DICKIE Release Self-Titled Debut Album + Details On Their Show at Denver's Walnut Room

By: Hannah Oreskovich

This Friday, October 7th, touring duo DICKIE will play at Denver’s Walnut Room. Made up of pop songwriter Dick Prall and violinist Kristina Priceman, DICKIE describe themselves as “the exploration of subtle symphonies over creative prose [and] indie popped-out melodies under innovative storytelling and original grooves”.

The group’s self-titled album, which is also their debut release together, dropped just last month. It’s a mix of rootsy pop and strong instrumentation that truly showcases the talents of Prall and Priceman both. DICKIE also recently released a music video for the album’s single “Pop Pop Pop”, which visually plays on the strong musical connection the two have together through a series of black and white live-performance shots and bursts of melodic color.

Watch DICKIE’s new music video for their song “Pop Pop Pop”:

DICKIE are excited to share their ten song release with Colorado fans; the duo have played the state many times before (we first caught them at Johnny’s Cigar Bar in Boulder) and have developed a loyal and excited following. When asked about their upcoming visit and show, DICKIE told us, “We've always loved coming out to Colorado. We have a lot of great friends here and The Walnut Room feels more and more like home each time [we visit]. For the first time, we're coming as a full band, which packs a bigger punch that we can't wait to share with our fans both old and new.”

Tickets for DICKIE’s show are likely to sell out, so get them here. Denver’s Before the Bulb will open the show; doors are at 7PM.

Download DICKIE’s new album for yourself, and keep up with this talented two-piece here.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 02/26 & 02/27

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Picks! Picks! Here they are yo:

Today (Friday 02/26):

Analog Son featuring Jason Hann with The Pamlico Sound at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 8PM-Close


Denver’s funky duo Analog Son will rock your socks at The Fox tonight with Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and other special guests. And Boulder’s The Pamlico Sound will open this magical show, a spot they had to compete for in a recent Battle of the Bands contest. Go get baptized by all these talented funkadelics, and if you’re in Denver, catch both acts at Ophelia’s tomorrow night. Or be a rockstar and see both shows! What a sweet start to the weekend- get tickets to tonight’s performance here.

Listen to Analog Son’s “Shady Nights”:

Jaden Carlson and Friends Birthday Celebration at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Earlier this week, we dropped a sweet feature on Jaden Carlson and her headlining set at The LD tonight. Did we mention Jaden is 15 and has played with Michael Franti and SpearheadThe Revivalists, John Popper, and Blues Traveler? We might have, but you know what? This lady is insanely talented so it’s worth mentioning again! Come celebrate her birthday- she’s sharing the stage with musicians from TAUK, Eminence Ensemble, Lady and the Gentleman, The Drunken Hearts, Mama Magnolia, the Jacob Larson Band, and more. Get to her gig!

Listen to The Jaden Carlson Band’s album Polychromatic:

The Alcapones at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Reggae/ska six-piece The Alcapones will take the Conor’s stage this evening. Formed on the Front Range, they “bring a new-school feel to what was made popular in Jamaica in the 1960s”. Righteous. The band plans to make you dance alllll night, so come by and get down. And grab an Irish brew while you’re at it!

Listen to their song “Molotov Dub”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 02/27):

Antonio Lopez CD Release Show at Swallow Hill Music in Denver 8PM-Close

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We just brought you a feature on Antonio Lopez’s Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP when it hit the interwebs a couple of days ago. And now it’s time for the release parties! The first one is tomorrow evening at Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill in Denver. Get your tickets before they’re gone and celebrate with Lopez and opener Theresa Peterson. These two talents are going to put on one awesome show!

Listen to Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP:

ASA Martin, Ludlow, Patrick the Pirate, The Real Lyin’ Rohr, & Crust-E the Katt at The Forge in Boulder 630PM-Close

Look- we could give you the info on all of these awesome acts, but half of the fun of walking into a Forge show is not knowing what the h*ll is going on. So we’re not going to. If you just really have to know more, check out the event page right here and preview the bands.

