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Pete Lewis and Ben Hanna

The Laughing Goat
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Pete Lewis picked up a guitar at age 8 and hasn’t put it down since. Private lessons taught him to play by ear and an a healthy dose of classic rock riffs. In high school, he expanded his musical styles and played with his school’s jazz band, both learning many standards and writing some of his own jazz tunes. On most evenings and weekends he was playing in an all original rock trio with his two elder brothers called Storytyme. In 2000, he continued his music education by studying jazz guitar at Cal State Long Beach, still gigging with his brothers all around the greater los angeles area. As their touring expanded nationally, they relocated to Boulder CO in 2002, where Pete continued his music studies at CU Boulder. Here, he focused on voice, and began studying the more classical style of singing. In 2005, he completed a BA in music, with voice as his main instrument of study. Shortly after, Pete and his brothers worked with the Hollywood Flying Circus and wrote a rock musical called, “Gush”. They performed alongside a cast of over 40 for three sold out nights at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood. Over the past ten years, Pete has played such venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, Boulder Theater, Fox Theater, Aggie Theater, Belly Up in Aspen and the Soiled Dove Underground. Whether playing with his brothers or solo, Pete has shared the stage with such national acts as String Cheese Incident, Blind Melon and Elephant Revival. His passion for music is ever growing, and he always puts his heart and soul into every performance!

Singer-Songwriter Ben Hanna possesses passion, wit, authenticity, and sonic-tenacity. His “Post-Suburban Americana” is described as a contemporary blend of Americana-inspired storytelling and rebellious, high-energy “rawk.” He sings about the less-than-glorious human experiences that modern society erupts, so it's worth listening to his take on the human state. His musical influences include Lou Reed, Todd Snider, Bob Dylan, The Violent Femmes, and Townes Van Zandt. He released his second studio album, Kick Your Legs Out in June of 2017.