I slept for more than twelve hours after draining these beers (and quite a few more), lulled to slumber by the sounds of Simon and Garfunkel and John Denver -- the same mellow artists that this taproom chose to play on a lazy afternoon. Can you guess where I'm drinking? Special bonus: Anyone who ... More >>
When stars meet their maker, the fans they leave behind (or people who want to appeal to them) pay tribute, often in very strange ways. That's certainly the case with the late John Denver, who took his name from our fair city. Below, see the ten oddest artistic salutes to the singer of our state's o ... More >>
On Saturday, December 8, filmmaker Buck Harrison will be presenting the world premiere of One Degree Celsius, his documentary following a year in the life of the artists and athletes behind Denver-based Icelantic Skis. Harrison says he set out to make a small film about an independent ski brand with ... More >>
Your altitude problem is my attitude problem, Bree Davies told non-natives yesterday. And not only are non-natives the only people who like John Denver, she said, they also are responsible for Denver's traffic, gentrification, the popularity of days-long dubstep shows at Red Rocks (and the sickening ... More >>
I was complaining via that modern adult whiny message board known as Twitter recently that the only people who like John Denver are non-natives. I also blame those same anonymous people for Denver's traffic, gentrification, the popularity of days-long dubstep shows at Red Rocks (and the sickening po ... More >>
Ski season is under way, with Winter Park opening today and Vail opening on Friday, marking its fiftieth birthday. Aspen/Snowmass will be opening on November 22, but in the meantime, Denver-based Icelantic Skis yesterday honored one of Aspen's adopted sons, John Denver, by unveiling a limited editio ... More >>
Denver-based Icelantic Skis unveiled a new limited-edition John Denver signature ski today, produced in partnership with the John Denver Estate and featuring a portrait of the musician by in-house artist Travis Parr. The $699 skis -- a variant of Icelantic's popular Nomad shape, produced in a small ... More >>
Earlier this month, when we shared a post featuring ten weird movie references to Colorado, we asked if there were any of your favorites we'd missed. Turns out there were plenty -- more than enough for another great collection, featuring everyone from Jack Nicholson and Marilyn Monroe to Robert Dow ... More >>
It's been a big year for John Denver, even though he's been dead since 1997. Last April, the mop-topped troubadour who was born Henry John Deutschendorf was one of the first inductees in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame; the other, Red Rocks, wasn't available for comment, either. Last month, Denver w ... More >>
Last night on Jeopardy!, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame was immortalized by Alex Trebek. During Final Jeopardy, the contestants were posed with an answer in the category of singers: "On the eve of Earth Day, he became the first performer inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame." The correct r ... More >>
While there have been a few Red Rocks show announced for next summer, including Foster the People (July 3) and Big Head Todd & the Monsters (June 7), a few tribute shows have also been added to the summer line-up. The third annual John Denver Tribute, featuring Jim Curry and former John Denver band ... More >>
Suddenly, the question of whether a a Mount Sopris peak should be named for John Denver has gone from a local story to a national one even as a petition with at least 2,800 signatures hangs in limbo. Yesterday, National Public Radio devoted a significant chunk of All Things Considered to a d ... More >>
Depending where you fall on the John Denver love/hate continuum, this will either enrage or endear you. If you're a John Denver purist, whose heart was absolutely brimming with glee this past spring with the singer formerly known as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr became the first inductee in th ... More >>
We are one step closer to having a peak near Carbondale named after Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., who was born in Roswell, New Mexico. You probably know him as John Denver, which is the actual name the eastern peak of Mt. Sopris will take if J.P. McDaniel has her way. This week, she's report ... More >>
Our recent post about a petition to name the east peak of Mount Sopris for John Denver drew a couple of very strong "no" votes from a pair of readers. Check out their one-two punch.