And you know what, here’s ASA Martin’s new EP for your curious listening pleasure:

Anna Englander Trio at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close


Cozy up to some jazz, some bourbon, and a stranger at tonight’s Johnny’s show. Why? Because it’s fun. Anna Englander, Adam Sammakia, and Alex Heffron will light your jazz fire. And Johnny will light your cigar (only in the back room, of course). Read more about the event here.

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PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Denver’s Miles Wide! The trio released their new EP this week, The Kindness of Strangers, and they’re throwing a release party next weekend. So tune in Sunday to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to listen to Miles Wide’s new song “California”!

Thanks Boulder- see you around!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to Ring in the New Year

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Happy New Year! We can tell it’s gonna be a good one peeps. Let’s ring it in together with some local shows! Here are our six to see throughout the four-day weekend:

Today- New Year’s Eve (Thursday 12/31)

Asalott New Year’s Eve Party at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

We love this Boulder four-piece and their trancy vibes. Come blast off into the new year with them at The No Name- they’ll have special guests performing with them, there will be a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight, and there’s noooo cover. Plus there’s a masquerade theme! It’s gonna be a great time- get a cool mask and boogie with Asalott tonight!

Let your ears vibe with an Asalott original:

Dimitri y Rheanna NYE at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Dimitri y Rheanna.

Dimitri y Rheanna.

Bring in 2016 with some sensual, romantic jazz.” That’s how Johnny’s is rollin’ tonight. Boulder’s Dimitri y Rheanna are a duo aiming to “revive the old American jazz culture, also incorporating Brasilian, Spanish, and Gypsy styles.” Sounds pretty sweet! Plus local burlesque starlets Salty Vulgaire and Sangrhea will be there “for your sensual viewing pleasure.” Are they performing too? We’re not sure, but we know Johnny is excited and you should be too! Go check out the show.

Watch a live performance video of Dimitri y Rheanna here:

Tomorrow- New Year’s Day (Friday, 01/01)

Danny Shafer at The Pearl Street Pub 5PM-???

Danny Shafer. Photo Credit: Reggie Ruth Barrett

Danny Shafer. Photo Credit: Reggie Ruth Barrett

Local music staple Danny Shafer is playing his first show of the year tomorrow at The Pub, so go grab a brew with him! Shafer is Colorado’s troubadour, playing hundreds of shows a year throughout the state. But tomorrow you can catch him right here in the B and celebrate the start of 2016 with his sweet tunes. Roll on over!

Listen to Shafer’s stuff here.

Whiskey Autumn New Year’s Day Bash at Bohemian Biergarten 10PM-Close

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich.

Whiskey Autumn. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich.

There’s gonna be a banger at the Biergarten tomorrow and Boulder’s Whiskey Autumn boys are bringing it. The pop rock trio will be blasting the stage with some sweet beats and cool harmonies while you sip a boot. Peeped their recent electro pop single 07.04.07 yet? If not, watch the video below and then join them tonight at the BB for dancing and drinks!

Official 07.04.07 Music Video:

The Next Day (Saturday 01/02)

BeatSpeak at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

If you’re craving some soul and R&B sounds, BeatSpeak’s performance tonight should help you get your fix. The local four-piece “command the finest SoulCraft that whispers through and shakes rooms.” Sounds like a solid time! So roll over to Conor’s and get your groove on!

Listen to BeatSpeak here:

The Next Three Nights (12/31, 01/01, and 01/02)

Yonder Mountain String Band at The Boulder Theater 8PM-Close

If you didn’t catch their show last night, don’t worry Boulder, there are three YSMB shows left this weekend! The five-piece bluegrass outfit originally from Nederland, CO are going to be rockin’ the Boulder Theater stage at all three shows, with special guests Jerry Douglas and Stanley Jordan. Any band who can hold down four solid nights at the BT is worth checking out, so get your tickets here. Props if you hit up all four.

