Arrowhead Manor Inn & Event Center

9284 Hwy 285, Morrison, Colorado 80465
Innkeeper(s): James & Marguerite Herb

Denver Valentines Day 3 Jan 2016, 3:27 pm

Denver Valentines Day

  Celebrate Denver valentines day 2016 doing something different.  Why just do the same old thing?  Most people just send their mate some chocolates or flowers and go out to dinner.  How boring.  Why not do something more memorable?   An overnight getaway in the mountains would be perfect.  Check out the Arrowhead Manor bed and breakfast.  Beautiful mountain views, private hot tubs, fireplaces and only 30 minutes to downtown Denver (the closest mountain property).      


Convenient, luxurious and with restaurants nearby, Arrowhead will create a memory you will cherish for years to come.  Book a room now and visit the gift shop to add on some special treats.  Fresh roses?  We've got it.  Romance package?  We've got it.  Chocolate covered strawberries?  We've got it.


Restaurants Your Valentines meal should be something special.  Romantic, beautiful food and drink, convenient and unique.  Check out some of the great restaurants near Arrowhead and make your valentines plans today!


The Fort Restaurant is located minutes from Arrowhead and specializes in gourmet game.  With 5 star service, a full wine list, and many wonderful dishes to choose from, you won't be disappointed.  Check out the Fort's menu today and see what they have to offer.   We love the sampler plate.



  The Bistro  is a cute restaurant with a wonderful menu.  It is chef owned and you can tell he takes pride in his work.  Located in a little cabin, the restaurant has a comfortable relaxed feel with an excellent menu, a full bar and a nice wine list.  Take a look at their Friday specials.



The Black Hat Cattle Company has been around for years.  They specialize in all natural beef.  They say it's the best beef that is available anywhere.  Succulent, juicy large portions will leave you wanting more.   They specialize in beef and seafood.  Take a look at their menu.  Bring your appetite!



Willow Creek is an upscale restaurant overlooking lake Evergreen.  Just another choice for your Denver valentines day plans.  With beautifully presented food you won't be disappointed when you take your first bite.  What great combinations of texture and flavor.  Check out their menu.  They have something for everyone.  More of a modern atmosphere but tucked up in the mountains and only a short drive from Arrowhead.



The Melting Pot is probably one of the most romantic restaurants in Denver.  There aren't many fondue restaurants left, but the melting pot is the best.  With private dark booths you will be left alone to enjoy each other.  Their four course fondue package is wonderful and will leave you feeling satisfied.  Pick a bottle of wine, pair it with your favorite meat choices and  you are off to a great evening.  Check out their menu here.  You can't go wrong.



Book your room at Arrowhead now!


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Denver Christmas getaway 12 Dec 2015, 4:57 pm

Denver Christmas getaway

at the Arrowhead Manor bed and breakfast

  Planning a Denver Christmas getaway?  Check out the Arrowhead Manor bed and breakfast.  Only 30 minutes to downtown Denver but with gorgeous mountain views.  Christmas can be a stressful time for people with all the shopping, cooking, entertaining, decorating and more.  Sometimes it is just nice to take a day or two to relax and recharge without having to drive too far.  That's where we come in.  Private hot tubs?  We've got it!  Great mountain views?  We've got it!  Luxurious rooms?  We've got it!  Fireplaces?  We've got it!



Take a break and stay at Arrowhead.  With the black Friday, cyber Monday, shopping sales and specials, Christmas can be stressful.  Spoil yourself, you're worth it.  There are restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores nearby.  How about a special Christmas dinner at the famous Fort restaurant?  It's just down the street from us.  Not into gourmet game?  Try the Bistro in Evergreen.  A short drive but worth the delicious menu they offer.  You can't go wrong with either one.



A relaxing bed and breakfast.  A nice gourmet dinner.  A good bottle of wine.  Try out the Arrowhead Manor.  Book your room now!  Let your relaxation begin!


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Denver New Years Eve 19 Nov 2015, 5:01 pm

Denver New Years Eve

  Denver New Years Eve is quickly approaching.  This year, New Years Eve falls on a Thursday so it may be a mellow night for a lot of people.  How about trying something different?  A close and relaxing night at a luxurious bed and breakfast.  The Arrowhead Manor is your best choice for a Denver new years eve.  Located only 30 minutes to downtown Denver but with beautiful mountain views, you won't be disappointed. Curl up in one of our comfortable beds and ring in the new year mountain style.


