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Friday, October 30, 2015

Long live the ghouls!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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Here we are, a day before Trick or Treat time, and the city has some advice for keeping your Halloween safe.

For the kids:
1. There's safety in numbers so have your child go out with friends. They should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
2. Plan a safe route in an area that is known to you.
3. Carry a light or one of those nifty chemical glow sticks. Never carry anything illuminated by an open flame.
4. Kids should be able to see and be seen. Lighter colored costumes are easier for motorists to see at night. Add some reflective tape to their costume. Make sure your child can easily see out of a mask so they won't trip over curbs or objects that can't be easily seen in the dark.
5. Choose a costume without long trailing fabric. This can cause a child to trip or it may touch flames in jack-o’-lanterns or other decorations. If you make your own costume, use materials that won’t catch on fire easily if they come in contact with heat or flame.
6. Use safe pedestrian practices. Stay on main walkways and well lit sidewalks. Cross streets at intersections. Do not walk in between parked cars.
7. Children should NEVER enter a stranger's home or vehicle. Avoid approaching homes that are dark or that appear to be unoccupied.
8. Inspect ALL treats before allowing your child to eat them! Any item that is not factory wrapped or appears to have been rewrapped should be discarded. If something seems suspicious…. throw it out.
9. Make sure your home is safe to receive trick-or-treaters. Roll up those garden hoses and put your sprinklers away. Turn on that porch light and be sure to remove any clutter that might be hazardous to youngsters who come to your door.
10. Keep decorations away from candles, light bulbs or heaters. Consider using flameless candles or glow sticks in your jack-o’-lantern, and Keep exits clear of decorations.
11. Consider an organized neighborhood party or Halloween event for the youngsters in your community. They can be a lot more fun than a long door-to-door trek and much safer too.
12. If you are driving Halloween afternoon or evening, Be Extra Alert!! In their excitement, young children may dart across streets so please use caution.
For the adults who will celebrate this unholy holiday, McDivitt Law Firm is providing a lift home without charge for those who imbibe too heavily. Here's it's release:
In an effort to keep our streets safe this Halloween, McDivitt Law Firm is once again providing free cab rides to anyone who needs to get home safely after a night of celebration. The “Safe Ride Home” program is through Yellow Cab in Colorado Springs and City Cab in Pueblo, and will be offered between 10:00pm – 3:00am on Saturday, October 31, 2015.

McDivitt has been offering the program since 2007 and has given more than 20,000 safe rides home to residents of Southern Colorado. The firm will pick up the tab for any Yellow Cab or City Cab ride, as long as the passengers are headed home – the free ride is not available from a bar or a restaurant to another drinking establishment. (See below for all the guidelines).

It’s on McDivitt!
For a free ride home, call one of the following cab companies and tell them your ride home is on McDivitt Law Firm:

• Colorado Springs
Call Yellow Cab of Colorado Springs at (719) 777-7777.

• Pueblo & Pueblo West
Call City Cab of Pueblo at (719) 543-2525.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Black Vinyl Friday

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 4:22 PM



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While REI can afford to close its stores in support of the Black Friday boycott, most record shops can’t. Especially now that Record Store Day organizers have unveiled the lineup of exclusive, limited-edition releases that will be available the day after Thanksgiving.

The Black Friday Record Store Day event is more low-key than its annual counterpart in April, but the releases announced today are similarly eclectic.

Hardcore crate-diggers and vinyl fetishists will be fighting over "must-have" collectibles — a pink-vinyl ninja star-shaped Ariel Pink seven-inch, a box of “Obscure Giants of Acoustic Guitar” trading cards, a newly written-and-recorded gold vinyl Shuggie Otis single — while ignoring "maybe they shouldn’t have" releases like… well, we’ll leave that for you to decide.

In the meantime, check out the complete list of upcoming releases
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

SXSW announces first round of 2016 performers

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

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The South by Southwest Music Festival on Tuesday unveiled its initial wave of performers for next year's festival, which will take place from March 15-20.

