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Lara Ruggles & Sam Rae Sidwell
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Lara Ruggles grew up listening to Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, Cat Stevens, Joan Baez, and the Judds. She sang her first concert in three-part harmony and won her first poetry slam. With the attention to lyricism of Conor Oberst, the intensity of Florence and the Machine and the ear for infectious melodies of Ingrid Michaelson, Lara's piano and guitar-driven melodies invite the listener on a journey through soaring hooks, battle scenes and postcards written from well-loved and desolate desert landscapes. Her music is unafraid to acknowledge the dark places within the range of the human emotional experience, and she engages with her audiences in an unabashedly genuine way, telling raw stories and allowing her own vulnerability to be a point of connection and empowerment. In 2011, Lara released Out of an Eggshell, an EP. In 2013 she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising almost $9000 for her debut full-length album. She's played at South by Southwest; toured the Southeast, the Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, and the West Coast; overcome theft; been featured on billboards, buses and Spotify ads for Lyft; won the Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Award; been nominated for the 2015 Denver Westword Music Awards; and started the Give:Voice Project, giving 10% of her on-tour sales to organizations that empower youth through the arts. Lara's debut full-length album, Cynics & Saints, was released in 2015, and she's currently working on the follow-up.
Performing on the cello for close to 17 years and composing for 6 years, Sam Rae Sidwell captures the euphoria of music exploring sounds as a way to interact and react in the moment. She creates a unique language of sound with layers of eccentric folk/electric guitar combined with intricately looped cello, and a soul-filled voice.
Rae graduated with a degree in Cello Performance from the University of Iowa School of Music. Sam Rae represents proud midwestern blood as she ventures around the US with her cello, guitar and voice. Her musical explorations have lead her on many cross country tours to as far as Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile, where she studied, performed and taught music. She has most recently toured and performed with Brandi Carlile, Gregory Alan Isakov and the Posies. Her passions are rooted in alternative forms of collaboration and communication as she explores music as a universal language. Her album Bring Us To New Islands will be released in March.
This is the latest in a monthly series of free events in collaboration with the Friends for the Public Library.
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