On tour

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 - 12:03 am
I am a sucker for old-time music, the older the better. Slices of history that echo the times and evoke images of gone eras. The three young ladies of Mountain Man sing some amazing covers of old-school songs mixed in with their originals, which are at least as good. But I must admit I was...
Posted on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 - 7:05 pm
“Woke up this morning, what do I see? Three thousand cameras pointed at me.” Taken out of context, the first lyrics Ben Folds sang at the Ogden Theater on Wednesday (from “Levi Johnston’s Blues,” Lonely Avenue 2010) made me feel a bit guilty for sitting at the foot of the stage shooting pictures....
Posted on Saturday, July 16th, 2011 - 4:53 pm
84 year old Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley braved the thin Colorado air on Sunday for a show at the Boulder Theater. One of the most iconic and influential artists in bluegrass, Dr. Stanley (he’s actually got an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee) and his...
Posted on Saturday, July 9th, 2011 - 10:11 pm
I have not been to the Bluebird Theater in Denver in a while, and at the same time I have not seen the boys from Boulder since I reviewed their show from the Khyber in Philadelphia about three years ago.  At that show, I presented the band with pictures that I took of them from a Wakarusa...
Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 - 2:51 am
On Sunday afternoon The New Mastersounds were finishing up a remarkable set of true funk as Renard “Ras I Ray” Shy, Sr. (bassist/singer for Easy Star All-Stars) sat in the audience at Red Rocks Amphitheater enjoying the music and mingling with fans. Something about reggae goes perfectly with Red...
Posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 - 8:02 pm
I have to admit, I am not an avid Phish follower. I don’t travel to see them, I haven’t bought an album since Farmhouse, and I hadn’t really enjoyed a live show since Greensboro ’03, but this show reminded me of all the things I had forgotten.  I love running into all kinds of people I haven’t...
Posted on Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 - 8:26 pm
As I pulled down the street to get to the parking garage, I was surprised to see Michael Franti on the street doing some stretches on the side of the tour bus.  I was glad to see he was wearing shoes, since these Baltimore city streets are no joke.  It’s the beginning of the club tour, as...
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 - 12:58 am
The Band of Heathens is a touring machine. Friday night was their third trip to Colorado this year, the second in support of their 2011 LP Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster’s Son (released March 29th).  This weekend at Cervantes’ in Denver the venue was packed and the enthusiastic vibe...
Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 - 8:11 am
Last week the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey played a total of four shows at Denver restaurant/lounge Dazzle. The quartet from Tulsa, OK did an early show and a late show on both Wednesday and Thursday, and I was in attendance at the early show on Thursday. I hadn’t been to Dazzle before this show, and...
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 - 8:38 pm
On June 10th, Truth and Salvage Co. played their “first headliner show at the Fox Theatre” in Boulder.  Truth and Salvage Co. co-mingles Bluegrass, Anti-Nashville Country, with 70’s era rock, exceeding expectations and leaving you wanting to hear more. Some bands should be listened to by way...