What: Pearl Street Music & Arts Showcase
When: Thursday through Saturday
Where: various Boulder venues and bars
Cost: free-$18, depending on the show
More info: facebook.com/pearlstreetshowcase
This weekend’s Pearl Street Music & Arts Showcase offers up a solid lineup of local and national acts, and the organizers are doing it all to help a local cause — the small, indie Nomad Theatre.
The showcase is a rebirth of sorts of the Pearl Street Music & Arts Festival, held two years ago in May. The festival featured The Lumineers, Dr. Dog and the Head and the Heart, among others. This year’s event was renamed “showcase,” Director of Operations Travis Albright said, to reflect the change to a non-profit event.
“We took last year off, but then brought it back this year because we’re trying to help out the Nomad Theatre in North Boulder raise some money,” Albright said. “We came to ‘showcase’ from ‘festival’ because 100 percent of the proceeds are going to Boulder arts instead of being for-profit.”
Thursday’s show at the Boulder Theater features cellist Ben Sollee — who’s played Bonnaroo and worked with My Morning Jacket and Jim James — in the headlining spot, along with folk charmers Baywood, local rockers West Water Outlaws and a brand new Denver band called Ark Life.
On Saturday night, eTown Hall will host Chatham County Line and Groundscore Bluegrass. (Friday night’s show at eTown Hall, featuring an acoustic set from West Water Outlaws and Denver’s You Me & Apollo, has been canceled.)
Proceeds from Thursday night’s show will be funneled into helping the Nomad Theatre, where Albright hopes to one day host movie and music nights. In the past, he helped put on an event called Songs for the Nomad that featured members of the Head and the Heart and the West Water Outlaws, among others. That’s how WWO got involved this time around.
“It’s gonna help out the local music scene, and it’s going to be so good to play back in Boulder. We’ve been out of town for so long,” said WWO’s Blake Rooker. “From what I’ve heard [the Nomad] is a really cool thing, a special thing.”
It must be worth reviving, since Albright keeps working toward it.
“I put shows on there a few years back. I put on a series of maybe 20 shows,” he said. “We wanna do a movie and concert night — just pay 10 bucks to watch a movie and see a band — but they need projector and other logistic things.”
Albright also said that there will be a silent auction at the Boulder Theater on Thursday night, during which band merchandise will be up for grabs. Bands who contributed include The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons, Pretty Lights and Michael Franti.
In addition to the main events, Home Vibe is presenting a series of shows at Johnny’s Cigar Bar, Two Sole Sisters and Poster Scene. On the bill are Andy Palmer, Poet’s Row, Esther Sparks, Dechen Hawk and more.
Conor O’Neill’s, Shine, The Laughing Goat and the Lazy Dog are also hosting some late night shows from the likes of The Drunken Hearts, James & The Devil, Branded Bandits and Ginga.
If all goes well this year, Albright said, the showcase could return with another Boulder arts organization to help.