Thursday, June 29, 2017

No pot at Limon's Prairie Music Fest

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 11:09 AM

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It’s never 4/20 in Lincoln County, which is something to bear in mind if you’re heading toward Limon for this weekend’s Colorado Prairie Music Festival. Event promoters have just reminded us that the county has a zero tolerance policy for smoking pot at public events.

But what, you may ask, about bullhorns, hoverboards, and drones? Thanks to the miracle of cut-and-paste, here’s the full list of what to leave home:
• All beverages (including alcohol), with the exception of factory-sealed plastic water bottles
• Marijuana (all forms)
• Smoking paraphernalia, including e-cigarettes and vape pens
• Glass containers of any kind
• Any container of liquid other than factory-sealed plastic water bottles
• Hydration packs
• Cameras
• Lawn chairs or high-profile lawn chairs that extend higher than 37” from the ground to the top of the chair
• Blankets, tarps, etc. larger than 3’ x 5’
• Large umbrellas, free standing umbrellas, personal canopies, tents of any size
• Wagons, push carts and rolling coolers
• Pets, with the exception of documented service animals
• Bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, hoverboards
• Weapons, or items that may be construed as weapons (knives, pepper spray, water pistols, stun guns, concealed weapons, firearms, etc.)
• Drones or remote controlled flying devices
• Fireworks, candles, or barbecues
• Laser pointers
• Controlled or illegal substances
• Tents and banners
• Bullhorns and noisemakers
• Confetti
YOU MAY BRING CHAIRS AND BLANKETS. Please be courteous to our local community and don't drink and drive!!!! Our law enforcement will be out helping us with traffic control and the local hospital will provide free shuttles to your hotel after the concert if needed. 

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Springs Philharmonic's music director takes additional position with Colombian orchestra

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 11:37 AM

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Josep Caballé-Domenech, who has served as the Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic since its 2011-2012 season, has recently accepted the position of Artistic Director for a Colombia-based orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá.

Having worked in orchestras around the world, including in London and Japan, Caballé-Domenech, has undeniable experience that should serve Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá well, as it has served our own philharmonic. This new position also lends further credibility to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, which already receives wide recognition.

Philharmonic fans need not worry. This new position does not mean he will be leaving for Colombia on the next plane. Caballé-Domenech will continue to serve as Music Director for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic while performing his new duties with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, and the nature of his position here won't be changing in the slightest.

See the full press release below:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—On behalf of Music Director Josep Caballé-Domenech, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic is pleased to announce that in addition his role as Music Director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Caballé-Domenech has accepted the position as Artistic Director for Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Columbia.

“We’re simply delighted for Josep,” said Nathan Newbrough, Colorado Springs Philharmonic president and CEO. “And it’s no wonder that he’s made his mark in South America. This is a person of immense artistic gifts. His musical sensibility, communication, and determination speak volumes of his personal character. This is a celebration – not just for Josep, but for the people of Colorado Springs and Bogotá alike.”

Caballé-Domenech began his tenure with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic during the 2011-12 Concert Season after an international search was led for the replacement of Lawrence Leighton Smith. In 2016, his contract was renewed indefinitely.

Caballé-Domenech has worked with an impressive list of orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic London, with whom he recorded “Respighi’s Roman Trilogy” for Onyx Classics, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, WDR Cologne, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, RSO Wien, New Japan Philharmonic, Baltimore, Houston, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras among others. Also, audiences can find him conducting summer festivals such as Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, and Wintergreen Festival.

Recognized for his work with operatic repertoire, he made his debut at the Gran Teatre de Liceau at Barcelona and led the company also in guest productions at the Savolinna Festival and at La Fenice Venice. Subsequently, he was invited by further European opera companies, including State Opera Stuttgart, Vienna’s Volksoper (new production of Tosca, among others), Theater an der Wien (with P. Domingo), Essen Aalto Theater, Capitol de Toulouse, Teatro San Carlo Lisbon, Bilbao Opera House, and Komische Oper Berlin.

Born in Barcelona into a family of musicians, Caballé-Domenech studied piano, percussion, singing and violin. He took conducting lessons with David Zinman and Jorma Panula at the Aspen Music Festival, Sergiu Comissiona, and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was awarded the Aspen Prize from the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen and selected as “Protégé” in the inaugural cycle of the Sir Colin Davis Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2002-03.

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced its 2017-18 concert season featuring “The Best of All Possible Worlds: Bernstein at 100.” The most celebrated musician of his time, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) dedicated his life and career to the joy of music and the elevation of humanity. In his centennial year, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will follow his footsteps, making music and proclaiming the power of creativity to overcome intolerance.

Season tickets are 50% discounted for new subscribers and available at or by phone at 719-575-9632.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LCD Soundsystem and A Perfect Circle announce Colorado shows

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 9:45 AM

LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy
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Despite the titles of LCD Soundsystem’s signature songs, and the fact that they haven’t released a studio album in a decade, James Murphy has never really lost his edge, any more than Daft Punk has actually played at his house.

