Thursday, September 4, 2014

Shit hits the fan for Meadow Muffins

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 3:17 PM

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Granted, it was never exactly a destination spot for live music. In fact, most Meadow Muffins frequenters would barely notice the front-room entertainment as they made their way toward the main bar and the cavernous party pit below.

Still, it's never good news when a local establishment goes under, especially one that hires local talent and has been around for 30 years.

According to Indy sister publication the Colorado Springs Business Journal, the Old Colorado City institution's doors were closed yesterday afternoon. The business is expected to open under new ownership with a new name.

Recent performers at the venue have included 40 oz Freedom Fighters, Johnny Graves & the Blues Waves, Suga’ Bear & The Show Time Band, and GOYA, while DJ Tony G, DeeJayBee and numerous others have manned the turntables.
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Indy Music Fest schedule: Don't leave home tonight without it

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM


So you want to go to tonight’s Indy Music Awards Festival, but have no idea who’s playing, at that time, or on which stage? Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

Just text SCENE to 77948 for links to the Independent’s INDYScene free iPhone and Android apps. A banner on the home page will take you directly to this evening’s full schedule. Plus, you can use it year round for complete listings of local shows, activities, bars and restaurants.

Or, if you prefer to print out the schedule directly from your computer, just click here.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nonstop hip-hop showcase tonight

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 3:49 PM

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While you’re waiting for Indy Music Award-winning emcees Stoney Bertz, Che Bong and Mad Trees to play this Thursday’s IMA Festival, you can get a maintenance dose of local and national rap tonight at Speak Easy Vape Lounge.

In addition to Denver’s Maulskull, NYC’s Cage, and Seattle-based Fake Four emcee Sadistik, the show will feature a host of local hip-hop heroes, including the aforementioned Ms. Bertz, Ibe Hustles (happy birthday!), Bullhead*ded (feat. ZETfree, Nato, and Che-Bong), DJ Gravity, Clydesdale, Big Ro, and more.

A $15 donation will get you through the door, where you’ll find a free bud bar and free dab bar, whatever those are. The event, which will kick off at 7 p.m., is 21-and-over.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Music slumber party tonight!

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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Three of life’s great pleasures — music, art, and at least some sleep — will take center stage tonight as a host of local musicians and listeners get together in what’s being billed as an AHA Gallery Slumber Party.

Located at 218 W. Colorado Ave., the gallery will be hosting an all-night event featuring performances by The Changing Colors, Ben Pratt, Daniel Easton, Grant Sabin, Mike Clark, Iggy Igloo, Mobdividual, Xanthe Alexis, Curtis Boucher and token outsider Joey Molinaro, a death-metal acoustic violinist from Pittsburgh.

They're even planning to make you pancakes in the morning, which is a little clichéd but still a nice touch.

Donations are encouraged — Joey needs gas money — and pillow fights are optional. Find more information here.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

El Toro marks bandshell's 100th anniversary

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:11 PM

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This coming Saturday’s El Toro de la Muerte and I Sank Molly Brown show is more than just the end of a free summer concert series. It will also help mark the 100th year of the much-beloved Acacia Park bandshell.

Of course, this centennial anniversary could have gone completely undiscovered if IndyBlog posts weren’t all but required to be longer than two sentences. But now the truth can be told, along with the wildly disparate views of experts on the bandshell’s historical and aesthetic merits. 

The Colorado Historical Society, for instance, offered up this detailed appreciation in its 1999 architectural inventory:
Bandshell (1914). Located on the south edge of the park at the center is this one-story bandshell of buff brick with an arched roof dome topped by a flagpole; stage has semi-elliptical arch with molded cornice and plain frieze terminated by moldings. Paired brick piers (battered) at the northeast and northwest corners; urn decorations at each corner. West of the stage between the two piers is a mounted metal plaque containing Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address." Projecting semicircular concrete performance area to north faced with tan brick and a lower tan brick planter; concrete stairs with brick sidewalls at the east and west. The southern portion of the bandshell has a flat roof. The east, west, and south walls feature paired multi-light windows with geometric glazing; the east wall has double slab doors with a transom covered by a security grille, while the rear (south) wall has two slab doors near each end. There is a center, corbelled brick chimney with a metal cap at the rear of the building.
But a recent assessment by local architects HB&A is considerably less appreciative. In its 2011 document, “Acacia Park Concepts: Developing the Jewel of Downtown in the Historic City Center,” the firm lists the bandshell alongside drugs, cigarettes and dead trees under the no-holds-barred category “Bad.”
Stage/band shell: Band shell not used very often, not well maintained, ugly.
A little mean-spirited if you ask me, but to each their own. In any case, the concert begins at 6 p.m.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stone symphony announces 'musical Ted Talk'

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 6:25 PM

The cash-strapped Colorado Symphony has been performing at Red Rocks a lot this season, serving as orchestra-for-hire for DeVotchKa, Steve Vai and Amos Lee, as well as an upcoming Jerry Garcia tribute featuring Government Mule’s Warren Haynes.

