Riot Fest denied a permit by Arapahoe County to host festival in Byers

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Aaron Thackeray
A band performs at last year's Riot Fest.
Riot Fest, which was scheduled take place this September in the small town of Byers, has been denied the temporary-use permit it would have needed to host the music festival and carnival as it had done last year. (This story has been updated below.)

Following a public hearing in which residents of Byers voiced their concerns with the three-day punk music festival's impact on the town, including safety, traffic and noise, Arapahoe County announced today that it won't grant the permit.

See also: Riot Fest returns to Denver September 19 to 21

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Schoolboy Q was the target of a shooting last night at Red Rocks that left three injured

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Photo by Katrina Nattress for LA Weekly. Slideshow.
Schoolboy Q in happier times.
Update: More details have emerged about last night's shooting outside Red Rocks, and it appears the shooter was targeting Schoolboy Q after his performance opening for Nas and Flying Lotus.

Schoolboy Q had just gotten into a white SUV near the south entrance of the actual amphitheater when someone who was waiting nearby opened fire. A source close to driver Brandon West tells Westword's Britt Chester that West was hit in the hand and sped off toward downtown Denver. Two other people in the car were hit, neither of them Schoolboy Q.

West got all the way to Sixth and Kalamath, where police surrounded the vehicle. The three victims were taken to Denver Health, which is where West is lying in the photo below.

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros fire singer, melt down on social media

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Jade and Alex performing their duet "home" at Bonnaroo 2013.
Many of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' songs are about Jade Castrinos, front man Alex Ebert's long time partner and co-band member. The band played a show last week without her, and the explanations came quickly and bitterly from both sides.

Castrinos updated her Instagram bio to read: "For seven years i sang and wrote music with edward sharpe. they voted me off of tour a week before they left, via email. lol." She has since changed it to, "don't let the bastards get you down..."

The band then released a statement on Facebook (which was promptly taken down) criticizing Jade's comment, saying that the decision was a long and drawn out one. Here's the since-deleted note:

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Why the Colorado Symphony's pot concerts are already a success, despite threats from the city

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Not a sight the public is likely to see at the current version of the Classically Cannabis series.
When Colorado Symphony Orchestra announced their Classically Cannabis concerts, a series of bring-your-own-weed performances, it sounded like a great merging of the city's classical music culture and its rising cannabis culture. But the City of Denver felt the shows violated the ban on "public" consumption of marijuana stipulated by Amendment 64. The Symphony has re-configured the events to address those concerns, and they are now by invitation only. Anyone who bought a ticket will get a refund.

Despite the confusion, the Symphony seems likely to accomplish its original goal of attracting the interest (and money) of the cannabis industry. "We've come onto the radar onto a lot of people who might not of known about the symphony prior to the event," says Colorado Symphony Director of Community and Media Relations Laura Bond. "So we're interested in building relationships with those people,"

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Pan Astral wants to help connect people in RiNo -- the neighborhood that inspires the band

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Joshua Chase
Pan Astral has been on the rise in the Denver music scene, partly thanks to their commitment to incorporating visual art with their musical talents. They have found the RiNo District to be the perfect home base for that combination.

"The RiNo District is blowing up for sure, and the reason we're playing there is because of the galleries," says Gabe Otto, the band's front man. "The galleries, for us, are huge. This band is very visual and we have visuals every time we play."

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Video, Recordings and more: Relive the night falling rocks injured seven at Red Rocks

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Fans at Red Rocks the night after seven people were injured by falling rock in 2011.

This week's cover story, "Rocks and Roll," is about four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that even though engineers repeatedly recommended that the rocks be inspected and maintained every year, city officials didn't follow that advice.

The incident was on the final night of a three-night engagement in Denver by Sound Tribe Sector 9. It's incredibly unlikely that the music had anything to do with dislodging the rocks, but you can still get a feel for the atmosphere at the venue that night thanks to the meticulous documentation of STS9's fans. Here's a video of the entire encore during which the rocks fell (though the video doesn't show it actually happen).


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Four people injured by falling rock at a 2011 STS9 Red Rocks concert are suing Denver

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Aaron Thackeray. Full slideshow
A photo taken at the STS9 show the night before the incident in 2011.
Four people who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011 are suing the City of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. In all, seven people were hit by rocks during the encore of a Sound Tribe Sector 9 show, but only four have filed lawsuits. They claim that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident. Even though the engineers hired by the city repeatedly recommended that the rocks be inspected and maintained every year, city officials didn't follow that advice.

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What Kaskade's small-venue tour says about the future of dance music

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Britt Chester
Kaskade at Red Rocks 8/1/12
Kaskade is embarking on a small-venue tour, which is quite the change for the Grammy nominated EDM producer. Ask any DJ and producer who was spinning/attending shows in the '90s, or even into the early 2000s, and the general consensus would be that it's a great lifestyle, but not one that would ever lead to headlining festivals or solo arena tours.

The past three years have seen multitudes of solo artists backed by elaborate visual spectacles selling out venues around the world. For some artists, the first EDM show they attended happened to be one they were headlining (we see you, Porter Robinson.) But Kaskade is switching things up with this Redux tour, playing the incredibly cozy confines of NORAD this Friday.

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Folk weirdo FaceMan commissions a life-sized Bukowski diorama for shows at Mutiny

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FaceMan last month at Lost Lake Lounge.
FaceMan, helmed by the uni-monikered frontman Steve, is just as interested in performance art as it is acoustic guitars. Case in point: the elaborate shark-shaped stage the band set up at Lost Lake last year, which added a theatrical dimension to the band's music (it also picked up an award in Westword's Best of Denver issue).

On May 10, the band will once again team up with Scott McCormick and Incite Productions for a show at Mutiny Bookstore on South Broadway. The gig will feature a 12' by 8' 'shoebox diorama' based on a poem by Charles Bukowski. Modeled after the craft projects familiar to any elementary school student, the diorama will take its compositional cues straight from the imagery in the poem "The Bluebird."

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Jazz superstar Steve Wiest hired as professor and orchestra director at DU

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Courtesy of Steve Wiest
The jazz program at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music is about to get a lot more competitive. Officials from the school's jazz studies and commercial music departments announced this week that Grammy-nominated jazz trombonist, composer and arranger Steve Wiest will join DU's faculty this fall as an associate professor. Wiest will teach courses in jazz studies and commercial music. Just as significantly, he has already committed to building a new jazz orchestra, one that will feature a collaboration between department students and players from the school's classical orchestra.

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