Oct
6
11:00 AM11:00

Chuck Pyle Finger-Style Guitar Workshop taught by Jeff Troxel transcriber of Keepin’ Time with Chuck Pyle Songbook.

“Chuck Pyle’s unique guitar style was woven so deeply into his songs that they almost can’t be separated. If you’ve always wanted to know how Chuck created his unique “loping” style, this is a workshop that shouldn’t be missed. As the music transcriber for Keepin’ Time with Chuck Pyle, Jeff Troxel literally wrote the book on this style. In this workshop, Jeff will deconstruct and teach the techniques Chuck used to create some of his most popular songs.”

 

5 person minimum/15 max


11am-1pm

 

$30.00 per person  

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Cowboy Gathering Summer Concert
Aug
3
6:30 PM18:30

Cowboy Gathering Summer Concert

Jon Chandler & Kit Simon

 Saturday, August 3rd 

BBQ available for purchase from the Seasoned Swine food truck 

CCG will furnish drinks and cookies 

Gates open at 5:30 pm / Concert starts at 6:30 pm 

Colorado Railroad Museum 

17155 West 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 

Suggested Donation: Adults $25.00 – Teens (12-18) $10.00 

Donations help us cover the costs of this concert 

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May
21
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

This month's America's Soul Live (Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, CO) will be a dandy. Our good friend Mark Cormican will join us, and we'll present, for the first time at ASL, the fantastic duo of Tony Ortega and Gary Shoe. Kentucky native Mark is a veteran singer/songwriter who performs nationally, and is one of Colorado's acoustic music gems. His fondness for folk-themed tunes shows up in his original work, as well as his tributes to John Denver. Tony and Gary are lifelong friends who have been writing and performing songs together for decades. Colorado Country Music Hall of fame member Tony is one of Denver's true string wizards, having recorded and performed on guitar and pedal steel with everyone from the Kingston Trio to Hargus "Pig" Robbins. Gary is a marvelous songwriter whose affinity for Colorado and its history has resulted in several albums of original material. Together, they'll be performing new songs along with old favorites. A fine, fine show in the works, all right. As usual, reservations are suggested. 

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Apr
14
10:30 PM22:30

America's Soul Live

I'm really excited for the America's Soul Live show coming up on Tuesday, April 16...Our good friends Jim and Vickie Jones are joining us for a great evening of Colorado music. Jim & Vickie are the force behind the fantastic Americana quartet Reckless Abandon, featuring their incredible vocals and wonderful musicianship. They also take the helm with The ReJuveniles, a sixties cover band that specializes in...well, knocking socks off. Superpicker Dana Vernon is also a ReJuvenile, and will join us on stage to do his "Dana Thang." This will be a beaut. Hope to see you on the 16th. As usual, it's suggested to call for reservations.  

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Mar
19
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

It's hard to fathom, but America's Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada is on the eve of its 15th anniversary. On Tuesday, March 19, we'll present a special anniversary show. I'll be joined by so many of the great musicians who have made the show so special over the years. Dubbed DOG DAYS, the band will feature yours truly on guitar, harmonica and vocals, Ernie Martinez on everything with strings, Johnny Neill on fiddle, Dana Vernon on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass, John Macy on pedal steel guitar and Chris Stongle on drums. We'll be performing songs that have meant a lot to the show over the years, along with new Chandler "stuff." Sweet hors d'oeuvres and vino (both real and fake) will be served at the break in honor of this great celebration. Hope to see you at the Pickin' Parlor on the 19th and, as always, reservations are strongly suggested. 

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Feb
19
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

February is blazing past, and this month's America's Soul Live is coming right up on Tuesday, February 19. We have a fantastic lineup featuring Tony Ortega with Gary Shoe and our own swingmaster, Uncle Kit Simon. Tony is a fixture in the Colorado music scene, a stellar musician, singer and songwriter who has somehow managed to miss joining us...something we rectified immediately. For his first appearance at the Parlor, he'll be joined by his songwriting partner Gary Shoe and we're excited to welcome them both to the Pickin' Parlor Stage. As many of you know, the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor's Uncle Kit Simon joins us now and again for a song or two, but it's time we stuck him in the spotlight. An extraordinary guitarist and singer, Kit will have Ernie and Johnny on hand to work their musical magic, as well. This will be a great show....don't miss it. - Jon Chandler

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Dec
19
7:30 PM19:30

Christmas at the Pickin' Parlor

Our traditional America's Soul Live Christmas Shows are fast approaching, with so many great musicians joining us on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19 at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, Co. Jon, Ernie and Johnny will be joined by Mary Huckins, Dana Vernon, Timothy P. Irvin, Kit Simon and surprise guests for these shows that are both rollicking and moving. Please join us for great music, food and drink on the 18th and/or the 19th. As always, reservations are suggested!  

