105.5 The Colorado Sound Presents
May Play Music Festival
The Burroughs, Brent Cowles, Slow Caves, Wildermiss, Silver & Gold, Its Just Bugs。
Fri May 11
5:00 pmMoxi Theater
$0.00 - $80.00
This event is all ages
May Play Music Festival 2018
6 Stages • 28 Bands • 1 Night
Free General Admission | All Ages | Go-Cup 21+
VIP Packages and Moxi Reserved Tables Aavailable at www.moxitheater.com
“Bohemian Foundation” Big Main Stage
- 802 9th St., Greeley, CO 80631-
5:45 - Slow Caves
7:15 - Brent Cowles
9:00 - The Burroughs
“Chipper’s/Mishawaka” Small Main Stage
- 817 9th St., Greeley, CO 80631-
5:00 - The Bright Silence
6:30 - Bryce Merritt
8:00 - Wildermiss
- 802 9th St., Greeley, CO 80631-
5:00 - Doors Open
5:45 - The Hollow
6:30 - Nelsen
7:15 - Hypnotic Vibes
8:00 - Overslept
---- Intermission ---
10:00 - Silver & Gold
11:30 - Its Just Bugs
Much like SXSW, FoCoMx, and Block Party, there will be several stages throughout the festival running simultaneously. Admission to the festival is free for all. The generous support from local businesses make this event possible. We look forward to positively and intentionally building Greeley’s arts and entertainment culture together and kicking off another great summer season!
“I realized then that I actually didn’t know how to be okay alone,” reflects the Denver native. “But I also realized that it was okay not to know.”
A deeply honest, intensely personal portrait, the record channels loss and anxiety into acceptance and triumph as Cowles learns to make peace with his demons and redirect his search for satisfaction inwards. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which seem to swing effortlessly from quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant, explosive arrangements.
Growing up, Cowles first discovered the power of his voice singing hymns at his father’s church in Colorado Springs. Having a pastor for a parent meant heavy involvement in religious life, but Cowles never quite seemed to fit in. At 16 he fell in love with secular music; at 17 he recorded his first proper demos in a friend’s basement; at 18 he was married; at 19 he was divorced. Meanwhile, what began as a solo musical project blossomed into the critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, which quickly took over his life. The Denver Post raved that the group created “some of the most exciting original music in Colorado,” while Westword proclaimed that their live show was a “clinic in roots rock mixed with old-school swing and blues,” and Seattle NPR station KEXP hailed “Cowles’ Otis Redding and Sam Cooke inspired vocals.” The band released two albums and toured nationally before they called it quits and amicably went their separate ways.
The parting was a necessary but difficult one for Cowles. In the ensuing months and years, he would find himself alone more than ever before, at one point living out of his Chevy Tahoe just to make ends meet. But rather than break him, the experience only strengthened his resolve, and ‘How To Be Okay Alone’ finds him thriving in the driver’s seat as a solo artist, making the most of solitude while still appreciating that it’s only human to need love and friendship.
“Hell if I know how to be okay alone,” Cowles reflects on it all with a laugh. “All I know is that I’m grateful for the people that I have, because I don’t think that anyone can get through this life by themselves.”
Hard to believe that a little more than a year ago this foursome (Emma Cole, Joshua Hester, Seth Beamer, and Caleb Thoemke) was an auspicious yet aspiring act playing unassuming opening slots on weeknights. The outfit quickly won fans over with a smart brand of guitar-driven pop, which has plenty in common with acts like Local Natives, Echosmith, and Florence and the Machine. Cleary, the act found its way.
The songs are instantly memorable as much for their melodies as for their meaning -- both of which are equally as integral to the impact of the song, if you ask Hester. "I've always thought lyrics find their validation through melody,” he says. “You can sing the simplest line but if a melody has conviction, then it works better than the most poetic paragraph you can write."
Talk about seeing the forest for the trees.
- Dave Herrera, Former Westword Music Editor
802 9th st
Greeley, CO, 80631