The Phirejets Support The Colorado Symphony Play On Recovery Fund with New Single “My Superstar”


Sales and streams of the new music single My Superstar by The Phirejets supporting the Colorado Symphony #PlayOn Recovery Fund

DENVER, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, March 5, 2021 / — It may be a new year, but the COVID crisis of 2020 is still being felt deeply by so many performers who are unable to ply their craft for audiences until it is safe again. From local bands to broadway, musicians are saddled with mounting debt and worried about whether they will be able to make a living in music anytime soon.

It is no different for orchestra and symphony musicians who have spent a lifetime in pursuit of mastering their instruments and performing the world’s best compositions for audiences worldwide.

In an effort to help support the world-class musicians of the Colorado Symphony until they can fill Boettcher Hall again, The Phirejets –a Denver-based rock band– is leading an effort to support the Colorado Symphony Play On Recovery Fund.

All proceeds from the band’s new single, “My Superstar,” (releasing March 5th, 2021 on all digital platforms as well as Bandcamp and iTunes for purchase) will be directed to the Play On Recovery Fund.

“As an enthusiastic annual supporter of the Colorado Symphony, I wanted to find a way to support the #PlayOn initiative. My dream was to directly hire and include some of the members in my latest recording project for the album, Cosmos,” said Phil Beaver, pianist and Executive Producer of The Phirejets. “The song ‘My Superstar’ was perfectly suited for a rich arrangement that could really shine with the best musicians in Colorado.”

Featuring select members of the award-winning Colorado Symphony, including Concertmaster Yumi Hwang-Williams on solo violin and Denver’s “Queen of Blues” Erica Brown on vocals, the band’s new single being released March 5th– “My Superstar” – was recorded at Avalanche Studios in Denver. A classical and bold arrangement accented by romantic lyrics of love and longing while gazing at the stars.

Produced by Stu Miller, Philip Beaver. Arranged by Stu Miller, Philip Beaver. Engineered by Stu Miller, Dalton Monroe. Mixed by Stu Miller. Erica Brown – Vocals, Phil Beaver – Guitar, Yumi Hwang-Williams – Solo Violin, Miroslava Ivanchenko-Bartels – Violin, Basil Vendryes – Viola, Leah Kovach- Viola, Charlyn Campbell – Viola, Justin, Bartells – Trumpet, Brook Ferguson- Flute, Seoyoen Min – Cello, Rachel Ellins-Iozzia – Harp.

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March 05, 2021, 08:03 GMT

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Barstool Messiah – Whiskey Baptismal

Queen City Sounds

By Tom Murphy
Published Issue 104, August 2022

On this latest offering from Barstool Messiah the band exemplifies a certain sound that one heard more of in Denver around 20 years ago, but more refined with perhaps melodic punk vocal choruses akin to that of The Fluid, the irreverence of Warlock Pinchers, and all filtered through a love of Detroit proto-punk and Motörhead. For half of the songs, the band brought on board legendary local blues and R&B singer Erica Brown to bring a brash soulfulness to the music that really pushes it beyond any obvious influences, even though there is that punk and hard rock attitude and energy crackling through every song. What may surprise someone listening to the music on the surface is the literary quality of the lyrics. Yes, there’s songs about drinking and hard living but there is a disarming level of sensitivity and awareness informing Nick Plumber’s words even when it sounds like he’s singing a song with the band that would be a good soundtrack for a bar brawl. At a time when a lot of hard rock is boring and predictable, Barstool Messiah is not.


Live review: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club @ the Bluebird Theater



I’ve lived in Denver for almost six years now, and along the Front Range for almost 20. But there are a few ways in which I have failed in the rites of Colorado residency: I’ve never toured the Denver Mint, nor have I been to the Molly Brown House. And until last night, I’d never seen Slim Cessna’s Auto Club play live…shame on me.

Following openers A. Tom Collins (who are rapidly becoming a favorite of mine, with their “Small Change”-era Tom Waits feel and lively stage act) and Drag The River (rather, the two members of Drag the River who could make it in the icy conditions), Slim Cessna’s Auto Club proved why, even after a solid decade of playing New Year’s at the Bluebird, they are still one of Denver’s most exciting live acts. On a stage decorated like an eccentric Victorian’s dusty parlor, the elder statesmen of Denver goth-Americana brought the feel of a tent revival to the Bluebird Theater.


