• The Hard Working Americans roll through Colorado, stop at Twist & Shout in Denver, tonight in Boulder (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/Previously published at www.DailyCamera.com

    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, Colorado’s Street Faire (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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  • Front row at Widespread Panic, Red Rocks 2014 (photos)

    Widespread Panic, courtesy Ben Manley
    Widespread Panic, courtesy Ben Manley

    Photos Courtesy of our friend Ben Manley

    Widespread Panic once again thrilled fans with a set of three shows at Red Rocks this weekend.  We have some views from front row courtesy of  Ben Manley.  Enjoy.   (Photos from all three days)

    Photos Courtesy of Ben ManleySet list courtesy of Setlist.fm

    Friday June, 27.

    Set 1
    Imitation Leather Shoes
    B of D
    Tortured Artist
    Papa Johnny Road
    Send Your Mind
    (Van Morrison cover)
    And It Stoned Me
    (Van Morrison cover)
    Happy
    (>>)
    Sell Sell
    (Alan Price cover)
    Postcard
    Conrad
    Set 2
    Second Skin
    (>>)
    Rebirtha
    (>>)
    Jam
    (>>)
    Sleeping Man
    (Vic Chesnutt cover)
    Thin Air (Smells Like Mississippi)
    Driving Song
    (>>)
    Ribs and Whiskey
    (>>)
    Drums
    (>>)
    St. Louis
    (>>)
    Driving Song
    (>>)
    Bayou Lena
    (LTP 11/28/08) (>>)
    Love Tractor
    Encore:
    Papa Legba
    (Talking Heads cover)
    Life During Wartime
    (Talking Heads cover)
    City of Dreams
    (Talking Heads cover) (LTP as a show closer 7/01/11)

    Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley

    Saturday June   28.

    Set 1
    Holden Oversoul
    Old Joe
    Shut Up and Drive
    North
    (Jerry Joseph cover)
    Goodpeople
    Greta
    (>>)
    Fishwater
    Aunt Avis
    (Vic Chesnutt cover)
    Degenerate
    (Vic Chesnutt cover)
    Protein Drink
    (brute. cover) (>>)
    Sewing Machine
    (brute. cover)
    Set 2
    Rock
    (>>)
    Solid Rock
    (Bob Dylan cover)
    Thought Sausage
    (>>)
    Machine
    (>>)
    Barstools and Dreamers
    Honky Red
    Pigeons
    Don’t Be Denied
    (Neil Young cover)
    Ain’t Life Grand
    Saint Ex
    (>>)
    Chilly Water
    Encore:
    Jack
    (>>)
    Chainsaw City
    (Little Women cover)

    Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley

    Sunday June, 29

    Set 1
    Holden Oversoul
    Old Joe
    Shut Up and Drive
    North
    (Jerry Joseph cover)
    Goodpeople
    Greta
    (>>)
    Fishwater
    Aunt Avis
    (Vic Chesnutt cover)
    Degenerate
    (Vic Chesnutt cover)
    Protein Drink
    (brute. cover) (>>)
    Sewing Machine
    (brute. cover)
    Set 2
    Rock
    (>>)
    Solid Rock
    (Bob Dylan cover)
    Thought Sausage
    (>>)
    Machine
    (>>)
    Barstools and Dreamers
    Honky Red
    Pigeons
    Don’t Be Denied
    (Neil Young cover)
    Ain’t Life Grand
    Saint Ex
    (>>)
    Chilly Water
    Encore:
    Jack
    (>>)
    Chainsaw City
    (Little Women cover) Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley Photos Courtesy of Ben Manley



  • MarchFourth Marching Band perform for Louisville Town Faire

    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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