. In recent years, fall has come on with a vengeance: with uncharacteristically heavy rains and early snow, and winter has refused to leave. But this year it has felt more like we've been given a reprieve. That climate, that natural ambiance perfectly suited a place like Chautauqua Auditorium and a ... More >>
If there's one band that put Colorado bluegrass on the map, it's Hot Rize. Longtime members Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien and Charles Sawtelle met at the Denver Folklore Center in the late 1970s. They worked there in various capacities -- as music instructors, instrument repairmen or at ... More >>
If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrumentation and progressive musical structures resonated with ... More >>
NEIL HALSTEAD / TENNIS @ eTown Hall | 10/16/12 For the end of the show, eTown host Nick Forster and co-host Helen Forster came on stage with both Tennis and Neil Halstead. Forster told us they had all learned a song that seemed appropriate for the occasion, and with Halstead on lead vocals with Ala ... More >>
BLUES TRAVELER / RUTHIE FOSTER @ BOULDER THEATER | 2.26.12 Apart from the band's annual Fourth of July show at Red Rocks, it's tough to imagine a better local setting for a Blues Traveler show than the eTown radio concert series on the Boulder Theatre stage. The intimate feel of the venue, the conv ... More >>
Update (2/24/12): Barry Fey video montage added below. All is right with the universe this morning. We have a pair of Grammy winners in our midst, and as it should be, Harry Tuft and Barry Fey are now officially part of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While we didn't stick around until the very en ... More >>
This Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Stadium Club at Folsom Field on the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, two local icons will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Denver Folklore Center founder Harry Tuft and legendary concert promoter Barry Fey will be entered into t ... More >>
As reported here last month, Barry Fey and Harry Tuft are on deck to become the next inductees into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Due to an increased demand, the ceremony, originally slated to take place at the Dal Ward Athletic Center on the University of Colorado Boulder campus, has been moved ... More >>
Photo by Stephanie Berger from laurieanderson.com Before Laurie Anderson came to perform at the Boulder Theatre last month, she chatted at length with Michael Roberts about her new project, Homeland. But as it turns out, she was about to make a change in her own homeland's status, by marrying long- ... More >>
Neither I nor most of the other folks who helped put together the first Westword Music Showcase had the slightest clue what we were doing -- not really. It's nothing short of a miracle, then, that the event -- then called the Westword Music Awards Showcase -- has not only survived but thrived, and c ... More >>
Thursday, March 20, e-town, Boulder Theater, 303-786-7030.
Nick Hutchinson recently had the chance to chat with legendary bluegrass purveyor Pete Wernick about his influences, how he got his nickname and the difference between playing with Hot Rize and with Flexigrass. We ran a few highlights from their conversation in the November 1 issue, and here, in the ... More >>
Fast on the heels of the announcement on Wednesday of this year's National Book Award nominations (my favorite, for the record, is Peter Hessler, for his scrupulous and fascinating Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present) comes our own homegrown author fte: the Colorado Book Awards, ... More >>
From the week of October 6, 2005
Nick Forster gives an appreciative nod to the pioneering music of Bob Wills.
Bluegrass Roots: The Best of Bluegrass and More, Live From etown
The tent goes up at CityLights — and so do the expectations.
So Long of a Journey
Sugar Hill Records
So Long of a Journey (Sugar Hill)
From blues to kiddie core, the year 2001 was an odyssey in local music. Backbeat writers remember the best.
The Down-N-Outs call it quits, while Turnsol turns over a new CD.
The best twenty recordings to come out of Colorado in 1998.
June 11 - 17, 1998
PETE WERNICK'S LIVE FIVE PLAYS BLUEGRASS A NEW WAY.
NPR, IN A SLASH-AND-BURN MODE, CUTS E-TOWN ADRIFT.
BOULDER WILL VOTE ON A PLAN TO SAVE A VENERABLE THEATER--WITH SOMEBODY ELSE'S MONEY.