Snoop Dogg Lends a Verse to Mike Dunafon's Campaign Song, Plans Yes We Cannabis Festival

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Eric Gruneisen
Glendale Mayor Mike Dunafon has a story made for viral success: The former rugby player runs an anomaly of a town surrounded on all sides by Denver with his strip-club-owner wife, Debbie Matthews, not so subtly at his side. Now he's running for governor as an independent candidate on a platform that basically boils down to one giant "FREE CANDY" sign.

Key among his beliefs is that you should be able to smoke as much weed as you like. That's been a popular message, one that's earned him endorsements from the likes of Wyclef Jean and, now, Snoop Dogg.

See also: All Hail Mike Dunafon and Debbie Matthews, King and Queen of Glendale

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Denver Musicians Pay Tribute to Ikey Owens: "His Voice Screamed Through the Keyboard"

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Ikey Owen's vigil at La Raza Park

As the sun set over the Denver skyline, a small group gathered at La Raza Park to pay tribute to Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, who passed away in Mexico yesterday while on tour. Though not a Denverite himself, Owens, who has played with the Mars Volta and was on tour with Jack White's band, spent plenty of time with Denver musicians. It showed in the faces of everyone circled in silence around the makeshift altar containing a photo and candles. At one point a sudden wind knocked over the picture of Owens, breaking the frame. Kayln Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp just laughed and said, "What's up, Ikey?"

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Robert Plant Is the Latest Enthusiastic Customer of Denver's Rockmount Ranch Wear

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Photos courtesy of Rockmount Ranch Wear
The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind."

Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to open a new Denver office, which covered the West from El Paso to the Canadian border. Tired of travel, he later joined Denver-based Stockman Farmer Supply Company, convincing his partner to get rid of the "Farmer" and focus on cowboy clothes. And in 1946, Jack A. Weil founded his own company, Rockmount, which specialized in Western shirts with sawtooth pockets fashioned with distinctive, diamond-shaped snap buttons that could be made after the end of World War II eased the metal shortage. We've been fans of Rockmount since the moment we met Jack, who worked at the LoDo warehouse that housed Rockmount -- and added a retail store a decade ago -- until well after his hundredth birthday.

See also: The Magic of Cowboy Music

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Jeff Rady Has a New Way of Teaching Pedal Steel

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Screengrab from one of Rady's instructional videos.
When guitarist Jeff Rady, who's played with Strange Americans, Casey James Prestwood, Faceman and other local acts, started learning pedal steel, he noticed that a lot of the instructional videos and books out there were very antiquated. He says Winnie Winston's or Scotty Moore's books on pedal steel from the '70s are still what new players must rely on. While there are a ton of resources out there for guitar players, instructional material for pedal-steel players is fairly limited, so Rady took it upon himself to teach folks the instrument on his website,, which has more than 200 video lessons on both pedal steel and guitar.

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You'll Never See Another Show Like the One Chimney Choir Has Planned

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Denver's Chimney Choir will be playing at Syntax Physic Opera tonight. But playing is really an understatement. As the flyers pronounce, this is "The Launch."

See also: Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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Why Hopsin Ditched a Show in Fort Collins: "Something Bad Was Going to Happen"

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Courtesy of Adapt Clothing
Hopsin has done well in Colorado, playing to packed rooms in Denver and elsewhere for several years now. But something strange happened at his scheduled January 30 show at the Aggie Theater. He was supposed to play alongside Dizzy Wright, DJ Hoppa, and Black Pegasus. But, without explanation, he didn't. He just wasn't there.

He did issue an apology and a promise to make it up with a free show in the future. But thanks to a feature in our sister paper, LA Weekly, we now know exactly what happened that night.

See also: Review: Hopsin at the Bluebird

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What Swallow Hill Music Is Looking For in its New CEO

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Tom Scharf spent seven years at the head of Swallow Hill.
Earlier this month. Swallow Hill Music announced that CEO and Executive Director Tom Scharf was resigning after seven years of running the Denver-based nonprofit organization that runs music education programs and organizes many concerts in the area. Scharf last day is September 30, and the organization is hoping to have someone else lined up before the end of the year.

See also: Swallow Hill CEO and Executive Director Tom Scharf Resigns

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OpenAir Live & Local Is a New TV Show Featuring Some of Colorado's Best Music

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Nathaniel Rateliff performs on OpenAir Live & Local.
Beginning September 27, Colorado music lovers can get a listen and look at some of the state's best musicians as they come through Colorado Public Radio's OpenAir Studios via a new television show, OpenAir Live & Local. A collaboration with the team behind local television station CPT12's Sounds on 29th, this new Saturday night program has thirteen episodes loaded up and ready to go, featuring sets from the likes of Nathaniel Rateliff, Esme Patterson, You, Me & Apollo and more.

See also: Sounds on 29th's Heather Dalton talks Teletunes and Denver music TV history

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Viva Lyons Flood Relief Concert Will Feature Infamous Stringdusters, Hickenlooper on Banjo

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Governor Hickenlooper with The Infamous Stringdusters
Courtesy of Oskar Blues

Coloradoans will have the chance to watch Governor Hickenlooper play banjo with the Infamous Stringdusters, drink beer, and celebrate a year of rebuilding and volunteer efforts this Saturday at Viva Lyons, a fundraiser hosted by Oskar Blues.

The fundraiser and party, which is about more than just Hickenlooper showing off his banjo skills, is being held on September 13, which the governor's office has declared a state-wide day of service in recognition of last year's devastating floods.

See also: Nine months after Colorado's worst flood, the musicians of Lyons are ready for a comeback

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Fucked Up and the Futility of Defining Bands

Categories: Music News, Punk!

Dustin Rabin
A lot can happen over the course of a decade. Even the punkest of punk bands aren't immune to the curve balls life can throw.

Toronto's Fucked Up definitely falls into the category of "punkest of punk." Since its inception in 2001 Fucked Up has done just about everything possible to build a wall between itself and the mainstream. The band's members go by fake names like 10,000 Marbles, Pink Eyes and Mustard Gas. They've made sometimes outrageous, sometimes just silly claims in interviews that no one in their right mind would believe.

And of course there's the issue of the band's name. But even a band with a moniker a lot of publications won't print has to grow up sometime. For Fucked Up, that evolution has made for some very interesting music.

See also: There's a New Punk Rock Record Store in Lakewood

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