• Any Byers resident who wants to come to Riot Fest this year will receive complimentary tickets as well as free daily shuttle service to and from May Farms and Sports Authority Field. Details will be announced next week on how residents can sign-up for this.The scholarship initiative comes just one day after Byers was awarded a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a government agency once vilified for funding an artistic portrayal of a crucifix submerged in urine,
• Riot Fest will also allow several Byers businesses and other I-70 Corridor businesses who supported them free vending space at no cost.
• Riot Fest has also announced a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to one graduating senior who plans on majoring in music, arts, business or marketing. Riot Fest has now asked other partners, industry friends and other Colorado businesses to contribute in hopes of getting that scholarship up to $20,000.
“We realize that your time is valuable and that important matters, such as obtaining the rights to perform music legally, are occasionally postponed. Let us help. Simply sign and return the attached license agreement with the appropriate payment as indicated on the invoice. We will return an executed copy for your file.”Based on its original plan to move shows outdoors to a spacious patio with the onset of warm weather, the manor's management figures the annual cost of ASCAP licensing fees alone would exceed $600. Meanwhile, that amount could reach $2,000 once BMI and other rivals got wind of the ASCAP arrangement and stepped up to claim their shares of the pie.
I hate to send e-mails like this out, but I felt I had to. I found out this morning that our wonderful friend and local fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Chuck Haas passed away suddenly late Sunday night.
I first met Chuck when I moved to Colorado in early 2001 and he was a true friend and inspiration ever since. As you recall, he was responsible for the graphic design on the Positively Pikes Peak CD (in which he donated his time) and also on ALL of my CD releases. He performed at all three Positively Pikes Peak concerts and was the most generous man in everything he did. He was an incredible guitar player who specialized in alternate tuning fingerstyle techniques and performed on many of my own songs on my CD's, including "Mindchange" and many others.
He performed regularly in Manitou Springs at the Mona Lisa Wine Cellar and many other local venues. I had the pleasure of performing with him a number of times. Chuck had many of his own CD releases which highlighted his incredible guitar talents. His band Simpleman put out a great CD called "LeBeaux's Dance" a few years back.
Please send your thoughts and prayers to Chuck's wife Katie and the entire Haas family. Every time I've been to the Haas home it is always full of fun, music and wonderful people.
We'll be celebrating Chuck's life at Woodmen Valley Chapel next Thursday, May 8th at 1 pm.
I've attached a picture of our concert at the Black Rose Acoustic Society. Chuck is on the far right. You can also see Chuck perform Bob Dylan's, "Girl From the North Country" at the PPP concert here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68JGMCNt1a4
Thank you Chuck for all the gifts you shared with us. You will be greatly missed.