• Coral Creek gets the crowd jumping at the Oriental Theater Friday, April 29th

    By C. Alan Crandall/previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    CoralCreekOriental-7We headed out to see Coral Creek and the John Kadlecik Band perform at the Oriental Theater, thinking that it was a cool and interesting to have a Colorado favorite Bluegrass band warm up for the heady jams of John Kadlecik. “Wouldn’t a rock band or a Grateful Dead cover band be better as an opening act?” I thought. Well we are pleased to say we couldn’t have been more wrong.

    Coral Creek’s music is described on their Facebook page as a “Rocky Mountain Bluegrass & Americana Music from the Colorado Front Range, featuring original songs by Chris Thompson, Luke Bulla & Bill McKay and unique renditions of traditional bluegrass tunes and Americana classics by The Band, Grateful Dead, Peter Rowan, Bill Monroe and more…” Coral Creek is that and more an I think they have found a winning combination.

    Coral Creek at the Oriental Theater, April 27, 2016
    Coral Creek at the Oriental Theater, April 27, 2016

    Fronted by the guitar and vocals of Chris Thompson and featuring the vocals and keys of Bill McKay, of Leftover Salmon fame, Coral Creek had the crowd jumping from their very first note. Performing long jams like “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Ramble On Rose” the band was a great choice and very entertaining for this concert. Bill McKay is a perfect fit for Coral Creek, his vocals and hard driving keys contribute to the sound in a way that makes you feel he has been playing with Chris, Rob and Jack for years. A special treat for the Oriental Theater shows was Nathan Peoples filling in for Luke Bulla on fiddle with his saxophone. His type of “fiddle” playing filled the room with hard driving solos that meshed with the bluegrass/ jam band sound perfectly.

    We are sold, and will catch Coral Creek any chance we get, they are a solid band with a fantastic sound that will have you moving to their grove from the very first note. For more info visit www.coralcreek.net.

    Our friends over at GratefulWeb.com had a chance to chat with Coral Creek, here’s a glimpse:

    From touring on a yacht in the Virgin Islands, procuring a dingy to get to their gigs, and fighting storms with ‘Captain Dave, Coral Creek is spreading the good vibes of their new self-titled album. Coral Creek played Cervantes Other Side’s three year anniversary party of the Grass For That Ass Bluegrass Thursdays. Coral Creek consists of Chris Thompson on lead guitar, Bill McKay (formerly of Leftover Salmon) on keys, Rob Garland on bass, Jack Watson on drums, and filling in tonight for Luke Bulla (of Lyle Lovett Band) is Nathan Peoples on the “saxophone fiddle.” Read More…

    Upcoming Coral Creek shows:
    June 4th : Capitol Hill People’s Fair, Denver, CO
    June 12th : Taste of Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
    June 25th: Clear Creek Rapid Grass: Idaho Springs, CO
    June 30th: Thursdays on Frist & Third: Rochester, MN
    July 8th : Summer of Love Fest, Kent, UK
    July6-24: UK Tour
    July 29th: the BEACH: Buena Vista, CO
    Aug 3rd: Beaver Creek Resort: Avon, CO
    Aug 5th: Parfet Park: Golden, CO
    Aug 19th: Yarmony Grass: Rancho Del Rio
    Sep 2nd : Four Corners Folk Festival: Pagosa Springs, CO

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    Check out this short grab of “Ramble On Rose” from the Oriental Theater show.

    @CORAL_CREEK at the @OrientalTheater

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    And “Dear Mr. Fantasy”

    @CORAL_CREEK at the @OrientalTheater

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    So as you can see, if you have the opportunity, you should catch a Coral Creek show!

  • Nederland’s Elephant Revival to headline at Red Rocks joined by Josh Ritter, Rising Applachia and ‘The Human Experience’ on Sunday

    ER_BT_2014_600By C. Alan Crandall/ Previously published at SecondStoryGarage.com

    ER-RedRocks-2016-FinalPoster-wTHX-webThis Sunday, Elephant Revival will return to Red Rocks Amphitheater for an early show. Arguably one of the most famous bands out of Nederland, Colorado, Elephant Revival’s style of acoustic progressive, indie, Americana music delights audiences from coast to coast. In its tenth 10th and fresh off of their sixth album release, named “Petals,” the band has found success in the festival circuit that they have embraced since their inception.

    The quintet is formed by members Bonnie Paine, Bridget Law, Charlie Rose, Dango Rose and Daniel Rodriguez and say their mission is “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”

    From the band’s website: “Elephant Revival has toured extensively since their inception, garnering a large and loyal fanbase. The band headlines major venues and has performed at over 30 festivals each year, including Newport Folk Fest, Bumbershoot, Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra, All Good and many more. On May 22, Elephant Revival will headline the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater, in their home state of Colorado, for the first time.”

    Check out Elephant Revival’s visit to Second Story Garage here.