The first of what will ultimately add up to more than a thousand acts include longtime Nick Cave collaborator Barry Adamson, German chanteuse Laura Carbone, British shoegaze band Yuck, former Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore's Brand New Step, and Austin hometown heroes Band of Heathens and Jon Dee Graham.

You can also go to sxsw.com to find a short list of panels, ranging from the history of Ardent Records to Talib Kweli and Jarrett Myer holding forth on launching new labels in the digital age.

Of course, the closer we get to the event, the bigger the names will be. In the meantime, here’s round one:
3ballMty (Monterrey MEXICO)
Abjects (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Academic (Mullingar IRELAND)
Barry Adamson (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Adée (Kalmar SWEDEN)
Alex G (Philadelphia PA)
Alice on the roof (Brussels BELGIUM)
Aloa Input (Munich GERMANY)
Altimet & the Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA)
Anamanaguchi (New York NY)
And The Kids (Northampton MA)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (San Francisco CA)
Astrid S (Berkak NORWAY)
Autobahn (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Avec Sans (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bee's Knees (Los Angeles CA)
Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)
Beverly (Brooklyn NY)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Bird Dog (Los Angeles CA)
Birdy Nam Nam (Paris FRANCE)
Birthmark (Brooklyn NY)
Black Asteroid (Brooklyn NY)
Bombino (Agadez NIGER)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)
Bye Bye Badman (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Laura Carbone (Mannheim GERMANY)
Rosie Carney (Donegal IRELAND)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Cash+David (London UK-ENGLAND)
Caveman (New York NY)
Ceasetone (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Chambao (Málaga SPAIN)
Chirkutt (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Cirkus Funk (Cali COLOMBIA)
Cóndor Jet (Providencia CHILE)
Consulado Popular (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Crystal Castles (Toronto CANADA)
Dash Rip Rock (Slidell LA)
David Wax Museum (Charlottesville VA)
Demob Happy (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Élage Diouf (Montréal CANADA)
Dirty Fences (Brooklyn NY)
Dolce (Umeå SWEDEN)
Downtown Boys (Providence RI)
DRELLER (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dubioza Kolektiv (Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
Eau Rouge (Stuttgart GERMANY)
Emufucka (Tokyo JAPAN)
Expert Alterations (Baltimore MD)
Sarah Farina (Berlin GERMANY)
Lena Fayre (Los Angeles CA)
Fear of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Few Bits (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Ian Fisher (Berlin GERMANY)
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Los Angeles CA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Matt Gilmour's Patient Wolf (Austin TX)
Gold Class (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)
Guerilla Toss (New York NY)
HÆLOS (London UK-ENGLAND)
Haihm (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hanggai (Beijing CHINA)
Har Mar Superstar (Minneapolis MN)
Hinds (Madrid SPAIN)
Howardian (New York NY)
Hyperpotamus (Caranca SPAIN)
Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett) (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Silvana Imam (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal (Rawalpindi PAKISTAN)
Into It. Over it. (Chicago IL)
Is Tropical (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jahkoy (Toronto CANADA)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Joan Of Arc (Chicago IL)
John GRVY (Madrid SPAIN)
Jointpop (Port Of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
Judah & the Lion (Nashville TN)
KAO=S (Tokyo JAPAN)
Marina Kaye (Marseille FRANCE)
Josh Kelley (Park City UT)
The Kickback (Chicago IL)
La Banda Morisca (Jerez De La Frontera SPAIN)
Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)
Lois (Madrid SPAIN)
Demi Louise (Boronia AUSTRALIA)
Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Lushes (Brooklyn NY)
LV (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mai Nimani (Hyderabad PAKISTAN)
Mamamoo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
MC Lars (Oakland CA)
Methyl Ethel (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Micachu and the Shapes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Mise en Scene (Winnepeg CANADA)
Missi & Mister Baker (Portland OR)
Moving Panoramas (Austin TX)
Mr Muthafuckin eXquire (Far Rockaway NY)
Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)
The National Parks (Provo UT)
Now, Now (Minneapolis MN)
Oil Boom (Dallas TX)
OKRAA (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Paul Oscher (Austin TX)
Overload (Lahore PAKISTAN)
Owen (Chicago IL)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
PHASES (Los Angeles CA)
Platonick Dive (Livorno ITALY)
The Pocket Rockets (Los Angeles CA)
Ron Pope (Nashville TN)
Prince Rama (New York NY)
PUP (Toronto CANADA)
Pure Bathing Culture (Portland OR)
Quebe Sisters (Dallas TX)
Quiet Life (Portland OR)
Reuben and the Dark (Toronto CANADA)
Emitt Rhodes (Hawthorne CA)
RIVRS (London UK-ENGLAND)
Self Defense Family (Los Angeles CA)
Skyline (Austin TX)
Sleepers' Reign (Herentals BELGIUM)
Son Little (Trenton NJ)
Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Spook School (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Suboi (Saigon VIETNAM)
Sunflower Bean (New York NY)
Summer Heart (Malmo SWEDEN)
Sur du monde (Rosario ARGENTINA)
Sy Ari Da Kid (Atlanta GA)
Tarmac (Medellin COLOMBIA)
The Nightowls (Austin TX)
Throwing Shade (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Victoria+Jean (Brussels BELGIUM)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Wahid Allan Faqir (Rahim Yar Khan PAKISTAN)
The Wet Secrets (Edmonton CANADA)
Glenn White (New York NY)
Wildhoney (Baltimore MD)
Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Womps (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Wordburglar (Toronto CANADA)
XYLØ (Westlake Village CA)
Yarn (New York NY)
Yuck (London UK-ENGLAND)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Mallrats invade the FAC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 8:46 AM

