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10th Anniversary Production of The Christmas Revels

Founded in 2000, Rocky Mountain Revels is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting public education, understanding, and appreciation of traditional music, dance, drama, and ritual through participatory theater and communal celebration.

We have created Revels productions of Medieval, Renaissance, pan-Celtic, Victorian, Scottish, Irish Immigrants, and Colorado Pioneers. Each year, beginning in the late summer, nearly 100 people from all over the greater Boulder and Denver area come together to rehearse and create a production with full historical costumes, live traditional music, and authentic dance and theater.

Revels productions are a unique blend of amateur and professional performers. Guest artists appearing with Rocky Mountain Revels have included North American step dancing champion Alexandra Siega, Native American flutist Leon Littlebird, folk artist David Jones, Boulder Philharmonic concertmaster Gregory Walker, and many others.

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Panic's Rocky Streak Comes to an End

With 2009 being dubbed the "year of change", the southern jamband kings Widespread Panic will make a certain change of their own, albeit to the chagrin of hard core fans everywhere.  The band recently announced that they will not be making their annual pilgrimage to the pinnacle of all outdoor music venues, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.

bellCatching WP at the historic venue was virtually a given each summer for Spreadheads, seeing how they have been performing there every year since the late 90s.  In fact, the band currently holds the longest streak for consecutively sold-out performances at Red Rocks.  Last summer's three-night, sold-out run marked their 32nd in a row playing in front of a packed house.  The milestone was significant enough for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to officially declare June 27th "Widespread Panic Day" in the Mile High city.

Earlier this week however, fans were notified that no Red Rocks performance would be on the tour bill this year.  Rather, the band has opted to headline both nights of the second annual Mile High Musical Festival held at the fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in nearby Commerce City this July.

Most fans had assumed the band would play at the venue anyway, likely at a different date.  Not only have they played every year for over a decade, but because an interview with percussionist Sonny Ortiz last winter with Jambase.com noted that the band "would likely play Red Rocks again in 2009".  Regardless of how and why, it will not happen.

In all likelihood, this should be merely a hiccup in their future touring plans.  Though the band has also hinted about performing less dates each year, another stop at the high country venue is almost certain to happen next year or shortly thereafter.

Fans in Colorado really have no reason to complain, seeing how the band has frequently played there.  Not only have they performed routinely at Red Rocks, but they have also made other recent venue appearances including the Budweiser Events Center near Fort Collins, Winter Park Mountain, and their first ever New Year's Eve shows just four months ago at Denver's Pepsi Center.

For now, catching the band at the Mile High Music Festival will be this year's only option for Coloradans to get a Panic fix.

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review was formed in 2005 from the top players of the foremost Grateful Dead tribute bands in the Rocky Mountain region, Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra. Based originally on a premise of player interchangeability to suit the situation, compatibility and success have coalesced the band into its present configuration. The band's forte lies in its faithful rendering of Grateful Dead material, both originals and covers, and the Grateful Dead's trademark style of improvisation. Achieved through a careful balance of comprehension and execution of the more defined musical elements of the material with a fearless passion to connect with the elusive "X factor" that Jerry Garcia affectionately spoke of, RMGDR remains aligned with the Dead's creed of playing off the energy of the audience and making them an integral component of the overall dynamic.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRATEFUL DEAD REVUE
Friday, January 9      
doors 8:30pm, show 9:00pm

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Revue @ Boulder Theater

Rob Eaton of DSO - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review is the apex of Colorado's vast cadre of uniquely talented and "Deadicated" musicians. Over the years, many regional bands have offered up their best efforts toward keeping alive the unparalleled music and party spirit of the phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead. From this cross-pollenating web of specialized tribute musicians has shaken out a pool of players deemed most apt, by popular opinion and support, to offer the truest interpretation of the essence of that legendary band.

Unlike many "put a quarter in the jukebox" tribute bands, Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review delivers a caliber of genuineness, spontaneity and artistic integrity by weaving their own measure of "X factor creativity" into the songs, jams and transitional interludes.  Chemistry, both personal and musical, is an important ingredient of the musical high generated by RMGDR. This chemistry exists both among the band members themselves and between the band and their all-important audiences. It is a closed-loop of positive energy that feeds on itself and tends to elevate gyrating bones off the floor.

Perfect harmony with this chemistry emanates when the band is joined by their good friend from Dark Star Orchestra, Rob Eaton. The consummate Grateful Dead tribute musician, Rob is proudly presented as special guest of Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review at the Boulder Theater. Don't miss what is sure to be a very special evening!

Feat. Members of Shakedown Street & Dark Star Orchestra
Friday, August 15
Doors 8:30pm, Show 9:00pm

GA / 21+ / $10.00

Other Shows:
August 16th
Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Sandbar
2161 N Frontage Rd W Vail, CO 81657 (970) 476-4314
 
August 22nd & 23rd
Friday & Saturday 9:30pm/21+
Mahogany Ridge
435 Lincoln Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 879-3773
 
Rob Eaton - guitar & vocals
Dave Kochman - guitar & vocals
Jim Allard - bass & vocals
Jake Wolf - drums & vocals
Smokey Joe Weisiger - Keyboards & vocals