Emma Mayes & The Hip, The Hip standing for "Highly Important People", is a soul/funk/jazz fusion band from Denver. It is conglomerate of musicians that bring together their ideas into complex arrangements mixed with lush vocal harmonies, catchy horn lines, and danceable melodies. They compare their sound similar to the likes of Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, & Jill Scott while being more big band sound oriented. With the poetic stylings of Emma Mayes' lyric writing combined with the jazz influenced compositions, The Hip is a perfect balance of uniqueness and high energy live music. They have recently been nominated for "Denver's Best Soul Band" by Westword and have played to packed rooms at the Westword Music Showcase, Underground Music Showcase, The Bluebird Theater, Lost Lake, and more.
Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based band dedicated to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style swing band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the late 30’s and early 40’s. The Pickles bring it all – high energy, quality musicianship, and a true big band sound and look that celebrates the unique American spirit of swing. The band fuses musical influences from the sounds of Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw with the showmanship of Louis Armstrong, Lucky Millinder, and Jimmy Lunceford. With a smart respect for the preservation of vintage jazz music and entertainment, the Pickles are constantly adding new and original tunes to their repertoire. They bring a unique visual flair to each performance with gimmicks, tricks, horn movements, and hat work inspired to captivate audiences all night long.
HMB has toured North America, Europe, Far East, Middle East and Central America. Always led by Hazel and her powerful voice, this audience favorite has appeared in countless festivals, concerts and fundraisers to the delight of her loyal fans. Hazel is always backed by some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the world. The band performs original, Jazz, Blues, R&B and Top 40 music. Book the HMB to headline your event, or as opener for world class International acts.
Taking their name from a small mountain town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, DOTSERO means “Something Unique” according to Ute Native American legend to some. It means DOT-ZERO on the earliest geographical railroad maps to others, but to jazz fans worldwide DOTSERO means Contemporary Jazz at its best, full of life energy and spontaneity that few artists in the genre have been able to match. A no nonsense sax and guitar driven thrill ride of energy and excitement. As much fun to watch as they are to listen to. The band has performed at major jazz festivals; Red Rocks Amphitheatre, JVC Winter Park Jazz Fest, Jazz Trax Catalina Island Jazz Fest and The Cancun Jazz Festival, among others. From Ala Carte Ala Park in San Francisco to West Palm Beach’s Sunfest, DOTSERO has crisscrossed the nation performing their exciting brand of jazz.
Lead by respected jazz musician Rod Buckner, BFJ has earned a reputation for blazing club, theater and festival shows that bring old-school funk and be-bop crashing together. The smiling faces in the crowd usually also like to party to the sounds of Maceo, Karl Denson, Soulive, Miles Davis, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker, The Funky Meters, Eddie Harris and anything that GROOVES.
A guitar, trumpet, and drum trio collectively led by three engaging and unique artists from the Bay Area and Colorado; Scott Amendola, Shane Endsley, and Dave Devine. Invisible Bird was formed in 2017 and is releasing it's debut album, Flutter to Fuzz, in the Spring of 2018. The group broadly employs the use of electronics to branch out from the raw acoustic trio sound. Trumpet and guitar take turns covering bass lines and all three players create swirling digital textures with a hefty collection of boutique stomp boxes. The three distinct compositional voices in the group craft original music that transport the listener from rootsy back beats to anthemic indie rock to acoustic modern jazz trio to ambient electronica. Invisible Bird also reinvents classic repertoire from artists like Nick Drake an Joni Mitchell and toys with new hits from artists like Bruno Mars and Rihanna. The debut album features cameos from special guests Sam Amidon and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray). Look for the group to be on the road starting in June of 2018!
Conjunto Colores has opened for such bands as: Tito Puente Orquestra, Sonora Poncena, Bob James, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades, just to name a few. They have appeared at the following festivals, The Taste of Colorado, Cherry Creek arts festival, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, Ski Fiesta, Telluride jazz festival and Denver City Park Jazz Festival. They had the honor of playing for former Mayor Wellington E Webb Red Rocks jazz Festival. Lastly sharing the stage with the great Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur under the stars at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Conjunto Colores is one of the few bands that specializes in “Salsa Dura” (Hard Salsa) which emphasizes strong percussion and horns over vocals. The band performs regularly at top salsa clubs in the US and abroad. Conjunto Colores frequently performs at La Rumba, D-Note, Blue Ice, Mercury Café, Oskar Blues, and Shine club in Boulder to name a few. Some of the festivals Conjunto Colores performs in are: Taste of Colorado, Cherry Creek Jazz Festival, Rhythm On The River Festival, Five Points Jazz Festival, Taste of Puerto Rico Festival, Cinco De Mayo Celebration, Columbian Day Festival, Sonny Lawson Jazz Festival, The First Annual Salsa Music Festival, and many more!
Badda Boom Brass Band (5:00 PM - 5:50 PM)
Badda Boom Brass Band is a New Orleans style brass band who blend the street music tradition of the Crescent City with hip hop, funk, rock, pop and world music for a truly unique sound! Founded in 2015 in Denver, Colorado, they are the house band for the Thin Man Tavern and bring the party wherever they go with a versatility that spans parades, street corners, festival stages and everything in between. Their aim in life is to make you shake that booty!
Tivoli Club Brass Band (6:00 PM - 6:50 PM)
Founded in 2017 when percussionist Dean Hirschfield realized he’d been hanging out with guitar players too much for too long. “I need me a brass band!” Dean said to himself, and he rushed out and assembled one. From there on, it’s been magic. This merry band of miscreants and ne’er do wells brings a gazillion influences and styles to the table, and their arrangements are some of the most unique takes on classic and contemporary tunes you’ve ever heard.
Guerrilla Fanfare (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
The Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band (or simply Guerrilla Fanfare or GuFa) brings raw, rowdy, unadulterated, booty-shakin' New Orleans style funk to the Northern Colorado area. Our mission is always to get everyone up and grooving to our relentlessly fiery and funky sound. GuFa is composed of some of the finest and rowdiest horn players and percussionists in Northern Colorado, and performs hard-hitting funk, New Orleans Second Line style, fiery originals, and raucous arrangements of modern pop hits.
Freddy Rodriguez IS Denver jazz. An inductee to the Denver Jazz Hall of Fame, Freddy has been performing jazz in Denver for most of his life and is one of the few living Denver jazz musicians who performed during the 5-points jazz renaissance. Well known for his continued 35-year-stint at Denver’s famed El Chapultepec, Freddy also leads his group for a monthly 2nd Friday lunch jam session at Dazzle Jazz Club.
Freddy has performed with many of the titans of jazz; from Nancy Wilson, Harold Land, Ray Brown, Red Holliday, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Slide Hampton and dozens of others. He’s recorded with Roland Kirk, was in the reed section of the great Gerald Wilson Big Band in Los Angeles. His son, Freddy Jr. is also a well-known pianist/vocalist and has been his father’s main pianist since he was 14-years-old. Freddy performs in a variety of jazz and R&B groups and was featured with the Colorado Symphony.
Collectively, the members of ‘the heavy heavies’ have been performing for over 150 years. Their reputation in the Colorado music community is incomparable and their talent inspiring. A go-to band for weekend main stages, festivals and large formal events, this seasoned group of pros make it look easy. Jazz, R&B and huge crowd pleasers consistently keep this band on the stage
for multiple encores.