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Music is blooming at Ivywild School

Published: January 14, 2014, 4:30 pm, by Jen Mulson

The music of Boulder musician Gregory Alan Isakov lured me to my first Ivywild School concert last Thursday.

We all crowded into the old school gym and heard opening act Nathaniel Rateliff and singer Julie Davis sing in sweet harmonies that quickly silenced the chatty, friendly crowd.

Then Isakov walked on stage, and opened with the single, “Amsterdam,” from his new album, “The Weatherman.” Gorgeous music.

He played for more than an hour, sometimes solo, sometimes with three other guys, including an amazing violin player who made some sweet stringy sounds.

The crowd skewed younger, and I overheard one woman say, “There are a lot of men with beards here.” True enough.

For his encore, Isakov brought back Rateliff and Davis for a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Passing Through.” I’d never heard that song before, but it’s a gem. Expect to hear it in a yoga class setlist sometime soon. The gym full of people swayed and sang along to the chorus. Or maybe that was just me, it’s hard to say.

I enjoyed the evening, though I do have one complaint. There wasn’t any seating, which made for a long time to stand. During the break between acts, I headed across the hall to the restaurant area to sit and relax before Isakov went on.

And it wasn’t just me. A couple of women, who were kind enough to carve out some floor space by a wall so I could sit down and wait, said the same thing to me. They wished there had been chairs. It’s not just the standing either. I also don’t want to go to a show and worry about tall people squishing to the front and blocking my 5’5″ view.

With that being said, I’ll still go back for shows. There’s just too much promising music on the roster to stay away!

You Me and Apollo

You Me and Apollo

You Me and Apollo, an indie rock band from Fort Collins, will play Saturday, Jan. 25, $5; and Josiah Johnson (of The Head and the Heart fame) and Carleigh Aikins will play Sunday, Feb. 9, $15-$20.

The 24-year old lead singer of You Me and Apollo has a voice you’d never expect to come out of such a young guy. I’m going for that alone.

And The Head and the Heart is a band I somehow found a couple of years ago. Their single, “Lost in My Mind,” from 2011, was on heavy rotation on my iPod for quite awhile.

Have you seen some awesome live music lately? Send me a few sentences reviewing the show, and I’ll put it up here on the blog.

Let me know: jen.mulson@gazette.com.