Estin & The 86’d plays first headliner

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Charlotte Reynolds, Managing Editor

Following the release of their debut album ‘Long Live the River’, Estin & the 86’d performed at the Moxi Theatre on August 21. Based out of Greeley, the band consists of Estin McGraw (vocals), Tannen Brand (drums), Josh Romero (lead guitar), and Colton Moore (bass). Having opened for many artists prior to their album release, Friday was their first time headlining. Cade Mawson (21) said, “The concert was a great experience for me and everyone there had a good time. It was nice to experience a bit of normal life”. Estin and the 86’d is a prime example that pursuing dreams after high school is attainable.

Eaton alum Estin McGraw said, “My decision to form the band came from playing solo for a while. I fell in love with live music when I was just playing open mics around town and writing my own tunes. I also love going to concerts and once I started playing, I became obsessed with being on stage. Creating the band wasn’t a hard decision to make. I made a simple Facebook post and we formed the 86’d.”

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‘Long Live the River’ features a 10 song tracklist, including their first single “Half a Bottle”. “Finally releasing an album has been the most rewarding experience. Not only was it cool to record, but creating something of your own to share with everyone is amazing,” said McGraw. Everyone in the crowd sang along and danced with Estin Friday night. “There’s something different about your name being on the marque outside. There’s some validation people do want to come see you play and listen to your music. Our first headliner killed my expectations!” said McGraw. In just a year, Estin and the 86’d has progressed from playing live music for fun to having their own fan base in Northern Colorado.

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McGraw said, “For everyone at EHS looking towards their future, don’t ever give up. You’ll change your mind and take different paths, but don’t stop striving for your goal. Hold yourself accountable and trust your gut. I hope every student at EHS with a dream gets to see it come to light one day.” ‘Long Live the River’ can be played on any streaming platform. Go show this rising local band some support!