Watch "Drawing a Melody" live here:

It’s been a great year with you Boulder, and we’re excited for 2016! Thanks for all of your support and Happy New Year!!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See This Hallo-weekend!

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s time for Hallo-weekend!! Let’s do this:

Today (Friday, 10/30)

Haunted Fest Rage Time.

Haunted Fest Rage Time.

CU’s Haunted Fest at Balch Fieldhouse 8PM-???

We’ll be covering press tonight at Program Council’s Haunted Fest! Come hang with us in your costumes and let’s rage with Porter Robinson, Sound Remedy, Minnesota,Exmag, and Ananda. Two tiers of tickets have already sold out, but whether you’re a student or not, you can still get tix here. And in the meantime, we’ve put together a playlist to get you pumped for the show. Listen to it here.

Booster.

Booster.

Booster Halloween Extravaganza at Under The Sun 9PM-Close

If you didn’t already see our feature on Booster this week, you better read it here. These guys are kickin’ it tonight at Under The Sun with a costume contest + free prizes. Drummer Mike Lehman promises “it’s going to be EPIC.” We can’t wait to go groove with them! They’ve been working on a Funk Opera. Let’s go.

Band of Lovers.

Band of Lovers.

Theresa Peterson & Band of Lovers at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Band of Lovers are passing through town this Halloweekend and Boulder’s own Theresa Peterson will be playing an awesome show with them tonight! Head over to Johnny’s for a nice glass of whiskey and some great folk pop sounds. Don’t forget to wear your costume! It’s gonna be a trick or treatingly fun performance.

it's midnight.

it's midnight.

The Midnight Strange at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

There have been many rumors circulating on tonight’s show behind the big brown door. Zombies, Jim Morrison’s hologram, and possibly even some of the members of The Almond Butters have been rumored to be there. What are you in for? We don’t know. But it’s bound to be a ghoulish time.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/31)

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the masked men of augustus.

Huge Haunted Halloween Hootenanny at Studio 700 8PM-Close

There are two bands gracing the Studio 700 space tomorrow in full costumed glory: Boulder’s Augustus and Hunter Stone & The Grumpy ol’ Man. There will be a costume contest, and for $5 you can booze all night with all proceeds supporting Studio 700 and both bands. Sounds like a seriously good time! Roll out.

the whiskey boys.

the whiskey boys.

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

The Whiskey Autumn boys are back at The No Name Bar tomorrow night and rumored to be bringing the Mario Bros. to the stage. They’ll fight off Goombas and Koopa Troopas with guitars and Matty Schelling’s Octapad. Get out the way! Head to the bar on your Hill-hopping journey for a hauntingly good performance. Never a cover; always a good time.

See you around Halloweenies.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 10/16 & 10/17

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Time to catch some shows:

Today (Friday, 10/16)

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs.

All Chiefs at Vindication Brewing 6PM-Close

Boulder-based All Chiefs call themselves an “indie/dance/rock/pop explosion Xtreme!!!” and tonight they’ll get you on your feet at Vindication. They’ve played to a sold out Fox crowd before and you can check out some of their older music here. Stop by after work and then go power nap for our other Friday picks.

Augustus.

Augustus.

Augustus at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Is it a cigar bar? Is it a martini bar? Answer that question for yourself tonight when you join Boulder’s Augustus for a rockin’ set at Johnny’s. These boys have been playing all over Colorado as of late, so catch them for a local set over a beer tonight to start the weekend off right. And if you still haven’t checked out their latest EP Into Frames (where have you been?) stream it here.

Policulture.

Policulture.

