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]


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Dark Star in Boulder (4.17.2008) Pictures

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra played 3 nights at the Fox Theater in Boulder this week.  Thursday night was the second of three and Grateful Web was on hand to snap some pictures.  Here are pictures from 4.17.2008.



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Dark Star in Boulder (4.16.2008)

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra is playing 3 nights at the Fox Theater in Boulder this week.  Last night was the first of three and Grateful Web was on hand to snap some pictures.  Dark Star choose 4.2.1990 from the Omni in Atlanta, GA.  It was a pretty night with a light snow and the always packed and plenty warm Fox Theater.  We'll be there again tonight, so look for more pictures tomorrow.



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Great American Taxi Rolls into Boulder

Hometown heroes Great American Taxi played to an exuberant crowd of pre-weekend revelers last Friday night at Colorado's historic Boulder Theater.  The band, which is the brainchild of Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon fame, cranked out their fusion of country, rock, folk and electric bluegrass until the wee hours of Saturday morning, much to the disappointment of the audie

Phix's 500th Show at the Boulder Theater

"It doesn't get any easier than this" gushed Paul Murin on stage at Phix's 500th show at the Boulder Theatre.  The cosmic forces bringing this band together for yet another evening of capturing the magic and thrills of Phish's music were evident throughout the jams.  Keyboardist Derek Berg has relocated back to Chicago, started his own side project, a

Edinburgh in Boulder

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Whether you want to relax in the snug with a glass of scotch, watch a rugby game at the bar with friends, or listen to the resident bagpiper, the Scotch Corner Pub will transport you across the pond to Scotland.  Maggie and Robert Pitkethly, along with their son, Ben and his wife, Annette, opened the pub December 17th.  The Pitkethlys, who are from St. Andrews, Scotland, have brought a traditional Scottish pub to Colorado.  Maggie said, "For us it really is bringing a bit of Scotland here."

They want their pub to have a community atmosphere for their patrons.  "We're trying to create a home [away] from home so they don't want to go home and cook and they have fun and get entertained at the same time," said Maggie.  They have succeeded.

The pub is located at Broadway and Walnut and is open and bright.  It has tables at which European seating is an option, a bar with a flat screened television, and a snug that includes comfortable chairs in which to lounge and watch passers by.  The walls are covered with paintings of St. Andrews golf course and portraits of famous Scots such as Robert Burns, a poet laureate of Scotland and Bonnie Prince Charlie who took the Scots to battle against the English.  The television in the bar broadcasts popular Scottish sports such as golf, rugby and soccer, as well as travel DVDs showing Scottish castles.

"It's a new style pub as opposed to an old world pub," said Ben.  The pub, though bright, open and modern rather than dark like the older pubs of Scotland, still has an authentically Scottish ambiance.  "We wanted to make it Scottish but still appealing to a wider range.  Because this is a modern building, we had to make use of the space; it's contemporary, it's fun."  Maggie said the pub resembles the modern pubs in Scotland's cosmopolitan capital of Edinburgh.

"I want a friendly, fun, happy gathering place.  Simple home cooking done well, that's all we offer," said Maggie.  The food and beverage menus are distinctively Scottish.  The cuisine includes such items as Scottish broth, toasties, sausage rolls, and mash (mashed potatoes) with seven different types of gravy.  They also offer Scotch eggs, one of their signature dishes, which are boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat, rolled in bread crumbs, fried, baked and sliced in half.  The average price of an appetizer is $5.95 and the average price of an entrée is $13.95.  The pub also offers chicken, vegetarian and steak and ale pies that serve six people, and a Scottish breakfast that is served all day.

Another unique characteristic of the Scotch Corner Pub is its vegan kitchen.  In other words, the fries are not fried in the same oil as the chicken.  Maggie, who is a vegetarian, wanted to offer more vegetarian options to the public.  Additionally everything on the menu is made with organic ingredients.

