Friday, June 29, 2018

Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dying Fetus top new show announcements

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Not your father's Nirvana
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Not your father's Nirvana

Back in the '90s, when Sub Pop Records was still building a roster of acts that included Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, the idea of bringing onboard the Preservation Hall Jazz Band was probably not high on the Seattle label’s list of priorities.

But times change, as evidenced this week by the company's most enthusiastic press release in recent memory, which begins: “We are so fucking stoked to welcome the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Sub Pop roster!”

The label also announced that the increasingly eclectic New Orleans act will be joining Trombone Shorty for his "Voodoo Theauxdown Tour," which makes its way to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 21.

This week's other newly announced concerts include Scotland’s forever-mohawked punk band The Exploited, death metal’s ever-popular Dying Fetus, and the comparatively disturbing motivational speaker Dr. Jordan Peterson.

Here’s the full lineup:

The River Arkansas and Willy Tea Taylor, Oriental Theater, Denver, July 7
The Movement, Black Sheep, Aug. 12
888, Black Sheep, Aug. 16
Midge Ure and Paul Young, Oriental Theater, Denver, Sept. 6
Lincoln Durham, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 7
Ohme, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Sept. 19
Tillan, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 23
Dying Fetus, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Sept. 25
Elderbrook, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 26
Darius, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, Sept. 27
Louise Goffin, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Sept. 28
Jay Rock, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 5
Dashboard Confessional and All Time Low, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 6
Dr. Jordan Peterson, Pikes Peak Center, Oct. 8
Tigers Jaw, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 9
Mom Jeans, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 21
The Night Game, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Oct. 31
The Exploited, Black Sheep, Nov. 9
Rozwell Kid, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 10
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Pikes Peak Center, Nov. 15
Tash Sultana, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 27
Estas Tonne, Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 5
Jim Brickman, Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 6
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Take a trip with Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Space Foundation. Destination: Space

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Destination: Space, June 27, 6-10 p.m., Space Foundation, - TOM KIMMELL
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  • Destination: Space, June 27, 6-10 p.m., Space Foundation,
In February, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation awarded the Peak Arts Prize, a cool new competitive grant, to one individual artist and two organizations for their upcoming ambitious arts projects. The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (in partnership with the Space Foundation) won the prize in the category of Large Arts Organization, taking home $7,500 to fund this awesome, free family event. In a delightful collaboration of science and music, Destination: Space will include plentiful family activities, from crafts and star viewing to an instrument petting zoo. Kids can try their hands at all sorts of instruments, learn about space, science and history, and spend some quality time with their family while they’re at it. Plus, the orchestra will be offering two performances of the music of John Williams from Star Wars, Mozart’s Jupiter Suite and The Constellations, A Guide to the Orchestra by local composer Jonathan Peters, with narration from local actor Max Ferguson. It’s sure to be a busy night at the Space Foundation, and there’s limited seating for the orchestra’s performances, so get in early, get crafting and enjoy.
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Friday, June 22, 2018

This weekend's Bluegrass, Brews and Brats is exactly what it sounds like

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Bluegrass, Brews & Brats, June 23, 5-9 p.m., Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., - COURTESY WIREWOOD STATION
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  • Bluegrass, Brews & Brats, June 23, 5-9 p.m., Manitou Springs Town Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.,
We like events that tell us exactly what to expect. In this case: bluegrass, brews and brats. What could be better? Maybe the fact that while you’re drinking beer from four local breweries (Bristol, Fossil, Storybook and Colorado Mountain), listening to live bluegrass music (from Wirewood Station and Acme Bluegrass Band), and chowing down on brats, dogs and burgers, you’re also supporting a well-loved local nonprofit. Special Kids Special Families, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, offers programs and care for children and adults with disabilities. Their daycare, Zach’s Place, is among a very small group of facilities that provide specialized care for children with disabilities. So eat, drink, dance and support the kids and families who need a helping hand.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Woodshed Red's equipment trailer was stolen and they're asking for your help

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 4:43 PM

Woodshed Red
  • Woodshed Red
We don’t normally blog about crowd-funding efforts, simply because there are so many of them these days. But in the case of Woodshed Red, the circumstances are both unusual and unfortunate enough to make an exception.

The local bluegrass band has uploaded surveillance videos to their Facebook page of a June 19th incident, in which a trailer and nearly all of their instruments and sound equipment were stolen. Like most indie musicians, Woodshed Red operate on a shoestring budget, making this the kind of financial setback from which too many bands never recover.

