August 7: Wendy Woo w/ Natalie York

8 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
House Concert

"She is awesome. Wendy is truly one of the most talented performers I have ever experienced. She is the real deal. And will clearly go as far as she desires. It’s rare to witness such striking talent, as you know, and I thank you for sharing her." — Will Scheffer, creator/executive producer, HBO's Big Love, Los Angeles

As Colorado’s music scene has exploded over the past few years, one of its mainstays has been Wendy Woo. Her energetic personality, musical skills, and spirited songwriting have made her a media and fan favorite and have taken her to venues across the country including the Fox Theater and Red Rocks in Colorado, the Bitter End and the Living Room in New York, the Hotel Cafe in Los Angles, the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. 

While Woo grew up singing, she didn't start playing the guitar until she was 18 and wanted to accompany herself. Soon after learning her way around the guitar, she began writing songs and performing in songwriting circles. She attended at both University of New Mexico and University of Colorado, where she studied various musical genres, theory and composition.

As Woo’s prowess grew she developed a technique she calls “Slaptap.” "Slaptap" is performed by using the guitar as a percussion instrument. She hits and slaps at various point of the acoustic guitar creating a performance art piece. The fluid movement between her hands and body keep the viewer focused throughout the song. 

"Wendy Woo is a one-woman musical machine. ... The guitarist's music is chock full of varying styles, ranging from ballads to Latin beats and rock 'n' roll … " - Jen Mulson, Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph

Early on her musical journey, Woo took a job at the Fox Theater. This is where her ambitions started to take off and she began playing more frequently. She won the Colorado Lilith Fair Talent Search in 1999, which let her share the stage with an elite lineup that included Sarah McLachlan, Shawn Colvin and Sheryl Crow. She also toured nationally during this time, which helped her gain a larger following. Meanwhile, her accolades from the Colorado media grew exponentially, and the alternative weekly, Westword, put her in their Hall Of Fame.

Wendy has recorded more than 100 original songs, played over 200 dates a year and operating her own musical empire called WooMusic. But Wendy and her band find gratification in the personal relationships that have with past and present members creating a sense of family. Sacrificing their personal lives to be a part of something bigger they have all stayed in close contact with Woo, giving her a sense of comradery that can’t be replaced.

Opening for Wendy will be Northern Virginia native Natalie York, recently living in NYC and soon to move to Nashville. The Washingtonian has noted that her career is "on the rise," while Bruce Hornsby had nice things to say about her latest full-length release, Promises: "This is great. Every song! Very soulful, loose, affecting vocals."

Natalie grew up in the Washington DC area, and established herself in the local scene. She’s been covered by such respected media outlets as The Washington Post, DC Music Download, and Washingtonian Magazine. The Washington Post has called Natalie’s debut: “One of the best local releases of 2010,” and praised her “soulful and warm vocals” and “sophisticated palette.” Natalie has earned favorable comparisons to Grace Potter, Norah Jones, and Bonnie Raitt. She studied jazz at the University of Miami, and was the first graduate from the distinguished institution’s Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. In addition to press plaudits and academic accomplisments, Natalie has established a highly credible artist profile through performing and working with such diverse talents as Jonny Lang, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Lamont Dozier, Jim Lauderdale, Jon Secada, and Phil Ramone.