100 Colorado Creatives: Andy O'Leary
#48: Andy O'Leary
Andy O'Leary, a Denverite since childhood, is a poet, a DJ at KUVO and a general man of the people. But music is his mistress. Ever since he was a kid in the '60s whose brain was split open by the Beatles and then picked up a bass and started to play, O'Leary has found his life revolving around listening to, revering and making music, all the while conjuring words into songs.
See also: Radio Days: Coyotes at the Crossroads
But Andy O. wouldn't make much of that. In his own mind, he's just a guy with a wide range of musical tastes, a quiet man who lets his educated ear do the talking. Both with his eclectic band, Coyote Poets of the Universe, and on the air, O'Leary spreads that gospel as often and as thoroughly as he can.
He'll be doing that with the Coyote Poets in Coyotes at the Crossroads, a Denver-centric revue with a Prairie Home Companion feel, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at the Crossroads Theater in Five Points. Admission is $10 at the door; visit the Coyote Poets web page for information.
Andy O. and Coyote Poets of the Universe gettin' their groove on down at the Crossroads Theater.
So what goes through the mind of a simple, music-lovin' man when it comes to the arts in Colorado? We wanted to know, and we got answers. Read on for Andy O's 100CC interview.
Westword: If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Andy O'Leary: Miles Davis. The Beatles already had each other, and I grew up on their music, and Bitches Brew came along and changed me for keeps.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
Kalyn Heffernan from Wheelchair Sports Club -- she is so awesome and talented. I am a fan.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
Do TV talent shows like "American Idle" (I didn't spell that wrong) count as an art trend?
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