In addition to viewing and sharing the crime footage, you can donate to a gofundme campaign that’s been set up to help replace the stolen property. If the instruments and equipment are recovered, the band is promising a full refund to all donors.

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Elvis Costello, Jim James, Blackalicious and Alice in Chains announce Colorado dates

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 4:17 PM

Elvis Costello - MARY MCCARTNEY
  • Mary McCartney
  • Elvis Costello
This week’s new concert announcements are an even more eclectic assortment than usual, ranging from ‘70s chart-toppers Boz Scaggs and Elvis Costello to Sacramento hip-hop duo Blackalicious and a reasonably intimate solo acoustic tour by indie-pop hero Jim James. Meanwhile, The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn and The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon will be pairing up for their own stripped-down shows this coming fall on a month-long tour that comes to a close at Denver's Summit Music Hall.

Here's this week’s full list of new show announcements:

Spite, Black Sheep, July 12
Landon Tewers, Black Sheep, July 15
Short Leash, Black Sheep, July 19
Kalfou CD release show, Black Sheep, July 21
Light the Torch, Black Sheep, July 24
Blackalicious, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 26
Boz Scaggs, Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, Sept. 1
Josh Ward, Black Sheep, Sept. 12
Slash, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept. 19
The Voids, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Sept. 20
Greta Van Fleet, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept 29 & Oct. 1
Dead Sara, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Oct. 2
10 Years, Black Sheep, Oct. 5
Monster Magnet, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 5
All Day I Dream, Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver, Oct. 7
Shane Smith & The Saints, Black Sheep, Oct. 9
Max Frost, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 16
Alice in Chains, Pikes Peak Center, Oct. 18
Lil’ Debbie with Whitney Peyton, Black Sheep. Oct. 20
88rising, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 23
Brian Fallon & Craig Finn, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 27
Jim James, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov.6
Rufus Du Soul, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 10 & 11
AJR, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 13
Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 25
Billy Strings, Memorial Hall, Manitou, Nov. 29
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Scramble Campbell's Red Rocks Experience is unlike any other

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Red Rocks Art Experience, June 22-July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre, - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
  • Red Rocks Art Experience, June 22-July 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Red Rocks Amphitheatre,
If you want to know more about Colorado artist Scramble Campbell’s history, here’s some impressive numbers for you: Over 18 years, he’s created 400 works of art live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and his portfolio contains 2,600 pieces created at more than 1,000 concerts across the country. Campbell is best known for his live paintings, and in fact helped pioneer the movement of painting the atmosphere at live shows. “His mission is taking the art to the people and giving people an opportunity to see the process of art from start to finish, inspired by the concert they are listening to and grooving to themselves,” his website says. Now, for the 14th year, he’s presenting a showcase of his work at the venue that inspired it, and a venue that inspires us all every time we go: Red Rocks, the outdoor amphitheatre that attracts big-name acts from all over the world, and crowds to match. Throughout the course of this exhibit, Campbell will be leading tours and discussions daily — yes, daily — showcasing his artwork alongside photographs and memorabilia from Red Rocks’ history. 
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Friday, June 15, 2018

The benefits of Silent Discos are endless

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Silent Disco and Food Truck Rally, June 16, 5-10 p.m., Soda Springs Park, - 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, - COURTESY SOUNDDOWN
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  • Silent Disco and Food Truck Rally, June 16, 5-10 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs,
The benefits of a silent disco over a typical night at the dance club are endless. You can choose to dance to music from one of three different DJs, take off your headphones when you need a break from the noise on the dance floor, or put your headphones back on to avoid any awkward pickup lines. If only all dance parties came with such an excuse! This particular disco also includes a nice variety of food trucks, libations from Black Bear Distillery and Tivoli Brewery and a laser light disco dance floor, all in Manitou Springs’ favorite park. Sounddown, the Denver-based silent disco company that’s hosting the event, suggests you wear disco clothes to get in the mood, but you can stick to plain clothes if you really want to be a spoilsport. Food trucks and activities start at 5 p.m., dancing at 7.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nicki Minaj, STS9, and a bonus Drake show top newly announced bookings

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 4:24 PM

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  • Nicki Minaj
After a relatively dry spell, this week’s new show announcements have suddenly tripled in comparison to recent weeks. Much of that increase comes courtesy of Summit Music Hall, which is closing on June 21 for a summer makeover and will reopen its doors on Sept. 6 to host electronic music collective STS9, who will also be headlining Red Rocks the following two nights.

