Longmont musicians take the spotlight
LOCOfest — an annual event featuring a diverse lineup of area musicians — will return to Bootstrap Brewing, on Saturday, from 3-9 p.m. The free day of live music guarantees freewheeling sets from bluegrassers, blues musicians, rockers, folk singers and more.
“Of course, we canceled in 2020,” said musician and event organizer Brian Rezac. “But, coming back this year — post-COVID — I decided to pull it back a bit to just solos and duos with no cover charge. I did this for a few reasons, but mainly I didn’t know where we’d be with restrictions. We may do another full-scale LOCOfest later this year.”
Rezac, who will also take the stage on Saturday, has hosted a weekly open ukulele jam at Bootstrap for years and sees LOCOfest as another platform to foster connections and spread the word about Coloradobased talent.
“We star ted LOCOfest in 2018 to showcase Longmont musicians,” Rezac said. “In 2018 and 2019, we would alternate with a band playing 30 minutes, then a solo act playing 10 minutes. It was eight hours of nonstop music. It was amazing. There’s a lot of talent in Longmont.”
This year’s lineup features an array of established local acts. But among the familiar faces are new ar tists eager to break into the scene.
“I’m really looking for ward to meeting other musicians in Longmont, along with the oppor tunity to perform after a year of lockdowns and Zoom sessions,” said Maddy Marsan, a singer-songwriter who moved to Longmont from the Chicago area just over a year ago.
Marsan’s ar tistr y can best be described as ethereal. At times she is reminiscent of Feist, at others she seems to be the lost member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
On her 2018 song “Little Things,” Marsan’s voice captures a vintage quality. It’s the sor t of dreamy track one would expect to hear on the soundtrack of a Wes Anderson cult classic, or perhaps in the background of a Parisian café.
“I’ve played the oboe most of my life,” Marsan said. “I don’t think I was sophisticated enough at age 9 to know exactly why the oboe called to me. But, over time, I fell in love with the pure tones from the double reed and wanted to incorporate the oboe as much as I could in my songwriting. I mainly perform solo since relocating to Colorado, but will always include oboe in my recordings.”
With the live entertainment industr y coming to a halt last year, Marsan took the time to explore other endeavors and travels.
“I stepped away from writing to focus on DIY house projects, adjusting to remote life and exploring the outdoors,” Marsan said. “But I’ve been working on new folk covers and bringing new life to previously recorded songs.”
Headlining Saturday’s event will be psychedelic rockers Jackson Cloud Odyssey Duo — comprised of sonandfather team Jackson and Jef f Cloud.
“I’m ver y excited to play live again,” said Jackson Cloud. “It’s been far too long and we always have a blast playing LOCOfest. Brian (Rezac) does a great job with this event. Always a big turnout, everyone is normally so psyched to hear live music and I’m sure they are probably going to be even more excited after a year away from live music.”
With roof-shaking vocals and gripping guitar shreds, Jackson Cloud Odyssey has been known to get crowds dancing with power ful renditions of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “California Girls” by The Beach Boys.
“We’ll be playing a new original tune that will be coming out on an album ver y soon,” said Jackson Cloud. “I’m also in the process of making a music video to go with the song. We’ll also be playing some familiar covers at LOCOfest.”