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  • Travelin’ McCourys to perform for The Grateful Ball at the Fox Theatre joined by members of Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band

    The Grateful Ball featuring the Travelin’ McCourys will come to Boulder this Friday eve featuring the Travelin’ McCourys with special guest Drew Emmitt, Andy Thorn and Greg Garrison from Leftover Salmon. And if that weren’t enough to get you up and shaking a leg, Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band will also be sitting in. This is a show not to be missed as the bands are planning on playing one set each and then a full set dedicated to the music of the Grateful Dead. The Fox Theatre will be hopping with grateful tunes.

    The Travelin’ McCourys have started a new chapter in their book with the announcement that their guitar chair will be permanently filled by long-time friend and fan favorite, Cody Kilby.

    It’s a fitting call, given that Kilby — a veteran of the national bluegrass scene since appearing on the IBMA Awards Show in 1993 as a member of the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars with fellow teenagers like Chris Thile — was the guitarist on the Travelin’ McCourys debut appearance at the Wintergrass festival. Since then, a distinguished and varied group of guests have toured with the McCourys— the list ranges from bluegrass stalwarts like Jeff White and Ronnie Bowman to edgier pals like Keller Williams, The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Falco, and String Cheese Incident’s Billy Nershi — with Kilby enjoying the role of most frequent. Kilby spent 14 years as a member of Ricky Skaggs’ award-winning Kentucky Thunder and as a sought-after studio player, most recently on Beck’s Grammy winner, Morning Phase.

    The Travelin’ McCourys are made up of 80% of the Del McCoury Band, as sons of the bluegrass legend award winning Ronnie McCoury (mandolin) and Rob McCoury (banjo) continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. With fiddler (and 2 time IBMA fiddle player of the year) Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and newly crowned guitarist Cody Kilby (formerly of Ricky Skaggs Kentucky Thunder), the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating. The McCourys don’t stand still, they are on the road – and online – entertaining audiences with live music that includes some of the best musicians and singers from all genres; always different, always exciting and always great music.

    This may be the last fair deal in the country… grab your tickets and we will see you at the show!

    Check out their version of “Loser” from last year’s Del Fest.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • NedFest expects big turnout for Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans – Second Story Garage

    Previously published By Quentin Young/Boulder Daily Camera

    In 2011, a Friday night set during NedFest by jamband-scene noblemen Bill Kreutzmann, George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock and Kyle Hollingsworth came close to drawing a capacity crowd. The one other time NedFest neared capacity was when the Yonder Mountain String Band headlined more than a decade ago, according to Kris McFarland, who books the festival. But the festival has yet to sell out. A capacity crowd at NedFest, the annual music festival that takes place in …

    Source: NedFest expects big turnout for Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans – Second Story Garage

  • Meeting on the Mountain tonight at Cervantes Other Side, come early (photos)

    MeetonMountain-34By Alan Crandall/Previously published at the DailyCamera.com

    Well I can’t tell you how much fun these Meeting on the Mountains are to attend. They are intimate, fun, informative and did I mention fun. I was at the first one in Denver and I look forward to attending the series.

    Here are some photos from the the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain held March 1, 2015.



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    Here is the skinny from a recent press release:

    Denver, CO — Meeting on the Mountain, a new collaborative live broadcast experience, kicks off their second event on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 7pm at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO. Todd Scheaffer of Railroad Earth, Ragged Union, and Benny “Burle” Galloway will be joining in on the fun with host band, The Grant Farm, for this second Meeting on the Mountain experience, with Tyler Grant hosting. The rousing live one-hour broadcast includes performances as well as interviews with each act and gives The Grant Farm the opportunity to collaborate with some of their favorite musicians.

    Meeting on The Mountain is thrilled to have partnered with Breckenridge Brewery of Colorado and Ripstic Vaporizers for the season. Look out for news and fun contests from them leading up to the next Meeting on the Mountain.

    There will be five installments of MOTM in 2015 featuring a variety of artists. Each event is hosted by Tyler Grant with The Grant Farm as the house band. It will be recorded, video-streamed live, and rebroadcast at meetingonthemountain.com. The broadcast is followed by a concert with sets from each band.

