I am excited that one of my favorite bands, Rising Appalacha are headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder this eve. The beautiful harmonies of sisters Leah and Chloe are a joy to hear. Joined their band, percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown, Rising Appalachia brings a folk sound as unique as the wind.
From the bands recent press release, “Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.”
This will be the third time this year that I get the opportunity to enjoy the harmonies of Rising Appalachia. The first time this year I caught the band warming up for Elephant Revival at Red Rocks. Next the band was featured at ARISE Music Festival outside of Fort Collins.
The Fox Theatre will actually be most intimate setting I have seen Leah and Chloe perform this year. The band has had a strong upbringing and rich history of performing in many situations including busking on the streets of New Orleans. “Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.”
Arrive early to enjoy the sounds of The Brothers Comatose. This will be my first opportunity to check out what seems to be a very fun band.
I am really looking forward to continuing to celebrate Rising Appalachia’s sound, the Cubs win and escaping the election news for tonight’s performance.
Just an hour from Denver, 45 minutes from Boulder, 25 minutes from Fort Collins, and 15 minutes from Loveland, ARISE Music Festival is easily accessible to Colorado’s Front Range. When you are driving or riding towards the ARISE festival grounds in the foothills outside of Loveland, Colorado you are immediately taken aback by the amazing beauty of the Colorado foothills. Follow the signs and directions and suddenly the 100 acre festival grounds at Sunrise Ranch are revealed. Here you will find a festival cradled in the majestic foothills of the Rocky Mountains and next to the Green Ridge Glade Reservoir. Sunrise Ranch has stewarded this beautiful land as a sustainable ranch and working organic farm for more than 70 years without pesticides ever touching the soil. Red sandstone, pine-covered hills and the surrounding Roosevelt National Forest are all a beautiful backdrop for this amazing event.
It does not take long to realize that the ARISE is much more than a musically diverse festival 3 day festival. In addition toFeaturing 7 stages of live music, ARISE offers yoga, workshops, theme camps, art gallery & installations, children’s village, speakers, films and camping on 100 beautiful mountain valley acres of Colorado ranch land.
This year the ARISE Music Festival has it’s most ambitious line-up to date. Featuring over 200 scheduled performances the festival highlights a diverse lineup of musical performances that spans hip-hop, reggae, bluegrass, rock, jam bands and improvisational acts from around the country. When you are at ARISE you are part of a community, where you can find something to please every festivarian.
Rated as one of the “Top 7 Next-Gen Festivals” in North America by Buzzfeed, the independent ARISE Music Festival features international and national touring headliners, regional acts, as well as Colorado’s best up-and-coming performers. Additionally, each year the event plays host to a variety of dynamic presentations which include some of the nation’s top yoga instructors, activism-thought leaders and workshop presenters.
Attendees can expect to be wowed by the spectacular visual performance of Transition Theater and inspired to action by prominent, globally-recognized environmental activists, including Julia Butterfly Hill and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Josh Fox. ARISE uniquely fulfills the mission of the festival: to promote ecological “thrive-ability” and connection through uplifting art, entertainment, and activism.
Known for its “Global Cooling Initiatives,” such as planting a tree with every ticket sold, the festival goes to great lengths to encourage attendees to practice eco-mindfulness through a number of “thrive-ability” practices. ARISE Music Festival provides water for free and plastic water bottles are not sold onsite; instead attendees are advised to bring re-usables. Additionally, in symphony with the festival’s progressive composting and recycling programs provided by ZeroHero, ARISE requires all vendors to serve their assortment of food and beverages using only compostable products provided by festival sponsor, EcoProducts. Truly a leave-no-trace event, ARISE is celebrated for it’s cleanliness and participant cooperation.
New this year, ARISE has set up the Oasis Express. The Oasis Express shower installations are beautifully artistic, full-service showering facilities. Inspiring outdoor, yet private environments are created with custom tension fabric. Each trailer features 12 open-air hand crafted cedar shower stalls, 2 dressing rooms, and a 3-sink grooming station. Oasis Express offers complimentary Dr. Bronner’s soap and body care products as well as towel service and the showers are incredibly water-efficient with environmentally conscious greywater management strategies. The Oasis provides a unique and sacred environment that inspires well being, transformation, and social interaction.
