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Stefan Findley blossoms at Midway Community Garden

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PUEBLO, Colo.—Stefan Findley shined light upon the Midway Community Garden, on May 24. He was the opening act, along with Aaron Findley. Brian Wolfe was the direct support and Frank Roquemore was the headliner.

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Findley provides vocals, strums the guitar, plays the ukulele and harmonica. Bryson Foster played the djembe and guitar and Aaron Findley played the guitar and percussion, as special guests.

Foster introduced Findley to the audience and asked them to give a round of applause, as Findley made his way to the performance area. As they sat, cheered, ate lunch and watched from the neighbor’s driveway—Findley mentioned he wanted to start his performance with an original song and began with “Crocheted Heart”. During the song, he whistled a melody into the microphone and continued to strum his guitar. After the performance, he thanked the crowd for their ovation and readjusted his capo.

Prior to the start of “Sleeping For Keeps”—Findley mentioned he had written the song earlier in the day, he wanted to try it out and wanted to see how it would go. As he provided the information, he clipped his capo onto the head of his guitar. As he performed, he tapped his right foot repeatedly and provided percussion. After the song came to an end, Brian Wolfe asked him if he could saw something real quick. Findley gave him permission and Frank Roquemore joked how it would add more percussion.

After the sawing had concluded, Findley rested his guitar inside of his case and picked up the ukulele. He was accompanied by Foster and Aaron Findley. Foster selected a djembe, while Aaron Findley handpicked a guitar. They sat behind Stefan Findley and announced he would be covering Vance Joy’s “Riptide”. Wolfe yelled how much he loved the song and Stefan Findley replied by saying how much fun it was to perform it.

Before covering Vampire Weekend’s “Unbelievers”, Findley placed a bass drum and a kick pedal behind it. He rested a harmonica holder on the back of his neck, strummed his guitar, played three instruments at once and the audience clapped their hands to the rhythm. Afterwards, Foster encouraged him to attempt The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” or anything by N.W.A. Instead he finished his recital with Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” and Death Cab For Cutie’s “I Will Follow You into the Dark”.

“Promises” was also part of Stefan Findley’s set.