—Courtesy of Mark Sims
Hannah Alkire’s cello, “Phoenix”
Musician: Marc Neihof, Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Maker: Robert Ross of Ross Double Bass, Denver
Why it’s special: Made out of copper, elm, and reclaimed fir from a set of 1940s high school bleachers, Neihof’s bass has two...
At the risk of sounding unsophisticated, I'll admit that when I think of composers, the European ones are usually first to come to mind. Perhaps my childhood piano lessons, during which my teacher and I discussed Bach (German), Chopin (Polish), and Beethoven (also German), overshadowed the names of...
October 30 2014, 2:30 PM
—Image Courtesy of Shutterstock
Whether your first concert was with your parents or your friends, it’s an experience no one forgets. We asked the 5280 editorial staff about their first concerts. The list below is as varied as it is embarrassing.
Jessica Farmwald, copy chief
John Mayer and Maroon 5 in Indianapolis...
October 7 2014, 11:10 AM
—Photo Illustration by Sean Parsons; photos: Shutterstock (Matisyahu, Red Rocks); Wikimedia (Snoop Dogg, Marijuana Leaf)
On April 20, the hallowed stoner celebration day known as 4/20, rappers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa headlined at Red Rocks, and reggae rapper Matisyahu joined MC Talib Kweli at the Fillmore Auditorium on East Colfax. The previous day, jam bands Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Dumpstaphunk were in...
THE DESTINATION: ASPEN
Drive Time: About three and a half hours.
Aspen's ski cred is well established, but the "secret season"—aka summer—shouldn't be missed (cheaper hotels, wildflowers, patio dining, and more).
Refuel: Treat your taste buds with Latin bistro ...
June 14 2014, 8:30 AM
The sounds of summer in Colorado range from drum echoes at Red Rocks to fast-rocking bass within Denver’s South Broadway venues. Whether you’re looking to see a jam band, a legend, a local artist, or a festival, here are ten summer shows you shouldn’t miss.
1. The Show: The Avett...
June 13 2014, 10:00 AM
"If music be the food of love, play on." Shakespeare said that.
"A summer without music is like fishing without beer." We said that.
Lucky for us, Colorado has plenty of great folk acts, indie rock bands, electronic outfits, and a heap of other music makers that are raring to soundtrack your...
June 9 2014, 8:30 AM
The Marshall Tucker Band will be at the Rocky Mountain Music Festival August 10 at Cozy Clement Park.
When it comes to music for the summer, no genre does it like country music. And Colorado's country music fan base has plenty to be excited about this concert season—including visits from hit-makers like Blake Shelton, Eric Church, and Tim McGraw. Here, a few of our picks for must-get tickets....
June 7 2014, 8:30 AM