May Play Music Festival

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 pm

$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

RSVP on Facebook for the full festival line-up!

“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

Moxi Theater
- 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

May Play Music Festival
May Play Music Festival
May Play is one of 2 of Downtown Greeley's annual indie music festivals produced by the Moxi Theater, BandWagon Magazine, and The Crew Presents, with the May Play Music Festival in the Spring and Greeley Block Party in the Fall. Like Greeley’s Friday Fest in the summer, The Go-Cup district and allow patrons to carry their drinks from bar to bar, enjoying the festivities.The May Play is a music festival that focuses on featuring some of Colorado’s best local bands and celebrate the coming of spring!
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!
The Burroughs
The Burroughs
Steeped in classic soul standards and outfitted with modern flair, The Burroughs are a nine piece band with a powerhouse sound that has been electrifying audiences across Colorado and beyond.
Brent Cowles
Brent Cowles
“HOW TO BE OKAY ALONE.” That’s what Brent Cowles scribbled in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of his newfound independence. It was meant to be the start of a list, a survival guide for navigating the solitude and loneliness of our increasingly isolated world, but instead, it turned out to be a dead end recipe for writer’s block.
“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.”
Slow Caves
Slow Caves
Listening to Slow Caves, one is reminded that being sonically interesting doesn’t mean that a band must sacrifice having old fashioned hooks or pop sensibilities. Danish born brothers, Jakob and Oliver Mueller, provide the vocal and guitar backdrop for Slow Caves, a band (rounded out by childhood friends David Dugan - guitar/bass, and Jackson Lamperes – drums) who offer a relaxed and surf-y update on 80’s synth, 90’s jangle, and early aught’s indie rock. Formed in Ft. Collins, CO in 2014, Slow Caves quickly gained a reputation as a must-see local attraction. Soon the band was making an impression in Denver’s vibrant music scene, earning slots at tastemaker clubs such as The Hi Dive and Lost Lake Lounge. In 2015, the band showcased their music at SXSW in Austin and CMJ in New York. Then in late 2016, the band signed with Cincinnati-based Old Flame Records (Cloud Nothings, Dead Confederate), performed at Boise’s lauded, Treefort Festival and Austins' SXSW (March 2017), and released their Old Flame debut (Desert Minded-EP) on March 10, 2017. Since the release, the band has been touring all over North America and opened for bands such as DIIV, Cold War Kids, White Reaper, St. Lucia, Rooney, Cake and more.
Wildermiss
Wildermiss
Beloved by fans and critics in its hometown, Denver-based Wildermiss closed out 2017 as one of the most exciting acts to emerge from the Mile High City. The promising quartet built up a strong, impassioned grassroots following that helped propel it to a pair of back-to-back wins in KTCL’s benchmark promotions, the annual Big Gig this past summer and Hometown for the Holidays- not to mention multiple sold-out headlining shows of their own.

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
Silver & Gold
Silver & Gold
Silver & Gold produces heartfelt, energetic alternative rock in Northern Colorado.
Its Just Bugs。
Its Just Bugs。
Music to kiss your friends to, but also music to beat up your enemies to.
Venue Information:
Moxi Theater
802 9th st
Greeley, CO, 80631