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  • 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.

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

    SCYNYE14600By 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.

    crb14Starting 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 GGWNYE142015.

    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 + the ENTIRE ALBUM of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. The Yawpers and In the Whale join the NYE show as special guests for the evening.”

    Also, right down the street at the Boulder Theater, Yonder Mountain String Band starts their 4 night run with many special guest and shows well into the new year.


    So whatever your choice, get out and have some fun but drive safe and slow due to the weather conditions and all of the other music fans that will be out on the road. See you at the show!

    Here are some recent videos from several of the band’s visit to the Second Story Garage studio at the Daily Camera. Enjoy.

  • Asheville’s Town Mountain to headline Cervantes Other Side’s Grass for that Ass (video)

    Town Mountain

    One of the very cool things to happen in Denver’s Jam Grass scene is Cervantes Other Side’s “Grass for that Ass” series happening on Thursdays. From the Cervantes website, “GRASS FOR THAT ASS is a Thursday Weekly at The Other Side feat. Bluegrass, Delta Blues, Dancegrass, Stompgrass, Jamgrass, Folk, and every kind of music with strings attached!”

    Tonight’s lineup is headlined by an amazing band called Town Mountain. I first saw Town Mountain perform last year in their hometown of Asheville, NC as a warm up for Elephant Revival and Leftover Salmon. The band has a great sound and will have you dancing after just a few notes.

    From a recent note from the band: “The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. With the success of their latest album, Leave The Bottle, the word is out with some of their best reviews yet.”

    So grab this opportunity and head down to Cervantes tonight to check out the show that also features The Quick & Easy Boys and Acoustic Mining Company.

    Here is a Town Mountain Video to get you warmed up for the show.

    Town Mountain Spring Tour
    Fri-Sat 3/20-21 Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Springfest
    Thu 3/27 Greenville, SC – Independent Public Alehouse
    Fri 3/28 Asheville, NC – Isis Music Hall
    Sat 3/29 Charlotte, NC – Puckett’s Farm Equipment
    Thu 4/10 Denver, CO – Cervantes’ Other Side
    Fri 4/11 Salida, CO – SteamPlant Event Center
    Sat 4/12 Durango, CO – Durango Bluegrass MeltDown
    Wed 4/23 Nashville, TN – Music City Roots
    Sat 4/26 Wilkesboro, NC – MerleFest
    Fri-Sat 5/9-10 Aiken, SC – Aiken Bluegrass Festival
    Sun 5/11 Black Mountain, NC – Lake Eden Arts Festival
    Fri 5/16 Charleston, SC – Palmetto Brewing Loading Dock Music Series
    Sat 5/17 Panola, SC – Birdfest
    Fri 5/30 Raleigh, NC – Southland Ballroom
    Sat 5/31 Syria, VA – Graves Mountain Festival of Music
    Sun 6/1 Washington, DC – American Roots Music Series at Hill Center
    Fri 6/6 Scottown, OH – Appalachian Uprising
    Sat 6/7 Whitesburg, KY – Seedtime on the Cumberland
    Mon 6/9 Lexington, KY – Best of Bluegrass
    Thu-Fri 6/12-13 Grass Valley, CA – California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival
    Tue 6/17 Bean Blossom, IN – Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
    Fri-Sat 6/20-21 Nome, AK – Nome Midnight Sun Folk Fest


  • 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.

  • 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