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    New Year’s Eve celebrations begin tonight in Broomfield continue through the new year in Denver, Boulder (video)

New Year’s Eve celebrations begin tonight in Broomfield continue through the new year in Denver, Boulder (video)

By Alan Crandall, previously published at the dailycamera.com

If there is ever a time to want to be in many locations at one time it is New Year’s Eve. Forget the dropping of the ball in New York City or the wonderful fireworks in Sydney; we have more than enough fun set for the Denver, Boulder area.

The celebrations kick of tonight at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center with three nights of Colorado’s own String Cheese Incident.

Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, you have the additional options of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver. Also kicking off tomorrow eve is a very special, first time ever, Denver performance for the newly formed Golden Gate Wingmen at Quixotes True Blue in Denver. The Golden Gate Wingmen consist of former Furthur members John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti and joining them on stage are Jay Lane and Reed Mathis. According to Live Music and Reviews, “the GGW formed from musicians available on the first night of a recent John K Solo show at Terrapin Crossroads. “John Kadlecik (Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, and more) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog and more) on keyboards, Jay Lane (an original Furthur member, Primus, Ratdog) on drums and Reed Mathis on bass (Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey and most recently Tea Leaf Green.).”

Both bands plan to culminate their Denver visits with New Year’s Eve shows to celebrate 2015.

And if that weren’t enough to get your booty shaking, New Year’s Eve will find Boulder’s West Water Outlaws headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder. From the bands website: “West Water Outlaws “Paranoid” New Years Eve at the Fox Theatre will feature 1 original set of material + […]

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

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

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, […]

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

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

 Jan. 26, 1st Bank Center, Broomfield


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

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.

“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 […]

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

It’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 San 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, Denver
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, […]