The Songwriter Hour featuring Pamela Machala and Andrew Sturtz
Thursday, March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Songwriter Hour is performed and recorded with a live audience…The interview-style show will feature original songs from established independent musicians, along with a round table discussion and a Q&A section, where questions are fielded from the audience. The evening’s featured songwriters will discuss topics such as the songwriting process, melodic choices, and band dynamics with host Kyle Donovan. The two-hour event will also include a short intermission to allow listeners a chance to mingle and meet the artists in-person.
With appearances this year at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Kyle Donovan’s forthcoming album has already won critical acclaim from folk festivals and competitions across the nation. The storytelling troubadour has been crafting these vivid vignettes, capturing moments from everyday life to tell stories of love, loss, family, and the passage of time for a new album called Then and Now, slated for release later in 2018. He calls the countryside near Boulder, CO home, and often plays and collaborates with other songwriters on the Front Range.
Donovan’s 2016 album, The Kindness of Strangers, was inspired by the connection and common bond of humanity that he found touring across the US in 2015. The album’s “spare, acoustic, [and] infectious” sound landed Donovan an Honorable Mention at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Contest and recognition from American Songwriter Magazine. He plays in multiple projects across the Front Range, including Summerland Sun, The Constellation Collective, and Clandestine Amigo, as well as fronting his own band.
His clear, pure tenor is his signature instrument, and often draws praise from critics…
”With an absolutely astounding vocal range, Kyle Donovan sounds like the long lost love-child of Carly Simon and Art Garfunkel. The acoustic instrumentation that supports him is lovely, but over and over Donovan’s voice is what draws all of the attention, and for great reason. It’s beautiful.”
- Brian F. Johnson, Marquee Magazine
Singer/songwriter Pamela Machala (“MOCK-uh-luh”) creates a delicious style of indie piano pop, influenced by her love of jazz and R&B. Her smooth, smoky voice and impressive piano chops recall the timeless pop sensibilities of Carole King, the subtle fusion of Norah Jones, and the eclectic lyricism of Regina Spektor. Her newest album, When I Get Home, was released in June 2015. BolderBeat says, “The grand takeaway from When I Get Home is this: Pamela Machala is a big, fresh talent to keep an eye on. Her musicality is as user-friendly as it is intricate, and Machala’s vocal performances are revelatory…It’s that catchy; it’s that well executed by Machala, who may be a transcendent talent; and it’s that well produced.” American Songwriter Magazine awarded Machala an Honorable Mention in their July/August 2018 Lyric Contest for her original song “Cardboard Cutout.”
“Machala’s witty, eclectic, and charmingly technical take on piano-pop is catchy, engaging, and thought-provoking all at once. Her stage presence sits somewhere between a cool, laid-back grace and the inner-workings of a pop-mastermind trying not to shine too bright.”
~ Denver Westword | Brody Coronelli
When singer/songwriter Andrew Sturtz isn’t playing folk, jazz and soul in local Boulder venues, he’s out on the festival circuit, bringing his potent voice to stages like the Riverlights Festival in South Bend, IN; The Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival in Traverse City, MI; and ARISE Festival in Loveland, CO.
Since his first gigs at only 12 years old and recording an EP as a teenager, Andrew has captured audiences with his ability to shift seamlessly between soulful acoustic music and fronting bands from multiple genres. He often plays throughout Boulder, Colorado, at venues like eTown and the Laughing Goat and has also played notable venues in Denver like The Walnut Room and Swallow Hill where he opened for the Grammy nominated group, The Secret Sisters. His precise guitar grooves and seemingly limitless voice inspire comparisons to scene favorites such as Martin Sexton and Amos Lee, among others.
In addition to appearances and collaborations around the Boulder area, Andrew has an album in the works, due Spring 2019…
Doors will open at 6:30pm. The live recording will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased on The Songwriter Hour Website or at the door. Capacity is limited to 40 patrons…Purchase your tickets early! We’re all in for quite a treat!