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West Water Outlaws, 9-midnight, FREE
February 26 @ 9:00 pm - February 27 @ 12:00 am| FREE
High Energy Rock ‘n’ Roll from Boulder, Colorado. The Outlaws formed in early 2010 when singer Blake Rooker hazily walked into the wrong statistics class. He ran into a friend from freshman year at CU, Will S. Buck Esq., who had interest in forming a band. After fifteen minutes of what felt like brothers meeting for the first time, Rooker and Buck discovered each other’s love for down home blues and dirty rock and roll, and a band practice was scheduled for later that evening. After a few practices and some spirited writing sessions, the band started playing parties in the basement of Rooker’s house. Interestingly enough during the mass explosion of dj software and macbook pros, not many parties in Boulder featured live Rock & Roll bands at this point in time. The rock parties were a hit and the band began playing in bars and local clubs for a small fee of beer and food. Since adding Andrew “Monkey” Oakley on drums and Vincent “Funky” Ellwood on bass, The West Water Outlaws have managed to win the 2010 CU battle of the bands, and share the stage with national acts such as guitar legend Dick Dale, Rose Hill Drive, Dirty Sweet, The Swayback and Rival Sons. Using recording time won in the battle of the bands, the Outlaws released their first official EP, entitled “Crooked Angel”, which was recorded, mixed and mastered at Coupe Studios in Boulder.
In June of 2011 The Outlaws booked their first regional tour ever and piled into a black F250, later known as “Black Sabbath,” and headed south with only four total shows confirmed. West Water was an instant hit on their first stop in Memphis, Tennessee and was immediately offered another show the following night. By the end of the month, the band had played over twelve shows in four cities, and grown their fan base exponentially. After being offered a single by UI Sound studios in Boulder, CO and a music video by local Denver film expert Kyle Woodiel the Outlaws released their first professional music video and managed to secure their first show at the Fox Theatre in Boulder January 20th, 2012. The Fox show with Technicolor Tone Factory fell just short of selling out completely. From there, the Outlaws were offered an opening slot at the Boulder Theatre where they outsold the headliner and played to another nearly sold out crowd lining them up for their first headlining gig at the Fox Theatre. This graduation day show was a great success, easily selling out to 650 people, giving them great momentum leading up to their July tour of the Southeastern US. These guys are steadily gaining a solid fanbase and will be one to watch as they try to break out as the next big band from Boulder, CO.