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A second ‘Waltz’

By Steve Graham School’s out on Thanksgiving weekend, but you can still learn about both music history and the local music scene. On Friday, Nov. 29, Washington’s will host a second local edition of Last Waltz Again, with a showcase of northern Colorado talent playing tribute to the farewell concert by The Band. The original show was on Thanksgiving night in 1976, and it featured a stellar lineup of guest […]

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Sharing his “Lonely Worlds”

By Steve Graham It should have been the happiest time of Nick Duarte’s life. His personal life was happy, he had a good job at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, and his band, Post Paradise, was continuing its upward trajectory in the local music scene. “I’m the most creative I have ever been, everything is coming up Milhouse, everything is going great on paper, but why do I feel […]

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A house of wonders

By Steve Graham Whitney Phippen’s first memory reflects both her creative spirit and her business sense. “I’ve always loved art my entire life,” she said. “I think the earliest memory I can remember was making birds nests out of grass clippings in my front yard, and then I painted little rocks and tried to put them in it like eggs, and I tried to sell them on Prospect.” The Fort […]

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      “Mountaintop Folk-Pop” The 14ers If our head boosters tire of John Denver or decide “Where the Columbines Grow” just can’t escape the grim connotations, they can find new state songs all over the 14ers jangly catalog. Lead 14er Ryan Kirkpatrick is even a great poster boy for the state, leading climbs up those namesake peaks, and backcountry adventures as far afield as Mount Kilamanjaro. His loose references […]

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You’ll have the time of your life

By Steve Graham To paraphrase Patrick Swayze, “Nobody puts the Shook Twins in a corner.” Even themselves. Identical twins Katelyn and Laurie Shook form the core of their namesake Portland-based folk-pop band, which focuses on a very contemporary sound. But they are also willing to break out of that box and cover some early ’60s songs that were classics — twice. The Shook Twins are playing a “Dirty Dancing” tribute […]

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Brewing up fun and laughs

  Comedy Brewers brings monthly improv games to Bas Bleu Theatre By Steve Graham Can you portray Mary Poppins killing someone with a toilet plunger in a sushi bar? With no recognizable words? If so, try out for Comedy Brewers. Every month, the eight local actors and quick thinkers take to the stage and play improv games, which often involve outlandish audience suggestions. That’s how they ended up turning everyone’s […]

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CD Review

    “Live in San Francisco” Danielle Ate the Sandwich Danielle Anderson is almost too charming and self-effacing for her own good. Anderson, who performs as Danielle Ate the Sandwich, is undeniably one of northern Colorado’s greatest artistic exports, but she has quietly been playing her ukulele and telling her self-deprecating jokes in the background of our exploding musical universe for more than a decade. Case in point: In May, […]

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Death Knell for the Widow’s Bane?

By Steve Graham Widow’s Bane frontman Mortimer Leech claims his upcoming Halloween shows in Estes Park and Fort Collins may be the swan song for his band of undead “God willing, it will be the last show I will ever play in my life,” said Leech. “There’s too many low-life scum-sucking swine in the music business.” With tongue always in cheek, Leech spoke by phone in a gravelly, spooky accent […]

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Kicking breast cancer

Independent local martial arts studio hosts Kickathon fundraiser By Steve Graham Andrew Beck spends most of the year teaching tae kwon do punches, kicks and blocks. But this month, he is focused on a different kind of sparring — the fight against breast cancer. Beck is the chief instructor at Becks’ Martial Arts, which he launched with his wife Rebecca in 2018. The school will host the fifth annual Kickathon, with […]

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It’s all in the mix

SF1 deftly blends genres, art forms By Steve Graham Shane Franklin is a radio personality for both a Top 40 pop station and a hard rock station. If that seems incongruous, you haven’t seen Franklin’s other project, SF1. “I like to just call it music,” Franklin said of the eclectic blend of rap, soul, jazz and rock he brings to his albums as SF1. His live shows are even more […]