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Arvada Press, August 18, 2005

La Dolce Vita Sweetens Olde Towne

By Steven Graham (Gramaphone)

Back in the day, Olde Town Arvada was lacking in live music beyond metal cover bands in dingy bars and occasional jam sessions at the Pickin Parlor.

The D-Note changed that, bringing in a creative range of the best regional bands and some underground touring acts. Now the neighborhood has a second musical draw with La Dolce Vita coffeehouse.

The café has long been hosting music on weekends, but it is starting to draw national acts and larger names.

Emith, a California folk duo coming to La Dolce Vita on Friday, Aug. 19, is hardly a household name but the band has some solid credentials.

Emith is songwriter Carol and guitarist Stevie Gurr. Carol is a newcomer but sounds like a veteran, with a gloomy vocal style reminiscent of Aimee Mann. Gurr has a longer musical resume, having toured with Elvin Bishop and Dr. John.

Together, Emith has an interestingly dark take on the two guitars, one singer set-up. This is not your father’s folk music. Don’t head to the coffee shop expecting Joan Baez.

However, expect some solid songwriting and good blues-influenced guitar.

Photo: Emith, a California folk duo, is coming to La Dolce Vita in Olde Town Arvada on Friday, Aug. 19

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