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SHEL in Concert at Cavalcade
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Date: August 14, 7:30 pm
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Location: 201 E Aspen Ave., Fruita
Details: By Craig Havighurst The high-altitude town of Fort Collins, Colorado is abundant in bicycles, awash in craft beer and rich in arts of all kinds. Understanding the town’s unique cultural brew begins (but only begins) to explain the novel sound of SHEL. Four sisters, raised in an atmosphere of creative freedom and diligent study, have honed their musical skills surgically sharp and blended their personalities and visions into a unified whole. They are a vocal group with outstanding instrumental capabilities and an instrumental group with a thrilling vocal attack. From their fetching, unpredictable songs to their whimsical, hand- made top hats, SHEL makes a profound impression, something they are doing to growing crowds and critical acclaim. Sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza were born within five years of each other. Raised and home- schooled by a professional songwriter father and an artist mother, they dove into music young. Hannah was first to take classical lessons on piano. Then it was Sarah on violin, Liza on harp and Eva on mandolin. Liza switched to the drums upon discovery of her passion for polyrhythm. Then in the early 2000s, they started working up and performing songs with their father. Over time, Eva stepped forward as the lead vocalist. Andrew Holbrook with SHEL became SHEL with Andrew Holbrook—and then just SHEL. A friend of the family made a connection with Grammy-winning producer Brent Maher, an artist development guru with a long track record of hit singles and artistic breakthroughs. After a stint on Republic Records with no release, the band asked off the label and decided independent route was the best option for their development. With a couple years of unhurried experimentation and recording, SHEL completed an EP, toured the country as four-piece band of sisters and grew immeasurably. SHEL released their critically acclaimed self-titled, debut album in and is working on their follow up LP. Nestled within SHEL’s enveloping sound, wisps of folk revival, vaudeville, renaissance fairs and steam-punk esthetic blur around one another. Allusions abound to their core influences—The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and acoustic super-group Strength In Numbers—but you’ve never heard this before. Tracks such as “Tuscany” borrow liberally from their classical training, yet there’s nothing ponderous or unapproachable about them. “The Wise Old Owl” showcases their daring, fanciful vocal arrangements. They revel in strong dynamics, so a single song like “Stained” can grow from airy lace to a driving, white-water rush. They are richly feminine, but they don’t shy from covering Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.” Above all, there’s variety and creativity. Pure acoustic tone is best when it’s best, but if an electric mandolin or special effect is called for, they let the song dictate the production. SHEL has achieved many benchmarks that point to a full and fruitful career ahead. They’ve played public radio’s Etown, South by Southwest, Nashville’s Music City Roots, numerous Folk Festivals and their first European tour in 2013. In addition, SHEL’s music has been featured in a few national TV commercials, indie films and television shows. One does not have to be floating on the updraft of their blended voices to predict a bright future for SHEL.
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Thursday, Aug 14
   
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Kick off the 46th annual Peach Festival
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  MUSIC
SHEL IN CONCERT AT CAVALCADE
7:30pm, 201 E Aspen Ave., Fruita
By Craig Havighurst The high-altitude town of Fort Collins, Colorado is abundant in bicycles, awash in craft beer and rich in arts of all kinds. more...0



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Tuesday, Aug 19
   
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Thursday, Aug 21
   
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