Hickenlooper Hypes Local Artists at Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Inauguration

Categories: Bars, Concerts

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Governor John Hickenlooper is a big fan of both beer and music; tonight he'll be at the Paramount Theatre to speak at the Colorado Music Hall of Fame's latest induction ceremony, where the organization will be honoring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco, Firefall and Manassas.

The very first inductee in the Hall of Fame was the late John Denver, who would have turned seventy on New Year's Eve. And Hickenlooper displayed his own hankering for country roads on New Year's Day, when he was at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville: His appearance backstage was touted on the Opry's January 2 radio broadcast. It's "safe to say the governor is a man of many musical tastes," says his spokeswoman. Still, she notes, "any band from Colorado will always be preferred."

See also: Ten People Who Belong in the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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Final Friday music walk and bazaar kicks off its second season in RiNo tonight

Categories: Concerts, Events

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Rooftop performance at the first Final Friday.
Final Friday started as a small block party last summer, and grew into a big celebration of a neighborhood and local business. John McCaskill, owner of Megafauna and co-founder of the series, says the idea for Final Friday was born from the need to grow his local business through local events. And local remains a theme for Final Friday, a music walk and bazaar that kicks off its second season tonight in the the up-and-coming River North neighborhood. On the last Friday of every month through August, bands will fill five stages throughout the area, and businesses will keep their doors open, some offering discounts to those with tickets to the music walk.

See also: Megafauna owner John McCaskill will launch Final Fridays in RiNo

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Rock for Youth concert to raise funds for at-risk youth this weekend

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Local band Medic will perform at the Rock for Youth concert.
The third annual Rock for Youth concert should not only be a good time, it will raise funds for a good cause: The concert supports Metro Denver Partners, an organization that provides mentoring for at-risk youth, as well as gang interventions and prevention through its GRASP program.

See also: GRASP hosts Fruits of War screening and fundraiser for gang-tattoo removal

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MCA Denver selects finalists for Twelve & a Half Days of Xmas LIVE!

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The results are in, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's Twelve and a Half Days of Xmas LIVE! has selected the dozen performers who will rock the museum's modernist atrium throughout the holiday season. The performers each earn a $50 honorarium as they compete for the winning prize of $500, and with acts ranging from the holiday-inspired burlesque of Gigi D'Lovely to the self-explanatory Crazy Gorilla Drummer, the dozen days of Christmas should be filled with all sorts of appealing weirdness. We spoke with MCA director of programming Sarah Kate Baie to hear about how the museum found the acts in Denver's very diverse arts scene.

See also: MCA Denver seeking entries for holiday performance contest (no explosives, please)


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Photos: Comic Con pops up at the Colorado Symphony

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For Saturday night's performance at the Colorado Symphony, the scene wasn't the classic crowd. In place of stuffed shirts and pearls, there were Star Wars stormtroopers and Star Trek crew members wandering the lobby of Boettcher Concert Hall, along with a whole zoo of other comics, sci-fi and gaming characters. And that was just the beginning of "The Hero's Journey -- A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con," a full evening of Denver Comic Con-approved compositions, with a guest spot by DeVotchKa's Nick Urata on theremin. Photographer Danielle Lirette caught it all for Westword, bringing back these images and more.

See also: Austin Wintory to bring award-winning Journey video game score to CSO's Comic Con tribute

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Austin Wintory to bring award-winning Journey video game score to CSO's Comic Con tribute

Categories: Concerts

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Composer Austin Wintory will guest-conduct "Apotheosis," from his award-winning score for the PlayStation 3 video game Journey on Saturday with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
Denver native Austin Wintory says attending frequent Colorado Symphony Orchestra concerts and nerding out on video games and comic books inspired him just about equally as a kid, so Saturday's special concert "The Hero's Journey: A Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con" at 7:30 p.m. at Boettcher Concert Hall is "nothing short of the fulfillment of a lifelong dream." Westword caught up with the composer, who will be guest-conducting a piece from his award-winning and Grammy-nominated video game score for Journey and helped curate the rest of the program for the concert.

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Adam Stone will have you screaming at Ice Cream Bloodbath Saturday

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The Indestructible North at Lion's Lair last March.
"I am bullet stopping building crashing weapon," sings Adam Stone in his song Steel. "I don't feel anger panic envy or aggression, yes I could fly and could withstand the fires of hell."

Yes, Stone has formed his own theater production company, Screw Tooth, but he also sings. And at 8 p.m. this Saturday, September 21, you can watch him perform Ice Cream Bloodbath at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan Street. Stone's company is working with Buntport, and this is a benefit for Screw Tooth.

See also:Screw Tooth's Some Kind of Fun isn't much fun

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Blind Pilot, DR. Dog and The Antlers will be at CU Denver's LYNXAPALOOZA Saturday

Categories: Concerts, Events

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Dr. Dog at Boulder Theater in 2011.
Forgot to read the syllabus? Forgot to do the homework? Showed up hungover? Well, at the Auraria campus this Saturday, none of that matters.

On September 14, the University of Colorado Denver is holding its first annual LYNXAPALOOZA, an all-day music festival sponsored by CU Denver Live!, the school's arts programming committee. The festival will feature nationally acclaimed acts Blind Pilot, DR. Dog and The Antlers. Local indie and folk bands Shady Elders, Eldren, The Yawpers and The Congress will also also perform sets.

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Billy Bono of U2 tribute band Under a Blood Red Sky

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Get down to the Jewgrass at Swallow Hill's Shady Grove Picnic Series

Categories: Concerts, Family

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It might seem like a joke, but it doesn't sound like a joke: Denver's string-picking foursome Rocky Mountain Jewgrass really plays bluegrass, though it does so with a side of klezmer and an extra helping of humor. Eat. Eat!

See also:
- Pick That Ban-Jew: Rocky Mountain Jewgrass
- Swallow Hill hosts a hoedown at Four Mile Historic Park
- Eat, Sing and Be Jewish


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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will tear up the Newman Center on Thursday. Really!

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain doesn't have a flashy name or even a flashy look. But don't let that fool you. While the ensemble takes its collective picking skills quite seriously and its vocals are better than average, its real strength is in doing exactly what the audience doesn't expect.

See also:
- Ukulele player Aldrine Guerrero performs "Schizophrenic Snowflake" for us at Ukefest
- The Denver UkeFest: Pluck You!
- The Colorado Ukulele Festival: Ukes and You

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