• 16th Annual NedFest Music and Arts Festival on tap (photos)

    NedFest, experiences a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival.  Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.
    NedFest, experiencd a rainbow for the opening day of the 2013 festival. Many saw this as a sign of Michigan Mike, NedFest founder, smiling down on the festival.

    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 for The Radiators for all 33 years of their existence, plus he was a member of Professor Longhair’s band. On sax there’s James Brown’s band leader (for the last 12 years of his life) Jeff Watkins, who after Brown passed away led Joss Stone’s band for 6 years. Next we’ve got the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Jake Eckert on guitar and vocals and C.R. Gruver of the Meters Experience on keys.”

    Check out this years schedule of fun.

    2014 Lineup

    Friday, August 22nd:
    Doors 5:30 pm

    6:00-7:30 pm   Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet featuring Bill Nershi and Keith Moseley of the String Cheese Incident, Eric Deutsch on keys, and E Town’s Christian Teele on drums

    8:00-10:00 pm   Jeff Austin Band featuring Jeff Austin, Danny Barnes, Eric Thorin and Ross Martin
    10:30 pm- 1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

    Late Night with Grant Farm
    (FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

    Saturday, August 23rd
    Doors 11:30 am

    12-1:30   Nederland Acid Jazz
    2:00-3:30   Jaden Carlson Band
    4-5:30   TBA
    6:00-7:30   Kyle Hollingsworth Band (of the String Cheese Incident)
    8:00- 10:00   Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    10:30 pm -1:00 am at the Black Forest Restaurant

    Late Night with Galaxy Agent
    (FREE WITH WRISTBAND OR $5 COVER)

    Sunday, August 24th
    Doors 11:30 am

    12:00          Special Kid’s Show for Sunday Opener!
    1:00-1:45   Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers with Annie Savage
    2:00-3:30   Fruition
    4:00-5:30   Drew Emmitt Band (of Leftover Salmon)
    6:00-7:00   Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat acoustic set
    7:00-8:00   The New Orleans Suspects
    8:00-9:00   Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett: The Guitartists of Little Feat with the New Orleans Suspects

    So as you can see this year’s festival has an incredible line up, next to the reservoir, high in the mountains and is loaded with fun.  And don’t forget, buying a ticket or paying to camp is helping the non-profit,  100% of proceeds go to local kids’ music education programs. For tickets please visit www.nedfest.org.

    Check out the photos from NedFest 2013:

     

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  • Kyle’s Brew Fest sporting new look, Boulder location

    Kyle Hollingsworth
    Kyle Hollingsworth

    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.

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    Speed of Life

    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 released “hop tracks” for personal consumption. Read More…



  • 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)

    lobos_600By Alan Crandall
    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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