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March, 2012:

Mini-festival of Rootsy Folk and Americana Coming to Cafe on ASC Campus

A packed crowd enjoyed a sold-out house concert from Sarah Siskind featuring Travis Book last April, and now the duo returns as part of a two night mini-festival of rootsy, acoustic-based Americana and folk music sponsored by the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA) at Vistas restaurant, atop the Adams State College stadium, during the end of March. Attendees can save by contributing for tickets to both shows.

Driftwood Fire

Returning with their pop-folk tinged with the influence of Appalachian mountain music to kick off the festivities on Fri., March 30 at 7:30pm is Driftwood Fire. The band is a rarity in today’s media mad world – an organically creative female duo whose vivid songwriting and prodigious playing skills display uncommon artistry. The duo’s captivating live performances have propelled them to the stages of the National Women’s Music Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest and the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists showcase, as well as winning them Suggested Artists status in VH-1’s Song of the Year contest. Tickets for this show are $8 ALMA members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military.

Sarah Siskind

“The best female singer/songwriter in America today,”and Nashville’s “best new voice,” are among the praises Sarah Siskind has earned. Her compositions are grounded in folk and Appalachian roots, but have also been classified as Americana and alternative. Artists such as RandyTravis, Alison Krauss and Bon Iver have covered her tunes, and bluegrass/folk legend Tim O’Brien has called her a rare talent. NPR’s Song Of The Day has highlighted Siskind, and Bonnie Raitt called her previous album “a masterpiece.” Bassist for the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters and Siskind’s husband Travis Book will join her. Tickets are $10 for ALMA members, $12 for non-members and $6 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military. Siskind and Book perform Sat., March 31 at 7:30pm.

Buy a combined ticket for Driftwood Fire on March 30 and Sarah Siskind on March 31 and save. Tickets for both shows are $16 for ALMA members, $20 for non-members and $9 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers  and active duty military. Tickets will be available at the door.

Young Women to Play Ferocious Folk-Rock in Alamosa.


SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, four classically trained musicians who play a mostly acoustic mix of folk, rock, Celtic and bluegrass styles “with the ferocity of a medieval army,” according to the Wichita Eagle, and happen to be sisters ranging in age from 18-23. The Alamosa Live Music Association presents SHEL in concert, Sun. March 11, at 7pm in Leon Memorial Hall at the corner of Richardson Ave. and 2nd St., on the Adams State College campus, in Alamosa. Tickets are $8 for ALMA members, $10 for the general public, $5 for students, seniors, full-time volunteers and active duty military.

SHEL are breaking the “girl band” mold. They look different. They sound different. And they’re seen in a different light. They’re sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. SHEL’s engaging live show is marked with a prodigy’s creativity and a veteran’s instinct for entertaining. Audiences delight in their unique songwriting style and fresh, new sound.

The Holbrook sisters grew up in a musical household and first appeared on stage backing their singer-songwriter father, Andrew Holbrook. In 2005, the girls collaborated to form SHEL and now play and write all of their own music. The band has attracted the attention of such major media outlets as NPR’s “eTown Live,” and; toured nationwide playing fairs and festivals including South by Southwest, International Folk Alliance, Lilith Fair, Four Corners Folk Festival and Cornerstone; and had one of their songs featured in Glade’s Scented Oil Candles national TV ad campaign.