Satsang performs as part of ShowDown Town in Eagle
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What: Satsang performs at the ShowDown Town free summer concert series.
When: Thursday, July 20. Show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Eagle Town Park.
More information: Up next in the series is The Broadcast on Aug. 3 before the final show Aug. 10. Visit www.vvf.org.
EAGLE — “Satsang” is a word which means “to be in the company of truth,” and it refers to a gathering of people who share in spiritual discourse. This is the philosophy behind the band, which comes to the ShowDown Town free concert series in Eagle today at 6:30 p.m.
The music and philosophy of Satsang are one in the same, said band front-man Drew McManus, all of it geared toward creating music that speaks to the soul. Satsang’s sound is a smooth, eclectic blend of prominent instrumentals and strong vocals. This merges with lyrics that come from the heart and speak about all the challenges and triumphs of life — with an emphasis on change, personal growth and embracing who you are.
BORN FROM SOLITUDE
Satsang is built on a rock-folk foundation, but it comes with a twist. They refer to themselves as a “conscious music collective,” meaning they combine many different worldly sounds to make their own unique style of music. In a single song one can hear a delicate acoustic guitar riff, island percussion and soft rap. The combination of feel-good melodies with thought-provoking lyrics creates a musical experience that anyone can enjoy.
Lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus discovered the inspiration for Satsang by spending time alone in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. After leaving a dangerous and abusive life marked by addiction in Des Moines and Chicago, McManus found solace in his personal spiritual journey and the connection to nature. He fell in love with the mountain lifestyle, has traveled to mountainous regions around the world and now makes his home in Montana.
“The Beartooth Mountains are as much a part of the story of Satsang as I am,” McManus said. “I wouldn’t know who I was without them. I had a solid four years where all I was doing was skiing, climbing, hiking and fishing; and it got me to a place of spiritual awareness and serenity that I had been looking for my whole life.”
While Satsang was born out of McManus’ years of solitude and finding himself, he said the most rewarding part of starting the band has been the personal connections and friends he’s made along the way, like with singer Michael Franti, who McManus calls “one of the most inspiring humans on the planet.”
McManus, along with band members Karl Roth and Keller Paulson, aims to create a peaceful and inclusive atmosphere with Satsang’s music. McManus said that his goal for Satsang’s summer tour is to “help people let go of dead weight and forgive themselves and others.” McManus said his powerful belief in the healing power of music comes from firsthand experience.
“I want to give back by facilitating that healing through our show,” he said, “And if you’re all healed up, we can just dance, too.”
Dancing and good times at ShowDown Town are part of the Vail Valley Foundation’s free summer concert series all summer long, which includes shows in Eagle through Aug. 10 and shows in Vail each Tuesday night at the Hot Summer Nights series at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
The Ford Amphitheater is celebrating 30 years this summer, which starts with an all-star lineup for Hot Summer Nights and culminates with the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 30th Anniversary Concerts featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela and Third Eye Blind Aug. 18 and 19. Those concerts will be paid events — tickets are on sale now at http://www.grfavail.com.
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