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David Lawrence and the Spoonful will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at Gold Rush Days at McPhelemy Park
“We started 3-4 years ago, I was hanging out with Coleman Smith and Gary Sloan after the success of COVID, we decided to start a group with some friends. Since then, we’ve had fun playing around Chaffee County and Colorado,” said band leader and lead guitarist David Lawrence.
“I guess I was just drawn to music as the ultimate challenge. There’s a lot to do in this modern age, but it’s all about making good art and putting on a great show. It’s like putting together a big puzzle,” Lawrence said. “When it started, it was born out of its own inertia. I used to be a chef working full time and making music at night. years ago and I haven’t really looked back.
Lawrence said his favorite thing about performing for people was the connection that was made between the audience and the band.
“It’s that kind of fellowship. There’s this emotional message that’s transferred between the band and the audience. When that happens, it’s magic. When it does, it’s amazing,” he said.
Lawrence has a long CV from bands he’s been in and founded over the years, including Royal Street Ramblers, La Pompe and the Blind Pigs.
Besides acting, Lawrence also runs a booking agency and production company called LPJ Entertainment.
Lawrence said he’s interested in forming more culinary and musical collaborations like he did with the Asian Palate last fall.
“Food is very much in my soul and in my passions, so I have to keep figuring out how to combine the two,” he said.
Not only will Lawrence perform with his band on Saturday, he will perform with the Royal Street Ramblers on Sunday during Gold Rush Days.
“We did it last year, it was super fun. We started playing in the morning when there was really no one there, and then by the end of our set we had so many people dancing,” he said. “We’re going to bring the full group and have a great party.”
Lawrence will perform with the Blind Pigs at River Runners on August 10, the band will perform again on August 20 in Denver at the Lodge to celebrate the creation of a beer that bears their name. The band will hold an album release show on October 6 at the Lariat in Buena Vista.
“I think Gold Rush has always been a special and amazing thing and what’s going to make this year different is that we’re going to cap it off with this great performance. I think the chamber is really leaning into music this year,” Lawrence said.