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Santa Barbara Celebrates Earth Day's 40th Anniversary with Earth Day Festival

On April 17-18, thousands of communities around the world will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. On the California Central Coast, the community of Santa Barbara, together with regional not-for-profit Community Environmental Council, lays claim to sparking the Earth Day movement forty years ago.

This year, 20,000 will gather for Santa Barbara’s Earth Day 40 Festival (www.SBEarthDay.org) on April 17-18. Under the apropos 2010 theme “Bringing It Home,” the celebration recognizes not only Earth Day’s 40th Birthday, but also the community’s own legacy of environmental stewardship.

For four decades, Santa Barbara has harnessed its mindful community members, innovative leaders, and abundant access to renewable energy resources to help lead the environmental movement. Today, with the ongoing support of the Community Environmental Council and its aggressive “Fossil Free by ’33” initiative, the community continues to serve as a model for how to move an entire region away from fossil fuels.

In 1969, the devastating images of a massive oil spill from an oil platform off Santa Barbara’s coast galvanized California into action and caught the attention of the rest of the nation, including Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. The resulting swell of outrage and concern gave rise to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as to the creation of the Community Environmental Council – the largest and most established environmental organization in the region, and the host of Santa Barbara’s Earth Day 40 Festival.

Today, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) is leading a campaign to move Santa Barbara County away from fossil fuels in one generation – Fossil Free by ’33. This bold, regionally driven blueprint seeks to head off a nearly perfect storm of energy-related concerns, including rapidly diminishing oil supplies (“peak oil”), growing concern over our national security because of our dependence on foreign oil, volatile fuel prices, and climate change.

The Fossil Free campaign is particularly timely following the climate talks in Copenhagen last December, in which international leaders noted that more than half of the actions needed to address global warming will be led not by national or international policies, but through local initiatives and leadership.

“Copenhagen will likely be a central theme as communities around the world prepare for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day,” says CEC Assistant Director Sigrid Wright, noting that the collective international Earth Day events are expected to touch over a billion people. “We believe that climate change is the responsibility of every community to address and that Santa Barbara and California are out in front on this issue.”

In downtown Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Earth Day 40 Festival will offer real-world solutions, with participation by approximately 250 emerging green businesses, cutting edge technology vendors, and regional and national environmental organizations. Other features will include:

• a two-day amateur Green Shorts Film Festival,
• the largest known private
Green Car Show in the country, and
• a Green Home Pavilion – a re-enactment of a 1,200-square foot home, featuring the latest green construction materials, home décor products, and energy-saving appliances and technologies.

Earth Day brings us together to celebrate, recharge and focus our energies and resources on ending our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Wright.

“This is a pivotal time in history for the environmental movement because for the first time ever, being free of fossil fuels is actually within reach," says Wright. “The CEC and the community of Santa Barbara are committed to reaching this goal by 2033. The region has unique access to renewable energy resources – particularly the sun, wind and ocean. And, as history has shown, the size of the community – small enough change course with relative speed, yet large enough to matter when those changes are made - makes us poised to lead the charge."

Upcoming Shows @ Boulder Theater as of Feb 23, 2010

Here's what we've got coming up at Boulder Theater as of Feb. 23. All shows are ON SALE NOW unless otherwise noted. New shows and additions are noted in bold.
Fri, Feb 26     Super Diamond
9:00pm Neil Diamond Tribute Show
GA / 21+ / $29.50

Sat, Feb 27 Boulder Weekly
8:30pm Great American Taxi & Steep Canyon Rangers
GA / 21+ / $18.50

