New Shoes slated to play Flight Days |

New Shoes slated to play Flight Days

David L'Heureux

EAGLE ” Fans of local bands can get their New Shoes fix at a Flight Days concert on Saturday, June 25th. The band is slated to play on the stage at the Eagle Town Park from 1-3 p.m.

The popular band, which has been entertaining locals and visitors since the mid-1990s, has become a fixture at many annual events and conventions since the mid-1990s. The band has gained a local following for its unique style of soulful blues and rock and roll.

Band Leader Ray Merry says his musical group simply loves to play and watch the audience have fun.

“Everybody likes new shoes, right?” he asks, with a smile.

New Shoes brings years of professional experience and diverse musical backgrounds together to provide a broad spectrum of music that makes people want to move.

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Merry, an Eagle resident who has been playing music professionally since 1979, sings, writes songs, and has performed in both rock and country venues. His style shows the influence of Eric Clapton, Neil Young, and Todd Rundgren. Expect a strong, clear voice as well as melodic guitar riffs.

Gypsum resident Dawn Poff, a classically trained concert pianist, handles the keyboards and vocals. Poff studied under a Ph.D. from Julliard for seven years while competing in piano concerto competitions and appearing as a soloist with symphony orchestras. Dawn also grew up playing bluegrass with her father. She has a soulful hard-edge vocal quality and is influenced by the blues and jazz of the south.

Bass player Michael Peters is a long-time resident of Gypsum.

Peters grew up in Los Angeles and has been playing bass professionally for many years in both L.A. and the valley. He is a graduate of the Bass Institute of Technology in L.A.

You can hear the influence from artists like Steeley Dan and Joni Mitchell in his very expressive bass lines with powerful thumps and rhythms.

Brett Gould has played drums professionally since age seventeen and sang in a National Choir that performed at Carnegie Hall. He spent 11 years in L.A. performing and recording with various popular bands. Brett moved back to Colorado raise his two daughters and continued his drumming career with several western slope bands and now the New Shoes Band.

“We always look forward to Flight Days. You can’t ask for a better place to play than Eagle,” says Merry.

Come on out and enjoy the music.

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