Perpetual Motion


Thu Jul 22 2021 at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Swallow Hill Music - Four Mile Historic Park | Denver, CO

Perpetual Motion Join us on Thursday evenings throughout the summer at Four Mile Historic Park!
About this Event

Perpetual Motion

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Name any great duo in the performing arts, e.g. Astaire and Rogers (dance), Hepburn and Tracy (film), Lunt and Fontaine (theatre), and you will see they all share two things in common: talent and chemistry. Spend a few minutes in person with Josie Quick and Tom Carleno, for example, over dinner, and you will see their unique and undeniable chemistry as a couple, each playing off the other with the same quirky sense of humor, quick smile, and easy-going nature. That same chemistry is instantly apparent when they perform live as well. Josie’s violin and Tom’s guitar pirouette around the other in a delightful dance of in-sync simpatico. And when it comes to talent, whether you see them in concert or hear one of their albums (as Perpetual Motion), you will hear more than enough virtuosity to instill admiration and respect for their talent.

In the late ’80s, guitarist Tom Carleno got the notion that adding some violin to his instrumental guitar music might be a good idea. He and Josie Quick were already both teaching music lessons privately through a store, so the pair “knew” each other somewhat. Nothing much happened until they attended a mutual friend’s birthday party where the two started getting to know each other a bit better. A few days later, Tom asked Josie if she would like to collaborate on some music and she agreed. The rehearsal “date” was not really a date, but the two did discover not just that they meshed well as musicians but also as friends. While it took a while for romantic sparks to fly, their musical partnership flourished immediately and the duo Perpetual Motion began performing and recording. As their time together grew, so did a budding romance and the pair married in 1992. Since then they have continued to make music as Perpetual Motion and have released six albums (their sixth is the career retrospective, Rear View, released in 2017).

Josie Quick initially pursued a career as a classical violinist—that is until her introduction to jazz during her Bachelor of Music studies at the University of Denver. She became enthralled with the music of such luminaries as Stephane Grapelli and Jean Luc-Ponty (her love of Grapelli was an eerie premonition of her eventual pairing with Tom since Grapelli is so well known for having played with guitarist Django Reinhardt). She sought out opportunities to play jazz with local groups, but other than some demos, nothing much came of it.

Tom was drawn to the guitar almost by accident. As a youngster, at a family gathering, his cousin did a spot-on imitation of Jose Feliciano and Tom decided he wanted to be an entertainer. Not having played a single note on the guitar was no deterrent to the determined young man. He threw himself into practice with fierce abandon. It was when he began taking lessons from Steve Mesplé (one of the founding members of the groundbreaking instrumental group Wind Machine) that his music playing and composing really took off as Tom began perfecting his fingerstyle guitar technique and started experimenting with different tunings.

Now comfortably ensconced in Denver, the duo has spread their musical wings even further. Besides Perpetual Motion, Josie and Tom also perform and record with the prog-rock ensemble Coyote Poets of the Universe. In 2013, Tom launched his solo recording career with Perfect Imperfection, winning Zone Music Reporter’s Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic (Josie produced the album and played “spoons” on one track). In 2015, Josie stepped way outside her jazz bubble and collaborated with synthesizer artist Jim Combs (who records as Sensitive Chaos) on his album March of the Timeshifters, on which her electric violin loops elevate the electronic music album into something truly extraordinary. She also appeared on the ZMR nominated Sensitive Chaos album “Walking a Beautiful World” and three albums with keyboardist Timothy Wenzel. Both of them are in high demand as session artists and each also teach private music lessons. While it may seem like that leaves little time for much else, the pair are also die-hard Denver Bronco fans and attend as many games as possible during football season. In fact one might say that between recording, performing, and instructing (not to mention attending Bronco games) Tom Carleno and Josie Quick are “perpetually in motion.”

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Shady Grove Summer Concert Series FAQs

We will follow local, state, and national health directives to ensure a safe environment for concert attendees, performers, and event staff. In the meantime, we want people to look forward to the summer so plan on packing a picnic dinner and settling into the Colorado summer to once more enjoy live music from Swallow Hill.

  • What time do the concerts start?

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Music starts at 6:30.

  • How can I buy tickets?

We recommend buying your tickets in advance, online at We may have walk-up tickets available at the door.

  • Are there tickets available to members?

Yes. There is a $5 discount to members of both Swallow Hill Music and Four Mile Historic Park. When purchasing tickets, please enter your promo code to unlock these discounted tickets.

  • Are the concerts outside?

Yes. Four Mile Historic Park’s Shady Grove is a General Admission lawn, with plenty of room to spread your picnic blanket!

  • What if it rains?

It is a rain or shine venue, and the show will go on unless there is a threat to anyone’s safety. Feel free to bring an umbrella just in case!

  • Can I bring my own food?


  • Can I bring my own alcohol?

Yes! As long as it is in an aluminum or plastic container--glass containers are not permitted in the park. Non-alcoholic drinks, including water, are for sale in the Gift Shop!

  • Can I bring my dog?

Only ADA-defined service dogs are permitted at Four Mile Historic Park. All other pets and animals are prohibited in order to preserve and protect the ecosystem and resident animals of the Park.

  • Can I bring a chair?

Yes. Bring a chair or blanket!

  • Is Four Mile Historic Park ADA accessible?

Yes, though the terrain of the Park is rugged and may require heavy-duty wheelchairs or strollers for easier mobility. Please call us in advance at 303-777-1003 so we can accommodate your needs to the best of our abilities. For more information about the facility, please click here.

  • Are there restrooms available?

Rest rooms are located in the Grant Family Education Center and Gate House at Four Mile Historic Park. All of these locations are wheelchair accessible. Rest rooms within the Grant Family Education Center have baby changing stations.

  • What other shows are part of the series?

The 2021 lineup includes:

6/3 - Hal Aqua and The Lost Tribe

6/10 - Dakota Blonde

6/17 - Cary Morin & Ghost Dog

6/24 - Extra Gold

7/1 - Shakedown Street

7/8 - Possessed by Paul James

7/15 - Harry Tuft

7/22 - Perpetual Motion

7/29 - Clay Kirkland: Beat the Reaper XV

8/5 - Eilen Jewell

8/12 - Eef & The Blues Express

8/19 - TBD

8/26 - TBD

To purchase tickets, please click the artist name above, or visit to check out our other upcoming shows!

Where is it happening?
Swallow Hill Music - Four Mile Historic Park, 715 S Forest St., Denver, United States

USD 10.00 to USD 20.00

Host or PublisherSwallow Hill Music
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