Dark Star Orchestra starts three night run at the Boulder Theater tonight

dark-star-orchestra-600By Quentin Young

This is a momentous year for the Grateful Dead.

The seminal rock enterprise and inexhaustible cultural force was founded in San Francisco in 1965, and the band is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. As if to increase the year’s commemorative weight, the band announced that its original surviving members plan to play a set of farewell concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, site of the last show they played with bandmate Jerry Garcia, who died 20 years ago.

The shows represent an end for the Grateful Dead, but they also mark a beginning of sorts for the hundreds of bands that populate the Dead community, the Dark Star Orchestra primary among them.

“It raises awareness of the Grateful Dead,” said Jeff Mattson, guitarist and singer for DSO. More awareness of the Dead’s music means more interest in bands that play it.

The DSO is coming to Boulder for three shows, March 26-28, at the Boulder Theater. That a Grateful Dead tribute band can play a market three nights in a row and that its members seem not to be bored with the music after years of performing the music speaks to the enduring quality and infinite interpretative possibilities of the material. It surprises even Mattson, who is 56 and has been listening to the Dead longer than many DSO fans have been alive.   Read more…

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‘Meeting on The Mountain’ Live Broadcast Event at Cervantes’ Other Side Tonight!

Tyler Grant at NedFest, Nederland, Colorado.

Tyler Grant at NedFest, Nederland, Colorado.

Head on down to the “Meeting on the Mountain Live Broadcast featuring Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Grant Farm, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny “Burle” Galloway Hosted by Tyler Grant,”  it will be a fun and cool time with a new format.

The event will start with a one Hour live broadcast with interviews and live performances followed by a Full Concert With Sets From Each Act. This is the first in a series of five Meeting on the Mountain events. From a recent press release; “Meeting on the Mountain, a new collaborative recording and live broadcast experience, kicks off their inaugural event on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. Joining host band, The Grant Farm, for this first Meeting on the Mountain are Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Dead Winter Carpenters, and Benny “Burle” Galloway. The rousing live one-hour broadcast includes performances as well as interviews with each act and gives Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians.”

Here is what Tyler Grant and Billy Nershi have to say about tonight’s meeting on the Mountain:

Here is what is on tap for tonight:
Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident, Honkytonk Homeslice and The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and has performed from the saloons of Telluride to the some of the most sought after venues in America . A seasoned veteran of flat-picking and a variety of acoustic styles, Bill adds a unique, colorful perspective to virtually any musical situation he encounters, and his enthusiasm and playful spirit encourage an interactive, participatory experience for musicians and fans alike. Billy still calls Colorado home and when he’s not on tour he is writing, recording and producing in his own studio, The Sleeping Giant.

Dead Winter Carpenters, hailing from North Lake Tahoe, CA,  represents everything the American west stands for. The band seamlessly blends Americana with roots rock and a tinge of straightforward ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ alt. country for hard-hitting performances that are as edgy as they are whimsical. The project pushes and pulls at musical boundaries with top-notch, live performances while walking the line with unexpected world music flair. With an unbridled spirit, and an authentic approach to the art of songwriting, the five-piece captures the freedom of the road with the kind of energy that is made of legends.

The five-piece outfit consists of fiddler/vocalist Jenni Charles, upright bassist/vocalist David Lockhart, guitarists/vocalists Jesse Dunn and Bryan Daines, and drummer/vocalist Brian Huston.

Benny “Burle” Galloway, resident colorado songwriting collaborator and musician who’s first experience at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 set off his embracement of what true American music stood for. Having moved to Denver in his teens with a guitar and a stack of records, Galloway found the area teemed with progressive sounds, plenty of like minded people to play music with, an abundance of music friendly events, and places to pick and sing. After hearing Hot Rize, John Hartford, Norman Blake, New Grass Revival and Leon Russell, it was evident to “Burle” that he had just found a deep well from which to draw new musical ideas and directions. Burle absorbed every sound available from rock to gospel and began crafting his powerful songwriting skills.

