wild set of klezmer fusion party music. For more info and to book a klez fest of your own click here.
Jill Sobule returned to her hometown August 12th and delighted an audience of family, friends, and fans with her stories and songs both new and old. We sang along to "America Back" and "Margaret," and heard memories of a local battle of the bands and favorite spots and such, plus news of Jill's latest project, "My Song is My Weapon." For more about this wonderful artist, go to her website.
Cameron Dye brought his one-man tribute show, Last of the Hardcore Troubadours, from LA to Five Points Live! to round out our August offerings. It was a far-ranging celebration featuring music by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, Jeff Tweedy, John Fogerty, Gram Parsons, Buddy Holly, Jerry Garcia, Paul Simon, John Prine, Tom Petty, Steve Earle, Hank Williams, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder.
Todd Prusin & Alex Commins, Atlanta’s Stunning Guitar-Bass Duo, returned to Denver on September 11, fresh from their Swallow Hill show in January, and enriched by their recent workshops with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen. The audience at FIVE POINTS LIVE! was treated to the interplay between Alex’s acoustic fingerpicking and Todd's melodic bass, on old-timey, country blues tunes and more. Click here for more about Todd & Alex.
On Sunday, September 18, Five Points Live! concluded our Summer in the City Series with Oregon-based singer-songwriter Beth Wood. A believer in the power of song, Beth’s exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence brought out longtime friends and fans and won over many new ones. Beth’s music is a soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy, and you can learn more at www.bethwoodmusic.com
Who knew so many music lovers would come out for a concert on Christmas Day... but come they did! Tsibele (Yiddish for "onion”) is a new-traditional klezmer band based in Brooklyn, New York. Their music explores the limits of the klezmer idiom through improvisation and songs from the edges of klez. The band features Denver natives Zoë Aqua (violin), and Hannah Temple (accordion), along with Eleonore Weill (vocal/flute), and Eva Boodman (trumpet), and their intimate afternoon concert the day after an appearance at Denver's annual KlezFest, joined by special guest players, found a packed house marveling at this unique voice in the vibrant New York klezmer scene. Learn more about Tsibele here.
We are still pinching ourselves to wake up from the dream of having long-time favorites Jules Shear and Pal Shazar play our living room for our first show of 2017. Jules Shear wrote the Cyndi Lauper hit single "All Through the Night," The Bangles' hit "If She Knew What She Wants", and his first solo album was produced by Todd Rundgren. After more than 20 LPs, his most recent releases are as Shear Shazar, duets with his wife, Pal Shazar, who was a founding member of the 1980s new wave pop group Slow Children. Their music, tender and true, was presented in wonderfully crafted, insightful songs during a rare appearance at Five Points Live! in April, en route from their home in Woodstock, NY, to perform in Los Angeles.
The husband-and-wife duo of Hilary Claire and Stuart Adamson - better known as The Flyin’ A’s - have recently released their third independent album, You Drive Me Crazy, which made it onto the first round Grammy ballot. Based in the music mecca of Austin, TX, the A's perform a mix of original Americana, folk, and "Texified" jazz that’s been attracting fans in honky-tonks coast-to-coast and across the pond. At Five Points Live! on July 15 we heard for ourselves their considerable talents as both songwriters and vocalists, as The Flyin' A's delivered a spirited and soulful explosion of distinctively original music. A foot-stomping good time was had by all!
After five years as a full time member of Ricky Skaggs’s band Kentucky Thunder, Scott Mulvahill is stepping into the spotlight as a singer-songwriter with honors from several songwriting competitions and contests, and numerous cuts on other artists’ albums. He’s shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music - Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, and many more, and his unique and wonderful talents are about to explode with the release of Scott Mulvahill's EP Top Of The Stairs. Alanna Boudreau’s latest release, Champion, reflects a woman richly gifted, both naturally and supernaturally, and she pushes beyond the pulse of things and into the very marrow of human experience. Five Points Live! welcomed these two up-and-coming artists to our intimate listening room for a memorable evening of music on September 9, 2017.
The Return of Jill Sobule to Five Pints Live! was a sweet, full-circle celebration of Jill's Denver roots and her storied career. Friends and family, fans new and old, were treated to favorites including "I Kissed A Girl" (and the story behind that groundbreaking tune), "America Back," and an encore of "All The Young Dudes." Plus we helped her write a song on the spot! Jill called this "The Breakup-Vagabond-Where-to-Move-Next House Concert Tour," and the poignancy of her real life events made for an intimate evening of music.
Our 2017 concert season wrapped up on November 18 with a spectacular show by Grammy winner Mollie O'Brien, and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore. For nearly 30 years, Mollie and Rich have quietly made it their mission to find, mine, and reinvent other artists' songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters, they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves. Mollie and Rich grace stages coast-to-coast, and we were delighted to have them here for a pre-holiday treat.
American indie rock musician Alec Ounsworth founded Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (often abbreviated CYHSY) in 2004, and the band has enjoyed worldwide acclaim ever since. Fresh back from full-band gigs in Spain, Ounsworth played solo at Five Points Live! on Thursday, February 8, 2018, in collaboration with Undertow Music Collective, and the show was over-the-top AWESOME! A housefull of fans enjoyed to a bunch of acoustic treatments of CYHSY faves plus covers of Tom Petty and Tom Waits, and impromptu Q&A and convo with Alec.
Jack Schechtman Gabriel, a self-described 'stealth Canadian,' is bringing it all back home in his return to Colorado, with nods to Bob Marley, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Dion and the Belmonts, and E modal Ragas. He's recorded eight albums, spent a decade as musical Dean of the Obscure at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., and has sung with memorable musicians like The Jerry Garcia Band, Ben Mink, Claudia Schmidt, Leon Redbone, Mark Sloniker, Bobby McFerrin, and Jerry Lieber and Michael Stoller. Rabbi Jack brought amore', duende, and the musicianship that's delighted audiences in Toronto, Kailua-Kona, Santa Rosa, Vail, Capetown, D.C., and Melrose Park, to Five Points Live! in Denver on February 11, 2018.
With true joy and delight, we welcomed back to Five Points Live! a friend and favorite singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Carla Sciaky, on Mother's Day, two years to the day after she helped launch our house concert series. A packed house enjoyed Carla's curated songs selected from years of recording and touring, made deeper by the stories she added for each tune. Themes of motherhood, struggle, history, and revelation made this return visit a truly special evening, and a packed house hung on every word.