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Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Stand-Up Comedy’ @ 7 p.m.; ‘Funk Jam’ @ 10 p.m.              FREE!!!!


Quixote’s True Blue- Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) + Mlima               9 p.m.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (Morrison)- Steely Dan w/ Steve Winwood                 7 p.m.


Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- ‘Blues Jam’ feat. Boa & The Constrictors
7-10 p.m.


Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Mic’                            7 p.m.

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘EDM Tuesdays’                        8 p.m.                      FREE!!!!

Lincoln Center*- Dave Rawlings Machine                  8 p.m.                  $27.50-35

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Open Jazz Jam’ feat. The Pourhouse Jazz Trio                  7:30 p.m.


Bluebird Theatre- Joe Purdy w/ Garrison Starr                      8 p.m.                         $20


Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- ‘Bluegrass Pick’                         8-11 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’ hosted by Black Dog                      10 p.m.

St. Julien- Mountain Meadow String Band                          6:30-9:30 p.m.


Avogadro’s Number- ‘Patio Music Series’ feat. Muscular House Cat                 5 p.m.

Avogadro’s Number- Mason Street Bluegrass                         7 p.m.                        FREE!!!!

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Bluegrass Jam’                          8:30 p.m.                 FREE!!!!

CSU Lagoon- Wendy Woo Band                     6-8:30 p.m.

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Bike Riders Tour’ feat. Ben Nichols (Lucero) + Oliver Peck (Ink Master) w/ Jeremy  C Grant                     9 p.m.                       $10-17


Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox*- Orgy In Rhythm feat. members of New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, The Motet + Break Science                     $10-30

Paramount*- Dave Rawlings Machine                  8 p.m.             Tickets starting @ $25.50


Chautauqua Auditorium*- Bela Fleck & The Flecktones                   7:30 p.m.

Owsley’s Golden Road- Flash Mountain Flood                        7 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Blues Night’                 10 p.m.


Aggie Theatre*- The Oh Hellos w/ Gipsy Moon               $20-25

Boardwalk Park* (Windsor)- Taarka                    6:30-8:30 p.m.

Downtown Artery*- Paa Kow                           8-11:55 p.m                $7

Hodi’s Half Note- Authority Zero w/ Brewfish                  9 p .m.              $12-15

Old Town Square- Blues Dogs                     7-9 p.m.

Swing Station (LaPorte)- If Birds Could Fly                    8 p.m.              FREE!!!!


Bluebird Theatre- Ben Nichols (Lucero) w/ Brent Cowles                   8 p.m.

Cervantes’ Other Side*- Blues Brothers feat. Robby Peoples w/ Mighty Pines (formerly Acoustics Anonymous)(late set) + We Dream Dawn w/ Lowdown Brass Band on patio

Hi Dive- The National Parks w/ Rowboat + Jenn Blosil                        8:30 p.m.             $10-12

Larimer Lounge- Corb Lund w/ Andy Hamilton & The Rocky Mountain Contraband + Cowboy Dave Band                       8 p.m.                     $15

Marquis Theatre*- Damien Jurado & The Heavy Light w/ Ben Abraham                      8 p.m.

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox- Colony Funk + DJ Mike Moses                     $15

Oriental Theatre- Mike Zito & The Wheel (tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival) + Ronnie Baker Brooks                       8 p.m.                        $26

Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (Morrison)- Devotchka w/ Colorado Symphony feat. Ozomatli + Josh Blue                         7:30 p.m.          $45-65

Soiled Dove- Good Old War                     7 p.m.                         $16-20


Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- ‘Summer At The Silo’ w/ Megan Burtt & The Cure For Love                      6-9 p.m.

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- The CBDs                      7:30 p.m.                  FREE!!!!

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Jam: Boogie Nights’              10 p.m.            FREE

St. Julien*- Adam Bodine Trio                       6:30-9:30 p.m.


