Family friendly breweries
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Craft Brewed Kids

Are Breweries Truly Family Friendly?   In Northern Colorado, breweries are so much more than a yummy, bubbly production facility. They promote healthy lifestyles by being bike accessible, encourage community and culture through live music and advocate for families by providing enclosed, comfortable spaces. Taprooms have become a magnet for parents. I mean, how many places can you can drink quality beer, bring your own gluten-free snacks, get your kids […]

Sugar Beets. Photo credit Jillian Betterly @cliffrose_creative
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Sugar Beets: The New Pro Elite

  Bike racing along the Front Range can get competitive. Some new shiny stars are taking the podium at the local races,  Fort Collins’ elite women’s cycling team, the Sugar Beets. Not only are they fast, But The Beets’ mission is also “to grow women’s bike racing in the Northern Colorado region through community events, ride, and clinics; and to EMPOWER more women to compete in the awesome sport of […]

Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13, Timberline
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Taking the Timberline to new heights

  Pop-punk band releases debut full-length at Aggie July 13 By Steve Graham Terran Hause celebrated passing the California bar exam by making a pop-punk album with his band, the Timberline. One year, three singles and a few high-profile gigs later, the Timberline will celebrate its CD release with an Aggie Theatre show on Saturday, July 13. “Faulty Wires,” the band’s full-length debut is clearly and unabashedly influenced by Blink-182 […]

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The 5th season for a Non-Profit Concert Under the Stars

Fort Collins Nursery’s Rock Garden Concert Series The 5th season of Fort Collins Nursery’s Rock Garden Concert Series is well underway.  For three nights spread out through the summer, Fort Collins Nursery turns into a unique concert venue called, “The Rock Garden,” outdoors nestled along the banks of Dry Creek and the Cache la Poudre River, surrounded by beautiful plants, trees, and wildlife from the Nursery.   Alysia Kraft raised […]

“Tell Everyone” South to Cedars
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CD review:South to Cedars

“Tell Everyone” South to Cedars     South to Cedars sound both more relaxed and more polished on their sophomore album, “Tell Everyone.” The difference is clear from the first notes. The debut album, “Sunny State,” opened with some frantic fiddle and an urgent warning about “young love.” The new release begins with relaxed acoustic guitar over lyrics about work-life balance — kind of a more folky and less cheesy […]

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi's Half Note. by Nicholas Stock All Rights Reserved
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The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi’s Half Note

The Grateful Bluegrass Boys with Blue Grama at Hodi’s Half Note Redner is known as a ball of light and positive energy with every project he touches. He was the fiery fiddle player in Hot Buttered Rum for 13 years before giving up their extensive touring schedule for a different approach. His latest project The Grateful Bluegrass Boys is a celebration of the music that has inspired Redner for his […]

Marcus King at the Boulder Theater. Photo by Mikayla Sanford
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Marcus King and Co. Bring Soul Fire to Boulder

By Adam Perry   Boulder was a jamband lover’s heaven over the weekend, with John Mayer fronting three of the four remaining Grateful Dead dudes as Dead and Co. at Folsom Field on Friday and Saturday and a slew of late-night shows in clubs and bars riding Dead and Co.’s coat-tails. The Boulder Theater, however, hosted Marcus King Band. The 23-year-old South Carolina guitarist and singer has roots in authentic […]

David Michael Boyd is reversing that process, playing a public concert of songs he wrote with real Colorado inmates. His band, Davey and the Blu Dog, is performing a free concert with special guests at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Music District building on South College Avenue. The show is part of the Blues Behind Bars project.
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Redemption songs

Blues Behind Bars writes songs with, for inmates By Steve Graham David Michael Boyd regularly performs for a literally captive audience. “They really are attentive to the content of the songs,” he said of playing for inmates at the Larimer County Jail. “I have the feeling that it actually matters to somebody and that the content of the songs can actually bring hope and bring encouragement and help them think about their […]

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“Welcome to Trash City” by Trash Cat Album Review

Watch while you read — “Robot Girlfriend” on YouTube “Welcome to Trash City” Trash Cat By Steve Graham “You’re the greatest, and that’s one thing that I could never be,” sings Mary Claxton on “The Greatest,” a witty, salsa-influenced track in the middle of “Welcome to Trash City.” The album is the full-length debut from Mary’s new trio, Trash Cat, and the line couldn’t be further from the truth. Mary is […]