Seattle artist Austin Crane started Valley Maker as an undergraduate thesis project in 2010. He's a doctoral student in geography at the University of Washington but still finds time to play his folk music. His most recent album is last year's "When I Was A Child." He stopped into our CPR Performance Studio while on tour last month to play a solo set.
CPR Performance Studio
The Colorado Pubic Radio Performance Studio provides a stage to showcase the depth and variety of both classical, and new and independent music coming to, and from, Colorado. CPR's OpenAir also offers a podcast of interviews and performances from select musicians, and additional performances from the archive available here.
Montoneros is a Denver-based space rock band formed in 2014. Argentinian-born singer Gaston Leone fronts the group, which is set to release the new EP "Heat Horse" this week. The band performed three songs at OpenAir and spoke with Alisha Sweeney about recording at the local Black In Bluhm studio and writing lyrics in two languages.
Fort Collins band Pandas & People crafts energetic folk music. The group began in 2013 as a side project of singer and bassist Joshua Scheer and guitarist Johnny Day, and has gone on to open for acts like The Doobie Brothers and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Diane Coffee is the performing moniker of Shaun Fleming, a former Disney voice actor who started his music career as the drummer for childhood friends Foxygen. Fleming's music combines rock, soul and classic psychedelic influences. Listen to Diane Coffee's session at OpenAir.
Denver band SPELLS built its reputation on aggressive punk rock, energetic and comedic live performances and a vacation-inspired wardrobe. Ben Roy of Denver comedy troupe The Grawlix leads the group. Listen to their session recorded live in the CPR Performance Studio.
Here's another OpenAir studio session from the archives: last winter, Denver dream pop band Oko Tygra visited the CPR Performance Studio.
The Denver rock quartet just released the new EP, "Tiny Death."
Prior to his band's two-night stint at the Gothic Theatre, Maas visited OpenAir for a solo acoustic set in the CPR Performance Studio.
David Wax Museum stopped into the CPR Performance Studio last month while on tour behind the "Guesthouse" album.