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Dave Beegle, featured during VIP reception

Dave Beegle is a guitar virtuoso by all accounts but his own. Although widely regarded as one of the best players by some of the best, Beegle humbly deflects such praise, saying he often views his skill with the guitar as sleight of hand - so to speak. Truth is, the soft-spoken, unassuming, 45-year-old Loveland-bred guitarist is a guitar god among guitar gods. Vaunted six-stringer Phil Keaggy once proclaimed Beegle "one of the most creative and accomplished guitarists I've met" - and then went on to list him as one of his favorite players. That's like hearing Tiger Woods marvel at another golfer's swing.

Chain Station

Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor stringband from Denver. Originally from the Midwest, they've quickly amassed a rabid fan-base in the Colorado Mountains and Front Range, hungry for the catchy and lyrically-poignant original material pouring forth from this prolific group of capable musicians.

The Swayback

The Swayback has been together for a decade, but you'd hardly know it from speaking with the guys. The way they talk and the way they interact with one another, they genuinely sound like members of a freshly minted high-school band getting ready to play their first gig.

By the time most bands have been around as long as the Swayback, they either begin to stagnate - the fire and creativity that first fueled the engine have been depleted - or they crumble under the weight of their own expectations or arbitrary self-imposed deadlines. Or, rather than being allowed to develop as artists in this singles-driven environment and move past their primary set of influences to craft something unique, many groups get thrust into the spotlight well before they're ready and end up wilting in the searing heat of notoriety.

The Swayback, meanwhile, has a certain timelessness that resembles that of the all-time great classic-rock bands that became more compelling over time. Rather than follow the career-minded cookie cutter bands that are enslaved by trends and focused on branding instead of passion, Halborg and company have spent their time cultivating their artistry. You know, the way it used to be.