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Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

Christmas at the Pickin' Parlor

Our traditional America's Soul Live Christmas Shows are fast approaching, with so many great musicians joining us on Tuesday, December 18 and Wednesday, December 19 at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, Co. Jon, Ernie and Johnny will be joined by Mary Huckins, Dana Vernon, Timothy P. Irvin, Kit Simon and surprise guests for these shows that are both rollicking and moving. Please join us for great music, food and drink on the 18th and/or the 19th. As always, reservations are suggested!  

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Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

America's Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor presents Jon Chandler & the Wichitones in concert on Tuesday, November 20. Once each year, we forgo having monthly guests, and concentrate on presenting an in-house concert that approximates what we do at concert venues, gatherings, and festivals. We'll be performing favorite songs, brand new songs, and special tunes from each of the Wichitones (Ernie, Johnny and Dana). Lots and lots of fun, folks. It'll be a night of superb picking in front of the best small audience in existence. America's Soul Live with Jon Chandler. The third Tuesday of each month at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada, CO. Hope to see you there!

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Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

A red-letter day for America's Soul Live when exceptional songwriters Richard Dean and David Starr join me, Ernie and Johnny to perform some of the finest original tunes in the land. Richard is one of my favorite writers and pickers, period. A masterful performer who combines blues, country, folk and just about everything else into his fine compositions, he is one of Colorado's best. David joins us from his home in Cedaredge, Colorado, His six solo CDs are chock full first rate picking, singing and songwriting, often featuring musical pals as diverse as Richie Furay, John Oates and Steve Cropper. It's a pleasure to have both Richard and David return to the Pickin' Parlor stage for this special show. As always, give Uncle Kit a call to reserve a seat! See you on Tuesday the 16th.....  

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Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

We're getting ready to host what promises to be one of the most entertaining America's Soul Live shows in our nearly 15-year run. I think Rebecca Folsom and Mary Huckins are two of the finest singer-songwriters on the planet, and have been in love with their work for years. Rebecca calls Boulder home, and is a genuine troubadour, travelling the country bringing her incredible voice, songs and stage presence to folks everywhere. Evergreen-based Mary is the "blonde" in Dakota Blonde, whose crystalline vocals and infectious songs have garnered legions of fans across the country. Ernie, Johnny and I are delighted to have our favorite songbirds together with us again on the Pickin' Parlor stage. Make sure to call for reservations...they're highly suggested. Hope to see you next week! All the info's on the flyer.

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Aug
21
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

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The August America's Soul Live promises to be a fantastic show, with Texas (via Colorado) troubadour Duke Davis taking the Pickin' Parlor Stage along with our own string maestro Kit Simon and his jazz/swing horn partner Rex Spease.  This is Duke's second visit to ASL, and he's always welcome on our stage.  A Denver musical fixture before moving to Texas, he performs him unique brand of cowboy and western music throughout the Southwest to appreciative crowds.  Uncle Kit Simon is one of the best pickers in the land, and it's always great to have him walk out from behind the Pickin' Parlor counter to join us onstage.  His pal Rex Spease is a monstrously talented horn player, and together they'll have the place ringing and swinging.  Hope you can make it next Tuesday

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Aug
2
7:30 PM19:30

Dana Cooper Live at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor

Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.

At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting.

Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.

 His prolific endeavors have resulted in 28 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper released his 27th album, Building a Human Being, in September, 2015. 

Cooper and Jutz also coproduced his 28th recording, Incendiary Kid, which will be released October 20, 2017 on Travianna Records. Americana and Folk radio stations across the country are now playing the new CD in anticipation of its release.  

Robert K. Oermann in Music Row Magazine says of Building a Human Being “Nashville veteran Cooper wins the Disc of the Day prize. Highly recommended.”

Fellow singer songwriter Buzz Holland says “Cooper is a person who can sing like an angel and play like the devil.”

Legendary Texas singer songwriter Eric Taylor said of Cooper’s performance at Kerrville Fall Festival 2015 “Dana Cooper gave the best solo performance I’ve seen and heard for many years. Could be the best I’ve ever.”

 

Festivals:

Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas)

Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival (N. Ireland)

Napa Valley Music Festival (California)

Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark)

Venues

The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)

The Cactus Café (Austin, TX)

Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)

Berlin Guitars (Berlin, Germany)

McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)

The Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)

Passim (Cambridge, MA)

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Jul
30
7:30 PM19:30

The Matt Flinner Trio with Blaine Sprouse

Grammy nominated mandolinist, Matt Flinner, will be joined by fiddle legend Blaine Sprouse, for an evening featuring a mix of Bluegrass and Newgrass.  The show will be at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor, in historic Olde Town Arvada.  The evening will kick of with some music from Ross Martin and Eric Thorin.  Tickets are $15.  

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Jul
27
to Jul 29

Rocky Grass 2018- Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in the Vendor Tent with Paul Beard

Olde Town Pickin' Parlor will have a booth in the vendor's tent at this year's 2018 Rocky Grass festival. OTPP be will joined by the one and only Paul Beard, of Beard Guitars. Paul will be available to look at Beard owners’ guitar’s for any needed set-ups. A variety of Beard Guitars will be on hand, and we are sure that many jam sessions will occur!

