On Tour

Twiddle | Hodi's Half Note | Fort Collins, CO | 3/13/13 | Review

After listening to my friends rave about Twiddle shows they’ve seen all over the country, whether it was a Phish after party or just a small show at a bar, I decided to drive down to Fort Collins from my home in Boulder, catch the $5 show and see what all the buzz was about. Hodi’s Half Note is a small bar venue in the middle of one of the main streets in Fort Collins.

Dirtfoot | George's Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville, AR | Review

There aren’t really any proper words in the English dictionary to describe a Dirtfoot show. However, due to my lack of knowledge of other languages (with the exception of Hermano [thanks, Arrested Development!] and countless useless German words) I am going to attempt to describe Dirtfoot using the English language. The best start is probably using the band’s personally adopted descriptors: Gypsy Punk Grumble Boogie, which is basically spot-on.

G. Love & Special Sauce | Boulder, Theater | 3/15/2013 | Review

On Friday, March 15, the iconic Philadelphia group, G. Love & Special Sauce, graced Boulder with their presence.  G. Love and Special Sauce (comprised of Garret “G. Love” Dutton, Jim “Jazz” Prescott, and Jeff “Houseman” Clemens) is known for their unique R&B musical dialect.  A mix of an unseasonably warm evening and budding spring fever brought an energetic and eclectic crowd to see this trio play their hearts out.

The Brown Edition | Soulpocalypse | Review

The Brown Edition's new release from Spectra Jazz, Soulpocalypse, is nothing less than a cause for collective rejoicing. The superbly assembled album marks a throwback of sorts - they hail from another era when outstanding outfits like The Electric Flag, Blodwyn Pig, and Blood Sweat and Tears recorded on the cutting edge of popular music. Hailing from the northwest United States, the eight-piece outfit is led by lead vocalist and guitarist Miguel Pineda.

Steep Canyon Rangers w/Jeff Sipe | Boulder, CO | 3/9/13 | Review

North Carolina’s Steep Canyon Rangers have been picking quality bluegrass since their formation in the early 2000s, but it took a little while for their well-deserved recognition and success to begin snowballing.

Corbus Plays Zappa @ Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge | 3/7/13 | Review

The daunting task of interpreting the music of Frank Zappa has made the iconized jazz-fusion composer/musician less often a cover project than one might expect.

Good Gravy! & Frogs Gone Fishin' | SpokesBuzz Lounge | Review

The Mishawaka Amphitheater is certainly well known for its intimate location located 30 minutes up the Poudre Canyon. In such a scenic area, it’s no surprise the success of this venue. The Mish consistently puts on quality shows from local bands to national touring acts. A night with Good Gravy headlining just feels natural at Mish.

Mickey Hart Band | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO | 2/28/13 | Review

The contemporary musical universe of Mickey Hart is perfectly aligned with the cosmos. Never has his theological approach to music or pursuit of combining music sensibilities across the globe been so relevant. From the beginnings he sought out further bounds than his primary project, the American rock institution, The Grateful Dead.

Furthur | 1st Bank Center | Broomfield, CO | 2/23/2013 | Review

Do you believe in augurs? As a bookworm and English teacher, I always look for them in literature and instruct my students to do the same. Omens of good things to come and harbingers of impending doom are common tropes in fiction. But the portents woven into those narratives are intentional and premeditated – mechanisms to clue the reader in to future events. Real life is another matter entirely.