LOCAL NEWS

37th Annual Scottish-Irish Highland Festival to Hit Estes Park Sept. 4-7

37th Annual Scottish-Irish Highland Festival to Hit Estes Park Sept. 4-7

by Tru Blu The 37th annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival will be held in Estes Park this year from September 4th to 7th. It is a very affordable weekend packed full of entertainment for Coloradans. There will be an Estes Celtic folk concert featuring performances by Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Highland Way, and CAL, […]

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Respect the Voices Work on New Tracks

Respect the Voices Work on New Tracks

by Tim Wintemute The hip hop duo Respect the Voices -made up of local rappers Voz 11 and Know Respek- are hard-working artists from Boulder. The group has played shows around Denver and Boulder and are gaining momentum. Over the last few years they have performed at venues such as the Fox Theatre, Herman’s Hideaway, […]

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Caleb Chapman’s SoundHouse Hosts Auditions

Caleb Chapman’s SoundHouse Hosts Auditions

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LOCAL NEWS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, ONEREPUBLIC, FUN, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, ZIGGY MARLEY and more Headline the JAS Aspen Snowmass Experience Labor Day Weekend Aug 29-31, 2014

CARRIE UNDERWOOD, ONEREPUBLIC, FUN, EARTH, WIND & FIRE, ZIGGY MARLEY and more Headline the JAS Aspen Snowmass Experience Labor Day Weekend Aug 29-31, 2014

The 2014 JAS Aspen Snowmass Experience, held Labor Day weekend, will bring new artists, new ticket options and a new name to Snowmass Town Park Aug. 29-31, featuring a star-studded blend of both timeless and timely Artists, attracting a broad range of audiences and genres. The event kicks-off on Friday, August 29th with reggae superstar […]

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Aztlan Theater to Host Fundraiser for Man Shot & Killed by Police

Aztlan Theater to Host Fundraiser for Man Shot & Killed by Police

On July 2, 2014, Ryan Ronquillo was killed by Denver Police outside of his friend’s funeral at the Romero Family Funeral Home in northwest Denver. Ryan was 20 years old, unarmed, and shot 12 times by police. The fundraiser will be held at the Aztlan Theater (974 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO 80204) on Friday August […]

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Crestone  Music Festival Returns August 1-3

Crestone Music Festival Returns August 1-3

CRESTONE, CO- The 16th Annual Crestone Music Festival will be held August 1st, 2nd, & 3rd.  The festival is a three-day, two-stage multi-genre, multi-cultural event held at Challenger Golf Club in Crestone Colorado. We have camping, a kid’s zone, contests, arts & crafts, a raffle, gourmet cuisine and Colorado libations. Our headliners this year are […]

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BUZZWORTHY

Why Jazz Matters- Track 5

Why Jazz Matters- Track 5

by Norm Provizer This month, drummer Ginger Baker celebrates his 75th birthday. From the perspective of the 1960s, when Baker propelled Cream (the first rock super group with Baker, Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce) and Blind Faith (with Steve Winwood and Clapton), the very idea that the drummer, who had a lot of habits, would […]

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Local Rapper Savior Overcomes Autism

Local Rapper Savior Overcomes Autism

by Tim Wintemute Artist Justin Fisher aka Savior is making a name for himself as a local battle rapper with Kush n’ Koffin battle league. As a an artist, Savior has also played local venues including the Fox Theatre, Lion’s Lair, Cervantes, the Roxy Theatre and various small clubs and house parties in Colorado. From […]

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Jack + Jill Making Name from Western Slope

Jack + Jill Making Name from Western Slope

by Tim Wenger The evolution of jam rock and its infusion with other genres has provided modern music with some very diverse bands pulling from its’ basket. In Colorado, we certainly have seen the full gamut of the genre from 20 minute guitar solos to the more modern, alternative takes on the genre such as […]

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BUZZWORTHY

Band Introduction: Liberation

Band Introduction: Liberation

by Tim Wintemute The local five piece Reggae/Rock/Hip-Hop band Liberation is making waves in Colorado. For the last few months they have played around the Front range and recently opened for P-Nuckle. The was started by Lead Singer and Guitarist Jordan Armijo and Bass player Hurley Sammon who merged their respective solo projects to form […]

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Wild High, Who Said Psych’s Dead?

