Rising Appalachia headline the Fox Theatre tonight in Boulder with The Brothers Comatose

Sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia perform at Red Rocks earlier this year.

Sisters Leah and Chloe of Rising Appalachia perform at Red Rocks earlier this year.

I am excited that one of my favorite bands, Rising Appalacha are headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder this eve. The beautiful harmonies of sisters Leah and Chloe are a joy to hear. Joined their band, percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown, Rising Appalachia brings a folk sound as unique as the wind.

From the bands recent press release, “Rising Appalachia brings to the stage aerra_rr_2016-7 collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.”

This will be the third time this year that I get the opportunity to enjoy the harmonies of Rising Appalachia. The first time this year I caught the band warming up for Elephant Revival at Red Rocks. Next the band was featured at ARISE Music Festival outside of Fort Collins.

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The Fox Theatre will actually be most intimate setting I have seen Leah and Chloe perform this year. The band has had a strong upbringing and rich history of performing in many situations including busking on the streets of New Orleans. “Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

Arrive early to enjoy the sounds of The Brothers Comatose. This will be my first opportunity to check out what seems to be a very fun band.

I am really looking forward to continuing to celebrate Rising Appalachia’s sound, the Cubs win and escaping the election news for tonight’s performance.

Colorado’s premier music festival ARISE set for Friday with Hard Working Americans, Ziggy Marley, Jurassic 5 and many, many more

Previously published at the DailyCamera.com

Just an hour from Denver, 45 minutes from Boulder, 25 minutes from Fort Collins, and 15 minutes from Loveland, ARISE Music Festival is easily accessible to Colorado’s Front Range. When you are driving or riding towards the ARISE festival grounds in the foothills outside of Loveland, Colorado you are immediately taken aback by the amazing beauty of the Colorado foothills.  Follow the signs and directions and suddenly the 100 acre festival grounds at Sunrise Ranch are revealed. Here you will find a festival cradled in the majestic foothills of the Rocky Mountains and next to the Green Ridge Glade Reservoir. Sunrise Ranch has stewarded this beautiful land as a sustainable ranch and working organic farm for more than 70 years without pesticides ever touching the soil. Red sandstone, pine-covered hills and the surrounding Roosevelt National Forest are all a beautiful backdrop for this amazing event.

It does not take long to realize that the ARISE is much more than a musically diverse festival 3 day festival.  In addition toFeaturing 7 stages of live music, ARISE offers yoga, workshops, theme camps, art gallery & installations, children’s village, speakers, films and camping on 100 beautiful mountain valley acres of Colorado ranch land.

This year the ARISE Music Festival has it’s most ambitious line-up to date. Featuring over 200 scheduled performances the festival highlights a diverse lineup of musical performances that spans hip-hop, reggae, bluegrass, rock, jam bands and improvisational acts from around the country.  When you are at ARISE you are part of a community, where you can find something to please every festivarian.

The 2016 ARISE will feature a number of national and internationally renowned artists including Ziggy MarleyJurassic 5, PapadosioHard Working AmericansWildlightThe New MastersoundsDel the Funky HomosapianPhutureprimitiveJeff Austin Band (formerly of YMSB), The Travelin’ McCourysFortunate YouthEveryone OrchestraDirtwire (featuring members of Beats Antique & Hamsa Lila) and Bridget & Bonnie (of Elephant Revival) and many more.
Widely regarded as “Colorado’s best music festival” — ARISE has grown steadily since it’s 2013 inception, annually ushering thousands of avid festival-goers from around the state and around the country for three days of music, camping, and holistically-minded inter-active programming.


See Rising Appalachia at this year’s festival.

Rated as one of the “Top 7 Next-Gen Festivals” in North America by Buzzfeed, the independent ARISE Music Festival features international and national touring headliners, regional acts, as well as Colorado’s best up-and-coming performers. Additionally, each year the event plays host to a variety of dynamic presentations which include some of the nation’s top yoga instructors, activism-thought leaders and workshop presenters.

Attendees can expect to be wowed by the spectacular visual performance of Transition Theater and inspired to action by prominent, globally-recognized environmental activists, including Julia Butterfly Hill and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Josh Fox. ARISE uniquely fulfills the mission of the festival: to promote ecological “thrive-ability” and connection through uplifting art, entertainment, and activism.

Known for its “Global Cooling Initiatives,” such as planting a tree with every ticket sold, the festival goes to great lengths to encourage attendees to practice eco-mindfulness through a number of “thrive-ability” practices. ARISE Music Festival provides water for free and plastic water bottles are not sold onsite; instead attendees are advised to bring re-usables. Additionally, in symphony with the festival’s progressive composting and recycling programs provided by ZeroHero, ARISE requires all vendors to serve their assortment of food and beverages using only compostable products provided by festival sponsor, EcoProducts. Truly a leave-no-trace event, ARISE is celebrated for it’s cleanliness and participant cooperation.

A special event for families of all sizes, children 12 and under are FREE and half price Youth Tickets for 13-17 year olds are also available. A range of general ticketing, family camping, and VIP packages for the ARISE Music Festival are available on the official website at www.arisefestival.com. For more information about the event and all of its unique programming options, check out all of the ARISE social channels at www.facebook.com/arisemusicfestivalwww.twitter.com/AriseFestival and at www.instagram.com/arisefestival

NewAtAriseNew this year, ARISE has set up the Oasis Express. The Oasis Express shower installations are beautifully artistic, full-service showering facilities. Inspiring outdoor, yet private environments are created with custom tension fabric. Each trailer features 12 open-air hand crafted cedar shower stalls, 2 dressing rooms, and a 3-sink grooming station. Oasis Express offers complimentary Dr. Bronner’s soap and body care products as well as towel service and the showers are incredibly water-efficient with environmentally conscious greywater management strategies. The Oasis provides a unique and sacred environment that inspires well being, transformation, and social interaction.

At this point, if you don’t already have tickets for this three day festival adventure, our recommendation is that you get them now.  Ticket prices for ARISE will increase on August 1st.  So don’t miss out, grab your tickets today!  We will see you at the festival!

Photos From ARISE 2015

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Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band to play the Boulder Theater tonight


Josh Ritter performs at Red Rocks, May 2016.

Previously published at the Daily Camera Music Blog

Tonight Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band will play the Boulder Theater.

Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”


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.

Chloe Smith

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.