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  • Where will you get your jam on this New Year’s Eve (video)

    Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Jason Carter from the 2012 new year’s run.

    Previously published at the www.DailyCamera.com

    Once again there is just so many great options for entertainment this New Year’s Eve that it can leave a jam band fan not knowing which way to turn. First to kick off was Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater. They started their new year’s run on Friday with performances at the theater through New Year’s Eve. It should be noted that their performance at the Theater on Dec. 30th is a benefit for the Colorado Flood victims, good luck getting a ticket, the show has been sold out for weeks.

    Another set of long awaited shows is the String Cheese Incident’s 20th anniversary NYE

    String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks.

    run at the Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center that kicked off last evening. Tonight will be the second show in the series with the Flaming Lips in support. From the bands website: The Flaming Lips will now perform a special set as will Steve Berlin of Los Lobos on 12/29, and Karl Denson & Chris Littlefield (Tiny Universe Horns) will be on hand for both the 28th & 29th. One can only imagine the musical collaborations that will come out of these epic Incidents. SCI will take a break tomorrow night continue their 20th Anniversary celebration on NYE. Tickets are still available for tonight.

    Here is a video of Kyle Hollingsworth prepping for the Broomfield shows:

    Just take a look at all of the other options for NYE entertainment and see if it does not make your head spin:

    December 31, 2013
    Umphrey’s McGee, Fillmore, Denver
    Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Paramount, Denver
    The Sword, Bluebird, Denver
    Reverend Horton Heat, Reno Divorce, Old Man Markley, Gothic, Englewood
    Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, Boulder Theater, Boulder
    String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield
    The Oh Hellos, Ogden, Denver
    Flobots, Marquis Theater, Denver
    Hot Soup, Connor O’neills, Boulder
    New Orleans Suspects, Quixote’s True Blue, Denver
    Jefferson Starship, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride
    The Flaming Lips, Belly Up, Aspen
    Nina Storey, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver
    Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver
    Tea Leaf Green, Cervantes Other Side, Denver
    The Magic Beans, Stage Stop, Rollinsville
    Brother Ali, The Reminders, Fox Theatre, Boulder
    Head for the Hills, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins
    West Water Outlaws, Durango Mountain Resort, Durango
    Euforequestra, 3PAC, Carbondale
    Wendy Woo, Next Door, Loveland

    So whatever you do, where ever you end up celebrating, have fun and stay safe and remember that the law enforcement will be out in force to help keep everyone safe. Enjoy.



  • Disco Biscuits three show Colorado run
    culminates in a two set ‘Mega Show’ at
    the 1st Bank Center (photos)

    Special thanks to Jeremy Williams’ Photography for these images
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    The Disco Biscuits rolled through Colorado in January for three-show Colorado run, starting off January 24-25 at the Boulder Theater and Ogden Theaters. It culminated on January 26 in a two-set “mega-show” at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield!

    The shows were packed full of fun.  Photographer Jeremy Williams was on hand for the Boulder Theater and 1st Bank Center shows and contributed these photos.  Enjoy.

    Disco Biscuits, Boulder Theater, Jan. 24, 2013

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     Jan. 26, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield

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  • Confessions of a String Cheese Virgin

    Special thanks to Vegan Patty for the words for this post and Chez Rogers & Choti Singh for the images

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    SCI Dec. 29, by Chez Rogers

    I am not a fan of jam bands but I guess you could say that I’m “jam”gential. Newgrass and Gypsyrock, both the rage in CO these days, prick my ears and pump my boogie, especially live. Jam bands not so much. I think I am too easily distracted. By the time acts like Panic and Further wander through their masturbatory guitar grooves, dualing rhythms, and space, I’ve long lost interest and begun to focus entirely on self-preservation as I shimmy strategically this way and that to avoid the merry Wookies and their lick induced spasms. This is not my idea of a good time.

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    SCI Dec. 29, by Chez Rogers

    “Try Salmon!” say my Jamtastic friends (the ones I keep just in case). “I’m vegan!” I reply. It’s easier then telling them that I did, once, at the Rialto in Tucson, AZ circa 2004. I only lasted about two songs before the crowd and the Southern Rock got the better of me. This is, most certainly, my problem with Panic. As my most steadfast Jamster describes them, “Panic is all Bourbon and Cocaine. What you need, dear Vegan P, is an act that’s more weed and hula hoops!” And harmony, might I add. A banjo wouldn’t hurt either. And, apparently, a box suite.