Wild High, Who Said Psych’s Dead?

by Charlie Sullivan Denver’s Wild High are garnering some attention on the local music scene, and rightfully so. The lads have been diligently rehearsing and playing the club circuit nurturing their sound and have nailed it down. The crew is crafting some stellar modern psych rock.  The sound draws heavy on the lo-fi distortion from […]

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Schmiggity’s of Steamboat Springs: High Quality Sound with High Altitude Vibes

Schmiggity’s of Steamboat Springs: High Quality Sound with High Altitude Vibes

by Tim Wintemute A local ski town in Northwest Colorado is establishing a reputation as a music town. Although many touring acts often choose to play in other cities when touring the state, Steamboat Springs will soon become a desired stop for touring bands coming through Colorado. Schmiggity’s in Steamboat Springs recently opened with the […]

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A-SIDES / REVIEWS

Hatch The Bird- The Wait

Hatch The Bird- The Wait

by Tim Wenger The Wait, the debut album from local blues-rockers Hatch The Bird, cracked in May. Since then, the record has been taking listeners back to a time when quality lyricism combined with melodic, hard-hitting guitar lines to create an alt-rock sound that doesn’t just sound good, it paints a picture in the listener’s […]

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The Bunny Gang- Thrive

The Bunny Gang- Thrive

by Tim Wenger The masses are finally being treated to new music from The Bunny Gang, invoking an immediate feeling almost as euphoric as the album itself. Entitled Thrive, Nathen Maxwell and his diverse crew take the free-thinking punk rock mentality and infuse it with the inspiration of  modern-day progressive thinking. Reggae upstrokes, melodica, and […]

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Michael Zucker- Calypso Unraveling

Michael Zucker- Calypso Unraveling

by Charlie Sullivan Calypso Unraveling takes us for yet another wild ride with Michael Zucker. Unlike many of his previous instrumental releases we find him showcasing his lyrical and vocal prowess on the album. He delves into uncharted territory infusing a little progressive hip-hop into many of the pieces. As much as I like the […]

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A-SIDES / REVIEWS

National Featured A-Side- Junko Beat

National Featured A-Side- Junko Beat

by Thom Jackson Jamtronica is a genre that goes over very well here in Colorado, and New Orleans’ Junko Beat will be bringing the sound to our fair state this month. Mellow but symbiotic, easy listening but danceable, the music is made to appeal to the stoner dance crowd, the Cervantes type, who are currently […]

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Taking Canyon- Eyes on the Prize

Taking Canyon- Eyes on the Prize

by Tim Wenger In Denver, Taking Canyon’s new record Eyes on the Prize is a much needed circle in the square for the Ronnie Radke generation. Choosing the stay true to the pop-punk roots of the early 2000’s instead of the screamo-metal-wackjob music that replaced the genre’s place in the hears of rebel teens, Taking […]

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Luke Redfield- Born American

Luke Redfield- Born American

by Thom Jackson Luke Redfield may only reside in Colorado half of the time, but his music captures the true spirit of the state. A pleasant blend of indie and folk with some country twang mixed in, his record Born American is a great soundtrack for a long drive.  The album drops August 12. Each […]

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NATIONAL NEWS

Gemini Syndrome to hit Herman’s Hideaway 8/26

Gemini Syndrome to hit Herman’s Hideaway 8/26

photo credit John Weiner Gemini Syndrome hit Herman’s Hideaway on Tuesday, August 26. The band has spent the summer touring with Sevendust but will be headlining the Denver date with A Memory Down, Astreya, Breakpoint Method and Frozen Tide also on the bill. Gemini Syndrome encapsulates both ends of the spectrum. The band conjures ethereal alternative […]

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Colorado’s Favorite Quartet, Devotchka, To Headline “Vail Rocks” Event

Colorado’s Favorite Quartet, Devotchka, To Headline “Vail Rocks” Event

Vail, Colorado. July 18, 2014 – Love Hope Strength announced last night to the delighted fans of the bands sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre show that favorite rock quartet, Devotchka, will headline their 3rd annual Vail Rocks fundraising event on August 16, 2014, in Vail. The highly anticipated event sponsored by the Town of Vail […]

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Statement From Riot Fest Founder Mike Petrysyhn

Statement From Riot Fest Founder Mike Petrysyhn

Before I begin what will probably be a long-winded concerto of a statement, it has to be stated with deafening clarity that we wanted to make Byers, Colorado our home for Riot Fest for years to come. It’s a community we care about tremendously, just like Humboldt Park, in Chicago and just to pack up […]

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SHOP TALK

The Manager’s Corner- August

The Manager’s Corner- August

by Chris Daniels I’ve managed my own band for 30 years and I’m in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While all that’s nice, today’s music business is changing at light-speed and you have to know what’s going on. Careers are still built on some tried and true elements: great music, performance and timing. But […]

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DJ COLA Offers Advice for New DJs

DJ COLA Offers Advice for New DJs

by DJ COLA If you want to get hired as a bar or club DJ you are eventually going to have to put together a bio/resume with your DJ Mix. You may be thinking, “I haven’t had any gigs. I’m just starting out.” This is totally okay and if this is you I am going to give you […]

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The Manager’s Corner- July 2014

The Manager’s Corner- July 2014

by Chris Daniels I’ve managed my own band for 30 years and I’m in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While all that’s nice, today’s music business is changing at light-speed and you have to know what’s going on. Careers are still built on some tried and true elements: great music, performance and timing. But […]