In an April post about the John Denver Tribute Concert and Colorado Hall of Fame Induction, I conceded that JD's music triggers my gag reflex. But others feel differently about the late Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., including J.P. McDaniel, the Littleton resident behind a petition to name th ... More >>
Hick.As an intro to a photo gallery featuring shots of John Hickenlooper and other attendees at the John Denver Colorado Hall of Fame induction concert, reviewed by Backbeat's Dave Herrera, I shared my strongly held feeling that JD's music is vomit-inducing. Unsurprisingly, there was some dis ... More >>
Jim Narcy JOHN DENVER'S ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH Olivia Newton-John, Michael Martin Murphey and more 04.21.11 | 1STBANK Center John Denver fans -- and let's be clear, that accounted for pretty much everyone in the building, save for perhaps the odd service employee -- got their money's worth las ... More >>
So tonight's the night when the Centennial state finally gets a place of its own to recognize all the great musicians who've helped put our fine state on the map over the years. And while there's a lengthy list of worthy inductees, it's pretty fitting that John Denver is the first musician ... More >>
As the song goes, John Denver was born in the summer of his 27th year. That was1970, when the singer, who hadn't yet gained a huge amount of fame, moved to Aspen with his wife, Annie, and began writing the songs that we all know by heart.
When John Denver died in a plane crash in 1997, then Governor Roy Romer ordered that all the flags in Colorado be lowered to half-staff in his honor. So it only makes sense that the singer (born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.) has been chosen to be the first person inducted into Colorado's Musi ... More >>
Replying to Colin Bane's post from a couple of days ago on John Denver's likely entry into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame, reader Angela Roberts opined that John Denver is and ever shall be the popular face of Colorado to the rest of the world. I highlighted her comment in y ... More >>
Well, if cartoonist Noah Van Sciver's report from last week on what Australian's think of Denver wasn't proof enough that this fair city will ever be associated foremost with a mediocre light rocker who got high on the Rockies, then reader Angela Roberts is here to reinforce that. Commenting ... More >>
The fact that John Denver will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this April should come as no surprise to anyone who is familiar with his music. The only surprise is that the organization isn't named for Denver, who is synonymous with Colorado -- and its Rocky Mountains -- worl ... More >>
It's a holiday tradition no less practiced than trimming trees and visting family. We're speaking, of course, of drinking. And while "Frosty The Snowman" works just fine for opening presents with junior, kids songs start to sound a little creepy once you go in for thirds on the 'nog. We, of c ... More >>
Twelve inches of noise pollution?Wisconsin's Fond Du Lac Reporter tells the tale of a local resident who was stirred in his sleep by something as terrifying as anything in Paranormal Activity: the music of John Denver. Playing loudly. A cop responding to the complaint had to pound on the doo ... More >>
John Denver once admitted that "Rocky Mountain High" was written under the influence of LSD and marijuana -- and now that his anthem is our state song, the Colorado legislature should write their medical marijuana legislation under the influence of John Denver. But drugs aren't the reason wh ... More >>
The announcement that DaVita, a healthcare giant specializing in kidney dialysis, is moving its corporate headquarters to the Denver area offers a rare bit of good economic news during a period filled with plenty of the opposite sort -- and judging by its website, execs at the firm understand that ... More >>
Despite (or perhaps because) of the fact that I'm a native Coloradan, I despise John Denver's music. But there's no denying that his compositions continue to connect with amateur musicians in this country and beyond. Footage of Denver lovers trying their hand at one of his tunes pops up on YouTube ... More >>
Potential is flowering. Today in Cafe Society: • Something's cooking in Summit County. • Cinco or swim today. • Drinking Goat at the Goat. • Frasca finally opens for lunch -- for two days only. • Denver's best female chefs wowed at Women Cook! Today in Backbeat Online: • Black Market ... More >>
Denver's spent decades trying to convince the rest of the country that everyone in this town doesn't walk around singing the tunes created by John Denver, a man who a) wasn't born in Denver (he hailed from Indiana) and b) wasn't born John Denver (his birth name was Henry Deutschendorf). But this m ... More >>
Don't forget to take your medicine. When the eleventh anniversary of John Denver’s death passed by on October 12, I noted it privately, but let it be at that. After all, how many times can you dredge up cheesy feelings for an artist whose songs alternately inspired and gagged so many people? ... More >>
Could the country's first female president be selected in Colorado? Christine Smith thinks so.
The Parker Road Players take John Denver's music to Aurora.
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