Thursday, July 26, 2018

The 2018 Trinnidadio Blues Fest is one can't-miss event of the summer

Robert Randolph and the Family Band headlines this year's Trinidaddio Blues Fest, August 25. - TRINNIDADIO BLUES FEST
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  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band headlines this year's Trinidaddio Blues Fest, August 25.
There's still plenty of time to plan your summer music festival fix.This summer's Trinidaddio Blues Fest boasts another world-class lineup to keep the good vibes going.

Headlining the 2018 festival is Robert Randolph & the Family Band, 2018 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album for their 2017 release Got Soul. Randolph, the renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey — quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel — Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.
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  • Grammy nominee Kenny Neal brings the swamp blues to Trinidad.

Appearing just before Randolph will be Kenny Neal, 2017 Grammy Nominee for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Bloodline. One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region’s venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions.

Speaking of tradition, Zydeco music returns to Trinidaddio Blues Fest with its jubilant high spirited excitement, courtesy New Orleans native C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. C.J., son of the late great Clifton Chenier, was a 2012 Grammy Nominee for Best Regional Roots Music Album, Can’t Sit Down. And The Dave Specter Band returns to the festival with his Chicago/New Orleans Blues Review featuring Johnny Sansone and Brother John Kattke, and a reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago blues scene.

Vanessa Collier headlines the Trinidaddio PreFest Party before her festival appearance. - TRINNIDADIO BLUES FEST
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  • Vanessa Collier headlines the Trinidaddio PreFest Party before her festival appearance.
Earlier in the day attendees can catch Vanessa Collier, 2018 BMA Nominee for Contemporary Blues Female Artist and Instrumentalist, with her debut album, Heart Soul and Saxophone, in tow. Hailing from Baltimore and an alumnus of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Collier toured with bluesman Joe Louis Walker among others and has just signed with Intrepid Artists. Her hard work is paying off, with critics like those at Nightlift Magazine saying, "Her apparent passion for her music, refreshing stage presence, singing saxophone elegance and musicianship combined with her distinctive vivacious vocal inflections makes a Vanessa Collier show a unique musical experience and a must on any ones 'need to see' list.” Fans can catch another Collier appearance on Friday, Aug. 24, when she headlines the Trinidaddio Blues Fest PreFest Party, more on that in a moment.

Lastly, no Trinidaddio Blues Fest would be complete without the appearance of the Albuquerque Blues Connection. This crowd-pleasing band from New Mexico has performed at every single Trinidaddio since its inception. Their boogie-driven primal blues have made them both a musical and sentimental crowd favorite in Trinidad and throughout the southwest. And opening the festival for the second year will be Trinidad’s native guitar hero Zakk DeBono and the Broken Circle. When it comes to unforgettable songwriting and amazing guitar playing, only one Colorado native is worthy. Making his way to the top of Reverbnation (#1) in Colorado for best blues/rock band with thousands of local bands, DeBono and his band put on a show you don't want to miss.

As for the annual PreFest Party, the Friday night before the Fest, Trinidaddio hosts a free appreciation show for sponsors and volunteers and to showcase some of the talent appearing the next day.  Joining Collier on the PreFest stage is The Tri City Trio Featuring Al Chesis, Bob Pellegrino and Ken Saydak, and Los Albuquerque Blues Connection. Sponsored by the City of Trinidad Economic Development, the 2018 PreFest will be held in the middle of the Central Business District, where a “entertainment district” will be in place allowing attendees to walk with open containers of alcoholic beverages from the main stage area at the corner of Main & Commercial Sts to various restaurants, bars and other businesses within the district.

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Drake and Migos make "necessary decision" to cancel Pepsi Center dates

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In the beginning, God created Drake, booked him and Migos into the Pepsi Center, and then added a second date. And then God looked down on what he had created and saw that it was bad.

“In order to deliver the high standard tour experience our fans expect and deserve, we have made the necessary decision to slightly adjust the beginning of the Aubrey & the Three Amigos tour schedule,” said Drake’s reps of his tour with the Georgia rap trio.

