Concerted Effort will be spending the weekend at the Hi-Dive to catch a good mix of indie rock and folk on back-to-back nights. Tonight it's all about locally based music, as three bands with a penchant to inject strong soulful feeling into their music will be on stage. If you're looking to ease into the weekend with some well-crafted music, this is the way to go.

Local band Carbon Choir is the headliner tonight. This four-piece indie rock band first caught my ear last summer when I was checking out the lineups for Westword Music Showcase. They seem to have balanced a delicate yet radiant indie rock sound that has a strange captivating power through its ethereal sonic qualities. The instrumentals have an inconspicuous complexity layered beneath smooth vocals that give their sound its strength. Check out "Afraid To Muliply".
Afraid To Multiply by Carbon Choir

The Oak Creek Band, a Sedona, AZ born but now Denver based band joins the night's lineup. The Oak Creek Band is a five-piece indie rock band that has a heavy folk influence with touches of soul. They should be striking not only through their instrumental arrangements, but also through their use of up to four-part harmonies to drive their melodic sound. Check out "1934".
1934 by The Oak Creek Band

To start the night off, You, Me & Apollo of Fort Collins will take the stage. This band is the project of Brent Cowles, and the first time I saw You, Me & Apollo it was just himself, his guitar, and his incredibly soulful voice. Since then, he has put together a full band to deliver and perform  You, Me & Apollo's folk-meets-soul sound. With just one person, You, Me & Apollo was very striking and still fresh in my memory for how much I enjoyed it, so I can't wait to hear the full band sound. Check out "A Pearl".
02 A Pearl - You Me & Apollo - Cards With Cheats by Tyler Kellogg

The Hi-Dive doors open at 8:00PM and the show begins at 9:00PM. The show is 21+ and tickets are $7 at the door. Tickets are available online here.

Afterwards, if you want to pick up the pace and get your dance on, join me up the street to Lipgloss in time to catch Plastic Plates and boyhollow throw down sets.

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