Kevin Smith's 7:30 p.m. show on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has already sold out. 

But news came Tuesday that a second performance has been added at 9:45, this time co-featuring actor Jason Mewes, better known as the character Jay from the duo's classic breakout film, Clerks

Following the recent opening of an ambitious graffiti exhibit inside the fine art setting, the arrival of two celebs best known for smut humor confirms that edgier new programming for the venue thankfully isn't an isolated incident. 

Though I'll pretty much plan to never see the phrases “Lake Wobegon days with anal jokes” and "Teabagging in the UK" inside an FAC press release again. Ever. 

'This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.' (Clerks)
  • 'This job would be great if it wasn't for the fucking customers.' (Clerks)

Anyway, here's all the details in a press release:
Kevin_Smith_Press_Release_Update.pdf


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vote now for 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Ever since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions started in 1986, they’ve offered music enthusiasts non-stop opportunities to gripe about deserving artists who've been ignored year after year. (Most common complaints: “That’s not even rock and roll.” “Where’s Warren Zevon?”)

Thursday morning, the Cleveland-based organization added more fuel to the fire by announcing its “short list” of 2016 nominees, from which the public can vote online for their five favorites. The collective result will then be counted as a single ballot among approximately 800 others. Voting runs through December 9 here, with winners to be announced later that month.

And now, let the complaining begin!

P.S. Below are the nominees and their current tallies, as of Thursday at 11 AM:

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Put on your sneakers and stripes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:32 AM

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If you're a runner or walker and like wearing funny clothes, here's an event for you. The Waldo Waldo 5k Walk & Run is in its fourth year and is coming up in a couple of weeks.

Here's the release:
Last year over 3,100 participants dressed as Where's Waldo to raise money for Waldo Canyon restoration and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs. The event has raised more than $100,000 since 2012!

This year, the 4th annual Waldo Waldo 5k Walk & Run will be in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. Join thousands of Waldos and Wendas on October 17th at the Pioneers Museum where the walk and fun run starts and finishes. Exhibitors, food trucks, Bristol beer garden and music will add to the festivities.

