Joe Cahill, a beloved member of the Boulder music scene and longtime lighting designer for the Fox and Boulder theaters who was killed last week in New Orleans, will be honored Monday during a benefit concert at the Fox Theatre.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Monday for the memorial concert. The event will feature performances by The Motet and members of Leftover Salmon.
Tickets are $15 and are available now. All of the money collected at the event will go to a fund benefiting Cahill’s 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy, according to organizers. A raffle and silent auction also are scheduled. Read More.
As if you needed an excuse to visit the Gold Hill Inn, this Sunday the inn will host Vince Herman and friends for KGNU‘s 24th Annual The Charles Mountain Jam. This is set to be a fun day starting early at 11:30am and going till 4:30. Plan to car pool as parking will be tight and bring water and sunblock… everything else you need will be at the event. For more information, ticket and shuttle information, visit the event page here.
Boulder Theater was host to the 9th Annual Mark Vann Foundation benefit concert, Friday Dec. 16. Many local artists were on hand to help celebrate the life of former Leftover Salmon banjo player Mark Vann who succumbed to cancer in 2002 at the age of 39. The event offered a silent auction, collectables for sale and a showcase of some of the best local musicians on the Jam grass circuit.
Drunken Hearts with Yarmony Grass Founder Andrew McConathy kicked off the event followed by the Bill McKay Band. The whole evening had musicians from various bands joining each other on stage for some great improvised jams.
Next up was a surprise 5 song set from Vince Herman and sons called The Herman Clan (THC) including Sean LeFoil, Colin Huff, Silas Herman, and Sebulon Bowles with Vince Herman and Chris Sheldon of Great
American Taxi. The band had the Boulder Theater jumping. I especially enjoyed when they performed a Jim Page song “Over My Dead Body” that Vince said is being considered for the anthem of the Occupy movement.
Next up The Contribution with Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, Keith Moseley of String Cheese Incident, Phil Ferlino and Jeff Miller of New Monsoon, Sheryl Renee of Black Swan and Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra. This band was amazing and kicked the audience energy up a notch to eleven.
Great American Taxi took the stage next with many
different artists joining the band. GAT played a good number of songs off of their latest album “Paradise Lost.”
The venue was full but not packed, which made for a wonderful groove where folks were shaking a leg in most every part of the Boulder Theater.
It should be noted that artist Scramble Campbell was there with brush in hand and in usual fashion created multiple wonderful performance artworks of the bands as the music played.
The evening kicked into overdrive when Matt Butler brought everyone on stage for the Everyone Orchestra. Well over twenty musicians joined in the jam with artists sharing the stage, microphones and instruments for a great jam and a good cause. Everyone was smiling and having a good time. These types of celebrations are a joy to attend.
The holidays are a time for giving and receiving and tonight you have a couple of opportunities to do both at the same time.
We are heading over to the Mark Vann Foundation benefit concert at the Boulder Theater to check out the Great American Taxi and Friends including The Contribution, Featuring Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, Keith Moseley of String Cheese Incident, Matt Butler of Everyone Orchestra, Sheryl Renee, & Jeff Miller and Phil Ferlino of New Monsoon, Everyone Orchestra, the Bill McKay Band, Andrew McConathy and the Drunken Hearts The Banjorchestra and more.
That is not all… if you are not into the large benefit, silent auction and multiple band then right around the corner you can attend another benefit, this one is in the memory of Nederland’s Michigan Mike and is revisiting the Acid Jazz that Mike helped happen at regular intervals in Ned.
Here is a description of the tribute by the Motet’s Scott Messersmith: “A tribute to Michigan Mike, in the form of an old-school Nederland Acid Jazz session, takes place Friday, Dec. 16 at Shine (2027 13th Street – between Pearl and Spruce) in Boulder. The improv jam features Dave Watts, Scott Messersmith, Bill Kopper, and Kerwin Brown and other guests. The cover is only a $3 suggested donation. The new venue is “gathering place for food, movement and nightlife” and is owned by the Emich sisters who ran the Trilogy Wine Bar. It features “amazing (and affordable)” food including grass-fed beef burgers, lasagna, tacos, plenty of veggie and vegan items and an entire gluten free menu.”
So there you go… two great opportunities to both give and receive and if you are like us, we plan to hit both… happy holidays!
If you know local musician Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist for the String Cheese Incident, you know he likes homebrewing beer. In fact over recent months he has worked with a number of local breweries to develop special flavors of beer that he showcased in this weekends “Kyle’s Brew Fest,” a benefit for the Conscious Alliance sponsored by the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Boulder Beer and Odell Brewing. Saturday’s fest was the second brew inspired benefit sponsored by Hollingsworth.
The sold out brew fest, held at Boulder Beer, Saturday, July 23, offered food, music and over 50 different types of beer poured by 25 breweries.
The list of breweries participating in Saturday’s
event read like a who’s who of Colorado micro-brews. Avery, Boulevard, Breckenridge, Great Divide, Left Hand, Mountain Sun, Oskar Blues, Pumphouse, Redstone Meadery, Twisted Pine, Upslope and many more companies were offering their brews in support of the charity event.
With Saturday’s temperatures well into the 90’s participants were more than happy to try 2 ounce “taste” of the wide variety of libations. Entrance to the benefit came with a screen print special edition glass, a ticket for a grilled burger and two tickets for a “full pour” of the beer of your choice. The “taste” of beer, offered by all of the participating companies, were unlimited and sometimes as much as 6 ounces of cold, refreshing brews. Participants of the event enjoyed
eating and sampling many beers, talking with brewers and bidding on donated rock and roll collectables with all of the proceeds going to the Boulder based Conscious Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to the distribution of food to impoverished communities across the United States.
Hollingsworth was available for the entire event, even chatting with and engaging attendees waiting in the long line to gain entrance to the brewery parking lot and event grounds. He was more than happy to explain the process or flavor of the brews he helped create.
Midway through the event the Kyle Hollingsworth band took to the stage, first introducing the various participating breweries and naming off the local special brews with which he had helped create. The featured brew was Boulder Beer’s recently released “Hoopla Pale Ale,” described by the brewery as “dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing.” Hollingsworth offered thanks to the participants and sponsors. The band performed many of the Hollingsworth fan favorites undaunted by the high temperatures.
In addition to the brews, event sponsors offered water and juice to help battle the heat. Many of the attendees sought the refuge of the shade tents or the shade of the trees bordering Boulder Beer’s parking lot. The rest were drinking beer and dancing under the afternoon sun. With his second sold out brew fest even larger than the first it seems a sure bet that there will be Hollingsworth inspired brew events in the future. For more information visit: www.kylehollingsworth.com and www.consciousalliance.org.