Avogadro’s Number- Just Jazz Quintet                          5 p.m.                   FREE!!!!

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Tribute Night’ feat. Mellowship Fellowship (Red  Hot Chili Peppers tribute) w/ Sabotage (Beastie Boys tribute) + Lowdown Brass Band                    9 p.m.

Mishawaka Amphitheatre* (Bellvue)- Dead Floyd (Grateful Dead + Pink Floyd tribute) w/ Technicolor Tone Factory + Miscommunicado                          8 p.m.                $15-50


Clifford Still Museum*- Paa Kow                            5:30 p.m.                   FREE!!!!

Dazzle Jazz- ‘Friday 10 p.m. Social’ w/ Fire It Up Brass Band                   10:30 p.m.

Dulcinea’s 100th Monkey*- Blackalicious                        9 p.m.                        $20

Marquis Theatre- Authority Zero w/ Wake The Bat, Brewfish + American Blackout
7:30 p.m.                   $13-15

Ogden Theatre- Blue October w/ Danny Malone                      7:30 p.m.                 $30

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox- Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts w/ Bonnie & The Clydes + Bison Bone                               $15

Oriental Theatre- Mr. Majestyk’s 8 Track Revival w/ Paizley Park (Prince tribute)
8 p.m.                         $13

Paramount Theatre*- Gordon Lightfoot                 8 p.m.                tickets starting @ $35.50

Quixote’s True Blue*- Live At The Fillmore (#1 Allman Brother’s tribute) + Shakedown Street                               9 p.m.                        $20

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)- Gramatik w/ Hippie Sabotage, Sweater Beats, The Geek X VRV + Probecause                            7 p.m.                    $34.75


Chautauqua Auditorium*- Leo Kottke & Keller Williams                       7 p.m.            $38-58

CHUBurger* (Longmont)- Kort McCumber                        6-8 p.m.                    FREE!!!!

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- Prairie Scholars                          7:30 p.m.                     $5

Louisville Street Faire* (Louisville)- MarchFourth!                 6:30-9 p.m.

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Funkiphino                       7:30 p.m.                 $12-14

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew* (Lyons)- Gasoline Lollipops                  9 p.m.-12 a.m.

Pioneer Inn* (Nederland)- New Family Dog                10 p.m.                          FREE!!!!

St. Julien- Quemando                          6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- Monocle Duo                           4:30-6:30 p.m.


Aggie Theatre- The White Buffalo w/ Sarah Simmons, Derek Blake, Jeremy C. Grant

Swing Station (LaPorte)- Idlewhile                        8 p.m.                          $5


City Park*- Hazel Miller                          6-8 p.m.

Daniels Hall*- Kruger Brothers w/ Thunder & Rain                               8 p.m.               $25-27

Dazzle Jazz- ‘Blues Night’ feat. Delta Sonics                      10:30 p.m.                       $5

Gothic Theatre- Cee Lo Green w/ Nikki Wives                         CANCELLED!!!!

Hudson Gardens- Gladys Knight                         7:30 p.m.                           $49

Larimer Lounge- Esme Patterson w/ Inner Oceans

Quixote’s True Blue*- Shakedown Street w/ Evergreen, Boulder Sound Lab + Tympos
9 p.m.                        $??

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)- Odesza w/ Rufus Du Sol, Big Wild + Louis Futon
7:30 p.m.                            SOLD OUT!!!!

Soiled Dove*- My Blue Sky (Allman Brothers tribute)                           8 p.m.                  $10-15

Summit Music Hall- Tiger Army w/ The Bellfuries + The Pinehill Haunts                 7 p.m.

Tuft Theatre- Blue Moon Bluegrass Band                                8 p.m.                            $12-14


Fox Theatre*- Blackalicious w/ Fuze The MC + Kitty Crimes                  9 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Foxfeather                             9 p.m.-12 a.m.             $5

Owsley’s Golden Road*- New Speedway Boogie                                      7 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- Coop & The Chicken Pluckers                                  4:30-6:30 p.m.


