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Colorado School of Mines Faculty Senate Endorses Amendment 58

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The Faculty Senate of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) has passed a resolution endorsing Amendment 58, which proposes to create the Colorado Promise Scholarship by eliminating a tax credit for oil and gas companies. The initiative would double the amount of need-based scholarships available to resident students attending public institutions of higher education if approved by Colorado voters in November.

The resolution, proposed by J. Thomas McKinnon, professor of chemical engineering and president of the CSM Faculty Senate, notes the scholarship program would help maintain the affordability of college by offering more aid to lower and middle income families in the state. Roughly two-thirds of Colorado families could qualify opening the doors of college opportunity to many new students. "During my 18 years on the faculty, I've seen a number of heroic students working nearly full-time jobs while trying to study engineering; some have succeeded but many have not," McKinnon said. "By providing better financial aid, we can help students concentrate on their studies and become more productive members of society. A well educated work force is clearly a prudent long-term strategy for ensuring the health of our economy."

By creating the Colorado Promise Scholarship Fund, Amendment 58 will more than double the state's financial aid funding. The scholarships would follow a "shared responsibility" model, taking into consideration how much a family is expected to pay for college, how much the student can contribute, and what is available from Pell and other federal grants.

The measure proposes to repeal a tax credit enacted in the late 1970s to help the energy industry become established in Colorado. The credit allows energy companies to subtract 87.5 percent of their property tax bills from the severance taxes they owe on oil and gas extracted in the state. The credit currently amounts to roughly $300 million a year. According to the Consumer Federation of America, Colorado produced $6.63 billion worth of oil and gas last year, or about 6.2 percent of total U.S. production.

It is estimated the Amendment 58 would raise $250-$325 million a year, with 60 percent going to the Colorado Promise Scholarship Fund. Of the remaining funds,10 percent would be funneled to renewable energy projects, 15 percent to wildlife habitat, and 15 percent to water quality and transportation projects in communities where oil and gas producers operate.

The Faculty Senate at CSM joins a long list of Amendment 58 supporters,  including the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the presidents of the University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University system, Western State College, Metro State College, and the Colorado Community College System, the Associated Students of Colorado, Adams State Board of Trustees, Mesa State College Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees, the University of Northern Colorado Trustees, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Trout Unlimited, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.

The CSM Faculty Senate represents the academic faculty at CSM and not the institution as a whole.

Turbine Picking Up Speed In Colorado

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Turbine has been building a following the past few years around their dynamic live performances and constant touring schedule. Exploring various styles of music from rock to bluegrass to sci-fi, they use their vast catalog of songs as launching pads for improvisation. Recently chosen by Relix Magazine as artists "On the Verge", they have now released their second studio album Reward to critical praise. Ryan Rightmire, playing the harmonica and acoustic guitar at the same time, brings this classic combo into the 21st century as he manipulates effects that can turn his harmonica into an electric guitar, organ, and even a turntable. Jeremy Hilliard, in addition to being a prolific songwriter, brings an explosive electric guitar style steeped in the blues and roots traditions of the south. This one two punch of intertwining soloists, backed by Eric Johnson on drums and Justin Kimmel on bass, sound like nothing you've heard before. Their ability to switch styles has allowed them to play in any situation, from performing Led Zeppelin songs with Marco Benevento of The Duo to sitting in with bluegrass legends the Del McCoury Band.

Based out of New York City, they have appeared twice at the Wakarusa Festival, twice at the 10,000 Lakes Festival, Strange Creek Campout, Camp Creek, The Gathering of the Vibes, The Sunshine Daydream Festival, and three years at the Bele Chere Festival. They have also appeared at such renowned venues as the B.B. King Blues Club, State Theatre in VA, the Knitting Factory, Lion's Den, Paradise Rock Club, Iron Horse, North Star Bar, the Haunt, Starr Hill, and Nectar's. They have shared the bill with countless talented bands including Bob Weir and Ratdog, Trey Anastasio, The Black Crowes, Derek Trucks, Phil Lesh and Friends, Les Claypool, Jimmy Herring, The Benevento/Russo Duo, The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Gov't Mule, Drive-By Truckers, and Widespread Panic.

