The Ten Finest Tribute Bands in Colorado — 2016 Edition

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5. My Blue Sky
A Thornton-based Allman family tribute, My Blue Sky formed in 2013 when they realized that, in the wake of the Allman Brothers Band splitting up (at least for now), fans who didn’t have the opportunity to see them live anymore needed a fix. Honoring, rather than copying, the music of the Allman Brothers, these guys realize that even the Allmans approached the songs differently every time they played them. They're seasoned musicians with other gigs elsewhere, but they do this because they love the music.

4. Rally 'Round the Family
The bandmembers in Rally ’Round the Family don’t even try to look like Rage Against the Machine — a practical impossibility considering the slight frame and distinctive hair of RATM frontman Zack de la Rocha. What they do is focus on the music, and while Tom Morello’s guitar sound is tough to replicate, distinctive as it is, these guys are as true as possible to the real thing. They put on a great show, and have played a bunch of gigs performing RATM albums in their entirety.

3. RocKissity
Look, it’s Kiss. The songs are not particularly difficult to play, but, dammit, we want theater. So as long as a Kiss tribute band wears the right crazy clothing and outlandish makeup, while the “Gene” spits blood, we’ll all be happy. Nobody, nobody at all, wants to see a Kiss tribute band take off the outfits and re-create the Creatures of the Night/Crazy Nights periods. RocKissity does exactly what we all want it to do.

2. Under a Blood Red Sky
The band says that it's the U.S.’s premier U2 tribute band, and we’re not going to argue. On New Year’s Eve of 2005, they performed the classic Live at Red Rocks set from 1983 in its entirety at the Paramount Theatre, a sold-out show, and the gig was such a success that they just kept going. Eleven years on, the band now plays songs from all eras of U2’s career. It just played its final summer show at the Colorado State Fair, but we’re sure that it will be out and about again soon.

1. Winehouse 
Local singer Toddy Walters, along with a solid ten-piece band, does a near-as-possible job of re-creating Amy Winehouse’s magic, a real service considering the tragedy that was the end of the British vocalist's life. Walters's outfits and hair are pretty close to the real thing, which is important for the visual effect of the show. Meanwhile, she is a talented working singer and is more than capable of doing justice to songs like “Rehab." Alongside last year’s Amy movie, Winehouse serves as a tribute in the truest sense of the word.
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