Crook & The Bluff Halloween

S&S Presents

Crook & The Bluff Halloween

Swantourage, Lord Vox

Saturday, October 27, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Crook & The Bluff
Crook & The Bluff
Awe-inspiring landscapes, towering, monolithic formations, a powerful, indomitable spirit, an unpredictable and mysterious character. All of these elements, characteristics of the American West, are ever-present in the music of Crook and the Bluff. A blend of blues, western, rock, and psychedelica combined into a soundscape that evokes images of a dark western film, complete with heroes and villains, love and loss. Known for their dynamic performances and commanding aura, Crook and the Bluff's unholy joining of western pyschedelia and dirty, desert blues, influenced by the vast and beguiling wilderness of their desert home, can only be fully experienced live.

Crook and the Bluff, formed in 2013, explores numerous themes in their music, equipped with an arsenal of songs depicting lust, love, malevolence, curiosity, and desire. Storytellers at heart, Crook and the Bluff provides listeners with a spectrum of sounds, including dark, western ballads about love and revenge, groovy dance numbers that force audiences to move, and droning, hypnotic pieces about the efficacy of licking toads. Equal parts musicians and mad-scientists, the band surrounds themselves with an array of amplifiers, instruments, and electronic effects to create new and fascinating sounds, with the purpose of captivating listeners until the last note. This armory of equipment, and the mesmerizing sounds created by it, has led many fans to describe the band as “the Pink Floyd of the American West”.

Featuring a standard rock formation, with two guitars, bass, and drums, Crook and the Bluff creates music that is anything but standard. At the forefront is the booming baritone and piercing falsetto of lead singer Kirk Dath. Principle songwriter, and founding member, Dath is the voice that guides listeners through melancholic love stories, or ushers them across the river Styx with whispers of absolution. Using carefully-honed lead guitar, Ryan Arnold provides depth and drama to the music, employing both ferocious, bone-cutting solos and rich, nuanced tapestries of sound. With the intensity and focus of a surgeon, Kevin Schultz controls the low-end with lyrical bass lines and heavy doses of fuzz, while Darren Farnsworth, the well-oiled engine of the group, provides both propulsion and momentum on the drums.

Crook and the Bluff is a band more at home on the road, driven by a desire for travel, adventure, and discovering the undiscovered. Seasoned performers in the local scene of their hometown of Salt Lake City, Crook and the Bluff consistently travels throughout all of Utah, as well as the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and California. As frequent headliners at festivals, including Craft Lake City, Escalante Music Festival, Utah Arts Festival, and MGME, and openers for national acts, including Wovenhand, Murder By Death, and Jamestown Revival, Crook and the Bluff always delivers their music with passion, intensity, and precision that leaves audiences in awe, and aching for more.
Venue Information:
Urban Lounge
241 South 500 East
Salt Lake City, UT, 84102