Moe Bandy, William Bell and internet radio bring music to no man's land 


click to enlarge Soul legend William Bell, who recently won the Grammy for Best Americana Album, will be bringing his soul and R&B revue to the Lone Tree Arts Center. - DAVID MCCLISTER
  • David McClister
  • Soul legend William Bell, who recently won the Grammy for Best Americana Album, will be bringing his soul and R&B revue to the Lone Tree Arts Center.

We obviously discuss local musical happenings at length in this column, and Denver's musical presence is clearly felt throughout the state. But for those who commute between the two cities, everything between here and there can feel like a bit of a no man's land (especially if you're driving back from a show late at night). That perception could well be changing, however, judging by a series of notable shows over the next few months.

For starters, Palmer Lake's Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts will be hosting classic country singer Moe Bandy, one of the foremost honky-tonk hitmakers of the 1970s, on Thursday, July 6. The Branford Marsalis Quartet will perform at the Center on Aug. 3, which should thrill jazz aficionados, given the chameleonic Marsalis' status as one of the genre's instrumental luminaries since the 1980s.

Meanwhile, William Bell, the genuine soul legend behind the standards "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "You Don't Miss Your Water," who recently won Best Americana Album at February's Grammy Awards for This Is Where I Live, will grace the stage at the Lone Tree Arts Center on Oct. 27 as part of the "Take Me to the River: Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue." Also featured in the revue are harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite and singer Bobby Rush.

In addition, the region is marking its own foray into the internet radio realm with Tri Lakes Radio, a Monument-based internet radio station that features Colorado-based independent musicians of many different genres, including a nightly EDM show. You can listen in at trilakesradio.com.

Meanwhile, Josep Caballé-Domenech, 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.

Philharmonic fans, meanwhile, need not worry. This new position does not mean he's booking a one-way flight to Colombia on the next plane out. He'll continue to serve as music director for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic while performing his new duties in Bogotá, and the nature of his position here won't be changing in the slightest.

In fact, Caballé-Domenech will be at the helm of a unique season starting this fall. As we reported earlier this year (see Jan. 18 cover story "The Bernstein Continuum"), the Philharmonics' 2017-2018 season will be tackling the iconic work of Leonard Bernstein, while collaborating with UCCS and Colorado College on a variety of multimedia events celebrating Bernstein's legacy as a composer, activist and cultural icon.

Additional reporting this week by Alissa Smith and Bill Forman. Send news, photos and music to reverb@csindy.com.


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