Day of event registration opens at 7:30 a.m., huge group photo at 9:30 a.m. and first wave starts at 9:45 am. The $35 registration fee ($40 morning of event), includes a "Where's Waldo?" costume kit with Waldo glasses, beanie and long sleeve shirt. Wenda costume kits and mini-Waldo kits for kids ages 6-12 are also available. Kids 5 and under are free (but do not receive a costume.) The Waldo Waldo 5K is open to all ages and all abilities.

The Waldo Waldo 5K was set up as a response to the Waldo Canyon Fire in 2012. The 5K raises money for The Waldo Waldo Fund, a fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, which supports natural disaster and fire recovery efforts, and trails and open space maintenance in Colorado Springs and the surrounding community. Money is granted from this fund to the primary event beneficiaries Trails and Open Space Coalition and Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

“With thanks to the Downtown Partnership and the City of Colorado Springs, we’ve got a new course that stretches from the Pioneers Museum to Colorado College and back, and this will be the biggest, best, and most red-and-white-striped fun run yet” said Chelise Foster, event creator and organizer.

elope, Inc., a leading designer and distributor of costumes and accessories, has held the DreamWorks “Where’s Waldo” license since 2008. “The Waldo costume has been one of our best sellers for years,” said CEO Kevin Johnson. “We love contributing our passion and support to The Waldo Waldo 5K, and watching a sea of Waldos running together is an incredible experience for our team. It’s become a signature event, and it’s definitely one of our favorite ways to give back to our community here in Colorado Springs.”

Sponsors
This event has been made possible due to gracious support from presenting sponsor elope, inc., platinum sponsors Downtown Partnership and Whole Foods Market, and a whole host of other very generous sponsors, contributors and volunteers.

Online registration and more information is available at the waldowaldo.com

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time is running out to register for zombie run

Posted By on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 12:20 PM

The county wants you to be prepared for just about anything. - EL PASO COUNTY
  • El Paso County
  • The county wants you to be prepared for just about anything.

You have until Thursday to register for this Saturday's 3k run from the undead.

El Paso County's Be Prepared… Don’t Be A Zombie 2015 Zombie Run will be hosted at Fox Run Regional Park. The first run starts at 10 a.m. Runners will be chased by zombie hordes who attempt to take their flags. In order to get a new flag, runners have to answer a question about emergency preparedness. The point, obviously, isn't to prepare the public for zombies, but to ready them for the very real disasters like fires and floods. 

Register here. The cost is $10-$30 per runner. Proceeds will go to support community emergency preparedness activities. 
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Show alert: Viet Cong are no longer Viet Cong

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 4:33 PM

This is not a band logo.
  • This is not a band logo.
We've got bad news, as well as good news, for Colorado post-punk fans.

The bad news is that Pitchfork darlings Viet Cong are not coming to Denver’s Marquis Theatre on Friday (Sept. 25).

The good news is that they actually are coming to Denver’s Marquis Theatre on Friday, just not under the name Viet Cong, which has been stirring up controversy in the aftermath of a concert cancellation earlier this year.

Named after the guerrilla organization that America fought in the Vietnam War, Viet Cong are not the first band to offend people by adopting a name associated with wartime atrocities. In fact, one of Viet Cong’s primary influences, the ‘70s post-punk outfit Joy Division, were named after the prostitution wing of Nazi internment camps.

Meanwhile, the band is still listed as “Viet Cong” on the Marquis’ website, possibly because they haven’t yet decided on a new name.

“We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one,” the group writes. “We never expected this kind of attention in the first place and just want to return to playing music, which is the only thing we (kinda) know how to do.”

Here’s the full explanation, as posted by the group on its Facebook page this weekend:

Our band lives to play music. We don’t particularly like doing press, most of us are fairly private people and we have social media for the band only reluctantly. Most of us generally don’t follow online criticism. Over the last year we have essentially lived our lives in a tour van and in music venues, playing over 130 shows. In that time we’ve met many amazing people and had many great conversations with people in person.

