Friday, April 27, 2018

MeadowGrass announces 2018 musician workshops

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:32 PM

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Musician workshops can be expensive and intimidating, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Take, for instance, the annual MeadowGrass festival's onsite classes with headlining artists. They’re consistently engaging, totally unpretentious, and, best of all, free with your festival ticket. They’re also a nice way to get a sense of what these artists are like up close and in person.
With that in mind, here’s the newly announced lineup for this year’s festival workshops:

  • Edie Carey and Sarah Sample: “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Writer's Block”
  • Justin Roth: “Rethinking Acoustic Guitar”
  • Ron Pope: “Rewriting the Rules of the Music Industry: How I Build My Career without the Help of the Conventional Music Business”
  • Steve Poltz: “Finding Your Voice — It’s Hiding in Plain Sight”

The MeadowGrass festival, now in its tenth year, will be held March 25-27 at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest. Stay tuned to the official MeadowGrass website for further details and schedule information.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

CHVRCHES and CHRCH sanctify new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 11:29 AM

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If you need further proof that we’re living in the Age of Originality, look no further than the inclusion of both CHRCH and CHVRCHES among this week’s new show announcements. (And yes, the all-caps are theirs, not ours.) The Sacramento doom-metal act and Scottish synth-pop band will be playing the Hi-Dive and Ogden respectively. Meanwhile, the spirit of days gone by will rise up again with newly announced concerts from Simple Minds and Fleetwood Mac, who will be leaving Lindsay Buckingham in the lurch on this tour. No word on whether their label will insist his songs be dropped from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s May 4th & 5th tribute concerts at the Pikes Peak Center.

  • Sliver, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 20
  • Daughtry, Pikes Peak Center, May 29
  • Hollis Brown, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 31
  • Enemy in 1, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 1
  • Kurt Travis, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, June 13
  • CHRCH, Hi-Dive, Denver, June 18
  • Famous Dex, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 20
  • Homesafe, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 25
  • Petal, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 29
  • Janelle Monae, Paramount Theatre, Denver, July 1
  • Silent Planet, Black Sheep, July 3
  • Angel Vivaldi, Black Sheep, July 10
  • Car Seat Headrest, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, July 28
  • CHVRCHES, Ogden, Denver, Aug. 6
  • J Balvin, Pepsi Center, Denver, Oct. 14
  • SG Lewis, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Oct. 14
  • Simple Minds, Paramount Theatre, Oct. 18
  • Fleetwood Mac, Pepsi Center, Denver, Dec. 3

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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Mission Ballroom, a flashy new music venue, to open in Denver's RiNo district

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 2:14 PM

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Contrary to what some music pundits may be claiming, live music is anything but dead. In fact, according to a newly published article in the industry tipsheet Pollstar, Red Rocks Amphitheatre alone grossed $44.9 million in 2016.

So it only makes sense that AEG Presents — the monolithic concert promotion company owned by Colorado Springs own billionaire Phil Anschutz — has just announced plans to build a swanky new venue in Denver’s River North Arts District.

The Mission Ballroom, which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019, promises to hold as many as 3,950 music lovers, making it approximately the same capacity as the Fillmore Auditorium. Want to know more? Here’s a nifty promotional video featuring breathless testimonials from the likes of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Enjoy!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, and a second Elton John date top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM

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Just 45 years after releasing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John is bidding farewell to the rest of us with a 113-date world tour. If you were unlucky enough to miss out on tickets for the Pepsi Center’s sold-out Feb. 7, 2019 show, you’ll be pleased to know that a Feb. 6 show has just been added.

Tickets for the newly announced date won’t go on sale to the “public” until Friday morning, but if you happen to have the password, you can buy pre-sale tickets at 10 a.m. this Thursday (April 19). The password is: FAREWELL.

Meanwhile, here’s a rundown of this week’s other new show announcements, including performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Roots, and Pretty Lights.