Mon, Mar 1 97.3 KBCO presents
7:30pm Los Lonely Boys, Alejandro Escovedo & Carrie Rodriguez
Reserved=$36.50, Limited Seating GA=$29.50 / 21+
Mar 1 & 2 National Geographic & The North Face present
7:00pm Banff Mountain Film Festival
GA / All Ages / $18.50
Friday Mar 5 Boulder Weekly & KGNU presents
9:00pm Midnite with Jus Goodie
GA / 18+ / $22.50
Sat Mar 6         KGNU presents
7:00pm             The 7th Annual BaoBao Festival
GA / all ages / $22.50 ; students $18.50; under 10 free  
Sun, Mar 7 Ty Burhoe & Tala Records present
7:30pm Zakir Hussain & the Masters of Percussion
Reserved=$43.00, GA Seated=$32.50 / All Ages
Thurs Mar 3 Downtown Boulder Presents
8:00pm Fashion Under the Flatirons
VIP= $100.00 (includes pre show, runway seat, 2 drink tickets, goodie bag)
Reserved=$50.00 (includes reserved seat, 1 drink ticket, goodie bag)
GA seated=$35.00 / 21+
Wed Mar 10 Pretty Lights
9:00pm Advance = $25.00 / Day of show =$30.00 / All Ages
SOLD OUT
Mar 12 & 13 Celtic Events presents
8:00pm Great Big Sea
Gold Circle=$40.00, Reserved=$34.00 / All Ages
Mar 16 97.3 KBCO
7PM e-Town; Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
w/ Darrell Scott
GA / All Ages / $18.75
on sale Feb 24

Mar 18 Boulder 4 Haiti Benefit Concert
7:30PM Selassee & Fafa Family
By All Means Band, Florde Cana, Zivanai Masango & Pachedu
GA / All Ages / $12.00
Fri Mar 19 Shakedown Street perform "Dead Set"
9pm GA / 21+ / $12.00
Sat Mar 20 Quemando
8pm w/ DJ Ryflecks
GA / 21+ / $14.00
Sun Mar 21 97.3 KBCO
7pm e-Town with Joe Bonamassa & Tift Merritt
GA / All Ages / $18.75
Thurs Mar 25 The Onion
8pm Found Footage Festival
GA / All Ages / $12.00
Mar 27 KYGO
7:00pm         Jagermeister Country Tour
featuring Eric Church
GA / 21+ / $26.00
tickets on sale 2/5
Fri Apr 2 Westword presents
8:00pm Savoy
with guests
GA / All Ages / $18.00 / $20.00 Day of show
Mon, April 5 An Evening with
7:30pm Straight No Chaser
Reserved=$29.50, GA=$24.50 / All Ages
SOLD OUT
Tues, April 6 An Evening with
7:30pm Straight No Chaser
Reserved=$29.50, GA=$24.50 / All Ages
SOLD OUT
Thur, April 8 KGNU presents
8:00pm Habib Koite & Bamada
w/ Pachedu
GA / 21+ / $24.00
April 9 & 10   KGNU and Boulder Weekly present
9:00pm Dark Star Orchestra
GA / 21+ / $30.00
Tues Apr 13 The Whigs & Band of Skulls
8:30pm w/ the 22-20's
GA/ All Ages / $18.50
Thurs Apr 15 Perpetual Groove
9pm GA / All Ages / Advance: $20.00 / Day of Show: $22.00
Fri Apr 16 Live Nation presents
9:00pm Lotus
w/ Beats Antique
Advance = $27.50 / Day of show = $30.00 / Two day pass = $46.00/ All Ages
Sat Apr 17 Live Nation presents
9:00pm Lotus
w/Wood Hands
Advance = $27.50 / Day of show = $30.00 / Two day pass = $46.00/ All Ages

Tues Apr 20 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
8:00pm The Avett Brothers
w/ Truth and Salvage Co.
GA / $34.00 / 21+
SOLD OUT
Wed Apr 21 97.3 KBCO & Boulder Weekly present
8:00pm The Avett Brothers
w/ Truth and Salvage Co.
GA / $34.00 / All Ages
SOLD OUT
Thu Apr 29 An Evening with Larry Carlton Trio
8:00pm w/ Robben Ford
Limited Seating / $43.00 / All Ages
Fri, April 30 KGNU and KUVO present
8:00pm       King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
GA / 18+ / $26.00
Wed June 30 Jesse Cook
w/ guests
GA: $28.00 / Reserved : $37.00 / All Ages
On sale March 5

Jazz & Sounds Festival | Gent, Belgium

Beginning in 2010, Gent Jazz Festival, De Bijloke Music Centre, Vooruit Arts Centre, University College Ghent - Faculty of Music and the University College Ghent - Faculty of Fine Arts (KASK) will work together in the annual initiative, the Jazz & Sounds Festival. This new festival will focus on the versatility of contemporary music. The first edition takes place from March 22 - 28, 2010.

