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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. | Hi-Dive | Denver, CO

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. took the stage last night at the Hi-Dive in Denver clearly on a mission from God. Wearing their traditional Nascar-style track jumpsuits and big ol mesh trucker caps, the Detroit duo of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott made their debut in the great city of Denver on a tour supporting the release of their debut album, It’s a Corporate World.

Heavyweight Dub Champion & Mr. Anonymous @ Boulder Theatre

Heavyweight Dub Champion Founded in a log cabin at 9,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado, and now based in San Francisco, California, Heavyweight Dub Champion is a movement of interdimensional warriors representing the Army of the Last Champion. Firmly rooted in hip hop, dancehall, dub and electronic music, and performed on more than 50 channels of vintage analog and digital gear, HDC has gained much notoriety and a growing following from its high-intensity and visually captivating live performances. Founder and Last Champion Manifesto author Resurrector transcends space and time wielding an arsenal of deep revolutionary audio with support from a revolving crew of co-conspirators that include Totter Todd, Dr. Israel, A.P.O.S.T.L.E., Jillian Ann, MC Azeem and Stero-Lion. At the collective's core is the universal intention of inspiration, mind expansion and transformation through creative expression - all of which manifests in their collective artistic performance known as The Liberation Process.

Mr. Anonymous a.k.a. Jeep Macnichol started his music career as founding member and drummer of the Colorado based pop/jam band The Samples. For a decade, his musical journey included 6 national album releases, national touring for 9 months a year in every venue imaginable in every state, sharing the stage with Sting, Dave Mathews, Steel pulse, Flaming Lips, The Wailers, Sonic Youth, Blues traveler, the Horde tour, and a performance on the Jay Leno show. After 10 years, Macnichol decided it was time to follow new creative endeavors and dive into his love of Jamaican dancehall and reggae music.

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VibeSquad at the Boulder Theater - 03.11.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present VibeSquaD at the Boulder Theater on Friday, March 11th.

VibeSquaD, aka Aaron Holstein, is Colorado’s most beloved bass music producer/performer/innovator. His trained musical background contribute to his unique take on bass music, which carries him around the country playing packed clubs coast to coast.

Since VibeSquaD’s inception in 2007, he has released three full-length albums, two previous EP’s, as well as remixes and singles for Interchill, Multi Music and Proboscis. The New Creatures EP is his next release, showcasing his top-notch production skills and originality over the course of six tracks. The EP is charged with the energy and positivity that has come to define VibeSquaD’s signature sound and vibrant stage persona.

In addition to his deep electronic production abilities, New Creatures shows the influence Aaron’s twenty plus years experience playing live music in various touring groups has on his sound. As a trained multi instrumentalist with a jazz background, VibeSquaD adds melodic sensibility to these gems of bass music and truly delivers on in this six-track EP. Equipped with tweaked vocal samples, polyrhythmic textures, and trunk rattling bass, these tracks grab hold and refuse to let go. Swirling, soaring synth textures weave throughout hard-hitting drum patterns on top of crushing bass thick enough to send any dance floor into a frenzy.

Tickets are on sale at Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone. Tickets are also available through their website @ www.bouldertheater.com.  Tickets are On Sale Now!

EOTO, MiMOSA and MartyParty Unite for 11 Day Tour

The west coast is about to experience its first bass driven earthquake as three of the nation's top live electro, dubstep and glitch and producers join together for their first combined tour. The 11-day circuit will kick off this September in San Diego and will make its way up the coast featuring electronica artists EOTO, MiMOSA and MartyParty. Listeners can expect to be transported into another space and time with the sound and fury of the most respected dance music produced live on the scene today.

Electronica music does not have humble roots. Since its inception, the driving beats have moved bodies with a tribal-like abandon; inspiring colorful dance parties with almost a trance-like effect. New technologies have given birth to entire genres of musical sub-cultures - though none have seen such significant growth as the DubStep and Glitch categories are experiencing today. Built on unusual time signatures, clipped segments of samples and occasional vocals the genre favors dark, experimental themes laced with break beats and heavy bass.