Over this time we’ve been listening, talking and having lots of valuable conversations with the members of the Vietnamese community about the name. Through this dialogue and hearing about what the name means to so many people, we have decided we will be changing the name of our band.

Art and music are about creative expression. However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.

There are many individuals more eloquent than us who have recently had a lot to say about the topic of the name and our appropriation of the name Viet Cong. For more insights into the arguments we encourage you to read some of these. We are a band who want to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.

The truth is, we’ve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months; it has not been an easy decision by any means. We are a band of four people with four individual voices; this debate has been long and difficult for us and it took time for everyone to settle on a plan of action.

We don’t know what the new name of our band will be, and we owe it to our fans to honour the concerts we have booked. We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one, but know that will be rolling out a new name as soon as we agree upon one.

We realize this won't satisfy everyone, but that's certainly not the goal of this band. We never expected this kind of attention in the first place and just want to return to playing music, which is the only thing we (kinda) know how to do.

We’ve had an incredible amount of support from fans, and we have to thank everyone who has said supportive words to us as we struggle with this. As always, we welcome people talking to us in person.

– Matt, Mike, Monty & Danny.

The other good news is that tickets are still available to see the band, whatever they're called, at themarquistheatre.com. Colorado Spring' own Eros and The Eschaton will be opening the show. 

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Free screening of Brian Wilson biopic Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in 'Love and Mercy'
  • Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in 'Love and Mercy'

Due to a licensing agreement, our friends over at the Independent Film Society of Colorado are unable to reveal the actual title of the mystery film they'll be screening for free Thursday night.

They are, however, able to tell us that the film is about "Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson's struggle with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece."

Coincidentally, the film Love and Mercy, released earlier this summer, is also about Brian Wilson's struggle with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece.

So maybe Thursday night's mystery movie is Love and Mercy. Or maybe its just some very obscure Kurosawa film. Either way, it'll screen tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media at 315 E. Costilla St.

Meanwhile, you can also read our interview with Love and Mercy's music director Darian Sahanaja here.
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Monday, September 14, 2015

Photos from the Indy Music Awards and Freewheelin' Music Fest

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 11:47 AM

With autumn now just around the corner, the 5th annual Indy Music Awards Festival and the inaugural Freewheelin’ Music Fest served as a fantastic close to the summer festival season.

Hosted at the Ivywild School in conjunction with Bristol Brewery, Friday and Saturday saw numerous Indy Music Awards winners and national acts take the dual stages, entertaining the crowds who braved the end of the summer heat and providing a wide, diverse swath of musical variety.

Friday night headliners Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires and Saturday night’s Phosphorescent each delighted the crowd with their blistering classic soul and arena-ready indie rock, respectively, while the local winners, such as The ReMINDers and The Mostly Don’ts, drew hugely enthusiastic responses of their own.

And, of course, there were plenty of surprises, such as local metal act Malakai’s out-of-nowhere Rick Astley cover and folksinger Joe Pug’s tongue-in-cheek endorsement of Donald Trump.

For a more detailed recap of the weekend’s events, check out next week’s Reverb column.

Charles Bradley - CAMERON MOIX
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  • Charles Bradley

Miguel Dakota & The Differents - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Miguel Dakota & The Differents


The ReMINDers - CAMERON MOIX
  • Cameron Moix
  • The ReMINDers


Eros & The Eschaton - CAMERON MOIX
  • Cameron Moix
  • Eros & The Eschaton


Joe Pug - CAMERON MOIX
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  • Joe Pug



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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Balloons are coming, volunteers needed

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 8:28 PM

COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS SPORTS CORP.
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Sports Corp.
The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. is helping with the balloon lift off over Labor Day weekend and has put out a plea for volunteers.
We are pleased to announce that the annual tradition of a Hot Air Balloon Event on Labor Day weekend in Colorado Springs will continue September 5-7 at Memorial Park.