Dinner The Bistro, a short drive from Arrowhead, is offering a nice romantic New Years Eve special menu.  The chef is skilled at pairing flavor, texture and presentation.  Relax, enjoy a gourmet meal in a comfortable setting and celebrate the New Year.  Full bar available.



The Fort restaurant has been famous for many years.  Specializing in gourmet game, their 5 star service won't disappoint.  Buffalo prime rib, elk and quail are just a few of the entrees you are able to choose from.  Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere while overlooking city lights.  Their menu is second to none.



Willow Creek is another great choice for New Years eve.  Overlooking Evergreen lake, their gourmet menu offers a lot of choices.  Their relaxing atmosphere and top notch service is meant to please.



Plan out a relaxing stress free New Years eve and do something different.  Why stay out drinking until 2:00 am and then have to go to work the following morning hung over?  Stay at a luxurious bed and breakfast, enjoy a nice meal, and relax enjoying each others time together.  Bring your own champagne or wine and use our glasses and openers.  Have a nice breakfast in the morning overlooking our wonderful views.  Celebrate New Years eve Colorado style at the Arrowhead Manor bed and breakfast.  Mellow, convenient, luxurious and relaxing.

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Why stay at a Denver bed and breakfast 3 Nov 2015, 11:00 am


Ever think where to go for a short get away?  Tired of staying at chain hotels?  Why not try out a bed and breakfast for a change of pace!


There are many Denver area bed and breakfasts to choose from.  They range from ma and pa style that are more of a room rented in a house (you may or may not share a bathroom), to a Victorian style that is filled with antiques, doilies and quilts, to a modern style, to “hotel style” that offers the best of both worlds.  If you have never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, you might want to find a hotel style one so your stay is more predictable.  Hotel style B&B’s offer amenities of both a hotel and a bed and breakfast so you are more likely to enjoy your stay.




Staying at a bed and breakfast includes breakfast.  Some properties serve a continental breakfast like they do in Europe (pastries, juice, fruit and coffee) and others serve a hot breakfast like you would receive at a restaurant.  Some even serve a multi course gourmet breakfast.  When staying at a hotel, a hot breakfast is usually an additional charge.  Getting hungry?





Bed and breakfast rooms are typically a bit smaller than hotel rooms.  After all, they are a room in someone’s house.  They are usually individually decorated and host more amenities.  Hotel style bed and breakfasts offer things that a hotel has like flat screen tv’s, cable tv, mini fridges, coffee makers, phones and private bathrooms.  They also include bed and breakfast features like an included breakfast, personal service, individual decorating, afternoon snacks, views, fireplaces, private hot tubs or Jacuzzis, plush beds, free parking, free Wi-Fi.  Some even have a restaurant and bar on site.





Usually a bed and breakfast is run by the innkeepers who wear many hats.  They do everything from taking reservations, cooking breakfast, cleaning rooms and doing laundry, maintenance and much more.  It can be a tireless job.  The good part is they get to meet nice people from around the world, they live where they work so they can write off many expenses and don’t have to fight traffic, and it will normally pay for all your living expenses (including the mortgage) and then some.  The downside is that it is much harder work than people might think.  Many people think running a bed and breakfast is like a big party.  Hanging out with guests, sipping wine, listening to music and relaxing.  While this does happen, it is more the exception than the rule.  Innkeepers usually have very long and tiring days.  Every day is different with a variety of problems that arise, being able to troubleshoot everything and have the house together, clean and ready to present by check in time.  This can make for a stressful day.  For instance, we had an air bed in one of the rooms that the pump quit working and the bed deflated.  We managed to drive an hour to the bed store to pick up a new pump.  When we installed it, the hose connector broke completely in half.  We called the store and thankfully, they waited for us after they were already closed to drive down again and pick up a new bed bladder (bless them!).  We got the bed back together just as the guests were checking in.  Luckily this worked out ok even though it took up 5 hours of our day.  You just have to roll with the punches when running a bed and breakfast.  You never know what surprise will pop up next.


Things To Do


When staying at a Denver bed and breakfast, it would be wise to check out the surrounding area for things to do.  Some bed and breakfasts are in remote areas and there is not much going on around them.  Others are located near everything and you just have to choose what kind of activities you want to do each day.  At the Arrowhead Manor, in Morrison Colorado, there are so many things to do it will make your head spin.  Zip lining, fly fishing, wineries, concerts, water skiing, horseback riding, hiking and sightseeing are just a few.  Make sure you check out restaurants in the area also.  If you pre plan your meals it can save you a lot of headaches.





