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  • It was yet another great year in Telluride and Steve Gumble and his crew outdid themselves again. Falling in mid-September, Blues & Brews always brings with it that bittersweet realization that Summer doesn't last forever and Fall is right around the corner as fans are delighted by old favorites, turned on to up-and-comers, and reminded again why Telluride is one of the most special places in the world.

    Telluride Blues & Brews – September 15, 16, 17 – Telluride Town Park

    It was yet another great year in Telluride and Steve Gumble and his crew outdid themselves again. Falling in mid-September, Blues & Brews always brings with it that bittersweet realization that Summer doesn't last forever and Fall is right around the corner as fans are delighted by old favorites, turned on to up-and-comers, and reminded again why Telluride is one of the most special places in the world.

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  • The rocks filled in quickly last Thursday with a wide variety of fans; there were Country leaning cowboy types, hipsters, buttoned up 9 to 5ers, and more than a small contingent of Punk fans waiting on the second opener Frank Turner to soothe their souls.  All in all it was about the perfect night in Morrison and the diverse line-up pleased the masses.

    Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – September 7th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The rocks filled in quickly last Thursday with a wide variety of fans; there were Country leaning cowboy types, hipsters, buttoned up 9 to 5ers, and more than a small contingent of Punk fans waiting on the second opener Frank Turner to soothe their souls. All in all it was about the perfect night in Morrison and the diverse line-up pleased the masses.

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  • In stark contrast to the last time JRAD was supposed to play Red Rocks, the weather on Thursday as the show approached was a perfect late Summer Colorado day.  The lots were hopping early, and the show was very obviously the go-to pre-party for the annual "Phish Dicks" Labor Day celebration across town at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  As Phishheads and Deadheads rubbed shoulders in the amphitheater, to say the energy and anticipation was high would be an understatement - the place was buzzing.

    Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – August 31st – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    In stark contrast to the last time JRAD was supposed to play Red Rocks, the weather on Thursday as the show approached was a perfect late Summer Colorado day. The lots were hopping early, and the show was very obviously the go-to pre-party for the annual "Phish Dicks" Labor Day celebration across town at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. As Phishheads and Deadheads rubbed shoulders in the amphitheater, to say the energy and anticipation was high would be an understatement - the place was buzzing.

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  • Sure this festival is about music, but more than that it's about the community that surrounds the music as performers stand in line alongside fans for a bowl of Sister's Dumplings, hard fought for tarp dash numbers are graciously given away to unsuspecting families, and strangers look out for each other on the slippery river rocks.  For three days each August the real world melts away as we join the rest of the Folks on Planet Bluegrass.

    Rocky Mountain Folks Fest – August 18, 19, 20 – Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, CO

    Sure this festival is about music, but more than that it's about the community that surrounds the music as performers stand in line alongside fans for a bowl of Sister's Dumplings, hard fought for tarp dash numbers are graciously given away to unsuspecting families, and strangers look out for each other on the slippery river rocks. For three days each August the real world melts away as we join the rest of the Folks on Planet Bluegrass.

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  • There's no skirting the issue here, this was one of the wettest concerts of the year.  While a good number of folks clearly stayed home, about two-thirds of the ticket holders showed up and took their spots on the Botanic Gardens lawn for a night with the incomparable songwriter Randy Newman.  After being shuttled to the stage in a golf cart, Newman started his set shortly after 6:30 as fans tried to keep their cheese and crackers out of the incessant rain which didn't let up until the musician said "good-night."

    Randy Newman – August 7th – Denver Botanic Gardens

    There's no skirting the issue here, this was one of the wettest concerts of the year. While a good number of folks clearly stayed home, about two-thirds of the ticket holders showed up and took their spots on the Botanic Gardens lawn for a night with the incomparable songwriter Randy Newman. After being shuttled to the stage in a golf cart, Newman started his set shortly after 6:30 as fans tried to keep their cheese and crackers out of the incessant rain which didn't let up until the musician said "good-night."