Embracing cutting edge techniques combined with live on the spot looping, EOTO is pioneering a whole new approach to this emerging genre of dance music. The duo creates samples in real time by playing; cutting and mixing every sound live before the audience. Using nothing pre-recorded they blend an array of live instruments including vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar, hand drums and a full drum kit as they twist and loop each sound into music that would easily suit a soundtrack for a sci-fi movie. With leagues of sold-out theater performances in 2009 and a seemingly endless tour, EOTO fine-tunes their approach and skill with each and every show, leaving the next performance more unique then the last.

Mimosa has made a distinct mark on the west coast sound in the past two years and has become one of the top west coast exports. This young producer's energy whilst performing is magnetic; the word has spread fast and Mimosa has recently shared the stage with the likes Benga, Skream, Rusko, Datsik, Glitch Mob, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar and Flying Lotus, playing shows across the US and festivals like Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man and Decibel Festival. Fans know Mimosa as someone who brings a good-time energy that is as fierce as it is friendly, taking them on journeys through urban chaos and ecstasy.

Since 2007 MartyParty has produced sets of original music that range from melodic instrumental hip hop to bassline oriented dubstep. MartyParty has started a movement back towards the power of the melody and the harmony in electronic composition. Song writing has always been Marty's passion instead of the typical beat style dj production. The music is a hybrid of electronic music and hip hop that together form a totally new flavor of urban beat with the hypnotic elements of electronic music and hard-hitting bass. The MartyParty live performance is an intense journey that pulls together the MartyParty songs overlaid with urban samples triggered live. The result is a true "crunky" and "hyphy" experience like no other.

Together the artists will bring earth shattering bass and driving beats to select west coast venues this fall. For more information about the artists check out: EOTO, MiMOSA and MartyParty

For more information about EOTO check out the MySpace

ON TOUR NOW

Sep 21 Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA Find Tickets
Sep 22 Belly Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
Sep 23 Music Box - Los Angeles, CA
Sep 24 103 Harriet - San Francisco, CA
Sep 25 Wurk - Reno, NV
Sep 26 Blu Nightclub - South Lake Tahoe, NV
Sep 28 McNear's Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Sep 29 Arcata Theatre - Arcata, CA
Sep 30 Wow Hall - Eugene, OR
Oct 1 Wonder Ballroom - Portland, Oregon
Oct 2 Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room - Seattle, WA

The Samples @ Boulder Theater

samples97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present THE SAMPLES w/ guests Sunday, July 5. Show time: 8PM

Sean Kelly returns to Boulder with his latest incarnation of The Samples. The music has been described as "reggae influenced rock/pop" and a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead. With their relaxed, slightly jazzy pop, the Samples were one of the most popular touring bands of the early '90s. Line up features Sean Kelly (Lead Singer, Guitar), Jared Johnson (Bass), Karl Dietel (Keyboards), and Billy Mulcher (Drums).

GA / 21+ / $24.00

Tickets are on sale now at The Boulder Theater Box Office. Call (303) 786-7030 for tickets by phone.

After 20 Years The Samples Call it Quits

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

The rough road of the music industry has taken its toll on yet another talented rock band.  After touring for over 20 years and releasing over 20 albums, The Samples have decided to officially part ways.  Though the group has gone through many lineup changes since forming in Boulder, Colorado in 1987, primary songwriter/singer/guitarist Sean Kelly had continued to perform and release albums under The Samples moniker.

The band gained popularity early on by blending elements of breezy pop, reggae, and jam-rock.  They generated mass appeal as one of the mainstays on the early H.O.R.D.E. festival tours that also included emerging acts like Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, Phish, All Good, and more.  Their well-received albums "No Room" and "Last Drag" saw heavy rotation through college radio stations during the mid-90s, and their live concerts were always full of incredible energy.

Determined to keep the band alive, Kelly carried on the Samples name after original members Jeep MacNichol, Al Laughlin, and Andy Sheldon left the group to pursue other interests.  Though their popularity waned over the last the few years, many die-hard fans still packed venues to hear their favorite tunes.

