December 20, 2023

7:00 PM

Lulu's Downstairs

Megan Burtt | Michelle Mandico | Laura Reitzel

Lulu's Downstairs

107 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

7:00 PM


Lulu's Downstairs

107 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829

Doors 6pm

Show 7pm

WINNER 2015 Best Singer/Songwriter Westword Music Awards

Finalist 2014 Songwriter Serenade Competition

WINNER SW Region 2011 Mountain NewSong Competition

WINNER 2011 Kerrville NewFolk Competition

WINNER 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival

Finalist 2011 Great American Song Contest

Megan Burtt is an international touring singer/songwriter decorated with national recognition. She is the winner of the Kerrville NewFolk, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and Westword Music Award and a finalist in Mountain NewSong, Songwriter Serenade and Great American Song Contest.

In 2010 she released “It Ain’t Love”, a 12-song collection she made with bandmates, among them, Louis Cato (of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, house band for Stephen Colbert, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, and Bobby McFerrin). She worked with the same group for her 2015 release “The Bargain” which charts her recovery from a serious illness with songs that move from darkness to light. In 2013 she released “In Good Company: The Colorado Sessions” a collaborative album of co-writes with Colorado bands including SHEL and Covenhoven.

December 2019 marked the 10th year Megan performed throughout the Pennsylvania state maximum security prison system with her band.

Megan has toured as a headlining artist, and as support for acts including Gregory Alan Isakov, Marc Cohn, Brett Dennen, Glenn Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Lissie, Stephen Kellogg and Leanne Rimes. In 2015 she collaborated with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as a featured artist.

Megan is also a member of an Americana-Roots band called Gingerbomb made up of five redheads. In addition, she is currently in the studio working on her third solo full -length record slated to release early 2021.

“Soulful, confessional, and sublime in a rustic way.” – Pop Matters

“ an attractive and organic sound” – Pancakes and Whiskey

“Pulsing, powerful and lovely, Burtt gracefully manipulates words and melody into a sultry delight. Her velvety voice seeps right into your being as she pulls you into the gorgeous foray.” – Guitar World

“straightforward composition lends to radio hit potential.” – Paste

"All of the songs are constructed from elements that blend together, not tacked on. Berklee degree or not, you can't hit the mark as squarely and as consistently as Burtt does without having the right stuff" - Vintage Guitar Magazine

“Her personal philosophy of contemplating, relating, and taking intentional steps toward interior freedom come through with gentle honesty in her lyrical and musical compositions”


Colorado native Michelle Mandico traded in snowy slopes as a ski instructor for warm sounds of Nashville, TN to deepen her career as a writer and musician. Encouraged by a musical family, Michelle grew up singing with her sisters before learning to play piano at age 5 and she began songwriting shortly after. Her music is a cross between contemporary artists like Ingrid Michaelson and true classics such as Joni Mitchell.

Michelle’s onstage charisma blossomed in Denver's live music scene, and made her way from coast to coast at Los Angeles' Hotel Cafe, and Saratoga Springs' Caffe Lena. She's headlined notable venues including City Winery Nashville and Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs. In 2015 Michelle released Half Captive, a piano-pop EP produced by Jacob Schrodt. The second track, Give It Up, was featured on Nashville Indie Spotlight 2017. In April 2017, her song Name Game (a soul pop duet with Drew Southwell of Trove) aired on Bravo's “Imposters” TV show.

Michelle spent the last 2 years writing and recording her debut full-length album, PTARMIGAN, a colorful tribute to her crossing from the Rocky Mountains to Music City. The album concept stems from the image of a color-changing bird; a metaphor for her personal experience through a season of darkness and return to light. Venturing into Americana, Western-Folk and Roots, Michelle began recording with Kevin Houston in Coldwater, MS at Zebra Ranch, the legendary studio of Jim Dickinson. Stripped down to live takes with no click, no comping and a handful of esteemed collaborators (including Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars), the songs of PTARMIGAN lead with vocal intimacy and devoted lyrical imagery.

Love Good Music hosted an exclusive pre-release distribution of PTARMIGAN on their Spring 2017 issue alongside Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Rachel Tulane, and Ellie Holcomb. PTARMIGAN was officially released on July 6th, 2018.

Laura Reitzel

Laura writes music as honestly as she can from Colorado. Thanks for hearing her out.

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