Come Up to Denver: Crosby, Stills & Nash

Laura Kriho got her wish. The longtime local activist has spent the last several months putting together a website, www.comeuptodenver.com, that serves as a clearinghouse for political- action information connected to the Democratic National Convention coming to town August 25-28. And as the soundrtrack for the anticipated action, as detailed here, Kriho got permission from Graham Nash to rewrite his song "Chicago," written a few years after the 1968 Democratic National Convention in that city.

Kriho planned to hand out fliers touting her site, and the song, outside the Wells Fargo Theatre on June 26 -- the night Crosby, Stills & Nash played there to an ecstatic crowd of young fans, socialites (stilettos at a rock concert!) and aging yuppies/hippies. And although I didn't spot her there, I can verify that another Kriho wish came true: The group sang Kriho's version of "Chicago," titled "Come Up to Denver" -- after first dedicating it to Governor Bill Ritter, who was sitting up front. All together now: "We can change the world/Rearrange the world..." -- Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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