The announcement came a few days after Migos member Offset was pulled over and arrested for gun and drug possession.

As of this writing, the July 28 and 29 Denver shows have yet to be rescheduled. Refunds will be offered at point of purchase.
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Hanson go symphonic, Avenged Sevenfold cancel, and other concert news

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 1:00 AM

It’s probably not an official sign of the apocalypse, but the announcement that Hanson will be performing with more than a dozen symphony orchestras over the course of its upcoming tour does come as a bit of a shock. The brotherly pop trio will also be featuring symphonic accompaniment on their next album String Theory, which will include new material as well as orchestrally-enhanced renditions of the group’s better know songs, including "Where's The Love,” "This Time Around" and the once-inescapable “MmmBop.” An album release date has yet to be announced, but the tour does include a Sept. 8 Boettcher Concert Hall date with the Colorado Symphony.

In other news, Avenged Sevenfold has canceled its disconcertingly titled “End of the World Tour,” which was to include an Aug. 30 Pepsi Center show. “ “A blood blister has formed on my vocal folds and is preventing them from vibrating properly,” singer M. Shadows explained in a letter to disappointed fans. “Luckily, doctors feel that three months of no singing and voice rest should get my cords back on track.” In other words, it’s not the end of the world.

In the meantime, here’s this week’s complete rundown of new show announcements:

Batushka, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 19
Chain of Torment, Black Sheep, Aug. 19
Conquer Everest, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 25
Hanson with the Colorado Symphony, Boettcher Concert Hall, Sept. 8
Raekwon, GZA, Killah Priest, others, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 19
Mayday, Black Sheep, Sept. 20
Teen Mountain Division, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, Sept. 29
Earthless, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 30
KBong, Black Sheep, Sept. 30
Counterparts, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 2
Stones Throw Tour, with Jerry Paper, Kiefer, others, Globe Hall, Denver, Oct. 10
Dog Fashion Disco, Black Sheep, Oct. 18
Cam, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Oct. 23
Mac Miller, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 5
Twenty One Pilots, Pepsi Center, Denver, Nov. 19
Novo Amor, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 27
The Black Lillies, Globe Hall, Denver, Dec. 6
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tails, Tunes & Tastes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo makes adulting a lot less lame

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  • Tails, Tunes & Tastes, July 26, 6-9:30 p.m., $45.75-$50.75. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925,,
When you think of grownups-only spaces, the zoo is probably last on your list of places to visit. However, there are a few nights each year when adults can enjoy visiting exotic furry friends from near and far without worrying about potty breaks, naps or tantrums. Tails, Tunes and Tastes is an adult takeover of the typically child-centered Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, a 21+ gala featuring live music on four different stages, catered eats and beverages of an alcoholic sort. Dance under the stars, enjoy special animal shows and keeper talks, and explore all the zoo has to offer once the littles have gone home for the night.
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Monday, July 23, 2018

FBI releases extensive files depicting Juggalos as a menace to society

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 9:17 AM

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  • A Juggalette protests the FBI's insensitivity at last September's March on Washington.

Up until now, it was all too easy to chalk up the Insane Clown Posse’s claim that they’re being targeted by the FBI as some figment of the same twisted imagination that spawned songs in which characters snack on Funyuns and Faygo while wandering supermarket aisles with a dead body in their shopping cart.

But no longer. In response to FOIA requests, the FBI has just released a 121-page dossier of emails, memos and other documents — complete with obligatory redactions — from its decade long investigation, which concludes that the Detroit group’s Juggalo fanbase is a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” There’s even one claim that Los Angeles Juggalos are actively engaged in a gang war with the notorious MS-13. (Wouldn't that make them the good guys?)

Menace to society or not, the agency's take on Juggalos is at times dismissive: “The Insane Clown Posse can’t get its music on the radio, but claims to have 1 million devoted fans who call themselves “Juggalos” or “Juggalettes,” and sometimes paint their faces to look like wicked clowns.