Expect the formerly retired art-funksters, who have a new album due out in September, to recapture their edge at the 1stBANK Center on Nov. 11. You can buy your tickets, if you’re quick enough, this coming Friday.

This week’s other newly announced shows include jazz luminary Branford Marsalis at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Castle at the Triple Nickel, and A Perfect Circle at the Broadmoor World Arena.

Here’s a full list of this week's new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, June 23
• Touche
Amore, Marquis Theater, Denver Oct. 10
• Issues, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 17
• P.O.S., Black Sheep, Oct. 20
• Bob Seger, Pepsi Center, Denver, Oct. 26
• Nothing More, Black Sheep, Oct. 28
• LCD Soundsystem, 1stBank Center, Nov. 11
• The Polish Ambassador, Boulder Theater, Boulder, Dec. 29-31

On sale Monday, June 26
• Andy Mineo,
Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 25

On Sale Tuesday, June 27
• Revolting Cocks,
Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 16

On sale now
• Moe Bandy,
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, July 6
• Corb Lund & Slaid Cleaves, Chico Basin Ranch, July 8
• Cripple Creek Music Festival, with Molly Hatchet, Joe Nichols, and Christopher Shayne, Cripple Creek Music Festival Grounds, July 15
• Gasoline Lollipops, Triple Nickel, July 21
• Quebe Sisters, Rock Ledge Ranch, July 30
• Branford Marsalis, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Aug. 3
• Fruit Bats, Ivywild School, Aug. 3
• Maceo Parker, Fox Theatre, Boulder, Aug. 17
• Manchester Orchestra, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 22
• The Henhouse Prowlers, Front Range BBQ, Sept. 27
• Castle, Triple Nickel, Sept. 30
• Goldie, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Sept. 30
• David Gray & Alison Krauss, Pikes Peak Center, Oct. 13
• MuteMath, Ogden Theatre, Oct. 22
• A Perfect Circle, Broadmoor World Arena, Oct. 23
• The Drums, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 6
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Harry Styles, Weeknd, and Deer Tick tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 12:35 PM

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Apart from the Pepsi Center’s newly announced dates featuring Harry Styles and The Weeknd, larger Southern Colorado venues are conspicuously underrepresented in this coming Friday’s crop of new shows going on sale.

Fortunately, Soda Jerk Presents is making up for it. The Boulder-based concert promotion company — which books Colorado Springs’ own Black Sheep as well as further-north venues like Summit Music Hall, the Marquis Theatre, the Aggie Theatre, and Hodi’s Half Note — has announced an eclectic array of new shows, including UK post-punk stalwarts Stiff Little Fingers, comedian/rock star Andrew W.K., indie-rock purveyors Deer Tick, and Metal Alliance Tour headliners Overkill.

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, Jun 16

• Harry Styles, with Kacey Musgraves,
Pepsi Center, Denver July 3
• The Schwag, Black Sheep, Aug. 18
• Marty Friedman, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 23
• Armors, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 8
• Stiff Little Fingers, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 16
• Andrew W.K., Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept 21
• Four Years Strong, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 22
• The Weeknd, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept.29
• Obituary, Aggie Theare, Fort Collins, Oct. 4
• Deer Tick, Black Sheep, Oct. 17
• The Maine, Summit Music Hall, Denver Oct. 28

On sale Thursday, June 22
• Metal Alliance Tour, feat. Overkill,
Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 26
• HIM, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 29

Newly announced shows on sale now
• Born of Osiris,
Black Sheep, July 3
• Global Dance Festival, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, July 22
• The Stone Foxes, Black Sheep, July 22
• Chicano Batman, Etown Hall, Boulder, July 28
• Bob Weir, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 4
• The Buttertones, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Aug. 9
• Smash Mouth, Parker Arts Culture & Events Center, Parker, Aug. 19
• Summer Slaughter Tour, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Aug. 19
• Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 28-29
• Foster The People, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Sept. 6
• Thao Nguyen, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Sept. 14
• Nosaj Thing, Black Sheep, Oct. 17
• Chelsea Wolfe, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 27
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Air Force Academy's In The Stairwell has got talent

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:17 AM

It's sometimes easy to forget that our local jazz community’s overall musicianship is greatly enhanced by the presence of musicians recruited by the Air Force Academy. Through the years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness the excellence of AFA artists like Brad Eastin, Wayne Wilkinson, Colin Trusedell’s quirky Quartet of Jazz Death, and the Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band — as well as the final local appearance of Tokyo-bound musicians Ricky Sweum, Jason Crowe, and Henrique De Almeida.

And now, as of Tuesday night, the rest of the world got a glimpse of Colorado Springs' secret, thanks to the Air Force Academy’s In The Stairwell, whose a cappella version of One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” advanced them to the next round of America’s Got Talent. As I write this on early Wednesday morning, the video has already gone viral, closing in on half a million views. Have a look:

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