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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.

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.

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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

Kyle’s Brew Fest sporting new look, Boulder location

By Tom Wilmes
Friday Beer Correspondent/ previously published at dailycamera.com


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.

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 […]

By |August 8th, 2014|Jam Band, Live Music|Comments Off