At this point, if you don’t already have tickets for this three day festival adventure, our recommendation is that you get them now. Ticket prices for ARISE will increase on August 1st. So don’t miss out, grab your tickets today! We will see you at the festival!
Over the course of his acclaimed career, Ritter has released seven full-length albums, including his most recent, 2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks, which debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The record also received widespread critical praise—NPR Music called it, “…gorgeous and glorious,” while Pitchfork asserted, “Beast is contemplative and forgiving, a means of burying one relationship to commit to another, and Ritter nicely evokes the excitement and resignation of such a transition.” Additionally, in 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage (Dial Press/Random House). Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime…This is the work of a gifted novelist.”
From a recent press release: “RELEASED TO WIDESPREAD CRITICAL PRAISE, SERMON ON THE ROCKS WAS RECENTLY NAMED ONE OF POPMATTERS’ “80 BEST ALBUMS OF 2015” WITH NPR MUSIC INCLUDING HIS SONG ‘GETTING READY TO GET DOWN’ IN THEIR ‘FAVORITE SONGS OF 2015’ LIST” Read More…
Fort 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.
“I am having a fucking blast,” laughed Lukas Nelson when asked for a quote on his thoughts of his band The Promise of the Real backing Neil Young on this Tour. This is day two of the tour in support of The Monsanto Years Release they recorded with Neil.
This little tour requires 5 tour buses and four semis to make it all happen. Of the buses two are very well known. Neil’s custom Silver Eagle retro masterpiece, and Lukas’ Dad (Willie Nelson) bus immortalized in the movie Honeysuckle Rose. I asked Corey McCormick, bass player for POTR if this used to be Willie’s bus. He smiled and answered, “Yes.” Then he grins and says “It still is!”
The Arena was packed with a diverse, but unified crowd awaiting one of the legends of Rock, Roll, Folk and Americana music to take the stage to play his hits. Neil did not disappoint.
The lights went down as two young girls in bonnets came out spreading seeds of corn lovingly all over the stage.
The sounds of Neil solo on the piano filled the Arena with the sounds of After the Gold Rush…”Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 21st Century.” Neil ended to thunderous applause and walked over and strapped on Hank Williams’ original Martin, and Neil’s familiar harmonica holder.
“I wanna live, I wanna give….I’ve been a miner for a Heart of Gold.” The whole crowd sang with him and continued through Comes a Time and Old Man. Neil then started playing his now famous pump organ.
Neil stood up and grabbed his black Les Paul. Four guys came out in white Haz Mat suits spraying steam all over the corn seeds that had been carefully planted by the girls earlier.
Lukas Nelson and The Promise of the Real walked onstage and plugged in. It was evident within seconds why Neil pegged them to record The Monsanto Years, and to back him for this tour. This band is tight in every sense of the word.
From the strong rhythm section of Corey McCormick’s thundering basslines to the steady drums of Anthony Logerfo, percussion of Tato Malgar, this house was rocking. Both Lucas and Micah Nelson provided solid rhythm guitar withtasteful leads. Micah played several instruments and on several tunes played rhythm guitar with a violin bow.
Neil smiled the whole time.
“He just loves these kids so much,” said longtime friend of Neil, ‘Snowball.’ “ He has known them since they were just little kids running around at the first Farm Aid shows with Neil’s close pal Willie Nelson,” he continued. “They can sing and play.”
Neil took the crowd through a musical journey that was a weaving of his hits and the new album. The Monsanto Years has the vintage Neil Young sound all over it. He beautifully makes the points that corporations have no business owning our farms, nor genetically altering our food. He did this through his gifts of music and storytelling. He was not on a soapbox. He is the soapbox.
His music has always echoed what is right and what is wrong in this world.
The 2 ½ hour show was fluid and fun. The crowd was on its feet for a blazing Cowgirl in the Sand, Love and only Love, and Powderfinger as an encore which left everyone there smiling.
I couldn’t help but think how much Lukas and I have in common while leaving thinking to myself…”I am having a fucking blast!”
For more information, visit: http://www.neilyoung.com/monsanto/