When setting up your dining plans at a Denver bed and breakfast, try to do a little research ahead of time.  Some B&B’s don’t have dining near them, sometimes the restaurants close early, sometimes the restaurants are full.  There are many restaurants around Arrowhead to choose from.  Something for everyone.  Gourmet sit down restaurants, sports bars, locals hang outs, fast food and more.  Take a look at our extensive list of restaurants here.





Staying at a bed and breakfast can be a rewarding get away. Romantic, unique and memorable.  If  you have never stayed at one before, be sure to do some research beforehand.  It is different then staying at a chain hotel.  Chain hotels offer things like room service, 24 hour front desk, fitness center and usually a restaurant and bar.  Most bed and breakfasts don’t offer these things. The luxurious Arrowhead Manor is the closest mountain facility to Denver (only 30 minutes to downtown denver). Gorgeous mountain views, private hot tubs, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, more of a hotel style bed and breakfast.


Book now!  Your room waits!


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Idina Menzel 17 Jun 2015, 4:49 pm

Idina Menzel

Playing Red Rocks August 11

    We are going to see Idina Menzel, the American actress and singer. She rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, a role which she reprised for the 2005 feature film adaptation of the musical. She received a Tony Award nomination in 1996 for her performance in Rent. In 2004, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for originating the role of Elphabain the Broadway musical Wicked. Menzel made her return to Broadway in the 2014 original musical If/Then, which earned her a nomination for the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She was then honored with the Breakthrough Artist award at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music awards ceremony. Menzel is also known for her recurring role of Shelby Corcoran on the Fox musical comedy-drama TV series Glee. This role led to a revival in Menzel's career as her name gained more recognition, leading to a two-year tour and more acting roles. These included the 2007 Disney film Enchanted which she played the role of Nancy and as the voice of Elsa in Frozen. Holiday Wishes (2014), her first album in six years, reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Menzel is the only competitive Tony Award-winning actress to ever reach the top 10. Menzel recently announced that she will be embarking on a world tour in 2015. Menzel's birthplace is varyingly reported as either Queens or Syosset, New York.She grew up in Syosset, the daughter of Helene, a therapist, and Stuart Mentzel, a pajama salesman. She has a younger sister named Cara. Menzel's family is Jewish, and her grandparents emigrated from Russia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe. When Menzel was 15 years old, her parents divorced and she began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer, a job which she continued throughout her time at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Menzel, however, did not celebrate a bat mitzvah after she quit Hebrew school. Menzel attended Syosset High School. She changed the spelling of her surname to Menzel to better reflect the pronunciation the Mentzel family had adopted in America. She was friends with actor Adam Pascal before they worked together in Rent. In 1995, Menzel auditioned for Rent, which became her first professional theatre job and her Broadway debut. Rent opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996, but it moved to Broadway's Nederlander Theatre due to its popularity. For her performance as Maureen Johnson in the original cast of the musical, Menzel received a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical losing to Ann Duquesnay for Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk. Her final performance in the musical was on July 1, 1997. Following the success of Rent, Menzel released her first solo album entitled Still I Can't Be Still on Hollywood Records, Menzel also originated the role of Dorothy in Summer of '42 at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, starred as Sheila in the New York City Center Encores! production of Hair and appeared on Broadway as Amneris in Aida. Menzel earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance as Kate in the Manhattan Theatre Club's 2000 off-Broadway production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Her other off-Broadway credits include the pre-Broadway run of Rent and The Vagina Monologues. In 2003, Menzel starred with actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth on Broadway in Wicked, a musical by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman based upon Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West(1995). Menzel received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. During her penultimate performance of Wicked on January 8, 2005, she fell through a trap door and cracked a lower rib. The injury prevented her from performing in her final show on January 9. Menzel did, however, make a special out-of-costume appearance at that performance, performed her final song, and received a five-minute standing ovation. Menzel was replaced by Elphaba standby Shoshana Bean. Following Wicked, Menzel appeared off-Broadway in the Public Theater's production of See What I Wanna See, a Michael John LaChiusa-penned musical whose run ended in December 2005, for which she received Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award nominations. She reprised her Tony Award-winning role as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked when it opened at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre on September 7, 2006. During her run, she was the highest-paid female performer in the West End at $30,000 per week. Menzel finished her West End run on December 30, 2006. She was succeeded by Elphaba standby Kerry Ellis. Menzel played the role of Florence in the 21st-anniversary concert of Chess at the Royal Albert Hall, London from May 12 to 13, 2008, alongside Kerry Ellis, Adam Pascal and Josh Groban. In 2008, Menzel headlined the Powerhouse Theatre's reading of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical Nero from July 11 to 13, performing the role of Nero's mistress, Poppea. She was joined by Glee costar Lea Michele as Claudia Octavia, Jeffrey Carleson as Nero, and Michael Arden as Octavia's brother, Brittanicus. On February 28, 2013, it was announced that Menzel would make her return to the Broadway stage, starring as Elizabeth in the new Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey musical If/Then. The new musical, directed by Michael Greif (whom Menzel previously worked with in the original production of Rent), had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., starting with previews on November 5, 2013, till November 24, 2013. Following the out-of-town tryout, the show moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway and began previews on March 4, 2014. It officially opened on March 30, 2014. For her performance, Menzel was nominated for her second Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Will be amazing performance to see!