    Joining Elephant Revival at Red Rocks is Rising Appalachia, Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band and The Human Experience with David Block.

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    Chloe Smith
    Leah Smith
    Leah Smith

    Rising Appalachia, also with six albums to their credit, is formed by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, and joined by their band, including members Biko Casini and David Brown. Rising Appalachia “is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off,” says their website. After spending time in the Appalachia mountains and then moving to New Orleans, the sisters honed their harmonies and musical stylings into an entertaining, captivating performance.

    Originating out of Moscow, Idaho, Josh Ritter will be joined by Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Josh Kaufman and Liam Hurley, performing their strong flavor of indie folk-rock.

    Kicking off the show on Sunday, and performing between sets, are the unique offerings of The Human Experience with David Block. This musical experience encourages participants to “sing, dance, play, don’t take life too seriously and to create, collaborate, share and learn,” says the band’s Facebook page.

    Sunday is an early show. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and everything will be rapped up by 10 p.m., according to the Facebook event page. Billed as a family-friendly event, with many opportunities to enjoy the surroundings that is the Red Rocks Amphitheater, this is an event not to miss.

    If you Go:

    Ages: All Ages
    Doors Open: 4:30 p.m.
    Price: $40-$45
    Door Price: $45-$50
    Music starts at 5 p.m. and will be done by 10 p.m.


    The Human Experience with David Block.

  • Coral Creek Performs With John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater Friday

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    Courtesy of Coral Creek

    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    Friday, April 29th marks a moment for Dead Heads and JamGrass fans alike as Colorado’s Americana supergroup, Coral Creek, strums main support for the John Kadlecik Band at the Oriental Theater. Kadlecik is known for his involvement with Further, Phil Lesh & Friends, as well as his own project, Dark Star Orchestra. Quickly gaining traction in the circuit, Coral Creek has announced a number of festival slots for the summer and recently released their debut album.

    Led by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice. Coral Creek is a Colorado band with members deeply rooted in the jam grass bluegrass sound. The Coral Creek band members are Chris Thompson (guitar/vocals), Bill McKay (keyboard/vocals), Rob Garland (bass) and Jack Watson (drums). Read more about Coral Creek here.

    Image by C. Alan Crandall, poster design by John Kadlecik.

    John Kadlecik will bring his new band back to Colorado for the second time this month, after performing at the Belly Up in Aspen on April 13th.
    Kadlecik, who last toured through the area as a solo act has assembled a group of musicians that are certain to get your body in motion. The John Kadlecik Band features Klyph Black on bass and vocals, Nathan Graham on drums, Waynard Scheller on keys.

    Kadlecik, has spent much time with his bands and projects on the eastern seaboard, so many fans are delighted to see him bring another group of musicians out west to share in the music that he once described as “Grateful Dead stuff, his stuff and quirky fun stuff.” In fact in previous Denver-Boulder visits he has taken request from the audience.

    Kadlecik starts this leg of his Colorado shows Thursday at Hodi’s Half Note, in Fort Collins, continuing on to the Oriental Theater on Friday eve, and then, for the first time ever, with any of his projects, performing at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on Saturday, April 30th. Having followed John Kadlecik’s various projects from the Dark Star Orchestra days, and being delighted and entertained with every one of his visits to Colorado I am very excited for a new set of shows with the new group. Kadlecik’s Colorado fans have learned that with ticket prices starting at $17 – $20, any of his performances provide the best entertainment for the money. I will see you at the shows.

    If you have not seen the new John Kadlecik Band, check out this video from last November in New Haven, CT. ~ How Sweet it Is…

  • FoCoMX 8 offers new and innovative programming, continues to grow

    focomx16_600Fort Collins, CO (4/4/16) – FoCoMX 2016 is incorporating several new features this year
    including a comedy lineup and FoCoMX preevents at The Ramskeller and Zwei Brewing.
    Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell
    Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts over 250 Colorado bands and solo
    musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.
    Youth programming and student involvement is featured this year with Kids Programming at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, youth performances throughout the lineup and an extensive partnership with Colorado State University. Mr. Marty (http://www.kidsmusic.co/ ), 15-year-oldMaya Bennet and Linneage Music Project (http://www.lineagemusicproject.com/ ) are some of the favorites in the youth lineup. FoCoMX has teamed up with an honors class at CSU to mentor students in a reallife
    marketing project to market a CSU Ramskeller preevent, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Student Media to shoot archival video and execute cross platform coverage of the event to provide real world event experiences.  The free live music event will be located in the newly remodeled and ever popular Lory Student Center’s “Ramskeller” on Friday, April 15 and will feature two Colorado State University alumni bands, WriteMinded
    and Slow Caves from 36pm.
    “Mentoring students is a key part of growing the next generation of Fort Collins music lovers. We are able to do this by booking youth bands, including programming for younger audiences, as well as working with CSU on events and marketing campaigns.” Peggy
    Lyle, FoCoMA Board of Directors.
    Zwei Brewing will also host a second FoCoMX pre-event on Saturday, April 16 from 36pm
    featuring Fort Collins’ favorites Post Paradise Duo and Tallgrass.  This is the only venue not located in the Fort Collins Downtown area. “We would love to expand to more venues outside of the downtown area as the festival grows; Zwei Brewery reached out to us and we thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with a south venue and promote the FoCoMX weekend,” explained Greta Cornett, President of Fort Collins Musician Association (FoCoMA).
    FoCoMX 2016 also features comedy acts from local comedians between sets at several
    venues. “We are extremely proud to add comedy to our FoCoMX festivities this year! We are happy to showcase another talented genre of performers in our community and feel they will bring a unique element of excitement to the festival,” said Cornett.