Other newly booked Summit shows include a Stones Throw Records package tour headlined by Mayer Hawthorne, an industrial-strength Gwar/Hatebreed bill, art-pop chanteuse Lily Allen, and prescription-rapper Lil Xan.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to supersize their concert experience, the Pepsi Center will be gifting us with Nicki Minaj and Future, the MOR-rock “Kool Koncert” package, and a newly added second evening with Drake.

And with that, here’s this week’s full slate of new concert announcements:

The Nick Moss Band, Annex Event Center, Canon City, June 22
Top Flyte, Black Sheep, June 29
Avoid, Black Sheep, July 5
Light the Torch, Black Sheep, July 24
Drake (second show added), Pepsi Center, Denver, July 29
SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Black Sheep, July 30
Bart Crow, Black Sheep, Aug. 14
John Wayne & The Pain, Black Sheep, Aug. 22
STS9, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 6
The Epilogues and Places, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 7
Stones Throw Tour featuring Mayer Hawthorne, Dam Funk and J Rocc, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 8
Josh Ward, Black Sheep, Sept. 12
Residente, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 13
E-40, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 15
El Ten Eleven, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 21
Kool Koncert with Rick Springfield, Loverboy, Gin Blossoms and Tommy Tutone, Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 22
Wintersun, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Oct. 3
Autograf, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 6
Against Me!, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 8
Meg Myers, Cevantes’ Other Side, Denver, Oct. 9
GWAR and Hatebreed, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 10
Alkaline Trio, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 12
Tycho (deejay set), Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 19 & 20
Israel Nash, Globe Hall, Denver, Oct. 20
Lily Allen, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 3
Lil Xan, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 6
Nicki Minaj and Future, Pepsi Center, Denver, Nov. 6
Thrice, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 7
Dermot Kennedy, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 9
Perpetual Groove, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 10
Pale Waves, Bluebird Theatre, Denver, Nov. 26
Billy Strings, Memorial Hall, Manitou Springs, Nov. 29
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Facebook brings live lip syncing to the masses

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 1:54 PM

Here comes that syncing feeling again - PHOTO BY PAULTARASENKO/SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Here comes that syncing feeling again

If you’re even vaguely amused by Facebook’s recent acts of contrition, especially those overly apologetic TV commercials, the company’s latest adventure should brighten your day. “We’ve been partnering with music companies around the world to bring music to more experiences on Facebook,” the social media giant declared in a June 5th press release. “Today we’re announcing new ways for people to express themselves with music in their posts.”

What does that mean, you ask? Welcome to Lip Sync Live, a new feature that enables you to pantomime to your heart’s content — in front of backgrounds that would make any Sears portrait photographer proud — while your friends cheer you on with pop-up comments like “Yeah! Sing it girl!” and “Awww, yeah!”

According to Facebook’s licensing team, the new feature “lets you lip sync to songs from forever favorites like ‘Welcome to The Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses to new hits like ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello. With Lip Sync Live, you can express yourself with music from a variety of genres in real time. So whether you prefer songs like ‘Happier’ by Ed Sheeran or ‘God’s Plan’ by Drake, Lip Sync Live lets you bring friends and family into spontaneous musical moments.”

And there’s more where that came from, the company promises. But for now, at least, this is surely enough.
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Friday, June 8, 2018

Ghosts of bluesicians, dead and alive

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Leo "Bud" Welch
  • Leo "Bud" Welch
Hari Kunzru’s excellent 2017 novel White Tears warned audio engineers not to resurrect the ghosts of blues recording artists in the name of “curating” new releases. But hauntings also come in the works of living artists, especially in a spate of new blues releases, with longtime roots artist Ry Cooder leading the pack. On The Prodigal Son, Cooder and his son offer bare-bones covers of Alfred Reed and Blind Willie Johnson, with arrangements veering from merely unique to downright scary (“Nobody’s Fault But Mine”).

Elsewhere, Mississippi guitarist Leo “Bud” Welch, who passed away last year, had surprised the blues community in 2014 when he made his full-length recording debut at the age of 81. Now, director Wolfgang Pfoser-Almer offers the documentary DVD on Welch, Late Blossom Blues (City Hall), proving that some octogenarians can rock out.

The same can be said of Gene D. Plumber, a Hoboken plumber who’s retired his wrenches and mixes Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Allen Toussaint covers with his own songs in All the Pretty Girls (Bar None).

And while fewer women may be launching their recording careers at retirement age, there are still some who are following in Sharon Jones’ footsteps. Tami Neilson, who was part of the Canadian family band The Neilsons in the 1990s, has relocated to New Zealand to conjure a Wanda Jackson type of 21st-century rockabilly. Her new Sassafrass! (Outside Music) features 11 original blues-country tracks.

