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The Devil Makes Three Kick Off A West Coast Tour at Sundance

Photography by Erik Philbrook and words by Matthew McGuire

The Sundance Music Café and ASCAP celebrated their sixteenth year as Sundance hit its 30 year mark. For those unfamiliar with ASCAP it is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). It is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music.


The Devil Makes Three is a trio with Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean, Lucia Turino from Santa Cruz, California. Pete opened the show with playful banter, and tongue and cheek dialogue on stage. He joked about the altitude and rock star lifestyle. When Pete and I spoke in 2012 his comedic attitude was apparent.


This show marked my first live concert at Sundance, and second time seeing the band perform live on stage. The crowd was clam and excited to see the band perform their latest music. Glass bottles smashed together as the band cranked up the energy in the room.


After that introduction, we should play a song off the new album. Here is ‘Stranger’. Pete Bernhard, the guitarist/singer.

“There’s a road that goes out of every town. All you’ve got to do is get on it.” Pete Bernhard, the guitarist/singer, and his cohorts in the raw and raucous trio, The Devil Makes Three, have undeniably found their way onto that road.

The first time I saw the band perform it was at an outdoor event on a massive stage. This intimate show provided an up close and personally perspective on The Devil Makes Three. Catch them live this winter on their west coast tour.

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.