A Long, Strange Trip

In what seems like an entirely different life, a half-dozen of us headed north — in a wood-paneled, gas-guzzling station wagon — from western Pennsylvania to the seemingly deserted peak of Maine for a three-day music festival. A few years later, we headed south for a similar event. In between, we used all our vacation and stretched our already flexible schedules to follow music across our small corner of the earth. I have the faded ticket stubs and plastic bracelets and long-dead glow sticks to remind me of all the places I’ve been — all the fields and amphitheaters and small chic ballrooms. For me, it was just a part of being young.

But where did these often hedonistic gatherings come from, and what should we expect from the future? Today starting at 1 p.m. at the Tivoli Student Cen-ter on the Auraria campus, a panel discussion and Q&A session titled “Evolution of the Rock Concert” takes a close look at the past, present and future of the touring industry and its impact on the staging of all mass gatherings, from rock concerts to major political events. “The panel covers a pretty good spectrum,” says BandGuru spokesman Mark Bliesener. “From Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and the Monsters to the old-time promoter Barry Fey, Monolith Festival founder Matt Fecher, niche promoter Craig Ferguson from Telluride and Planet Bluegrass, all the way to Brent Fedrizzi from AEG Live. Whenever you get these guys together, there’s bound to be some unexpected and interesting things that come up.”

The event is free. For more information, call 303-477-6987.
Wed., Nov. 12, 1-2:30 p.m., 2008