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The Return of Colorado's Bluegrass Kings

2 years ago by Tom Murphy
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 the...

The five best jazz shows in Denver this month

4 years ago by Jon Solomon
5. IMPROVISED ROOTS #4 @ DAZZLE | FRI & SAT, 3/15-3/16 While Greg Garrison plays bass for local bluegrass act Leftover Salmon, he also knows his way around jazz changes. With his Improvised Roots Series, he brings the two worlds together with roots music. The previous two shows in his...

The five best jazz shows in Denver this month

4 years ago by Jon Solomon
Like fans of pretty much every other genre in this town, the jazz connoisseurs here are spoiled with a steady stream of great shows. In the past few months, we've been treated to shows from the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Ron Carter, the Bad Plus, the Vijay Iyer Trio, Keith...

Greg Garrison's Improvised Roots Series mixes Denver's best improvisers with national greats

5 years ago by Jon Solomon
As a founding member of the Punch Brothers and bassist for Leftover Salmon for the past decade, Greg Garrison undoubtedly knows his way around bluegrass. Before all that, though, Garrison was a jazz fan. As a teenager, he immersed himself in albums like John Coltrane's Crescent and the Oscar Peterson...

Jerry Douglas

14 years ago by David Hill
Bluegrass music is full of hotshot musicians, but only a handful qualify as true innovators. Jerry Douglas, the extraordinary dobro player, belongs to that exclusive club. He took an ungainly instrument with a relatively limited musical vocabulary and found a way to coax a variety of sounds from it: sweet...

Mile Highlights: This week's concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: A Band of Horses date was just announced at the Ogden in September, Five Finger Death Punch is coming to the 1STBANK Center in October and Blitzen Trapper is due at the Fox in November. On local radio, the Still...

Q&A with Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo

7 years ago by Jon Solomon
While our profile on Pete Wernick in this week's issue primarily focused on the duality of his roles in his bluegrass/jazz group Flexigrass and with the traditional bluegrass act Long Road Home, Wernick also discussed a number of other things including: what good bluegrass is, his introduction and the resurgence...


14 years ago by Laura Bond
Last year, when Clear Channel vice president Chuck Morris first announced his company's plans to open the CityLights Pavilion at the Pepsi Center in partnership with Kroenke Sports, newly reinstated House of Blues head Barry Fey vowed to send a private plane over the crowd, streaming a banner that read:...


19 years ago by Michael Roberts
Rumors. Without them, there might be a lot of empty space in this column every week. But, as even I have to acknowledge, they're not always true. Take the chatter surrounding City Spirit, a restaurant and nightspot at 1434 Blake Street that came to life in lower downtown twelve years...

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