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Damian Rice 17 Jun 2015, 4:47 pm

Damien Rice

Playing Red Rocks August 10

    My wife is taking me to see Damien Rice, an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and record producer who plays piano,guitar, percussion and clarinet. Rice began his musical career as a member of the 1990s rock group Juniper, which were signed to Polygram Records in 1997. The band enjoyed moderate success with a couple of single releases, but a projected album foundered because of record company politics. After leaving the band he worked as a farmer in Tuscany and busked throughout Europe before returning to Ireland in 2001 and beginning a solo musical career. In 2002 his debut album O reached No. 8 on the UK albums chart, won the Shortlist Music Prize and generated three top-30 singles in the UK. Rice released his second album 9 in 2006 and his songs have appeared in numerous films and television episodes. After eight years of various collaborations, Rice released his third studio album My Favourite Faded Fantasy on 31 October 2014. Rice's personal activities include musical contributions to charitable projects such as the Songs for Tibet, Freedom Campaign and the Enough Project. Rice was born to George and Maureen Rice, and raised in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. Rice formed the rock band Juniper along with Paul Noonan, Dominic Philips, David Geraghty and Brian Crosby in 1991. The band met whilst they were attending Salesian College secondary school in Celbridge, Co. Kildare as students. After touring throughout Ireland the band released their debut EP Manna in 1995. Based in Straffan, Kildare the band continued touring and signed a six album record deal with Polygram. Their recording projects generated the singles "Weatherman" and "The World Is Dead" which received favourable reviews. They also recorded but never released "Tongue". After achieving his musical goals with Juniper, Rice became frustrated with the artistic compromises required by the record label, and he left the band in 1998. Rice moved to Tuscany in Italy and took up farming for some time, then returned to Ireland before busking around Europe. After returning to Ireland a second time, Rice gave a demo recording to his second cousin, music producer David Arnold who then gave Rice a mobile studio. In 2001, Rice's song "The Blower's Daughter" made a top 40 chart. Over the next year he continued to record his album with guitarist Mark Kelly, New York drummer Tom Osander aka Tomo, Paris pianist Jean Meunier, London producer David Arnold, County Meath vocalist Lisa Hannigan and cellist Vyvienne Long. Rice then embarked on a tour of Ireland with Hannigan, Tomo, Vyvienne, Mark, and Dublin bassist Shane Fitzsimons. In 2002, Rice's debut album O was released in Ireland, the UK and the United States.[7] The album peaked at No. 8 on the UK albums chart and remained on the chart for 97 weeks, selling 650,000 copies in the US.[7][8] The album won the Shortlist Music Prize and the songs "Cannonball" and "Volcano" became top 30 hits in the UK. In 2006 Rice released his second album 9 which was recorded during the two years prior. 2007 was a year of touring with Rice appearing at England's Glastonbury Festival and the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium. In 2008 he contributed the song "Making Noise" for the album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace in support of the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibet. In 2010, he contributed the song "Lonely Soldier" to the Enough Project and played at the Iceland Inspires concert held in Hljómskálagarðurinn near Reykjavík centrum. Rice recorded a cover of the Juniper track, "Crosseyed Bear" for the compilation, Help: A Day in the Life. Rice's albums are published under his record label Heffa (originally named DRM) in Ireland and Vector Records in North America. Records released in the UK, Europe and other countries are published by 14th Floor Records via Warner Music. In spring 2011, Rice featured on the debut album by French actress and singer Melanie Laurent. He appears on two tracks on her debut album En t'attendant while collaborating on a total of five tracks which feature on the album. In May 2013, Rice told the audience at the South Korea Seoul Jazz Festival 2013 that he is working on a new album. On 4 September 2014, Rice's official Twitter account announced his third album My Favourite Faded Fantasy, due to 31 October. On the Damien Rice official website the date given for the official release in 3 November 2014. The album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy featuring the first single "I Don't Want To Change You" was released worldwide 10 November 2014 to critical acclaim from NPR’s Robin Hilton stating "The upcoming Damien Rice album is incredible..." and the London Evening Standard said "Damien Rice…is returning with one of the albums of the year." Rice participated in the Freedom Campaign, the Burma Campaign UK and the U.S. Campaign for Burma to free Burmese democracy movement leader Aung San Suu Kyi. He campaigned for her release by writing and performing the song "Unplayed Piano" at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. We have a room booked at the Arrowhead Manor, a bed and breakfast only 12 miles south of the amphitheater. Iron & Wine, is an American singer-songwriter. He has released five studio albums, several EPs and singles, as well as a few download-only releases, which include a live album (a recording of his 2005 Bonnaroo performance). He occasionally tours with a full band. Beam was raised in South Carolina before moving to Virginia and then Florida to attend school. He now resides in Durham, North Carolina. The name Iron & Wine is taken from a dietary supplement named "Beef Iron & Wine" that he found in a general store while shooting a film.

