LOCOfest returns to Bootstrap Brewing with Longmont musicians in the spotlight – Boulder Daily Camera
LOCOfest – an annual event featuring a diverse lineup of local musicians – will return to Bootstrap Brewing on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
âOf course we canceled in 2020,â musician and event organizer Brian Rezac said. âBut, coming back this year – after COVID – I decided to go back a bit to solos and duets with no cover charges. I did this for several reasons, but mostly I didn’t know where we would be with the restrictions. We could have another large-scale LOCOfest later this year.
Rezac, who will also take the stage on Saturday, has been hosting a weekly ukulele jam open to Bootstrap for years and sees LOCOfest as another platform to foster connections and showcase Colorado talent.
âWe launched LOCOfest in 2018 to showcase the musicians of Longmont,â said Rezac. âIn 2018 and 2019, we would alternate with a band playing 30 minutes, then a solo act playing 10 minutes. It was eight hours of non-stop music. It was unbelievable. There is a lot of talent at Longmont.
This year’s lineup includes a range of established local acts. But among the familiar faces are new artists eager to break into the scene.
âI can’t wait to meet other musicians at Longmont, as well as the opportunity to play after a year of lockdown and Zoom sessions,â said Maddy Marsan, a singer-songwriter who has since moved to Longmont. the Chicago area just over a year ago.
Marsan’s art can be described as ethereal. Sometimes she reminds Feist, to others she seems to be the lost member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
On his 2018 song “Little Things”, Marsan’s vocals capture a vintage quality. It’s the kind of dreamlike song you’d expect to hear on the soundtrack of a cult classic by Wes Anderson, or maybe in the back of a Parisian cafe.
âI have played oboe most of my life,â said Marsan. âI don’t think I was sophisticated enough at the age of 9 to know exactly why the oboe called me. But, over time, I fell in love with the pure tones of the double reed and wanted to incorporate the oboe as much as possible into my songwriting. I have been playing mostly solo since I moved to Colorado, but I will always include the oboe in my recordings.
With the shutdown of the live entertainment industry last year, Marsan has taken the time to explore other projects and trips.
âI moved away from writing to focus on DIY home projects, adjusting to distant living and exploring the outdoors,â Marsan said. “But I worked on new folk covers and brought new life to previously recorded songs.”
Headliners for Saturday’s event will be psychedelic rockers Jackson Cloud Odyssey Duo – made up of son and father team Jackson and Jeff Cloud.
âI am very excited to be playing live again,â said Jackson Cloud. âIt’s been far too long and we still have a blast playing LOCOfest. Brian (Rezac) does a great job with this event. Always a great turnout, everyone is normally so excited to hear live music and I’m sure they are probably going to be even more excited after a year without live music.
With a roof-shaking voice and captivating guitar shreds, Jackson Cloud Odyssey is known to get crowds dancing with powerful renditions of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and The Beach Boys’ “California Girls”.
âWe’ll be playing a new original song that’s coming out on an album very soon,â Cloud Jackson said. âI’m also making a music video to go along with the song. We’ll also be playing familiar covers at LOCOfest.
LOCOfest programming for Saturday
3 p.m. – George Russell
3:30 p.m. -Maddy Marsan
4:00 p.m. – Will Whalen
4:30 p.m. – Blase Poretti & The Jackson Fury
5:00 p.m. – HÃ©lÃ¨ne Peterson
5.30 p.m. – Frank James
6:00 p.m. – Sam Storm
6.30 p.m. – Adam’s Gold Band
7:00 p.m. – Tim Merkel
7:30 p.m. -Dave Simons
8 p.m. – The Jimmy & Joe show
8:30 p.m. – Duo Jackson Cloud Odyssey