Kim Quirk and her Big Bad Band play Steve’s Guitars |

Kim Quirk and her Big Bad Band play Steve’s Guitars

A valley native returns for a night of larger-than-life sounds at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale: mosey on over to the most intimate music venue in town at 8:30 p.m. Friday night and you’ll catch Kim Quirk and her Big Bad Band. The show is free.

Raised in Aspen, Quirk learned early on that she had two passions: travel and music.

She had to try her hand at a number of other professions before she realized that her musical passion could possibly be turned into a career.

This widely traveled international studies major wrote a thesis in archaeology, worked as an art director in the surf/snowboard industry, wrote a fiction novel, renovated houses in Oregon, and lived in Spain, France, and Germany. All the while she was playing her guitar and singing on the side.

In 2002, a culmination of events brought Quirk to the realization that her passion could become more than just a hobby. While living in Europe, her enthusiastic supporters convinced Quirk to put together a demo CD and pursue a career as a recording artist.

Back in the states by summertime, Quirk began taking the first steps in Denver. She began performing locally to keep her fingers warm while working on writing and arranging the material she needed for her showcase CD, “I Can’t Wait.”

Quirk has been described as having similarities to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Natalie Merchant, but her style and voice remain distinctive.

She doesn’t fit into any particular musical genre, and crosses several lines between acoustic pop and adult contemporary.

Quirk appears on Friday night with her Big Bad Band: guitarist Jayson McConnell, drummer Chad “Chadzilla” Johnson and bassist Jim Ruberto.

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