Thursday, February 25, 2010

Boulder Acoustic Society On Stage

Mountain Mail reports

New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts series brings the Boulder Acoustic Society to Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday for an evening of all things acoustic: fiddles, ukuleles, accordions, upright basses.
The band has been scheduled to coincide with the weekend re-enactments of the Battle of Valverde and Battle for Socorro. According to organizers, Civil War soldiers have been assigned to safeguard the entrance to Macey Center Friday evening, and will pass out informational leaflets on the re-enactments Saturday and Sunday.
Haunted by the past and focused on the future, the music of Boulder Acoustic Society draws from Appalachian roots, gritty gospel and the contemporary urban soundscapes.

According to its press release, the band merges tradition with innovation, producing a unique sound and an unforgettable live entertainment experience.
Boulder Acoustic Society’s unique lineup of violin, accordion, bass and percussion supports sharp vocal hooks and powerful grooves. The energy that these four bring to a stage also carries over to their new release on Austin’s Nine Mile Records, Punchline, which has been hailed at home and abroad for forging “a new wave of American roots music.” The disc also aptly displays the depth of the songwriting of the four members of Boulder Acoustic Society – a band who wears vintage clothes, savor small batch bourbon, rocks the ukulele.
Percussionist Scott Aller plays a wooden box, a washboard and scrap metal. He's also a music business visionary who holds the band together with his unique drum style. The mohawk makes him look tough, but he's a softie.
Aaron Keim plays bass, ukulele, and banjo. Aaron collects obscure folk songs and builds his own instruments. He plays Appalachian music on the banjo, ragtime on the ukulele and blues on steel guitar. And, oh yeah, he slaps the bass like it owes him money.
Scott McCormick plays accordion, ukulele, piano, and guitar. Scott found music in the gospel churches and the punk clubs of Chicago. He plays modern jazz on the piano, gritty folk punk on the guitar and he sings in Gaelic too. He is also the band’s photographer and graphic designer.
Kailin Yong plays violin and ukulele. Kailin is from Singapore via Vienna, New York, San Francisco and Denver. He ventured beyond the classical world to play music for world peace. He can play a Bach partita, rock a Brazilian Choro, sing in Mandarin Chinese and play in ¼ tone scales.
Five years, five albums and relentless touring have honed Boulder Acoustic Society into one of tightest and most entertaining bands of any genre. The pulsing percussion and thumping bass of Scott Aller and Neil McCormick support the dual lead vocals of multi-instrumentalists Scott McCormick and Aaron Keim.
The concert is Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $14/Adult; $12/Senior; $10/Youth; and can be purchased at Macey Center. Tickets can also be obtained at Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme, Sofia’s Kitchen, the Tech Bookstore, and the Tech cashier.

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