Improvisation and creation are important mainstays of the Jazz & Sounds Festival combining the interaction from and to jazz, contemporary, classical, alternative rock, electronic music, improvised music, non-western music and more. The festival offers not a linear but an organic whole of concerts each day, where several concerts and performances can coincide. Visitors will have to make choices within the programme or will be guided by the surprise of the moment.

The festival starts March 22 in the University College Ghent – Faculty of Music with Impressions of a Blue Kind, a prestigious project spotlighting students from the faculties of music of Ghent, Tilburg and Maastricht. The next day, March 23, a presentation by Eddy Van Oosthuyse is planned in the University College Ghent – Faculty of Music with soloists from the Brussels Philharmonic showcasing the role of contemporary clarinet in chamber music.

From then on the Jazz & Sounds Festival moves to Arts Centre Vooruit March 25 and 26. The first day starts with a documentary about Han Bennink. The same day Jazz & Sounds delivers a jazz and literature project by trio Ben Sluijs/Jules Deelder/Remco Campert and concerts featuring saxophone player Colin Stetson and the duo of Erik Truffaz/Malcolm Braff. The festival concludes this first day by presenting Hairy Bones with among others Peter Brötzmann and Toshinoro Kondo.

Friday March 26 in Arts Centre Vooruit finds the duo Eric Thielemans/Josse De Pauw in performance, double bass player Joëlle Léandre and the premiere of Flat Earth Society’s new venture with John Watts. Elliott Sharp’s Carbon concludes the Jazz & Sounds Festival in Arts Centre Vooruit.

March 27 and 28 the festival is hosted by Music Centre De Bijloke. Saturday starts with Cage Aria by Françoise Vanhecke. Afterwards, visitors can choose between a documentary on Charlie Haden and a creation by Sophie Allour and Jozef Dumoulin together with drummer Dré Pallemaerts. This project was crafted especially for the Jazz & Sounds Festival in collaboration with the Tourcoing Jazz Festival.

Later that day on the programme, there is Dutch cello player Ernst Reijseger, Spectra with work by Mantovani and Alexandros Markeas, a project by El Negocito Records and Foundation Logos, Fred Van Hove together with Barry Guy and Wilbert de Joode, and a presentation by the students of the University College Ghent – Faculty of Music on Julius Eastman conducted by Alexandros Markeas. Ending this festival day is an improvisation workshop by Joëlle Léandre with students of the University College Ghent – Faculty of Music and Miroslav Vitous with his Remembering Weather Report.

Sunday March 28, is the last day of Jazz & Sounds and it starts with a concert by Ellery Eskelin and his group. Following this, the students of the University College Ghent, Faculty of Music play John Cage’s Songbooks and attendees can view a documentary on photographer Leonard Herman. Continuing the programme  on  this last day, there is trombone player Wolter Wierbos, a project by El Negocito Records in collaboration with Foundation Logos, and the duo of Ben Sluijs/Tom Van Bauwel exploring the writings of Paul Van Ostaijen. Nadar, Arsis4, Peter Jacquemyn and Jan Pillaert will interpret work by Daan Janssens and Stefan Prins.  Music by Rik De Geyter performing clarinet artistry for Stockhausen’s ‘Little Harlequin’ will be also be presented. Enescu re-Imagined by Lucian Ban & John Hébert is the closing act for the first edition of the Jazz & Sounds Festival. Pianist  Lucian Ban revised the musical legacy of Romanian composer George Enesco and created a bold contemporary jazz composition. Ban gathered an impressive group of musicians from the New York jazz scene around him for this project: among others featured are John Hébert, Nasheet Waits, Tony Malaby, Mat Maneri and Ralph Alessi.

On March 22 the University College Ghent – Faculty of Music organises an Open Lab on artistic research in Music Centre De Bijloke. March 26, a panel discussion on the same subject is organised in the Bijloke. Both activities are free and were organised in collaboration with IPEM-UGent, Foundation Logos and Ghent University Association.

Students and teachers of the University College Ghent – Faculty of Fine Arts (KASK) will participate as well in this first edition. Different departments of the faculty helped to create a visual festival identity and installations which serve as communicative machines were created. The Media Art Department confronts visitors to the festival with installations in which sounds, rhythm and timbre call the tune.

