March 1984 Chris Daniels & The Kings played their first three shows at the Blue Note, Little Bear and Herman’s Hideaway. To kick off their 30th year the Kings will repeat that trifecta with three shows at Nissi’s … The Little Bear … Herman’s Hideaway!
March 1, 2014 – Nissi’s in Lafayette Colorado – show starts at 8pm
March 8, 2014 – The Little Bear, Evergreen – show starts at 9:15pm
March 21, 2014 – Herman’s Hideaway – show starts at 10:30pm
DENVER, CO (February 20, 2014) – Last year was a good year for Chris Daniels with a Grammy Award nomination for his songwriting and as a guest soloist with Al Jarreau in the Best Children’s Album Category for Jumpin’ Jazz Kids, and he was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame in November with Judy Collins. But that was then and in 2014 Daniels and his band mates are celebrating their 30th Anniversary with a trifecta of shows in the towns where they began the journey. They also plan on a new release this summer with soul man Fred Gowdy!
“Our first gig was at the Blue Note in Boulder (now gone) and then we played at the Little Bear and then Allan (Roth) gave us a shot at Herman’s. I thought it would be great to kick off the spring and summer season of touring with shows in the three places that got us started.” – Chris Daniels
What was supposed to be a one-night-stand at the Blue Note in Boulder quickly led to the Little Bear offering the band a gig and then Herman’s followed up. Thirty (30) years later Chris and the Kings have racked up some serious mileage and achieved a remarkable list of accomplishments few bands from the area can match.
The list includes: 15 albums, 20 European tours, records that charted on the Triple A, AC and European charts, appearances on VH-1, Nashville Now, The Altitude Network, HD Net, Onhe Filter and French MTV and countless shows with artists that included BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, The Neville Brothers. Along with various awards they’ve appeared at major festivals across Europe including Park Pop where the estimated attendance was 450,000 and almost 10 years as the closingFriday night headliner at the Telluride Festival.
“I think we’ve done more shows than the Rolling Stones! I sat down and estimated that we have averaged more than 100 shows per year, some years as many as 320 – for the past 30 years. That’s well over 4,000 shows – 12,000 sets. And we are still kicking ass and taking names!” – Chris Daniels
CD & The Kings are not sitting back. This year they are joined by veteran funk-master Fred Gowdy (The Freddi Henchi Band) for a new album due out this summer and Freddi will be touring with the band through the States and Europe all this year. “You are only as good as your next project” Daniels quipped, “And this next one is going to be so sweet with Freddi in the mix.”
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