Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Grammy winner's Colorado Springs roots

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM


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Sure, Lady Gaga’s distended David Bowie medley may have felt like a ten-minute demo reel of 20 glitzy car crashes.

And yes, that guy from Hamilton’s rap acceptance speech was a little embarrassing, especially coming right on the heels of Kendrick Lamar’s serious-as-your-life hip-hop performance.

And of course the “rockin’ finale,” in which Pitbull was joined by Joe Perry and Robin Thicke, was not, as he claimed, “history in the making” — at least not in a good way.

But Grammy voters did better with some of yesterday's awards, including a Best Folk Album win for Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s full-length debut as a duo.

Colorado Springs actually has a long-standing connection to Washburn, who graduated as Colorado College’s first East Asian Studies major in 1999 and gave the school's commencement speech in 2012.

Earlier this month, the duo spent three days at the college, where they held master workshops, performed at the Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, and appearing on the faculty-member hosted KRCC program Critical Karaoke.

So congratulation not only to the two winners, but also to the local college that helped make it all possible. You can stream the Critical Karaoke program here.

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