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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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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