Choosing to forgo a themed show (like last year’s “Popeye” New Year’s), Slim and the crew decided instead to simply dress for the occasion in vintage tuxedos. This simple choice let the music shine forth, especially with their classically evangelical delivery on songs like “Americadio” and newer choices like “A Smashing Indictment of Character.”

There is something so primordially Denver about the sound of Slim Cessna, a sound in which it doesn’t take much effort to hear echos of all great Colorado bands past and present. For this reason, it was as exciting as it was apropos when venerable Denver blues diva Erica Brown joined Slim for several songs, and when Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys was suddenly onstage accompanying the band for “This is How We Do Things In The Country.” While Slim Cessna’s sound is entirely their own, it meshes just as well with Brown’s bluesy wails as it does with Biafra’s “California Über Alles”-style bleating.

After a raucous, crowdsurfing finale with “Everyone is Guilty,”, Slim and the crew left the stage only briefly before returning for an encore. The band then finished out the night with “Thy Will Be Done,” and “He, Roger Williams,” a paean to the founder of the first Baptist church in the U.S. As the lyrics claim, Williams was a man of the cloth who nevertheless liked to rock and roll. With their intricate religious imagery and near-apostolic enthusiasm, Slim’s admiration for Mr. Williams seems particularly apt.

And on the night before new years, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club won one more Denver congregant to their fold: me.

Cassandra Schoon is a Denver freelance writer and regular Reverb contributor.

John Moore founded The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase in 2001

Read the originally published review here


Erica Brown featured in newest Chicken Soup for the Soul!


Erica Brown has been selected for a chapter in the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul Series, entitled “I’m Speaking Now: Black Women Share Their Truth in 101 Stories of Love, Courage and Hope”. Erica’s story was selected from thousands of entries, and she is thrilled to be included, and now a member of the Chicken Soup Family! The book will be on sale June 1, 2021 at bookstores nationwide, and at the Chicken Soup website,

Congrats Erica!!


Honorable Disorder


Set in the dynamic landscape of present-day Denver, Honorable Disorder is a story of reconciliation, growth, and recognition. for a young black veteran.
DeShawn Foster (Theo Wilson) is a native of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood and a veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life due, in part, to the loss of his commanding officer and father figure, Sergeant Gerald Sheffield (Chet Sisk). DeShawn holds on to the life lessons the sergeant taught him, a set of mantras and affirmations known to their platoon as the “Soldier’s Creed.” Justin MacDonald (Corey Rhoads), the only other surviving platoon member, lives in a tent in Curtis Park and has given up on society, the government and their creed. His only comfort in the midst of the despair of drug addiction and homelessness is his friendship with DeShawn. DeShawn lives with his mother, Nancy Foster (Erica Brown), an active church and community member who only wants the best for her son. Her brother, Bernard (Jeff Campbell), is her complete opposite. A former featherweight boxer, he imposes his womanizing and entitled ways into their lives. Nancy finds hope when Samantha Stewart (Devon James) moves into the neighborhood. Samantha is a social worker who supports veterans in her start-up nonprofit. Upon meeting DeShawn, she becomes convinced that he will be the success story she needs to transform her career and fulfill her life’s purpose.



“Honorable Disorder brings together a lot of what we have—and, crucially, haven’t—seen on the local news in a story that’s otherwise gone untold in Denver’s theater scene.”

Mike Tish, 5280 Magazine


On Stage: The Fabulous Erica Brown

On Saturday, January 25 at 10pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features Denver blueswoman Erica Brown!

Her bona-fides include sharing the stage with B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Big Head Todd and more! In 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016, Erica won the “Best Blues Singer-Female” Award from the Colorado Blues Society’s Members’ Choice Competition!  Her band appears regularly on Westword Magazine’s “Best of” list. Her soundtrack credits, collaborations and awards are many, including placing in the 2013 International Blues Challenge with Dan’ Treanor’s Afrosippi Band. Erica was dubbed “Denver’s Queen of the Blues” by the Altitude Network in their concert showcase feature.

We held on to a performance from 2004 at KUVO that blew us away. The Erica’s band was hot and the audience caught fire, too!  The session was so good one of the tracks made it to a “Live at the Oasis” CD.

Tune in to “On Stage” for a LIVE and LOCAL blues session, rebroadcast as it was performed from KUVO’s Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio.  That’s Saturday, January 25 at 10pm.  “On Stage,” a KUVO Jazz exclusive!

by Steve Chavis