Sleepy Sun Announce US Tour | Play South By Southwest

Whether droning madly, spiralling into cascades of infinitely echoing vocals or kicking back with their blissed-out take on classic Americana rock, Sleepy Sun are a band that demand your attention. Formed in Santa Cruz and now based in San Francisco, this intense sextet are set to release their latest single, Sleepy Son (sic), taken from their breathtaking debut album, Embrace, in August.

Comprising Brian Tice (drums), Jack Allen (bass), Rachael Williams (vocals, haberdashery & interpretive dancing) Bret Constantino (vocals & harmonica), Evan Reiss (guitars) and Matt Holliman (guitars) – all 22 and 23, the band met in the counter-cultural hub city of Santa Cruz, California, citing “pizza, horticulture, Neil Percival Young,” as common interests. “With the forest and ocean as our back drop, we were drawn to each other as fellow musicians, friends, and lovers” they say.

Drawing musical inspiration from Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Can and Creation Records, they forged their sound in intense jams, “free flowing, heady, ‘where am I?’ type jamming.”

Though they’re in the one-time home of psychedelia, it’s not San Francisco per se that influences their sound. “It comes more from Northern California itself more than any scene or city,” they say. “There truly is nowhere on Earth like our little corner of the country where the redwoods smother the ocean.”

What are you waiting for? Let’s Get Weird!


North American Tour Dates

2/7 - East End Club - Portland, OR
2/8 - Neumos - Seattle (FREE)** with Mudhoney
2/26 - The New Parish - Oakland, CA
3/9 - Catalyst Atrium - Santa Cruz, CA
3/12 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
3/13 - Bar Pink - San Diego, CA
3/14 - JDee’s Landing - Palm Springs, CA
3/17 - Emo’s Annex (IODA SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/18 - Beauty Bar (Bay Bridged SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/20 - Peckerheads (Rollingstone.com / Rhapsody SXSW Day Party) - Austin, TX
3/21 - Double Wide (Bro Fest) - Dallas, TX
3/23 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
3/24 - Corazon - Sante Fe, NM
3/25 - Mia’s Lounge - Flagstaff, AZ
3/26 - Bunkhouse Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
3/27 - The Cellar Door - Visalia, CA

Post Turkey Day Clusterpluck!

The banjo stirs a feeling of timelessness with its old time/bluegrass/folk associations. Danny Barnes builds with these base molecules of the instrument's heritage, sculpting a sound with one foot in contemporary technological landscapes, another in deep running traditions, and arms waving free in outer space. Found audio samples merge and crash as the instrument's high picking peaks and valleys of bassy depths loop in a journey through the American heart of darkness and back towards the light. Add the free form jazz of Ornette Coleman to the legacy of Dock Boggs, remix it with DJ Shadow, and view it through a DIY punk aesthetic and you have some idea of Folktronics. Live, on studio or homemade records, and through the countless concert recordings that circulate in the taper scene as word-of-mouth gems, Barnes is a sonic pioneer, hacking through the underbrush with his musical weapons of choice, banjo as compass.

Spring Creek from Lyons, Colorado, are quickly gaining a reputation as the hottest young band in the Rocky Mountains. The quartet play a mix of bluegrass standards and compelling originals, and all four musicians are also accomplished vocalists. Spring Creek builds their foundation on the fundamentals of classic bluegrass, yet they create their own energetic contemporary style.Though they clearly appeal to traditional bluegrass fans, the Spring Creek musicians mix in a little something for everyone at their live shows. Expect to hear an Elton John or Gillian Welch cover squeezed in between a blazing fast Carter Stanley instrumental and a rip roarin' Bill Monroe tune.


Honey Don’t plays American Stringband Music from the heart of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. The music ranges from Americana to Folk, Country, Old-time, Bluegrass and good old Rock-n-Roll.

