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Healthy Rhythm Music Services Presents Western Slope based “BIRDS OF PLAY :: ALBUM RELEASE SHOW • LIVE AT HEALTHY RHYTHM" • Thursday evening, September 23rd, at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, located at 232 E. Main Street in historic downtown Montrose, Colorado!

Admission is $17. Available seating will be assigned, as purchased, from Row 1 back. Advance purchase is recommended. $3 more Day of Show (if available). This is a ticketless event.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Street parking is available.

We request that anyone who is unvaccinated for COVID wear masks inside the gallery. If you are showing any COVID symptoms or sick in any way please do not attend. We are limiting capacity for this show to a maximum of 50 concertgoers.

Birds of Play is a musical collaboration born from a mutual love of desert canyons, raging rivers, rocky mountaintops, and juice picnics. These multi-instrumentalists and dearest of friends effortlessly weave together a unique tapestry of blues, bluegrass, folk, and funk into a glorious blend of humor, honesty, and harmony.

‪With a dynamic mix of sentimentality and playfulness, Birds of Play's original music will take you‪ on a joyous journey filled with tales of love lost and found, ballads of wild places, and the radical idea that being happy for no reason at all is reason enough.

Add in a smattering of bird calls and crowd-inclusive banter and an evening with Birds of Play will surely leave you feeling all the feels and wanting more.

Their debut album, Anthrophony was released mid summer 2019 and they plan to return to the studio Fall of 2020.

Influences include the Wood Brothers, Gregory Alan Isakov, Watchhouse (Mandolin Orange), and so, so many more.

Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Songwriting, Felicitous Facilitator

Alex is a Southern Colorado based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a playful, insightful approach to music and composition. Born and raised in Colorado, his musical stylings reflect his approach to living a vibrant, positively silly life. His musical journey began at a young age with an utter disdain for piano lessons and wasn’t fully embraced until age 13 when he asked his dad for a guitar. The two immediately hopped in the car and drove to a local music store in Littleton, CO, with no way to know how substantially that first guitar would shift his path toward a life of poverty and idealism. He’s been performing solo and with a number of band projects throughout the greater Rocky Mountain region for the last decade.

With a diverse repertoire of original material and a contagious energy to his live performance, Alex will bring you into his musical world for as long as you’d like to attend. He also likes soup and could talk, or not talk, for hours.

Bass, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals, Musical Director, Idea Monster

Eric grew up in Northern Idaho, where he attended the University of Idaho School of Music as a percussion and guitar major. It was there he honed his musicality by participating in just about every ensemble that he could fit into his schedule, from Orchestra to Jazz Choir to Percussion Ensemble. After sneaking out of school with a degree in General Studies, Eric put music on a side burner to pursue his passion for the outdoors, a path that has led him through being a river guide, ski patroller, wilderness therapy guide and general ski bum.

But that side burner kept on burning, with Eric playing and singing around many a campfire, to the joy and surprise of his river guests. More recently, Eric decided to shift the focus back to music and started up Birds of Play, a project with his longtime friend Alex Paul. They met in Durango around five years ago and decided now that they live ten hours apart, what better time to start a collaboration?

Violin, Vocals, Wide-Eyed Wonder, Whimsical Wanderess

Anneke started playing the violin at the age of 8 where she grew up in Denver, Colorado. From 6th-12th grade, she studied at Denver School of the Arts under the tutelage of the Moscow String Quartet’s first violinist, Eugenia Alikhanova. She holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts where she studied with Almita Vamos, MingHuan Xu, and Frank Almond.

Anneke was exclusively playing classical music for the majority of her career until the last two years of her undergraduate. While in Chicago, she started exploring other genres including jazz and mariachi. At that point, she continued broadening her genres and taking any available opportunity to play with musicians. Since moving to the Telluride area in 2018, she has worked with numerous local musicians in the area exploring country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, improvisation, classical, and more.

Anneke met the Birds during the summer of 2020 in Telluride and partook in her first tour with them that September, officially becoming the fourth member and greatly contributing to the overall silliness shortly thereafter.

Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Cultural Liaison, Resident Scientist

Playing music in a social setting began on a soccer field in Carbondale, CO on the CRMS campus to the sound of pounding hand drums. Along with djembe, Jack started playing guitar in high school, learning from peers and teachers and anyone else who would show him a new chord or lick. Attending Colorado College proved to be a natural extension of this musical journey. At CC Jack minored in music, took private guitar lessons, and played in several bands including The Nomadic Bastards, Suspiciously Crispy, and The Dudes of Brohan. Since moving to Jackson, WY in 2012, Jack has been a member of the funk outfit Sneaky Pete & The Secret Weapons.

Alex and Jack have been playing music for years. From the campfires of the Utah desert to the hostels of Argentina, Jack and Alex have shared a special musical compatibility. Once described as “a blossoming bromance,” Alex and Jack’s music has been central to how they interact with and understand one another. Jack had the privilege of playing with Eric Shedd around a campfire at Alex’s birthday soiree two falls ago. It was around that fire, somewhere deep in a canyon on the Colorado Plateau, the Birds of Play were born.

Healthy Rhythm Music Services (HRMS) is an arm of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group. The mission of HRMS is to Identify, Manage, Enhance, and Promote Indie Artists and Bands who have a deep commitment to a career in music as their primary focus.

Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (HRAG) is a key component of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group. The primary focus of HRAG is Art and Music. The Gallery affords diverse individuals a user-friendly space to create, exhibit, and sell a variety of artwork. The Gallery, located at 232 E. Main Street in Montrose, Colorado, also houses an intimate Live Performance Venue. www.healthyrhythm.net

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There are no refunds or exchanges for this concert. All sales are final. The only exception to this policy is if an event is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, purchases will be honored when the concert is rescheduled. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, your purchase will be refunded at the point of service minus any fees that may apply.

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