Live Music at BIFF 2015

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Opening Night Red Carpet Gala
Thursday, March 5:30pm at Rembrandt Yard and Hotel Boulderado
Kick off your best fest yet by hopping between TWO simultaneous parties, spread across TWO fabulous venues – the Hotel Boulderado Ballroom and the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center.

With music by After Midnight
Award winning clarinetist Roger Campbell leads the hottest sextet since the Big Band Era! Swinging hard since 1997, this extraordinary group of
musicians has performed thousands of concerts around the world for jazz festivals, clubs, weddings, summer concerts, and more. They conquer
dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton.

It’s time to swing! It’s time for After Midnight!
After Midnight’s Website


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Friday, March 6, 5-7pm at Rembrandt Yard
An all new culinary experience that will showcase the talented and nationally-recognized chefs who helped earn Boulder its “Foodiest Town” title from Bon Appetit magazine.

With music by Maxwell Hughes
Maxwell Hughes is the genuine article, a true to form prodigy and virtuoso. Just ask TEDtalks, who invited the self-taught former Lumineers guitarist member to demonstrate his unique two-handed guitar style at their TEDxCSU event. Maxwell Hughes didn’t pick up a guitar until 2002. Ever since, he has explored a variety of stringed instruments independently, teaching himself, and innovating unique techniques. In the past 2 years, he has seen the world as a touring musician, garnered a Grammy nomination for songwriting on the Lumineers 2012 debut album, won 3rd place in the International Fingerstyle championship, and continues to gain the admiration of fans and musicians alike as an innovative instrumentalist.


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Singer/Songwriter Showcase
Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at The Filmmaker Lounge @ The Lazy Dog
Celebrate the importance of music in film with the popular BIFF Singer/Songwriter Showcase.
Festival goers are invited to hang with their favorite filmmakers in the Filmmaker Lounge at The Lazy Dog to hear great music and discover hot local talent.

Friday, March 6

Foxfeather Colorado based Foxfeather has been taking the Boulder area by storm since the official formation of the band in 2013. Beginning with a folky, singer-songwriter base, bolstered by amazing instrumentals and vocals, Foxfeather captivates nearly any audience group. Versatility is the name of the game for founders Laura Paige Stratton and Carly Ricks Smith, with shows varying from intimate duo settings to full band performances.
Boulder musicians Patrick Coleman (stand up bass), Ben Batchelor (drums and percussion), and Denver’s Dave Brown (mandolin and fiddle) join the
two women to create an evolving musical experience. Folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz, and pop all make appearances within any given song set or recording, and Foxfeather’s seamless transitions and polished, energetic performances foster a truly enjoyable experience. Check out their debut 6-song EP, “Foul Moon,” available in physical or digital format.

Jack HadleyThe son of a Filipino mother and an African-American father, Jack was born in the Philippines. He grew up in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. His mother bought him a guitar at the age of twelve because she wanted to keep him busy. The family moved to Denver, Colorado, where he learned to play music by ear, playing music by everyone from Hendrix to Dylan, unaware that he was learning the foundation of American music – the blues. Jack has performed at the 2013 Rauma Blues Festival in Finland, live on the BBC in London with Charlie Gillett, the Snowy Range Music Festival in Laramie, Wyoming and the Stern Grove Music Festival in San Francisco, California.

Justin RothJustin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. His songs, “Surrender” and “Now You Know,” have been used on the soap opera “The Young and The Restless” reaching over 5 million viewers worldwide. Roth’s fan-funded fourth solo album, Now You Know, was voted as one of the Top 100 Folk Albums of 2011 by Roots Music Report. “Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth’s] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.”San Francisco Art Magazine

Mary Beth Cross is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjoist and artist career coach who is enhancing lives around the world by writing and performing “thoughtful, soothing music for thoughtful living.”
The Denver artist’s music is influenced by the rural farmland and forests of her Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently resides. Her latest release, “Beyond Good and Evil”, recently hit number four on Airplay Direct’s Americana Music Chart. The project was inspired by the spirit and grit of the pioneers who blazed west. “My music comes from inspiration found in the beauty of nature and the human spirit,” said Mary Beth, “I work with all kinds of people, and I write songs to hopefully touch others and make them feel something.”

Friday Night Live

9pm-11pm – ELDREN

Honing their craft in Denver, Colorado’s burgeoning music community and
captivating audiences nationwide, Eldren is prepared to charge into your life and forge fire in your heart. Eldren instantly makes its vibrant mark on the 21st century’s drab musical landscape with a broad palette of sonic brushstrokes. The band’s epic psych-pop songs infuse an impressive array of influences and dynamics, incorporating the quirky electro rock catchiness of MGMT, the frenetic balls-to-the-wall prog rock of The Mars Volta, and at times the reserved acoustic introspection of Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith. This depth of musicianship and composition translates into mind-blowing live shows and a rabidly devoted following. Their motto “we are Eldren and so are you,” speaks to the band’s ability to transcend genre and appeal to every demographic.