Avogadro’s Number- Victor & Penny                            7 p.m.                        $10


Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (Morrison)- Bob Dylan & His Band w/ Mavis Staples
7:30 p.m.                             $89.50-134.50

Summit Music Hall- The White Buffalo w/ Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart                      7 p.m.


Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- ‘Bluegrass Pick’ feat. Bonnie & Taylor Sims
12-3 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew* (Lyons)- Bonnie & Taylor Sims                          5-8 p.m.

Tasty Weasel* (Longmont)- New Family Dog                          3-5 p.m.



6/16-19 COUNTRY JAM @ Country Jam Ranch in Grand Junction           4 Day Passes $165

  • 6/16 feat. Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Chase Bryant, Halfway To Hazard, Stephanie Quayle, Logan Brill, Kory Brunson Band + The Highrollers
  • 6/17 feat. Brad Paisley, Joe Nichols, Neal McCoy, Easton Corbin, Drake White & The Big Fire, Kaitlyn Baker, McKenna Faith, Andrea Vasquez + The Williams Brothers
  • 6/18 feat. Blake Shelton, Big & Rich, Darryl Worley, High Valley, Annie Bosko, Lauren Ashley & The Trainwreckers, Adley Stump + Dylan Jakobsen
  • 6/19 feat. Zac Brown Band, Trace Adkins, Canaan Smith, Aaron Watson, Lindsay Ell, Adley Stump, The Scotty Mac Band, Jake Worthington + Ashley Martin

6/16-19 SONIC BLOOM Hummingbird Ranch in Spanish Peaks Country of Colorado                       4 Day Passes $222

  • 6/16-19 feat. Tipper (2 sets), Bonobo, The Opiuo Band, Eoto, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, Nightmares On Wax, Justin Martin, FKJ, Phaeleh, The Grouch & Eligh, Giraffage, Sunsquabi, Com Truise, Mark Farina, Late Night Radio, The Rus Liquid Test, J. Phlip, Quixotic, VibeSquad, Zilla, Orgone, Govinda, Bass Physics, Fort Knox Five feat. QDup, Louis The Child, Defunk, The Human Experience, Stelouse, Herbie Hancock Tribute, Phadroid, Whitebear, Clozee, Euforquestra, Janover & Resunator, The Reminders, Insightful, Quanta, Space Jesus, The Widdler, NastyNasty, Akasha, Mikey Thunder, Living Light, Filastine, Deya Dova, Michael Travis (DJ Set), Prophet Massive, MHSM Collective, Djunya, Dixon’s Violin, Sodown, Gipsy Moon, House Of Hamsa, The Cat’s Pajamas, Templo, Skydyed, Dynohunter, Orphic, Cualli, Cloud D, Milky Wav, Lily Fangz, TNertle, Snubluck, Greener Grounds, Stone Soul, Digital Vagabond, Rumtum, The Dirty Gemstones, Evanoff, Soohan, IN33P, Linear Symmetry, Toybox, DJ Synergy, Bean + Messenger Of Secrets

6/17-18 BANDS IN THE BACKYARD in Vineland, CO.             2 Day Ticket $125

  • 6/17 feat. Alabama, Sawyer Brown, Joe Diffie, High Valley + Overton Road     6:30 p.m.
  • 6/18 feat. Kid Rock, 3 Doors Down, Sarah Ross, Matt Gary + Overton Road   3:30  p.m.

6/17-18 FOOTHILLS GUTFEST 8 @ Sunshine Studios Live in Colorado Springs                   $??