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PRESS PLAY

Leonard Jackson Creates Denver Hip Hop Documentary

Leonard Jackson Creates Denver Hip Hop Documentary

Leonard Jackson has put together a solid documentary on the indie hip hop scene in Colorado. Through artist interviews, show footage, and recorded music, the video is an informative presentation on the state of Colorado rap. Here, Jackson speaks about the video and the process of making it. CMB: Tell us about the process of […]

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Pillar Point- Dreamin

Pillar Point- Dreamin

Pillar Point just hit Denver for the first time on June 29, rocking Forest Room 5. Their new video is for the single “Dreamin,” a scenic attempt to put the music of Scott Reitherman into video format. Here is what Reitherman had to say about the video. CMB: Tell us about the process of making […]

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Fitz & The Tantrums- “The Walker”

Fitz & The Tantrums- “The Walker”

by Tim Wenger Fitz & The Tantrums hit Denver in early July, and even if you missed the show, you can still check out their rockin’for their new single “The Walker” below and check out what Fitz himself had to say about it. CMB: Tell us about the process of making the video.F: The video […]

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PRODUCT REVIEWS

Guitar Center Product Reviews: Fender Deluxe Blues Reissue

Guitar Center Product Reviews: Fender Deluxe Blues Reissue

Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue Okay, yes the Fender Blues Deluxe Reissue is covered in tweed and that is pretty sweet. But that is only part of the story on this little beauty. I have never really been a Fender guy, however, they arguably have the best clean tone on the market and have for many […]

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Guitar Center Product Reviews: BOSS ME-80

Guitar Center Product Reviews: BOSS ME-80

  BOSS ME-80 This year Boss released a new multi-effects pedal that truly stands above the rest in its price range.  The new Boss ME-80 has the traditional presets that most multi-effects pedals offer, but it also offers an option to use the built-in effects as stand-alone stomp boxes!  This allows you to choose and […]

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Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B

Shure SM7B Throughout the years Shure has been known for setting the industry standard in microphones. The SM7B is no exception. I have heard a lot about this mic and decided to pick one up. I am a bassist and vocalist, and in my opinion, this is the “all purpose” mic to have. The SM7B […]

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LOCAL FLAVOR

Jonathan Bitz Opens Syntax Physic Opera, Speaks About Scene

Jonathan Bitz Opens Syntax Physic Opera, Speaks About Scene

by Tim Wenger Syntax Physic Opera. A unique name, for what promises to be a unique venue. The “physic opera” will be just that- a physical representation of the Denver Syntax, a ten-year-old music and art review covering the Denver area and its happenings, opinions, and thoughts. Jonathan Bitz, the man behind the literary and […]

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Lakewood Grill- History in the Making

Lakewood Grill- History in the Making

by Angela Kerr AKerr@ColoradoMusicBuzz.com “The Lakewood Grill was built in 1950 and attained their liquor license in 1951,” according to Myette Keranen a tenured veteran and bar tender who has devoted ten years to the company. As a matter of record, the building originally was constructed in what was then unincorporated JeffcoCounty which finally became […]

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Bonfire Tavern- True Southern Style

Bonfire Tavern- True Southern Style

by Angela Kerr AKerr@ColoradoMusicBuzz.com A neighborhood tavern unites communities providing the “place” where locals can gather for good conversation,   great food and fun.  The Bonfire Tavern, purchased by Carrie and Sonny Hoffman in November of 2012 is no exception. Managing and running bars for over 40 years, Carrie began her career at age 18 in […]

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ARTREPRENEURSHIP

ARTrepreneur of the Month–August 2014

ARTrepreneur of the Month–August 2014

Singer/songwriter Peggy Mann has sung over 250 radio commercials, including one for American Furniture Warehouse that ran for over 13 years, and recorded seven CDs, including her summer 2014 release “Don’t Waste Time.” Peggy is Grand County’s 2010 Entertainer of the Year and the August 2014 ARTrepreneur of the Month. 1) Tell me how you […]

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Trinidad ArtoCade – Art Car Parade

Trinidad ArtoCade – Art Car Parade

By Angela Kerr akerr@coloradomusicbuzz.com On a recent trip to Trinidad, Colorado, I had the opportunity to meet Lucky Murphy who just opened L&L Fine Art Gallery on Main Street. Lucky is a mover and shaker in this town. In our discussions of the local music scene and musicians supporting the art walk, he shared a […]

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Colorado Dog Days of Summer Festivals

Colorado Dog Days of Summer Festivals

July 27 – August 9, 2014 Vail International Dance Festival – Vail August 1-3, 2014 Crestone Music Festival – Crestone Bluegrass and Beer Festival – Keystone Telluride Jazz Festival – Telluride 42nd Annual Crested Butte Arts Festival – Crested Butte August 1-17, 2014 Piknik Theatre Festival – Steamboat August 7-17 , 2014 Telluride Chamber Music […]

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