Slim Cessna’s Auto Club Headlines Oskar Blues 20-Year Anniversary Party

By: Gretchen Gaede

I was fortunate enough to catch up with Slim Cessna, eponymous band member of one of the most successfully unique acts to hail from Denver, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, to chat about their upcoming performance at Oskar Blues Brewery. Having woven such a critical thread in the fabric of the Colorado music scene and what has been dubbed the “Denver sound,” it was refreshing to hear both humility and delight in Slim Cessna’s voice when asked about the journey of the band and the trials and triumphs of touring today.

We were really no good when we started, but the fact that we’ve kept with it and been able to stay active doing what we love has been what keeps us going,” says Slim with a modest chuckle. “There was a music scene that was really starting to do some interesting things when we began, but there were no venues. Bands didn’t come here, and people didn’t make Denver a tour stop. So, we got to know each other by playing in bars and clubs and random events, and because of the hub of local bands, venues started to open up and everyone has benefitted. We were able to evolve as a band and consistently perform, which is what we really love to do.”

It has hard to name the sound of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, which is evident in the diverse range of styles by which the band is labeled, from Americana to Southern Gothic to Gothic Folk Apocalyptic Revivalism. But for me, it has always been about the haunting, yet witty storytelling that engrosses the audience into a sort of resurrecting joy.  Full disclosure, I am a fan, and have truly enjoyed watching the band grow over the years. 

While members of the band have transitioned, mainstay frontmen Slim Cessna and Munly Munly, have created a partnership that fans and newcomers alike find mesmerizing and poetic with a healthy balance of humor and hard core musicianship. After more than two decades of music, the band has just released their first album since 2011, The Commandments According to Slim Cessna, which Slim Cessna himself credits mostly to Munly for the album’s songwriting and vision. 

As the band celebrates 25 years this year, they are teaming up with Oskar Blues Gill & Brew to ring in the Brewery’s own 20-year milestone, as part of a weekend-long anniversary party starting on May 5th. When asked why Slim Cessna’s Auto Club opted to be a part of the event, Slim Cessna noted the Oskar Blues Brewery had sponsored the band early on, and when they were asked to play a part in the festivities, they felt honored to be included.

While the party kicks off on Friday, May 5th, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club will be accompanied by an opening performance by local favorite Gasoline Lollipops on May 6th, starting at 8:30 pm.

When, What: Inside Stage: 8:30 p.m. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, featuring opening band Gasoline Lollipops; tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show

Outside Stage, no cover: Interstate Stash Express at 5:30 pm & Halden Wofford & the Hi Beams at 7pm

Where: Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, 303 Main Street. Lyons, CO 80540

For tickets and information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oskar-blues-celebrates-20-years-tickets-32480352609