Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Steel Panther and Backstreet Boys among new show announcements

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 8:25 AM


Granted, there's nothing quite as dramatic as the rumored Rolling Stones Denver show among this week's new concert announcement, but someone out there will surely be excited to know that Steel Panther, the Backstreet Boys and the Glenn Miller Orchestra dates have been confirmed. And if that someone is you, read on.

Phil Keaggy, Tri-Lakes Art Center, Palmer Lake, Dec. 7 & 8
CupcakKe, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 8
Sore Eyes, Black Sheep, Dec. 8
Orthodox, Black Sheep, Dec. 10
Red Tide Rising’s Toys for Tots, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 14
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and DBUK, Globe Hall, Denver, Dec. 28, 29 & 31
888, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 12
Party Pupils and Pat Lok, Marquis Theater, Denver, Jan. 17
Badklaat and Space Laces, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 18
Steel Panther, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Jan. 19
The Werks, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 25
The Glorious Sons, Black Sheep, March 4
The Black Queen, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 19
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 1
Conan Gray, Bluebird Theater, Denver, April 12
Glenn Miller Orchestra, Pikes Peak Center, June 16
Backstreet Boys, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 8
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Rolling Stones fan club lists Denver show

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 10:11 AM

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Are the best-know, longest-lived bad boys of the British Invasion coming to Denver?

Most likely, they are. And not just because a banner with the Rolling Stones logo — yes, the one with the pouty lips and protruding tongue — was recently plastered on the side of Mile High Stadium, albeit for just one day.

So far, the Stones folks have been, let's say, tight-lipped when it comes to confirming a potential U.S. tour. But the band’s fan club site has already posted a schedule of “rumored” dates.

Another hint can be found on the band's official site, which is being less that coy when it comes to encouraging visitors to sign up for its mailing list: "DON’T MISS OUT, AS YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD BE COMING!" (All-caps theirs.)

Meanwhile, here's the fan club's full list:

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Colorado to become three-week staging ground for Crescent City metallions

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 1:58 PM

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The next three Saturdays will be a celebration filled with incestuous joy for Coloradans who are into New Orleans metal.

First up is NOLA native Phil Anselmo, who’ll be appearing with his band Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals at the Black Sheep this Saturday, Nov. 3.

The following week, on Nov. 10, Mike IX Williams – who joined Anselmo and Hank III in their incendiary side-project Arson Anthem - will bring his Crescent City sludge-core outfit Eyehategod to the same venue as part of the band's 30th anniversary tour.

And finally, if all that still isn’t enough for you, Nov. 17 will find Denver’s Marquis Theater playing host to Goatwhore, who have served as ambassadors of the city’s metal scene for the past two decades.

Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide.

On a related note, you can read the Indy’s interview with Mike IX — about death, numerology and stuff — in our next issue, available at better newsstands and internets on Nov. 7.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Disturbed, Mt. Joy, Bob Mould and Ariana Grande top 2019 Colorado bookings, and the rest of this week's listings

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 10:31 AM

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This week is giving us three traditional signs of the impending winter: There is, of course, snow and daylight savings time. And, for music fans, we find a sudden shift in the ratio of newly announced shows that’ll take place next year instead of this one. New 2019 offerings will include well-established performers like Disturbed, Bob Mould, Ariana Grande, and a rescheduled Justin Timberlake, as well as relative newcomers Amigo the Devil, As It Is and Mt. Joy. Here’s the complete list:

Lettuce with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver, Nov. 10
Dan Goebel, Black Sheep, Nov. 24
The Faceless, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 5
Get Scared, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 8
Sulphurensis, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 22
Disturbed, Pepsi Center, Denver, Jan. 16
Amigo the Devil, Black Sheep, Jan. 21
Justin Timberlake (rescheduled), Pepsi Center, Denver, Jan. 28
Tonight Alive, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 15
As It Is, Hi-Dive, Denver, Feb. 19
Bob Mould, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Feb. 26
You Me at Six, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 4
State Champs, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 18
Mt. Joy, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, March 19
Ariana Grande, Pepsi Center, Denver, April 20

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Thursday 11/1

Benny’s Restaurant & Lounge, Jerry Roskin Jam, 8 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy (folk), 7:30 p.m.
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Ladies Night with Dj TT Wizard (dance), 8 p.m.
Rico’s Café and Wine Bar, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Stargazers, Edie Carey, Lindsay and Jeremy Facknitz (acoustic), 7 p.m.