And it doesn’t stop there. Earlier today, the symphony unveiled the details of “Red Rocks on a High Note,” an audio-visual extravaganza that will find the orchestra front and center. The organization is likening the Sept. 13 event to “a musical Ted Talk with light projections and very powerful soundtrack brought to life by more than 80 musicians.”

For some, this conclusion to the Colorado Symphony’s “Classically Cannabis” series may sound like the Event of the Year. Others may consider it the concert equivalent of a bipolar scissors tonsillectomy. In any case, symphony publicists are now being careful to point out that smoking pot is illegal at Red Rocks, after initially portraying this as one of several bring-your-own-pot events.

Stoned or not, the evening’s repertoire is less than mind-bending: Beethoven, Debussy, Berlioz, Vivaldi, John Adams and John Williams are about as conventional as it gets, with the inclusion of a work by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood serving as a token nod to the 21st century.

Tickets for the high-minded event are available at

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Riot Fest sends olive branch to Byers

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 5:55 PM

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Yes, it’s time for one more Riot Fest update. Promoters have just announced that they’ll be giving complimentary tickets to supporters in Byers, the town that recently kicked them out after tickets had already been on sale for four months.

Byers music fans will also be provided with free shuttle service to Denver, where the September 19-21 festival has been relocated to Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

According to Riot Fest organizers, hundreds of Byers residents had sent letter of support. As an expression of gratitude, promoters are offering the following:
• 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.

• 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.
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 opponents argued that the festival would turn Byers into the “wrong kind of town for farmers and families.”

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Riot Fest relocates to Denver

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM


Good news for Riot Fest fans and Byers haters.

The three-day music festival, which was evicted by its former host town earlier this month, announced its relocation this morning to the Sports Authority Field at Mile High

The 75,000-capacity Denver location is also home to next month's Warped Tour, which has never been held in Byers.

And just to show that there are no hard feelings, Riot Fest has also unveiled a map of the festival grounds, which depicts a Byers General Store Stage and a Byers American Feed & and Supply Stage, as well as apple-dunking and pie-eating contests.

Acts at this year's Riot Fest, which takes place Sept. 19-21, will include The Cure, Wu-Tang Clan and The Flaming Lips

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Post-Riot Fest Byers back in the news

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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After exiling a music festival that it played host to last year, the town of Byers is now embracing an arts organization once vilified as America’s most controversial government agency.

For those who missed it, the small rural community — which is located 40 miles west of Denver — rose up against Riot Fest, a three-day event that citizens feared would turn Byers into “the wrong kind of town for families and farmers.” Earlier this month, concerned citizens managed to block permits for the festival, which was schedule to be held in September and has been selling tickets since March.

Yesterday, Byers was announced as the recipient of a $25,000 “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), a government agency that became notorious for funding “Piss Christ,” Andred Serrano’s infamous portrayal of a crucifix submerged urine.

As far as any of us know, the NEA has since cleaned up its act, so folks in Byers should have nothing to worry about. But for how long?  
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Indy Music Awards concert and countdown

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM


All things must pass, and one of them is your voting window for the 2014 Indy Music Awards.

This coming Sunday marks the last day that ballots will be accepted. It takes all of five minutes to go to and vote for your favorites.

Meanwhile, if you’re undecided in the punk-rock realm, three of the acts who’ve been nominated have banded together for what they’re calling “The Indy Awards Best Of Punk Category Nominees Concert.” (Whew!)

The show takes place Saturday night at Zodiac and will feature the Nobodys, the Röxy Suicide and the Mostly Don'ts. (The fourth band, 99 Bottles, is unable to attend.)

Find more information on this, as well as the week’s other local music happenings, in the latest Reverb column.

