Rufina Taproom Presents:

Thunder & Rain // Stephanie Hatfield

Time: 7:30pm     Day: Saturday     Ages: All Ages     Price: FREE
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Rufina Taproom Presents:
Thunder and Rain with special guest Stephanie Hatfield (performing as a duo with Bill Palmer) at Rufina Taproom during our second annual Crab & Pilsner Fest!
7:30pm Music // FREE // All Ages
Thunder & Rain is a Golden, Colorado based band specializing in Mountain Made Colorado Country.
Erinn Lukes was raised on the sunny shores of Southern California, where she started playing open mics at 16. She then attended to her lingual talents, receiving a BA in Italian. As a powerful and expressive vocalist, she has performed her original songs at venues from Rome to New York City to Seattle. When she isn't showcasing her talent, she is busy fostering the growth of pre-school children.
Ian Haegele hails from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where he began playing upright bass in high school, studying both orchestral and jazz music. He moved out to Boulder, CO in 2010 to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on the bass at the CU College of Music, graduating in 2014. After moving, Ian fell in love with the Front Range acoustic music scene and the beauty of the Colorado mountains. He joined Thunder & Rain in the spring of 2014.
Chris Herbst grew up in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. His love of music started at a young age, when he became interested in 80's rock n roll. He then went on to get a BA in Jazz Guitar. He discovered bluegrass a little later in life and picked up the dobro. He then went on the perform with many Canadian bluegrass bands before a chance meeting with the folks of Thunder and Rain at the Coombs bluegrass festival in the summer od 2016 changed his course. He now resides in Golden, CO and loves to ski the high country and attend gypsy jazz jams.
Erinn and Pete met in Seattle as street performers at Pike Place Market. A chance meeting at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in September 2013 brought the full band together for the first time. They played their first show as Thunder & Rain at the Mountain Toad Brewery in Golden, CO.
In their brief tenure together as Thunder & Rain, the band has captured a sound that accentuates their talents and is accessible to fans both young and old. Thunder & Rain's depth and unforgettable melodies are putting meaning back into modern country music.
It is no surprise that listening to Stephanie Hatfield calls up images of wind-swept mesas and sinfully-good heartbreaks. With dreamy lyrics and a story worth telling, her music embodies the emotional release of having your heart ripped apart and lovingly put back together again. Although originally from the Detroit area, this eclectic musician hails from a Kentucky hillbilly heritage with a rich poetic history, and now calls the desert Southwest her home. While it is clear that such varied locations have inspired her lyrics, it is unadulterated passion that drives Hatfield’s music. Much like her physical journey across the country, her musical expressions have also traveled— from the church choir, through genres as diverse as classical, opera, broadway, jazz and folk—and eventually found a home in rock. A sense of heart-wrenching empathy is woven throughout her songs, but it’s the raw power of Hatfield’s expansive voice that makes her the perfect soundtrack for an adrenaline junkie who craves the rush.
Throughout a life of travel and exploration, music has been the one constant for Hatfield. By the age of 8, she was singing in three different church choirs. It was not stage-fright that she felt during her first solo performance, a song performed for 200 people in her Presbyterian congregation, but rather fear that she would trip on the way up to the stage. The sound of the audience’s appreciative applause had her hooked, and Hatfield began traveling for competitions and performances at a young age. Operatically trained, with extensive study in Vocal Performance and classical music at Michigan State University, Hatfield’s diverse and professional musical background can be clearly heard in her latest musical endeavors. If her other pursuits are any indication—Motorcycle Racing, Mountain Search and Rescue, African safaris, swimming with sharks on the Barrier Reef, shooting guns and knitting—Hatfield possesses a tremendous commitment and fearlessness in the chase of her passions. With a vivacious personality to match the compelling singing, songwriting, and performance, Hatfield will make you wish for love just so you can feel the deep ache of heartbreak.