PAST SHOWS

Athena Project: Sheltered

Saturday May 7, 2016 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
This local women’s arts non-profit will bring their passion to the WSL stage with a staged reading of the play Sheltered written by local playwright Catherine Wiley. The play takes place in temporary homeless shelter for women in Denver and unfolds over a single day, with choral interludes by different homeless women illustrating the complexities of their lives.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

Saturday March 19, 2016 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
A professional period-instrument ensemble with core musicians primarily based in Colorado, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado brings to audiences the musical riches and spirit of improvisation of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble’s imaginative programming strikes a balance between familiar masterworks and hidden treasures of the Baroque.

Kutandara Marimba Experience: "...the music is irresistible."

Saturday January 23, 2016 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Kutandara fuses ancient African music traditions with indie-pop, rock, jazz, gospel, classical, and world folk influences. Their exuberant and hi-energy polyrhythmic performances are both innovative and deeply-rooted. Kutandara means to come together and have a good time, which is the group’s purpose as they exchange energy of music and movement with their audiences.

Justin Roth: "...exquisite, emotional and powerful"

Saturday October 24, 2015 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Justin Roth is a nationally touring singer/songwriter and finger style acoustic guitarist who combines an artful blend of hooks laid on a bed of brilliantly inventive guitar technique, bridging contemporary and indie/alt folk. He has toured with John Gorka and opened for some of the finest singer/songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Martin Sexton, Darrell Scott, and David Wilcox.

Adam Revell Quartet: "...one of Colorado's best keyboard players"

Saturday September 26, 2015 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Adam Revell has been active on the Denver music scene since 2002. His diverse musical style stems from his background in classical music and his wide range of musical experiences, from jazz ensembles, jam bands, hip hop, salsa, pop and R&B. Revell played with the band Motet from 2005-08 and was the keys player in John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light in 2009-10. In 2010 he released his first album, “Triple Leaf”.

After Midnight: Time to Swing!

Saturday May 16, 2015 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Award winning clarinetist Roger Campbell leads the hottest sextet since the Big Band Era! Swinging hard since 1997, this extraordinary group of musicians has performed thousands of concerts around the world for jazz festivals, clubs, weddings, summer concerts, and more. They conquer dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Lionel Hampton.

CU Buffoons: Fun-filled A Cappella

Saturday March 21, 2015 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Founded in the fall of 1962, The CU Buffoons are one of the oldest and most established college a cappella groups in the country. This all male undergraduate group has members between the ages of 18 to 23, freshmen to seniors, representing various majors and degree paths.

New Year’s Eve Concert with Westbrook

Wednesday, December 31 2014 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Ring in the new year with West Side Live! Presents. Experience the unique jazz/funk/blues ensemble, Westbrook (featuring singer Julia Wilson) and enjoy dancing, drinks and appetizers.

Central City Opera

Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Central City Opera is among Colorado’s elite summer music festivals. The second oldest annual professional opera festival in the country (and the fifth-oldest opera company), the company continues to make history with a range of productions each summer including opera favorites, new and rarely performed pieces, and American works. Now, Central City Opera is bringing this experience to the West Side Live! stage.

Colcannon

Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Traditional with a touch of chamber music and music hall, Colcannon plays Irish music with panache, warmth and wit. Timeless songs and great musicianship transport the audience to another time and place.

Sphere Ensemble

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 6pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
The Sphere Ensemble is a 13 player / 0 conductor chamber ensemble, free from the confines of the baton and presenting the power and richness of the string orchestra paired with the intimacy of a string quartet.

Gypsy Swing Revue / Felonius Smith Trio

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Two amazing bands in one night! The music of Gypsy Swing Revue is the swinging jazz of the 30’s and 40’s plus a cross-section of songs from the modern gypsy jazz repertoire. Performing acoustic delta, country, and folk blues, the Felonius Smith Trio carries on the exciting tradition of pre-war blues.

Barbershop, Broadway & Beyond

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 7 pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Renaissance is a 4-part a capella ensemble performing a diverse repertoire from showtunes to old standards. This special evening will include quartet singing, solos and piano work.

New Year's Eve Concert with Westbrook

Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7-10pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Ring in the new year with West Side Live! Presents. Experience the unique jazz/funk/blues ensemble, Westbrook (featuring singer Julia Wilson) and enjoy dancing, drinks, appetizers and a champagne toast. Westbrook is made up of seasoned musicians who will have our audience kicking up their heels with blues, funk and a variety of standards such as Well you Needn't, Summertime and Girl From Ipanema.

Bettman & Halpin Folk Duo

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Stephanie Bettman & Luke Halpin are fast earning a reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies & roof-raising instrumentals. Their music creates a fully acoustic, delightfully eclectic sound far greater than the sum of its parts.

