Black Dog Saloon

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The Black Dog Saloon in New Castle, Colorado is the locals' favorite place for dinner, cocktails and great live music!

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Will Whalen

My Story: 
I started with a plastic keyboard and learned to play Beethoven. 
I got a guitar and learned to play Bob Dylan. 
I got a looper and I learned to play Death Cab for Cutie. 
I got a clue and learned to play my own music.

What I've got onstage is what determines my sound. You can expect some folk-rock if I'm jamming on my acoustic electric, or some jazz and classical piano if I'm on my keys. I can set a groove to the thick, plucky bass lines of Cake, build a soulful vocal from The Righteous Brothers, and recite Bach's Solfeggietto in C minor. I'm all over the map, and I want to take you with me.

My Musical Influences
(in order of appearance in my life)

- Pink Floyd
- Tom Waits (pre-Swordfish Trombones) 
- Harry Chapin
- Ludwig Van Beethoven
- Nobuo Uematsu
- Barenaked Ladies
- George Winston
- System of a Down
- Nine Inch Nails
- Nirvana
- Tool
- The White Stripes
- Radiohead
- Todd Snider
- Tom Waits (post-Swordfish Trombones) 
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Death Cab for Cutie
- Broken Bells
- Andrew Bird
- Shakey Graves
- Other Lives

When I moved from Brooksville, Florida to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2008, I had the chance to reinvent myself, and to pursue the driving allure of playing music for a living. Now, I've booked all across Colorado, from cozy bars to opulent resorts, singing storyteller songs with catchy hooks, and experimenting with the limits of what I can do with music. 
The Western Slope has really brought out my folk and singer-songwriter side, and given me some great ideas for writing, both from memory and fiction. And when you choose to start your life over, you need both. Many of my songs are about making decisions in the moment, the expectations we put on ourselves and others, and trying to maintain peace of mind in a chaotic world.


Earlier Event: July 7
Lookout Mountain Showdown
Later Event: July 21
Sol Patrol