Shook Twins - Halloween Tribute to Dirty Dancing with special guests Mama Magnolia

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
8:00PM
Cost: 
$21 Advance, $26 Day of Show

On Sunday, November 3, WildCraft Cider Works and Eugenius Presents proudly welcome Shook Twins back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Mama Magnolia.  This show is a special Halloween Tribute to the Soundtrack of Dirty Dancing.

Shook Twins are on an (egg)roll.  The sisters are releasing five singles over the next three months as they prepare for a forthcoming acoustic EP.  They have been touring all year in support of the fourth album, Some Good Lives, but this month they have something extra special for us – they have created a unique Tribute to the Soundtrack of Dirty Dancing.

Shook Twins are identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals].  On Some Good Lives the duo pays homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.

“Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today,” Katelyn reveals.  “We have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in… and to them, we are grateful.”

Laurie agrees, “It’s also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live.”

Over the course of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, Shook Twins have been acclaimed by everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman.  Beyond gigs with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco, they have captivated crowds at Oregon Country Fair, High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit, to name a few. 

Currently, the twins work with a full band — Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass] and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin].

“These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just ‘folk pop’. We started adding other genres to the word like ‘disco, ‘psychedelic, ‘funk,and ‘soul.  We really honed in on a new sound.”

They initially teased that evolution with the single “Safe”.  Its airy acoustic guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic rumination on love.  The track quickly surpassed a million Spotify streams.  In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.

“I hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives,” Laurie leaves off. “I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them want to dance a little. I hope they’re satisfied with the way we captured these songs.”

And speaking of soundtracks, the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing may never appear like this again.  Plus it’s also your last chance to celebrate Halloween this year.  It could be the Time of Your Life!  Make the most of it.

MAMA MAGNOLIA

 

Mama Magnolia live on “the soulful side of rock.” The Denver six-piece — Megan Letts [lead vocals, keys], Thomas Jennings [guitar], Zachary Jackson [bass, vocals], Jackson Hillmer [drums], Carrie McCune [trumpet, vocals] and Alex Cazet [saxophone] — would be just as at home in a New York City jazz dive as they would be on forested festival grounds. Like a musical timewarp where Etta James fronted Lake Street Dive, they pepper this brew of soul and rock with boisterous horns, jazzy flavor, gospel heart, classical resonances, and even a little hip-hop swagger.

“There’s a lot going on,” says Megan. “We certainly get down, but we’re not a rock band per se. It’s retro, but there’s a grittier side with the horns. Most of us grew up as jazz nerds. After playing by the book for so long, we’ve allowed ourselves to push the boundaries. It feels good.”

While enrolled in the music program at University of Denver, the members started jamming during 2013. 2016 saw them release their independent debut EP, Something About Fire. Between shows with everyone from California Honeydrops to Marco Benevento, they earned the praise of early supporters Denver Post, Sound Fix, The Grateful Web, and many more. Building a profile, they quietly recorded their 2018 self-titled full-length, Mama Magnolia, with Grammy Award winning producers and engineers Steven Vidaic and Mike Yach.

“We tracked everything together, so drums, bass, guitar, horns, and keys were all done live,” recalls Megan. “That really captured who we are. The EP was like a preview; this record is an introduction to who we truly are and what we sound like.”

The single “Half His Heart” opens up the world of Mama Magnolia. “Lyrically it’s about discovering the good in people even when they don’t seem like good people,” she explains. “Half of your heart is being told to be a certain way, but you still have that pure serenity somewhere inside you.”

Tickets are $21 in advance, $26 day of show.  Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00.