The Bottlecap Boys
The Bottlecap Boys are pure, insatiable energy. Guaranteed to lift your spirits, their infectious, boot-stompin’ folk captures the freedom and vastness of middle America with a city pace. A fiery praise for the ‘onward and upward’ fuels The Bottlecap Boys’ magnetic performances. Their freight train harmonies come barreling down the tracks, blowing by stories of ex-lovers and future lovers. They play with such a raw, exultant tenacity that you imagine they’re hollerin’ at the big blue sky with their feet planted firmly on greener pastures. Together, The Bottlecap Boys offer an atmosphere of care-free exuberance through their joyful charisma and camaraderie. Challenge your face to push the borders of its smile!
Their story began on 2006 when Ross Becker and Lukas Borsten embarked upon their college careers at the University of Puget Sound. Ross, hailing from New Hampshire, and Luke, from Oregon, met in the first week of school and began playing music together immediately. Being multi-talented musicians, the two played together in a number of groups of various genres--funk, folk, hip hop, blues--strengthening their musical bond. After graduating, the duo moved to Portland and picked up classically trained Michael Raley on the upright bass, adding a ruckus, rhythmic root. Since then, they have been seducing (musically) Portland audiences, young and old.
The Mile Markers
Deeply rooted in old time, folk and traditional American music, The Mile Markers are a
modern American roots band based in Denver, Colorado. The power of The Mile Markers
rests squarely on the riveting vocal interplay and lyrical craftsmanship of the groups
founding members Julie Stratton (guitar/vocals) and Bevin Foley (fiddle/vocals). Lee
Patterson of the Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society put it well when he said “This well-balanced
and powerful duo has a stylistic maturity and sophistication well beyond their ages. The
duet’s vocals are expressive, nuanced and so in-sync that it seemed I was hearing one mind,
singing through two voices. Acoustic beauty like theirs is a rare find.” The group is further
rounded out and supported by the rollicking and clever stylings of banjo player Sal Clark
and bassist Nicki Handy. From Moab, Utah to Chicago, Illinois to the pacific northwest, The
Mile Markers continue to build an ever growing base of fans and friends anywhere their
musical travels take them.
The Mile Markers play music for the new depression. With an uncanny ability to draw the
listener into a very intimate landscape the songs of The Mile Markers are at once strikingly
personal and shockingly universal. Theirs is the fresh melody leaping out of the old radio.
Theirs is a sweet dusty music that celebrates love and loss equally; rejoicing in both the joys
and sorrows of life. Live The Mile Markers create an atmosphere of camaraderie and
celebration - reminiscent of some spontaneous revival - that serves as a call to the weary, the
doubtful and the ghosts that the time has come to drink whiskey and to dance around the
floor and to be uplifted.
In 2010, The Mile Markers released their debut album entitled “Take to the Road”. This
release led to many notable performances including the 25th annual Bolder Boulder (CO)
and inclusion on the Bolder Boulder compilation CD released by 97.3 KBCO, The Moab
Folks Festival (UT), Moab Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival (UT), Green Beer and
Bluegrass Festival (Denver, CO), The Denver Oktoberfest (CO), WHYS Bluegrass Festival
(WI), national tours to the Northwest and Midwest. This year includes the Colorado
Environmental Film Festival, the 20th annual Microbrews for the Environment (Boulder,
CO) and the Summer Solstice Music Festival & Benefit (Golden, CO). The Mile Markers
have also played shows with bands including, but not limited to Elephant Revival, Trout
Steak Revival, Pert Near Sandstone and The Hen House Prowlers.
“The Mile Markers CD gives a new twist on Old-Timey music. It’s hillbilly music
with songs that draw you into a very personal landscape, plus a punk
attitude. Home made in the best sense of the word. Like home-made pizza.” -
David Glasser, Grammy Award Winner, about the album Take to the Road
Danette Dacey Bohl
Story And Clark
Boarding its vessel of acoustic ivory, Story & Clark has set out on a voyage in search of a vast treasure, a wondrous land where colors are brighter and music is richer. This venturesome group is an innovative ensemble that mixes textural instrumentation with narrative lyrics to create a unique indie-lounge atmosphere. Hailing from Denver CO, these gifted songwriters amaze listeners with their diverse musicianship and unparalleled sound.