Based out of Denver, Alive on Arrival is a eclectic Soul Funk Band with New Orleans roots-driven Rock that has been Burning up the Denver Metro Area with it's rigid-edged Funk. AOA is top notch musicianship that brings the audience an Infectious Groove with thousands of miles and gigs carved into their history, the unlimited experience of this band will make you a fan for life.


Meet the Band

The Groups Live Performances will Floor you with Infectious Grooves and Awe-inspiring Musicianship that will have you Dancing all night long. 


Cherie DuFour

New Orleans Native, Cherie has been a lead guitarist and vocalist for several years as well as a avid songwriter. Picking up her first guitar at the age of 9, she knew her true heart was in music when she starting regularly gigging in some of New Orleans Haunts at the age of 13. Her French lineage took root in the psychedelic Funk Rock she grew up listening too and plays a big part in her musicianship. 

Cherie has played with and opened for bands such as Zebra, Marcia Ball, Charmaine Neville, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and CoCo Robicheaux to name a few. Cherie's music influences are reflective of her Creole heritage including New Orleans second line grooves, voodoo beats and mystic Funk of the south. 

She brings to Alive on Arrival, a unique powerful vocal style, with soulful rhythm and blazing lead guitar licks. You'll feel that Bayou Soul in your bones.


Laura Newman

Coming Soon!



After over forty years of playing, "I can't believe I'm still able and fortunate enough to be playing music".Growing from a seed of love for music, he has been able to perform onstage with a myriad of talents from Journey to Mike Stern...touring most of the lower forty eight states,Canada,the Pacific rim and back, he settled back home in Denver, and has remained busy to this day, playing locally in a regular rotation of clubs,events and plying the pursuit of his love for music."I consider myself very lucky and grateful to be playing music with some of the best local talent Colorado has to offer in “AOA".


vlad Girshevich

He began piano studies at the age of 4 in his native Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Formal music lessons began at age 7 when he entered the prestigious Uspensky School of Music, a special school for the Arts. He studied classical piano there until the age of 18 and, upon graduation, entered the Tashkent State Conservatory of Music.

After the Soviet Union crumbled, Vlad and his family emigrated to the United States.

Vlad landed in Boulder, Co in 1995, over the next few years he met several Influential jazz artists, including pianists Dave Schappert and Herbie Hancock. 

Herbie invited Vlad to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute at JazzAspen. Vlad joined that festival in the summer of 1997 playing with Wayne Shorter, Arturo Sandoval, Jerry Gonzalez, and Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernandez. 

 Vlad has recorded a few solo piano albums and a trio project”Tomorrow “with his son Aleks and bassist Dave Arend when Aleks was 10 years old. Vlad’s composition “Tomorrow” has been named a Top 5 finalist in the 2012 Great American Song Contest (instrumental category) and also received Honorable Mention in The International Songwriting Competition (instrumental category).The new album of The Girshevich Trio “Algorithmic Society “ that came out recently features legendary bassist Eddie Gomez and various guest artists such as Rony Barrak.


Ryan Hayden

Ryan is a new addition to AOA. Born in Colorado, he grew up in California, Indiana, and Texas. He began playing drums at the age of 10. Trained classically, he also developed a love for jazz, funk, soul, and latin music. You can see Ryan performing regularly throughout the Denver music scene with multiple bands and genres. After living in New York for 10 years, he has moved back to Colorado to perform and teach.

Ryan received his Bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music and his Masters degree from The Juilliard School. He teaches drums, piano, and guitar at Neighborhood Music Stapleton, inside Stanley Marketplace.

“I love baseball, dogs, antiques, and good people. I’m grateful that I get do what I love for a living, in music. My hope is the audience feels that joy and love for music through our performance.”



"You guys were smokin`"

"When I set out to find the perfect band for our wedding, I had no idea what I was getting myself into! You guys were smokin’ & exactly what I’d hoped for! Thank you for making the event funky & for showcasing my brother Chris. Can’t wait to come by Herb’s & hear you again!"

-Jess Nicolos


"They are professional at every turn and totally rock!!"

“Level 3 has been honored to have Laura Newman and her band play for many of our events over the last 10 years.  From holiday parties, small and large groups, informal gatherings and weddings of our senior executive’s families, they have provided hours of entertainment.  Their flexibility to adapt and adjust to any setting, not to mention the unusual or one off requests that bands get in the middle of a performance – all have been met with enthusiasm and “we’d be happy to do that for you”.  They are always first on my “go to list” when thinking of entertainment for any occasion.  With that said, they are professional at every turn and totally rock!!” 

-Dinah Sink
Executive Coordinator to CEO


"AOA knows no generation gap. The performers work to integrate all the instruments. The unity is a tribute to great creative teamwork."

- Robert Jackson, The Rocky Mountain News


"Our guests were blown away"

"Thank you So much for making our wedding So special. The music was absolutely fabulous. We had so much fun and the band made our night! Our guests were blown away by you and many of them have even asked for your contact information. Thanks again and we will see you at Herbs next time we are in Denver! 

-Noel & Andy


"These musicians certainly put on one heck of a performance"

"These musicians certainly put on one heck of a performance and had the entire bar smiling and dancing.  At one point during the show they even announced “shots for all!” and patrons lined up at the bar to enjoy a celebratory free shot.   And since the lead singer is from New Orleans the band also loves to play some jazz and blues hits and southern favorites.  If you enjoy live music I would certainly recommend checking out Alive on Arrival, especially if they’re playing at Herb’s, the perfect casual and fun atmosphere for this extremely entertaining band."

-Nicole Nichols Photography


“AOA has found its niche by being the most diverse act in Colorado. Among the most experienced musicians in the business”

-Skyline Entertainment


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