There was a decidedly day-glo hue to the bluegrass played at this year’s Northwest String Summit (July 16-19). Many of the musical merry-makers, and deadicated patrons alike, appeared to still be basking in the warm fluorescent after-light of the “Fare Thee Well” experience. The haunting presence of the now officially departed Dead continues to populate and positively inform a new generation of musical/spiritual adventurers.
To return to a point in your life that you have already lived is metaphysical. Déjà vu, as most of us call it, feels mystical, even if it has a chemical explanation. Scientific evidence aside, to relive something that you have lived before is an experience that seems to connect us with something beyond ourselves. We can both be in the moment and be able to predict (or at least have the feeling that we are predicting) what is coming around the next corner. But to experience déjà vu and to be able to improve upon the actions that once were? Now that is something different altogether.
On Sunday August 30, BeeJeeCo. Events is throwing an end of summer celebration at Denver’s favorite dog friendly bar – The Watering Bowl – at 5411 Leetsdale Dr. In Denver, CO. The Watering Bowl has a great indoor concert space including 3 bars and a 7800 square foot dog friendly patio. Dog Days of Summer Bluegrass Festival is an all-day affair focusing on the celebration of music, art, the local community, and most importantly our four-legged friends.
It has been raining on us in Colorado unusually much this spring, but that has not stopped or even slowed down the festival scene in this beautiful state. Parking was easy, and as I approached the festival, I heard the sounds of Vine Street Vibes as I strolled down the trendy neighborhood that we now call the Highlands (formerly known as the North side). Vine Street Vibes play instrumental electro-funk, and they were a nice way to begin a very diverse lineup.
The 5th Annual LoHi Music Festival will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015, at 32nd Avenue & Vallejo right in the heart of Denver, across from Highland Tap & Burger in the Lower Highlands. Today, organizers are proud to announce the addition of the fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, The Infamous Stringdusters, to the already-stacked lineup featuring Kung Fu, Hot Buttered Rum, Roosevelt Collier's Colorado Get Down, The Malah, Joey Porter's Vital Organ and Vine Street Vibes.
Last week Denver based bluegrass band Trout Steak Revival played a sold-out show at The Bluebird Theater to showcase their new album Brighter Every Day. Banjo player Chris Pandolfi from The Infamous Stringdusters produced the album and sat in with the band for their album release.
The Infamous Stringdusters put the spurs to their spring tour with a fret-blazing, shape-shifting show featuring special guest Keller Williams at Eugene’s McDonald Theatre (March 5th). The ‘Dusters delivered a convincing account of their distinctive “high country” sound while Williams complimented nicely, both with an impressive opening set and later, playing alongside the headliners. The pairing made for an entertaining combination of Nashville polish and free-spirited, festival charm.
Our society has developed a Chicken Little mentality that leaves lots of folks either glued to their cell phone or computer while waiting for a miracle or cringing that the good old days are gone.