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.
Featured

Blues Behind Bars brings inmate-penned tunes to Music District

By Steve Graham Johnny Cash famously sang “Folsom Prison Blues,” a fictional prisoner story, for real inmates in California. 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 […]

The Underground Music Showcase (UMS), Denver’s largest and most iconic music festival, just announced the full 2019 lineup and will once again bring an array of acclaimed national and local artists, creatively curated stages, and host endless surprises across the three-day showcase.
Music News

Underground Music Showcase Announces 2019 Lineup

Underground Music Showcase Announces 2019 Lineup   The Underground Music Showcase (UMS), Denver’s largest and most iconic music festival, just announced the full 2019 lineup and will once again bring an array of acclaimed national and local artists, creatively curated stages, and host endless surprises across the three-day showcase. From Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, the 19th annual Underground Music Showcase will return to the historic and hip […]

Featured

Head for the Hills 15th Annual Pickin’ on the Poudre

By Steve Graham Head for the Hills has come a long way from bluegrass jams in a dorm room at Colorado State University. The group has been throwing musical parties in northern Colorado for a decade and a half, and the 15thannual Pickin’ on the Poudre show on May 11 is no exception. But Lessard and his bandmates are bringing more guests and blending more genres than ever before — […]

Featured

Con Brio with Dirty Revival at Hodi’s

It’s not often that you see two powerhouse funk n’ soul bands on the same night, let alone in the same room. Con Brio recently teamed up with Portland soul outfit Dirty Revival for a series of shows including a Friday night stop at Hodi’s Half Note. San Francisco’s Con Brio has been on a rapid ascension to the big leagues since vocalist Ziek McCarter took the reins from founder […]

Featured

River Rat Gang plays Pickin’ on the Poudre

By Steve Graham Staci Foster jokingly nicknamed her trio the River Rat Gang for their shared compulsion to jump into natural bodies of water. “We swam in every hole I could think of,” she said of their first tour as a trio. “Needless to say, we’re stoked to play Pickin’ on the Poudre. We will be jumping in the river.” After cooling off in the canyon, they will open for […]

Music News

FoCoMX Fresh Finds

There are plenty of fresh finds and one of a kind experiences, to discover or even rediscover, at FoCoMX.  Here are just a few of our freshest finds:     Robert Shredford   – Friday Night – 11:45pm to 12:30am @ Scrumpy’s Hard Cider Bar and Pub | 21+ – indie surf rock Robert Shredford is a reverb-drenched surf rock party from a coastless state. Named after an actor your […]

Music News

Hip hop shares spotlight at festival

By Steve Graham About two years ago, hip hop and R&B became the dominant music genre in the United States. Listeners are buying and downloading more Drake than Disturbed and more Kendrick Lamar than Greta Van Fleet. But you couldn’t tell from the Fort Collins music scene. A typical Saturday night in northern Colorado doesn’t bring much live hip hop. The Fort Collins Music Experience attempts to rectify that. “Hip […]

Music News

There’s no place like home

By Steve Graham Colorado has no shortage of music festivals, but there are few gatherings quite like the Fort Collins Music Experience, or FoCoMX, as it is widely known and loved. With nearly 400 artists at dozens of venues, it’s one of the largest festivals in the state that focuses exclusively on homegrown talent, and certainly one of the biggest without a marquee draw.   “There is no headliner. There […]

Music News

EDM will come to the fore at FoCoMX

  The Aggie’s alien invasion   Festival includes two DJ showcases By Steve Graham FoCoMX is made for a guy like Chris Weller. To paraphrase talk-radio callers, he’s a long-time listener and first-time artist. “I’ve been attending FoCoMX for years, and I love that we have this local, multi-day, take-over-Old-Town festival dedicated to local musicians in Northern Colorado,” Weller said in an email interview. “This is my town and I’m […]

Music News

“Sunday” CD review

    “Sunday” is Late Night Radio’s uplifting and funky answer to “Check Your Head.” Ironically, both albums open with retro-style vocal samples, but thereafter they mostly shun samples in favor of live guitars and drums. In 1992, the Beastie Boys moved away from the mind-boggling sample stew of “Paul’s Boutique” and adopted more instrumentation. Likewise, the latest LNR album forgoes the musical samples of earlier records and uses a […]