Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jaden Carlson Band
“I would say that some of my fondest musical memories are definitely the first time I played with Eric Luba and Will Trask a couple of years ago, and when I got to play with Umphrey’s McGee at the Fillmore in Denver last year. It was just amazing to be on stage with someone like Jake Cinninger who I look up to. That experience is one of my top memories so far. Another amazing memory is sitting in at Red Rocks with Michael Franti and Blues Traveler last year; I guess I am the youngest person on record to ever play Red Rocks.”
Flood relief concert
Singer, Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar Jeff Brinkman
“Some of the best times I’ve had were playing at the Boulder Theatre. It’s such a beautiful place to play and so many great bands play there. One particular show, we had Brian Nevin with Big Head Todd and the Monsters sit in on drums and Love Hope Strength was the beneficiary of that event. They were doing a bone marrow drive, collecting signatures of possible bone marrow donors. I try to tie music in with things that are important to me, and Love Hope Strength is one of the organizations I stand behind, because they use music to raise awareness and bring people together to make advances toward the fight against cancer.”
Bass Guitar, Vocals Yamn
“Seeing Phish in 1997 at the Great Went in Main. It was a three-day festival and Phish played six full sets. I was 17 years old then and really didn’t know what to expect; the lights and 80 thousand people, it was just wild. At the end of the weekend I thought, that’s what I want to do. My onstage memory would be a free show Yamn played at Cervantes in the fall of 2009. The lights going down and walking out on stage to a packed house was pretty awesome. To go from being 17, thinking about playing live, and then being older and actually playing in front of cheering people and having a light show, it kind of feels like I’ve come full circle.”
Lap Steel, Mandolin, Backup Vocals Dragon Deer
“My fondest musical memory early on would be playing guitar with my dad. He would have me play Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Bob Dillon and Beatles songs with him. He would encourage me to learn the chords and the words. All the experiences, cool places, and things I’ve gotten to do through music, like Dragon Deer playing a lot of festivals in Colorado. Telluride Blues & Brews, South Park Festival was amazing; local festivals like the Westword and the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase really stand out for me. Music is my life. It’s what I do, what I cherish.”

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