11pm-1am – YOJIMBO
Jack Hadley
“Yojimbo is triple fun! Based out of New Orleans their sound is pure punk rock energy with poppy driven melodies. You’ll be powerless to do anything except dance uncontrollably with a huge grin. Carly Meyers leads the pack down a musical rabbit hole, wielding her trombone like “a mystical samurai sword”. While Doc Sharp hammers the keyboards in cataclysmic pleasure and Adam Gertner beats his drums to a bloody pulp with a deliberate smile.
As one reviewer declared, “Yojimbo’s… the perfect blend of aggressive passion, punk rock chaos and technical expertise.” Don’t ever miss a live Yojimbo show for the pure energy rush!”

Saturday, March 7

Many MountainsMany Mountains is a Folk Rock group fronted by Katie Rose & Dustin Moran, a couple who have been playing music together for half a decade.
They began their collaboration in Salt Lake City, where they met while both were working at a bookstore. Soon after moving to Colorado in the winter of 2010, they began playing with different bands in the Denver music scene. In early 2014, their motivations led them to focus on creating as Many Mountains. Backed by multi-instrumentalist Bob Story and percussionist Josh Gordon, their music tells stories of hard truths, self-contemplation, and a longing to shed light on the unknown. Swooning vocal harmonies are sung often, over swelling slide guitar, and to the point rhythms. The listener may be moved to question ideas they thought were set in stone. Might they change your way of thinking?


How does a woman with a degree in Applied Physics become a nationally
touring singer/songwriter? While studying engineering at the Colorado
School of Mines, Teresa Storch became hooked on live music. A concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre prompted her to say aloud “I need to do that!”
When a friend asked, “Do you think you missed your calling?” “Maybe?” was her reply. The voice pulling her to create her own music was too
compelling to deny. Now, she encourages others to follow their own inner voice with her authentic demeanor and contagious smile. Audiences say it’s like seeing Bonnie Raitt or Greg Brown. You feel she’s known you forever, and you can’t help but be drawn in. Teresa has released three studio albums and been touring nationally for 10 years, becoming a live performer of joyful strength and riveting, emotional power. He latest album ‘Come Clean’ has garnered national acclaim, whereby No Depression reviewer John Apice stated, “someday this artist will be in the league with Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, and Roseanne Cash.”


Chris Varosy is first and foremost a storyteller. His songwriting is driven by the narrative, leading him across genres and instruments in search of each song’s concept. The resulting eclectic sound has bluesy underpinnings and a hard rock edge, evoking Melissa Etheridge, Tool, Dr. John or Leo Sayer, depending on the moment. But each moment coalesces around the story arc. Chris has toured internationally, performed live on television and played in over a dozen acts, including Ultrawide, the Bill Mumy Band and The Long Run. Currently based in Denver, Chris performs regularly in two bands and as a solo artist.


Flatiron Junction is made up of 3 sisters who were born in
Hingham/Cohasset Massachusetts where they started playing together at
the ages of 6, 8, and 10. They played at festivals with their guitar teacher Jim Armstrong, and also Fenway Park before a Red Sox game in April of 2005.
In 2009 they moved to Boulder Colorado, where they currently reside. They have been sharing their contemporary country /bluegrass music with friends and family for the past 10 years. Six years ago they started writing their own music, accumulating over 60 songs to their name.
Abby and Sarah currently attend the University of Colorado in Boulder while Audrey is at Boulder High School. Abby, now 21, recently returned back to Boulder after being in Nashville for the last two years, and the band is back and excited to continue their musical adventures together.


With a focus on political and social justice, Drew’s music is lyrically driven and influenced heavily by slam poetry and Bob Dylan. Whether with an acoustic guitar (occasionally electric) or on piano, Drew has written over 30 original songs and produced/engineered/mixed four full-length albums. In his other life, Drew works as a reporter for Purple Row and Baller Mind Frame, covering the Colorado Rockies and Denver Nuggets beats as well as writing on top pop culture stories like movies, TV, and of course, music.

10pm-1am – GRAVY
Jack Hadley
Creating a musical blend they call “Funk Rock”, Gravy combines traditional New Orleans funk with musical aspects from every walk of life.
Infusing musical aspects from all walks of life, Gravy’s brand of progressive funk rock has garnered a solid fan base, firmly cementing the band as a fixture in the New Orleans music scene. Touring consistently since their inception, Gravy has established itself as one of the Southeast’s rising acts.



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BIFF After Dark Party
Saturday, March 7 at Boulder Odd Fellows Lodge
YO, betties and dudes! Don’t wig out – we got the 411 on the gnarliest party in Boulder – the 4th Annual BAD Party (BIFF After Dark.) Will there be music? Sha! Please! We’ve got Ronnie Raygun and the Big 80s, and later, Boogie Machine for you hippies who wanna get down.

