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  • NedFest announces limited number of ‘Early Bird’ tickets on sale (updated)

    Photo courtesy of Jay Blakesburg

    NedFest, Nederland, Colorado’s annual music festival announced last week a limited number of “Early Bird” tickets for next year’s 20th Annual Nederland Music and Arts Festival are now on sale.  Next year’s festival will be held August 24 – Aug. 26, 2018.

    UPDATE:

    Get Ready for a Double Helping of Jorma at NedFest 2018 with Electric Hot Tuna featuring Steve Kimock on Saturday Night and Jorma Kaukonen Acoustic Sunday Night!

    We have been trying to get Jorma up here for years and are soooo excited that we can finally host the man who Rolling Stone included in it’s list of the top one hundred guitarists of all time! Not only that, we have him with Electric Hot Tuna with Steve Kimock for a rockin’ Satuday night on August 25th and get to see him do an acoustic set on Sunday the 26th.

    Though next year’s lineup has yet to be announced, this move is in an effort to give fans the ability to grab three day festival tickets at a deeply discounted price.  In fact the three-day festival tickets are now only $120, the lowest price of the season.

    In it’s 20th year, NedFest promises to offer quality entertainment, art booths, local food and beer vendors an family friendly festival environment.  From the www.nedfest.org website, “NedFest is a 3-day music and arts festival in cool, beautiful Nederland, CO with local microbrews, camping, and tons of fun! Kids 12 and under are free with an adult and we have a kid’s tent and activities! NedFest is an all-volunteer organization hosted by the Peak to Peak Music Education Association, a 501c3 non-profit. All of our profits are used to support music education for local kids!”

    Peak to Peak Music Education Association plans to announce additions to the 2018 lineup as soon as the end of this year. Past alums to the NedFest stage include A.L.O. (Animal Liberation Orchestra), The Big Wu, Billy Nershi’s Blue Planet w/ Keith Moseley, Blackdog, Cornmeal, Cracker, David Grisman Quintet, Dr. John, Drew Emmitt Band, Elephant Revival, Euforquestra, Flash Mountain Flood, Fletcher’s Grove, Fox Street Allstars, Fruition, Funky Meters, Grant Farm, Great American Taxi, Head For The Hills, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Austin & Friends, Jimmy Herring Band with Jeff Sipe, Keller Williams, Steve Kimock, Keller Williams & Kyle Hollingsworth (together), Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Los Lobos, Malai Llama, The Motet, Mountain Standard Time, Nederland Acid Jazz, Oakhurst, Oteil Burbridge’s, Papa Mali, Paper Bird, Particle, Polytoxic, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Rob Wasserman, Runaway Truck Ramp, Salvador Santana Band, Sam Bush, Shanti Groove, She Said String Band, Split Lip Rayfield, Stanley Jordan, Taj Mahal Trio, Tony Furtado & American Gypsies w/ Paul McCandless, Tony Furtado Band, Victor Wooten, Whitewater Ramble, Yarn, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more.

    With a rich history of producing great music events in Nederland, NedFest promises to provide a quality entertainment experience at an affordable price and tickets just in time for that special holiday gift.

     

     


  • FoCoMX 8 offers new and innovative programming, continues to grow

    focomx16_600Fort Collins, CO (4/4/16) – FoCoMX 2016 is incorporating several new features this year
    including a comedy lineup and FoCoMX preevents at The Ramskeller and Zwei Brewing.
    Presented by the Fort Collins Musicians Association (FoCoMA) and sponsored by Odell
    Brewing Co., the 8th annual FoCoMX weekend boasts over 250 Colorado bands and solo
    musicians at 25 Downtown Fort Collins venues.
    Youth programming and student involvement is featured this year with Kids Programming at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, youth performances throughout the lineup and an extensive partnership with Colorado State University. Mr. Marty (http://www.kidsmusic.co/ ), 15-year-oldMaya Bennet and Linneage Music Project (http://www.lineagemusicproject.com/ ) are some of the favorites in the youth lineup. FoCoMX has teamed up with an honors class at CSU to mentor students in a reallife
    marketing project to market a CSU Ramskeller preevent, as well as working with Rocky Mountain Student Media to shoot archival video and execute cross platform coverage of the event to provide real world event experiences.  The free live music event will be located in the newly remodeled and ever popular Lory Student Center’s “Ramskeller” on Friday, April 15 and will feature two Colorado State University alumni bands, WriteMinded
    and Slow Caves from 36pm.
    “Mentoring students is a key part of growing the next generation of Fort Collins music lovers. We are able to do this by booking youth bands, including programming for younger audiences, as well as working with CSU on events and marketing campaigns.” Peggy
    Lyle, FoCoMA Board of Directors.
    Zwei Brewing will also host a second FoCoMX pre-event on Saturday, April 16 from 36pm
    featuring Fort Collins’ favorites Post Paradise Duo and Tallgrass.  This is the only venue not located in the Fort Collins Downtown area. “We would love to expand to more venues outside of the downtown area as the festival grows; Zwei Brewery reached out to us and we thought it would be a great opportunity to partner with a south venue and promote the FoCoMX weekend,” explained Greta Cornett, President of Fort Collins Musician Association (FoCoMA).
    FoCoMX 2016 also features comedy acts from local comedians between sets at several
    venues. “We are extremely proud to add comedy to our FoCoMX festivities this year! We are happy to showcase another talented genre of performers in our community and feel they will bring a unique element of excitement to the festival,” said Cornett.


  • The Infamous Stringdusters blaze through Colorado, including free 4/20 show in Boulder (Photos, Video)

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    The Infamous Stringdusters with Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo.

    Previously published at the DailyCamera.com
    By Alan Crandall

    It was like a whirlwind, a fun time that is now up in smoke. The Colorado favorite Infamous Stringdusters landed in Boulder to celebrate their 4/20 shows this year. After BoulderAd2015several recent visits to Colorado ski towns the and even a mid Boulder Theater show run excursion up to Breckenridge, the band ended this leg of their Colorado shows on Monday, April 20th at the Boulder Theater.

    In their eighth year the Stringdusters are riding on a high wave of success filling theaters, music halls and featured at many festivals across the country.

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    Andy Hall

    From a recent press release: “When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for “Magic No. 9″ from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.”

    The band members Travis Book on bass, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Andy Hall on dobro and Chris Pandolfi on banjo have found their stride, sticking with a more traditional bluegrass stage the band is anything but traditional, mixing in wild covers with original tunes in a very high energy performance.

    The band surprised a couple of hundred fans on Monday, April 20th by performing a free show on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder starting promptly at 4:20pm.

    The Boulder Theater shows also featured Trout Steak Revival and Gipsy Moon, two local bluegrass bands that, in this blogger’s opinion, are on the way to the top of the bluegrass charts.

    The Infamous Stringdusters are continuing on their national tour including many festival apperances. Colorado can look forward to seeing them again this summer at RockyGrass in Lyons, Co. Here are some photos and videos from their recent visit. For Tour information visit TheStringdusters.com.


    Trout Steak Revival open the Boulder Theater Show on Saturday.

    “Get it While You Can” Saturday at the Boulder Theater

    The 4/20 free show on Pearl St. Mall at 4:20 pm, Monday.

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  • 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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  • East LA’s Los Lobos perform for Louisville, Colorado’s Street Faire (photos, video)

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    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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