KGNU & Boulder Weekly present
DANNY BARNES TRIO & SPRING CREEK
w/ Honey Don't
Friday, November 27
doors 7:30pm, show 8:30pm

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

Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh Debuts Interviews w/ Ringo Starr & More Labor Day Weekend

The virtual airwaves are heating up this fall as "Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh" kicks off an incredible series of features that can only be found on the band's official Artist Personal Experience online radio station.  As traditional radio segues into their yearly Labor Day countdowns of songs, the Eagles promise-and deliver-something new and exciting.  Beginning September 4th, A.P.E.

Girl Talk day to day video blog, ebay auction, RiP trailer and more...

Girl Talk- for the Grateful Web

Girl Talk's fall tour in support of the release of Feed The Animals has officially kicked off! And with it, comes all sorts of fun Girl Talk-related things to check out!

Girl Talk fans can see what its like to be on the road for a 6 week tour by checking out the day to day video blog created by Girl Talk (aka Gregg Gillis) and his production crew. Each day a new video will be added to Girl Talk's Myspace page. Check out days 1, 2 and 3 below. Day 1 includes an interview with a guy who proposed to his girlfriend during Girl Talk's set, an interview with Gregg's dad, Gregg and co. eating Philly cheese steaks and more.

Day 1 Philadelphia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJIpZJrfBDI
Day 2 Washington, D.C. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EpwBXoa9Kw
Day 3 Baltimore - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXts5thBoQ8

Additionally, concert meteorologist Torie Shaw has created a "Girl Talk Concert Forecast" which will be running throughout the tour. Check out the first one here.

Girl Talk is also prominently featured in a new film, RiP: A remix manifesto. Gregg's dad makes an appearance here too! RiP explores the robber barons and revolutionaries squaring off across the digital frontier.  From the control rooms of Washington to the favelas of Brazil, web activist and filmmaker.

Brett Gaylor explores the concept of copyright in the information age, mashing together the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers. Along with Girl Talk, the film's central protagonist, Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, Brazil's Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride. The film has its "beta" launch at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, then off to the CPH:Dox International Documentary Festival of Copenhagen, then the International Documentary Forum of Amsterdam (IDFA) November 20th.  Stay tuned for US festival appearances in 2009! Watch the trailer for RiP, remix footage and find out more info here.

There's an ebay auction going right now for Girl Talk's Jordan headband. This headband was stolen from Gregg from a place where he used to sleep very often. "Actual Air Jordan headband worn by Gregg Gillis (aka Girl Talk) as seen in pictures hanging out with Bone Thugs and Harmony from his Facebook page. This headband is reversible and in good condition. It can be worn red or black. Buy it and add it to your Girl Talk shrine, or have him autograph it at his next show." The auction ends 10/23. Check it out here. (Gregg's dad is not involved in this ebay auction.)

Father's Day the DSO Way

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

On the Road to the Roo!

As DSO continues along 'The Road to Roo', they will make a stop at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ Fri., May 30; and then a zig zag across the Northeast making our first appearance at Mountain Jam, return to Higher Ground, opening the season for the Cape Cod Melody Tent, swingin thru The State Theatre in VA and of course making our first ever appearance at Bonnaroo. Hope to see ya on the road!

DSO at Summer Festivals

Mountain Jam - May 30-Jun 1 Hunter, NY - Fire on the Mountain? Probably. Be sure to come out and catch us at Warren Haynes' annual rockin' event. - www.mountainjam.com

Bonnaroo - Jun 12-15 Manchester, TN - The nation's largest and most all-encompassing summer festival, DSO is thrilled to be invited for our inaugural performance to kick things off Thursday night! - www.bonnaroo.com

All Good Festival - Jul 11-13 Masontown, WV - DSO is happy to be back at one of the longest running (12 years!) and arguably the best jam fest out there. Catch us late Saturday night! - www.allgoodfestival.com

10,000 Lakes Festival - Jul 23-26 Detroit Lakes, MN - DSO, Phil Lesh & Friends AND Mickey Hart Band - a Deadhead's dream - plus 50 other acts! Also, save $$ on 10KLF tickets by entering 'DSO10K' as a promo code when you order your tickets. - www.10KLF.com

Gathering of the Vibes - Jul 31-Aug 3 Bridgeport, CT - DSO is honored to be returning once again for this annual gathering of the tribe - we hope to see you all there! - www.gatheringofthevibes.com