Ronnie Raygun and the Big 80’s

Even though Denver has its share of Eighties bands, Ronnie Raygun is the only one to sport the wildest costumes.
This is something they started in 1998 when they rolled into Denver as Boogie Machine, The Super 70’s Disco Dynamo. The giant afros, bell-bottoms and platform shoes were something to behold as people craned their necks to get another look.
In 2001, Ronnie Raygun carried on the tradition of big, out-of-this-world wigs with a full complement of spandex, fingerless gloves, Vans and Wayfarer sunglasses. Giant sticky hair abounds and the New Wave beat throbs in your cranium, direct from the time when music and fashion were larger than life. Feel free to cruise on up to that wave and say, “Hey bud, let’s party!”

Boogie Machine

Boogie Machine has been packing dance floors for over 15 years. When it comes to party bands in Colorado, we ARE the party! We have MANY repeat clients such as; Visa, Coldwell Banker, Microsoft and Ping Identity just to name a few, and you can see our client list for the rest. We’ve performed for many blushing brides and created weddings that are talked about for years as well as rocking hundreds of outdoor concerts, corporate events, holiday parties, and festivals throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
We define unforgettable.


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Closing Night
Saturday, March 8, 6pm at Boulder Theater
Downtown Boulder will come to life on Closing Night with images of endangered species projected onto local landmarks from the one-of-a-kind mobile projection racecar featured in Racing Extinction.

With music by Los Bohemios

Los Bohemios is an acoustic ensemble composed of some of the best musicians in Colorado. They play Cuban Son, Salsa, and Boleros (ballads
in Spanish with Afro-Cuban rhythms). They also cover other Latin styles such as Bossa Nova, Latin Rock, Latin Jazz and even Mexican Mariachi repertoire. Los Bohemios features Ricardo Peña on vocals and guitar or requinto, Ed Edwards on guitar, Mark Diamond on upright bass, and Jose Espino on congas and bongos. They offer Spanish guitars, acoustic bass and Latin percussion to create “danceable” salsa rhythms in the style of Buena Vista Social Club or Gloria Estefan, and romantic ballads in the style of Los Panchos (a worldwide music phenomenon of the 40’s and 50’s).


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Music before the Movies
All Appearances at Boulder Theater


Thursday March 5th 7:45
Before Opening Night Film The Wrecking Crew
Jack Hadley
Friday March 6th 4:45
Before Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead-The Story of the National Lampoon
Patrick Dune
Friday March 6th 7:15pm
Before Call Me Lucky
Chris Varosy
Saturday March 7th 11:45am
Before 5-7
Marta Burton
Saturday March 7th 7:15 pm
Before Tribute to Alan Arkin
Teresa Storch
Sunday March 8th 12:15 pm
Before Zero Motivation
Mary Beth Cross
Sunday March 8th 2:30 pm
Before Being Evel
Justin Roth
Saturday March 7th 5pm
Before Austin to Boston
Nathaniel Rateliff


Marta Burton

Vocalist, emcee, concert creator, producer, writer, director and recording artist Marta Burton has held audiences spellbound in theaters and concert halls throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has starred with major orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, The Detroit Symphony and The National Symphony Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. Since 2005, Marta has dedicated her career to researching, writing and producing concerts that promote awareness for social justice issues. By creating concerts that weave narrative, multi-media presentations, literature and music, Marta aims to leverage the power of performance arts for the benefit of all.


Patrick Dune

Five time nominated and award winning singer, songwriter, retro guitarist, recording artist, producer Patrick Dune is fueled by his long love of music, faith and self-salvation. Now a native to Denver, Colorado from Toronto Canada, Dune is excited about his USA Mid-West 2015 tour with his new Band “The DesertHearts”. His expressive vocal approach and trademark Rickenbacker and acoustic textured open chord guitar styles, play off of the strong emotional landscapes of his song writing. Dune’s songs reach out and target his audience with many different emotional states and he approaches a new blend and style with a refreshing commercial sound that boldly sets him apart.


Nathaniel Rateliff

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff has made his way from modest means in Hermann, Missouri to the international stage with the release of his second record: Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Since the release of his debut album (2010’s In Memory of Loss) Rateliff has circled the globe playing hundreds of shows from headlining clubs and theaters to key festival slots. Rateliff and his band have also toured in support of the some of the biggest bands in the world such as Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers. Nathaniel has also shared the stage with diverse array of highly respected acts such as Bon Iver, Wilco, Indigo Girls, CAKE, the Fray, Tallest Man on Earth, Delta Spirit, Mason Jennings, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Laura Marling, Ben Howard and others. In 2011 Rateliff appeared on the hugely popular show “Later… With Jools Holland” and was given 4-Star reviews in major UK magazines Mojo, Uncut and Q. Nathaniel has been seen in the “New to Q” feature in Q magazine (UK), the New York Times, Rolling Stone (Germany), London Times, Paste Magazine, etc.


Musicians Performing at BIFF in 2015:

Music Featured in Films at BIFF in 2015:

A complimentary CD Compilation of all the original music from the festival will be available at the Filmmaker Lounge @ The Lazy Dog.

Thank you to our generous CD compilation sponsors:

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