JEFF BRINKMAN WITH SUPPORT, RILEY BIEDERER


Sunday, March 31st

7:00pm / doors at 6:00pm

Advance general admission: $8

At the door: $12

Tables of 4 reserved seats: $40

When JEFF BRINKMAN left his songwriting days in Iowa for the indie music scene in Colorado nine years ago, he was in search of exposure—but not the kind that brings fame and fortune. Rather, he wanted an outlet to get his message of hope across; and as of late, he’s found it, playing numerous events for the Love Hope Strength Foundation and performing with the Delivering Happiness Bus Tour. Both organizations collaborate with musicians and artists across the country to raise money and awareness about cancer.

Brinkman’s good deeds have come back full circle; in March of 2012, he released his second EP—a collection performed with a five-piece backing band—with Devonshire Records. The singer-songwriter, 33, has developed a loyal following thanks to his catchy acoustic-based ballads. Reviewers have described him as a cross between Dave Matthews and Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz—an apt comparison—but Brinkman’s voice is a dead ringer for Ray LaMontagne.

Despite the potential to go big, Brinkman hasn’t forgotten his roots. About two years ago, a friend asked him to write a song and do a video for the 10-year-old son of a woman who was dying of cancer. It was the impetus to commit full-time to his music. “I lost my mom to cancer when I was 10, so it was something I was happy to do,” Brinkman says. In the wake of his latest album, however, fame is not his primary motivator. “I just try to actually say something with my music and put out messages of hope and kindness to others,” he says. “It’s kind of a pay-it-forward thing.”

“Every once in a while there is a musician who emerges with a genuine and honest approach to their craft, and whose music accurately depicts that unadulterated simplicity. With his debut album Jeff places himself in that category”- Marquee Magazine

 

The first thing you notice about Atlanta-raised singer/songwriter Riley is how self-assured she is at sixteen. Her vocal virtuosity is undeniable too, but neither trait marks her as an outlier among what a new book calls Alpha Girls.  Thanks to the ubiquity of Garage Band, she’s also not the first Alpha Girl to write her first song after school on her neighbor’s laptop.  As common as it’s become few of those composers are compelling enough to hook producers, publishers, and Elton John’s management company as Riley has done.  “I try to write about what’s real,” Riley says. “I write about love, because everybody knows what that’s like, good or bad.”  Twenty-first century girls rule. Beyonce, Adele, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, P!nk, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift – and now Riley.  To check out Riley’s music and more go to:

http://www.rileysmusic.com/