By comparison, the Grateful Dead’s equally fervent Deadhead subculture only merited 14 pages in its FBI file, although the agency’s characterization of the band’s music is no less dismissive: “It would appear that this is a rock group of some sort.”

For more on this subject, you can check out the Indy article “Are Juggalos the Next Deadheads?"

You can also find the complete ICP dossier in the FBI's online vault.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Kacey Musgraves, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Asleep at the Wheel top new show announcements

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 4:41 PM

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What artists could possibly be further apart, both musically and conceptually, than Gwar and Kacey Musgraves? Well, there’s Asleep at the Wheel and Wolves in the Throne Room. Or Mary Fahl and Primus. Or any number of other acts who've just booked shows in Southern Colorado.

Sadly, none of the above musicians are playing together on the same bill, at least not yet, but you’ll find plenty of other artists and genres represented in this week’s full list of new show announcements.

Asleep at the Wheel, Arvada Center, Denver, Aug. 2
Autumn Creatures, Black Sheep, Aug. 18
Lil Debbie, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 18
Mary Fahl, Soiled Dove, Denver, Aug. 25
RJMRLA, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 5
Belmont and Such Gold, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 13
The Early November, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 18
Obscura, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 20
Autumn Creatures, Black Sheep, Sept. 21
Denzel Curry, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Oct. 1
Assuming We Survive, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 7
Primus, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Oct. 7-8
Gwar and Hatebreed, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 10
Years and Years, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Oct. 22
Joyce Manor, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 26
Low Cut Connie, Globe Hall, Denver, Nov. 8 & 9
Behomoth and Wolves in the Throne Room, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 13
Cleopatrick, The Hi-Dive, Denver, Nov. 13
Underoath with Dance Gavin Dance, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 23 & 24
Koo Koo Kangaroo, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 1
Kacey Musgraves, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Feb. 22, 2019
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Penrose Library is turning 50 — it's time to party

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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  • Penrose Library 50th Anniversary Party, July 15, 12:30-4 p.m., Penrose Library,
Libraries never stopped being cool, but there’s no doubt that Pikes Peak Library District has really stepped it up in recent years. They’ve extended their hand to the local DIY art and music scene, offering their Knights of Columbus Hall for performances, workshops and more; they’ve opened their doors to the homeless, running programs and giving staff extra training to help the community’s most vulnerable; and they’ve continued to provide the excellent educational programming and family activities that make libraries not just a place to learn, but a place to have fun. Now, help PPLD celebrate the 50th anniversary of their prominent downtown location, Penrose Library. Opened in 1968, this building has been a necessary fixture in our downtown core, and it deserves a heck of a birthday party. So come “as you were/would have been in 1968” and take “green screen time machine” photos in front of archival images and other ‘60s backgrounds to really get the vibe going. There will also be birthday cake, hot dogs from Big Papa’s Grill, button-making and live ‘60s music by local rockers The Psychedelegates.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Noah Cyrus and Lost 80’s Tour top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 2:16 PM

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Musicians aren’t all that fond of being relegated to the shadows of their famous parents, and, even less so, the shadows of celebrity siblings. In the case of Noah Cyrus, there’s not a lot of choice involved, what with older sister Miley still dominating pop magazines, concert arenas, and radio airwaves.

Even so, the 18-year-old Noah’s star continues to rise, first doing the voiceover and theme song for 2009’s Ponyo and, just last year, being ranked among Time’s "Top 30 Most Influential Teens." For the moment though, you can catch her in the relatively intimate Summit Music Hall on Oct. 13.

