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Oh, The Irony – True Aristocrats a Study of Contrasts

By Dave Schutz A lot of people would kill for teleportation technology, not least among them the average touring musician. Ironically, just as the Internet is shrinking the globe in terms of the ability to get music in the hands of potential fans, rising gas prices and a crappy economy have made it harder for small bands to actually get to those fans in person and to make money doing […]

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Seventh Annual Blues Festival to Bring Soul, Steel Guitars to Greeley

By Charlie Englar On June 10-11, the city of Greeley will play host to one of the biggest, most happening early summer backyard parties that the state of Colorado has to offer. Entering its seventh year, the Greeley Blues Jam (GBJ) is quickly solidifying itself as one of the premier blues festivals for not just Colorado, but the entire country. The multiple forms of evidence for this claim come in […]

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Sonic Bloom – Same Festival, New Location

By Charlie Englar The optical and auditory explosion that is the Sonic Bloom Festival is back for another year, and with a new home as well. Located roughly forty-five minutes west of Denver on I-70, Saddle Ranch (in the proximity of Georgetown) will play host. The 2011 edition of the festival, which will take place on June 24-26, will feature various workshops, multiple visual and artistic performers and a musical […]

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Expanding Consciousness – The Holler! Bridges the Gap Between Folk and Psychedelia

By Dave Schutz “So I was thinking, for this article, the headline should say, ‘San Pedro is the only hallucinogen sanctioned by the Catholic Church,’” laughs Michael Kirkpatrick, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of The Holler!, referring to the potted cactus next to his couch. The joke stems from a discussion about journalists using a band profile as a guise from which to run with their own ideas, and Kirkpatrick […]

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The Mish to Make Opening Splash with Return of Waterfront Music Festival

By Charlie Englar The Waterfront Music Festival will once again return to the Mishawaka Amphitheatre May 20-22 for the second annual gathering. Many of the same artists who graced the stage last year will be on hand for this year’s version of the Silverfox Productions event. The heavily bluegrass-leaning lineup features Fort Collins’ own Head for the Hills as the headliner for the festival, while also boasting favorites such as […]

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Scene Speaks with Fort Collins Indie-Rockers Post Paradise

By Dave Schutz Since hitting the scene in 2009, Post Paradise hasn’t wasted any time getting out in front of people, gracing stages from Bohemian Nights to the Greeley Stampede. The band’s success shouldn’t be a surprise – the combination of big hooks with Amy Morgan’s prominent, melodic cello playing is accessible and often compelling. The band is following up on their From Here to Anywhere EP with a new […]

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Review: Queens of the Stone Age @ The Ogden, April 8, 2011

By Molly McCowan In an age of sugar-pop sex symbols and rappers stealing beats from ‘80s New Wavers, Queens of the Stone Age swaggered into Denver’s Ogden Theatre on April 8 to show fans just how epic rock and roll can be. On tour since February 21 (they started off in New Zealand), the trip to the Ogden was the band’s 28th stop in roughly six weeks of non-stop touring. […]

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What a Trip – Scene’s Editor Journeys to South by Southwest

By Molly McCowan A day after returning home from a 24-hour bus ride from Austin, my spine still feels like an accordion tried to teach it how to dance. That’s what you get when you sign up to ride a repurposed airport shuttle from Fort Collins to Texas, round-trip, with 13 well-known names in the local music and arts community, and it’s more than worth every stiff muscle. Our mission? […]

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Full Interview: Grammy®-Winning Bassist Victor Wooten

By Molly McCowan Victor Wooten: bass virtuoso, powerhouse behind Béla Fleck and the Flecktones for over 20 years, five-time Grammy® winner. With seven solo albums to his name and over 20 other albums with his many projects over the years, this masterful musician has a lot of experience under his belt. He has also been named Bass Player Magazine’s “Bassist of the Year” three times – the only person to […]

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The Riflemen’s Final Salute – Dual CD Release Party to be Local Legends’ Farewell Show

By Maggie Canty-Shafer In a college town, band deaths due to attrition are as crowded as beer specials. Most never have a proper farewell, just a fading away. The Riflemen too are ending, but with a proper burial. Coming together this month for a final show on April 9 at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, the six will celebrate their growth from Rifleboys to men, and the natural progression as life […]