Turbine's new album Reward, released in 2007, brings their songwriting and musicianship to the next level. In it you can hear the many influences that have made them who they are today, from the songwriting of Bob Dylan to the futuristic sounds of Radiohead. But who are Turbine…

Jeremy Hilliard moved from Virginia to Manhattan to study jazz guitar. He attended the Mannes School of Music and soon began playing around the city. As his songwriting progressed he found himself identifying more along those lines than as a jazz musician. Ryan Rightmire actually started out playing the French Horn. He spent 15 years of intense studying in classical music and jazz, all the while experimenting with electronics and effects. Soon after moving to Manhattan he made a discovery: "the French Horn is a civilized instrument and I'm not a civilized man." It was then that he switched over to the harmonica and guitar. When Jeremy moved into the apartment next door to Ryan, they began a songwriting partnership. Eric Johnson, the newest member of the band, has added another dimension to this sound. Bringing an exploratory approach to the music, his intensity and drive to push the boundaries of improvisation take the band into unexpected places on a nightly basis. Justin Kimmel provides the final piece to the puzzle with his bass guitar and vocal harmonies. Originally from Colorado, he has the ability to seamlessly switch from one style to the next, anchoring the sound at every turn. To hear music and check Turbine's tour schedule, go to www.turbinemusic.com

Umphrey's McGee Coming to Colorado

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Umphrey's McGee released Jimmy Stewart 2007 this past June.  This digital-only release features the band's best improvisations of the past year.  Jimmy Stewart 2007 is a limited edition release, first available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and thereafter available digitally through UMLive.net and itunes.  Plus the UM download will offer up a companion piece podcast offering an additional 70 minutes of material that did not make the Jimmy Stewart 2007 album.

Jimmy Stewart 2007 is an ambitious effort to compile a year's worth of the band's inspired improvisations into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes."  At over 100 shows a year, Umphrey's McGee delves into these spontaneous compositions, engaging their fans as they feed off each other's energy.  A Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals allow the band to break structure while creating an entirely new arrangement.  As Umphrey's McGee's continues to evolve, each live performance showcases the band's "Jimmy Stewart" approach to structured improvisation.

Also, Umphrey's McGee released a digital-only live series titled CompendiUM.  Available through itunes and UMLive.net, CompendiUM offers live recordings of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007.  Included in the series are the band's Boulder, Colorado show from March 6th, their Portland, Oregon show on June 7th, and the Chicago Show from December 30th, among others.

In the ever-changing music industry, Umphrey's McGee has proven adaptive and inventive both in music and in business.  Through grassroots promotions, an intensive touring schedule, open taping policies and music sharing among fans, Umphrey's McGee provides a new approach to media, entertainment, and music distribution.  Tape trading in the jam-band scene was one of the earliest examples of free music distribution and Umphrey's has harnessed the internet's momentum to spread their music far and wide.  With an extensive variety of downloadable formats, UMlive.net offers more music than any other indie label with download stores, and Umphrey's McGee basically gives away the equivalent to 40,000 CDs each month through their podcast program.  The band has also been releasing soundboard recordings at the end of each night's concert for immediate sale since 2001 and typically sells anywhere from 120 to 180 CD-Rs per night.  Their unique approach to online and digital distribution, paired with word of mouth buzz, has helped Umphrey's McGee sell out shows nationwide while keeping their fans their top priority.

The current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

August 31 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morisson CO With Gov't Mule

September 01 The Fox Theatre Boulder CO
September 05 Robert J. Fischgrund PAC South Bend IN
September 11 Stubb's Waller Creek Amph Austin TX

September 12 Granada Theatre Dallas TX
September 13 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark AR
October 02 State Theatre Kalamazoo MI
October 03 Emens Auditorium Muncie IN
October 04 CEFCU Ctr. Stage @ The Landing Peoria IL
October 09 Northern Lights Clifton Park NY
October 10-11 Higher Ground Ballroom Burlington VT
October 14-16 Blender Theatre at Gramercy New York NY
October 17 Smith Opera House Geneva NY
October 18 Electric Factory Philadelphia PA
October 23 Richards on Richards Vancouver B.C.
October 24 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR
October 25 Showbox at the Market Seattle WA
October 27 Crystal Bay Club Casino Crystal Bay NV
October 31 Warfield Theatre San Francisco CA
November 01 Slim's San Francisco CA
November 14 Eagles Club Milwaukee WI
November 15 Cannery Ballroom Nashville TN
November 16 The Music Farm Charleston SC
November 18-19 Bijou Theater Knoxville TN
November 20 The National Richmond VA
November 21 Nightclub 9:30 Washington D.C.
December 11-15 Caribbean Holidaze Jamaica IA

More dates will be announced.

Colorado Announces Major Vestas Wind Expansion

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Gov. Bill Ritter and Economic Development Director Don Elliman announced today that Denmark-based Vestas will significantly expand its Colorado operations by building two new manufacturing plants in Brighton.