Policulture at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

There will be some sweet reggae creeping out of Conor’s tonight. Boulder’s own six-piece Policulture, who dub themselves “Original Mountain Reggae,” will be tappin’ root rhythms for you while you throw one back on Conor’s dance floor. They’ve got bass, they’ve got horns, and they’ve shared the stage with some pretty big reggae acts. So go jam with ‘em.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 10/17)

Asalott. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Asalott at the Jamestown Mercantile Co. 8PM-Close

We love love the Middle Eastern beats of Asalott and you know how many times we’ve begged you to make the drive to the Merc. It’s the best. And so is this trio. They’ll put you into a dancing trance while you sip on some Cliffhouse Kombucha on-tap. Make the short drive, burst out of the Boulder bubble, and go lend your ears to Forrest Lotterhos’ awesome dulcimer playing. It’s a show you shouldn’t miss.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Kyle Donovan aka Miles Wide.

Miles Wide at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Miles Wide is a Denver-based singer/songwriter (Kyle Donovan) who has toured the US non-stop for more than a year. He’s set his roots in Colorado for the moment, so he’s been playing all over the state. Donovan’s music just makes you smile. As he said about tomorrow’s show, “it’s going to be a night full of friendship, beer, and rock and roll.” Donovan is actually also working on an upcoming feature for our site, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go hang with him behind the big brown door tomorrow evening.

Both Nights (Friday, 10/16 & Saturday 10/17)

Beats Antique Creature Carnival at the Boulder Theater 9PM-Close

By demand, experimental world fusion and electronic trio Beats Antique are headlining two shows at the Boulder Theater this weekend. Known for their wild blend of instrumentation and visually stunning performances, this show sounds totally worth it for only $32. On this particular tour, their focus of the Creature Carnival is “a journey. . .dynamic, psychedelic, and participatory.” It sounds like their shows are going to be insanely entertaining, and if you want to hit up both nights, you can do so for only $55. The picture above tells you every reason why you should go check out one of their shows.

See yah ‘round Beaters.

PS: CHECK BACK HERE FOR MUSIC MONDAY- WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE FALL SHOWCASE THAT WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/11 & 09/12

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Another weekend is upon us Boulderites. And there’s a lot of great music happening. Here are our picks:

Today (Friday, 09/11)

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arleigh kincheloe, lead singer of sister sparrow and the dirty birds.
 

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds are a seven-piece rock outfit from NYC. Though they’ve been making music since 2008, their self-titled debut album wasn’t released until a couple of years later. But from there, the band blewwww up. Since 2011, they’ve been playing 150+ shows a year, and this summer alone they hit 15 festivals, including Loveland’s Arise. They’ll rock your bones and the show is less than $20 so hit the Fox tonight.

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jebediah almond of the almond butters. photo credit: Hannah oreskovich
 

The Almond Butters at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

We have mad love for the Butter boys. After months on hiatus, they played a show back in July that we wrote about here. They have several fall performances on the books and some new material planned for their show tonight. It’s finally your chance to put on your best britches and party down with the Butters. Don’t miss it y’all.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/12)

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shafer.
 

Danny Shafer CD Release with special guest Paul Kimbiris at eTown Hall 7PM-930PM

Shafer is a Boulder-based musician who plays 200+ shows a year, and as Marquee Magazine said, "Rarely has one singer songwriter caused such a stir.” Not only is he a talented performer, but he books music for a lot of local venues, and he runs Conor O’Neill’s open mic night. He’s an essential part of the Boulder music scene. And tomorrow is Shafer’s CD release show for his latest album, “Weddings, Floods, and Funerals.” Paul Kimbiris, who we wrote about just yesterday, will be opening the show. To see both of these musicians for only $15 is a steal. Get your tickets here. Now.

forrest lotterhos, cody hart, and matty schelling of asalott.  

forrest lotterhos, cody hart, and matty schelling of asalott.
 

Asalott at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

It’s been a minute since Asalott has had a show and we are thrilled they’re back at it! We first featured Asalott in a July article here. They have a Middle Eastern trance sound with a hip-hop pulse and they’ll be bumping things around behind the big brown door tomorrow night. It’s impossible to sit still during their performances, so go sway to Lotterhos’ sick hammered dulcimer skills.

