—Illustrations by John Ueland
John Brisben Walker should have fired his real estate agent. The original owner of the land where Red Rocks Amphitheatre sits handed over the world’s only outdoor venue with perfect acoustics—which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season—for a paltry $54,155, or roughly $750,000 in today’s...
—Photo courtesy of Martha Hertzberg
One of my first memories is at a Peter, Paul and Mary concert. I was four or five years old, and my mom had toted me along to see one of her favorite groups. I know I clapped and danced to the folk tunes, spinning around to the delight of everyone in the vicinity. I don’t really remember the music...
April 7 2016, 10:55 AM
Harpist and singer Joanna Newsom will play the Boulder Theater on April 3.
—Photo credit: Annabel Mehran
April 3 at the Boulder Theater
There are a few songs that really defined my high school years. Wilco's “Jesus Etc.” was one of them, The Decemberists "I Was Meant for the Stage" another, and The Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" a third. A fourth would be Joanna...
April 1 2016, 3:00 PM
The new album's cover. —Courtesy of Gregory Alan Isakov
Locals who have seen Gregory Alan Isakov perform have typically enjoyed him in a coffee house, on a makeshift festival stage, or opening or headlining at one of many Front Range music venues. But with his latest venture, Isakov is going much bigger.
On June 10, the South African-born, Colorado-...
April 1 2016, 11:55 AM
—Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Spencer, the stepdaughter of the first governor of Colorado Territory, took to the radio in its infancy and performed on Thomas Edison’s traveling show in the early 1900s.
This turn-of-the-century singer recorded...
—Illustration by Shannon May
Growing up near Chicago, Lannie Garrett loved to sing but never cracked a music textbook. If you’ve seen the entertainer and singer (and, full disclosure, wife of 5280’s owner, Daniel Brogan) delight a room, you know that doesn’t matter. Over the past 40 years, Garrett, who co-owns Lannie’s...
—Image courtesy of Adam Agee and David Salinas
Although Elephant Revival comes from the bluegrass hub of Nederland—birthplace of the Yonder Mountain String Band—and employs a washboard from time to time, the band doesn’t consider itself a bluegrass outfit. Rather, according to its marketing info, the 10-year-old band is a “progressive...
—Photo by Scarlet Page
It’s been four years since the Lumineers released their self-titled debut album, anchored by the double-platinum feel-good anthem “Ho Hey.” Colorado has added nearly half a million people since then. Weed’s now legal. Hell, reality TV stars have become presidential candidates during that span of...