Friday 11/2

Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Wildermiss, Slow Caves, Spirettes (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Bloom’s Mill Hill Saloon, Ashlee and Longshot Revival (country), 8 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Historic Ute Inn, Last Patrol (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Stereo Tramps (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Sherman’s Mountain String Band (bluegrass), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
O’Furry’s, Levi and Rifkin (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, The Beatidudes, The Concrete Couch Jam Band (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Stargazers, Firefall (country), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall & Saloon, Chute Nine (country), 9 p.m.
Whistle Pig Brewing Co., Redraw the Farm (Americana), 7 p.m.

Saturday 11/3

Black Sheep, Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Child Bite, Deathride (metal), 7 p.m.
Bloom’s Mill Hill Saloon, Ashlee and Longshot Revival (country), 8 p.m.
Descar’s Roadside Bar & Grill, Mélange (jazz), 1 p.m.
Fraternal Order of Eagles - Prairie Ave., Suga Bear & The Show Time Band (R&B), 7:30 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Edith (Americana), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Blynd Mojo (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Johnny Reilly (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Levi and Rifkin (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Royal Castle Lounge & Grill, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night (world), 9 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall & Saloon, Chute Nine (country), 9 p.m.

Sunday 11/4

Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Traditional Irish Session (world), 3 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Patio Blues Jam, 5 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s Kitchen & Spirits, Easy Like Sunday Morning Jam Band Brunch (blues), 11 a.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Karaoke with Diablo, 9 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center, Carly Pearce with Trent Harmon (acoustic), 6:30 p.m.

Monday 11/5

The Ancient Mariner Tavern, Jerrod Fox, Ryan Davis and Friends (Americana), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, The Dirtball, Hex Rated, BadBlood Ent., Michael Ill, Package (hip-hop), 7 p.m.

Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

Submit your live music event by Wednesday at noon for the following Wednesday's paper via our Submit a Listing page. If we don't receive a confirmation of ongoing events on a monthly basis, they won't run. Questions? Email livemusic@csindy.com.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Chris Isaak, Black P and Leftover Salmon book Springs dates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 8:48 AM

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This week’s most noteworthy new show announcements come courtesy of the Pikes Peak Center, who will be bringing some very familiar faces back to the venue.

Chris Isaak and his band Silvertone, whose “Wicked Game” has been covered by everyone from R.E.M. to Emily B, will return to the venue on Nov. 26. After that, singer-songwriterly tour mates Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will be paying a visit on Feb. 11.

Other newly booked Springs shows include Black P, X-Mas in Necropolis 9, and Leftover Salmon. Here's the complete list:

Fortune’s Fool, Black Sheep, Nov. 7
Ritual 2 Video Premier Party, Black Sheep, Nov. 17
Born A New, Black Sheep, Nov. 18
Ryan Montbleau, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Nov. 18
Chris Issak, Pikes Peak Center, Nov. 26
Colorado Music Hall of Fame Inductions, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 3
Ivy Lab, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 6
Silverstein, Oriental Theater, Denver, Dec. 8
Black Pegasus and Dj Sh3vy’s Christmas Toy Drive, Black Sheep, Dec. 14
Advance Base, Hi-Dive, Denver, Dec. 17
X-Mas in Necropolis 9, Black Sheep, Dec. 21
Doozy, Black Sheep, Dec. 22
Neon Masq, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 5
U.S. Bombs and Total Chaos, Black Sheep, Jan 29
LP, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Feb. 5
Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt, Pikes Peak Center, Feb. 11
Samiam and Iron Chic, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 2
Leftover Salmon’s Boogie at the Broadmoor, Broadmoor Hotel, March 22-24
Switchfoot, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 30
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Black Sheep will move Insane Clown Posse event inside

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 12:44 PM

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Colorado Springs Juggalos and Juggalettes who will be attending the Insane Clown Posse’s Oct. 27 show at the Black Sheep will no longer need to worry about the SPF rating of their facepaint, nor the warmth of their Hatchetman gear. The sold-out show, which was previewed in last week’s Indy, was originally to be held in the parking lot, but will now be moved inside the venue.