Two Scottish brews top their list of popular beers: Bell Haven, brewed in Scotland since the 1700s and Tennent's, brewed since the 1800s.  "Bell Haven outsells everything," said Ben.  The pub also offers 45 different kinds of single malt scotch and several types of blended scotch.  "I'm always searching for weird and wonderful ones," said Ben.  Their scotch represents every region of Scotland.  They have Bunnahabhain from the Isle of Islay, Tobermory from the Isle of Mull, Glenmorangie from the North Highlands, Oban from the West Highlands, Dalwhinnie from the East Highlands and Glankinchie from the Lowlands, to name a few.

Live musicians are regular fixtures at the Scotch Corner Pub and usually play during happy hour, which is 4:00pm to 7:00pm daily.  Live music ranges from Celtic, to bluegrass, to reggae, to Sunday afternoon jazz.  Wednesday night is open session night, during which people can bring their guitars to the pub and play.

"It's a community pub where people are caring for each other.  Women can come in here alone and feel safe and feel part of the family.  That's a favorite for me," said Maggie, "We're getting so many regulars now and it's wonderful.  It's like we've known them forever."

PHIX this Friday @ Boulder Theater

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Phix figured since Langerado put them up to show 499, and it felt so good, they might as well do show 500 and what better place than in their home town of Boulder at the historic Boulder Theater.  This will be the first time Phix will be headlining this amazing room and in addition to seeing Phix hit this milestone there will be opening sets by two Phix original projects that you'll definitely want to check out. Guitarist Paul Murin and drummer Chris Sheldon will be playing with their new band The Higher Good and Bassist Brian Adams will be playing with The Ethereal Plane.  This will be a great, long night of music, so please join us.

Big Easy Blowout in Boulder and Denver

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The City of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have given the rest of the world tremendous gifts of music, culture, cuisine, art, and much more.  Relief efforts have continued since Katrina but it hasn't been enough to get the area functioning to full capacity and allow all residents to return to a sense of normalcy and comfort.  To help continue the relief effort, Symbiotic Music Productions and Crescendo Artists announce a Mardi Gras Benefit Celebration with the Big Easy Blowout.  All proceeds from the events will benefit the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and Tipitina's Foundation.  The two consecutive events will take place in Colorado on January 25 in Boulder and January 26 in Denver.  The musical lineup will feature Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS), Papa Mali (Rhythm Council), Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, Golden Eagles) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green, JFJO).  The events will have other fundraising aspects, Mardi Gras décor, and activities (including silent auctions, raffles, drink specials, food drive, New Orleans themed artwork and more).  Euforquestra will support on both shows.


January 25 at Boulder Theatre - Boulder, CO - doors at 7:30PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

January 26 at Cervantes - Denver, CO - doors at 9:00PM - Tickets @ $25

Featuring: Page McConnell, Russell Batiste, Papa Mali, Reed Mathis and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux    

Foundation mission statements:

New Orleans Musicians Clinic (NOMC):

The mission of NOMC is to sustain Louisiana's musicians in mind, body and spirit by developing access to primary care, preventative health services, as well as social and occupational outreach.

Tipitina's Foundation:

The mission of the Tipitina's Foundation is to restore Louisiana's irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. The history of the Tipitina's Foundation originates from the Tipitina's music venue, a revered cultural icon that continues to be instrumental in the development and promotion of New Orleans music around the world. The foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of New Orleans music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.

Production Mission:

Symbiotic Music Productions (SMP) is dedicated in raising proceeds and awareness for the recipients we work with. Our vision is to restore the idea of a benefit show, to insure the greatest positive impact for the organization. By cutting overhead of an event, we find the highest lucrative angle to yield the greatest results. Over the years, we have seen benefit shows losing their meaning and integrity as a fundraiser. We at SMP are motivated in restoring that value with assisting the charitable projects we work with. We are in it for the change, not personal profit! Putting together amazing events with like-minded organizations, venues, musicians, etc. whom are willing to take cuts, to give back to communities in need.