Cosy Sheridan, Singer - Songwriter

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.” She has released nine CDs and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.

Scars: Breaking the Cycle

Friday, April 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Jefferson Unitarian Church
This unique theatre production is based on real-life experiences of Red Rocks Community College Gateway students. Part of the healing process for Gateway participants is to write about their personal struggles as well as their triumphs. Based upon these writings, this ensemble-based theatre production recreates and narrates these tragic events and the ‘scars’ that are left behind.

Queen City Jazz Band

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Dixieland jazz, New Orleans jazz, traditional jazz, classic jazz . . . whatever you call it, the Queen City Jazz Band from Denver, Colorado, USA is where to find it. For over fifty years the QCJB has been delighting everyone with the happy sounds of the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Takacs Quartet

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 4pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Recognized as one of the world's great ensembles, the Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Recently inducted into the Gramaphone Hall of Fame, the Quartet performs ninety concerts a year worldwide, throughout Europe as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

Butch Thompson, Jazz Pianist

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
You may know him from his long run on A Prairie Home Companion. Now discover Butch Thompson as one of the world’s top jazz and ragtime performers, a concert artist who connects easily with his audience as he gives them a personally guided tour of a rich American tradition. With dazzling technique and engaging commentary, Butch establishes a rapport that makes any concert hall seem intimate. His roots are deep, and he has played his personal style of traditional jazz and ragtime from Kansas City to Cairo.

Voices of Light Chamber Choir

Saturday, October 6, 2012, 7pm at King of Glory Lutheran Church
This amazingly gifted, 16-voice ensemble is devoted to singing gorgeous and compelling choral music with a focus on recently composed works. The director and founder, Keith Arnold, believes in the power of choral music to lift up and transform those who experience it.

David Scheel

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
David Scheel turns classical music on its head. As a pianist-comedian, Scheel has made something of a speciality of having fun at the expense of classical music. If you want to hear beautiful piano music, and laugh yourself silly at the same time, then David’s multi-award winning show, "Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player", a hit in London’s West End and right across the USA, is a must-see event!

Dakota Blonde

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Along with her crystal clear Emmylou Harris vocals, Dakota Blonde front woman Mary Huckins contributes flute and keyboard accompaniment to the band’s sweet and steady guitars. The result packs a big punch with well-crafted original works and a live performance that pairs the energy of lively night out with the sincerity of an evening spent with your oldest friends.

Loose Cannon Bluegrass

Saturday, February 11, 2012, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
Loose Cannon Bluegrass earns their reputation as one of the leading country bluegrass bands in the west. Swinging from lively banjo-laden jumpers to sweet gospel ballads, the band tells earnest historical tales and stories of a rural life. But, despite the country roots, these songs are no simpler than broken hearts and calloused palms are.

Boulder Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, December 17, 2011, 7pm at Jefferson Unitarian Church
The Boulder Chamber Orchestra brings life to the music that has been a part of our cultural fabric for hundreds of years, even if it doesn’t get much airplay on MTV. Enjoy their upcoming performance of “Festivity,” a Baroque ensemble inspired by the season. The evening pairs masters, including Rameau and Bach, with lesser-known works for a robust orchestral experience.

Creede Rep Theater Outreach Program for Students

Thursday afternoon, October 13, 2011 at Compass Montessori in Wheatridge
Friday morning October 14, 2011 at Mitchell Elementary in Golden

Creede Repertory Theatre is a professional theatre company located in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. As the oldest repertory theatre in Colorado, CRT is proud to celebrate its 46th season this summer!

Sankofa - An Ensemble of The Spirituals Project

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 4pm at Foothills Art Center

Sankofa: This elite ensemble of The Spirituals Project brings the strong and sorrowful stories of African American slaves to life. One of two small ensembles formed from the larger Spirituals Project choir, Sankofa harmonizes singers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and musical abilities.

Susan Marie Frontczak: Eleanor Roosevelt — in War and Peace

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4 p.m.

Witness the compassion, the humor, the angst, and the wit of Eleanor Roosevelt. She speaks of how to build the world we seek.

Bill Harley

Children's Concert: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 10 a.m.
Adult Concert: Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Once there was a man whose head was filled with songs and stories. Somehow, they got out. Bill Harley: Genuine. Irreverent. Universal. Original.

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado

Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 4 p.m.

Fresh, vibrant, brilliant performances: In their hands, early music is alive and rocking.

Acoustic Eidolon

Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 7 p.m.

World music for the soul… impossible to label, Hannah and Joe’s songs are accompanied by elegantly inspired cello and unique, double-necked, 14-string guitars.

Zoë Lewis

Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

She’s a band in a body! Here from provincetown via England, Zoë performs swinging folk, latin jazz, acoustic funk, celtic flavored tunes.