Black Sheep Marketing Director Rosanna Taylor attributes the move to recent weather fluctuations. “Even though it seems Saturday will be okay now, we thought it’d be best to move it indoors before it was too late,” she says. “It’s significantly colder at night than the last outdoor show we did close to this time last year, and considering the Faygo that the band utilizes, inside might be a better choice than cold and wet outside.”

Also on the plus side, the move inside will make the afternoon portion of the Dark Carnival that much darker, as opening acts Clownvis, Hex Rated, Seen Loc, #PressPlayDoe, Falli and Wicked Pimpz warm up the crowd to be serenaded and showered during Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's headlining set.
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The bromantic adventures of Kanye, Lydon and Trump

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 1:00 AM

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I’m sure that, in some parallel universe, Kanye means well.

In that world, he doesn’t bum-rush the stage to tell a 19-year-old musician that she doesn’t deserve the award she’s accepting, or tell his Twitter followers that it’s time to abolish the 13th Amendment. For all we know, their Kanye may even be coherent.

No such luck here in Bizarro World, where the rapper otherwise known as Yeezy, Evel Kanyevel and Swag King Cole delivered an Oct. 11 Oval Office soliloquy that must be seen — all 10 minutes of it — to be believed.

“There’s infinite amounts of universe, and there’s alternate universes,” declared Kanye early on, before moving on to the subject of his MAGA hat. “There was something about when I put this hat on that made me feel like Superman,” he told an uncharacteristically quiet Trump. “You made us Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. You made a Superman cape for me.”

The hip-hop impresario was clearly on a roll, slamming his fists on Trump’s desk, leaping up to show Donald and Jared his GIF of a hydrogen-powered airplane, and generally exhibiting the “dragon energy” that he famously said he shares with the president.

Through it all, Trump stared across his desk, trying to look thoughtful, or possibly keep a straight face, and appearing generally confused about how to respond.

“I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive,” Trump said after the monologue came to a close. “What do you do after that?”

Well, if you’re former Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd leader John Lydon, you don a crimson “Make America Great Again” T-shirt and lean out of a hotel window, scowling at the paparazzi. Engaging in his own bit of political theater last week, the crooner once known as Johnny Rotten looked to be twice as heavy as he was back in his punk-rock years, as though he’d lingered too long on the set of his Country Life Butter commercials.

Ultimately, Lydon’s role, like Kanye’s, is to play the contrarian. He’s condemned Trump and his Republican cohorts as “a crazy loony monster party,” while at other times sounding a note of empathy.

“In many ways,” Lydon said in a recent interview, “his disruptiveness has been creative.”

Or, perhaps, destructive. It all depends on what universe you happen to be in.
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Friday, October 19, 2018

Snow Tha Product and Joe Jackson book Colorado dates

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Snow Tha Product
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Whether you long to hear hip-hop’s fastest-rising Latina emcee, or just feel a need to carry on with someone’s wayward son, this week’s new show announcements have something for everyone. Yes, Snow Tha Product and Kansas will both be coming to the Centennial State, as will ennui-ridden new wave survivor Joe Jackson, emo-core act Capsize, and Midlake-offshoot Two Medicine. Here’s this week’s full rundown:

Snow Tha Product, Black Sheep, Dec. 6
Capsize, Black Sheep, Dec. 7
Two Medicine, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Dec. 11
The Supervillains, Black Sheep, Dec. 15
Biz Markie, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 21
Less Than Jake, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 31
Wild Child, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Jan. 16 & 17
Pop Evil, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 17
Joe Jackson, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Feb. 24
The Neal Morse Band, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 2
Kansas, Paramount Theatre, Denver, March 30
Eric Church, Pepsi Center, Denver, May 10 & 11
Lord Huron, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, May 14
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

New Kids on the Block top this week's concert announcements

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 1:59 PM

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When a reunited New Kids on the Block came to Denver way back in 2008, the Indy interviewed opening act Lady Gaga, who at the time had yet to release her debut album.