The wind-blade production plant and nacelle assembly factory represent a $290 million capital investment and will bring 1,350 new jobs to Colorado. 

"This expansion reinforces Colorado's standing as a national and international leader in clean, modern energy for the future," Gov. Ritter said. "It puts an exclamation point on our efforts to build a New Energy Economy that adds jobs, takes advantage of Colorado's incredible intellectual capital, secures our energy future and helps end our dependence on foreign oil."

Gov. Ritter was joined at this morning's announcement by Brighton Mayor Jan Pawlowski, Laura Brandt from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.; Larry Burkhardt, president/CEO of Upstate Colorado Economic Development; Weld County Commission Chairman Bill Jerke; Regional Transportation District General Manager Cal Marsella; and RTD Board President Lee Kemp.

"I've worked most of my professional life putting together business deals," Colorado Economic Development Director Elliman said, "and I have never had the privilege of working with a group of people as professional and conscientious as the people from Vestas. I'm also happy to say that this is not the last time we'll be talking about growth in the New Energy Economy. There is more to come."

Vestas opened its first North American manufacturing plant in Windsor earlier this year. The 650-employee facility will produce 1,800 giant wind blades a year.

The new Brighton facilities, which should be operational by July 1, 2010, will include:

· A $180 million blade-manufacturing facility that will produce 1,800 blades a year and provide 650 new jobs.

· A $110 million nacelle assembly factory that will produce 1,400 nacelles a year and provide 700 new jobs. Nacelles are the turbine housing units that sit atop the tower and contain key components like the gearbox, generator and transformer. This will be Vestas' largest nacelle assembly factory in the world.

· A Technology and Production Engineering Office.

The 178-acre site is located in unincorporated Weld County and will be annexed into Brighton. Vestas is purchasing 112 acres from Brighton and 66 acres from RTD, which obtained the land from the Union Pacific Railroad.

In addition, Vestas intends to build the world's largest tower-manufacturing facility elsewhere in Colorado; the exact location has not yet been announced.

All told, Vestas' entire commitment to Colorado represents a nearly $700 million capital investment and 2,450 new jobs.

Vestas officials were unable to attend today's news conference. They announced the Brighton project in a financial filing and news release issued early this morning.

Explaining why they are significantly expanding their Colorado operations, Vestas officials cited easy access to rail and highways, the state's highly skilled workforce, a favorable business climate, and strong dedication and commitment from state and local leaders to growing Colorado's New Energy Economy.

Gov. Ritter said he looks forward to continuing the partnership with Vestas. "Vestas is once again cementing its position as one of Colorado's pioneering partners in the New Energy Economy," he said. "My administration worked closely with Vestas and the many other partners involved in this project to make it a reality.

"This is a tremendous boon for all of Colorado," Gov. Ritter added. "It adds momentum to our push to diversify our energy portfolio and build a 21st century economy based on industries of the future. What we are doing here in Colorado can and should serve as a model for the rest of the country."

COLORADO FILES PROTEST OVER ROAN LEASE SALE

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The Colorado Department of Natural Resources submitted a protest to the federal Bureau of Land Management today objecting to the BLM's plan to lease the top of the Roan Plateau for commercial drilling on Aug. 14.

Colorado's protest letter reiterates Gov. Bill Ritter's belief that the Roan should be leased in phases to:

·         Maximize the economic return to the state;

·         Provide for long-term sustainable economies in West Slope communities;

·         Encourage improvements in drilling technology;

·         Protect the Roan's other natural resources.

 

"We believe that the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) plan for leasing the Roan next month has serious flaws that must be addressed before a lease sale occurs," Harris Sherman, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, wrote in the protest letter.

 

"The BLM's plan fails to protect valuable fish and wildlife habitat, will not maximize economic return to the State, and could result in the State not receiving its share of mineral bonuses and royalties.

 

"The State of Colorado has tendered a plan for the Roan that would accomplish these goals, and this plan has received widespread support from around the State. Nonetheless, the BLM has rejected the State's proposals, and we have no choice but to object to the BLM's leasing plan."

From the Mayor of Glenwood Springs:

Making it clear that the public is vehemently opposed to natural gas drilling on the Roan Plateau, public officials and dozens of citizens gathered in Glenwood Springs Wednesday to celebrate the submission of more than 17,000 letters to the Bureau of Land Management protesting the planned leasing of the Roan.