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polaroid of pettine from misfire. photo credit: becky guidera
 

Misfire with Realtalk at Owsley’s Gold Road 7PM-Close

Misfire is a supergroup of sorts consisting of Aaron Pettine of Booster (keys), Ara Verbano of Realtalk (bass), Cameron Heitmeier (guitar), and Peter Wills formerly of Shane Tully and the Rain (drums). After watching the Booster/Realtalk show at the Lazy Dog a few weeks ago, we have a feeling the energy at this show will be insane since various members of both groups are involved. Pettine told us Misfire has no set list planned for tomorrow- it’s all improv- so get ready to groove! Anddd we’re planning a Realtalk feature later this month, courtesy of Nikki Steele, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, hit this show and dance all night.

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bhat,

Valerie Bhat at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

Bhat is a local singer/songwriter who plays a mixture of folk, rock, and blues covers, along with some original tunes. She’s played a number of venues this summer and hosts the Open Mic Night at the Eclectic Cafe in Louisville. Go check out her rich vocals and skilled guitar playing at good ‘ol Johnny’s.

So many great sounds. See you out there, Boulder!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See Labor Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Three day weekends are the best kind! So celebrate your Labor Day weekend checking out these shows!

Today (Friday, 09/04)

Pete Laffin and Coby Mandell at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 8PM-Close

Pete Laffin is a well-known name in Boulder. Laffin’s played around here for years, at local gigs and at two Fox Theatre shows. He rarely makes appearances anymore, so anytime you can catch a Laffin set, it’s a real treat. He also happens to be our talented staff album reviewer! 

And then there’s Coby Mandell, a Boulder-based singer/songwriter who has played shows in LA and throughout Colorado. Though he’s only in highschool, you’d never know it by the sound of his voice and his musical prowess. Seriously- check out this video of Coby and his sister Carly covering The Civil Wars’ “Barton Hollow.” Amazing.

Come support these two and read more about the event here.

Intuit at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub 10PM-Close

Intuit has been playing Boulder gigs since they formed at Naropa in 2011. The band’s got a fresh reggae funk sound, that you can listen to here. They played an extensive Colorado tour this summer, which is just starting to wrap up. If you didn’t catch them at Nedfest last weekend, here’s your chance to funk out!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/05)

Amy Kress at The Laughing Goat 10PM-Close

Kress is a Denver based pop solo artist who has recently garnered a lot of press and has played just about every Denver venue around. She’s got powerful pipes and released her debut album, Secret Music, this year. Watch the video for her track “Numb” here and then head to the show!

Antonio Lopez at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market 10AM-2PM

We’ve been digging on Lopez since we caught one of his performances last June. He’s become such a popular name around these parts that it seems he has shows almost every night of the week somewhere in Colorado. Go listen to him and buy some local goodies. Here’s to hoping he plays our favorite track, Cloud 9000.

Kronen at The Lazy Dog 10PM-Close

Using years of jazz and classical music theory, in addition to their profound knowledge of hearing science, Kronen integrates rhythmic and harmonic elements from European, African, Caribbean, and American music.” This is how Kronen describe themselves, which sounds pretty sweet to us. The show is free, and all of their merch proceeds will actually go to CU Boulder’s Student Academy of Audiology, which is super awesome. Check them out before their set here.

Labor Day (Monday, 09/07)

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Whiskey Autumn at The Pearl Street Pub 7PM-Close

We figured we’d toss a show on for the holiday, so here it is. If you haven’t heard the Whiskey Autumn boys yet, jump over to the Pub before the work week begins. They released a video this summer for their track “My Dear Miss Claire” from their latest EP Call You Mine, which you can watch here. They'll get you to groove.

Happy longgggg weekend, Boulder. Can’t wait to see you out! Add the shows you're hitting up this weekend in the comments!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/21 & 08/22

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s the weekend. Per usual, here’s your six Boulder:

Today (Friday 08/21)

the polkanauts.

the polkanauts.

