June 13: Danielle Ate the Sandwich w/ Heather Mae

House Concert
Music at 8 pm; Doors at 7:30 pm

Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of the indie-folk, ukulele player and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Her music career began modestly at open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, and was unexpectedly jumpstarted by the popularity of her homemade YouTube videos, that showcase her songs and silly personality. The true power of Danielle Ate the Sandwich, however, is her ability to sing stories both grand and small, with sweet vocals and thoughtful, honest lyrics. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has been touring nationally since 2009, cultivating a loyal and dedicated fan base, affectionately referred to as ‘Fanwiches.’

Danielle Ate the Sandwich has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Leo Kottke, Mumford & Sons & Suzanne Vega. She has released five independent albums, receiving praise from fans of all ages. Her latest release, “The Drawing Back of Curtains” serves as the soundtrack to the HBO documentary film “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.” Danielle currently tours the United States year round and is happily based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Denver Post says, “Danielle Anderson is a tender singer-songwriter, a brazen humorist, a fearless young woman. Performing as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Anderson wields a ukulele, a guitar and her own words to tell stories about people.”

Denver’s Westword describes Danielle as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.”
One of  the earliest memories of Heather Mae, who will be opening for Danielle, was of a record player playing Elton John. Imagine the sound of a needle grazing vinyl and a four year old, freckled redhead situated on the floor listening to the voices that would eventually inspire her to turn passion into career. She remembers driving home from the grocery store, her fathers fingers drumming on the steering wheel, his voice calling out to her from the driver seat: “Listen to this part right here…can you feel that?”. Her answer? Always yes. Etta James and Billie Holiday for rainy days, Janis Joplin and CSNY for driving with the windows down, Bonnie Raitt and Lauryn Hill for days when she needed some soul. It was these artists that raised her to be the powerhouse, pop-centric with soul, bombastic vocalist that she is today. They were her teachers. Music was her school. Through their songs, struggles, and talents, they ignited a curiosity to understand the magic of music, performance, and connection.

It was this curiosity that drove her to her 365 day songwriting project: “One Year of Songs”. Hidden beyond the maze of dull chairs and heavy bricks of PowerPoint text was the speaker’s pipe dream suggestion. While most of the uninspired audience dismissed the idea of writing a song every day for a year, Heather Mae became relentlessly committed to the challenge. Sparking a 365 day journey, she trekked through over 30 states, making footprints of over 7,000 lyrics, and 100+ artist collaborations. After completion of the project, she recorded the official “One Year of Songs” LP (produced by Andrew Eade) and performed over 150 shows in 2013 in support of the album release.