Saturday, April 8th – Youth Battle of the Bands
Our 2nd annual Youth Battle of the Bands! Come check out the hottest young bands in the area compete for $500 and the opportunity to open the August 11th Art Night Out! A panel of judges paired with audience participation will decide the winners! There will be the Eats and Sweets food truck and a non-alcoholic bar available. The competing bands are as follows:
The Electric Dead (Rock)
Hygeia (Prog Metal & Hard Rock)
Interpretive Tyranny (Alt. Rock)
Interstellar Medium (Alt. Rock)
Ten23 (Alt Metal)
Doors at 5:00. Music starts at 5:30. This is an all-ages event. $12 presale tickets. $18 day of show. Bridgetown Lafayette (the old Nissi’s building) near 95th and Arapahoe.
Supported by Global Sound Studio, Drum Box, the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission, and the Boulder County Arts Alliance.
Saturday, April 29th – Kids Table, Specific Ocean, Oli McCracken
Kids Table – Denver quartet playing originals and covers with soul, classic, and psychedelic rock influences.
Specific Ocean – Indie Rock and Alternative band from Denver Colorado that incorporates many varying styles into their music. Core members Alec Wenzel and Camilla Vaitaitis have managed the project and have remained active throughout. Specific Ocean’s approach to writing combines backgrounds in rock, jazz, pop, and funk to create unique, yet familiar and dynamic songs. With upbeat songwriting, thoughtful introspective lyrics, and energetic melodies Specific Ocean effortlessly leads listeners through their arrangements. While Specific Ocean’s sound references a deep catalog of music from previous decades they continue to make music that sounds fresh.
Oli McCracken – 29-year-old singer/songwriter based in Denver. Since his first release in 2016, Oli has worked to hone in his musical and songwriting abilities to create an emotional, lyric driven sound which draws from his wide influences ranging from Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, and the Dave Matthews Band to Ray Lamontagne, Bruce Springsteen, and the Grateful Dead.
Confluence Garage – 75 Waneka Pkwy., Lafayette, CO 80026
Doors 6:30, show at 7:00! $10 suggested donation at the door.
Thursday, May 4th – Compass & Cavern, Teresa Suydam, McKnight
Compass & Cavern – Long-time friendship between Will Timbers and Chris Fruci disguised as an alternative rock band from Denver. Will & Chris have been writing and performing music together for over a decade. C&C is their current musical outlet for sharing deep thoughts, reflections, wild dreams, frustrations, strange stories, and more. The band’s sound is characterized by massive synths, riffing guitars, dynamic drums, vocal harmonies, and the occasional, but always appropriate, shaker.
Teresa Suydam – A lost bird cross-culture artist who makes explorative pop with cinematic tendencies infused with honey-like vocals. Teresa Suydam is a non-binary songwriter and producer based out of Denver, CO who chases their own culture and identity with their music. Being of Indigenous and Filipino descent, Teresa is a safe haven to other multicultural individuals who don’t feel at home in their own skin. They present a kaleidoscopic range of sounds and bold colors to paint their own unique rainbow in the music realm. Recently, Teresa Suydam’s music video for Take Me to the Water was nominated for the Native American Music Awards.
McKnight – Grass roots acoustic rock band from Denver Colorado where the band was formed. McKnight recorded an album during the pandemic and signed a publishing deal after the release of two single releases from the album. One of the singles (I Was Better) was debuted on KTCO 93.3 as a top ten for the Colorado Band competition Hometown For The Holidays. The band relies on a big sound with horns and stomp acoustic rock. McKnight will continue writing songs with similar punch with the hopes of releasing a full album in 2023.
The End Lafayette (Inside Dog House Music) – 525 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO 80026
Doors 6:30, show at 7:00! $12 pre-sales, $18 at the door.
