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Colony Presents: Two Dark Birds, Sandy Bell

July 13, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm



THURSDAY 7.13.17

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Due out in September 2017, Bow is the third album from Two Dark Birds, a band from Pakatakan Mountain in The Catskills. Bow is a cycle of songs about openings and awakenings, about the spirit of nature and the nature of spirit. Recorded in Woodstock, NY with Chris Maxwell, Bow was written and performed by Steve Koester with the assistance of a group of Catskill musicians, including Jeff Lipstein (Lia Ices), Josh Roy Brown, Marco Benevento, Carrie Bradley (The Breeders), Sibel Finn (Silver Jews), Don Piper and Jason Mills.

Prior to Two Dark Birds, Koester also fronted the bands Maplewood, Koester & Punchdrunk, who altogether released eleven critically-acclaimed albums and toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. The music has been called “knockout gorgeous” , “strange and beautiful”, and “timeless. . . great rock music” and has received glowing reviews everywhere from Fader and Nylon to The Village Voice and The NY Times, showing up on year-end “Best” lists in Magnet, Popmatters, Rhapsody, Disclaimer and more. Koester has also written, recorded and produced a wide variety of songs for film, commercials and TV.

Praise for Two Dark Birds first two albums:

“Strange and beautiful. It’s a record heard best with a beer in hand beneath a star-punched sky.“ – Nylon

“In Koester’s songs and in his delivery, you will hear the imprint of the broken-but-not-beaten American Bard, from Parsons and Van Zandt to Tweedy. Koester takes on the populist challenge of the form: how to be at once folk-accessible and lit-deep, how to wed image to experience and emotion without ever getting too fine or too poetic for the idiom. Koester hits the mark again and again…’” – Woodstock Times

“…a masterful soundtrack to self-reflection.” – Men’s Vogue

“…one of this year’s most subdued and moving releases.” -The Big Takeover

“Songs for the New achieves the remarkable feat of rendering domesticity, maturity, and country life every bit as compelling as, say, abandonment, wanton drunkenness, and stealing. The not-so-secret weapon is front man Steve Koester, gifted with the ability to convey shadowy subtext, whether he’s offering tantalizing rearview glances at a reckless past, a paean to the disarming beauty of the Catskill Mountains, or an ode to his daughter.’” – Chronogram

“Steve Koester is a folk singer whose darknesses and frailty are worn on his sleeve, the kind of sorcery you get from living a life in old mountains like the Catskills. He’s got a beautiful album out called Songs for the New.” – yvynyl



Sandy Bell was born in Parma, Ohio, a small suburb outside of Cleveland. The last of five children, she became a natural observer in a considerably chaotic but loving environment. Singing for anyone who would listen, she found her solace through music. Throughout her childhood, her parents held various jobs over the years– her father was an ice delivery man and teacher at the local community college, while her mother worked at hotels, grocery stores, and the local horse track. Sandy left Cleveland in the mid 80s in search of a more creative environment to call home. Landing in Los Angeles, she collaborated with various musicians, among them singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. She found harmony with a few surfers and formed a band called skipngonaked. Locked away in an old furniture factory-turned-studio, they wrote hundreds of songs and performed to packed audiences across Southern California. As the band gained momentum, a self-described soul sickness took Sandy into the nether. She disappeared from her own life and the music she loved. It wasn’t until her father’s death in 1997 that she emerged from the darkness–a memory recalled in the track ‘Wake Me’ on her new record. As if rousing from a nightmare, she realized the holiness of existing, and eventually found her way to Brooklyn, New York. Sandy became less interested in the business of music and more enthralled with the curative outcome of singing stories of the past. The cathartic process of melting grief into song became her primary focus, and of that, the record When I Leave Ohio was born.


July 13, 2017
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Colony Woodstock NY
22 Rock City Rd
Woodstock, NY 12498 United States