Northern California based singer songwriter Brett Dennen performed a solo set on Friday Night at the Armory in Downtown Fort Collins to a sold out crowd comprised of many ardent female followers, some middle-aged couples and a few teeny-bopper types. An accomplished guitar player who has uses his soulful chops to conjure up images of John Mayer, Mr Dennen also seems to have borrowed his style a bit from the legendary John Fahey with his finger pickin’ and plucking approach to the instrument. Instantly hummable songs that sound familiar even during first listening combined with a pro typical folk singer style involving frequent guitar tuning and long pauses before addressing his audience are not just tolerated but actually embraced by his dedicated fans who on numerous occasions called out specific songs when the artist appeared to be at a loss for the next selection. The audience was also more than capable of finishing verses or lending a hand on song choruses at that slightest urging. A high-pitched unique vocal style reminiscent of a nasally Paul Simon lends a trademark style to songs that are mostly about love lost or found and the daily experiences of a young man still embracing some of his adolescence. With a new album on the way this year, we will certainly be hearing more from this rather shy and modest performer and story teller.
After an eight-year recording hiatus, Leftover Salmon recently released their self-titled 2004 album as a digital download for the first time to run in conjunct with their upcoming Spring 2014 tour starting in California with sold-out shows. They are stopping in Fort Collins for a couple dates at The Aggie on April 18 & 19 as they head east to wrap up in May. With a history that started in […]
By John Vollinger With so many new and exciting (and oft-experimental) sounds emerging from the electronic music scene these days, a night filled with the steady, pleasant rhythms of house music was a welcome piece of nostalgia. Photo by Nick Irvin, Facebook @beyondphotoco, Instagram @beyond_photo. Mark Farina is perhaps best known for his long-standing Mushroom Jazz series: an 8-volume collection of downtempo mixes which heavily incorporate elements of jazz and R&B […]
The creative community in Northern Colorado is booming. There is a sense in NoCo that the music and art scene is on the verge of reaching new heights, with more unique venues and creative spaces helping to keep the creative community in the region and very much alive. At Digital Workshop Center(DWC), located in Old Town Fort Collins, there is a creative approach all of its own. Opened in 2006, Digital Workshop Center is a private occupational school […]