Boulder band plays free shows in Vail, Eagle |

Boulder band plays free shows in Vail, Eagle

Special to the DailyIndividually and collectively the members of Monocle have made music with the folks behind Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Elephant Revival, Taarka, The Motet, Big Gigantic, and nationally renowned jazz musicians such as Ron Miles and Ira Sullivan.

Boulder band Monocle will play a free show at Bearfish Bar and Grill in Vail Friday night and a St. Patrick’s Day show Saturday night at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle.

With her sweet and soaring vocal melodies, Monica Whittington leads the Boulder quintet. After playing more than 50 shows in the Front Range in the last year, Monocle has begun venturing further into the mountains of Colorado.

“The songs seem to keep coming out and the music just keeps getting tighter, more like what we hear in our heads,” Whittington said. “Right now we just want to keep playing and sharing this sound with as many people as we can.”

Formed in late 2010 Monocle offers a fresh and vibrant take on the acoustic music that has made Colorado one of the most noted music scenes in the country. Monocle is Rocky Mountain indie folk, brand new, original music rooted in the traditions of Telluride bluegrass and the troubadour wanderings that led Townes Van Zandt through the San Juan Mountains on horseback.

“It’s a place of immense happiness,” Whittington said about playing with the band. “There are these magical moments where your worries, fears and stress melt away.”

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