12-2018

Dear the New SCENE readers: December Publisher’s Letter

Dear the New SCENE Reader, Throughout the year it’s important to find ways to support our community through contributions of time and money to organizations that are making a difference and especially directly through acts of kindness to individuals whom we know need them. I am proud to share that this past year we, at the New SCENE, have done our part by contributing to worthy causes, writing about the [...]

Meet ‘Experience Rock Band’ Fat Stallion

Fat Stallion is an “Experience Rock” band out of Laramie, Wyo. Their motto is to create music that satisfies the heart and mind, all while proclaiming “unity over uniformity.” EMMA DAWN, trumpet, vocals and keys; JACK ELLIOTT,  bass and vocals; RILEY Wilkes, guitar and vocals; and LIGHT Goodfellow, beats and vocals. The band released the full-length album, “Diverted Eyes,” this year and has a hip-hop album in the works for [...]

Anna at Play at Bohemian Nights 2017

Anna Morsett of The Still Tide

Anna Morsett of The Still Tide is a multi-facet musician influenced by 90s Seattle bands. Anna returns to New Belgium Brewing for their Candlelight Concert Series on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 7 PM–10 PM. Last spring she played a solo show at New Belgium with Charlie Cunningham, “it was so special and such relief from playing a typical bar or venue. The crowd was so attentive and kind – [...]

King Cardinal Christmas Holiday Spectacular

Classic American Christmas movies with dad. That’s what to expect to feel at the King Cardinal Christmas Holiday Spectacular show at The Downtown Artery on Dec. 8. Frontman Brennan Mackey’s enthusiasm for the season motivates the band’s holidays. His holiday joy is contagious, and he invites everyone to join in the celebration. Brennan’s bandmates describe him as a “full-time quintessential American road-tripping Dad.” The release of Christmas List follows the tradition of the [...]

Fort Collins musicians come together to pay tribute to rock legends

Labeled as The Last Waltz Again, area musicians will come together to perform at Washingtons on November 23rd. The Last Waltz was the celebratory 1976 farewell concert by rock legends The Band, spawning the likewise legendary “rockumentary” by Martin Scorcese, and featuring performances by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Muddy Waters, among others. This 1st Annual event at Washington’s is sure to be a [...]

The Sugar Britches: Classic Country in a Modern World

The Sugar Britches, a sweet and spicy juxtaposed duo made up of Front Range natives Brian Johanson of Glove Trucker and Josh Long of Josh and the Long Haul, are reinvigorating classic country. The Britches hold a monthly Sunday country extravaganza at the Forge Publick House, play shows throughout the Front Range regularly, and are releasing a new album this month. Brian is the “Britches” and Josh is the “Sugar.” [...]

The Showman

D.W. Doucet, known for his unique Americana roots guitar sounds, was not always a musician. In fact, this love came by an accident and out of necessity. As a child, he struggled to communicate. He learned early how to be a showman, and he used his gifts to overcome this barrier. “As a kid, I had a terrible stutter. It started as a child into my teenage years into when [...]

Colorado’s Top Five Winter Pastimes

Adorned with the beautiful Rocky Mountains, a turquoise blue sky that always seems sunny, hundreds of little lakes, natural hot springs, wildlife, hiking, and towns that come alive at Christmas time, it’s no shocker Colorado is one of the most visited states in America — especially in the winter time. Below is a list of 5 hidden treasures and activities Northern Colorado has to offer this winter.  1. Ice Skating [...]

Get into the festive spirit with SnowDome

Celebrate the holidays at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery with SnowDome Holiday Spectacular on Friday, December 21st ! Get in the festive spirit by stopping by the museum for holiday crafts, cookies, cocoa, and a few surprises… all while enjoying showtimes of Let it Snow in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. Let it Snow features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives [...]

KCSU: A Brief History

This year marks 75 years of radio on Colorado State University’s campus. That’s right, radio on campus can be traced back to 1943. At that point in time, interest in radio technology stemmed from the need for military-focused schooling during WWII, with Colorado A&M serving upwards of 1,500 servicemen, leaving for and coming back from the war in Europe. The first show on Colorado A&M radio was ‘Agriculture in News,’ [...]

