Lubriphonic and Danielia Cotton hit Silverthorne
Ryan Summerlin June 25, 2009
Eclectic music will be rolling off the mountains today as two bands take the stage at the Silverthorne Pavilion lawn.
The concert begins at 6 p.m. with the funky sounds of roots music blended with rock ‘n’ roll. Lubriphonic, a self-proclaimed “rock jam band” based out of Chicago, Ill., is comprised of five members: Giles Corey, guitar and vocals; Johnny Cotton, trombone; Joewaun Scott, bass; Rick King, drums; and Ron Haynes, trumpet.
Lubriphonic got its name late one night while the band was drinking together with a friend after hours. No one in the band was too interested in finding a name for the band, so when the name was suggested the band went for it.
“Nobody hated it, and it sort of made sense because we were getting ‘lubed’ at the time, so we kept it and moved on,” Giles Corey said.
Corey characterizes the band as energetic, entertaining, empathetic and earnest. The band members all have blues and soul music backgrounds, which helps formulate their own take on rock ‘n’ roll.
Lyrically, Corey said, he gets his inspiration for songs from his life and the lives around him.
“I’ve lived what I sing about,” he said. “I can’t do it any other way – otherwise I feel really schmaltzy.”
Christine Mahorney, pavilion coordinator for the Town of Silverthorne, said Lubriphonic’s unique style of music will enrich the audience’s evening.
“I think it’s rare these days that bands will perform live with trumpets and other brass instruments,” Mahorney said. “It was an opportunity to host a great band and introduce some of our younger audience members to a style of music and instruments they may never have heard live before.”
Taking the stage at approximately 8 p.m. is Danielia Cotton. Her band’s self-described “black-rock” sound is created through Marc Copely, lead guitar, backing vocals; Winston Roye, bass guitar; Clancy, drums; and, of course, Cotton, lead vocal, electric and acoustic rhythm guitars. Subbing for Copely at the Silverthorne show is Ben Butler.
Cotton’s music comes straight from her heart and soul. The music bleeds out of her with each chord she strikes. She writes most of her songs and all have very deep, personal meanings to her.
“I try to just pick moments that are important and powerful,” Cotton said about her lyrics. “(I) never pick ones that I can’t revisit healthily. They are stories from my life that we thread together into little moments.”
Cotton performed at the pavilion last year and was chosen again because her performance created a dynamic response.
“She opened a lot of ears to a powerful voice (last summer) that, personally, I don’t think we’ve heard since the likes of Janis Joplin,” Mahorney said.
Last year Cotton brought some people in the audience to tears after her rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
Previous years’ concerts were held inside at the Silverthorne Pavilion but moved outside after a trial run last year. Town feedback indicated people really enjoyed being able to watch a concert outdoors on a lawn like they do in Denver and larger cities.
“Our goal when putting these (concerts) together was to give folks a full opportunity to enjoy summer evenings outdoors on the grass, and we felt in order to do that we needed more than one band,” she said. “It was important for us to have a robust evening that would give guests an opportunity to really sink into the atmosphere and not feel like it ended too soon.”
Tickets are available to purchase the day of the show. Adult tickets are $5 and children under 12 get in free. Admission to the lawn starts at 3 p.m. Attendants are encouraged to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a cooler of food and refreshments. Outside alcohol is not allowed at this event.