Denver-band Birch Street plays two-night run in Keystone
IF YOU GO
What: Birch Street
When: Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16
Where: Snake River Saloon, 23074 US-6, Dillon
Doors open at 4 p.m. both nights, and the music starts at 9:30. Call (970) 468-2788 for more information.
Denver-based Birch Street’s first show as a band was competing in Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands in 2011 — and they won. The Southern rock quintet blends elements of country, pop, metal, classic rock and jazz to create their sound, and released a debut studio LP in 2014. The Colorado band is made up of high school friends Jake Langenhorst (vocals/rhythm guitar) and Chad Macht (bass), along with Cooper Leith (drums), Andy Burns (lead guitar) and Sheldon Slater (piano/keyboards). Check out Birch Street in Keystone Friday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 16 at the Snake River Saloon.
Summit Daily News: Describe your music to someone who has never heard it.
Andy Burns: At the core our music is most genuinely rock, but if you peel back the layers you’ll find extremely strong country and blues influences creeping around. We like to call our groovy mix southern rock but depending on what you’re listening for you could just as easily call it funky-country rock or blues rock. Ultimately, it’s music to have a good time to and drink beer to.
SDN: How did the band get started, and what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment so far?
AB: We got started really when we won the Denver Hard Rock’s Battle of the Bands in 2012. When that happened we cemented our lineup and became a legitimate band. I’d say our proudest moment is when we sold out the Bluebird Theater during the release of our first album.
SDN: What is the craziest/weirdest thing that has happened to you either on the road or while playing a show?
AB: Well, we’ve had fans rack up record bar tabs at the Fox, Bluebird and Gothic theaters in Denver. We’ve had fans make out on stage during our shows, and we’ve had two women knock each other out right in front of the stage. I’d say the strangest moment though was when we had a roughneck in Minot, North Dakota, threaten to come in with a knife and kill all of us if we didn’t play CeeLo’s “F**k You.” That was a great night.
SDN: How would you like to see the band grow in the future?
AB: We want to see our band be the best band that any of us have ever listened to. When we see a show or listen to an album, we want to do better than it. Our ultimate goal is become a national act and do this for a living. We know we can and we will. We absolutely love this stuff.
SDN: What inspires your music?
AB: Our music is inspired by love, enjoyment, excitement and energy. The backbone of all our work is our song writing. We write about pretty universal human experiences that are extremely relatable. We wrap these songs in funky baselines, and groovy, bluesy transcendental guitar.
SDN: What would you like the audience to walk away with after watching your show?
AB: We want the audience walking away from our shows feeling good, happy and hopefully buzzed. We’re not introverted philosophers or conceited poets, just a bunch of people out to make you smile.
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