The Taste of Colorado just announced the latest addition to its lineup, the Pointer Sisters, who will join other outfits already slated to perform, including the Spin Doctors, Burton Cummings of the Guess Who, Lou Gramm and Head East. While the groups on this bill might have been mildly intriguing three decades or more ago (or never, in the case of the Spin Doctors), today they're barely worth the price of admission. And the Taste is free.
The Taste of Colorado's Pronounced Lack of Taste, Exhibit A:
Let's be real here: Nobody's expecting to see a groundbreaking act perform at the Taste. It's all about the food -- we know this, and that's really why we go. Still, wouldn't it be nice to see an act from at least the past decade? Better yet, what about some acts from Colorado? Nothing against any of the groups on this year's bill, but isn't it high time that the Taste start, well, refining its tastes?
Hell, I'm no talent buyer, but off the top of my head, I can think of at least several dozen acts from this era that would be infinitely more compelling -- and you don't even have to leave the city limits to find them. Why not have the Taste of Colorado actually give you a true taste of Colorado, music included, instead of a generic, state-fair-worthy roster of performers who have long since exceeded their expiration date and relevance?
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