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Dust City Opera w/ Avourneen

April 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm MDT

This unexpected alt-rock orchestra materialized out of Albuquerque, New Mexico but they might as well have slipped through an intergalactic portal or stowed away on a derelict spacecraft before crashlanding in the desert.

Dust City Opera—Paul Hunton , Clara Byom , Travis Rourk , Scott Brewer , and Jesse Culberson —tell harrowing tales of sadness, madness, and mayhem. With each performance illuminating the space between death and humor, this quintet becomes the soundtrack to stories steeped in cosmic horror and transcendence.

In many ways, it fulfills frontman and sonic ringmaster Paul Hunton’s destiny. Under the influence of everything from H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King to Tom Waits and Soundgarden, he founded Dust City Opera at the top of 2018.

In the wake of losing both of his parents to suicide, Paul initially transmuted the pain of these harrowing losses into the group’s 2019 full-length debut, Heaven. “After my parents passed, I felt free to make my own choices and live my own life,” he admits. “In the past, there was a lot of pressure for me to be something other than who I was. So, I pursued songwriting. My sense of humor got a little darker through my experiences.”

This honesty appealed to audiences. After building a cult following and raising tens of thousands of dollars on Kickstarter to launch their next chapter, the group perfected their otherworldly vision on the band’s 2022 album, Alien Summer, which was awarded Best Rock Album at the 2023 New Mexico Music Awards. Adding to their accolades, Dust City Opera was named Gold Artist of the Year by Modern Musician and awarded Top Rock Group at the 2023 New Mexico Entertainment Awards. They continue to venture far from the desert, with their EP release “Cold Hands” with Swedish label Rexius Records, and touring aspirations for Canada, Europe and Mexico in 2024-2025.

Dust City Opera will draw you deep into their mad world of storytelling, so enter with caution. You may find yourself abducted by ancient aliens, lost in haunted fog, or more fascinating yet: face-to-face with your own insanity, with no way out.

About Avourneen
Avourneen‘s approach to Celtic music doesn’t rely on formula.

The Denver-based trio may specialize in Irish music, but their musical approach pulls from a wealth of other genres and styles. Guitarist/bouzouki/vocalist Adam Goldstein, violinist/mandolin/pianist CL Morden and bassist Alice Alister are fans of incorporating elements from their eclectic influences. Audiences are liable to hear traces of American and European folk in original tunes like “Sparrow” and “Banks of the Liffey”; they’re apt to pick up traces of vintage jazz, modern orchestral music and classic rock in interpretations of standards like “Whiskey in the Jar,” “Come Out Ye Black and Tans,” “Easy and Slow” and “Drowsy Maggie.”

For all of the band’s diverse interests, their common thread remains strongly Irish. A shared love of music marks the rapidly expanding catalogue of this exciting group, and their approach is sure to interest any listener with even a casual interest in the genre. Their music is a hybrid of old and new, a fusion of ancient and contemporary.

Take a few minutes to explore the website and learn more about this exciting new act. On this website, you’ll find links to tunes, upcoming gigs and general updates from Adam C and Kenny. Feel free to comment and send along contact information for our email list; the members of Avourneen are always happy to field questions, talk about music and enjoy the craic.


April 6
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm MDT
Event Category:


Swallow Hill Music

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