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

Kyle Hollingsworth

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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The Henhouse Prowlers to perform at Shine tonight (video)

Chicago’s premier traditional bluegrass band, the Henhouse Prowlers, will perform tonight at Shine starting at 8:30.  Here is a video of the band, check it out and we will see you at the show!

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The Hard Working Americans roll through Colorado with stop at Twist & Shout in Denver, tonight at Boulder Theater (video, photos)

 

Members Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks

Members Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks

By Alan Crandall

The Hard Working Americans are doing it right.  A recently formed super group, melded members of  bands like Widespread Panic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood & Great American Taxi, brings a strong sound and lyrics based in Americana rock, with the feeling of both easy and hard driving folk style tunes.  The band formed less than a year ago hit the scene as a powerhouse with members, Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks.

From the bands Facebook page, “Led by Snider’s intrepid vocals and backed by a band of ace players, the Hard Working Americans created fresh song arrangements to tell stories of the everyman and woman- the frustrated and downtrodden, the gritty and gorgeous, the blue-collar and no-collar- hard working folks that give this country a backbone.”

The band kicked off their Colorado run headlining an event at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue, Colorado.  Here is a view of their sound check.

The band has several releases under their belt including their self titled album “The Hard Working Americans” and a 7 inch vinyl release “Don’t Want To Hurt Nobody.”

The second stop on The Hard Working Americans Colorado run was a CD and Album promo event at Twist & Shout in Denver where, already dedicated fans, lined up hours before the 6:00p.m. show.

Tonight the band will pack the Boulder Theater and tomorrow they will end their end this Colorado run at the Ogden Theater in Denver.

We caught up with the band at their Twist & Shout event, here are a few views from the show.   See you at the show.

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East LA’s Los Lobos perform for Louisville Street Faire to packed audience (photos, video)

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Over thirty years strong, East LA’s Los Lobos have never lost sight of their roots and continue to thrill audiences.  Even sans founding member, guitarist and vocal artist David Hidalgo, as was the case Friday, the band takes their audience on a great ride with upbeat songs based in Americana and Latin roots.  From the bands website; “Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.”

Event planners in Louisville were prepared for the large crowd even adding additional speakers to avoid attendees crushing in on the stage.  From the front, though packed, there was plenty of room to shake your booty.  Threats of rain may have dampened the crowd numbers slightly though the concert saw a wonderful breezy evening, Friday, July 11th.  There were a couple of musicians sitting in with the core members of the band, one of them a local percussionist Scott Parker Mast. Here are some views from the show.  Enjoy.

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A special thanks to Todd Gray for this photo.

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‘Feels like the first time’ as The Motet eagerly returns to Red Rocks

The Motet, shown on the Summer Camp Music Festival stage in Chillicothe, Ill., in May, will play Red Rocks on July 5. (Spady Photography / Courtesy photo)

The Motet, shown on the Summer Camp Music Festival stage in Chillicothe, Ill., in May, will play Red Rocks on July 5. (Spady Photography / Courtesy photo)

By Quentin Young
Second Story Garage

This could be The Motet’s moment.

The popular Boulder band has scored two recent gigs at the Fillmore Auditorium, its brand is gaining fans in markets throughout the country, and its members’ various side projects are getting busier.

And now The Motet is scheduled to perform on July 5 at the venue to beat all Colorado venues: Red Rocks.

The Motet has played the venue before, but it was at least nine years ago (an Internet search indicates The Motet opened for Blues Traveler at Red Rocks in 2004 and 2005), and band leader Dave Watts says he can barely remember it.

But he and the band have been looking forward to playing the iconic venue for a couple of years, he said.

“It feels like the first time,” he said.

The Motet will open the show for Chicago jam band Umphrey’s McGee, and Nashville rock act Moon Taxi is also on the bill.

How do you prepare for a show at one of the most fabled concert venues in America? The Motet is taking the just-be-yourself approach. For past big shows, the band often has invited special guests to perform with them. Not this time.  Read More

 

 

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MarchFourth Marching Band entertains Louisville Town Faire (photos, video)

MarchFourth Marching Band (M4 to its fans) is a kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy that inspires dancing in an atmosphere of celebration” is how their website describes the band MarchFourth Marching Band, a date, a command and a band. M4 visited the Louisville Downtown Street Faire on Friday, June 27, 2014. Here are some point and shoot views from the show.

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The John Butler Trio packs the Fox Theatre for pre Red Rocks concert (photos, video)

The John Butler Trio packed the fans into a sold out show at Boulder’s Fox Theatre on June 5, 2014 as a warm up for their Red Rocks appearance the next eve. It was a fun show with very dedicated fans, most planning on attending the Red Rocks concert for their full JBT experience. Here are a few views from the event.

 

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John Butler

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LOHI festival this Saturday to feature moe., Pimps of Joytime, The Heavy Pets and more…

lohiwebBeverage Distributors Presents LOHI Music Festival DISCO is this Saturday in Denver’s Lower Highlands! Get your tickets now at www.lohimusicfestival.com. This year’s festival is featuring Moe. (Two Sets), Pimps of Joytime, The Heavy Pets, Chrome Drones, Joey Porter’s Vital Organ, Genetics & a very special Tiger Party feat. members of Lotus, GS3 & American Babies! Also, be sure to secure your late night tickets for Everyone Orchestra, Pimps of Joytime & The Heavy Pets at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom! #LOHI

This will be a fun time in Denver, grab your sunscreen and sandals and get ready to party in Denver. See you at the show!

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Kronen contest alert! Band offering 10 autographed CDs and 5 pairs of tickets to CD release party

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That’s right, the band Kronen is having a CD release party at the Fox Theatre in Boulder and to celebrate they are giving away five pairs of tickets and ten autographed CDs. This give-a-way is sponsored by www.secondstorygarage.com and the contest ends June 19, the concert is Friday June, 20. To enter click here and good luck!

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