Twist & Shout Presents


The Milk Blossoms, These Bashful Claws, John Lensing, Bar Opens at 7:30PM - Kitchen Closed!

Friday, 1/18

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10 - $12

This event is 16 and over

All sales are final. Review your order carefully, there are no refunds for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable. No tickets are mailed to you, your name will be on the will call list night of show. Night of show (1) bring a valid government issued ID and (2) print your confirmation e-mail and bring with you night of show. Come hungry! Check out Globe Hall’s award winning BBQ!

Corsicana's influences are as diverse as they are intentional. Lyrically rich artists such as Sufjan Stevens
and The Antlers tend to inspire 20 year-old Ben Pisano's own literary approach to songwriting, while the
experimental and electronic tendencies of artists like Bon Iver and Radiohead inform the more subdued
instrumentals. Despite the somewhat minimal, guitar-driven sound, Pisano also draws from genres such
as R&B, soul, bossa nova, and hip hop to round out the production and arrangement of his music. The
band is closing out 2018 by releasing the first single, “Quandary,” from their second LP, Perennial, due
out January 18th 2019.

In the summer of 2014, high school sophomore Ben Pisano decided to start anew under the moniker
Corsicana. Named after a song by his favorite band, The Antlers, the project debuted at a festival just
south of Denver later that year. Pisano continued to make sporadic appearances at small venues such as
well-known DIY space 7th Circle, choosing to focus primarily on writing new material and to assemble a
home studio. In November, Corsicana’s debut EP, Discomposure, was completed and self-released. 2015
saw new opportunities emerge for the young talent, as Pisano began scoring various short films
including Venture Compass Pictures’ Autumn Colors. Corsicana saw a surge of local interest that
summer, and on July 25th Corsicana released their self-titled EP as a full band with a show at the
Mercury Cafe. With a renewed focus on their live show, the band worked to capture the attention of a
larger audience. 2016 began with a show at the storied Bluebird Theater, marking the biggest room that
the band had yet played. The year also saw the release of Corsicana’s first full length record, Haven, an
opening spot for NPR Tiny Desk contest winner Gaelynn Lea, local radio play, and a short tour through
Idaho, Washington, and Montana. With no intention of slowing down, 2017 saw Corsicana record their
first in-studio radio session with Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir, play to a full room at the
Underground Music Showcase, open two Colorado dates for national act Hippo Campus, and finish out
the year opening for Devotchka at the Boulder Theater. With highlights such as opening for Wye Oak at
the Bluebird and the band’s first full tour of the Pacific Northwest, 2018 has been a year of steady
growth that is bound to propel the band in to a standout 2019.
The Milk Blossoms
The Milk Blossoms
These Bashful Claws
John Lensing
I grew up right at the edge of the suburb line outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a person, I’ve always wanted to be able to impact people in a meaningful and thoughtful way. Originally, this led me to studying to become an English teacher. During my first semester it seemed the more busy I became with school, the more I worked on my music. I decided to take a step back for a while and figure out where to go from there.

I took some time off school and moved to Denver, unsure how to reach people I’d never met with my music. I remembered the previous summer I’d spent backpacking Europe by myself. I wasn’t sure how to meet people, but it ended up being through my music. I’d play in the courtyard of the hostels I stayed at, or street perform when I worked up the courage, and people began to approach me. They’d disregard that little voice in their head that says you just don’t do certain things like talk to the stranger playing his guitar on the street. I was able to disarm and meet people that I never would otherwise, and it was so easy.

Eventually I began street performing in Denver and it had the same effect. I drove up and down the west coast the next summer. I was playing shows, street performing, sleeping in my car, and on anyone’s couch who would have me. Some nights were amazing, others were lonely, but I loved it. It was life affirming. I was able to connect with strangers and people more meaningfully than I ever imagined.

I suppose thats what I’m still trying to do.
Venue Information:
Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216