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Phoenix-based singer/songwriter, Rob Riccardo, is set to take the stage for his first headlining show in Denver on April 15. Born and raised on the beaches of Long Island, New York, the foundation of the now Arizona-based songwriter's music derives from the surf scene of his formative years on the East Coast. Shortly after picking up the guitar in high school on a bet from a friend, Riccardo discovered the acoustically driven melodies and socially conscious lyrics of artists like Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio and Ben Harper. These musicians, along with classic troubadours from his father's record collection like James Taylor, would serve as the initial inspiration for writing his own songs.
Following a long post-college musical hiatus, Riccardo moved from New York City to the Southwest and, encouraged by his wife, started to take songwriting seriously for the first time. Across his diverse discography, Riccardo’s lyrics and themes draw inspiration from his yoga/meditation practice and his love of the mountains and oceans. Riccardo has released three full-length albums and several EPs since his 2017 debut, with a fourth album and extensive touring planned for 2020.
Edwina Maben’s songwriting journey has a story unlike many others. The songstress penned her first song at the age of 13, and refused to share her creations with anyone other than two close friends. As her confidence and love for songwriting started to grow, Edwina entered Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter 6 Contest in 2017. Grammy-winning producer RedOne selected Edwina as a top-five finalist of over 9,000 entered songwriters. Edwina was invited to Los Angeles, and performed publicly for the first time at the legendary venue, the Troubadour. In 2018 Edwina released her debut EP, Contagious. The EP revolves around the ‘contagious’ aspects of communication with titles including Curiosity, Motion, Energy, and Ideas. Edwina continues to grow as an artist, songwriter, and community member in the Denver music scene.
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