When a music-geek favorite such as Jolie Holland comes to town, the Larimer Lounge on a summer Thursday is pure Denver: tattooed, homegrown punks hanging at the bar and (mostly) transplants -- hippies, middle-aged alcoholics, young white-collar music lovers and everything in between -- milling aroun ... More >>
When Joan Baez played at the Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago, she kicked off her shoes and danced around the stage, pulling her keyboard player away from his instrument to join her. As she did, people in the audience got up from their blankets and danced too, because how often do you get the chance ... More >>
Another several-night stand at Red Rocks this weekend: The Avett Brothers play three shows at the World's Only Natural Amphitheater. Elsewhere, Ms. Lauryn Hill will confound you with a bunch of songs that sound absolutely nothing like the hits your remember. And Joan Baez goes from Denver to Fort Co ... More >>
Welcome back, Americans. We ardently hope you return to us full of leftover barbecue and slightly sunburned. There are a few good shows this week, starting with legendary jazz drummer Tootie Heath with his new backing band (two-thirds of the Bad Plus). They'll play Dazzle a couple nights this week. ... More >>
The Denver Botanic Gardens has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it is hefty. Starting June 24 with March Cohn and Mavis Staples and concluding on September 6 with St. Vincent, the Garden's two locations (on York Street and in Chatfield) will also host Joan Baez, Barenaked Ladies, B.B. King and mo ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out the answers across our blogs. Check back on tomorrow for the full list -- and in the meantime, feel free to post your own sugges ... More >>
It's one thing to be a political musician, to point out the inherent wrongs of our social and political constructs from afar. Admirable as it is, it takes a truly special person to take a personal stake in perceived injustice and do something that goes beyond music. A couple days ago, Yasiin Bey ( ... More >>
For the past eleven years, Colorado Inside Out, the weekly public affairs roundtable on Colorado Public Television, has taken an annual trip in the Colorado Time Machine. The show's reported on current events of 1912 (last year's show, when I played Margaret "Molly" Brown or 1951 (the 2011 episode, ... More >>
It took decades, but Joan Baez has finally overcome her stage fright. The legendary folk singer and activist, who initially found fame during the folk renaissance of the 1960s, partnering with Bob Dylan on stage and fighting for a wide range of causes into the '70s, '80s and '90s, says she's discove ... More >>
The biggest show announcement this week actually came last week -- talking about Prince at the Ogden, of course -- but there's a whole bunch of other new shows to let you know about this week, including Keith Urban at Red Rocks, Lamb of God at the Boulder Theater, John Mayer at Red Rocks and Ke$ha a ... More >>
The Brian Jonestown Massacre (due tonight at the Bluebird Theater) has been through ups and downs since 1990. But through it all, singer and primary songwriter Anton Newcombe, has steered the band through releasing more great albums per decade than most bands have across entire career. For the unini ... More >>
Of all the occupations listed on Bono's resume (humanitarian, hotel owner, British Knight, world bank advisor, anathema to any rock fan under thirty), one that has never been considered was historian. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 44 years ago today, an event the U2 singer attempted to ... More >>
Redefining an instrument and creating a new genre are rare musical feats, creative accomplishments that come once in a generation, at best. The death of Earl Eugene Scruggs on Wednesday at the age of 88 marked the passing of such an innovator, an American artist who built a brand new sound out of fo ... More >>
Harry Tuft, slated to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this Sunday, February 12, opened the Denver Folklore Center in 1962 and started promoting concerts a few years later, bringing in Joan Baez to Denver for the first time in 1964 and later bringing her to Red Rocks. In the early ... More >>
Grab the Guinness Book of World Records, because we've got a ridiculous tale to tell. Earlier this week, a man in Australia purchased a Led Zeppelin T-shirt for $10,000, making it the largest sum anyone has paid for a vintage band shirt. That doesn't mean there aren't shirts that are valued h ... More >>
Evalyn Walsh McLean was famous for the blowouts she threw on short notice at the Brown Palace for Denver's society swells -- ice elephants filled with caviar, Bollinger '26, dance bands, the works. But in the depths of the Depression she took the Hope diamond to pawnshops to try to keep her p ... More >>
This year's Red Rocks line-up has been filling in rather nicely, and there's been a few more additions this week, including a second Sting date that's been added, Blues Traveler's annual Fourth of July show, the Barenaked Ladies, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Reggae on the Rocks, Celtic Woman and To ... More >>
In the short time Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers have been together, the outfit has grown from being a bit of a joke band vehicle for singer Jonson Kuhn's humorous storytelling into one of the most engaging and fun Americana bands in the scene. The project's early shows consi ... More >>
Monday, July 21, hi-dive, 720-570-4500.
Thursday, December 13, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030.
I'm Not There and the changing face of Bob Dylan on film.
In a profile from Westword’s June 28 edition, Mavis Staples speaks her mind in a notably feisty manner -- and in the following Q&A, which encompasses the entire text of the interview that formed the basis of the article, her undimmed passion comes through even more clearly. Topics include her rea ... More >>
Slide Show Bob Dylan is a wierdo among freaks. Even when he was a leader of the '60s folk scene, he considered himself an outcast, a stranger who was lost, and by his own admission had "no direction home." So maybe it was fitting that the Bob Dylan tribute show last night at the Oriental Theater ha ... More >>
Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, Swallow Hill, 303-777-1003.
Shadow Theatre's Paul Robeson restores an American giant.
Politics enters the ring with Stories on Stage
The Folk Years: A Singers and Songwriters Collection (Time Life Music)
Bring me men! Okay, and some women, too.
Iraq and roll don't go together well when rockers protest
Former Byrd Roger McGuinn wants to keep folk aloft.
A recently exhumed handbook reveals the secrets to playing music and staying happy.
September 10 - 16, 1998
April 30 - May 6, 1998
A gifted performer reveals how to become a better musician: Work at it.
The Fiddlin' Foresters are at home on the range.