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Michael Franti and Spearhead 17 Jun 2015, 4:44 pm

Michael Franti and Spearhead

Playing Red Rocks August 9

    We got tickets to see Michael Franti at the Red Rocks Ampitheater! An American rapper, musician, poet, and singer-songwriter. He is the creator and lead vocalist of Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. He is also an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues. Michael Franti was born in Oakland, California. His mother had Irish, German, and French ancestry, and his father, Thomas Hopkins, was of African-American and Native American descent. However, his mother made an adoption plan for him because she was afraid her family would not accept him. He was adopted by Carole Wisti and Charles Franti, a Finnish-American couple in Oakland, who at the time had three biological children and one adopted African American son. Charles Franti was a professor in the department of epidemiology and preventive medicine of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and died in 2003. Michael's four siblings are named Rebecca, Sara, Dan, and Matthew. Michael spent his grade 9 school year at Highland Junior High School in Edmonton, Alberta. He then attended Davis Senior High School and graduated from the University of San Francisco. During his time at school there he met a priest who taught him how to tell a story on paper, and soon he was writing poetry. He purchased a bass at a pawn shop and started creating music inspired by hip hop, punk, and reggae that was being played on the campus radio station. Franti is also an advocate for peace in the Middle East. His film I Know I'm Not Alone features footage of Iraq, the Palestinian territories, and Israel. Franti decided to embark on this three week journey with friends to view the cost of war in the Middle East first-hand. Franti states, "This film came out of my frustration with watching the nightly news and hearing generals, politicians, and pundits explaining the political and economic cost of the war in the Middle East, without ever mentioning the human cost. I wanted to hear about the war by the people affected by it most: doctors, nurses, poets, artists, soldiers, and my personal favorite, musicians." The film aims to speak multiple generations and to give people a better understanding of the people who still live in war-torn countries. He did not embark on the trip for the film with any special government groups or organizations, but instead bought plane tickets and headed off to Iraq, the Palestinian territories, and Israel armed with nothing more than his guitar and an extreme passion for music and a love of people. He says, "When I first had the idea for this journey, I had no idea how to get to Iraq and almost no idea how to make a film. After discovering that all you need to get into Iraq is a plane ticket, I prayed that movie making would be that simple..." In 2001 Franti was awarded the Domestic Human Rights Award by Global Exchange, an international NGO based in San Francisco, for his work to end war. In 2006, he was invited by Australian Labour MP Jenny Macklin to show the film at Australia's Parliament House, Canberra. Franti has two sons: Ade and Cappy. Michael is engaged to be married to emergency room nurse and jewelry designer Sara Agah whose company, SaraLua Designs, makes jewelry and accessories from bamboo and other sustainable materials. Inspired by his son, Franti became a vegan. In 2000, Franti decided not to wear any shoes, initially for three days. Since then, he has chosen to go barefoot except for occasionally wearing flip-flops as required to board an airplane or to be served in a restaurant. Franti prefers to go barefoot. In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. Their first release, Home, in September 1994, was a departure from the politically charged rap of the Disposable Heroes and drew more from funk and soul music. The album was produced by Franti and Joe Nicolo. The song "Positive", also from the album Home, appeared on the Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool compilation album by the Red Hot Organization. In 1998, Spearhead recorded "I Got Plenty 'o Nuthin" with Ernest Ranglin for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot + Rhapsody. Their follow up album Chocolate Supa Highway was released in March 1997, with several changes in band members between releases. This album featured a return to hip hop elements and a pronounced reggae influence and included guest appearances by notables like Stephen Marley and Joan Osborne. After releasing the two albums, the band split with Capitol Records (reportedly prompted by the label's repeated urging to perform with other artists like Will Smith). His song "Sometimes" was included on the soundtrack to the 1999 film, Mystery Men, as well as the soundtrack to the 2006 film, Last Holiday. Also, under the "Spearhead" name, their cover version of The Police's 1979 No. 32 hit, "Roxanne", was featured on the soundtrack to the 1997 film Good Burger, the full-length feature film starring Kenan Thompson & Kel Mitchell based on their characters from the popular 'Good Burger' sketch featured on the Nickelodeon series All That. This will be a fantastic show to see, Franti and Spearhead are not to be missed!  

