Rocky Mountain Music Relief
Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Feat. Richie Furay w/Tori Pater and Friends, Bobby Messano, and Perpetual Motion
Featured Artist #1
Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
One of the founding members of Buffalo Springfield and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay will headline a hurricane relief benefit concert at Swallow Hill Music on Friday, October 27 in Daniels Hall.
100% of gross ticket sales from the Hurricane Relief Benefit will be donated to MusiCares to be responsibly disbursed for the relief of performing artists and musicians negatively affected by the devastation caused by the 2017 hurricane season in North America.
Event sponsor Rocky Mountain Music Relief formed in the immediate wake of Hurricane Harvey. In its short existence, more than 650 individuals have pledged their commitment to RMMR to help musicians who have lost everything in these disasters. Musicians, producers, educators, sound techs, venue operators and many others closely associated with the music industry have promised their time and talent to help their fellow musicians.
"As musicians, we are dependent upon our instruments, and equipment to express life, to bring joy to others and to make a living," RMMR organizer Dave Perlowski said. "Almost every person who has aligned with Rocky Mountain Music Relief has reflected upon a personal reverence for their tools and the profound loss the hurricane victims have experienced."
RMMR will continue to sponsor fundraising events with local and nationally recognized performers throughout Colorado with the goal to generate at least $1 million for redistribution to musicians in need of assistance. The organization has applied for non-profit status and until that is granted, all money will be directed to MusiCares, the non-profit arm of the Recording Academy.
7:30-8:30 = Richie Furay
8:45-9:15 = Perpetual Motion
9:30-10PM = Bobby Messano
10:15-11PM = Tori Pater
Featured Artist #2
Legendary singer-songwriter and author RICHIE FURAY is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. In addition, he was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for his work with Poco, alongside bandmates Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit.
Before Buffalo Springfield, Furay performed with Stills in the nine-member group, the Au Go Go Singers (Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Jean Gurney, Michael Scott, Kathy King, Nels Gustafson, Bob Harmelink, and Furay & Stills), which was the house band for the famous Cafe Au Go Go in New York City.
Stills moved to LA and called Richie with the news that he had formed a new band and to come on out. Upon arrival, Furay found out the 'band' was just he and Stephen. Within days Neil Young and the rhythm section joined in, and Buffalo Springfield was born.
In the late 1960s, after Buffalo Springfield disbanded, he formed the country-rock band Poco with Jim Messina (who produced albums and occasionally played bass for Buffalo Springfield) and Rusty Young. Despite the success of the band with Richie's songs and its influence on the genre, Furay departed in 1974 and created the country-rock super group Souther Hillman Furay Band. He remained with the group until 1975 when each member parted ways to pursue their respective solo careers.
Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman" for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin' Up The Pieces" and “Good Feelin' To Know" with Poco.
With two books under his belt—For What It's Worth, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and Pickin' Up The Pieces, his own life journey—Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in 8 years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers," was written about the formation of Poco.
The cover of Hand in Hand features the wedding photo of Richie and his wife of 48 years, Nancy. The two met at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where Nancy caught his eye and became the inspiration behind Buffalo Springfield's, “Kind Woman." The title track of the new record, “Hand In Hand," serves as a follow-up song to the Buffalo Springfield hit, which is also featured as a bonus track.
“Just when you think 'it was a nice run,' you realize it's not over…especially when one day you wake up and songs are flooding your heart and mind that you know you just have to document and preserve," says Furay. “Hand In Hand was that confirmation for me – I've learned to say 'never say never.' Who knows where this collection will land, but I'm sure glad I get to share these songs with a world that knows music really is the universal language."
Hand In Hand will be released on eOne Music on March 31, 2015.
Featured Artist #3
Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist who has released seven Solo CDs, placed songs in manyTV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums. His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones' smash hit "Into The Night".
His last five CD's ( Holdin' Ground", Bobby Messano Live In Madison, that's why i don't sing the blues, Welcome To Deltaville and Love & Money) have garnered 26 Grammy 1st Round ballots in 8 categories and airplay on over 275 Blues shows. that's why i don't sing the blues was on the American Blues Scene's Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 TOP BLUES/ROCK ALBUM (USA) by Blues Underground Network. Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.
On December 22nd 2012, the artist was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Bobby's newest CD Bad Movie was released on April 15,2017. It is a collection of fifteen incredible songs written with major co-writers Jon Tiven , Larry Weiss and Steve Kalinich and features the amazing "Come To Your Senses" written by Queen founder Brian May and Jon Tiven and the haunting duet "Water Under The Bridge" with Bobby and Alecia Elliott (2001 AMA Nominee) Bad Movie offers a unique perspective of personal traumas and a country in a state of flux and the early reviews have been outstanding.
Featured Artist #4
Perpetual Motion, comprised of violinist Josie Quick and guitarist Tom Carleno, has found their niche with acoustic world fusion, a vibrant blend of Central and South American folk, progressive jazz, and blues. Toss in some classic rock and gypsy swing, and you have an evening filled with musical adventure.
Guitarist Tom Carleno (whose debut solo album recently won Best Instrumental Album-Acoustic at the Zone Music Reporter Awards) has an innovative and intriguing songwriting style. Augmented by violinist Josie Quick's passionate melodies and fiery improvisations, their music results in a truly imaginative and masterful sound. Their original music and unique arrangements of classic rock favorites are reminiscent of Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Hedges, Stephane Grappelli and Laurence Juber.
Perpetual Motion began with Tom's request to "get together and play some songs I've written for guitar and violin," after which he hurriedly penned a violin part for an existing song. After their first rehearsal the duo knew there were possibilities, and they began composing music together. Josie and Tom have been sharing their music steadily in venues across Colorado ever since. A favorite of arts festivals and library concert series, they have become regulars at Denver's Swallow Hill Music Association, the Mercury Cafe, and the Denver Public Library. They have released five CDs to critical and audience acclaim, winning songwriting awards and commendations along the way.
Tom and Josie met while teaching private lessons at a Denver area music store. It took several months for the two to strike up much of a conversation, but while at a mutual friend's birthday party the two started talking. A few days later Tom dropped his pick up line, and asking for a date without really asking for a date charmed Josie. A rehearsal date was set. One of the songs they rehearsed that first day became the title cut for their first CD, "Ready, Willing, and Able."
Tom had been in a number of rock bands, and they had always met an early demise. He was ready to try a different tactic for getting a band going. His plan was to create a core of two people that could work together, and build from there.
Josie had been wanting to get more into playing jazz violin. The spontaneity of improvisation intrigued her classical music sensibilities.
The time was right for these two to get together. Tom's use of open tunings and fingerstyle guitar gave Josie the inspiration to improvise contrapuntal melodies.
Over the years their music has evolved from the folky "jazz with a classical flair" to a more fusion driven sound incorporating blues, rock, and world music influences.