    Meeting on the Mountain is filmed and broadcast by Fort Collins-based Hyphytek. The complete deluxe edition re-broadcast of the Inaugural Meeting on the Mountain (3/1/15), along with bonus footage from the night, is now available to view online at meetingonthemountain.com. It features interviews and performances with Jilian and Bill Nershi, Dead Winter Carpenters, Benny “Burle” Galloway and The Grant Farm with host Tyler Grant.

    The Meeting on the Mountain concept was inspired by a collaborative 4-song EP, entitled Meeting on the Mountain (Sept 2014), which features music by The Grant Farm with Fruition. The song, “Meet me on the Mountain” (written by Fruition’s Jay Cobb Anderson and Tyler Grant) conjures a laid back campfire sing-a-long vibe which embodies the spirit of the new Meeting on the Mountain series and is also the theme song for it.

    “It was really a fit of inspiration,” explains Grant [in an interview with 5280], discussing how a one-off partnership turned into the series Meeting on the Mountain. ‘That [EP] just captured a certain amount of magic, and I wanted to continue with themeeting on the mountain’ theme. I wanted it to be a regular concept, where we could incorporate musical guests we admire and/or have some kind of connection to.’”

    Watch a video introduction of the series by Tyler Grant here-> www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeLM-o6-Ms0

    Meet the May 3rd Meeting on the Mountain Players:

    Todd Shaeffer’s life story…is still being written… For now you know him as the erstwhile front man / singer of amazing roots grass band Railroad Earth and may remember that he also was the frontman and key member of From Good Homes. These labels do not define him however, they are only mere reference points for an artist / singer / songwriter who continually creates his best work every day!

    Ragged Union is a six-piece, hard-driving bluegrass band, performing original tunes and off-the-beaten-path standards, with a focus on the duet singing of husband-and-wife pair Geoff and Christina Union. Award-winning instrumental work, a powerful rhythmic drive, uptempo arrangements and edgy, outsider songwriting are the marks of their style. Influences include Red Allen, Danny Paisley, John Hartford, Danny Barnes, Alan Munde, Jesse McReynolds, and Vassar Clements, with a side of Texas and a healthy dose of the blues. Along with Geoff and Christina, Ragged Unicon includes Chris Elliot on banjo, Jordan Ramsey on mandolin & vocals, Pat Hoeper on fiddle & vocals, and Andrew Bonnis on upright bass.

    The host band, Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Guitar Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler “The Champ” Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian “ACE” Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean “Magic” Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards.

    Benny “Burle” Galloway, resident colorado songwriting collaborator and musician who’s first experience at Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 1978 set off his embracement of what true American music stood for. Having moved to Denver in his teens with a guitar and a stack of records, Galloway found the area teemed with progressive sounds, plenty of like minded people to play music with, an abundance of music friendly events, and places to pick and sing. After hearing Hot Rize, John Hartford, Norman Blake, New Grass Revival and Leon Russell, it was evident to “Burle” that he had just found a deep well from which to draw new musical ideas and directions. Burle absorbed every sound available from rock to gospel and began crafting his powerful songwriting skills. In the past decade, Burle has collaborated and played with the finest of musicians and bands in America. His longtime producer and friend Sally Van Meter, Scott Law, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas, Yonder Mountain String Band, Danny Barnes, Larry and Jenny Keel, Darol Anger, Sam Grisman, John and Rebecca Frazier, Rob Wasserman, Shawn Camp, Jon Wiesberger, Travis Book, Mark Epstein, Robin Davis, Jon Stickley, Tyler Grant Jordan Ramsey, Pete Kartsounes, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, Emmitt Nershi Band, Head for the Hills, The Grant Farm, Broke Mountain, The Wayword Sons, Town Mountain, Espresso, and many more!

    For more information about the new Meeting on the Mountain LIVE broadcast series, please visit www.meetingonthemountain.com, www.cervantesmasterpiece.com, and www.grantfarm.net.