The sights and sounds of the country, no matter what part of the country, are what remain the backbone of his compositions. His lyrics spawn melodies that sound like they’re one hundred years old. Colorado’s Front Range was (and still is) a hot-bed of acoustic music,Jams, festivals, and pickin-parties with Burle right in the middle of it all, writing and recording vast amounts of material. As the years passed, Burle found himself working with new and established performers as a member of roots bands, duos, trios, four pieces and more. A lot of these musical situations were built around his tunes, featuring him as a front man, a lead vocalist, guitar and/or bass player.
In the past decade, Burle has collaborated and played with the finest of musicians and bands in America. His longtime producer and friend Sally Van Meter, Scott Law, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas, Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Darol Anger, Sam Grisman, John and Rebecca Frazier, Rob Wasserman, Shawn Camp, Jon Wiesberger, Travis Book, Mark Epstein, Robin Davis, Jon Stickley, Tyler Grant Jordan Ramsey, Pete Kartsounes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band, Head for the Hills, The Grant Farm, Broke Mountain, The Wayword Sons, Town Mountain, Espresso!

The host band, Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards.

The Grant Farm train stops at all stations on the North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous 2012 debut album, Grant Farm and the 2014 follow up, Plowin’ Time (#2 JamBand Radio Charts), audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance. In September 2014 Grant Farm collaborated with the band Fruition to release Meeting on the Mountain, which reached #8 on the JamBand Radio charts and #148 on the AMA Radio Charts.

Also tickets are very affordable for more information visit, www.cervantesmasterpiece.com.
For additional Grant Farm videos, visit www.SecondStoryGarage.com.

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Jaden Carlson Band’s Polychromatic is uplifting (review)

Jaden Carlson courtesy of Gratefulweb.com

Jaden Carlson courtesy of Gratefulweb.com

By Lisa Crandall

I’m not a professional writer. I just love great music.

POLYCHROMATIC-ITUNES-220x220I’ve always been a fan of Jaden Carlson. From the very first time I saw her perform. I think it was at a benefit up in Nederland, for an injured resident. Later, Jaden teamed up with Garrett Sayers on Bass and  Scott Messersmith from The Motet on percussion, a Carlson group that played great shows. Now with her latest band, Jaden has released Polychromatic, the next in a already great series of CD’s.

It was exciting for me to hear the new lineup and songs.

On the first track, the first bars, indicate that this music has come from the study of a deep soul. The haunting sounds of the first track just shift your entire mind… and you’re ready to receive.

The new band members must be appreciated. I had the opportunity to see the Jaden Carlson Band perform up at Nedfest. They were awesome! I love the way Jaden seems to really flow with the band. Like they know when she wants to stretch-out and jam, they can read her signals on stage, and they seem genuinely joyful about being together and about the music itself. I love the fun faces Jaden and the keyboardist, Eric Luba, were exchanging. Will Trask is an exciting drummer whose complex and unpredictable rhythms keep you guessing.

Mud Flip is a very fun song. I got to see her band perform it live at Nedfest and it got the crowd dancing. Jaden’s toying melody and Will’s chasing rhythm with answers from Eric on organ just pulled everyone in and made our bodies move. It’s a great live song for dancing!

And the transition from Mud Flip into No Use Hanging Around is very smooth and enjoyable.  That will definitely work live, too.

No Use has riffs that remind me of Joe Satriani or Carlos Santana. That is definitely an achievement for a young musician. Understanding the power of a repeated melody, but not overstating it, takes finesse and melodic comprehension. Jaden has these qualities. I especially enjoyed the addition of the fiddle at the prelude.

This is good solid song writing on the album. The songs are complete, thought-out, haunting and even surprising from the deep blues hue of some of the lyrics. Some lyrics so powerful they brought tears to my eyes. Especially the song Nothing Left. In it her lyrics speak of slugging through pain that comes from living more years than Jaden has even experienced yet…and so I can only wonder what the motivation for this song was.