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Pretty Lights 17 Jun 2015, 4:41 pm

Pretty lights

Playing Red Rocks August 7 & 8

    Coming to Red Rocks to see Derek Smith a.k.a. Pretty Lights! An American electronic music artist who performs under the stage name Pretty Lights. He is also the proprietor of an associated music label, Pretty Lights Music. Smith started skateboarding with Michal Menert in the 8th grade. The pair, together with a drummer Menert knew, began making music after Smith brought a bass guitar to skating session. Paul Brandt (Paul Basic) eventually replaced their original drummer. Calling themselves "The Freeze", the band consisted of Derek Vincent Smith on the bass guitar, Michal Menert on the guitar and keyboard, and Paul Brandt on the drums. The group was influenced by artists like the Beastie Boys, Tha Alkaholiks, A Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan, The Roots, and The Casualties as well as by old school hip hop, funk, punk rock, and the skater culture. The band placed second in a community battle of bands in their sophomore year. After graduating from high school, Smith attended University of Colorado at Boulder, but dropped out during his freshman year to focus on his music instead. Derek Vincent Smith and Michal Menert began working on Pretty Lights in summer 2004. In 2007 and 2008, Pretty Lights began playing late nights for large acts such as STS9, The Disco Biscuits, and Widespread Panic. Some of his first appearances outside of Colorado were at the end of 2008 on October 31 at Club 6 in San Francisco, CA, November 14 at The Parish Room in Austin, Texas, and a December 6-7th show in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the former venue known as The Gypsy. In the summer of 2009, under the moniker Pretty Lights, Smith played at several major American music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Wakarusa,Rothbury, the Electric Daisy Carnival, Camp Bisco, and the 10KLF. The following autumn, he went on a multi-city tour of the United States. In 2010, Pretty Lights played at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the 2010 Marchone Music Productions Illumination Show in Nashville, the 2010 Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia, Movement 2010 (the Detroit Electronic Music Festival), the 2010 Starscape Festival, Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival at Apache Pass, Texas, the 2010 Electric Zoo at Randall's Island in New York City, New York, the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco, California. More recently, he headlined the Snow Ball in Avon, Colorado, along with Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips. In June 2011, Pretty Lights played a late-night set at Bonnaroo, where he debuted the song "I Know the Truth." Smith also debuted his state-of-the-art light show in early 2011 involving LED towers made to look like a cityscape. In July 2011, he headlined at the Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, New York, and at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, West Virginia, where he performed a special "once in a lifetime" track, a remix of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." In 2010, Pretty Lights played at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the 2010 Marchone Music Productions Illumination Show in Nashville, the 2010 Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia, Movement 2010 (the Detroit Electronic Music Festival), the 2010 Starscape Festival, Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival at Apache Pass, Texas, the 2010 Electric Zoo at Randall's Island in New York City, New York, the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco, California. More recently, he headlined the Snow Ball in Avon, Colorado, along with Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips. In June 2011, Pretty Lights played a late-night set at Bonnaroo, where he debuted the song "I Know the Truth." Smith also debuted his state-of-the-art light show in early 2011 involving LED towers made to look like a cityscape. In July 2011, he headlined at the Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, New York, and at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, West Virginia, where he performed a special "once in a lifetime" track, a remix of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Smith toured with drummer Cory Eberhard from August 2007 to July 2010. In late July 2010, Smith replaced Eberhard with Adam Deitch as drummer, debuting at Wanderlust on July 30. Smith stopped touring with a live drummer in 2011. On January 25, 2011, Smith released two albums on his newly formed record label, Pretty Lights Music. The record label offers free downloads of all Pretty Lights albums, plus releases from PLM artists including Michal Menert, Break Science, Gramatik, Paul Basic, Eliot Lipp, and SuperVision. Pretty Lights continues to distribute music for free, and frequently appears at festivals across the world. Should be a fabulous show to see!