  • 6/17 feat. Skinned, Forged In Gore, Sodomized, Limbsplitters, Psychotic Defilement, Massacre, Orchiectomy, The Monk, Goreloaf, Created To Kill, Cheesegrater Masterbation, Vacuus, Crown Magnetar, Scalafrea, Hit The Shadows, Empire In Peril + Eminent Terror
  • 6/18 feat. Putrid Pile, Euphoric Defilement, Sacrificial Slaughter, Stages Of Decomposition, Machete Dildo, Forced Asphyxiation, Defiled Crypt, Vaginal Bear Trap, Aborning, Hideous Rebirth, Odiusembowel, Ton, Marasmus, Exhumer, Six Feet Of Anger, Enduality + Axe To The Face


This is the list of the best shows along the Front Range and a few great festivals in the state. As usual, I have marked my recommendations with an * after the venue’s name. Besides this list, go to the Coming Attractions for the best shows in the area over the next several months. The Festival Time page contains a pretty comprehensive list of the greatest multi-band events in Colorado and some surrounding states. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!


Music To Hear 12/14 – 12/20: VICTOR WOOTEN, PATTERSON HOOD & More…


Avogadro’s Number- ‘Guatemala Service Trip Benefit Concert’ feat. The Young Ancients
7 p.m.                  $15

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Stand-Up Comedy’ @ 7 p.m. ; ‘Funk Jam’ @ 10 p.m.             FREE!!!!

DENVER AREA 12/14/15

Quixote’s True Blue- Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)                $5


Owsley’s Golden Road- ‘EDM Mondays’               9 p.m.             FREE!!!!


Aggie Theatre- Nashville Pussy w/ In The Whale + Attack On Venus                 8 p.m.                $12-15

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Mic’                  7:30 p.m.

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘EDM Tuesdays’                   FREE!!!!

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Open Jazz Jam’ feat. The Pourhouse Jazz Trio            7:30 p.m.

DENVER AREA 12/15/15

Marquis Theatre*- H2O w/ Allout Helter, Line Brawl + Anchor Point                       $15-18


Lazy Dog- ‘Open Jam’                      10 p.m.                  FREE!!!!

Owsley’s Golden Road- ‘Ladies Night’ w/ Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert                  7 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’                    9 p.m.                       FREE!!!!


Aggie Theatre- Unlimited Aspect Live Band, Unlimited Gravy + Project Aspect w/ The Dirty Gemstones (Kruza Kid & Brisco Jones), Miss Jaedha + Pitta Patta                 Free- $10

Avogadro’s Number- Mason Street Bluegrass                   7 p.m.                    FREE!!!!

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Bluegrass Jam                 8:30 p.m.

Rialto Theatre* (Loveland)- Hazel Miller                         7:30 p.m.                   $15-20

DENVER AREA 12/16/15

Armoury- ‘FU^K: Armoury’s Weekly Wednesday Funk Jam’                   9:30 p.m.

Bluebird Theatre- Nashville Pussy w/ In The Whale                       8 p.m.                      $15

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Malai Llama + Michael Travis w/ EOTO (DJ Set) + Lula Granji             $8-10


Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Blues Jam’              10 p.m.


Aggie Theatre*- ‘A Very Special Holiday Show feat. Victor Wooten w/ Joey Porter’s Vital Organ + Punch Drunk Munky Funk                  $20-25

Avogadro’s Number*- ‘Dead Jam’                9 p.m.             FREE!!!!

Lincoln Center- Shaley Scott Band                        7 p.m.                          $12

DENVER AREA 12/17/15

Cervantes’ Otherside- World’s Finest w/ Lil’ Skoops                 8 p.m.               Free-$10

Marquis Theatre- Agnostic Front w/ 99 Bottles + The Kaotix                      $15-18

Soilded Dove*- Hazel Miller ‘Christmas Show’              8 p.m.                     $18-20


Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Thursday Open Mic’                    7 p.m.

Fox Theatre*- Reverend Horton Heat w/ The Bell Rays + The Lords Of Altamont
8 p.m.                    $20-27

Homemade Liquids & Solids* (Longmont)- Greg Schochet & Kyle Ussery
6-9 p.m.              FREE!!!!