"For a number of years now, the City of Glenwood Springs has repeatedly requested that the BLM take a slower, more measured and environmentally friendly approach to the Roan," said Bruce Christensen, mayor of Glenwood Springs.  "We would have liked the federal government to acknowledge the wishes of local communities but in general we have been ignored, along with the Governor and members of our Congressional delegation.  Our hope is that the federal government fully considers what citizens are telling them, again, today with these protests: the Roan Plateau deserves stronger protections than what the BLM is offering." 

On August 14 the BLM is planning to lease more than 55,000 acres of undeveloped, wildlife-rich public land on the Roan Plateau, a broad island of natural tranquility amid the vast expanse of industrial energy development between Rifle and Parachute, Colo.

Even though Sen. Ken Salazar, Rep. John Salazar and Rep. Mark Udall have sent letters to the BLM objecting to the leasing, which Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter also opposes, the BLM intends to buck the wishes of the public and sacrifice one of the last tracts of undeveloped, unleased wild land in the Piceance Basin.

Citizens are protesting the leasing because drilling will have permanent impacts on the area's important wildlife habitat, watersheds, and the region's air quality.  Most of the natural gas beneath the Roan Plateau can be developed without drilling public lands on the surface. Directional drilling techniques are used elsewhere in the Piceance Basin and are a reasonable alternative to industrializing prized wildlife habitat.

What's more, drilling natural gas on the Roan Plateau won't reduce the price of gasoline at the local filling station, despite claims from oil and gas industry advocates, who are working overtime to confuse gasoline with natural gas. Destroying the Roan's prime wildlife habitat will only degrade the quality of the air, water and recreational opportunities there, while having absolutely no effect at the pump.

"The Roan Plateau is prime hunting and angling ground, and drilling there will irreparably harm elk and deer habitat, industrializing one of the last unspoiled refuges for prized big game species," said Bill Dvorak with Sportsmen for the Roan Plateau. "This is a historic moment in our efforts to protect the Roan because it's the only time in recent memory, maybe ever, that so many people have voiced their opposition to a single lease sale."

Drilling the Roan Plateau could also have serious consequences for water quality and trout streams. Just this year, at least five energy companies have been cited by the state of Colorado for violating rules governing water quality for toxic spills into streams in the area. Energy development will threaten the quality of the plateau's watersheds, potentially contaminating the Colorado River and harming the drinking water supplies of municipalities that rely on the river.

"Again this week we have learned of more creeks and streams being contaminated by chemicals from the gas drilling on and around the Roan Plateau," said Ken Neubecker with Colorado Trout Unlimited. "The BLM's plan is inadequate for protecting this unique resource, jeopardizing the rare trout populations and the thousands of hours of work volunteers have logged to protect these streams.  Under the BLM's plan all of this could be lost forever from a single spill in one of these watersheds."

Ten conservation groups have filed suit to prevent the BLM from leasing parcels atop the Roan. Of the more than 17,000 protest letters submitted today, most came from groups involved in the litigation, including more than 13,000 letters from members of The Wilderness Society and 2,300 from Sierra Club members. An additional 1,600 protest letters were submitted by EarthJustice and more than 700 citizens joined a single citizen protest, including several county commissioners and other elected officials.  

At least 12 organizations have also filed detailed protests of the Roan Plateau lease parcels including the Colorado Wildlife Federation, National Wildlife Federation, Colorado Environmental Coalition, Center for Native Ecosystems, Colorado Trout Unlimited, Colorado Mountain Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Rock the Earth, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Environment Colorado and Wilderness Workshop.

Bonerama Hits Colorado

Bonerama at the 2008 10KLF - photo by Janie Franz- for the Grateful Web

When Bonerama struts onstage with its four-trombone frontline, you can guess it's not quite like any rock 'n' roll band you've seen. When they tear into some vintage New Orleans funk, there's no questioning from which city these guys hail. And when those 'bones start ripping into Hendrix and Led Zeppelin licks, all stylistic bets are off.

Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown.  Hailed by Rolling Stone's David Fricke as "The ultimate in brass balls" last Fall, the band served as the House Band for the live all-star comedy event COMIC RELIEF.  The 2006 event, which featured a long list of A-talent including hosts Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams, was recorded live from Ceasar's Palace last November. Recently, Bonerama snagged the coveted "Best Rock Band" honor from the 2007 Big Easy Awards.

