The Constellation Collective: an organization of minor stars
Featuring Dechen Hawk, Colin Robison, Katie Farmer, Jarrad Menard, Andrew Sturtz and Kyle Donovan, this grassroots consortium comes together to sing gorgeous harmonies, honest ballads, and knows how to pull out a few funky jams, too. Their lush vocal arrangements may just send you over the edge. Your heart may even go... supernova. Either way, prepare yourselves for a stellar evening.
Current members include:
"Like Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley thrown in a blender." - Bryan Beller, Dethklok
Rocked to sleep as a child to Stevie Wonder, Dechen Hawk's music ranges from beautiful ballads to serious backbeat funk. Hawk's sound is a refreshing new addition to the Neo-Soul movement. Though musical his whole life, it wasn't until the death of his father at age 14, and the search for a way to express that loss, that Hawk found his calling as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. It was also at this time the Hawk was introduces to the music of Jeff Buckley, which influenced him heavily during this time of grief and musical exploration. Hawk's desire to create and express the joy and fragility of life has kept him busy for the past 22 years performing locally and internationally, sharing billings with such legends as Martin Sexton, Bruce Hornsby, Leon Russell, and the Fun Lovin' Criminals, as well as sharing the stage with members of The Motet, Big Gigantic, Juno What, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The New Mastersounds, Euforquestra, Analog Sun, The pimps of Joytime, Punch Drunk Monkey Funk, Ty Burhoe, and Ron Miles. During this time Hawk has written hundreds of songs, released 6 albums, been in numerous bands, played the role of talent buyer for various venues. A 2009 graduate of Naropa University, Hawk studied with Bill Douglas, Art Lande, and Janet Feder.
"One impression you get from Hawk is that generosity is not just a courtesy; It's a business plan." P.J. Nutting - Boulder Weekly
Colin Robison's Honest Soul is a musical experiment. What happens when you combine the gut-wrenching authenticity of a blues singer, the rhythmic sense of classic R&B, the complex harmonic structure of jazz, and the whole-hearted lyrical honesty of folk music? What happens when the many roots of roots music are planted in a single garden? Colin Robison's Honest Soul… that's what happens.
Jarrad is a Singer/Songwriter whose style includes elements of Pop, Soul, and Blues. Currently located in Boulder, Colorado, Jarrad grew up in Rhode Island where he first directed his anxious creativity as a romantic youth searching for answers into writing original songs. Throughout 2006, after an unofficial debut at The Jamestown Mercantile, Jarrad would go on to play coffee houses and venues in Boulder, earning his chance in 2008 to share the stage with great musicians such as Michael Travis(SCI), Jamie Janover(Zilla), Xander Greene(Zuvuya), Paul Murin and Chris Sheldon(Phix).
"With a mixture of Soul, Folk, and Pop, Andrew Sturtz garners comparisons to Jason Mraz, Amos Lee, Martin Sexton, and others. For over 15 years, Andrew has performed throughout many venues within the Michigan and the Chicago area. Though, after taking a break from live performance in 2014, Andrew is picking up where he left off in his new home of Colorado. Reinvigorated by a vibrant community and new inspiration, an album is in the works for Spring of 2016."
Katie Farmer (of the Farmer Sisters)
The Farmer Sisters are an acoustic Americana/Folk duo. Made up of sisters Katie and Sara Jane Farmer, their uniquely resonant harmonies and insightful lyrics have captivated audiences from a young age. Born and raised in the tiny mountain town of Jamestown, CO, the sisters’ original music is rooted in a special place where everyone is family and music is woven into the fabric of the community. Their playful stage presence invites the audience to experience that world, and has created a growing loyal fan base. Along with their original songs, the Farmer Sisters also perform a myriad of unexpected covers. Drawing from a diverse set of musical influences, and using only an acoustic guitar and their voices, the Farmer Sisters make every song their own.
Kyle Donovan has captivated hushed audiences for bare-bones house concerts in Boulder backyards, rallied raucous crowds in bars nestled deep within the Rocky Mountains, and inspired groups across the country with his intimate, acoustic music. On his own solo tours, he's traversed over two dozen cities, playing from coast to coast, meeting strangers, trading stories, and finding the goodness in everything. His latest release is titled The Kindness of Strangers. Released February 23, 2016 its tone reflects Donovan's 2015 tour from New York to L.A. - inspired by the good will and generosity of those he met along the way. Blogs, magazines, and newspapers across the country have also featured his story, including American Songwriter Magazine and Denver's own Marquee Magazine.