A few weeks ago, we noted that Jon Bon Jovi was seeking a Denver act to open for his band's concert at Pepsi Center. Today, March 2, Live Nation announcedthat the group has been picked: The Patti Fiasco — from Fort Collins.
In a 2013 album review, Westword's Jon Solomon wrote of the group:
On the title track of the Patti Fiasco's Small Town Lights, which also serves as the album's opener, the Fort Collins-based quintet starts off fairly tame, with strumming acoustic guitars and a slide resonator guitar that sounds almost like a pedal steel. It's a bit twangy at first, but in no time, the rest of the band kicks in, and the tune gains considerable momentum. The rest of the cuts on this ten-track disc, the followup to the act's 2011 self-titled full-length, show that the Patti Fiasco is equally at home with rock, country and Americana, not to mention blending the three. Alysia Kraft, a righteous frontwoman throughout, delivers vocals as pure and clean as they are powerful.
Needless to say, the musicians are excited. In a statement, they wrote:
We’ve spent years between basements and bars, staring out van windows and relentlessly running down a rock-and-roll dream. This is an incredible honor for our band and a testament to our families, friends, and fans for their unrelenting support.
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This will be the third time that Bon Jovi has selected a local band to open each of his shows on tour. We wish our neighbors to the north a hearty congratulations, and cannot wait to hear them rock the Pepsi Center.
Check out the song "Saved by Rock n' Roll," by the Patti Fiasco.