The Ephinjis, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 4
Dreamcast Farewell Show, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 6
Poison and Cheap Trick, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, May 23
Los Tres Tristes Tigres, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 3
Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot, Hudson Gardens, Littleton, June 10
The Slackers, Black Sheep, June 13
Collie Buddz, Black Sheep, June 14
Sir Sly, Black Sheep, June 18
Koe Wetzel, Black Sheep, June 27
The Roots, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, July 20
Pretty Lights, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 10 & 11
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 26
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Soon you'll be able to buy a 1:6 scale doll of John Lennon, if you're into that kinda thing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 3:45 PM

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Somewhere along the line, over the course of a half dozen or so moves, I mysteriously lost my 20-inch-tall cloth John Lennon doll.

Granted, the level of detail wasn’t particularly good: I would place it halfway between the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon and Casper the Friendly Ghost. But it was still recognizably John Lennon, thanks in large part to the inclusion of a plastic Rickenbacker guitar, as well as the fact that very few musicians reach that level of mass-produced stuffed effigy. In fact, those late-’80s “Beatles Forever” dolls were the only rock ‘n’ roll collectibles offered by Applause, a since-bankrupted novelty company that was better known for its tricycle-riding Curious George and a line of unremarkable Muppet dolls.

In any case, I have to admit that the cuddly John Lennon can’t hold a candle, not even a match, to the Yoko Ono-authorized, 1:6 scale, museum-quality John Lennon figurines that, according to manufacturer Molecule 8, will begin shipping later this month.

Just check out this selection of features (all exclamation points are mine!) culled from the new press release:
  • Stainless Steel Mark I: LITE Endoskeleton!
  • Two (2) interchangeable head sculpts!
  • Singing and resting facial expressions!
  • Interchangeable hands for various gestures!
  • Classic yellow-tinted glasses!
  • Round style glasses!
  • Three (3) “Imagine” era outfit options!
  • Steel metal ball joints!
  • Magnetic base and footwear!
  • Real leather belts!
  • Soft, lifelike skin!
Okay, that last one is really creepy.

Still, this is an intricately detailed, eerily realistic little replicant, one that even the most discerning 11-inch-tall Beatles enthusiast will mistake for the real thing (at least based on photos of the prototype created by artist K.A. Kim, who’s been described in one collector’s video as “a well-known head sculptor in the 1:6 scale world”).

If this is your kind of thing, you can go to molecule8.com/product/john-lennon and pre-order your very own Beatle. Be advised, however, that the shipping date was originally scheduled for September of 2017, so you might want to check with Yoko before handing over your $299.95.

The only other real question — and it’s a significant one — is what these things will end up looking like once they finally come off the production line. Personally, I’ll be waiting until I see one of those unboxing videos on YouTube. Come to think of it, I may just go on to eBay and pick up a used Applause doll. Bidding starts at $39.99. Yoko not included.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Ringo Starr and Goo Goo Dolls top new show announcements

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 2:02 PM

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It really isn't every day you get to go hear a real live Beatle — let along a freshly knighted one — so Sir Ringo Starr’s newly announced gig at the Paramount Theatre should be of considerable interest to Fab Four fanatics.

This summer’s tour will feature an “All Starr band” that includes Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Santana and Journey veteran Gregg Rolie, 10cc’s Graham Gouldman and others.

Per usual, the assembled musicians will take turns stepping up to the mic to perform some of their best-known songs with the rest of the band backing them up.