    Turns out my Jamster friend was right. In a moment of weakness after missing a free ticket, by mere seconds, to see YMSB at Boulder Theater this past Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I accepted a ticket to see String Cheese instead. Once I did, the warnings started. “Now, you know, VP, they can get spacey. And their shows can be really inconsistent. Sometimes they are bluegrassy, but other times, they’re not. You just never know what you are going to get when it comes to that but I can promise that there will definitely be some hard core jammin’! You think you can handle it?” I was about to find out.

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    SCI Dec. 30, by Chez Rogers

    String Cheese is a good gateway drug. Like all good Jam-attacks, they groove a wall of sound so powerful that I had little energy left to process my critiques. The one I managed to capture is not so much a critique of the band as it is an affect of my own anti-jam proclivities. I’m not a fan of such heavy Hair band guitar solos and so much space. That said, even these were tight and motivating and mild in flavor compared to the Caribbean feel of the evening’s performance. You’re right, Brett, this isn’t what I was expecting. I’m not quite sure I’ve been able to root out what caused this—Kyle Hollingsworth’s Reggae Bubble-based organtrix? Bill Nershi’s staccato guitar fingering that had me searching the stage for a steel drum? The Island echo that dampened each crescendo at just the right moment? The purple, orange, and yellow heavy lights show? Whatever caused it, the night was awash in near tropical warmth, Space Island sound if you will, which struck me as no small feat against the near zero temps that waited for all of us beyond the glass doors of the Center.

    I didn’t get my Bluegrass fix until near the end of the first set and it was short lived. For a song with such a

    SCI Dec. 30, by Chez Rogers
    SCI Dec. 30, by Chez Rogers

    somber name, “Black Cloud” brought nothing but happy harmonies and sunshine. “Portray the Dark” closed the first set of this first show to the sounds of silence as Cheeseheads much my senior looked on, stunned by the band’s decision to come on so heavy so early in their three night year-end gig! The second set was surprisingly kaleidoscopic. Reggae gave way to Anthem rock turned ‘70s cop drama theme song, all part of “Roll Over” if I’ve kept it straight. “On the Road” was all funky business. The rest of the show was a blur of jammy sammys that lost me a little but keep me boppin’, nonetheless, until the last bit of reverb had been dampened and the band had bid us farewell for the night. While the show didn’t have enough Bluegrass for this li’l lady, I can’t feign disappointment. My first SCI experience won’t be my last.

    SCI Dec. 30, by Chez Rogers
    SCI Dec. 30, by Chez Rogers

    And now for that confession. I cheated. I sat on the sidelines while others played the game. Suite 224 at the First Bank Center is probably no better or worse than those around it, but as far as this “jam”gential girl is concerned, it’s nothing short of paradise! All the free water I could drink, a high price low occupancy cap, and a seat to call my own, not that I was ever in it! That magic box o’mine kept me safe from and amused by the sea of wookies below. When String Cheese took flight in the ways I was warned they were prone to, I occupied myself by tracking the glow of a pack of green horned devils as they ebbed and flowed from song to song. I lost myself in the electrified spinners and hooptresses. I fell into the rhythms of the moment as flames and rainbows jumped from Jumbotrons to micro screens and back again and beams of light crossed each other to raise the roof. And my expectations. SCI, I’m a fan!

    SCI Dec. 29, by Choti Singh
    SCI Dec. 29, by Choti Singh


  • NYE, YMSB, SCI, LS, WSP, Furthur,
    Motet… 2012 what’s in your wallet?

    themotetnewyears12 FURTHUR NYE-APE web 10-11-12It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it continues with Kwanzaa and the end of the year concert mania known as the New Year’s eve shows.  Continuing a long tradition of ‘one show is just not enough’ many bands now have a run of three or four shows to close out one year and usher in another.

    People will be jamming all over the nation with Phish in New York city, Widespread Panic in Charlotte, Leftover Salmon in St. Louis and Chicago and Furthur in SCInye12San Francisco.   It is amazing with all the jamming going on around the country that we still have so many options for celebratory fun here in Colorado.

