LaRissa Vienna and the Strange Album Release Party

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange Album Release Party

21 Taras, Creature Canopy, Discount Cinema

Fri Sep 15 2017

7:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange
Influenced by David Bowie, Johnny Cash and Shirley Temple (with a tattoo on her shoulder to match), LaRissa Vienna is a force to be reckoned with. Her somber ghostly rock tunes will entrance you and leave chills down your spine. The melodic, story-telling guitar mixes perfectly with the melancholy tones of her voice. The bass stays loyal to the hard-hitting drums.

Despite the soothing rock tones, LaRissa Vienna’s live show is nothing short of energetic. Standing 4 feet 11 inches tall, her fiery energy demands the attention of every soul in the audience.

Starting out as a solo artist in 2008, LaRissa Vienna made her mark on the Denver music scene by writing and producing her own music, which she dubs “spooky rock.” Coming off of the local success of her 2015 EP, “Strange Siren,” and having had accumulated over 100,000 views on her “Underwater” music video within just a month of its release, Vienna released her second EP - her first officially as a band - in August 2016. There’s a definite camaraderie on the project, entitled “Make the Pain Pretty,” which finds her further honing her craft and establishing herself as a versatile artist within the rock realm, navigating the genre with grace and authority.

"The Strange" is Nick Workman - the lead guitarist with wild hair who has experience in every style. Aaron Mendoza on bass, influenced by The Cure and Coheed and Cambria, has experience in experimental bands and plays perfectly with the compelling drum styles of Luke Wolff. The classically-trained violinist Vanity Welch adds a perfect unique touch to the band.

LaRissa Vienna and the Strange intend to inspire, influence fans to be creative and express themselves by leading by example.
21 Taras
21 Taras are a band from Littleton, Colorado that formed in late 2014 and founded by members Alec Lister (drums) and James Steinbach (lead guitar). A few lineup changes followed, and the band’s current lineup consists of Julian Perron on vocals, James Williams on bass, and Austin Salazar on guitar, along with Lister and Steinbach. 21 Taras’ sound since their start has been characterized as hard rock, alternative rock, metal and grunge. Since 21 Taras’ inception, the group has released a single, "Invisible Queen" in July of 2016, followed by their debut album "Seize The Ocean" just a few months later, in September of 2016. The band has opened up for bigger Denver bands such as Lola Black and BANDITS, and are determined to rise even higher. From raging, powerful vocals to flashy drum fills alongside massive guitars and unique bass playing, this band is unstoppable.
Creature Canopy
Creature Canopy is a two-piece Electronic Rock outfit from Denver, Colorado. The band is populated by Cody Troyer (Vocals, Production, Synthesizers) and Joe Mondragon (Vocals, Guitar, Bass).

Troyer, a jazz studies minor in college who was bad at jazz, had always written and played music, but never in serious projects. He grew up listening to any and all music featured at Warped Tour, and accredits this upbringing with his success in the pit.

Mondragon fell in love with music after seeing “Yellow Submarine,” and knew he wanted to be a professional musician after performing “Let It Be” during a high school talent show. He studied music business at University of Colorado Denver, and (conversely to Troyer) has been a member of more than 20 Denver bands (Chemistry Club, Bad, Almost Legends).

Mondragon met Troyer met through a mutual friend in the winter of 2015, when Mondragon was commissioned to play a retirement party, and invited Troyer to accompany him.

Despite the disparity in historical musical taste, and schismatic views on the movie Interstellar, the duo began writing together in the summer of 2015. They found musical common ground in burgeoning Indie-Pop groups of the time (Bastille, Churches, Alt-J) and merged their collective influences into the new project.

After months of consideration, they decided to go with the name Creature Canopy. Which is fine. It has good SEO, which is nice. 6/10.

The release of their first video for their single “Us Against the Cause” (October, 2015) had critics flocking to the band with comments like: “The beard part doesn’t really make sense.” (Dan Rachlitz, the video’s director) and "Joe [Mondragon] are you naked in this??” (Debra Mondragon, Mondragon’s mother)

Creature Canopy released their first EP (Self-titled) in December of 2015. The Permanent Rain Press (A real publication) praised the debut as “upbeat and fresh,” and "technically captivating with its use of electronic beats and the pair’s poignant, contrasting vocals.” The third song from the EP, “Heartbeat,” was selected as a finalist for 93.3 KTCL’s Big Gig 2016 contest.


The band released their second EP, “Again” in December of 2016 and played their release to a sold out audience at Larimer Lounge in Denver.

They are going to keep being a band.
Discount Cinema
Formed in 2009, Discount Cinema has been developing their unique fusion of gothic rock, metal, and electro-pop while creating an energetic, theatrical live show.
Venue Information:
Marquis Theater
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.themarquistheatre.com/