The Polkanauts at Bohemian Biergarten 9PM-Close

That’s right Beat kids. Polka. But not just traditional polka. The Denver-based Polkanauts play metal, rock, punk, and surf variations of polka. Curious how this is done? We are too. So check out their show!

Moonwavve at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close

This electronic outfit is one of our Boulder faves. Remember when we wrote about them here? Eason’s voice combined with Warwick’s synth will take you into space. So launch yourself by rolling to Johnny’s tonight! Word on the street is they have a pretzel machine now. Time to nom.

the z boys.

the z boys.

The Zimmermans at Conor O’Neills Traditional Irish Pub 10PM-Close

The Zimmerman boys have been bringing Bob Dylan’s sounds to Boulder ears since 2006. Their covers rock out and as you know, we think Conor’s is always a fun time. Johnny’s and Conor’s are in close proximity, so double dip to both shows for a night full of good tunes.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/22)

Bareface. polaroid per   the author  .

Bareface. polaroid per the author.

Bareface at Boulder Outdoor Cinema 730PM-Dusk

We just wrote about how much we dig this doo-wop lounge band yesterday. So tomorrow is your chance to lend an ear. They’ll all be dressed in costume for this screening of The Princess Bride, and they’d love it if you grooved with them before the film. So head on over.

G-Nome Project at The Lazy Dog 8PM-Close

G-Nome Project claim to be Israel’s premiere livetronica band and tomorrow they’re making a stop in the B on their tour. They say their sound is “grilled cheese funk at its finest,” so prepare to boogie. Roll down to the LD and check them out.

pettin'.

pettin'.

The Heavy Pets at Owsley’s Golden Road 8PM-Close

Get ready for some heavy petting tomorrow at Owsley’s. This five piece jam band from Florida have been around for a decade, and even played big festivals like Bonnaroo and Wakarusa years ago. So if you couldn’t see them then, or you’re just in the mood to chill at a bar with The Grateful Dead acid bears painted all over it, this one’s for you.

That’s it Boulder! Pick a show and we’ll see you there!

-Hannah

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Colorado Open Mic Nights: Supporting Local Talent

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Catch an open-mic at any of these spots.

Today we’re talking Open Mic Nights- they’re a cool part of the Colorado music scene for a few reasons. If you’re just a casual listener, they can be a great place to grab a drink with more than just the radio in the background. If you’re a musician, they’re an awesome way to connect with other artists and industry professionals in your area. And if you’re like us and you’re always on the lookout for new talent, Open Mic Nights are a sweet spot to try and find up-and-coming musicians. A ton of the artists we’ve interviewed have had their start in Open Mic Nights; many have even gone on to host them at various venues. Most digs have a reserved weeknight for these shows, so depending on when you’re looking to find an Open Mic Night, here’s where to go:

Sundays:

Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon in Fort Collins 9PM

Mondays:

Johnny’s Cigar Bar in Boulder 8PM

Jamestown Mercantile Co. Cafe in Jamestown 6PM - Hosted by Jovan

Bootstrap Brewing Company in Niwot 6PM

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room in Longmont 6PM - Hosted by The Prairie Scholars

Mulligan’s Pub in Fort Collins 7PM

Tuesdays:

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder - Hosted by Danny Shafer

Twisted Pine Brewing Co. in Boulder 6PM - Hosted by Jim Herlihy of Augustus

Syntax Physic Opera in Denver 830PM

The Pioneer Inn in Nederland 9PM

Wednesdays:

The Swing Station in Laporte 7PM

The Mercury Cafe in Denver 9PM

Thursdays:

Vindication Brewing in Boulder 530PM - Hosted by Foxfeather

Swallow Hill Music Cafe in Denver 7PM

The Dickens Tavern in Longmont 7PM

Mishawaka’s Spokesbuzz Lounge in Bellvue 8PM - They give you free beer for playing!