Since live performance is what Bonerama is all about, it's no coincidence that their third album, Bringing It Home, is also their third consecutive live disc. It also testifies to the amount of tightening-up the band's done in recent years. Joining another stack of Bonerama originals are covers ranging from the Meters and George Porter Jr. to the Beatles (two from the White Album, no less) to Thelonious Monk. And when they take on Led Zeppelin's "The Ocean" - with trombones doing the familiar backing vocals along with the big guitar riff - you can practically hear the audience's jaws dropping.

The current list of confirmed Bonerama tour dates is as follows:

July 29 Fox Theater Boulder CO
July 30 The Eldo Crested Butte CO
July 31 Snowmass Village Snowmass CO
August 01 Cervantes Denver CO
August 02 Copper Triangle Bike Race Copper Mountain CO
August 14 Gerald Veasleys Jazz Base Reading PA
August 15 Chenango Blues Festival Norwich NY
August 16 Hot August Blues Festival Cockeyville MD
August 17 Town Point Summer Concert Series Norfolk VA
August 20 GottRocks Greenville SC
August 21 Smith's Old Bar Atlanta GA
August 22 The Nick Birmingham AL
August 23 Two Stick Market Oxford MS
August 29 On The Waterfront Rockford IL
August 30 Detroit International Jazz Festival Detroit MI
August 31 The Livery Benton Harbor MI
September 12 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton NB
September 26 Skippers Smokehouse Tampa FL
September 27-28 Hollywood Beach Clambake Festival Hollywood FL
October 03 The Green Room Music Club Covington LA
October 05 Gretna Hertitage Festival Gretna LA
October 10 The Loki Festival Millers River NC
October 25 VooDoo Music Experience New Orleans LA
November 08 Berlin Jazz Festival Berlin Germany
January 04 Jam Cruise 7 Ft. Lauderdale FL

More dates will be announced.

Even in a city that doesn't play by the rules, New Orleans' Bonerama is something different. They're not a traditional brass band, but they've got brass to spare-even with no trumpets or saxes in sight. Bonerama features a dizzying display of trombone talent; four trombones, to be exact. Band leaders Mark Mullins and Craig Klein (of Harry Connick's band) shelf any jazz subtlety for Bonerama, opting instead for heavy funk, rock 'n' roll, and pure horn muscle.  Mullins and Klein are joined by fellow boners Steve Suter and Rick Trolsen, imaginative and dynamic sousaphone player Matt Perrine and edgy experimental guitarist Bert Cotton. The band also features a rotating cast of New Orleans' finest drummers, including Russell Batiste, Stanton Moore, Eric Bolivar, and Terence Higgins.

Colorado HippieFest Leaves Audience Dazed and Confused

Second in radio station Kool 105's summer concert series, Tuesday night's HippieFest at Fiddler's Green drew less of a crowd than the preceding Chicago/The Doobie Brothers show, but boasted a more lively audience with a far greater mix

Colorado Music Association Presents Kai Eckhardt Bass Clinic

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Bassist Extraordinare Kai Eckhardt, along with the Colorado Music Association, will be hosting a unique day long clinic in Denver with the legendary virtuoso. Known primarily for his work with jazz funksters Garaj Mahal and fusion guitarist John McLaughlin, Eckhardt has established himself as one of the premier bassists in the music industry. Creating a style melding worldly flair with scorching fretwork and exotic rhythms, Kai Eckhardt blazes a trail of originality.

For the clinic, Eckhardt's teachings will concentrate on the Konokol method. The Indian method of Konokol teaches the fundamentals of rhythm through the use of spoken syllables and hand motions, without the use of drums or other percussive devices. Also featured will by Kai's Symmetrical Approach to melody and harmony. Using this approach, Eckhardt creates an entirely new piece of music from completely random selections. Incorporating elements of the polyrhythmic matrix, he will demonstrate how this method works for rhythm.

Musicians across the musical spectrum, from drummers to vocalists to horn players, can benefit from Kai's teachings. In addition to musical growth, Eckhardt's clinics also contribute to inner development and inspiration. "It is my desire to teach people how to invent and reinvent themselves by paying close attention to the underlying principles that make us learn. During my clinic, I will be open to any sincere question and I will do my best to help the student unblock, trouble shoot, align and get inspired," says Eckhardt.

In order to facilitate the learning process, Kai Eckhardt will feature a series of graphs and illustrations, along with original compositions accompanied with lyrics and groove loops. The clinic will take place Sunday, May 18th at 10:00AM at the intersection of Colfax and Lafayette in Denver. Cost for the day long seminar is $60.00.

