Connecting Stars, Defunkt Railroad, Cookie Tongue, Jump Start

Connecting Stars

Defunkt Railroad

Cookie Tongue

Jump Start

Thu, July 9, 2015

7:30 pm

$8.00

This event is 21 and over

Connecting Stars
Connecting Stars
Connecting Stars is a South African Folk Rock Duo featuring Cheryl and Martin Engel. The group officially formed in 2012 but have been singing and playing on stage and in the studio for over 10 years before that. Cheryl has extensive experience as a studio session singer and Martin was formerly the manager and bass player of rock band tree63 and the owner of Dog Ears Studios and Sesalos Media, a leading South African recording studio and video production company. Acoustic Guitar, Piano and hauntingly beautiful melodies and harmonies form the backbone of the Connecting stars experience intertwined with strains of glockenspiel, ukelele, harmonica and mandolin. Cheryl Engel draws on both painful and joyful life experience to craft poetry that forms the lyrical basis of Connecting stars' memorable songs. Martin and Cheryl's years of musical experience and intuitive interaction make for unforgettable live performances.

This self titled debut release of South African, Folk Rock Duo, Connecting Stars, is a breath of fresh air, blending heartfelt lyrics with memorable melodies and understated, yet moving production. The 12 tracks take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey spanning the lofty highs and crushing lows of love found, lost or betrayed as well as the confusion and helplessness when loved ones die or suffer needlessly. The album opens with the soaringly anthemic "Pieces" that speaks of the broken pieces of two peoples lives coming together to form a beautiful whole and flows effortlessly into the ethereal "Pink Blossoms' that sees the writer reaching beyond this world to a lost lover that she wishes she could see one last time. The album continues to alternate between joy and heartache reaching a fitting climax in the final track with the anguished electric and acoustic slide guitar driven folk rock anthem "Lonely". Track 8, "Trampled" also stands out as a brooding request for absolution from the writer to a lover whose sacrificial love could not be reciprocated. Do yourself a favour and take a listen to this first offering from Connecting Stars, you won't be disappointed.
Defunkt Railroad
Defunkt Railroad
Defunkt Railroad is a three piece band playing a variety of Americana roots music including Blues, R&B, Folk, and Country. Soulful originals and Louisiana roots music also encompass a large part of the band's repertoire. Depending on the audience and the venue, Defunkt Railroad's performances can range from quiet acoustic shows to rocking blues and zydeco. Defunkt Railroad features the soulful vocals of Ms DJ Mrugala who also plays drums, congas, washboard, and other percussion instruments. The band also features Rick Ditmars on bass guitar and Randy Mrugala on guitar, slide guitar, and vocals.

DJ and Randy's recent musical history includes performing with the Colorado based African Wind Band at numerous festivals and shows in the western states from 2005 through 2007. In 2009 and 2010 DJ and Randy performed with John Bertrand and The Band from Port Barre, Louisiana. Randy also toured with Dwight "Black Cat" Carrier and the Zydeco Ro-Doggs from Opelousas, Louisiana in early 2009.

Rick has been playing bass in the Front Range area of Colorado since the late 1990s.
Cookie Tongue
Cookie Tongue
A musical project bore by Omer Gal in 2011, Cookie Tongue, a phantasmical folkloric band based in San Francisco exists in different formations from solo, duo to full 5-piece band. The lyrics come from Omer’s unsettled soul in full gloom.
Jump Start
Venue Information:
The Toad Tavern
5302 S. Federal Circle
Littleton, CO, 80123
http://www.toadtavern.com/