The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off will be produced by Hot Apple Productions, LLC. in affiliation with Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company, Inc. and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including: crew, concessions, hospitality, entertainment, parking, etc. 

The event will include a spectacular array of 67 hot air balloons that will converge in Memorial Park and participate in competitions and balloon glows, drawing spectators from Colorado and beyond.

This balloon festival will feature a beer garden and VIP tent, live entertainment, and concerts on the big stage, food trucks, and a weekend full of lake activities including wakeboarding exhibitions, stand up paddle boarding and other activities at Prospect Lake.

The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is one of the largest hot air ballooning events in the nation and the largest in Colorado. Enjoy free admission and activities for the entire family!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

President releases personal Spotify playlists

Posted By on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 at 11:04 AM

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  • White House photo

"Your summer just got a little groovier," the White House has announced in a press release detailing Barack Obama's inaugural Spotify playlists.

Taken together, they represent the most exciting presidential music recommendations since Woodrow Wilson released his own wax-cylinder mixtape in the early 1920s.

Okay, we made up the Woodrow Wilson part, but the rest is true.

The more interesting POTUS picks include Talib Kweli, Florence + The Machine, Lianne La Havas, and Leonard Cohen.

Less exciting, perhaps, is the inclusion of tracks by Coldplay, The Lumineers, and Beyonce.

You can find the official White house press release here.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nicki Bluhm, Jason Isbell and The Family Crest shine at Lyons' Folks Fest

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 12:52 PM

Nicki Bluhm channeling Grace and Dolly at this weekend' Folks Fest in Lyons. - PHOTO BY LORING WIRBEL
  • Photo by Loring Wirbel
  • Nicki Bluhm channeling Grace and Dolly at this weekend' Folks Fest in Lyons.
No matter the breadth of talent booked by Planet Bluegrass for each year’s Folks Fest in Lyons, a significant number of Festivarians arrive with a set agenda in mind.

For this weekend's 25th anniversary event, the planned draws included Sufjan Stevens’ first Colorado performance of the acoustic "Carrie and Lowell," an unusual joint appearance by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, an emergence from seclusion by the elusive Gillian Welch, and the first showing by guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson since his stunning new album Still.

Even fans with the most predetermine agendas often run into utter surprises during each year’s festival, and Saturday's festivities were no exception, thanks to the gypsy folk act Taarka, the experimental spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan, indie-rock choir The Family Crest, and the madcap jam band Session Americana, produced by Anais Mitchell.

Still, the most interesting acts of any given year are typically ones that balance surprise and expectations – a hybrid of the set agenda and the total unknown. Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell's Pine Hill Project, for example, combined two beloved folk songwriters in an unexpected duo. Shindell in particular rarely appears in the U.S. since his move to Buenos Aires. The Pine Hill Project’s Kickstarter-funded album featured Kaplansky and Shindell offering 11 unusual cover songs. Some of these, like Dave Carter’s powerful “Farewell to St. Dolores,” were performed at Folks Fest. But so were some unreleased Shindell tunes like “Deer on the Parkway,” and a haunting Sept. 11 ballad by Kaplansky, “Brooklyn Train.”

Another artist that insiders thought they had pegged was The Gramblers, led by San Francisco’s newest chanteuse, Nicki Bluhm. Bluhm is a remarkable singer, but few in the audience expected her to channel elements of Grace Slick and Dolly Parton. Bluhm led The Gramblers through a set that steadily increase in power and decibels.

Even the well-known alt-country artist Jason
Isbell, who closed Saturday’s show, brought along some surprises. Isbell had a reputation for abuse of pills and the bottle, while he was in Drive-By Truckers and in his early solo years. Saturday night, however, proved a clean-and-sober salute to 12-step redemption. Isbell provided a powerful and crisp tour through his two most recent albums, Southeastern and Something More Than Free, minimizing the appearance of the more relentlessly depressing tunes in favor of those emphasizing hope. His violin player, Amanda Shires, was nowhere to be seen, as she and Isbell have married and are expecting a baby within weeks.