Famed jazz pianist celebrates half century of Peanuts music

By Steve Graham Picture “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” You probably conjure the Peanuts gang and Charlie’s sad little tree. And I bet you’re also humming the music. Vince Guaraldi’s simple and timelessly cool jazz arrangements of traditional carols, alongside some new compositions, helped make the first Peanuts TV special an instant classic. It is still broadcast every Christmas, 53 years after it first aired on Dec. 9, 1965. And the [...]

Warm up the holidays with some Yarmony jams

By Steve Graham In between staging the 13th and 14th YarmonyGrass festivals, organizer Andrew McConathy is bringing his band and some other musician friends to Vail and Fort Collins for some Yarmony-style jams during the holidays. The Yarmony Holiday Heater takes over the Aggie Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 29. McConathy leads the Drunken Hearts, an “Electrifying Americana” quintet that will headline the show with songs that bridge rock and alt-country. [...]

Music Review: FAT STALLION, Diverted Eyes

By Mike Baron This Fort Collins based quartet trades in driving, upbeat rock that verges on power pop, particularly in album opener “Behind It, All,” sung by Riley Wilkes and Light Goodfellow with the urgency and minor chords of 20/20. Emma Dawn’s trumpet provides a wild hair-up-the-ass quality that makes them instantly identifiable. Emma sings “All I’ve Got,” summoning the ghost of Milwaukee’s great lost power poppers, The Shivvers. “Ask” could have come off [...]

Review: Mike Tolle, Acoustic Folk Blues

By Jasco The Recordium studio Acoustic Folk Blues is an apt title for Mike Tolle’s album. It’s a collection of thirteen blues songs in a vocal with acoustic guitar format. It has the vibe of an old-school blues performance captured with modern fidelity. Mike recorded and mixed the record himself. Unlike many home recordists who use their DAW (digital audio workstation) to sample, edit, auto-tune, and quantize their way to [...]

Hex Wenches Provides Inclusive Space to Wrench on Bikes 

Imagine getting a flat tire and knowing exactly how to fix it. Sounds dreamy, right?  For women, trans, femme, and non-binary individuals in and around Fort Collins, that dream can come a reality thanks to Hex Wenches, a series of educational classes hosted at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op.  Started in 2010, Hex Wenches provides an inclusive space for all riders, at any level of ability or knowledge about biking. [...]

Iconic Mavis Staples brings soul and world with new music at the Lincoln Center

For more than 60 years, Mavis Staples’ soul-stirring voice has woven itself into the fabric of gospel, soul, blues, folk, pop, R&B, and rock and she’s coming to the Lincoln Center January 20th. Mavis’ legendary raw and rasping voice became the anthem of the civil rights movement, with her songs moving audiences like a tide. She sings to the world as it is, but also to a way forward. Today, [...]

At Blue Harvest and Stillwater Shopping Locally Provides Unexpected Dividends

            Early each November the Holiday Lighting Ceremony turns downtown Fort Collins into a beautiful setting in which to purchase gifts for your loved ones that yield additional dividends. Locally collected sales taxes support the many services we enjoy in our “Choice City.” Blue Harvest Apparel at 115 East Mountain and Stillwater Outdoor Culture at 126 South College, are locally-owned women’s apparel and home goods stores that blend an [...]

Have yourself a Cannabis Christmas

Steven Graham The New SCENE Do a quick image search online for “Christmas Cheer” and you’re sure to come across a few photos of wineglasses with little Santa hats, or a fancy cup of eggnog. But for those of us who prefer cannabis, perhaps this year we could try a cannabis Christmas instead. Cousin Eddie’s RV in the driveway, the in-laws in the guest bedroom, 17 people packed around your [...]

The Last Waltz Revisited rocked the front range

Dalton M Vaughan On Friday November 16th the Holiday season in Colorado officially kicked off with the triumphant return of the Last Waltz Revisited. As the 14th annual event rolled into Boulder like a steam train, the anticipation for the fans raised everybody’s heart rate by a few pumps per minute. To be sure, the 60-plus musicians felt the intense energy in the air. In 2005, the very first show sold [...]

Full Metal Burqa, A New Release and a Call for Change

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons’ present a final tour before taking a hiatus of an unspecified amount of time. Jerry has released over 30 albums in his 3-decade career. His songwriting is raw,  both joyfully pissed off and achingly bittersweet. Jerry’s live show is ‘blistering take-no-prisoners.’ Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons’ play Hodi’s Half Note Sun, December 2, 2018, at 8:00 PM.   Beyond the songwriting, Jerry travels to war-torn areas bringing supplies and teaching music. [...]