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Local bands ‘transcend genres’ at Granby Farmers Market

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

The Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers Markets each Friday in Granby is a great way to replenish your fresh fruits and vegetables, and this week features a free performance of local musicians Luke Henderson, Luke Nutting and the Neighborhood Heroes.

Henderson is opening for the headlining band, one which he hopes to join once he’s got their repertoire down. He plays solo folk and acoustic rock on guitar with songs that he said “transcend genres.” He also plays bass, keys, novelty instruments and sings.

He hopes audiences get “a glimpse of the beauty and privilege of our own existence” from the show.

Friend and local musician Luke Nutting is also set to join in the performance. He said he’s always loved music, and that he quickly found out how much he enjoyed playing guitar and writing his own music.

“All my songs come straight from the heart which is influenced by my life,” he said. “My purpose is to communicate what I am feeling through my songs.” He also likes the music of Dashboard Confessional and Jack Johnson.

The Neighborhood Heroes ” John Garcia on bass, Daniel Rondeau on guitar, and Simon Nicol on drums ” is from Grand County. Garcia said he loves playing with the other guys in the band, who all grew up together and are the best of friends.

Rondeau’s musical career began when he taught himself on a little electric drum set he got when he was 12. By 16, he started playing guitar and was writing his own music. He said his dad had a huge impact on his music and taught him the first four chords on guitar, and “patiently listened to the many songs on those four chords.”

His biggest inspiration “for all musical pursuits in my life are based on God and that’s how it’s ever going to go anywhere,” he said. The young multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, bass, vocals) said he likes the way shows seem to come together in Grand County, saying most of the people he’s played with he’s known and that makes it more fun.

“I see it as an opportunity to share a story or experience with anyone,” he said. “Also, it’s just plain good fun.” He said this upcoming show is “going to be a blast” and hopes that audiences enjoy what the band has to offer with its original and encouraging sound.

Nicol started playing guitar in the sixth grade and guesses “it just clicked and music became such a fun and interesting hobby” that he “couldn’t stop playing.” He started expanding his horizons, learning all the instruments he could and said he ended up loving the drums more than any of the others. He also plays guitar, piano, bass, tuba and trombone.

Music to him is “what makes the world go ’round,” he said, and credits God as a major influence in his music.

During each Farmer’s Market, patrons will be treated to a free childrens’ booth, lemonade stand and homegrown and homemade items from a variety of vendors. Participating companies displaying their greens and wares are Morales Farms Inc., Cold Springs Greenhouse, Our World Bakery, Hungry Mother Organics, JR’s Grill, The American and European Kitchen, Styria Catering, the Hot Sulphur Springs Soap Company and Sweet Pea Produce. Members of the Grand Community Gardens will be on hand to share gardening tips and answer questions.

Event sponsors include the local US and Grand Mountain banks, the Java Lava Cafe, Mountain Parks Electric, Shadow Mountain Chiropractic, SaniKing, Daven Haven Backstreet Steakhouse, Title Company of the Rockies and the Sky-Hi Daily News.

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