Our 31st Annual Fall Fest brings a great weekend of local music! All performances take place at the Downtown Boulder Performance Stage on the 1300 Block of the Pearl Street Mall. Click below or scroll down for band descriptions and sample music.
Last Men On Earth is one of Northern Colorado's newest and most popular live rock bands, playing a mixture of classic cuts from the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond.
Boulder, Colorado-based Cosmic Americana band Grant Farm has entertained a growing fan base on the nation’s club and festival scene since its founding in 2009 by vocalist and National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant. Built on the fundamentals of love, family, and music, the band is a sure bet for fans of high-energy, authentic artists as diverse as Sturgill Simpson, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Phish. Comprised of zany, creative and highly musical comrades, Grant Farm members include Grant (aka “The Champ”), Adrian “Ace” Engfer (bass and vocals), Sean “Magic” Macaulay (drums) and Kevin “Money” McHugh (keyboards and vocals).
Please join us for a performance featuring violin, viola and cello students from Boulder Suzuki Strings. Founded in 1982, Boulder Suzuki Strings provides music instruction to children age birth through 18, using the principles of the Suzuki method. Our string instrument students receive weekly private lessons and bi-monthly group lessons. They frequently perform in community concerts and our advanced students tour Costa Rica every other year. Upon graduation, BSS students continue to have music in their lives whether they go on to study at premier conservatories, prepare to be teachers themselves, double major with another speciality or pursue an entirely different field. No matter where their path leads them, our students enjoy music forever!
Raised by wolves, taught by squirrels, friend of the owl. Tallgrass sings songs of happiness and sorrow. This trio brings gravel road vocals, quick-picked strings, and a rhythm section with stomping ground sound. While they've got a banjo, you can't call it bluegrass- just expect some dirt stomping soul. Three-part harmonies backed by drums, bass, guitar, and banjo grow big rhythm into heartfelt, original music.
The hottest brass band in the mountain states, Guerrilla Fanfare brings raw, rowdy, unadulterated, booty-shakin' New Orleans style funk to the Northern Colorado area. Our mission is to get you up and grooving to our relentlessly fiery and funky sound no matter the occasion. Guerrilla Fanfare was awarded the "Westword Music Award" in 2018 in the category of brass band.
Policulture is the Original Mountain Reggae band from Boulder, CO. Policulture emanates heavy drum and bass with a roots rhythm, melodic horn section, and conscious lyrics. Forming in 2010 the band developed a contemporary reggae sound that is shaped by their upbringing and surrounding environment. With an understanding that music undoubtedly has the power to change the world, Policulture advocates a perspective of positivity and achievability in their music. Inspired by the tradition of roots reggae music, along with the current movement of modern roots reggae, the band is honored to have shared the stage with international touring acts including; The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, SOJA, Rebelution, John Brown’s Body and many more.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed. They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out.
With songs that make you smile and groove, to soulful ballads that might just bring a tear to your eye, Jenn Cleary will impress you with her thoughtful songwriting and dynamic performance. For Fall Fest, Jenn will be rockin’ the stage with blues harp player, Mad Dog Friedman. She has just released her third album, Blues Full of Heart, a collection of popular tunes that she covers at her live shows.
'Steepland String Band' is a high altitude bluegrass act distilled deep in the mighty San Juan Mountain Range of southwestern Colorado. 'Steepland' is a fast driving, hard picking acoustic quartet that explores a vast multitude of musical genres, while managing to stay rooted in bluegrass tradition. Forming around the love for and dedication to live music, 'Steepland' has created a unique style of their own, while managing to carve a niche in a genre of increasingly similar sounds. Drawing from an extensive library of covers, and a continually expanding catalogue of original material, each show successfully develops an experience for audiences that keeps them coming back for more. From the slap-style upright bass, to the piercing mandolin solos, Scruggs-style banjo rolls, funk infused guitar leads, and lonesome three part vocal harmonies, 'Steepland String Band' is definitely right at home in Colorado’s community of progressive acoustic aficionados and dedicated show-goers.
Flash Mountain Flood is a 5 piece, Boulder-based psychedelic rock n’ roll jam band with a classic feel that is committed to preserving American Roots Music Culture with their unique approach to their live shows and extensive catalogue of original songs. Flash Mountain Flood delivers their loyal Front Range fanbase a true concert experience with their fresh take on American roots music. Fans show up with an expectation for improvisation, diverse genres of original music, surprise covers and a true sense of musical community. Whether jazz, country, funk, folk, bluegrass, reggae, blues or rock n’ roll - Flash Mountain Flood’s music brings together music lovers of all ages and backgrounds playing over 225 shows in 2016 and 2017.