How to Play a Tier Two Live Show
Interested in playing a show with us? A few things about our shows you should know. All of our shows are all ages and drug & alcohol free. We do not really book cover bands or solo/duo acoustic musicians as there are lots of other venues and businesses in the area that will. Typical payout to the bands is 50% of door donations. Still interested? Fill out the Artist Submission Form below!
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Volunteer With Us!
We wouldn’t be where we are today without the help of our volunteers, and we’re always looking for additional people to help run things. Tier Two Live is about growing a local community of people excited to build something new and wonderful. Here’s a list of ways people can help:
- Running the ticket desk
- Social media support
- Website management
- Booking shows
- Graphic design
- Live sound engineering
- Flyer distribution
Tier Two Live is a Lafayette based music promotion group focused on independent, low cost, all ages music shows. We are working to build a safe, genuine and diverse music community that is always growing and happy to welcome new people. We always need folks who want to contribute to the scene or just be part of something fun. Help with one show or as many as you’d like! Interested? Contact Dave at TierTwoLive@gmail.com or 303.710.5201 or fill out the form below.
Starting a scene
Tier Two Live was started in 2019 by Dave Heinrich as a bit of an experiment to see if a viable independent youth-focused music scene could be created in an area away from the main cultural centers of Colorado. Dave has been involved in the independent music scene since he was 14 years old. He grew up going to DIY punk and hardcore shows in the Reno, Nevada area and was a founding member of the hardcore band Shogun in his college years. His vision for the Tier Two Live music promotion business is the start a local independent music scene in East Boulder County, hopefully giving the local teenagers (and adults too) an outlet for their musical pursuits.
All Tier Two Live events are all-ages with no drugs or alcohol allowed. Shows are generally donation based with some grant funded events having free entry for those under 21. Diverse musical acts with original music are welcome. Passion and creativity are encouraged.
The name Tier Two is about being located in a area that isn’t necessarily on the map for the majority of musical acts. It’s about being proud of where you are and what you can bring to the table. It’s about discovering what hidden talent lies beneath the surface of the typical music we are exposed to. We are also headquartered in Lafayette, Colorado, which is considered a Tier Two suburb.
All Tier Two Live shows are open to everyone. Our Safe Places Policy is as follows:
- We are an alcohol and drug free space. Please enjoy these items elsewhere.
- Respect people’s physical and emotional boundaries.
- Respect, embrace, and defend other people’s opinions, beliefs, differing states of being, and differing points of view that do not uphold oppressive ideologies.
- Oppressive, abusive, or reactionary language and behavior of any kind will be interrupted and challenged.
- Respect the places where the shows are held. Vandalism or other destruction to the venues risks losing the what we have worked so hard to build.
- Be responsible for your own actions. Be aware that your actions have effects on others.
- Examine your own subtle and not-so-subtle prejudices.
- Look out for kids at all times and try not to leave anything around that would endanger them.
- Any individual or group engaging in violence (including sexual violence and harassment) or who threatens another’s safety within the space will automatically be excluding themselves. We will ask them to leave the space.
- If you experience or witness any behavior that crosses your boundaries or makes you feel uncomfortable, or if you are feeling like you would like to talk to someone anonymously about anything, please ask someone who works here. Take responsibility for your own safety and get help if you need it.
Tier Two Live In The News!
Colorado Hometown Weekly – September 7, 2021
Lead up article to the all-inclusive queer Qmunity Party we are putting together with Wide Eyed Entertainment as a benefit for Out Boulder County. Find the article HERE.
Colorado Hometown Weekly – October 20, 2019
Great article in the local Boulder County newspaper about everything we’re trying to start up. Article is HERE.
Voyage Denver Magazine – October 7, 2019
Dave was interviewed by Voyage Denver as part of their Inspiring Stories series.
Fuel The Scene Magazine Reviews
May 3, 2019 show with Old School Hype, Twisted Escape, and Life Science
April 5, 2019 inaugural show with Bloomers, Satellite Pilot, and Ipecac