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Jam’               10 p.m.                     FREE!!!!

St. Julien- Purple Squirrel                            6:30-9:30 p.m.


Aggie Theatre*- Wooleye + Switchman Sleepin w/ Psychodillo              Free-$10

Avogadro’s Number- Just Jazz Quintet                              5-7 p.m.             FREE!!!!

Hodi’s Half Note- David Wax Museum w/ Marty O’Reillly                  $10-15

Swing Station- Matt Skinner Band w/ Glove Trucker                9 p.m.              $7

DENVER AREA 12/18/15

Bluebird Theatre8- The Railbenders w/ The Hickman-Dalton Gang + Crime Scene
9 p.m.                   $20

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- ‘A Very Special Holiday Show’ feat. Victor Wooten w/ Analog Son                        $22-25

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Disco Floyd ‘The Wall’ w/ Zobomaze                       $5-10

Dazzle Jazz*- ‘Friday 10 p.m. Social’ feat. Greg Tanner Harris                10:30 p.m.           $5

Ogden Theatre*- Reverend Horton Heat w/ The Bell Rays + The Lords Of Altamont
8 p.m.                               $19.99

Quixote’s True Blue*- Harmonious Junk ‘Fantasy Show’ w/ Shakedown Street
8 p.m.                       $10

Soiled Dove*- Patterson Hood                     8 p.m.                        $20-25


CHUBurger* (Longmont)- Bonnie & Taylor Sims                 6-8 p.m.

CyclHOPs* (Longmont)- Lee Johnson                           7:30 p.m.

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- The Long Run (Colorado’s tribute to The Eagles)
8 p.m.                       $10

Laughing Goat Coffee House- Dechen Hawk & Colin Robison                         8 p.m.

Lazy Dog*- New Family Dog w/ The Mile High Horns (CD release)                    10 p.m.


Aggie Theatre*- Reverend Horton Heat w/ The Bell Rays + The Lords Of Altamont

DENVER AREA 12/19/15

Armoury- Hog MaGundy ‘Holiday Hoedown’              9 p.m.

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Nigel Hall feat. The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis + Eric Bloom of Lettuce) + Joey Porter’s Vital Organ (late set) w/ Mlima                    $12-15

Dazzle Jazz- ‘Blues Night’ feat. Delta Sonics                        10:30 p.m.             $5

Fillmore Auditorium*- Joe Russo’s Almost Dead                            $45

Gothic Theatre- Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers                       $25

Hi Dive- David Wax Museum w/ Marty O’Reilly + Animal Electricity               9:30 p.m.

Ogden Theatre- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats                     SOLD OUT!!!!

Quixote’s True Blue*- ‘Drunken Hearted Holiday Hoedown’ feat. Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) & Rob Eaton (Dark Star Orchestra)                                   $10

Soiled Dove- The Long Run (Colorado’s tribute to The Eagles)                    8 p.m.

Tuft Theatre- Chain Station                       8 p.m.                       $12-14

Walnut Theatre- The Haunted Windchimes w/ Grant Sabin                   7 p.m.             $15


Boulder Theatre*- Big Head Todd & The Monsters                    8:30 p.m.                   $46-51

Lazy Dog- Vine Street Vibes w/ Cycles                 10 p.m.                        FREE!!!!

DENVER AREA 12/20/15

Dazzle Jazz- Allan Harris sings ‘A Nat King Cole Christmas’                      5 + 7 p.m.             $15

Ogden Theatre- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats                          SOLD OUT!!!!


Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- Flamenco Chirstmas Show                6 p.m.                      $15

The live music to hear along the Front Range, next week, does not make up a very long list, but there are still some amazing musicians playing in the area. With national touring acts like Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Victor Wooten and Reverend Horton Heat playing in our state, there  is also plenty of Colorado talent, that will be performing around, including Hazel Miller, New Family Dog, Harmonious Junk and many more. I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the venue name.  For a more comprehensive list of shows coming to the area in the next few months, check-out the Coming Attractions Page. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!


