Neyla Pekarek, formerly of The Lumineers, takes the stage with her band, featuring Shawn King of DeVotchKa, as well as Denver jazz giants Annie Booth, Kim Bird, and Brian Cronan, to deliver songs and stories that Rolling Stone Magazine calls “retro-pop punch found in the Shangri-Las’ “Train From Kansas City” with barbershop harmonies and Cole Porter-worthy chord changes.” Inspired by Colorado folk hero Rattlesnake Kate, Pekarek’s folk-cabaret will feature songs from her album “Rattlesnake” and her “Western Woman EP.”
About the Performers
Neyla Pekarek (she/her/hers) began playing cello at age nine in her hometown of Aurora, Colorado. She studied Musical Theatre and earned a degree in Music Education at UNC in Greeley, CO. In 2010, she joined the Denver folk-rock group The Lumineers as a cellist and vocalist and spent eight years touring the world and recording with the band. In January 2019, she released her debut album, "Rattlesnake" (streaming now!), on S-Curve Records, and was commissioned by the Denver Center for Performing Arts to develop her album into a musical production entitled, Rattlesnake Kate, which had its World Premier at the DCPA in February 2022. Neyla wrote the music and lyrics and garnered a Best Supporting Actress Henry Award for her portrayal of the cello-playing horse, Brownie. Neyla is a proud member of Sweet Adelines International and The Barbershop Harmony Society, two organizations that nurture the craft of barbershop quartet singing.