On tour

Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 - 2:52 pm
When someone uses the term “fusion” regarding jazz, a spring-loaded thought process proceeds. Maybe it leads to thoughts of French violin composer Jean Luc Ponty’s experiments in the late 60s. Perhaps someone would think of the Miles Davis family of music, most directly In A Silent Way or Bitches...
Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011 - 5:48 am
The show began with opening act The Radical Dads, a trio that rocked Webster Hall with a big sound despite their lack of a bassist. With two guitarists and drummer, Robbie Guertin, who also played the keyboards in headlining act, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Radical Dads achieved a sophisticated...
Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 - 12:56 pm
A Rastafarian and a Hasidic Jew walk into a bar… It’s not the setup for a punch line, it’s just another night at a Matisyahu show. Where else can we go to see Yamakas and Dreadlocks in the same place? The fusion of the two cultures is everywhere at a Matisyahu show, and a huge following of fans...
Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 - 11:51 am
FACE Vocal Band is a Boulder-based, six-man a cappella group featuring Jayson Throckmorton, Forest Kelly, Mark Megibow, Ben Lunstad, Stephen Ross, and Ryan Driver. All six versatile performers share the spotlight equally and take turns performing lead vocals. The group achieved national fame in...
Posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 - 6:24 pm
Going to a Trace Bundy show is like going to a family dinner that you actually want to be at. The first time I listened to Trace Bundy’s music was in college. A friend had a copy of his “Adapt” CD and I used to play it when I needed to relax. This was the 3rd time I have seen Trace perform. The...
Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 - 8:26 am
It had been way to long since I last saw Leftover Salmon play together as a band. I recall the last time, way back in 2004, driving to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York, destined to see the band play as a festival headliner in one of their final gigs before ‘hiatus’. I was a...
Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2011 - 3:43 pm
Do you know that feeling of wonder and amazement when you return home from a long road trip?  The rotating miles still in your head mixed with the relief of stability and security are a sensation hard to translate into words.  The home town Thanksgiving show of Umphrey’s McGee and...
Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 - 3:11 pm
In a recent interview, Billy Nershi, guitar player, lyricist, and vocalist for Colorado’s String Cheese Incident said this of his band’s musical style: “It’s very hard to describe [our sound] in musical terms because there are so many styles we play on any give night. I guess I think of it as if...
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 - 3:56 pm
With a guy like Stephen Stills, an icon of 60s folk rock and roll, you can’t help but wonder how the passing of time might figure in to a live performance. Decades after his heyday, Stills still came in with his A-game at the Ogden Theater in Denver on Sunday. Perhaps he couldn’t hit all of the...
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 - 10:55 am
Since the The Kinks last played together in 1996, their music has been used in movie soundtracks (i.e., Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited) and commercials, and has been cited as influential by rising pop bands like Oasis (who have since imploded.)  This exposure has turned a whole new...