SHEL stands in for stranded Groovetrotters at season’s last Summer of Music show |

SHEL stands in for stranded Groovetrotters at season’s last Summer of Music show

Christina Brusig
Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts
The Groovetrotters had to cancel their Summer of Music concert at the last minute when their bus broke down in Wisconsin, but Mountain Fair darlings SHEL stepped up and will take their place to close out season five of the concert series. The final performance is at 6:30 p.m. today in Two Rivers Park.
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There’s No Business Like Show Business

You can tune the Dobro, get new pegs for the stand-up bass and tighten the drumheads, but when the bus breaks down, it’s a game-changer.

Yesterday, the Groovetrotters’ bus gave up in Wisconsin, and the Summer of Music will be ending on a different note.

Enter Stage Left

The highlight of last weekend’s Mountain Fair was SHEL, four sisters from Fort Collins who live in Nashville and have taken the music world by storm. They’re back home from a lengthy tour in the U.K., where music reviewers had a great time trying to classify their sound and figure them out. Here’s a lad giving it a go following SHEL’s sold out concert in London:

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“We introduced you to SHEL the other day — a band with a style that’s hard to put your finger on — part Americana, part Electro, and parts rock and pop. Definitely Indie. We had the opportunity to see sisters Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook perform the other night at The Hospital Club, an exciting hub of creativity in London’s Covent Garden. SHEL was introduced by their co-manager Dave Stewart, and then proceeded to lead us through a fantastic evening of modern and traditional instruments, accompanied by gorgeous ethereal sibling harmonies. Although SHEL hadn’t long arrived in London from their home in the United States, they showed no sign of jet lag and held the audience in their collective palms. A showcase of their considerable collective musical talents (including Liza beatboxing on their latest single, ‘You Could Be My Baby’), SHEL definitely won us all over!”

Visit their website at and see their latest knock-out video, and you’ll discover that “the SHEL sisters’ sound is filled with infectious rhythms and hypnotic vocals that meld together their classical training and diverse influences — the result is mesmerizing. Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL has spent the last couple years touring to support their critically acclaimed debut release. Whether playing folk festivals or with orchestras, SHEL captivates audiences with their distinctive arrangements and energized show. SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The sisters also receive rave reviews for their quirky style and creating all their music videos with Sarah as the videographer and editor. In addition, SHEL’s songs have been featured in numerous television shows, films, and commercials. SHEL’s ‘Hold On’ was featured in a pivotal scene in ‘The Best of Me,’ and it was the lead video from the film and soundtrack. SHEL is currently working on their second record with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.”

Here’s what some heavy-hitting reviewers are saying about their debut album:

“Astonishingly precise and complex vocal harmonies and nuanced ensemble playing that picks up on and advances the chamber-grass point of view of Nickel Creek and Strength in Numbers…remarkably fresh and wondrous stuff.” — Sting Theory Media

“SHEL’s debut is filled with virtuoso instrumental flights, other-worldly harmonies and evocative, atypical lyrics …” — The Tennessean

“Infectious pop-folk-with-a-subtle-hint-of-indie songs.” Lucky Magazine

“They don’t just play the hell out of their instruments with great passion, they do so flawlessly as if they were born mutated with these instruments attached to their hands.”

“Hypnotic arrangements that reward your attention…a debut album that sets the stage for an enticing career.” American Songwriter

Opening for Shel will be AVQ, bringing their unique brand of fusion to the night. With Harris Jackson on guitar and vocals, Paul Strumpler on sax, Ashton Taufer on bass, Aaron Taylor on drums and Mateo Sandate on guitar, AVQ will remind everyone why the Roaring Fork Valley is home to some of the best musicians in the country.

The Glenwood Springs Summer of Music is produced by the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and made possible by: Title Sponsor: Alpine Bank and other major sponsors: Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Realty, Bighorn Toyota, Western Slope Communications, Garfield County, city of Glenwood Springs, KMTS, Balcomb and Green PC., Gould Construction, Glenwood Hot Springs, Cooper Wine and Spirits, Garfield and Hecht PC, Stifel, Pioneer Steel Inc, Century Link, The Ramada Inn, Mountain Roll Offs Inc., First Line Security, The Indoor Garden and Brew Supply, the Reynolds Company, Qdoba, Copy Copy and the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Kick A Buck

Early this October, the Summer of Music committee will begin the search for next year’s music in the park and will start raising the $100,000 needed annually for the second largest public event in the valley. Fundraising goes on through the summer, and they are close to this year’s goal. If everyone attending tonight tosses $1 in the bucket, that goal will be met, and you will be part of keeping the same top-notch music the center delivered this summer coming back year after year.

The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts thanks you for your generosity and support. See you at 6:30 p.m. today at Two Rivers Park for the big finish to Season Five of the Summer of Music.

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