Cass Clayton CD Release Show

Cass Clayton CD Release Show

The Symbols, Andy Sydow

Friday · July 13, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Cass Clayton
Cass Clayton
Cass Clayton Band is the culmination of a songwriting and composing collaboration between Cass and Taylor Scott that led them into studio to explore new translations of their combined influences of blues, funk, jazz, gospel and rock. The resulting self-titled album (released in June, 2018) is a thoughtful new-school soul record with countless inventive sounds and unexpected twists. Taylor's virtuosic guitar playing and composing skills combined with Cass' Lyric writing, smoky 3-octave vocal range, and a soulful vocal style have led to music that transcends the limitations of genre and grooves like nobody's business. The powerful stories told through each song are the center of their craft, and the music intricately pulls you in.

Cass was recently voted as one of the top three vocalists and top three slide guitar players (CO Blues Society, Members' Choice Awards, 2017). She has been lead vocalist and slide player for multiple bands, and is currently front woman for CC and the Riders as well as Cass Clayton Band. Taylor is an international touring guitarist/singer/songwriter who has toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe with both The Taylor Scott Band and blues legend, Otis Taylor.
The Symbols
The Symbols
The Symbols are a female fronted blues/funk/rock trio from Fort Collins, Colorado, formed in 2012 by guitarist Jasco (Blinddog Smokin') and vocalist/songwriter/bassist Mer Sal. They write their own music, in addition to re-stylizing popular cover tunes to be different styles than they were intended originally. Their unique sound, charisma, and songs are winning hearts through theaters and festivals across the country.

The Symbols formed in a melting pot of blues-rock, urban funk, motown roots, and soul revival, performing across the West with many cool players in the Blues/Funk/Rock genre.
The band is influenced by many complimentary sources – from Jeff Beck Group to Amy Winehouse – among others, in a meeting of rock n roll and soul.

The Symbols perform 150 dates a year or more, across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, California, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

The Symbols received the 2017 Holley Award for "Best Arranger" by the Colorado Blues Society (CBS). In addition, The Symbols are representing the Mile High Blues Society (MHBS) in Memphis, TN this January for the International Blues Challenge (IBC).
The Symbols were featured on the cover of famed Scene Magazine last December, with a feature article inside.

The Symbols have shared the stage with everybody in the national blues scene from Miss Blues to Trampled Underfoot to Southern Avenue Band to Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind. A few may remember some awesome throw-together festival pairings of The Symbols with various blues/soul/gospel acts at Blues From the Top 2014-2016.
The Symbols are very much in the realm of modern female blues acts like Southern Avenue, Danielle Nicole Schnebelen, and Samantha Fish, and like any group that is focused on originality, The Symbols try to bring their own definitions to what may be considered the blues, or roots-influenced music. Their sound is reminiscent of a range of millenial influences like Jeff Beck Group, Sheryl Crow, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Amy Winehouse, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The Symbols are:
Mer Sal - vocals/bass
Jasco - guitar
Don Stahl - drums
Andy Sydow
Andy Sydow
"Sydow has a charismatic stage presence, and is an excellent songwriter, showing character beyond his years in both his lyrics and playing ability. With influences ranging from deep-south slide guitar, to jazz and funk, his songs take on an accessible, Americana feel, and he breathes life into traditional styles of music that allows for a new generation of fans, while still appealing to older-generations that grew up with blues, rock n’ roll, and folk music." -Colorado Music Buzz

Twenty-five year old Andy Sydow already has a lot to talk about in his young music career. He has become widely respected in the local Colorado scene for his richly detailed songwriting, blistering slide guitar playing and surprising boogie-woogie piano chops. He has opened for luminaries Tab Benoit, Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale, Samantha Fish, Dave and Tommy Malone, Chris Duarte, Tinsley Ellis, Bob Margolin, and Johnny Hickman (of Cracker). He has also toured nationally with his band and played at festivals including Jazz Aspen Snowmass and Snowy Range Music Festival. He has been nominated several times for Colorado Blues Society Members Choice Awards for his songwriting and piano playing.

Sydow received his Bachelors of Science in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2013. Upon graduation, he began playing at a dueling piano bar in downtown Denver as well as playing residencies in Cherry Creek and Aurora. At the end of 2013 he began teaching private lessons and group ensembles at Castle Rock Music. Going into 2017, Sydow has a full tour schedule with his band. He can also be seen several times a month playing solo piano at the Summit Steakhouse in Aurora. His newest release, A Little Messed Up came out on October 22, 2016.
Venue Information:
The Walnut Room - Walnut Street Location
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205