Review: NED FEST 2015, DAY 2!!

The second day of Ned Fest, began under warm sunny skies with just a few white clouds and a little haze in the sky. Though there weren’t a lot of folks in attendance to start the day’s festivities, there were lots of smiles and plenty of beauty abound. Despite some long hours put in by the festival staff, they were all in great spirits in anticipation of the amazing music to come.

The days opener was the Funky Tonk Heroes playing a country swing, honky tonk hybrid that definitely didn’t discourage drinking after noon. One of the highlights from this Colorado quintet was the terrific cover of Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time” near the end of their set.

The first tweener set of the day belonged to a fairly recent Colorado transplant, Torbin Hadlock. Torbin moved here from Santa Barbara, where he had learned to play finger-style on the guitar. His playing is quite lovely and impressive, which was the perfect soundtrack for the chill vibe at the festival.

Next up on the main stage was the five-piece jamgrass band from St. Louis. This is a truly talented group of guys, who have managed to build bridges connecting many styles of music into an absolutely harmonious blend. With Drew on harmonica, guitar, percussion and vocals; Gerard on mandolin, guitar, banjo and vocals; John on bass and vocals; Neil on vocals and guitar and Brian on sax and guitar, these guys are prepared for any musical excursion. The set opened with “Baby Blue” and its bluegrass trappings, but went anywhere and everywhere from there. They touched on many genres including variations on classic soul, rock, blues and jazz, to name a few. A couple of the highlights, were the covers of “People Get Ready” and “Mystery Train”, with the former getting an fabulous bass solo by John Hussung. Acoustics Anonymous ended their set, similarly to the way they began with a more traditional mountain bluegrass tune.

The quartet of the New Family Dog took to the tweener stage for a short set. With John ‘Blackdog’ Ridnell on guitar and his son, Miles on bass, the foursome was rounded out by Patrick Padgett on banjo and Dave Pullins on mandolin. The New Family Dog filled their set with great folky tunes, done blues style with bluegrass instrumentation.

At around half past three, Boulder’s own Gasoline Lollipops hit the stage hard with its alternative-country sound. The band started with something that was at moments outlaw country and at others was on the verge of a full-on punk rock frenzy. It became quickly evident that the vocal effects that Clay Rose achieves are done so, using two different microphones, one of which, kind of sounds like singing into a megaphone. Early in their set, they played the gorgeous Americana original “Full-Steam Ahead”. One of the highlights, was a phenomenally intense version of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin’, with Rose reaching the highest peaks with his blues inspired punk rock vocals. Shortly after that, they did a wonderful cover of John Denver’s “Country Roads”. The quartet continued to run through original material, that spanned the country landscape, while usually leaning punk. Near the end of their set, they played their original, “White Trash” with its aggressive rockabilly angle. There were moments when you may have claimed that the band was closer to The Clash than Shooter Jennings, others where they sounded more like Devotchka than Johnny Cash, and still more, that were pure country. No matter what sound they were going for, they reached it with perfection.

The final act on the tweener stage for the day, was singer/ songwriter and local boy, Danny Shafer. Danny and his acoustic guitar worked through songs about catfish, being an American and BBQ. Danny has played Ned Fest many times and was good friends with Ned Fest founder Michigan Mike, so Danny played a song he wrote for Mike called “Waiting For You”. Danny ended his set with a folk-blues number, “Small Town Blues”.

