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

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

By Alan Crandall, previously published at the dailycamera.com

If 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.

Starting 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 2015.

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 + […]

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    Gipsy Moon Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre w/ special guest from Colorado’s favorite bluegrass bands (video)

Gipsy Moon Holiday Extravaganza tonight at the Fox Theatre w/ special guest from Colorado’s favorite bluegrass bands (video)

By Alan Crandall, Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
Nederland’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.

By |December 19th, 2014|Fox Theatre, Jam Band, Live Music|Comments Off

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

Previously published at the DailyCamera.com

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.

By |December 6th, 2014|Bluegrass, Fillmore, Jam Band, Live Music|Comments Off
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    The Motet’s best mix yet will relive 1975 in Halloween shows (video)

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

By 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)

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 […]

By |August 15th, 2014|Bluegrass, Dance, Festival, Jam Band, NedFest|Comments Off