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Bad Guys Wear Black

Bad Guys Wear Black is a student band from Western Colorado University featuring jazz, rock, and blues.

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Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill grew up outside of Austin, Texas in the little town of Dripping Springs. As a kid, she was surrounded by music. Her childhood was full of potluck parties where music and food were of equal importance. Texas swing, classic country, bluegrass, and fiddle tunes filled the house late into the night and were a soundtrack to her early years. When she was just six years old, she began learning the fiddle from her dad and from the great Mary Hattersley.​ These experiences instilled a love and sense of music within her. The beauty and challenge of storytelling is delivering a story justly and gracefully. This is the goal for multi-instrumentalist Jenny Hill. Her music is of the people, places, experiences, and happen-chances that have shaped her life and the lives of those around her. In her music, she delivers these tales honestly and naturally on guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Life is beautiful and painful and moving. It deserves to be captured. She chooses to do so in song.

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Stephanie Helleckson

Born and raised in the mountains of Colorado, Stephanie is a professional violinist, vocalist, conductor, and educator. She holds both a B.A. in Music and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as an M.A. in Arts Administration from Florida State University. During her education, she has studied choral conducting, vocal performance, violin performance, ethnomusicology, composing, arranging, archaeology, writing, and editing. Over the past 15 years, she has taught private lessons for ages 3 to 90+ on violin, voice, piano, and cello. She regularly performs on the violin and vocally, and composes and arranges music for a variety of ensembles.

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Chris Coady

CHRIS COADY – Known for his poignant Americana/Folk songwriting, Chris Coady’s music is inspired by friends, family, a sense of community, and a deep connection to the natural environment. His songs convey positivity and transformation with a sense of place in Colorado and the American Southwest. He has released several albums co-produced with Don Richmond at Howlin’ Dog Studios – “Where You Find It” 2008, “From Down Here” 2011, “If Down Was Up!” 2014, and “It’s About Time" 2015. With his bands 9 Mile and 18 Mile Radius Chris has been the opening act for Asleep at the Wheel, The Bellamy Brothers and Firefall. Chris shares a co-writing credit with Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee Dean Dillon and has shared the bill as a songwriter with Robert Earl Keen, Dean Dillon, and Paul Overstreet. Chris currently performs house concerts, listening rooms and small performing arts theaters. He is the host of a weekly KBUT Community Radio show called Song in the Walls, and in addition to his passion for music and songwriting Chris is a ski instructor, sailor, whitewater raft guide and culinarian.

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Marimba MuGumo

Marimba MuGomo, meaning Marimba in the Mountains in the Shona language, plays the uplifting music of Zimbabwe. The intricate polyrhythms are played on wooden xylophone like instruments in a soprano, tenor, baritone, and bass range. We are an 8 member troupe that has been playing in the Gunnison Valley since 2011 in a variety of venues: Move the Butte, Art Walks, Farmers’ Markets, and weddings. We also offer workshops to help you find your inner muse.

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