|Location||Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center, 20 Lakeview Drive Unit 107 (next to Carousel of Happiness), Nederland, Colorado
|About||In November we'll host our last flood benefit concert in 2013.
We've hosted Peter Mayer several times but the last time was 2006. In fact, he was so popular the last time he played we added an afternoon show!
Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.
Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has nine CDs to his credit, and has sold over 70 thousand of them independently.
"His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing."
--Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston
"Mayer’s songs are crafted like shaker furniture, with no place for superfluous embellishments or throwaway lines... (his) world is bright and hopeful and the transcendent nature of his lyrics…explore the mysteries of life…Mayer’s fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is music for the soul."
--Acoustic Guitar Magazine
There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn myself, but I could never play them as well as he does."
--David Wilcox, Singer/Songwriter
"I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do. If I rocked half as hard as Peter does, I’d own the world by now."
--Janis Ian, Singer/Songwriter
"Peter delivers contemporary folk music in it's highest form: Intelligent without being bombastic--empathetic, always fresh and with wit and fantastic melodies. And his guitar playing is top tier."
--Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX
"Mayer’s appealing guitar style (is) alternately percussive, rhythmic, melodic, or all of the above. In Mayer’s capable hands the instrument sounds like a calliope one moment, an orchestra the next and then a cleanly picked guitar ala Dave Van Ronk... Mayer is a performer at the top of his game who knows that the secret to living in a world of perplexing questions is enjoying the search for answers."
--David Kleiner, Minor Seventh Reviews
When: Sunday, 17 November 2013
Music starts at 7 PM
Where: Wild Bear Eco-Arts Lounge next to the Nederland Carousel of Happiness
Cost: Suggested minimum contribution $20/person advance, $25/person door, kids 12 & under FREE
For more info on Peter see http://petermayer.net
Check out Peter Mayer on YouTube:
These next two videos were shot in 2006 on a consumer grade point-and-shoot camera so the quality isn't the greatest. However, they show a seldom seen Planet Bluegrass's Steve Szymanski performing with Peter!
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