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  • The Historic Ute Theatre 410 4th Street Saguache, CO, 81149 United States (map)
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SOME FOLK FEST is a three day festival featuring an incredible lineup of musicians. (See links below to listen and find out more about who’s playing! Buy tickets!

Attend one evening for $15 or all three for $30. Find out more about the line-up below.

Friday, August 30th / Saturday, August 31st / Sunday, September 1st
The festival will feature three evenings of incredible music featuring Joe Sampson, Turkey Buzzards, Blue Book, Ralph White, Chela Lujan and Jess Parsons. Music will be begin at 7pm each night, and tickets will cost $15 per evening or $30 for all three nights. 

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Friday, August 30th

Ralph White, a founding member of the seminal bluegrass/punk outfit Bad Livers, will kick off Some Folk Fest. Ralph White’s solo music quickly reveals his passion for old folk, proto-blues and country music, the roots of American music.  At the same time, the music, a layering of banjo, kalimba, button accordian, fiddle and vocals, shows a complete lack of interest in rehashing the past.  Ralph is a rare type of player who has fully internalized the traditional music,  but chooses to toss the purist blinders aside as he extracts the soul of the old music and allows it to evolve.  As a multi-instrumentalist he molds his many talents into a borderless, nostalgic sound that seems to actually grow out of the past.

Joe Sampson will headline Friday evening. Joe Sampson is the champion of the musical understatement, each song exuding a gently mesmerizing beauty. His music evokes the comfortably sad acoustic tones of Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen, ornamented with often darkly humorous lyrics, intoned in a soft yet road-worn baritone. Joe’s intimate, emotive songs draw you in, gradually weaving their subtle magic. Since his childhood days singing in his family’s barbershop quartet, up thorugh his years collaborating with celebrated musicians like Nathaniel Rateliff and Esme Patterson, Joe has steadily sharpened his sound and style, becoming one of Denver’s most celebrated songwriters.

Saturday, August 31st

Chela Lujan, one of the founding members of the Haunted Windchimes, will be opening Saturday evening. Chela Lujan hails from the deserts of Arizona but has long since made the high-plains of Colorado her home. A devoted disciple of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, she sings with a classic air. Adam Hook of Soaked in Sound describes her as having “ oracle-like sound, warning of events that may come to pass. This mystical element is translated in the material she writes… There is an overwhelming appeal to Chela’s material that is hard to immediately identify. Her hypnotic voice has a siren song effect on the listener, luring them closer into the depths of echoed beauty.”

Turkey Buzzards, from the central coast of California, will headline Some Folk Fest Saturday evening. With the duo made up of Dylan Nicholson (vocals and guitar) and Eric Patterson (upright bass, vocals and guitar) the songs range near and far. From the sticky humidity of North Carolina to the dusty cellars of the West, The Turkey Buzzards tell simplistic stories that unravel through gritty vocals and thoughtful harmonies.

Special guest just added to the bill, Willy “Tea” Taylor, will close out Saturday evening. Willy is a folk singer from Oakdale, California who first found his calling behind home plate before an injury took him away from baseball and into music. Willy first debuted the main stage with his band Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit before paving his own as a solo artist. Influenced by both classic and contemporary greats, Willy “Tea” Taylor delivers enriching vocals and timeless lyrics.

Sunday, September 1st

Jess Parsons opens Sunday evening. With equal parts heartbreak and splendor, Jess Parsons' songs evoke the classic singer songwriters of the 70's with a touch of Rumour's-style world weariness. An alumnus of the "hauntingly hopeful" folk rock act Glowing House, she can also be seen performing alongside avant-double bass wunderkind Julie Davis in Bluebook.

Bluebook will be bringing Some Folk Fest to a close Sunday evening. 

Enigmatic, otherworldly, and thoroughly affecting, Bluebook is a musical
duo featuring the songwriting of Julie Davis and musical contribution of
Jess Parsons. Processed upright bass, light percussion, and distant
keyboards combine to support a monumental approach to vocal
harmony that conjures the ur-myth of the American Woman.

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