Parker’s own Viretta will be opening for the group that just returned from the 2014 SXSW Music Festival. The concert will benefit Parker’s Old Town Creative District, whose goal is to support and promote a broad range of entertainment and educational experiences for the Parker community.
Cole Male and Kyle Morris, the two cornerstones of The Unlikely Candidates, were not always getting attention for the right reasons. Back in Fort Worth, TX, they were booked on separate accounts of grand theft auto and ended up in a Ft .Worth Juvenile dentition center together. The two became fast friends, and as their brush with the law came to an end, they decided to focus their energies elsewhere, that being music.
After uniting with classmates Kevin Goddard (Drums), and Brenton Carney (Lead Guitar), The Unlikely Candidates were born. With an authentic sound and an ability to paint vivid pictures with their lyrics, The Unlikely Candidates transcend trends with a focus on the art of the song. The band’s first offering is Follow My Feet, an intensely infectious single that’s already won them major airplay on alternative radio. With its sky-high melodies, driving rhythms, lush guitar lines, and lyrics that gracefully twist hope into despair, Follow My Feet seamlessly embodies The Unlikely Candidates heady mix of artfulness and passion.
Once they’d worked up a repertoire of songs, The Unlikely Candidates took to the road, and after a tour including stops at legendary venues like L.A.s Troubadour and Viper Room, landed at SXSW 2013. The band’s energetic live show a key element of The Unlikely Candidates experience caught the attention of Atlantic Records and led to their signing.
“The way we play live is more within an old-school style of rock-and-roll; slightly theatrical, slightly drunk, always shifting from debaucherous to sentimental, to down-to-earth and real,” says Morris.
Complimentary to The Unlikely Candidate’s style, are the inspirations of Viretta, a young group from Parker, featuring twin brothers Michael Moroni and Robert Moroni on guitar and vocals, Michael Bokenkamp on drums, and Caden Marchese on bass. Though young, the band is no stranger to the stage, having played at many of Denver’s most notable venues, including: The Gothic Theatre, The Marquis Theatre where they opened for The Dangerous Summer (Hopeless Records), Summit Music Hall, and The Ogden Theatre, where Isaac Slade of The Fray first heard Viretta perform as a finalist in his “Spare Parts Battle of the Bands,” competition for young local musicians. One year later, Isaac and Andy Guerreo of The Flobots would name them the winners of the competition out of 20 other bands, awarding them $1,000 and a three day recording session at Isaac’s studio, where they cut the single All I Have, with drummer Joe Richmond of Churchill engineering.
Tickets to the show are only $25 and include a free beer for those 21 and over. Show sponsors 93.3 Radio, Hall Brewing, The Tailgate Tavern & Grill, Blue Talon Photography, Vines Wine Bar, This Is Entertainment Corp., and the PACE Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.PACE centeronline.org or by calling 303-805-3366.
Source: PACE Center