DENVER (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Swallow Hill Music’s Rootsfest returns for its 5th annual celebration of roots music featuring folk musicians David Crosby & Graham Nash on Saturday, April 9th at Denver’s historic Paramount Theatre.
Crosby and Nash, on tour this spring throughout the U.S. but only in Colorado for this one show, will be accompanied on the road by their band featuring James Raymond (keyboards), Dean Parks (guitar), Kevin McCormick (bass), and Steve DiStanislao (drums).
The show will mix acoustic and plugged-in performances. "Touring with a full band gives us the opportunity to do selections from our catalogue that Graham and I haven't performed live together before," says Crosby according to the press release. "We will also be introducing some brand new songs we've written, that have never been heard onstage or on record."
Crosby and Nash are also launching their own record label, Blue Castle Records, with the first digital and vinyl editions of the live album Another Stoney Evening, recorded forty years ago, in 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles.
Presented by 97.3 KBCO, this year’s Rootsfest will also feature performances by local acts Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, as well as Anaïs Mitchell.
Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore met at the Denver Folklore Center, married, started a family and played in various bands before releasing their first studio CD as a duo in September, Saints & Sinners.
For over thirty years, the Denver-based organization Swallow Hill Music, has been serving as a nonprofit source for roots, folk and acoustic music.
In 2010, the organization helped more than 100,000 people through its concert, school and outreach programming.
In addition to the annual Rootsfest and various year-round events at Swallow Hill Music’s three onsite venues, it also books the music series at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The 2011 Botanic Gardens summer schedule has yet to be announced.
Anaïs Mitchell, praised as “a songwriter of startling clarity and depth,” by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, rounds out the 2011 Rootsfest celebration.
— Crystal Lynn Huntoon