    The big shows in our book are String Cheese Incident at the First Bank Center, Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder theater and The Motet at the Fox.  The entire Yonder run is sold out but you may still find some pre 31st tickets for SCI or the Motet.  And if you don’t plan on heading out to see those bands there are plenty of other bands in smaller venues that offer up just as much fun.  Check out this list and wherever you end up, be safe, choose a designated driver or let RTD take you home as they are free to ride on the 31st starting at 7 p.m..  Happy New Year!

    Calendar courtesy of ColoradoInfo.com

    December 29
    Yonder Mountain String Band, Boulder Theater
    Marc Broussard, Sheridan Opera House
    STS9, Fillmore, Denveryonder12
    String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield
    Thievery Corporation, Belly Up, Aspen
    Zomboy, Bluebird, Denver
    Molly Hatchet, Reserve Casino Hotel, Central City
    The Pimps of Joytime, Cervantes Masterpeice Ballroom, Denver
    Elephant Revival, Stargazers, Colorado Springs
    People Under The Stairs, Fox, Boulder
    The Wailers, Agave, Avon
    The Motet, Third Street Performing Arts Center, Carbondale
    Wish We Were Floyd, Gothic, Englewood
    Blaze Ya Dead Homie, The Roxy Theatre, Denver
    Debajo Del Agua, Mercury Cafe, Denver
    Better Than Bacon, Old Town Pub, Steamboat Springs
    Strange Americans, Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids
    STS9, Fillmore, Denver
    Famed drummer Bob Levey w/ Tom Paxton, Tim Fox, Jeremy Fleisher, Josephina Mendez, Wright Opera House , Ouray
    The Beach Boys, Vilar Performing Arts, Beaver Creekphish_nye_big
    Mountain Standard Time, Barley’s, Frisco

    December 30
    The Lumineer, Shovels and Rope, Ogden, Denver
    The Black Angels, Bluebird, Denver
    Tipper, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver
    Yonder Mountain String Band, Boulder Theater, Boulder
    The Motet, Euforquestra, Fox, Boulder
    STS9, Fillmore, Denver
    String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield
    Steve Angello, Belly Up, Aspen
    Whitewater Ramble, Ullr’s Tavern, Winter Park
    STS9, Fillmore, Denver
    People Under the Stairs, Three20south, Breckenridge
    Linda Eder, Vilar Performing Arts, Beaver Creek

    December 31
    Strange Americans, Hi-Dive, Denver
    The Black Angels, Bluebird, Denver
    The Lumineers, Shovels and Rope, Ogden, Denver
    Yonder Mountain String Band, Boulder Theater, BoulderWSPNewYears12
    Cracker, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver
    The Motet, Dubskin, Fox, Boulder
    STS9, Fillmore, Denver
    String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield
    Signal Path, Three20south, Breckenridge
    Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver
    The Samples, On Second Thought, Herman’s Hideaway, Denver
    Decadence, ATB, Wolfgang Gartner, Krewella, Rudee, Ecotek, Mimosa, Zeds Dead, Colorado Convention Center, Denver
    The Wailers, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride
    Whitewater Ramble, The Eldo, Crested Butte
    Elephant Revival, Aggie Theater, Fort Collins
    Amon Tobin, City Hall, Denver
    Zeds Dead, Colorado Convention Center, Denver
    Euforquestra, Barkley’s, Frisco
    The Photo Atlas, Monroe Monroe, The Walnut Room, Denver
    Shakedown Street, Better Than Bacon, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue
    3OH!3, The Epilogues, The Chain Gang Of 1974, Gothic Theatre, Englewood
    The Photo Atlas, Monroe Monroe, The Walnut Room, Denver
    Head For The Hills, Warren Station, Keystone
    STS9, Fillmore, Denver
    BulletBoys, Jammin Joes, Westminster



  • Phil Lesh and Friends perform to dedicated crowd at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center (Update)

    Check out this cool photo gallery of the first of three Phil Lesh and Friends shows at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield taken by RMJ editor C. Alan Crandall for the Prairie Mountain Music Blog.

    UPDATE: Friday’s concert in “Point & Shoot” photos: