Magic Beans w/ Tone Dog
8:00pm / Animas City Theatre
21+/$20 Tickets on sale now online
Denver's Magic Beans return April 30th, 2021 with their third studio album, Slice of Life, a 14 song documentation of a year spent away from the familiar confines of the road.
When the pandemic hit, Magic Beans had dozens of shows cancelled, so they hopped into their studio in Denver, CO and started recording songs. Produced by Magic Beans - and Mastered by David Glasser (The Grateful Dead's long time Mastering engineer) - Funk, soul, live electronica, and even bluegrass music find their way into this songbook from 4 band members that each bring their own flavor to the project. The different feels in the double record coexist harmoniously as the listener is slowly ramped up throughout the record. By the time you hit the second vinyl, the organic sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you're descending into night.
The inspiration for the title "Slice of Life" is just that. A random and unplanned snapshot of the band in this time and place, a self portrait done unknowingly. "Throughout our days as a traveling band, we've encountered many a situation that is unexplainably surreal in its abnormality, but at the same time indicative of the location, culture, and context we find ourselves. "A person partaking in an activity you didn't know existed wearing an outfit you've only seen in a dream, or a collision of occurrences just rare and unusual enough that you think you're living in a simulation just to be in that place, sounds of B3 organ and acoustic guitar give way to synths and drum sampling almost as if you're descending into night.
"Tone Dog was created out of a shared passion for playing and improvising together for live audiences. The group was born in southwest Colorado on a sheep farm, where Alex Graf (Guitar, Vocals), Tony Holmquist (Mandolin, Vocals) and Silas Hamilton (Bass, Fiddle, Vocals) first started playing for small groups of family and friends. After the 2020 disruptions to life, all three members realized life is too short, and it's best spent doing what they loved the most, playing music together, live. With diverse sets of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, grunge, traditional Irish, dance, old time, and The Dead, the trio combines varying sounds into a unique iteration of driving, purpose-filled bluegrass music. Tone Dog pulls from the deep wellspring of traditional music and reimagines it in a nuanced and exciting way. Fast picking, vocal harmonies, exciting arrangements and vibrant live energy bring them to the forefront of emerging bluegrass music in Colorado."