In other nostalgia-inducing news, the same venue has booked the Goo Goo Dolls, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their breakthrough Dizzy Up the Girl with a full-album performance.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full rundown of new show announcements:

Jessie Ware, Bluebird Theater, Denver, April 25
Shahiye of Ra, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, April 27
Peelander-Z, Streets of London, Denver, May 3
Tyto Alba, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 12
Belmont, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 16
Top Flite Empire, Summit Music Hall, Denver, May 19
The Backseaters, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 25
Tetrarch, Lion’s Lair, Denver, May 26
The Fever 333, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, May 27
Cold Cave, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 5
Pouya, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 10
Magic Sword, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 30
Har Mar Superstar, Black Sheep, July 25
Hard, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 2
5 Seconds of Summer, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept. 20
Ringo Starr, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Sept. 25
Goo Goo Dolls, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Oct. 30
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Frankie Cosmos leads Black Sheep crowd in “Spice Island Grill” chant

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:33 AM

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Last Friday, the Black Sheep was the setting for the most unusual onstage endorsement I’ve ever seen, as the much-buzzed New York City twee-pop band Frankie Cosmos regaled a packed venue full of largely teenage fans on the virtues of local Jamaican restaurant Spice Island Grill.

It started out normally enough. Toward the end of the group’s set, the band’s drummer went up to the mic and raved about their pre-performance dinner, assuring the crowd that they are "lucky to live in the same town where Spice Island Grill lives." Frontwoman Greta Kline — who happens to be the 24-year-old daughter of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates — then chimed in with her own endorsement, saying that even though she was a vegetarian she couldn’t resist the temptation to try the jerk chicken.

Then came the strange part, as the group proceeded to lead the enraptured crowd in an enthusiastic chant of "Spice! Island! Grill!," which went on for a good two to three minutes. Later, after the musicians had finished their set and left the stage, the crowd resumed the chant until the band returned for its encore.

The following afternoon, I stopped by Spice Island Grill for lunch, and was not entirely surprised to find the parking lot completely full, for the first time in the ten years I’ve been going there. The tables were also full, several of them with high school and college students. Later, as I drove away, I passed another dozen people filing down the sidewalk and into the tiny restaurant.

All of which is further proof that, during these troubled times, music can be a force for good.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Forensic musicology and a ponderance on cowbell

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 7:28 PM

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Last we checked, forensic musicology was not high on the lists of Best Career Options for 2018, and it probably won’t be anytime soon. But the field, if it can be called that, has been getting more and more lucrative since the Marvin Gaye estate’s $7.4 million judgment against “Blurred Lines” songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke.

Not everyone is happy about this. A recent Rolling Stone article cites one unnamed legal observer’s contention that the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” come down to the "look and feel and cowbells," rather than lyrics, melody and the like. The article also notes that “forensic musicology isn’t all that sexy.”

Of course, it’s only a matter of time before forensic musicologists are replaced by Pandora’s "music genome project," the algorithm that has consistently proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that there are very few degrees of separation between your favorite artist and Ed Sheeran.



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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows, Bush, and more '90s faves set Colorado dates

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 9:37 AM

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Granted, it’s not all that easy to miss a decade that refuses to go away. But when it comes to the ‘90s, who would even want to?

Certainly not Colorado fans of Bush, Counting Crows, The Dandy Warhols, Live, Ozomatli, and Stone Temple Pilots, who will all be happy to find our fair state on their heroes’ newly announced tour schedules.

Less era-bound festival fans, meanwhile, can start planning for this year's Reggae on the Rocks and Electric Funeral Fest III.

Meanwhile, here’s this week's full list of new show announcements.

Jessie Ware, Bluebird Theatre, Denver, April 25
Ozomatli, Black Sheep, May 9
45 Against 45, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 26
The Fever 33, Black Sheep, May 26
Tetrarch, Lion’s Lair, Denver, May 26
False Report, Marquis Theater, Denver, May 31
Tribal Theory, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 2
Touch Sensitive, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 9
Aly & AJ, Marquis Theater, Denver, June 16
Tory Lanez, Summit Music Hall, Denver, June 18
Otep, Black Sheep, July 9
Glassjaw and Quicksand, Ogden Theatre, Denver, July 11
The Dandy Warhols, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, July 12 & 13
Counting Crows and Live, Pepsi Center, Denver, July 18
Electric Funeral Fest III, Downtown Denver, July 29 & 30
The Cult with Stone Temple Pilots and Bush, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 19
Reggae on the Rocks, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 25 & 26

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