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Jul
17
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live with Jon Chandler

America’s Soul Live with Jon Chandler at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor, 7915 Grandview Avenue, Arvada, CO. (303-421-2304.) This ASL will be one of the year’s best, with audience favorites Mike Blakely and Juni Fisher joining Jon, Ernie & Johnny. Two of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters and friends will drop into the Pickin' Parlor during their July tours for the third straight year. As always, reservations are strongly suggested.

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America's Soul Live
May
15
7:30 PM19:30

America's Soul Live

We’re thrilled to invite two first-time guests to America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor on Tuesday, May 15.  Randy Chavez is an integral part of Denver’s vibrant music scene and Mark Cormican is busy making his mark on Colorado after a long career in the South. 

Randy is a fixture in Colorado recording studios and took the stages of dozens of important Colorado and national venues (including Red Rocks six times!) as the guitarist for the iconic Denver band, Opie Gone Bad.  A stellar musician, he has backed national performers since his teens including everyone from Bob Hope to Ella Fitzgerald, and even comedian Andy Kaufman.  He has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, accompanying guest artists ranging from Steve Vai to Bela Fleck.  Although Randy is known for his work in virtually every variety of rock as well as classical music, his newest project, One Good Vice, teams him with songwriter and singer Greg Hartley in a progressive country vein that showcases amazing versatility.  It’s a real treat to welcome Randy and Greg to the Pickin’ Parlor Stage.

Mark Cormican is a Kentucky transplant busy making Colorado his home.  As part of that transition, he has hooked up with a host of the state’s best musicians (including Ernie Martinez and Johnny Neill) to produce his impressive new release, Family Tree, a collection of original songs that showcase his affection for traditional country, folk and Americana music.  An exceptional country songwriter and great singer, Mark is also a devotee of John Denver, and performs a tribute show throughout the country featuring many of Denver’s classic songs. Welcome to ASL, Mark!

This will be an incredible show, so call Uncle Kit to make your reservations, and we’ll see you at the Parlor!

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Apr
14
8:00 PM20:00

Diana Jones at Tuft Theatre

Saturday, April 14, 2018

8:00 PM 

doors open at 7:00 pm

Tuft Theatre

71 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80210  

"Songs come in a flurry of inspiration. I don't understand it but I'm grateful." American singer-songwriter Diana Jones has been called the "Emily Dickinson of song" and "the female Johnny Cash" in reviews and rightfully so. But a journey of adoption and reunion as mysterious as her songwriting led to the gritty, authentic, Americana storytelling that has become her life's work and her live show. Adopted as an infant Diana grew up in suburban Long Island feeling an unexplained attraction to rural Southern music. "My brother had Johnny Cash's live 'At Folsom Prison' album, and I stole it from his room," Jones recalls. "Whenever I heard that or someone like Emmylou Harris, I'd think, 'Wow, that's beautiful.' I just didn't know where to find more of it." In her twenties the attraction was explained when Jones met her biological grandfather, a singer and guitar player, who introduced her to the folk songs her ancestors had been singing for generations. Gradually she discovered an uncanny affinity for Appalachian music and began claiming it as her own as she discovered her true artistic calling.

With five original recordings to her name Diana Jones makes the kind of records that signaled popular breakthroughs of artists such as Joan Baez or a Judy Collins at the height of the folk or singer-songwriter movements of the 1960s and '70s. Her 2006 debut My Remembrance of You, earned her a nomination as Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards, leading to tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, appearances at folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers of her songs by Gretchen Peters ("If I Had a Gun") and Joan Baez ("Henry Russell's Last Words"). Diana has performed and toured with artists including Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Ralph Stanley, and Janis Ian.

Joan Baez, in an interview for the New Your Times, said that writers of Ms. Jones's caliber come along only every so often. "There's some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on, I don't know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious part of her soul."

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Dakota Dave Hull
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Dakota Dave Hull

Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to Downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.

A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”

Most of all, Dakota Dave’s music is great fun. As Douglas Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style.”

On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, and many others. His albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and six solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull’s Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with four more, New ShirtSheridan Square RagThe Loyalty Waltz and Time Machine on Arabica Records. Airship, a duo album with singer/guitarist/fiddler Pop Wagner was widely praised. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (Double CappuccinoMoonbeams and The Goose is Getting Fat, also on Arabica) have become legendary.

More recently, Dave recorded an album of mostly traditional music duets with the noted guitarist Duck Baker, When You Ask a Girl to Leave Her Happy Home. A book of original compositions, Ragtime Guitar in the Classic American Style came out in 2012. A double CD of original compositions, Under the North Star was released in 2013, and 2016 brought two more CDs, the Sacred and Profane set, Heavenly Hope and This Earthly Life.

Dave is a recipient of a 2013 Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts board.

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