Finally, Janiva Magness, with a two-decade roster of Grammy nominations, recently made a splash at SXSW previewing her new Love Is an Army (Fathead/Blue Elan), where guests like Charlie Musselwhite help her deliver a dozen blues-lounge originals. The pickings from all of these artists are rich, but the ghosts are everywhere.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ministry, Pam Tillis and Carry Illinois top latest show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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  • Ministry's Al Jourgensen
This may be a good week for short-notice concert announcements like Pam Tillis at Tri-Lakes, and for far-off shows like Ministry at the Fillmore, but — unless you’re a big Kidz Bop Live enthusiast — not a whole lot in between. Except, that is, for rabid fans of the post-punk bands Wire and Minimal Compact, whose respective leaders Collin Newman and Malka Spigel are bringing their all-instrumental project Immersion to the Larimer Lounge. Along the way, you’ll also find shows by Midwest hardcore band Bruise, Austin indie-pop act Carry Illinois, and L.A. nu-metal band Orgy, who shall forever be known as “that band who did the cover of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday.’”

That said, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements.

Michael Lington and Paul Jackson Jr., Soiled Dove Underground, Denver, June 15
Pam Tillis, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, June 15
Bruise, Black Sheep, June 22
Laith Al-Saadi, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, June 22
Milk Carton Kids, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, June 25
Immersion, Larimer Lounge, Denver, July 1
Carry Illinois, Lion’s Lair, Denver, July 8
311, Pikes Peak Center, Sept. 11
Orgy, Black Sheep, Sept. 19
Too Many Zooz, Black Sheep, Sept. 29
Kidz Bop Live, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Oct. 7
Jesse J, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Oct. 9
U.K. Subs, Black Sheep, Oct. 20
Wintersun, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 3
Wild Nothing, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 4
Tyler Childers, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 11
Ministry, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 24
Estas Tonne, Pikes Peak Center, Dec. 5
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Underground Music Showcase announces 2018 lineup

Posted By on Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 9:40 AM

  • Alvvays
Denver's unrelentingly ambitious Underground Music Showcase has announced the lineup for this year's festival, and it's beyond impressive, with no less than 175 acts performing over the course of three days.

The 2018 headliners will include Alvvays, Deerhunter, Digable Planets, Frankie Cosmos, and Classixx. Among the support acts are Slow Caves, The Velveteers, and Colorado Springs' own mostly-local punk band Cheap Perfume.

The UMS, which has now established itself as the largest indie music festival in the Rocky Mountain region, will take place in Denver's historic South Broadway corridor from July 27-29, and you can view the full lineup on the festival's website.
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Friday, June 1, 2018

Independent Records downtown store closes, but all is not lost

Posted By on Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 1:47 PM

  • Photo by Mike Steckley
After 38 years in operation, Colorado Springs’ downtown Independent Records & Video shop quietly closed its doors this week. But despite the setback, the aptly named Colorado chain is still bucking the retail industry’s downward trend by continuing to operate its Platte Avenue, Platte Annex, Security, North Academy and Pueblo outlets.

The closing underscores the fact that brick-and-mortar record shops have been facing ongoing economic challenges for decades: First came the mall chains like Sam Goody and Camelot Music, then the big-box stores like Blockbuster, followed shortly thereafter by online stores, Napster pirating, Pandora radio, and Spotify streaming. The video side of the operation, meanwhile, was hit hard by Redbox and Netflix. Even pot-related paraphernalia has faced competition from the proliferation of Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries.

Like other Independent Records outlets, the downtown location embraced an old-school vibe, like a kinder and gentler version of the record shop portrayed in Nick Hornsby’s High Fidelity. Local musicians and avid collectors could be found on both sides of the counter. Back in the ‘90s, the store even housed a skateboard park inside the warehouse in back of the store, where upstart touring bands like Rancid and Green Day would play shows.

While the downtown location finally proved unprofitable, there are still glimmers of hope for the retail record industry, not least because of the unexpected resurgence of the new and used vinyl markets. Stores like the supermarket-sized Independent Annex offer the kind of deep catalogue that makes Barnes & Noble offerings look like a joke.

In the film version of High Fidelity, Jack Black's shop-clerk character put it this way: “Do we look like the kind of store that sells ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You?' Go to the mall.” That was two decades ago, and the mall stores are now virtually extinct. Meanwhile, vinyl sales hit a 25-year high last year. In other words, hope springs eternal.
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