The following is a message from Sean Kelly's MySpace page describing his love for the band and ultimately his decision to move on:

I want start by saying that I may be able to write songs and play a guitar but my spelling and grammar has never been my best asset. I am usually pretty good however in getting my point across none the less. So if you notice some words out of place go easy on me. I am writing this email on a beautiful spring Vermont night way up on the 45th parallel. Lake Champlain is outside sleeping and I have a few updates regarding The Samples.

The long and winding road for The Samples has ended. Outside of possibly playing a few rumored dates with the original line up next fall, The Samples will be no longer. I have also canceled any and all upcoming Samples dates. I sincerely apologize for the recent cancellations, I have only canceled two shows in 22 years and I always do my best to prevent this anyway possible.

From all the beautiful landscapes across America, to the bus engine roaring under my bed, it's been a long and beautiful ride with endless and difficult ups and downs that I would not trade for anything. I put my heart and soul into every show, and on every record. I hope that it translated. I feel a bit like Forest Gump when he stopped running, turned around and said "I think I am going to go home now". I have been such a driving force in The Samples that I never stopped to notice how I have neglected many aspects of myself and many of the other things that used to really make me happy.

Such a beautiful thing so unprotected, endangered, rare and one of a kind!

I welcome change, perseverance and any ideas to incorporate into my solo career. I am very much exited to pursue many different and new challenges.

Still The Samples After All These Years

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

The first time I saw the Samples perform was at a tiny little bar in Des Moines, Iowa called Z-International (long gone now) in 1991.  I was a freshman in high school, and to me and my friend's delight it was an all-ages show.  Even at sixteen years old, I could tell I was seeing a band that was unique and ahead of their time.  Their blend of roots, rock, and reggae was on the cusp of the indie rock explosion.  I was hooked.

A lot has changed since those days.  While I went on to graduate from a small private college in Minnesota and eventually move to my current home in Colorado, the Samples went through many ups and downs.  The original gang consisting of Sean Kelly, Andy Sheldon, Al Laughlin, and Jeep MacNichol broke off and went their separate ways in 1997, essentially ending the band as most knew it.  However, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Kelly would not let his musical dreams lie easy, and vowed to continue performing under The Samples name.

Kelly has gone through a host of backing musicians since then with varying success, none as great as the days before the release of Outpost (the last album recorded by the original band members).  Nevertheless, as I learned recently at a show in Denver, Sean Kelly and The Samples have persevered and continue to write and record new material while still performing to large, devoted crowds.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the inception of the Samples, and what better way to celebrate than with a pair of home state shows.  Before their well-received performance at majestic Copper Mountain, they played at a relatively new venue in Denver called The Walnut Room, where I was fortunate to see the current lineup play.

Although I was none too excited about the layout of the venue, the sound quality was very good.  And to my surprise, the music room was filled to near capacity with twenty and thirty-somethings all braving a late Thursday night to hear some old favorites and hopefully catch on to a new one.

Even after twenty years, Sean Kelly's voice and guitar work is still excellent.  And I must say that the current lineup he has assembled (Bill Mutchler on drums, Jared Johnson on bass, Karl Dietel on keys/vocals, and Dan Blondin on guitar/vocals) complements his music very well.

The evening's set list was full of songs old and new.  Fan favorites such as "Did You Ever Look So Nice" and "Feel Us Shaking" were played with almost the same energy as in the days they were written.  Other gems performed included "Weight of the World", "Taking Us Home", and the catchy pop-folk track from Outpost, "Indiana".  More recently written tunes like "Black and White", and "Young and Free" peppered the show and proved that Sean Kelly is still a great songwriter.

It was reminiscent, refreshing, and just plain fun to hear the music of The Samples again.  Sean Kelly continues to find musicians that play his music so well, and I have no doubt that the band will forge ahead and enjoy some moderate successes as they are still one of the most unsung artists of my generation.