The Small Glories play at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek |

5 things to know about The Small Glories before the Vilar show tonight

JD Edwards and Cara Luft met while playing an anniversary show for the West End Cultural Center in Winnipeg, Canada.
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The Small Glories are playing at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek tonight. Here are five things to know about the band before heading to the fourth installment of the Underground Sound series.

1. The band is made up of Cara Luft and JD Edwards.

While Luft was a member of The Wailin’ Jennys, she and Edwards met at an anniversary concert for Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre. The two hit it off and started recording the 2016 album, “Wondrous Traveler,” and Luft’s banjo playing combined with Edwards’ guitar skills and harmonies from both of them earned the album a number of favorable reviews.

2. The on-stage banter is all part of the show.

Between songs, Luft and Edwards like to joke around, muse on life and interact with the crowd during the set. NPR Music said earlier this year that “the pair’s concerts often double as comedy shows, wherein byzantine song intros somehow magnify the escapism of the buoyant songwriting.

3. The Small Glories was a showcasing artist at SXSW 2019.

The band was also highlighted in NPR’s annual “The Austin 100,” where 23-year SXSW veteran and NPR journalist Stephen Thompson highlights 100 artists officially performing at the March music festival. The first wave of 2020 Showcasing Artists was released earlier this week, and already 288 artists are on that list, so making it into NPR’s package is no small feat.“Assiniboine & The Red,” the band’s second studio album, dropped this June.

4. The album is heavily influenced by the band’s Canadian roots.

It opens with the twangy and swaying “Alberta” and closes with “Winnipeg.” “The idea of home expanded not about where we are from, where we were born and raised and the city that we live in now, it really expands to all of the places across this whole country,” Edwards said in an interview earlier this year with The Winnipeg Free Press. “Canada is home really, I can feel at home in Halifax or in Iqaluit.”

5. The band is touring across the East and West and even into the United Kingdom with the new album.

On Saturday, Luft and Edwards played in Denver, and then they’ll move on to Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Hartford, CT, Rockport, MA, New York City and Richmond, VA among other stops. Then, from Nov. 29-Dec. 8, the band will make seven stops in cities around the U.K.

If you go …

What: The Small Glories

When: Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Cost: $28 for single tickets, or get the Underground Sound pass for $125

More information: Visit or call 970-845-8497.

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