Gabrielle Louise w. Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears

About

Gabrielle Louise

Gabrielle Louise’s sound is anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. She has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited and versatile delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Her story-telling and banter enchants, gently enticing her listener to release their grip on the status quo. You’ll often find her reciting a poem, historical narrative, or a personal anecdote that’s woven into the musical performance as though it were also a number in the show. Perhaps because of this quality, Louise has been entrusted to share the stage with greats such as Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Joan Osborne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Guy Clark.


Lizzy Plotkin & Natalie Spears


Nestled in the high country of the Central Rockies, Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears craft a fresh tapestry of sound rooted in American tradition and inspired by the soul-stirring landscapes they call home. Their live shows weave together Appalachian fiddle/banjo duets, funky blues bass lines, and soulful harmony singing. Lizzy’s exuberant fiddling is the perfect compliment to Natalie’s colorful and syncopated banjo and bass playing. As avid students of the American roots genre, dedicated songwriters, and experienced collaborators, this duo is an exciting force rising from Colorado’s vibrant acoustic music scene. 

Lizzy and Natalie released their debut 6-song EP “Just over the Ridge” in January 2021 - "hearty, warm music with a firmly rooted pulse reflecting the artistic wisdom of both players” (Laurel Premo, Red Tail Ring). The EP premiered at #7 on the Bluegrass Charts in January and reached #1 album, #1 artist and #1 and #2 songs on Folk Alliance International radio chart for the month of February, 2021. “Just over the Ridge” is a reflection of Lizzy and Natalie’s breadth of capability and creativity in the roots genre. With revered guitarist Courtney Hartman joining them on two tracks, “the arrangements are stellar; inviting in every way” (Auntmama, KBCS). Having appeared on stages across the country including The John Hartford Memorial Festival, Jammin at Hippie Jack’s, BlackPot Festival, Swallow Hill, Steve’s Guitars, and The Jalopy Theatre, Lizzy and Natalie are delighted to begin bringing these fresh songs and more to audiences in their region as the world of live music opens again.


About the Series

The Paradise Theatre and Pickin' Productions have been teaming up for years to bring the North Fork Valley and Western Colorado incredible live music. When COVID hit, we weren't sure how we were going to continue the tradition. And then a light bulb went off. Poulos Park is an underutilized pocket park on Grand Avenue, just a few doors down from The Paradise. We transformed the park into a magical event venue and a new outdoor concert series was born.


With COVID safety precautions in place, there will be beverages and concessions available to purchase throughout the show. No outside food or drink will be permitted inside the venue space. There will be socially distanced tables and seating provided with your ticket purchase for you to comfortably enjoy the show. 




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