Part of the double-headliner, the Hard Working Americans made the stage before 6 p.m. The all-star line-up began their set with “Mission Accomplished”, that saw Neil Casal and Jesse Aycock trading licks before diving in, head-first together. It was followed by the heavy Americana of “Run A Mile”. “Stomp & Holler” brought the rowdy to Nederland, and “Mountain Song” felt like a traveling lullaby. Todd Snider was quite fun to watch with his Perry Farrell meets J. Geils looks and almost Iggy Pop movements. Unfortunately, Snider struggled a little, vocally on “Come From The Heart”. They played “I Don’t Have A Gun” which isn’t so much a statement of fact, as it is a fortunate truth, in this case. One of the best moments of the Hard Working Americans’ set, was Todd Snider’s vocal wrap in the middle of “Another Train”, which touched on the chorus for James Brown’s “Get Up Off That Thing”, before going into the Widespread Panic sounding “Is This Thing Workin”. The “Blackland Farmer” was another stand-out, and the cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” in the middle, certainly sold the number. Near the end of the set, they pulled-off another WSP-sounding tune, called “Satisfaction Garunteed”, which included some awesome drumming from Duane Trucks. The entire set was pretty tight, but the sound was a little lacking, so it seemed like a good idea to get in front of the stage for Chris Robinson to get a better sound.

Between bands, the front of the stage area in the VIP section cleared-out, so we moved all of our stuff by the fence and got some prime real estate for Chris Robinson Brotherhood. A couple other folks had the same idea, but then one of the senior staff for Ned Fest told us that Chris Robinson wouldn’t go on until everyone was cleared-out from in front of the stage. It sounded like only those with photography passes were going to be allowed in front of the stage. I gathered my stuff and unhappily proceeded back to our seats. Now, I am sure that Chris may have a wonderfully simple reason as to why we weren’t allowed to be in front of the stage, but he didn’t  give us an explanation along with the order. I am not going to judge, but it is certainly realistic that someone may have found such demands as somewhat pretentious. The other pisser, was, that it took almost a half an hour after we were moved before they took the stage, late I might add. Needless to say, I was not starting the set with an objective outlook. They opened with the rockin’ “Saturday Night In S.F.”. “Badlands Here We Come” was tight and really did sound crisp. The cover of Leiber & Stoller’s “I’m A Hog For You”, was unexpected and was certainly a stand-out with a huge jam intertwined within. Though not one of my favorites, “Jump The Turnstyle” did include some pretty sweet jams. The four-part harmony on “Star Or Stone” was extremely excellent. “Tulsa Yesterday”, “One Hundred Days Of Rain” and “Beggar’s Moon” were some of the set’s highlights. We left a little after ten, as they were starting “Shore Power”. Overall, the sound was good and the band was tight, but I realized that I am not as big a fan of the Brotherhood as I am The Black Crowes and New Earth Mud. The band is made up of incredible musicians, but the compositions don’t seem as solid as Chris’ other acts.

Day two of Ned Fest was phenomenal both musically and weather wise. Despite the record attendance for the double-headliner, the best sets of the day came from Boulder-based Gasoline Lollipops and Acoustics Anonymous from St. Louis. The energy and skill that both of these acts brought to the stage was infectious. Besides the incredible music, we have to thank the staff for providing us with such a wonderful environment and for making this a terrific weekend. Thanks to Mark, the security and the chefs in VIP for a Real Good Time!! One more day left with Vince Herman and Cracker on the bill, it should be a great one!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!



We are barely a week out from the 17th Annual Nederland Music & Arts Festival, lovingly referred to as Ned Fest. The very first Ned Fest happened in the late 90’s in someone’s yard and has evolved from there, hosting up to 2000 festivarians each day of the three day fest at the Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Field.  Having hosted acts as big and eclectic as Los Lobos, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dr. John, David Grisman and Robert Randolph & The Family Band, to name but a few, this intimate mountain festival is no slouch. The festival has also featured performances from acts that have grown exponentially since their time on the Ned Fest stage, such as Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Elephant Revival and Keller Williams. Most years, attendee’s have enjoyed various off-shoot acts from local favorites, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Incident. Ned Fest has recently become a non-profit, with proceeds going to music education programs in the area.