Dobet Gnahoré In Support of the Global Education Fund at The Boulder Theater

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Celtic Music meets West Africa. Musicians from 6 countries in the Celtic fringes of Europe and the West coast of Africa join together to play the most original live world fusion sound around. The spirit of the music lives in the rhythm. All Baka Beyond's rhythms are played by human beings not machines!

The minute Dobet Gnahoré (pronounced DOH-bay gna-OR-ay) steps onto the stage, it is obvious she is something special. She exudes an inner strength and commanding presence that draws you in, even before she has opened her mouth to sing. Once Dobet does begin to sing, her voice is filled with emotion and range. She moves from heartfelt ballads to funky, danceable songs with ease, and is comfortable performing in a wide range of African styles. Eventually, Dobet begins to dance, and the true depth of her talent shines through. She jumps across the stage like an acrobat, a soulful tornado of movement who astounds the audience with her moves. Just 24 years old, Dobet Gnahoré has got it all – an exceptional voice, amazing dance skills and the engaging aura reserved for artistic greats. After masterful performances across Europe and the United States, she has become one of African music's most exciting young talents.

Global Education Fund Reception - 5:

Global Education Fund Reception will feature a talk and video on their upcoming work with educational needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in Kenya. Global Education Fund (GEF) is a nonprofit charitable organization working to see that books get in to the hands of the most needy children in the world. To date we have sent book aid to children living in orphanages and remote villages in twenty-one countries.

To buy tickets or for more information, please visit the Boulder Theater's website:  The Boulder Theater

Kan'nal Celebrates DVD Release at Boulder Theater

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While dancing amongst the sold out crowd at the Boulder Theater it became clear to me…..why haven't I seen this band before?  This relatively unknown band performs like a veteran group, with a commanding visual presence and an amazing display of musicianship to back it up.

It was on this night fans gathered to hear the band and celebrate the release of Kan'nal's first ever DVD, Live at The Boulder Theater.  This film showcases one of the group's amazing live performances at the hometown theater last year.

This tribal rock group from Colorado blends elements of Latin, Mediterranean, and new age rock that remind one of Santana, Rusted Root or Los Lonely Boys, but with a more authentic appeal.  Members of Kan'nal originally formed in Guatemala, and were drawn together by their love for international music.  Fans of this group appreciate their unique, organic sound and are treated to a true world music experience.

This multicultural ensemble comprised of singer/guitarist Tzol, guitarist Tierro, bassist Roldolfo Escobar, performance artist Teresita Hinojoso, drummer Gilly Gonzalez, didgeridoo player/percussionist Aaron Jerad, and performance artist Akayate took to the stage last Friday night to perform many of the songs captured on Live at the Boulder Theater, as well as new songs that have been written along the way.  From song one the band had managed to captivate the audience with their earthy good looks, exceptional musical talent, and stunning theater performance.

bellThe band ripped through favorites, lead by the psychedelic guitar work of Tierro and Tzol's silky vocals; all back dropped by a stunning light show.  Already known for their accompanying dancers, midway through the set fans were treated to authentic Aztec dancers and instrumentalists, who were donned with giant headdresses and body paint.

Featured percussion solos highlighted many of the jams throughout the evening, as Gonzalez pounded rhythmic beats and Jerad's multi-didgeridoo set added textured vibrato.

The symbiotic energy between the audience and the band was strong.  Even those not familiar with the band (such as me) felt a spiritual connection within the music.  These artists speak of community and world peace, and use beautiful music to share that vision.  Music is the universal language, and this group reiterates that truth by blending elements from every continent.

The new age of world music has come to Colorado.  Although this band is not widely popular, that will likely soon change.  They have a very devoted fan base that shares their artistic vision and humanistic approach to life.

Watch for the inevitable cosmic rise of Kan'nal.