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Local Greeley music duo LaRett showcases 'smooth' folk-pop sound

By Odil Macias
On November 19, 2012

  • Left to right. James Everett, guitarist and vocalist, Ali Lamar, vocalist and banjolele. The two performers have recently began collaborating to provide a unique Christian sound.


Greeley's local band LaRett held their kick-starter performance earlier this month at Zoe's Café, and the proceeds will help LaRett produce its first album with six of the band members' favorite independently arranged and composed songs.
James Everett, a former UNC student, and Ali Lamar, a current Aims Community College student, are the members of LaRett, and prior to their awaited performance the two of them were seen fellowshipping with the audience and supporting the bands playing before them. Both members are the lead vocals of the band, and Everett plays the guitar while Lamar plays a banjolele, a combination of a ukulele and banjo.
Musicians such as Kyle Hope of Greeley, the band Ashida, Tim Veilleux and others opened up the night for LaRett.
"I was given the opportunity tonight to join James and Ali, who are two of my best friends, play for a show that helps benefit their band," said Veilleux, who was accompanied by a cellist, violinist and female vocalist.
About 70 people gathered to support LaRett in its musical endeavor. Paul Beveridge, the coordinator of the event was helping at the door and was also the master of the ceremony.
"Getting the show together was worth it because LaRett is a great part of the local music scene," Beveridge said.
LaRett came together when Everett led worship at Christian Challenge - a college campus Christian ministry - and Lamar tried out to be part of the worship team. Both of them found commonality in their style of music and began to sing together. Once the band was formed, the name was to be chosen and coming up with it was no challenge.
"'LaRett' is a combination of our last names, Lamar and Everett," Lamar said. "We squished them together to make one beautiful word."
The definition of LaRett is still evolving through its music.
"Whatever our music is to the people, that is what LaRett means," Everett said.
LaRett practices three to four times a week for a couple of hours. The band's music is mainly written by Everett but finalized by both members.
"We like to call our musical genre 'folk-pop,' so it kind of has the folk feel to it, but its also not as indie as a lot of folk music," Everett said. "It brings a lot of pop elements to it. We like to tell people its folk pop with lyrics about Jesus."
Shelby Baker, a University of Northern Colorado junior majoring in ideology, was present during the show and knows Everett through Christian Challenge. She was invited through Facebook and says she loves the music.
"This is a really cool time to hang out with friends and listen to great local music," Baker said. "LaRett's performance is really fun and smooth. Their music is chill and cool."
For more information about LaRett, check out the group's Facebook page at facebook.

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