The excellent song transitions are even more evidence that this was a well-honed, deeply thought-out Polychromatic from start to finish.

Jaden keeps amazing me with her music. And Jaden’s voice is maturing and improving, too. It’s interesting to get to listen to her evolving as a musician. And of course on her guitar, she is truly mastering the funky-groove element along with packing a punch in her blues playing. When you get to experience great music, it just lifts what you have out off your shoulders and helps you shake it loose. And that’s what this CD did for me. I truly enjoy it and recommend Polychromatic. Rock on, Jaden!

Enjoy this version of Born to Fly from the Jaden Carlson Band’s visit to the Second Story Garage Studio.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations begin tonight in Broomfield continue through the new year in Denver, Boulder (video)

SCYNYE14600If there is ever a time to want to be in many locations at one time it is New Year’s Eve.  Forget the dropping of the ball in New York City or the wonderful fireworks in Sydney; we have more than enough fun set for the Denver, Boulder area.

The celebrations kick of tonight at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center with three nights of  Colorado’s own String Cheese Incident.

crb14Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, you have the additional options of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver.  Also kicking off tomorrow eve is a very special, first time ever, Denver performance for the newly formed Golden Gate Wingmen at Quixotes True Blue in Denver.  The Golden Gate Wingmen consist of former Furthur members John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti and joining them on stage are Jay Lane and Reed Mathis. According to Live Music and Reviews,the GGW formed from musicians available on the first night of a recent John K Solo show at Terrapin Crossroads.  “John Kadlecik (Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, and more) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog and more) on keyboards, Jay Lane (an original Furthur member, Primus, Ratdog) on drums and Reed Mathis on bass (Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey and most recently Tea Leaf Green.).”

Both bands plan to culminate their Denver visits with New Year’s Eve shows to celebrate GGWNYE142015.

And if that weren’t enough to get your booty shaking, New Year’s Eve will find Boulder’s West Water Outlaws headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder.  From the bands website: “West Water Outlaws “Paranoid” New Years Eve at the Fox Theatre will feature 1 original set of material + the ENTIRE ALBUM of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. The Yawpers and In the Whale join the NYE show as special guests for the evening.”

Also, right down the street at the Boulder Theater, Yonder Mountain String Band starts their 4 night run with many special guest and shows well into the new year.

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So whatever  your choice, get out and have some fun but drive safe and slow due to the weather conditions and all of the other music fans that will be out on the road.  See you at the show!

Here are some recent videos from several of the band’s  visit to the Second Story Garage studio at the Daily Camera.  Enjoy.

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Gipsy Moon Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre with special guest from Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Head for the Hills and Mountain Standard Time (video)

GipsyMoon-600Nederland’s Gipsy Moon is in holiday mode and are throwing a big Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band is inviting many friends and family to help celebrate the holidays.  “The theme for the evening is “A Classy Holiday” – so we are asking the fans to dress up,” said the band’s manager, Ryan Smith.

Gipsy Moon is made up of Nederland residents Silas Herman (mandolin), David Matters (banjo/vocals/guitar), Mackenzie Page (guitar/vocals/tenor banjo), Andrew Conley (Cello) and Matt Cantor (Bass).  Joining the band for tonight’s star studded extravaganza  are many musicians from Colorado’s vibrant bluegrass scene including Silas Herman’s father Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Bridget Law and Dan Rodriguez of Elephant Revival, Joe Lessard of Head for the Hills and Nick Dunbar of Mountain Standard Time.  The rumor is that even more special guest are on tap.

Watch for beer specials from Boulder Beer and the event is an official pre-party for WinterWonderGrass who will hold a raffle for a free pair of tickets.  Arrive early for your chance to grab their new EP “Autumn’s Retreat.” Tickets are $12 door making this the best party value in town.  Look to have lots of fun and I will see you at the show.  Check out this video from the bands recent visit to the Second Story Garage studio.

