The Movers and Shakers
with: Andy Sydow Band, Justus League and Dear Me
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The Movers and Shakers are a tight knit band of six music enthusiasts who bring everything they have to every single performance. Influences range from old school soul stars like Otis Redding and Sam and Dave to The Red Hot Chile Peppers, Talker, Joe Cocker and Jonny Lange.
The band is fronted by dynamic vocalist Andy Webber. Andy's energetic and soulful style is impressive. He is as comfortable with an Otis Redding ballad as he is with vintage 60's Steppenwolf or contemporary RnB from Blackstreet. Andy has the vocal chops to cover anything. Similarly guitarist Ryan Borthick's well rounded musical background has given him the skills to take on straight ahead blues and uptown funk. The son of drummer Kyle Borthick, Ryan is a fiery performer with a deep well of chops to draw from. Bass man Dane Vernon is a long time friend and musical associate of Ryan and Andy's. The three have worked together in several popular Denver based bands including Survivor and Secretly Supervised. Dane is actually gifted on multiple instruments and is a strong vocalist in his own right. Drummer/vocalist Kyle Borthick has been around the Denver music scene for many years. He has worked with such legendary Denver bands as J.D. and The Love Bandits , The Captains, Red Hot Blues Band and The Delta Sonics. He has also worked with national acts such as Bo Diddley, Dr John and Bob Margolin.
This veteran blues/RnB drummer provides a solid backbone for this exciting group. Eddie Silk (tenor sax/keys/vocs) and Scott Sessions (trumpet) are The Hard Core Horns! These two veteran horn men put the fiery icing on the cake. Don't miss an opportunity to see this band. You won't be disappointed.
"Sydow has a charismatic stage presence, and is an excellent songwriter, showing character beyond his years in both his lyrics and playing ability. With influences ranging from deep-south slide guitar, to jazz and funk, his songs take on an accessible, Americana feel, and he breathes life into traditional styles of music that allows for a new generation of fans, while still appealing to older-generations that grew up with blues, rock n’ roll, and folk music." -Colorado Music Buzz
Andy Sydow is a true treasure of Denver's rapidly growing music scene. His music dabbles in Americana, swampy Blues slide guitar, Southern Rock, Folk and Singer/Songwriter, all tied together by his heavy New Orleans influence. "I've loved music since I was a little kid, but it was seeing those southern New Orleans and Mississippi guys that really changed the game for me. When I saw guys like Henry Butler, Anders Osborne and North Mississippi Allstars, my passion for music was met on an entirely different level."
Sydow started playing the piano when he was barely old enough to walk and started taking lessons in the fourth grade. He added on saxophone in fifth, and guitar and harmonica a few years later. After graduating high school, Sydow attended the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Piano. He performed in the schools signature traditional jazz ensemble, the Claim Jumpers for three years, and was the band leader for two.
It was during his college years that he began playing around town regularly both as a solo act and with his full band. He gained a following playing at South Moe's BBQ & Bowl in Englewood. After playing a handful of shows there, he eventually started headlining shows and opening up for national acts. Moe's, along with the Toad Tavern in Littleton are still Sydow's favorite places to play in the Denver area.
In 2012 he shared the stage with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale and Bob Margolin, the ladder of whom was so impressed by his playing that he invited Sydow to sit in with his band for part of the night. When Margolin returned at the end of the same year, he invited Sydow to play piano with his band all night at Lincoln's Roadhouse in Denver. Sydow also performed with his band at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival, doing opening sets for both Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Kid Rock. He also performed a set in KBCO's Studio C at the end of the year.
2013 has proved to be an even bigger year for Sydow, as he has gained a regional reputation both as a player and as a songwriter amongst the blues/americana crowd. Some notable sets include opening for Dick Dale, Samantha Fish, Tinsley Ellis, and Johnny Hickman of Cracker. He also had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Janiva Magness and John Nemeth at the historic Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE. He performed constantly through the summer, including making appearances at numerous festivals up to the release of his debut self-tittled album at the end of August.
Justus League is an American roots based band, formed in 2013 by Austin Johnson, Dean Woodward, and Sean Pyrtle. JL is an award winning band, they have been recognized as one of the best up and coming groups in the Colorado/midwest region.
JL's signature sound is characteristic of Dean Woodward's soulful vocals over funky syncopated rhythms. Sean Pyrtle's masterful bass groove guides the listener through Austin Johnson's blazing virtuosic guitar solos. JL seamlessly transitions through Motown/R&B, Latin, Jazz and even Country/Western, all with their fresh signature Blues/Rock overtone.
Despite all the members being under the age of 30, Justus League is no stranger to the spotlight. They perform an average of 180-250 dates per year, and share the stage with with top notch artists/performers such as:
Tim Renyolds (TR3)
John Lee Hooker Jr.
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Big & Rich
Jo Ann Shaw Taylor
Nick Moss Band
Austin, Sean, and Dean are all musically 2nd and even 3rd generation players in their respective families. Dean is a drum graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Sean received a Berkelee School of Music (Boston, Ma) program scholarship (2002). Austin frequents the Namm show as an artist, and was a semi-finalist (top 8 internationally) at the International Blues competition in Memphis, TN (2014).
Dear me,'s socially relevant, humorous songwriting sounds like Louis C.K. formed an indie folk band with the Beatles. Based in Denver, Colorado, their Folk influenced harmonies lay the groundwork for lyrics that explore the absurdities of being a 20-something in the 21st century. The music walks the tightrope between hilarious and depressing, but their live show is so electric they'll never let you fall.
In 2015 they maintained a busy schedule at venues throughout Denver, including opening for The Voice's Joshua Davis and headlining the Bluebird theater.
Dear Me spent 2016 opening for National Acts like Ben Sollee and Nathan Fox, and recorded their first EP, to be released in early 2017. In October 2016, they'll be touring across the Pacific Northwest...don't miss em~!!!