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Riot Fest permit denied

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM


In our July 2 Reverb column, “Farmers Rise up against Riot Fest,” we reported on the growing battle between what was to be the second Colorado-based Riot Fest and community members in Byers, a small town 40 miles west of Denver that played host to last year’s festival.

Now comes word that Arapahoe County has refused to issue a temporary-use permit for the festival, which had been planned for September 19-21. Tickets for the event, which was to have featured bands ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to The Cure, went on sale back in May.

According to the Denver Post, festival organizers only have a 10-day window to appeal the decision.  
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Byers beware: Citizens unite against Riot Fest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

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There’s a riot going on in the sleepy little town of Byers, and it’s all Riot Fest’s fault.

When we last blogged about what’s arguably Southern Colorado’s most impressive music festival, promoters had just announced a second-year lineup that includes The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, Die Antwoord, Rise Against, Social Distortion and The Cure.

Now comes word that the unincorporated town of 1,160 is rising up against the event, which will be held from September 19-21 unless a concerned citizenry can marshal its forces in time.

“RIOT FEST, STOP IT NOW!” pleads an “Opponents of Riot Fest” poster urging friends and neighbors to gather at the local American Legion Hall for a July 1 public hearing. “OPPONENTS OF THE EVENT MUST VOICE THEIR OPINIONS NOW OR BYERS MIGHT BECOME THE WRONG KIND OF TOWN FOR FAMILIES AND FARMERS!”

No official decision will be made at the hearing, so the possibility of a mass exodus will likely continue. Meanwhile, Riot Fest supporters can find a complete schedule of acts, broken down by day, here.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Indy Music Ballot Goes Live

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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Yes, it’s Year Four, and Indy Music Awards voting begins… now.

You’ll find all of the 2014 nominees, along with write-in categories, on page 36 of this week’s issue, as well as online right here.

The ballot takes all of five minutes to complete — and much less if you limit yourself to the five-vote minimum — so why wait?

Voting runs through July 13, results will be announced in our August 27 Local Music Issue, and winners will go on to perform at this year’s Indy Music Festival on September 4.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Bonnaroo livestream kicks off Friday the 13th

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM


Music fans who are hesitant to step outside on Friday the 13th can go to to spend the day and evening livestreaming this year’s Bonnaroo Festival performances. Here, according to today’s press announcement, is today's viewing schedule:


Umphrey's McGee, 2:30 p.m.
Jon Batiste, 3:45 p.m.
Janelle Monae, 4:30 p.m.
The Head & the Heart, 5:30 p.m.
CHVRCHES, 6:45 p.m.
Pusha T, 8 p.m.
Vampire Weekend, 9 p.m.


Break Science, 2:30 p.m.
Jake Bugg, 3 p.m.
Cass McCombs, 4:15 p.m.
Andrew Bird & The Hands of Glory 5 p.m.
Jonathan Wilson, 6:15 p.m.
Cloud Nothings, 7:15 p.m.
Robert Delong, 8:15 p.m.
The Naked and Famous, 9:15pm

You can also go to the festival site for a schedule of weekend acts, which includes Damon Albarn, Valerie June, Chromeo, Jack White, Die Antwoord, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, A$AP Ferg, Fitz & the Tantrums, Wiz Khalifa, Elton John and, of course, Lionel Richie.
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Smells like teen spirit

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM


High-profile sportwear company Vans and local singer-songwriter Miette Hope aren’t exactly the most obvious pairing.

In the world of music, Vans is of course best known for its annual Warped Tour, which has been hauling punk-pop, alt-metal and other high-decibel acts from city to city for two decades.

But earlier this year, the apparel giant dialed back the decibels with the announcement of its “Vans Berklee Off the Wall Presidential Scholarship," whose inaugural recipient is the Colorado Springs indie songstress. The educational initiative will pay for her tuition, room and board at the Berklee College of Music for the next four years.

According to the prestigious music school’s original press announcement back in February, “Off the wall is a state of mind, thinking differently and embracing people who love art, music, action sports, and/or street culture. The ideal candidate for the Vans Berklee Scholarship will demonstrate the off-the-wall spirit via their personal self-expression through music.”

In addition to her solo performances around town, the recent Palmer High School graduate is also a member of Edith Makes a Paper Chain, the indie-folk group co-founded by her mother Sarah Hope five year ago. You can congratulate both of them at Front Range Barbeque, where the “haunted circus music” act will be performing this evening.

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