Tim O'Brein

Tim O’Brien: It’s Time Again

  Tim O’Brien is a seminal bluegrass artist and a founding member of the band Hot Rize. After moving to Boulder in the 1970s, he quickly found friends in the local picking scene. After a run-in with Charles Sawtelle and Peter Wernick, Hot Rize was formed and they began their storied career. They toured the globe and eventually became known as “the greatest show in bluegrass.” Their love of Western […]

Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills Goes Vinyl at the Mishawaka

Head for the Hills, formed in 2003 in Fort Collins, Colorado, while living in the dorm rooms at Colorado State University. Adam Kinghorn (guitar/vocals), then a freshman, was playing guitar and noticed Matt Loewen (upright bass/vocals) walking down the hall with a cool band T-shirt and he called out, “Hey guy, we gotta jam sometime.” Adam was visiting a friend’s dorm room, and Joe Lessard (violin/vocals) was the neighbor. Joe […]


Trout Steak Revival–Aggie Theatre, Nov. 17

Colorado-based quintet Trout Steak Revival has established itself as a staple in the local bluegrass scene over the past few years. At the Aggie Theatre Friday, the band added another engaging, workman-like performance to its ever-growing resume. Fiddler Bevin Foley lays down classic bluegrass phrases with a ferocity that keeps the licks fresh and the energy high. But she sometimes opts for slower parts that steer the music into contemplative, […]


Front Country Plays Avo’s 11/10/2017

Front Country is not your average American Roots band. They play progressive bluegrass with an influence of world music, jazz, composition, and classical guitar.  Electropop, honky-tonk, and soul sound merge, blending a modern sound of the future with the echoes of the past. Front Country plays Avagadro’s number on 11/10/2017 with Eli Slocumb & Friends.  Front Country is : ADAM ROSZKIEWICZ  mandolin, banjo, vocals JACOB GROOPMAN  guitar, Rezo guitar, mandolin, vocals […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

The HillBenders Take on “Tommy”

By: Rachael E. Worthington “Anyone convinced that bluegrass is backwoods music has had their head in the sand of commercial radio these past few years,” says Nolan Lawrence, The HillBenders mandolinist. His band is taking an unconventional approach to The Who’s classic rock opera and performing “Tommy” in its entirety with their own bluegrass swing at the Lincoln Center on January 22. The bluegrass-based, Springfield, MO. band consists of Lawrence, […]



Charlie Parr, RL Cole, Wonky Tonk and Sam Gillis recently performed at Swing Station in LaPorte, CO. Here is how they kept everyone grooving into the early hours of the morning.   BY: REBECCA LAPOLE Sam Gillis opened the night on a stool, with his guitar, singing songs that were “blues-y as hell,” according to RL Cole, who followed him up with his own brand of possessed, gritty, soul with […]