Antonio Lopez has the "it" factor. There are those in the know, and those who don't know yet. His acoustic soul and modern folk sound garners comparison to artists such as Amos Lee and Paul Simon. A sixth generation Coloradan, Antonio was born and raised in Alamosa and now resides in Longmont. Serving as the executive director of the non-profit Sound Bridge Music, he vows to what he can to help support the Front Range music community navigate through the challenges raised by Covid-19. His next album Roots and Wings will be coming out in the fall of 2020. Previous accolades include song of the year winner in The Southwest Independent Music Awards. Antonio has collaborated with artists such as folk luminaries Don Conoscenti and Daniel Valdez (Santana, Linda Ronstadt).
I am happy to announce that I am stepping into the executive director role for the non-profit Sound Bridge Music. In taking on this role, I vow to do what I can to support the Front Range Music Community as we navigate through this difficult time. It pains me to see the financial hardships that many of my peers and myself are going through as the result of lost income from event cancelations and all the venues being closed. It haunts me to think about what the climate is going to be like as a working musician after this. One thing is for certain, none of us are going to be able to weather this storm on our own. The way we are going to get through this is people helping people.
A little background on Sound Bridge Music:
Sound Bridge Music is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation incorporated in 2017 in Longmont, Colorado. The organization was founded as a grassroots effort to use the power of music to make a positive difference in communities across the Front Range. Harnessing the talents of local musicians, Sound Bridge Music connects artists with opportunities to bring music to those in need of the unique comfort, empowerment, healing and sense of belonging that only music can provide.
Thanks for making The Kickstarter Campaign for Roots and Wings A Success!
As you may have heard, I am in the final stages of recording my next album, Roots and Wings. I want these songs to reach more people than anything I've done in the past, so I'm asking for your help. I just launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the album. My goal is to raise $15,000. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. That means if we don't reach the funding goal of $15,000 by the time the campaign ends on January 8, 2020, I won’t receive any of the funds that were pledged to the project. If this happens, all who pledged will be refunded and the timeline for the release of Roots and Wings will be severely delayed. I've fronted the money for the costs incurred thus far. I did this so that the timeframe for those who pledge on kickstarter and the release of the record and rewards is not an overly drawn out process. This is the first time I have used crowdfunding. Ten years into my career, almost 4 albums later, over 1000 live shows. I wanted to build your trust in me as an artist before I funded a project through kickstarter. It’s not easy for me to ask for help, but when I do, I'm reminded that after years of walking this path as a working musician, I’m not alone on this journey. The friendships and connection I have found through the music is what makes all of this worthwhile. You, my community, are what nurtures me and you are what gives me roots. Now I’m asking you; will you give me wings?
My friend Greg Johnson and myself are putting on a music festival! Casey Jones Music Fest will be at Parrish Ranch on September 6-8. Parrish Ranch is one of the sweetest places in Colorado I’ve ever been. Just 10 miles NW of Longmont, it has plenty of shade trees and the river running through it. For anyone that was at Georgia and my wedding this past summer, this is the place it was at. Join us for three days of music, camping, and community. CJMF features 18 acts, workshops, a songwriting contest, and an open stage. Festival attendees can hang out in the festival field after the main stage performances to play acoustic music and celebrate the joy of making music under the Colorado sky. Bring your instrument and BYOB! Get your early bird tickets before prices go up on July 31 by clicking here.
The Episode of The Songwriter Hour that Antonio was featured on is now available to listen to at thesongwriterhour.com or on Spotify and iTunes. The Songwriter Hour is hosted by Kyle Donovan and is taped in front of a live audience at Still Cellars in Longmont, CO.
My last show of the year is this Wednesday, December 5th at eTown Hall in Boulder, CO. I will be performing as part of Boulder in The Round’s 4th Anniversary. We will be upstairs on the main stage! Other songwriters performing are Shanna in A Dress, Pamela Machala, Heatherlyn, Theresa Peterson, Kyle Donovan, Dave Tamkin, Hunter Stone. Be prepared for many collaborations between the artists and even some special guests. eTown is the best sounding concert hall in Colorado, this is going to be a special one. Get your tickets here.
HOLLER!WEEN Music Festival
Antonio Lopez Band is proud to be part of The Holler!Ween Music Festival on Saturday, Oct 20th in Fort Collins. In it's 16th year, Holler!Ween is hosted by Michael Kirkpatrick and the Sustainable Living Assocition. Bring 2 or more non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Your ticket includes camping and your first beer.