Mighty High Festival - Aug 9 Hackettstown, NJ - The first annual Mighty High Festival - DSO will be joining kindred spirits NRPS and The Zen Tricksters. - www.themightyhigh.com

Gratefulfest - Aug 29-Sep 1 Garrettsville, OH - Grateful for nine years of GratefulFest! Vote for which songs you'd like to hear DSO play and help out a great cause! - www.nlqp.com

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is coming up and Dark Star Orchestra has a few gift ideas for your old man. DSO just released Ithaca: 30 Years Later - The Video so why not relive one of rock's greatest shows with one of the world's greatest dads. The band is also featured as their own chapter in the new book Like a Rolling Stone, New York Times writer Stephen Kurutz casts an insightful and interesting look on the world of tribute bands.

 
 

Sat 05/31

Mountain Jam Festival

Hunter, NY

 

Mon 06/02

Higher Ground

South Burlington, VT

TICKETS

Tues 06/03

Higher Ground

South Burlington, VT

TICKETS

Thurs 06/05

Bergen PAC Theater

Englewood, NJ

TICKETS

Fri 06/06

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

Hampton Beach, MA

 

Sat 06/07

Cape Cod Melody Tent

Hyannis, MA

TICKETS

Sun 06/08

Sovereign PAC

Reading, PA

 

Tues 06/10

The State Theatre

Falls Church, VA

TICKETS

Thur 06/12

Bonnaroo

Manchester, TN

 

Road to Roo' Tour Ends

 

Summer Tour Begins!

Thurs 07/10

Penn's Peak

Jim Thorpe, PA

TICKETS

Fri 07/11

Governors Island

New York, NY

 

Sat 07/12

All Good Music Festival

Masontown, WV

TICKETS

Wed 07/16

Weterans Park Amphitheater

Springfield, OH

 

Thurs 07/17

Headwaters Park Event Pavillion

Fort Wayne, IN

TICKETS

Fri 07/18

Annie's

Cincinnati, OH

TICKETS

Sat 07/19

CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing

Peoria, IL

TICKETS

Wed 07/23

10,000 Lakes Festival

Detroit Lakes, MN

 

Fri 07/25

The Vic Theater

Chicago, IL

TICKETS

Sat 07/26

The Vic Theater

Chicago, IL

TICKETS

Sun 07/27

Bluebird

Bloomington, IN

 

Wed 07/30

House of Blues Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

TICKETS

Thurs 07/31

Gathering of the Vibes

Bridgeport, CT

 

Fri 08/01

Saranac Brewery

Utica, NY

TICKETS

Sat 08/02

Gateway Pk. Concert Series

North Tonawanda, NY

 

Sun 08/03

High Falls Brewery

Rochester, NY

TICKETS

Wed 08/06

Innsbrook Pavilion

Glen Allen, VA

 

Thurs 08/07

Bottle and Cork

Dewey Beach, DE

 

Fri 08/08

NY Metro Balloon and Music Festival

Shirley, NY

 

Sat 08/09

Vasa Park

Hackettstown, NJ

TICKETS

Sun 08/10

Mountain Music Meltdown 08 Festival

Saranac Lake, NY

 

8/29-9/1

Gratefulfest @ Nelson Lodges

Garrettsville, OH

 

The Raconteurs - The Loudest Thing in Pop Music: Day 3 of my Magical Mystery Weekend

It's tragically easy to grow tired of modern pop music.  Ever been to a show and wondered why the band stuck so rigidly to the formula already laid out on their studio albums?  I have.  Ever realized halfway through a performance that sounds you thought the band was making were prerecorded?  I have.  Ever turned off your radio for two months and felt like you weren't missing anything new?  I have.

Kimock, Vega, Molo, White, and Seals: Day 2 of my Magical Mystery Weekend

On day 2 of my Magical Mystery Weekend I found myself somewhere I'd never been before – the shower.  Wait, I mean Owsley's Golden Road in Denver, Colorado.  Exactly what a little venue in a big city should be, Owsley's screams character from every angle.  From the broke-ass stone edifice and multiple staging areas to the comfortably lit outdoor patio and a laxity towards the rules that the DEA might not entirely approve of, Owsley's is like a little slice of Amsterdam – completely laissez-faire.  The biggest appeal to me