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

Roo, Black Sheep, July 20
TMC! and Tone ET, Black Sheep, July 27
Heliosheath, Black Sheep, July 28
Havok, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Aug. 5
Lost 80’s Live Tour, with Bow Wow Wow, A Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons and others, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, Denver, Aug. 12
Thousand Frames, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 17
Today Is the Day, Triple Nickel, Aug. 20
Escape the Fate, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 12
Astronauts, etc., Lost Lake, Denver, Sept. 19
MS Chris, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 22
The Spill Canvas, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 27
Dance with the Dead, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 29
Gregory Alan Isakov, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 30
Ezra Furman, Los Lake, Denver, Oct. 3
DeadPhish Orchestra, Black Sheep, Oct. 5
Assuming We Survive, Black Sheep, Oct. 6
Fat Nick, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 12
Noah Cyrus, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 13
Tall Heights, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 26
Papadosio, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 27
Generation Axe, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 13
Good Charlotte, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 14
James Bay (rescheduled), Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 2, 2019
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Dancing babies want music to be free

Posted By on Mon, Jul 9, 2018 at 1:00 AM

At a hackers convention in 1984, Stewart Brand famously declared that “information wants to be free,” a slightly out-of-context contention that became one of the founding principals of the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF). Intentionally or not, the founding editor of “The Whole Earth Catalogue” — a newsstand publication that was most definitely not distributed for free — set in motion a steady stream of intellectual property lawsuits that continues to this day.

Thankfully, one of the more protracted lawsuits, the EFF-initiated Lenz v. Universal, has finally come to a conclusion. The Universal Music Group has announced that the decade-long legal dispute over an ostensibly cute video, in which a baby dances to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” has reached a settlement.

As is often the case in these instances, the legal settlement’s details — to say nothing of its long-term ramifications — remain unclear. But for the moment at least, those who cherish the First Amendment right of toddlers to bounce up and down to copyrighted music can rest easy in the knowledge that there’s plenty more where that one came from.
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Queen may not be coming to Red Rocks, but Killer Queen is

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 9:33 AM

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An obsessive lot by any standards, hardcore Queen fans are currently waiting out a breathless summer in anticipation of Mr. Robot star Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic that's been in the works since 2010. And while the film won't see the light of day until its November 2 release date, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is offering a consolation prize of sorts with the July 25 appearance of Killer Queen, a tribute band that’s been at it since making its own debut at London University more than two decades ago.

On the related note, this week finds The Band Currently Known As Queen heading out on their own world tour, this time with Adam Lambert at the microphone. At this point, no Colorado dates for Queen proper have been scheduled, which means the tribute show may well be your best bet.

And with that, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements:

Kalu & The Electric Joint, Cervante’s Other Side, Denver, Juy 20
Jaron Benton, Black Sheep, Aug. 4
Uniform and Deaf Heaven, Oriental Theater, Denver, Aug. 5
Beardyman, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Aug. 7
Paul Cauthen, Downtown Artery, Denver, Aug. 14
The Ataris, Black Sheep, Aug. 15
Little Miss Nasty, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 15
The Butchering, Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 24
Swingin’ Utters, Black Sheep, Aug. 30
Amy Helm, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Denver, Aug. 31
Midge Ure and Paul Young, Oriental Theater, Denver, Sept. 6
Loudon Wainwright III, Daniels Hall, Denver, Sept. 23
Louise Goffin, Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, Sept. 28
The Aces with Five Seconds of Summer, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Sept. 30
Carach Angren, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 6
The Blaze, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 28
The Night Game, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Oct. 31
Masego, Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Nov. 5
Dua Lupa (new date), Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 10
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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A resistance playlist to celebrate Fourth of July like the angry Americans we are

Posted By and on Wed, Jul 4, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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  • Protestors in Denver on Inauguration Day, 2017.

The current president of the United States might want us to believe that those who take to the streets to protest his regime are unpatriotic. He calls those football players who kneel for the anthem disrespectful to the flag, and claims those who stand against him are standing against America. But putting blind faith in the government is the least patriotic thing a free nation can do, and standing up for ourselves — our own rights and the rights of our neighbors — proves our love for what this country could be, rather than thoughtless devotion to the broken system it is.

So instead of using the Fourth of July to celebrate empty symbols of freedom, we've put this playlist together to remind ourselves that protest is patriotic. Hopefully, these songs spanning decades of resistance (from 2Pac to Against Me! to local punk rockers Cheap Perfume) can keep us going in what is sure to be a long, long fight.

Happy Fourth of July.

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