The long delay in returning to Lyons’ concerts in the park due to the pandemic last year, I believe, has the town folks more than ready to come to Sandstone Park and enjoy Lyons’s music again on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Many people in town that know I have been booking these shows for the last 15 years have been asking me… will it happen, what bands will be playing this year, and what are the dates? For one thing, we moved it back to start in July this year to give us a safer pandemic free series.
All seven bands have at least one Lyons musician who resides in town… starting with Dechen Hawk and his band on Thursday July 1. It will be Dechen’s first time at our summer series; he and his wife live in town.
He was born in Austin, Texas where his mama sung him to sleep to Stevie Wonder. As early as preschool, he started making songs up in his head. It seemed to sooth him; it was the best way for him to deal with the world. He moved to Boulder at five and started taking piano lessons. He joined choir in elementary and middle school, which allowed him to explore his voice. Next, he started writing songs when his father passed away when he was 14, and started playing the guitar. The songs were healing, and he found his purpose in Life. He studied music in his high school jazz band and started his first band.
Dechen went to many open stages in Boulder. He put out his first CD Live at Penny Lane. Then, he moved to Chapel Hill in North Carolina. While there, he started a band and put out another CD, before moving back to Boulder. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music at Naropa University. Next, he studied in Prague, and put out another CD.
Then he came back to Boulder, where his sound was growing; and he was maturing as a funky neo-soul artist. He booked shows for the Laughing Goat, started giving piano and guitar lessons, and joined a wedding band. Along the way, he met two great composers, arrangers and producers: Eliot Hunt and Robbie Nevil. They made music with Dechen and taught him a lot. And, he released more CD’s. He formed the Constellation Collective, a multiple songwriter-fronted band with a focus on vocal harmonies. There are not many five-part harmony bands out there, so they stood out.
He then took some time off and got married. And, he started another band. He became an adjunct professor at Naropa. Heading back to the studio, he wanted that big band funky soul sound.
“It has been quite a journey learning how to survive as an artist,” said Dechen. “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study my art, create it and share it with the world.” Seven CD’s and two singles later, Dechen will bring a five-piece band with him this Thursday, that will rock the park, and then his more mellow tunes will sooth you. See you at Sandstone Park on Thursdays.
EDITOR’S NOTE: If you think Dechen Hawk looks and sounds familiar, you are right — he has worked with the town of Lyons on a few projects:
==he was on the Christmas float 2020 driving thru town neighborhood streets with Santa / and his piano
==played at the Art Fair in Bohn Park this June 2021 / and his piano
==he played with Arthur Lee Land at the Rave to the Grave
==played Christmas Eve at Wildflower Pavilion, hosted by the Tallents
Dechen’s recently released single: “Lady Divine” is a devotional love song to music itself personified as the divine feminine. Dechen Hawk takes us on a journey through his life as his relationship with music grows and evolves. Hawk gives us the opportunity to reflect on our lives and the relationships that matter most to us. (available on all platforms)