Colorado Music Associations presents:
Kai Eckhardt Clinic
"Rhythm, Melody and Harmony"
When: Sunday May 18th, 2008
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $60.00 at the door
1490 Lafayette (Colfax and Lafayette)
RSVP to stevewerg@aol.com to receive a coupon for $5.00 off the admission.

Kai Eckhardt one hour LIVE performance/interview
KRFC 88.9 FM Live@Lunch
Friday, May 16, 2008
12 noon - 1 pm MST
Kai's fans around the world can listen on-line via www.krfcfm.org or locally via 88.9FM in N. CO.

420 pictures from Boulder, Colorado (4.20.2008)

CU campus -- photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web
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Check out pictures and video from today's 420 smoke up on the CU campus in Boulder, Colorado.  University of Colorado police estimated that 10,000 people gathered for the annual "smoke-up" on Norlin Quad on CU's campus.  In contrast to prior years when CU police attempted to discourage the event, they were keeping it "low-key" this year, said Commander Brad Wiesley, a spokesman. "When you're outnumbered 1,000-to-1, or even 750-to-1, it's really hard to have much say over what the crowd does," Wiesley said.

Origins of 420 (from Wikipedia):

Although many diverse theories exist to explain the origin of the term, one central root of the phrase stems from a group of teenagers at San Rafael High School in San Rafael, California in 1971; the teens would meet after school at 4:20 p.m. to smoke cannabis at the Louis Pasteur statue.[3][4] The term became part of their group's salute, "420 Louis!",[5] and became popularized in the late 1980s by fans of The Grateful Dead.[6] Many North American cannabis users continue to observe 4:20 as a time to smoke communally. By extension April 20 ("4/20" in U.S. dating shorthand) has evolved into a counterculture holiday, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis.[7][8][9] In some locations this celebration coincides with Earth Week.[10][11][12]

Enjoy,

The Grateful Web

This is BoomBox - Colorado Tour

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Alabama's own, BoomBox, has announced an April weekend run of Colorado dates taking them to Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver and Rollinsville in four days.  The musical journey into sound and revelation features stops at The Fox Theater, Hodi's Half Note, Cervantes, and The Stage Stop.

Meshing decades of musical history and popular culture into one complete package, BoomBox offers a truly unique musical statement unlike anything on the music scene today.  Each stop along the tour will benefit local Colorado non-profits, The Basics Fund and Conscious Alliance, as part of the band's mission to help provide for the communities they visit.

The Basics Fund, a local non-profit that raises funds to pay for artists' health insurance, will join forces with BoomBox to organize party transportation with buses that provide a fun, safe way to travel to see the shows.  Buses will have stops in Boulder and Denver with round trip tickets and libations that will be offered for a donation of $25 to The Basics Fund.  BoomBox's contribution to the Colorado-based Conscious Alliance will be powered by the fans. For the donation of 10 can food items or a mere $10, concert goers will receive a Limited Edition commemorative event poster for this BoomBox Colorado run!

Producer/DJ Russ Randolph and singer/songwriter/guitarist Zion Rock Godchaux incorporate the rich history of an area widely recognized for its contributions to the music world in their own work.  Mixing danceable rhythms, hypnotic mixes, and shimmering guitar phrases with an unspoken vibe, BoomBox also leaves their own mark on the Muscle Shoals music community.  Featuring a DJ with a vocalist/guitarist in real time, the BoomBox experience is utterly matchless and cathartic all in the same.

Known for their high-energy live experience, the interplay between Randolph and Godchaux crafts a well-rounded soundscape appealing to an extensive audience.  Drawing crowds of all ages and musical interests through their fusion of rock and roll, psychedelia, and house, the BoomBox sound stimulates the mind, body, and the soul.  Randolph's experience as a producer and Godchaux's work with a pen contribute to the distinctiveness of the duo.

The four-night Colorado tour promises to be a memorable experience and a chance to see and hear a live show unlike any other. Joining BoomBox on their Colorado tour will be San Diego's own Alfred Howard and the K23 Orchestra.  The AHK23's characteristic blend of classic soul, aggressive rock, and vintage psychedelia with master wordsmith Alfred Howard at the helm, has been nationally recognized by funk heads, indie-rock diehards, hip-hoppers, reggae, and poetry lovers alike.  For more information, visit www.thisisboombox.com or www.myspace.com/thisisboombox.

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Thursday, April 24th @ Fox Theatre: Boulder, CO
Friday, April 25th @ Cervantes: Denver, CO
Saturday, April 26th @ Hodi's Half Note: Fort Collins, CO
Sunday, April 27th @ The Stage Stop: Rollinsville, CO