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Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holiday’s benefit for Conscious Alliance on tap with Infamous Stringdusters and Euforquestra at the Fillmore

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Saturday holds in store lots of fun at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver with the KBCO and Kyle Hollingsworth’s Hoppy Holidays benefit for Conscious Alliance.  Adding to the fun of the Kyle Hollingsworth band  concert and brewfest will be sets by Euforquestra and the Infamous Stringdusters.   These shows are always tons of fun and you get to sample brews from many local breweries.   Check it out.  See you at the show.

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The Motet Mixtape 1975 Halloween costumes at the Boulder Theater (photos)

The Motet Mixtape 1975 concert at the Boulder Theater, Friday, Oct. 31, saw many costumed fans.

Motet Mixtape 1975 fans.

The Motet once again performed to a packed house at the  Boulder Theater for their themed Halloween show called Mixtape 1975, Friday, Oct. 31.

The musical arrangements The Motet came up with for the iconic music of 1975 was brilliantly funky.  It was especially touching when vocalist Jans Ingber announced that the band was dedicating the evening’s music to a local percussionist, Ted Welles, who recently passed away.

We will post more views from the show soon.

Much of the fun for the Halloween shows are the costumed fans that turn out in larger numbers. Almost every participant was in costume.

Here is sampling of the many costumed fans of The Motet Mixtape 1975 concert at the Boulder Theater, Friday, Oct. 31.  You can see more costumes on The Motet’s facebook page.

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The Motet’s best mix yet will relive 1975 in Halloween shows at Boulder Theater (video)

motetmixtapeBy Alan Crandall Previously published at the ColoradoDaily.com

The Motet has long been one of Colorado’s favorite funk bands. In the early years, The Motet grew out of a fluid group of musicians, always centered on the band’s leader, drummer Dave Watts. With the release of their self-titled seventh album and a recent return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Motet is riding a wave of success after years of touring and experimentation. The band is pushing heavy rhythmic dance music to a new level, incorporating afrobeat, disco, electronica and soul into funky arrangements that inspire audience members to dance.

The Motet today is a seven-piece group, with members Jans Ingber, Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, Gabe Mervine, Matt Pitts and Watts.

“As a seven-piece, we made a decision about a year ago that this is going to be the lineup that we’re going to stick with,” Watts said in a recent interview.

Watts explained the new path for The Motet as “sort of a new paradigm that we’ve stepped into, basing our sound off of the funk influences that we’ve had over the last 12 or 13 years … Probably the coolest part of (“The Motet” album) is that we wrote it as a band — 100 percent co-written as a group, which is pretty cool.”

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16th Annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival on tap (photos)

NedFest, experiences a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival.  Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.

NedFest, experiencd a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival. Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.

One of Colorado’s best mountain music festivals, NedFest, is set to start next Friday in Nederland. Now in it’s 16th year NedFest always offers a family friendly time with sometimes magical combinations of musicians you will not find outside of a music music festival or once upon a time in Vince Herman’s living room. Past years lineups have read like the who’s who of the Colorado music scene. This year is no exception featuring musicians like Bill Nershi, Keith Moseley and Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, Tyler Grant with Grant Farm, Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt and Jeff Austin with his new band featuring Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin.

Nestled in the mountains and next to the Barker Meadow reservoir, the festival grounds offer scenic views and mountain fresh air. The festival grounds are wrapped by art and food vendors and this year libations will be served up by Boulder Beer, Redstone Meadery, Left Hand Brewing Company and Very Nice Brewing Company.

New this year, a NedFest regular tweener, Jaden Carlson will be featured on the main stage. The new Jaden Carlson Band recently headlined the Fox Theatre and put on a very impressive show. She is a NedFest crowd favorite.