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Walk the Moon 5 Jun 2015, 5:18 pm

Walk the Moon

Playing Red Rocks August 6

    Walk the Moon (often stylized as WALK THE MOON) is an American Indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lead singer Nicholas Petricca started the band in 2008 and went through several member changes before finally coming together with current members Kevin Ray, Sean Waugaman, and Eli Maiman in 2010. The band derives their name from the song "Walking on the Moon" by The Police. The group independently released their debut album, I Want! I Want!, in November 2010, receiving airplay for the track "Anna Sun" on multiple Alternative radio stations. In February 2011, Walk the Moon signed with Mick Management. They signed to RCA Records and released their first major label album, their second overall, the self-titled Walk the Moon, in June 2012. It is composed of many of their original tracks from I Want! I Want! as well as new tracks that were written specifically for the album and were meant to reflect the kind of energy the band produced in their live shows. In December 2014, the band released their second major-label studio album, Talking Is Hard. This album included their biggest hit to date, "Shut Up and Dance," which has so far charted at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart and Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. SPIN Magazine has described them as a "poppy, art-rock quartet". They were also deemed a Nylon MagazineBand Crush for their "swirly pop beats, infectious guitar riffs, and loud, sing-a-long choruses." On September 9, 2014, Walk the Moon released the single "Shut Up and Dance" in advance of their new album. Over the course of October 2014, the band released a series of pictures and videos on their Facebook page that hinted at the album's title. The title was officially revealed to be Talking Is Hard on October 29, 2014, with a release date set for December 2. On November 10, 2014, the band released the cover artwork and song listing for Talking is Hard. On November 17, 2014, they released "Different Colors" as the second single off the album. On November 24, 2014, the album was surprise released on Spotify a week before its set release date. On December 2, 2014 the album was released in digital, CD, and vinyl formats. It was the number 4 album on iTunes the day of its release.[22]The album also charted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 in its first week of release. Before the release of their self-titled album, Walk the Moon joined many other performers at the Music Midtown festival and performed on the Great Southeast Music Hall Stage in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2011.[13] In the spring of 2011, the band went on a short tour with the west coast band, Grouplove, as well as supported Panic! At the Disco and Weezer on select dates. The band played on the main stage at the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza and also supported Local Natives in an Official Lollaplooza Aftershow at Lincoln Hall. In 2011, the band members began to paint their faces for live performances and they would bring enough paint to share with audience members. They have claimed it has become a “live tradition”.[2] Bonnaroo’s camera crew documented the painting process in a short video from the 2011 festival.[14] Preceding the release of their album, RCA put the band on tour with Young the Giant and Kaiser Chiefs, as well as released a three-song sampler, Anna Sun EP, in January of 2012.[15] The band played at the Sasquatch Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival. The band’s self-titled major label debut Walk the Moon was released on June 19, 2012, the same day that the band appeared on the Late Show with Dave Letterman. The band has also appeared on Conan on July 18th, 2012, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 5th 2012, and Last Call with Carson Daly back in 2011. On June 27th, 2012, the band joined many other performers at Summerfest Music Festival and performed on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage.[16] Also in 2012, Walk the Moon played in the iTunes Festival in London, appeared in KROQ’s Weenie Roast 2012, and was the supporting act for Fun on their European tour. Their single “Quesadilla” was added to the official FIFA 13 soundtrack and their second single, “Tightrope” was used in a commercial for the HP Envy 4 Ultrabook laptop.[17] Lead singer Petricca also appeared on the song "Finale" by Madeon, which also appeared on the FIFA 13 soundtrack. Milky Chance is a German folk duo with reggae and electronic music influences made up of Clemens Rehbein(vocals and instrumentals) and Philipp Dausch (production and DJing). Both originating from Kassel, they have several singles and one album on their own imprint Lichtdicht Records.[1] Their first single "Stolen Dance" was released in April 2013, peaking at No. 1 on charts in countries such as Austria, France, Belgium (Wallonia),Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.[2] It also won the 1Live Krone radio awards for Best Single.[2] The duo's debut album Sadnecessary was released in October 2013, with singles such as "Down By the River". The album peaked at number 14 in Germany,[2] and in 2014 SPIN named Sadnecessary their Album of the Week.[3] SPINfurther described the leading single "Stolen Dance" as a "serenely rollicking crossover jam," clarifying that "the great majority of Sadnecessary follows [the song's] pattern of low-octane beats and gently lapping guitar strumming."[3] The band made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October 2014,[2] and also won the European Border Breakers Award that month.[2] They started a tour of North America in late 2014,[2] performing at venues such as the House of Blues and festivals such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. After meeting together in school, the duo of Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch finished their secondary education at Jacob-Grimm-Schule in Kassel, Germany in 2012. Both were in a jazz quartet known as Flown Tones where Rehbein played bass guitar and Dausch was a guitarist.[5] The group disbanded after the drummer left, though Dausch and Rehbein continued to collaborate, combining electronic production with acoustic guitar and their own vocals and lyrics.