Next June, the not-so-boy-band will be returning to the Pepsi Center with its “Mixtape Tour.” While Gaga will not be joining them, vintage opening acts Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, and Naught By Nature will likely add value for ‘80s music devotees.

Tickets for the event will go on sale this Friday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.

As for what's on the horizon, here's the latest rundown of new show announcements:

A Summer High, Black Sheep, Oct. 30
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals, Black Sheep, Nov. 3
Hate Drugs, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 4
Sir Sly, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Nov. 6
Nonpoint, Black Sheep, Nov. 11
Whitey Morgan, Black Sheep, Nov. 15
Mothersound, Black Sheep, Nov. 21
Tevin Draft, Black Sheep, Nov. 23
Tanya Tucker, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 5
The Werks, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 25
Tommy Emmanuel with Jerry Douglas, Macky Auditorium, Boulder, Nov. 30
Taking Back Sunday, Summit Music Hall, Apr. 30 & May 1
New Kids on the Block’s “Mixtape Tour,” Pepsi Center, Denver, June 7
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls for fans to choose among 15 finalists

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 1:22 PM

If you’ve been looking for something to complain about lately, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has come to your rescue. The venerable organization just announced its “short list” of 2019 nominees, and they are:

Def Leppard, Devo, Janet Jackson, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, The MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn, and The Zombies.

Meanwhile, fans are being encouraged to vote online for their five favorites. The collective result will then be counted as a single ballot among approximately 800 others, and the final induction ceremony will take place on March 29 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. (So much for that whole “Cleveland Rocks” thing.)

Once you've done your rock and roll civic duty, you'll find a link to the latest results. As you can see from the chart above, John Prine, Rufus, Kraftwerk and MC5 could all use a little help.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Bullhead*ded is going viral, and it's about damn time

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM


As much as the Internet is still hyped as the great equalizer when it comes to giving artists unlimited access to a widely distributed audience, the sad fact is that the musicians whose work goes viral are precious and few. So it’s always gratifying to see Colorado Springs area acts breaking through the digital ceiling.

Mike Clark did just that with his “Hey Daisy” video, which featured him riding his bike down Tejon Street while strumming and singing his catchy indie-folk original. He released it way back in 2011, after which it earned the Haunted Windchimes member some 50,000 clicks from viewers with discerning taste in music and, presumably, hands-free bicycling.

Now comes Bullhead*ded’s “Sorry for the Bad Dancing" single, which was released in conjunction with their new Boiled Bones album. The accompanying video just surpassed 50,000 hits, a first for the long-running Colorado Springs hip-hop collective.

You can watch both below:

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Colorado Springs Chorale's Fire & Light offers a symbol of hope

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Fire & Light, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, cschorale.org.
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After the death of his mother in 1997, American composer Morten Lauridsen (one of the most-performed composers of the 20th century) composed Lux Aeterna, a requiem in five movements that responds to references to light in sacred Latin texts. Colorado Springs Chorale director Deborah Jenkins Teske calls the piece “a sublimely beautiful work that powerfully reflects the human journey and our quest for hope, consolation and transcendence.” This composition will be the centerpiece of the chorale’s fall concert, Fire & Light, which also features choruses from Handel’s oratorios Samson, Semele and Theodora, all powerfully performed by the chorale’s 120 unique voices. If it all sounds a little heavy, take heart — each aspect of the program relates to its central theme: hope. What’s more, in order to make the Latin text of Lux Aeterna more accessible to audiences of all kinds, the chorale will project an English translation during the performance.
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Friday, September 28, 2018

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and rescheduled Childish Gambino date top new concert announcements

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 1:47 PM

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The biggest concert news this week is the rescheduling of the injury-stricken Childish Gambino’s This Is America Tour, which will now take place Dec. 4 at Denver’s Pepsi Center. After that, we’re looking at return appearances by gremlin-rock act Nekrogoblikon, North Carolina string band Mipso, and vintage hip-hop perennials Cypress Hill and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Here's this week’s full rundown of new show announcements.