Headlining this year’s festival is Jeff Austin with his new band, Robert Randolph and the Family band and a super group comprised of the New Orleans Suspects joined by Little Feat’s Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett.

From a recent press release: “Who are the New Orleans Suspects, you say? Let’s start with Mean Willie Green on the drums, drummer for the Neville Bros. since 1981, not to mention playing on albums by Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Then add Reggie Scanlan, bassist for The Radiators for all 33 years of their existence, plus he was a member of Professor Longhair’s band. On sax there’s James Brown’s band leader (for the last 12 years of his life) Jeff Watkins, who after Brown passed away led Joss Stone’s band for 6 years. Next we’ve got the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Jake Eckert on guitar and vocals and C.R. Gruver of the Meters Experience on keys.”

Check out this years schedule of fun.

2014 Lineup

Friday, August 22nd:
Doors 5:30 pm

6:00-7:30 pm Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet featuring Bill Nershi and Keith Moseley of the String Cheese Incident, Eric Deutsch on keys, and E Town’s Christian Teele on drums

8:00-10:00 pm Jeff Austin Band featuring Jeff Austin, Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin
10:30 pm- 1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

Late Night with Grant Farm
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

Saturday, August 23rd
Doors 11:30 am

12-1:30 Nederland Acid Jazz
2:00-3:30 Jaden Carlson Band
4-5:30 TBA
6:00-7:30 Kyle Hollingsworth Band (of the String Cheese Incident)
8:00- 10:00 Robert Randolph and the Family Band
10:30 pm -1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

Late Night with Galaxy Agent
(FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

Sunday, August 24th
Doors 11:30 am

12:00 Special Kid’s Show for Sunday Opener!
1:00-1:45 Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers with Annie Savage
2:00-3:30 Fruition
4:00-5:30 Drew Emmitt Band (of Leftover Salmon)
6:00-7:00 Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat acoustic set
7:00-8:00 The New Orleans Suspects
8:00-9:00 Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat with the New Orleans Suspects

So as you can see this year’s festival has an incredible line up, next to the reservoir, high in the mountains and is loaded with fun. And don’t forget, buying a ticket or paying to camp is helping the non-profit, 100% of proceeds go to local kids’ music education programs. For tickets please visit www.nedfest.org.

Check out the photos from NedFest 2013:

 

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Kyle’s Brew Fest sporting new look, location

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Kyle Hollingsworth

By Tom Wilmes
Friday Beer Correspondent

 

Attendees of Kyle’s Brew Fest will notice several changes this year, the biggest of which is the location.

Staged the past few years at Boulder Beer Co., this year’s event is slated for 3-7 p.m. Saturday outside Liquor Mart in Boulder.

“Boulder Beer is still the sponsor and they’re still super awesome,” Hollingsworth said. “And I’m very excited to be trying out Liquor Mart — it’s a larger space and more centrally located, so people can walk or bike in.”

Admission to the 21-and-older event, $30 in advance or at the gate, includes a limited-edition pint glass, samples from more than 30 local and national breweries pouring more than 60 beers, access to a silent auction of music memorabilia and a performance by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Proceeds from the event benefit Conscious Alliance.

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Hollingsworth, keyboardist with The String Cheese Incident, also will celebrate the release of his new solo album, “Speed of Life,” at the brew fest. He has invited special guests — including members of The Motet, Elephant Revival, Big Gigantic and others, many of whom play on the album — to join his band during the performance.

Fans also will have an opportunity to purchase the album at the event in advance of its official Aug. 19 release date by SCI Fidelity Records.

Hollingsworth, an avid homebrewer, also has collaborated with several breweries over the years, and many of these beers will be pouring at the festival, including projects with Avery Brewing, FATE Brewing and Epic Brewing.

Additionally, three collaborative beers paired with singles from the album will be available at the festival. Fans who purchase these beers elsewhere will find information on the packaging on how to download specially released “hop tracks” for personal consumption. Read More…

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