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 >>
This weekend's best shows include rapper Redman releasing a new album poolside in RiNo, Xiu Xiu bringing its newest noise to Larimer Lounge and "Jessie's Girl" to Fiddler's Green. There are plenty of other good ones in the next couple days -- the rest of our picks for the weekend are below.
We've written before about the strange career of Denver cabbie and secret author Gary Reilly, who wrote more than two dozen novels over decades but never tried to publish any of them before his death from cancer in 2011, at the age of 61. That long silence is now being swept away by his friends, nov ... More >>
Golden Some Day
Inner View Records
The lineup for the 2013 edition of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival has been posted. Among the most noteworthy acts slated to perform this year at the annual four-day Southwestern Colorado mountainside festival (slated to take place from Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23 in Telluride), inclu ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Lifers Book Club," reports on the Words Beyond Bars Project, a pilot progam at the Limon Correctional Facility that puts high-security prisoners, many of them serving life sentences, in a room with volunteers to discuss great books. It's a modest effort that could trans ... More >>
Young Americans have lots of experience with war, right? I mean, we've lived (very remotely) through wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and we've got hard-hitting blockbusters like Battleship and Red Tails to learn from. We can even step into a soldier's shoes with video games like Call of Duty, Hal ... More >>
Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main Street in Gold Hill, is marking its fiftieth anniversary with a three-day celebration beginning today. Festivities include live music from Tim O'Brien at 7:30 p.m.; view the full schedule here. There are also food deals, but as Laura Shunk notes in her review of Gold Hill In ... More >>
Summer is in full swing -- as evidenced by the blossoming of the local street-food scene -- and its culinary fruits are bountiful. Here's a taste of what's on the calendar for the first week of June) and if you know of one we missed, feel free to share it in the comments section below):
Tim O'Brien, Dakota Blonde, Nick and Helen Forster and Dick Weissman performed on Saturday night at the L2 Arts and Culture Center as part of the Denver Folklore Center's 50th anniversary, a weekend-long celebration that began on Friday and culminated with a concert at Four Mile Historic Park on Sun ... More >>
Elton John is performing at the Wells Fargo Theatre on Tuesday, April 12 to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Tickets ($49-$149) go on s ... More >>
January used to be a time when new releases would wane a bit, giving people's pocketbooks a break for month. Then someone in the marketing department realized that gift cards were a popular Christmas gift for estranged family members, and suddenly January became the time when we all get bomba ... 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 >>
Searching for gems in the flood of seasonal discs.
The Things They Carry
Bluegrass Roots: The Best of Bluegrass and More, Live From etown
Big Bender showcases Colorado country
Festival of the Mabon shines on
Fishing Music: A Collection of Acoustic Folk, Blues & Swing (Snake River Records)
Mark Merryman keeps it real in the face of conspicuous Californication.
So Long of a Journey
Sugar Hill Records
So Long of a Journey (Sugar Hill)
While stretching the boundaries of old-timey bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band has reached a peak.
December 17 - 23, 1998
June 11 - 17, 1998
The peak performances by Colorado artists in 1997.
PETE WERNICK'S LIVE FIVE PLAYS BLUEGRASS A NEW WAY.