Mipso and Mike Clark, Ivywild Gym, Oct. 12
Nekrogoblikon, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 23
JDirty, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 27
7Horse, 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, Nov. 9
Cro-Mags and Eyehategod, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 11
Pusha T, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 13
Typesetter, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 15
The Devil Wears Prada, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 25
Gucci Mane and Carnage, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 28
Angel Vivaldi and Nita Strauss, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 30
Childish Gambino, Pepsi Center, Denver, Dec. 4
Myles Kennedy & Co., Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 11
Shadow of Intent, Black Sheep, Dec. 11
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 14
Boombox, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 21
Cypress Hill and Hollywood Undead, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 21
Saves the Day, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 19
Metric and Zoe, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 20
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Denver Gay Men's Chorus, Out Loud find hope in a cohesive, supportive community

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Home: Street Requiem, Sept. 29, 7:30-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, rmarts.org. - KARLY GORANSON
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  • Home: Street Requiem, Sept. 29, 7:30-9 p.m., First United Methodist Church, rmarts.org.
In 1982, as the effects of the AIDS pandemic spread, as the U.S. government maintained its silence about the disease, and as community support for those affected became more important than ever, the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) was established — a voice for the LGBTQ community. Two years later, the Denver Women’s Chorus joined them under the umbrella organization Rocky Mountain Arts Association (which included Colorado Springs’ Out Loud Men’s Chorus between 2006-2016, after which Out Loud became its own entity). For decades, these choruses have addressed and advocated for LGBTQ issues from fighting AIDS to supporting marriage equality.

Saturday, the DGMC, Out Loud and select members from 17 other regional choral groups will sing for a different cause: the city’s homeless population. The central piece of Saturday’s concert, “Street Requiem,” was originally composed in 2014 by three Australian choral directors to honor those who have lived and died on the streets. It combines a variety of musical styles, languages and cultural texts from Arabic prayers to African music, gospel and more. Though requiem masses tend to feel heavy, DGMC artistic director James Knapp says that “the work is essentially really optimistic and uplifting.”
“I fell in love with the piece,” Knapp says with infectious reverence. “I fell in love with the mission. I fell in love with the collaborative opportunities, of actually having hands-on experience working with these nonprofits who do noble, wonderful and honorable work with the homeless community and housing insecurity in their cities.” In our city, DGMC and Out Loud have struck up partnerships with four local nonprofits: Westside CARES, Homeward Pikes Peak, Urban Peak and Care and Share Food Bank. A portion of proceeds from this concert will benefit each organization.

Out Loud will begin the show with a selection of hopeful and inspiring tunes, and DGMC and their collaborators will take the stage from there to perform the requiem, a Colorado Springs premiere. The tone of the evening promises to reflect the way DGMC, Out Loud and organizations like them have always dealt with issues of social justice: by finding hope in a cohesive, supportive community.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition is ready to dismantle your stereotypes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, uccspresents.org. - COURTESY SOUND OF THE ROCKIES
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  • Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Competition, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., and Sept. 22, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, uccspresents.org.
If you hear the term “barbershop quartet” and immediately think of those mustachioed men in white-and-red-striped shirts with straw boater hats singing at them olden-times county fairs — well, you’re not alone. And you’re not always wrong. But that image doesn’t do justice to the variety of talent and style you’ll find in contemporary barbershop quartets and choruses. Barbershop groups perform a very sophisticated kind of a capella music that deserves serious accolades for the emphasis it places on harmony, enunciation and, well, fun. This isn’t a stuffy art form, but a joyous one, and I dare you to try to wrestle down your grin at this weekend’s competition. With groups hailing from the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society — which includes Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico (yeah, it’s a big district) — only the finest regional talent will take the stage. Check out the quartet competition featuring about 15 groups on Friday night, or the Saturday morning chorus competition with a dozen competitors. During the final event on Saturday evening, the district champs in both categories will be crowned, with a performance by our local America the Beautiful Chorus. Winners in this competition immediately qualify for next year’s International Barbershop Convention (Denver’s Sound of the Rockies came in fourth in 2018) so these performers are going to be singing their hearts out for the opportunity to win. Do yourself a favor and dismantle your stereotypes, enjoy some good music, and have at least half as much fun as the folks onstage.
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