LONGMONT, CO -- Do you enjoy hearing original music but hate the bar scene? Are you a local musician who’s tired of playing your music in noisy bars filled with patrons who aren’t paying attention? Thanks to some local music lovers, you can enjoy a true listening room environment and support Colorado musicians, right here in Longmont. It’s called The Soundpost Sessions, a series comprised of primarily original acts, both local and touring. The performances take place in The Renaissance Room in the back of La Vita Bella at 471 Main Street in downtown Longmont.
Tim Gulsrud, audio engineer and owner of Soundpost Acoustics, is the founder and executive producer of the series. “I’m a musician and so are many of my friends,” he said. “I wanted to create a space for music that was really focused on listening. My office is in the Experience Building and I kept looking at the space behind La Vita Bella that’s shared with Dry Land Distillers. It seemed like an ideal space.” There is a bar in La Vita Bella where patrons can enjoy fast casual cuisine, cocktails and conversation. He added, ”If you’re not interested in listening to music, you sit there. If you want to support musicians and listen to their music and lyrics, you head to the back. It’s a perfect set up.”
Local musician Jessica Carson partners with Gulsrud as the artistic director of The Soundpost Sessions. She’s been a part of the Longmont music scene for 10 years and is the lead singer for Clandestine Amigo. She is also the program director at the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, music director for Georgia Boys BBQ and cofounder and music director for Winter Walkabout Music Showcase, which took place in February and featured 33 performances at more than a dozen venues in downtown Longmont.
“About the time I was planning Winter Walkabout with Colin Argys of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, Tim approached me about creating a listening room that would host performances all year,” Carson said. “I was excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Soundpost Sessions. It’s a great way for music lovers to access and support Colorado musicians in a true listening room environment year ‘round.”
Todd Eichorn and Andrea Bullard own the Experience Building and are also supportive of The Soundpost Sessions, along with Dry Land Distillers. “You can enjoy a drink from the bar in The Renaissance Room, or you can enjoy a cocktail from Dry Land Distillers and sit in their private seating area,” said Gulsrud.
Carson added, “Longmont has a craft culture. We love farm-to-table restaurants and craft breweries, so it makes sense that people would also support original or craft music. I think that’s one of the special things about Longmont.”
The next Soundpost Sessions event features Redamancy (acoustic show), a band out of Denver on August 16. Their lead singer, Bella Musser, is a Longmont native. Additional shows include Augustus (acoustic show), August 30, Alfredo Muro & Jim Deeming, September 13, Flint Creek Family & Jeanne McAdara, September 27, Mare Wakefield & Nomad, October 18, Kyle Donovan & Megan Burtt, October 25. All shows are from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at www.eventbrite.com or $10 at the door.
Past shows have included Clay Rose, Foxfeather, Bonnie & Taylor Sims, Scabaret and Andrea Von Kampen.
“Ten years ago, there were only two places in town that had live music: Left Hand Brewery and Eagle Grill. Now there’s live music every night of the week and I think we’ll continue to be on the upslope,” Carson said. Gulsrud added, “I’m a musician myself. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to make The Soundpost Sessions a great place for musicians to play. We strive to pay them better than what they can get at other venues. People will actually listen to their music. It’s a great opportunity for musicians to truly connect with their audience.”
To view a complete schedule visit facebook.com/pg/soundpostsessions.
Jessica Carson & Tim Gulsrud
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