The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will induct six musicians this year — including one who is still actively performing. Dubbed "20th Century Pioneers," the list of new inductees includes famed big-band leader Glenn Miller; Paul Whiteman, the "King of Jazz" in the 1920s and '30s; "Mr. Ragtime" Max Morath; the "Denver Nightingale," Billy Murray; and radio pioneer and vaudevillian Elizabeth Spencer. Thanks for listening to our suggestions on Miller and Whiteman, CMHOF! We're still pushing for Jello Biafra, though.
The list also includes entertainer Lannie Garrett, a force on the Denver music scene for more than 35 years. The cabaret maven currently owns and runs Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret — profiled in this week's Denver Bootleg comic, in which you can learn more about the "Coolest Room in Town" — where she books talent as well as performs. Garrett's eclectic career has included all kinds of performances, from appearing in Hollywood B-movies to headlining with the Colorado Symphony to starring in the popular annual campy spoof, The Patsy DeCline Show.
Garrett and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, (yes, the swing band formed by Miller in 1938, an incarnation of which still tours today, not including Miller who went missing in action in 1944 during WWII — unless you know something we don't), will perform at the induction ceremony concert on Saturday, April 16, at the University of Colorado, in Boulder's aptly named Glenn Miller Ballroom. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, January 29, at axs.com.
The Colorado Music Hall of Fame set up new headquarters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last year. In addition to honoring Colorado music figures like John Denver, Judy Collins, Stephen Stills, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others, the Hall displays memorabilia and publishes books on local music history. Take a video tour or check out this list of historical items not to be missed.
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