Neyla Pekarek: Western Woman EP release show.
A companion piece to Pekarek’s 2019 release, Rattlesnake, Western Woman continues the tale of Colorado folk-hero, Rattlesnake Kate, with five brand new songs written for the Denver Center Theatre Company’s 2022 World Premier Musical, Rattlesnake Kate. Pekarek takes the stage with her band (featuring Shawn King of Devotchka, as well as Denver jazz giants, Annie Booth, Kim Bird, and a BDT Stage favorite, Brian Cronan), delivering the songs and stories that Rolling Stone calls “retro-pop punch found in the Shangri-Las’ “Train From Kansas City” with barbershop harmonies and Cole Porter-worthy chord changes.” (-Robert Crawford, Rolling Stone) inspired by her muse, Rattlesnake Kate in a night of Folk-Cabaret. The evening will feature songs from Rattlesnake in addition to the brand new tunes from her Western Woman EP.
Neyla Pekarek (she/her/hers) began playing cello at age 9 in her hometown of Aurora, Colorado. She studied Musical Theatre and earned a degree in Music Education at UNC in Greeley, CO. In 2010, she joined the Denver folk-rock group The Lumineers as a cellist and vocalist, and spent 8 years, touring the world and recording with the band. In January 2019, she released her debut album, Rattlesnake (streaming now!), on S-Curve records, and was commissioned by the Denver Center for Performing Arts to develop her album into a musical production entitled, Rattlesnake Kate, which had its World Premier at the DCPA in February 2022. Neyla wrote the music and lyrics, and garnered a Best Supporting Actress Henry Award for her portrayal of the cello playing horse, Brownie. Neyla is a proud member of Sweet Adelines International and The Barbershop Harmony Society, two organizations that nurture the craft of Barbershop Quartet Singing.