Let them roar for a final bow | Culture & Leisure


After more than a decade of musical and magical creation, Let Them Roar – formerly known as All the Pretty Horses – will perform their last show for the foreseeable future at the opening of the 50th Carbondale Mountain Fair on July 23 at 17 h.

Fans will undoubtedly be treated to a finale of country rock and folk ballads, sparking joy, love and justice.

The group has transformed over time, always seeking purpose and putting the power of music at the service of the community, both local and global. Their colorful sound tapestry has been woven by many hands and carries transcendent memories for all who have helped push the boundaries of creation.

Lead singer Olivia Pevec attributes the group’s success to their ability to team up in song and travel into the unknown together. The group, in this latest iteration, also includes guitarist Mateo Sandate, Sophia Clark on guitar and vocals, and Ashton Taufer carrying the beat with a double bass. The group’s final show will borrow the talents of drummer Alex Heaton and other hopeful guests.

Let Them Roar is releasing a new set of songs inspired by their Winter Solstice show at Steve’s Guitars in 2019. The band performed in total darkness, with rich soundscapes and a film produced by Hamilton Pevec, the brother of ‘Olivia, projected into the adjoining room. Community members were invited to join a choir and trained for weeks before the moving exchange.

This show was the crescendo of Let Them Roar’s “I See My Light” campaign, a tour in support of the sanctuary movement in Colorado, raising awareness and fundraising for four women living in religious spaces to avoid deportation, including Sandra Lopez of Carbondale. The shrine tradition has deep historical roots and 90% of proceeds from an original song release went to the cause. The Let Them Roar campaign raised over $ 15,000 for Sanctuary Colorado and the band performed in churches statewide, including the church where Rosa Sabido continued to live in the sanctuary for over three years.

In the wake of this campaign, Let Them Roar funded studio time to turn the Solstice show into a new album. Among the concepts of the album: retracing the journey of water from the high mountains to the sea. As with everyone else, COVID-19 took the group in sudden upheaval, their plans were dashed. Making the most of the situation and true to their nature, the band continued to spur creativity, creating virtual song circles on Zoom with guests like Bridget Law of Elephant Revival and local talent including Lisa Dancing-Light.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, they wrote a mourning song for Elijah McClain, who was needlessly killed by Aurora police in 2019. The song featured guest artist Alex Blocker playing the violin in honor of McClain, himself a violinist.

For a band that grew up in someone’s living room, playing country music and making their C-Town debut – KDNK’s once talent contest – Let Them Roar has compiled an impressive body of original and touching music. countless lives.

On New Years Day 2014, All The Pretty Horses, which included drummer Aaron Taylor and guitarist / singer Frank Martin, changed their name and released a new album. At the time of their name change, Mateo Sandate told the Post Independent: “All the pretty horses are already taken by so many things – a book, a movie, a song and another band.” Speaking to the Sopris Sun, Sandate described one of the meanings of the new name: “What’s roaring? It is the river. He has a deep connection with nature for me.

Regarding the new version, Dave Taylor of Cool Bricks Studios helped the band record some of the tracks and said this latest work was “one of the more complex”. The Cool Bricks Studios is located in the former home of Carbondale pioneer William Dinkel. According to Taylor, the band embody a quote hanging on the studio’s front door: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

The show itself is not to be missed, with extravagance and celebration guaranteed. In the meantime, a new lunar version of “Moonless Night”, the first track of the new version, is scheduled for July 9th.


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