  • Coral Creek & members of DeadPhish Orchestra with Zach Daniels performing “Pickin on Phish” tonight at Cervantes’ Other Side

    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    pickinonphishLed by founding member and chief songwriter, Chris Thompson, Coral Creek seizes center stage with beautifully written compositions and storylines reminiscent of John Prine and Robert Hunter. Previously produced by Bill Nershi of the String Cheese Incident, Thompson’s playing is stylistically blazing new trails inspired by guitar heroes Jerry Garcia and Tony Rice.

    A well rounded album from start to finish, Coral Creek features some of the most impressive performers in the bluegrass circuit, both in studio and out — including Executive Producer, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth.

    The album debuted at #3 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart in December 2015, along with the String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and Lettuce. The album is listed in the Top 20 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Americana Country Chart and Top 100 on the Americana Music Association (AMA) Radio Chart.

    Coral Creek Tour Dates

    APR 14 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Other Side
    APR 16 – Georgetown, CO – Loveland Ski Resort
    APR 30 – Keystone, CO – Arapahoe Basin Ski Lodge
    JUN 30 – Rochester, MN – Thursdays on First & Third
    AUG 19 – Rancho Del Rio, CO – Yarmony Grass
    SEP 02 – Pagosa Springs, CO – Four Corners Folk Festival
    Prodigious Keyboard player, Bill McKay, contributes to the group’s extensive repertoire of original material by writing and singing lead vocals and playing piano and organ tracks.

    McKay, known for his pivotal role in Leftover Salmon, led the group through their largest tours and greatest performances. A master of the instrument, his influence is heard throughout the album, a tasty reminder of the days when he toured with The Derek Trucks Band.

    82ec3424-53bb-43b1-9235-0c54eb93daabCoral Creek also features Nashville’s Grammy Award Winning fiddle player and National Fiddle Champion, Luke Bulla to sharpen the sound. Earning his Grammy Award with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, this dynamic player is also a distinguished vocalist and songwriter.

    In addition to his work with Skaggs, Bulla has made a name for himself touring with Lyle Lovett as a singer and violinist. Bulla has also proven his worth by recording and performing live with American resonator guitar and lap steel player, Jerry Douglas. A well-known performer and record producer, Douglas has developed some of the largest names around.

    Bulla’s live performances have solidified his bluegrass credentials including a stint as a member of the Telluride House Band, playing alongside ‘Newgrass’ pioneer, Sam Bush. Though his stage presence is a phenomenal sight to see, one cannot overlook the beauty in his studio recordings. Produced by flattop guitar superstar, Bryan Sutton, Bulla’s debut solo album is country-bluegrass at its finest. A man well-versed in collaboration, this violin virtuoso has also worked with the captivating vocalist John Cowan as well as country music star, Lee Ann Womack.e3d1d324-9316-4a72-84f7-62424291d049

    With a guest list that reads like a who’s who list of improvisational jam music, Coral Creek features a number of additional guest appearances including Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass), Tyler Grant (Grant Farm), Arthur Lee Land (Great American Taxi), Scott Messersmith (The Motet) and female vocalist Tayna Shylock (Mountain of Venus) just to name a few.

    However, what is most remarkable about Coral Creek is the subtle use of top talent, without instrumental overindulgence or hype. Instead, the song-oriented album has a relaxed and steady feel, bringing the listener on a comfortable journey, while traversing many styles of music.

    3dffe283-c8c3-4e05-b1e9-601cd701035eWhile the album sits squarely in the Americana category, Coral Creek live performances transport audiences from the beaches of the Caribbean, down to the bayou and back up high into the Colorado Rockies – with instrumentation ranging from mandolin and fiddle to congas and steel pan.

    With a grassroots buzz that is undeniable, the band had a successful soft release of the album in the fall of 2015. This prompted a large Colorado mountain tour and a number of festival dates including the prestigious Four Corners Folk Festival, Yarmonygrass Music Festival, and a number of gigs yet to be announced.

    For more information about Coral Creek or their self-titled national release, check out their official website at www.coralcreek.net .