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  • Wednesday night at Mile High there was an interesting mix of long term G N’ R fans, middle aged music fans and suburbanites dressed for a night on the town.  Watching these guys, who once defined American 80’s rock and roll excess, it is hard to imagine they’re in their 50’s.  While they may not still be writing anthems like Paradise City or Welcome To The Jungle, they sure can perform them and delight their fans with a true rock and roll show.

    Guns N’ Roses – August 2nd – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

    Wednesday night at Mile High there was an interesting mix of long term G N’ R fans, middle aged music fans and suburbanites dressed for a night on the town. Watching these guys, who once defined American 80’s rock and roll excess, it is hard to imagine they’re in their 50’s. While they may not still be writing anthems like Paradise City or Welcome To The Jungle, they sure can perform them and delight their fans with a true rock and roll show.

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  • Saturday night, for only the second time in Coors Field’s history, a major concert rolled in, filling some forty thousand seats in the open air of downtown Denver. The massive stage sat in the center of the outfield, and fans blanketed the field, minus the precious infield. Even to a casual fan, the scale and setting alone was exciting. It had all the grandeur of a show at the Pepsi Center with the charm and comfort of a warm summer night in the open air. Zac Brown Band proceeded to rip through a long evening deep with covers and original hits.

    Zac Brown Band – July 29th – Coors Field

    Saturday night, for only the second time in Coors Field’s history, a major concert rolled in, filling some forty thousand seats in the open air of downtown Denver. The massive stage sat in the center of the outfield, and fans blanketed the field, minus the precious infield. Even to a casual fan, the scale and setting alone was exciting. It had all the grandeur of a show at the Pepsi Center with the charm and comfort of a warm summer night in the open air. Zac Brown Band proceeded to rip through a long evening deep with covers and original hits.

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  • The Wheels of Soul rolled into Red Rocks last weekend and featured two nights of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna.  Despite some rain early on Sunday, the fans got a healthy helping of Roots, Soul, Rock and Blues that featured more collaborations and covers than anyone could have anticipated.  It was a memorable night on The Rocks and one that will likely go down in the lore of the storied venue.

    The Wheels of Soul: Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna – July 30th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The Wheels of Soul rolled into Red Rocks last weekend and featured two nights of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna. Despite some rain early on Sunday, the fans got a healthy helping of Roots, Soul, Rock and Blues that featured more collaborations and covers than anyone could have anticipated. It was a memorable night on The Rocks and one that will likely go down in the lore of the storied venue.

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  • The skies cleared last Thursday as they always seem to when Michael Franti & Spearhead comes to town. Dozens of yogis made their way to Red Rocks early to practice some pre-concert yoga with live music by Michael Franti and Vinyasa teachings by Gina Caputo.  After the hour-long class, music lovers made their march up the rocks to kick the night off with HIRIE.  HIRIE was followed by Trevor Hall and finally Franti himself.  From start to finish, his energy was high and he continued to find ways to delight even the most jaded in attendance.

    Michael Franti & Spearhead – July 13th – Red Rocks Amphitheater

    The skies cleared last Thursday as they always seem to when Michael Franti & Spearhead comes to town. Dozens of yogis made their way to Red Rocks early to practice some pre-concert yoga with live music by Michael Franti and Vinyasa teachings by Gina Caputo. After the hour-long class, music lovers made their march up the rocks to kick the night off with HIRIE. HIRIE was followed by Trevor Hall and finally Franti himself. From start to finish, his energy was high and he continued to find ways to delight even the most jaded in attendance.

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  •  Energy was high as fans made their way into the hallowed confines of Red Rocks on Tuesday.  There was an electricity in the air even before the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage to warm up the crowd.  Beck was in the house and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of what this musical chameleon would bring to the stage.  While a light rain threatened to dampen spirits early on, the faithful were not to be deterred and only a few minutes after the music started, the rain drops faded into a memory!

    Beck – July 11th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Energy was high as fans made their way into the hallowed confines of Red Rocks on Tuesday. There was an electricity in the air even before the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage to warm up the crowd. Beck was in the house and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of what this musical chameleon would bring to the stage. While a light rain threatened to dampen spirits early on, the faithful were not to be deterred and only a few minutes after the music started, the rain drops faded into a memory!

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