This year’s Ned Fest, will feature four headliners that have never played at the festival before. Friday evening’s festivities begin with local jamgrass quartet, Gipsy Moon, who have quickly been making a name for themselves on the summer festival circuit. The first night’s music closes with the post-apocalyptic high school marching band sounds of MarchFourth!. I have seen this incredible conglomerate of horns, percussion, stilt-walkers, and uncontainable energy a couple of times, and it is a spectacle not to be missed.

Day Two will start with the roadside bar sounds of the Funky Tonk Heroes. The groove-grass stylings of Acoustics Anonymous lay track between bluegrass and electric jam, with the drums pounding the spikes all along the way. The Gasoline Lollipops take the festival through the late afternoon with their alt-country songs about hard-luck, love, death and liquor, which are often inter-connected themes. The early evening introduces the fest to its double-headliner, starting with the inconspicuous super-group of the Hard Working Americans. This band is made-up of singer/songwriter, Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist, Dave Schools, Chris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist, Neal Casal, keyboardist for Great American Taxi, Chad Staehly, Butch’s son and current Widespread Panic drummer, Duane Trucks, and singer/songwriter, Jesse Aycock, who plays guitar and lapsteel with this band. This sextet will bring their deeply rooted American sound to our deeply rooted American festival. Not to be outdone, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood will finish out Saturday’s performances, with the former Black Crowes frontman, heading the band that includes Hard Working Americans’ guitarist Neal Casal, who will be doing double duty that day. If you haven’t heard CRB, we must highly suggest checking-out their roots-rock sound that is steeped in 70’s era folk n’ groove music. Most of the band has spent time as members of Phil Lesh & Friends, which may be why some of their songs sound like they could have been on The Grateful Dead’s albums ‘Wake Of The Flood’ or ‘Go To Heaven’. Saturday is sure to be a high-class musical experience.

Sunday begins with a testament to the proceeds at work, featuring Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Young Pickers. This collection of local kids, provides an impressive exhibition for the Ned Fest crowd. Traditional  bluegrass quartet, Caribou Mountain Collective have graced the Ned Fest stage in the past and are back again for a mid-afternoon set. There is a bit of a homecoming feel to Vince Herman’s set, considering he lived in the area for quite a while, before moving to the Northwest in the last few year’s. Billed as Vince Herman & Friends, the possibilities are endless for the Leftover Salmon co-founder, as to who might join him on the Ned Fest stage. The Sunday headliner is the pre-apocalyptic alternative act, Cracker, who have been together about a quarter of a decade. Fronted by David Lowry and Johnny Hickman, the band had some alternative hits with songs like “Get Off This”, “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)” and “Low”. In 2003, Cracker released an album with the instrumental help of Leftover Salmon titled “Oh Cracker Where Art Thou?”, where they moved through some of Cracker’s biggest tunes. There is certainly some hope, but no evidence that there will be a re-visitation of the twelve year old album. It is sure to be an amazing weekend of music.

The Ned Fest line-up is a pretty good-looking list from beginning to end, this year. Besides all of the music we have shared with you, there are also tweener sets between each act, so the music is fairly seemless. There are also late night shows in town, so the music barely has to stop. We can’t recommend any festivals any more highly, than the 17th Annual Ned Festival. We have been attending for most of the last eight of the last ten years and always look forward to coming back to this family-friendly fest. There are still tickets and camping available, so what are you waiting for? We have added links to some of this year’s acts below. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!


Gipsy Moon “Spring Rain” live video link here.

March Fourth! “Delhi Belly” live link here.

The Gasoline Lollipops “Sixteen Tons” live video link here.

Hard Working Americans “Come From The Heart” live video link here.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood “Vibration & Light Suite” live video link here.

Caribou Mountain Collective “Long Gone” video link here.

 Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) live video link here.

Cracker “Euro-Trash Girl” live video link here.