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Sam Smith 5 Jun 2015, 5:14 pm

Sam Smith

Playing Red Rocks August 4

    My boyfriend got tickets for us to see Sam Smith, an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won. He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records. The lead single, "Lay Me Down", was released prior to "La La La". The second single, "Money on My Mind", became his second number one single in the UK. The album's third single, "Stay with Me", was an international success, reaching number one in the UK and number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, while the fourth single "I'm Not the Only One" reached the top five in both countries. The fifth single, "Like I Can", reached number nine in the UK. In December 2014, Smith was nominated for six Grammy Awards, and at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015 he won four: Best New Artist, "Stay with Me" for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, and In the Lonely Hour for Best Pop Vocal Album. At the 2015 Brit Awards, he won the awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success. Smith was born in London, England, the son of Frederick Smith and Kate Cassidy, a broker. He is an alumnus of Youth Music Theatre UK and starred in their 2007 production of "Oh! Carol". Before entering the musical theatre, Smith had been in jazz bands. For a number of years he studied singing and songwriting under jazz pianist Joanna Eden. He attended St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford. He was a member of the Bishop's Stortford Junior Operatics (now Bishops Stortford Musical Theatre Society) and the Cantate Youth Choir. In May 2014, Smith revealed to the public that he is gay. He acknowledged a relationship—since ended—with actor and model Jonathan Zeizel. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, where he won four categories, he said, "I would like to thank the man that I fell in love with last year - the man who this album is about. Thank you so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four Grammys!". In an interview with 4Music, Smith discussed his struggles with obsessive–compulsive disorder. "I actually have OCD really bad, and it's getting a bit worse at the moment", he said. "I have to check taps... before I leave the house, to make sure I've checked everything in case it floods." He is a third-cousin of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen. He's also the godfather of close friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes' son Jackson. Smith cites Adele and Amy Winehouse as his main influences. He further lists Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey as influences. Smith said about a diva quality to his voice: "It's all I listened to. I actually didn't listen to male vocalists until about two years ago. I just listened to Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan. Massive voices." Smith was featured on the Disclosure song "Latch", which was released on 8 October 2012 and peaked at No. 11 on the UK Singles Chart. In February 2013, he released the first single from his debut album, "Lay Me Down". He was also featured on Naughty Boy's single "La La La". It was released on 19 May 2013 and peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The same year, he released his first EP Nirvana consisting of four tracks. The first song on the EP titled, "Safe with Me", is produced by Two Inch Punch and premiered on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show on 24 July 2013. The second song on the EP is titled "Nirvana" and is produced by Craze & Hoax and Jonathan Creek. The EP also includes Smith's acoustic solo version of "Latch" and a live version of "I've Told You Now". Smith released the Disclosure, Nile Rodgers, and Jimmy Napes collaboration "Together" on 25 November 2013 as the only single from Settle: The Remixes. The second single from his debut album, titled "Money on My Mind", was released on 16 February 2014. It was announced on 16 December that Smith's debut studio album titled In the Lonely Hour would be released on 26 May 2014 through Capitol Records. He describes the album as "all about unrequited love" because he has never been loved back by any of his love interests. The album reached number one in the UK Albums Chart and number two on the Billboard 200, and by 5 November it had become the second biggest selling album of 2014 in the U.S. behind only 1989 by Taylor Swift. In January 2015, In the Lonely Hour was named the second best selling album of 2014 in the UK, behind X by Ed Sheeran. A live version of album track "I've Told You Now", performed at St Pancras Old Church, was made available for free download as part of an promotion on 27 December 2013. The album track "Make It To Me", co-written by Howard of Disclosure and Jimmy Napes, was made available for free download as part of an iTunes Store promotion on 13 January 2014. Smith went on his debut American headlining tour in the Spring of 2014, with a setlist of primarily new material. We will surely have a great time while in Morrison with the show and our stay at the cozy little bed and breakfast, Arrowhead Manor Inn.

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