Denver’s Paper Bird set to play in Steamboat on Saturday |

Denver’s Paper Bird set to play in Steamboat on Saturday

Luke Graham

Paper Bird performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion.

— There is something to be said for a man whose first album was “Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers,” adores pop music, calls Rihanna and Beyonce two of his biggest influences and loves to listen to mainstream country music on the radio.

But it also gives a view into the sound that makes Denver's Paper Bird one of the premier Colorado sounds and a fast riser among listeners.

The band, with a bluesy and folksy sound similar to The Lumineers, plays at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Strings Music Pavilion.

Tickets still are available by clicking here and are $26 in honor of Strings' 26th year.

"It's funny, the first music that caught me was hip-hop," drummer Mark Anderson said. "Then in sixth grade, it was punk music. I've played in punk bands for years. And with pop music, I'd love to meet a person that tells you they don't love pop music. It's candy music. It's made to enjoy."

Paper Bird's rise shadows the burgeoning Denver music scene, but what separates Paper Bird is the collection of vocalists.

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The seven-piece band features three female lead vocalists: Sarah Anderson, Esme Patterson and Genevieve Patterson, whose chorus of voices offers an intense yet delicate sound.

It's like rubbing a hand across velvet. One minute it's smooth, the next it hits with a coarse feel.

And the band is experiencing more and more success. For the past three years, it has been named to The Denver Post's top 10 for Best Underground Bands. In 2009, 5280 Magazine named it Denver's Top Local Band.

The band's 2011 album, "Carry On," was written as a score to collaborate with the Ballet Nouveau Colorado.

The band also just released its third studio album this year, titled "Rooms." The latest album shows the band’s ubiquitous talents.

Each of the seven members wrote songs for the albums, and it's much tighter than previous efforts.

"It really works out well," Anderson said. "Someone can bring a song, polished and finished, and we'll just put the finishing touches on it. Or someone can bring something up and put it on the table, and we'll say, 'Let's (mess) with this and make it different.' That's what makes this work is all of us write."

The band never has played in Steamboat and was brought in to appeal to a younger audience.

But the sound doesn't preclude it from being enjoyed by any person.

The band draws on many influences from many different elements. So, Saturday's show is for those who used to throw up the Wu or those who simply like damn good music.

"It's so nice to play in a nice place with a captive audience," Anderson said. "We're just as happy if it's a room full of 18-year-olds or 70-year-olds."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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