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Big Medicine Gang, Josh Galvin play first installment of LateNite @ the District

Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com

Breckenridge Creative Arts will host the first free LateNite @ the District outdoor concert and movie on Friday, June 26, in the Breckenridge Arts District, featuring music from Big Medicine Gang and opener Josh Galvin, followed by a screening of the '80s classic "Back to the Future."

"We're very excited to launch LateNite this summer," said Jenn Cram, director of public programs and engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts. "This is a program the whole family can enjoy and offers our guests an opportunity to see all that the Arts District campus has to offer."

Get the party started

The evening begins with singer-songwriter Josh Galvin, who will perform intricate fingerstyle guitar on cover tunes and original songs from his album "Ten Mile Ranger."

"I'm really honored to be kicking off this first event for the new BreckCreate organization, and their whole mission is to support live music and arts in the greater Breckenridge area," he said. "I think that's a long time overdue, and it's going to fill a great niche in the Breckenridge community."

Galvin's lyrical themes parallel life in the Mountain West, from his album's opening track "8 Seconds," dedicated to bull-riding rodeo cowboys, to "First Tracks in Heaven," a song that honors his fellow ski patrollers who have gone on to that powder stash in the sky.

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"It's kind of poignant," Galvin said of the song. "I just retired from the Breckenridge ski patrol after working for many years for that organization. It's one of the best jobs a guy could ever have up here."

The closing song on the album, titled "Breckenridge," is Galvin's attempt to capture the spirit of the town, and he's looking forward to the opportunity to "get some air under that song" where it belongs, in the heart of Breckenridge.

"It seems to be well-received every time I play it. I might just play that song over and over and over again," he said with a laugh. "'One more rendition, here we go, now all the women, now all the guys.'"

Old-school funk

Big Medicine Gang formed in Breckenridge in 2012 before heading down the mountain to Boulder County to find its permanent home, and the band hasn't been back to Breck since the sun set on three20south last spring.

"We used to fill three20, and we had a lot of great shows there and we got our start there, so we're really looking forward to coming back," said Seth Strickland, lead vocalist and guitarist for Big Medicine Gang. "We have some of our original fans there in town who are really excited to see us."

The band has a warm, analog-style sound that blends old-school funk and reggae into feel-good music, with big vocal harmonies and a high-energy, funky dance beat, Strickland said, and the songs are all original, with the exception of a random cover thrown in here and there.

"Our music has a broad reach," he said. "Everyone from people in their 20s to people in their 60s and everyone in between can really identify with the sound and the songs.

"We're one of the only bands in Colorado, original bands, that's doing the type of music that we're doing. The majority of the original music coming out of Colorado is bluegrass-based or electronic-based. We don't have anything against that at all, but we're unique in the flavor of music that we're writing."

Big Medicine Gang is gearing up for a stint on the Gulf Coast this fall, settling in New Orleans and breaking into the Southern market in support of its new EP, "Charmed Life," which was released in April.

"We did that at our trombone player's studio, Cherry Sound, down in Denver," Strickland said. "We're really excited about that. We got about 5 or 6 thousand plays in one week last week on Spotify."

Combining mediums

LateNite @ the District runs for seven consecutive Friday nights and features regional music and screenings of popular and classic films under the stars on an outdoor, inflatable screen. During the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight, the studios of the Arts District campus will have extended evening hours and feature various family-friendly workshops and art-making demonstrations.

Strickland said he thinks it's great that Breckenridge has put together the LateNite series, combining different mediums of visual and performing arts to create something valuable for the community.

"The kind of idea behind the name of the band as far as the 'Medicine' is concerned is art and music as medicine and a healing tool to people," he said. "When communities can combine that cultural experience — art, music, performing arts, film — and combine those things it's really cool. Humanities are being lost in education in schools now, and it's great that communities like Breckenridge are doing this sort of thing."

If you go

What: Josh Galvin and Big Medicine Gang play LateNite @ the District

When: 6 p.m. Friday, June 26; screening of “Back to the Future” (PG) begins at 10 p.m.

Where: Ridge Street Arts Square, located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Ridge Street on the Breckenridge Arts District campus

Cost: Free

More information: Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring blankets or low-back lawn chairs for seating; no alcoholic beverages will be permitted. Visit http://www.breckcreate.org for information on the LateNite @ the District series, which runs Friday evenings through Aug. 7

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