That’s our list. Support local talent and check out an Open Mic Night near you.

-Hannah

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Miles Wide: Kyle Donovan Is a Self-Made, DIY Musician with Boulder Roots

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Kyle Donovan is touring miles and miles as Miles Wide.

Those of the Boulder music scene may hear some familiar sounds around town this week. Just over a year ago, Kyle Donovan and his band Miles Wide were playing gigs around Boulder before Kyle decided to quit his day job, move home to Rochester, NY, and embark on a coast to coast solo tour under the same project name. In that time, Kyle has played over 100 shows.

If you’re looking for an idea of his sound, it’s this: Kyle’s raw, velvety vocal range carries you alongside his strumming melodies and honest lyrics. His intonations are so clear, you feel like he’s in your living room. And if you’ve seen his introspective, folky performances live, you wish he really were.

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Kyle & chat about his do-it-yourself lifestyle, why he left his 9-5, and what his average day is like on tour.

Quitting your day job and setting out on a national tour is a huge commitment. How did you decide to embark on this adventure?

Well I’m really fortunate in that I have supportive friends and family. A big part of it for me is there are a lot of people in my life who have believed in me and my music. I graduated school [at CU] with a degree in philosophy and political science. I got a day job in my field working for a non-profit, which was great, but I just wasn’t really happy. And my friends let me know that they could tell I wasn’t happy. Two of them said to me, ‘Listen- if there is anyone I know who can make music their full-time job, it’s you!’ And my parents said the same thing.

I was also playing in Boulder [at that time], and it’s a tight knit scene here. When I started going to open mics at Johnny’s Cigar Bar, I met Pete Laffin and he really encouraged me to go for it. The community here was receptive and warm- it took me in as a friend of the scene.

So this drive I have to play 100 shows in a year and to kick so much ass- the drive is because I want to prove them all right. I want everyone to feel like they were right to have confidence in me.

That has to be huge to have that kind of support system as a solo artist. I know you mentioned being big on the do-it-yourself philosophy when it comes to your music. Tell me more about that.

So as far as being do-it-yourself, I started reading a bunch of independent music blogs [of artists] who were kind of out there doing things [on their own]. Once I quit my day job, everything became about my music. I designed my website, album art, and all of my social media. I do my own press; my own booking. A big part of me is that I’m self-made. I taught myself to play guitar, I started writing all of my own music two years ago, and I’ve booked this entire tour myself.

Kyle & Sam Sherman at a recent   Laughing Goat   performance. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Kyle & Sam Sherman at a recent Laughing Goat performance. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

That’s amazing! What were you seeking to find when you set out on tour?

I wanted to see the country and what cities jumped out for me - the really, really big cities are no fun [to play]. Nobody pays attention to you; no one cares. They just want background noise. I love playing in little cities; small towns. If there is one thing that this tour has taught me, it’s that the kindness of strangers is limitless. I’ve met people from all over the world who happen to be in the right place at the right time and they want to share what they have [with me].  I’ve tapped into a community of generous and giving people.

That’s so interesting. So when you’re on tour, what’s your average day like?

I typically spend 2-3 days in a place. If it’s a travel day, I wake up, check my email, get on the road, eat a Clif Bar, and drive to the next city. When I get there, I hit a cafe, get on a computer, and make sure I’m up to date on all the press for the next city I’m going to, and that I have somewhere to stay. I spend hours in coffee shops; they’re my new favorite places. And then I go to the show that night.

Croonin'. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Croonin'. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

Awesome! So what are your plans for the rest of the summer?

Boulder is my last leg of the tour. I have a show coming up at the Twisted Pine on the 27th. And then when I get back to Rochester, I want to record 10 new songs I’ve written while traveling. I want to put out a new album, and then I intend to keep touring and meeting new people and seeing more of the country.

Cool- we can’t wait to hear it Kyle. Check out Miles Wide here. And to listen to my personal favorite Miles Wide song, click here.

-Hannah

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