Zebra Junction closes up shop this evening

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

After four albums, extensive touring and a decade together, Zebra Junction, who just took home honors at this year's Westword Music Showcase awards, will be playing its last show tonight in Golden at Parfet Park. Although the members intend to continue to collaborate and record music with one another, there's no plans to perform together live again -- until such time comes when an inevitable reunion years down the road beckons them to. Read the band's farewell missive after the jump.

This Summer marks the 10 year anniversary of Micah and Shawn forming the band know as Zebra Junction.  In that time we recorded 4 albums, made 4 trips to Europe, and played countless shows from virtually every dive bar in Denver (anyone remember The Great Divide on S. Broadway?) all the way up to a sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheater.  How time flies!

We will still write, record and create music together, but from different locals.  Shawn will most likely end up in France with his lovely wife Patricia.  Micah and Adrienne will most likely join a circus, traveling wherever the road may lead.  We're not ruling out reunion shows or tours, in the U.S. and Europe someday, not to mention possible performances with Josh Blue And The Hooligan Stew Revue who's debut album is due out sometime soon.  We're confident you'll love it when you hear it!

After making the ballot for the past 5 years running, we FINALLY won top honors in the Westword Music Showcase this year for Best Jam/Improv band!  Among the winners in other genres are people we've done shows with and greatly admire: Ian Cooke, Something Underground, and Paper Bird.  We wish you all the success in the world!

A VERY special thanks to Mike Whalen who joined the group from 2001-04 and contributed his songs to our first album Orange Porridge.  Definitely check out his newest band Wonderlic!  Also, James Han, who was a member for a year and played his magical keys on our last 3 albums.  You can check him out performing with Bela Karoli and The Wheel these days.

Thanks to Oakhurst for being the first to cover our songs and showing us the ropes on our first "proper" tour.  We'll never forget living on that double decker tour bus with you guys in Europe!  So many songs came together on that trip.

Thanks to The Junkettes (Adrienne and Fannie) for bringing so much class n' sass to our live shows the past 2 years.

Thanks to Marlo and Kit at The Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada for giving us jobs 10 years ago and allowing us to practice in the store after hours and inspiring our unique approach to music.

So many have touched, helped and inspired us over the past decade.  Thank you Ivan Suvanjieff and Peace Jam, Dwight Mark, Richard Castaldo, Edward Dick, Mark Hutchinson, The Clam Daddy's!!!!, Erik Dyce, Patou, Nate Norris, Thomas Love, Erik Palmer, Scott Robinette, Mark Backus, Rhonda Smith, Erin and Hunter Shumaker, our students, Ed Edwards, Randy Rigby, Gus Skinas, Dan Polizzi, Bobbie's in Leadville, The Appaloosa, The D-Note, Eric and Amy Matelski, Nicole Torres, Ken Arkind, Ted Vaca and the Denver Slam Team, Jake Schroeder, Bob Wall, Armando Zuppa, Anna Mack, Marc 'Nahtass' W., Daniel Plym, Josh Blue, Yuko and Simon, Bill Swartz, Chad Swiercinsky, Rob Hall, Phil and Stacy Whalen, Boulder Acoustic Society, Morris Beegle, Steve Gaskin, Dave Barber, Gene Hayworth, Ma and Pa Lundy, Myles Lundy, Chris Lawhead, Pedro and Alex Castano, Ron Gordon and the Walnut Room, Glenn Isle Resort Cabins, Sharon Rawles, KRFC, Fred and Jackie Holzhauer, Roxanne Staples, Justin Dinay, Laura Goldhamer, Matt Kirk, Roger Beauchamp, Taylor Grant, Tasha King, and of course our teacher and mentor... Zeb himself aka Thommy Knox.  I'm sure we're missing several people and you know who you are.  THANK YOU ALL!!

We hope you'll continue to enjoy our recordings and look out for future projects down the road.  If you don't have all of our albums yet you can go to Zebra Merch and get hooked up straight away, or come see us This Friday, Aug 7, at Parfet Park in Golden..

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.