Well, this week is a little different. There are more videos in this week’s post than I think I’ve ever included before for one. And more news to share with you. News of my own to announce this week: the Colorado Playlist is coming to 106.9 KHEN LPFM Salida. I will know in a week or two what day and the it will air. I am now also the new entertainment coordinator for the historic Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day, and a new 10k coming on Labor Day to Fort Collins called Fortitude.
So you set a CP MMMM record for most votes in a week, and the most votes for one song in a week for Tiffany Christopher‘s “Somewhere Behind the Sun.”
The week, I’ve featured another new track from Tiffany Christopher, along with something from new Colorado by way of Texas country artist Leslie Tom, reggae from Bonfire Dub, along with new cuts from former Pandas and People guitarist Grayson Erhard and deeper tracks from the new Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollops releases. Don’t forget to vote and SHARE (please, and thank you).
GOAT on the Town
As I’m taking some time off from being cooped up in a room every Friday and Saturday doing sound, I’ve been able to get out to check out some other rooms and bands.
This weekend I caught a set from 2 x Leftapalooza winners and #5 TOP TEN Tribute Bands in Colorado (Westword), My Blue Sky, at the Dicken’s Opera House in Longmont and the cover country and hard rock band Swerve at the Wild Game Longmont.
There’s a good reason why MBS is considered one of the TOP 5 tribute bands in Colorado – not the least of which are their flavorful and articulate recreations of the music of the Allman Bros Band family tree… including Gov’t Mule.
If I wasn’t doing a show of my own on March 11, I would easily be back at the Dicken’s to catch Great American Taxi.
The 300 capacity room is among the best under 500 cap rooms in the region, with a clean line of sight into a deeply set old stone and brick back wall, a reasonable amount of seating and a spacious “dance floor.” I’m a bit of a sound and production snob, so I have to say the sound and lights are adequate.
I couldn’t stay for My Blue Sky‘s Gov’t Mule set as I set out to catch a set by Swerve at the new entertainment facility, the Wild Game Longmont. If I thought that the Dicken’s sound was adequate, the Wild Game’s sound needs remedial attention.
The Wild Game is not a music venue. It’s a family entertainment facility with a kids’ game room, eight bowling lanes, an adult gaming area and food, some of which appears more exotic than your typical bar grub.
Extreme boominess makes the room itself too loud, without a band playing. Lack of a house sound system and engineer leaves the task up to the band to do from stage. Expect unpredictability, especially since most bands today don’t pack pro level sound gear.
This is the second weekend in a row where I’ve gone out to see a cover rock band. Swerve knows their audience – people who listen to the likes of KYGO and 103.5 The Fox in Denver .. and 99.1 KUAD and 107.9 The Bear in NoCO. They played the hits… professionally and proudly. They managed to mix their own pro-level small sound system exceedingly well given the overall loudness and boominess of the room.
May I Introduce to You:
A couple of years ago I had lunch with a documentary film maker, Caryn Sanchez, who wanted to do a documentary on Colorado music. You can keep up with developments at SoundsLikeColorado.com … Here’s a preview of what’s to come.
NEWS & NOTES
Congrats to one of Northern Colorado’s most popular bands, Patti Fiasco, for being selected to open for Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center. They were selected from ten finalists in our region by Bon Jovi management. They will be appearing at the Pepsi Center on April 14.
And congrats to my buddy Tyler Grant and his band the Grant Farm for securing a slot supporting the String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks on July 23.
Support for the Colorado Playlist comes courtesy of The Historic Mishawaka Amphitheatre — Celebrating over 100 yrs of music and dancing in the Poudre Canyon.
IN COLORADO MUSIC HISTORY
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK
Normally I get an audio track to play on the show before I receive a new video .. but this week, the new video from Strange Americans dropped into my news-feed and I couldn’t NOT make it my Video Pick of the Week. Just as I was writing this week the band sent me copies of two new singles, Big Black Car and No Punches.
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC MEETING
What you’ll find below are new songs on the show this week … listen and let me know which ones you think I should keep in the Colorado Playlist, and which I should delete.
NOTE: In order to be included in the MMMM poll, the band/artist must have an embeddable file available on SoundCloud, BandCamp, Reverbnation or YouTube.
PLAYLIST S11 EP09
(D) = debut of lp, ep or single
(N) = new cut from previously debuted lp or ep
Firefall “Mexico” from Firefall (1976)
(D) Tiffany Christopher “Pirates” from Tremendous Heart (2017)
Chimney Choir “In the Underworld” from Boomtown (2015)
Montropo “Letter to Mary” from Follow Me (2015)
(D) Leslie Tom “Hank You Very Much” from Leslie Tom (2017)
Romano Paoletti “Can You Run” from Story of a Lifetime (2010)
Brother Wild “Leave it all behind” from White Flag (2016)
Andy Palmer “Good Son” from Hazard of the Die (2013)
(D) Bonfire Dub “One Stone” from Gypsy Roots (2017)
Toad In the Hole “Drifting” from Wallflower (2015)
Devotchka “Along the Way” from A Mad & Faithful Telling (2008)
Keith Oxman “Sir Thomas B.” from Doing All Right (2009)
Joe Walsh “Mother Says” from Barnstorm (1971)
(D) Grayson Erhard “Manifest” [single] (2017)
El Toro de la Muerte “Things in My Head” from Dancer These Days (2011)
Natalie Walker “Trust” from Strange Bird (2015)
(N) Otis Taylor “Jump to Mexico” from Fantasizing About Being Black (2017)
piKziL “Brand New Soul” from Songs from My 3rd Life (2016)
Born in The Flood “I am the Walrus” from Mountain Homegrown Vol IV (2005)
String Cheese Incident “45th of November” from One Step Closer (2005)
(N) Gasoline Lollipops “Jesus Ain’t Dead” from Resurrection (2017)
Elephant Revival “Ring Around the Moon” from Break in the Clouds (2010)
Rossonian “Garuda” from You Are Your Own Dentist (2013)
(D) Garrett Sayers Trio “Beat Car” from Thinkbox (2017)
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- March 11 – 4 GOATZ! at CyclHops Longmont
- March 18 – w/ the Matt Skinner Band at Avogadro’s Number Fort Collins
- March 31 – 4 GOATZ! at the Tasty Weasel Longmont