Isbell still knows where all the bodies are buried in the Deep South, but he’s given up pill laments for patter about diapers. The Folks Fest crowd loved it all, treating Isbell’s performance as just one more surprise in a weekend festival loaded with the unexpected. 
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dave Chappelle coming to Pikes Peak Center in September

Posted By on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM

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So, what's going with Dave Chappelle? First, the big news: He's touring again, and he's coming to Colorado Springs. Otherwise, he's:

• Discussing police encounters with the Associated Press: "A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there's another kid (killed) and I'm running out of closet space."

• Visiting jail to talk to a New Mexican dude who threw a banana peel at him. "According to Englander, Chappelle asked him: 'Don't you know bananas are racist?'"

• Telling jokes, as quoted by spiked-online.com: "‘Black skin is thick skin’, he says, launching into a hilarious, absurd routine about walking into a Kentucky Fried Chicken, unperturbed when he finds all of the staff wearing KKK hoods, before opining on the ethics of ejaculating after your white girlfriend inadvertently drops racial epithets during sex."

But, like we said, he's coming to the Pikes Peak Center on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for a live performance. 
Colorado Springs, CO – Dave Chappelle, known for his popular TV series ‘Chappelle’s Show’ and iconic character roles such as Rick James, will take the stage for one live show, September 16 at Pikes Peak Center.

Tickets to Dave Chappelle go on sale Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.PikesPeakCenter.com, all TicketsWest locations by dialing 520-SHOW or by visiting the Pikes Peak Center or Broadmoor World Arena Box Offices.

We are proudly offering pre-event dinners in the ANB Bank Room located on the Mezzanine level at the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts. Call our concierge at 719-477-2102 to make your reservation.

In 2003, Chappelle debuted his own weekly sketch comedy show on Comedy Central called Chappelle's Show. The show parodied many aspects of American culture, including racial stereotypes, politics and pop culture. Along with comedy skits, the show also featured musical performances by mostly hip-hop and soul artists. He promoted the work of other black comedians as well, most notably Paul Mooney and Charlie Murphy.

Due to the show's popularity, Comedy Central's new parent company Viacom reportedly offered Chappelle a $55 million contract (giving Chappelle a share of DVD sales) to continue production of Chappelle's Show for two more years, while allowing him to do side projects. Chappelle has said that sketches are not his favorite form of comedy and that the characteristics of the show's format were somewhat like short films.

In June 2004, based on the popularity of the "Rick James" sketch, it was announced that Chappelle was in talks to portray James in a biopic from Paramount Pictures, also owned by Viacom. James's estate disagreed with the proposed comical tone of the film and put a halt to the talks.

That same month, Chappelle recorded his second comedy special, this time airing on Showtime, Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth, at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, where his idols, including Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robin Williams, had performed. He joked about the city being "the gayest place on earth," touched upon an encounter on a public bus, in a New Mexico Wal-Mart, smoking in a strip club, and cultural differences in food and other topics.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Local director makes bad look good

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 6:01 PM

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As much as people love describing Ed Wood’s goofy 1959 classic, Plan 9 From Outer Space, as THE worst science fiction film of all time, Vic Savage’s decidedly less charming The Creeping Terror, released five years later, was far worse.

So it’s only fitting that both directors’ exploits have generated their own twisted biopics.

First came Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Now comes local writer/director Peter Schuermann’s The Creep Behind the Camera, which was released today through numerous video-on-demand and pay-per-view services, including Comcast, DirecTV and The Dish.

Schuermann’s film began making the rounds on the festival circuit last fall, earning praise from the likes of Gremlins director Joe Dante and the creators of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

In fact, later this month, Shout Factory TV will be including an extended trailer for The Creep Behind the Camera as bonus material on its release of the MST3K’s “Creeping Terror” episode.

Meanwhile, you can get your very own high-definition version of the film through iTunes here. You'll also find an Indy interview with the director here.


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