Arrowhead Manor Inn & Event Center
Idina Menzel 17 Jun 2015, 4:49 pm
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!
Damian Rice 17 Jun 2015, 4:47 pm
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. 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. 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.
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!
Pretty Lights 17 Jun 2015, 4:41 pm
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!
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.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. 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”. Bonnaroo’s camera crew documented the painting process in a short video from the 2011 festival. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. It also won the 1Live Krone radio awards for Best Single.
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, and in 2014 SPIN named Sadnecessary their Album of the Week. 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.” The band made their TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October 2014, and also won the European Border Breakers Award that month. They started a tour of North America in late 2014, 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. 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.
Sam Smith 5 Jun 2015, 5:14 pm
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 Amazon.com 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.
Florence and the Machine 5 Jun 2015, 5:11 pm
Florence and the Machine
Playing Red Rocks August 3
My wife and I have tickets to see Florence and the Machine the English indie rock band that formed in London in 2007, consisting of lead singer Florence Welch, Isabella Summers, and a collaboration of other artists. They are going to be at the Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 3rd for a fantastic show! The band’s music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC, which played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing. The band’s debut studio album, Lungs, was released on 6 July 2009, and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. On 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position, after being on the chart for twenty-eight consecutive weeks. As of October 2010, the album had been in the top forty in the United Kingdom for sixty-five consecutive weeks, making it one of the best-selling albums of 2009 and 2010. The group’s second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, entered the charts at number one in the UK and number six in the US.The band’s third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was released on 2 June 2015 to generally positive reviews on Metacritic. Florence and the Machine’s sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. Lungs won the MasterCard British Album award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, Florence and the Machine were nominated for Best New Artist. Additionally, the band performed at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Florence Welch has been compared to other female singers such as Kate Bush, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, and Björk. During an interview, Welch cited Grace Slick as her influence and “hero”. Florence and the Machine’s style has been described as “dark, robust and romantic”. Their music is a mix of “classic soul and midnight-on-the-moors English art rock”. Welch stated that her lyrics related to Renaissance artists: “We’re dealing with all of the same things they did—love and death, time and pain, heaven and hell.” From 2008, Welch had a relationship with Stuart Hammond, a literary editor; their temporary split provided inspiration for much of the Lungs album. In 2011 the couple announced that they had broken up by mutual decision because of conflicting career demands; the break-up provided material for Florence and the Machine’s second album. Florence and the Machine won the Critic’s Choice Award at the 2009 BRIT Awards after coming third in the BBC’s Sound of 2009 poll. As well as attention from the BBC, the band received significant support from NME magazine, who included them on their annual Shockwaves NME Awards Tour for 2009, along with Glasvegas, Friendly Fires and White Lies. The Sunday Times described Welch as “the most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment” and “the latest in a line of great English pop eccentrics”. AllMusic referred to Lungs as “one of the most musically mature and emotionally mesmerising albums of 2009″. Spin magazine rated Lungs eight out of ten and wrote, “You’ve gotta hand it to the girl: She always makes you feel something.” The magazine named it the eighth best album of 2009. In December 2010, Florence and the Machine appeared on one of Spin ’s three holiday issue covers as Artist of the Year. Florence and the Machine won the MasterCard British Album award for Lungs at the 2010 BRIT Awards, having also been nominated for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act. On 19 February 2010, Florence and the Machine won Best International Band at the 2010 Meteor Awards. The group led the nominations for the 2010 MOJO Awards, with four nods. They received a nomination for Best New Artist at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In April 2011, Florence and the Machine were ranked 50 in the 2011 Time 100 poll, which annually lists the 100 most influential people in the world. American recording artist Beyoncé cited Florence and the Machine as an influence for her 2011 album 4. The name of Florence and the Machine is attributed to Florence Welch‘s teenage collaboration with Isabella “Machine” Summers. Welch and Summers performed together for a time under the name Florence Robot/Isa Machine. According to Welch, “The name Florence and the Machine started off as a private joke that got out of hand. I made music with my friend, who we called Isabella Machine to which I was Florence Robot. When I was about an hour away from my first gig, I still didn’t have a name, so I thought ‘Okay, I’ll be Florence Robot/Isa Machine’, before realising that name was so long it’d drive me mad.” In addition to Summers , the current band members include musicians Robert Ackroyd (guitar and backing vocals), Chris Hayden, Mark Saunders and Tom Monger. In the past, Welch has praised the Machine for understanding her creative process, claiming, “I’ve worked with most of them for a long time and they know my style, know the way I write, they know what I want.” In 2007, Welch recorded with a band named Ashok, who released an album titled Plans on the Filthy Lucre/About Records label. This album included the earliest version of her later hit “Kiss with a Fist“, which at this point was titled “Happy Slap”. She signed a contract for Ashok with a manager, but feeling that she was “in the wrong band” she resigned, which cancelled the contract. Florence and the Machine are managed by Mairead Nash (one half of the DJ duo Queens of Noize), who decided to manage the singer when an inebriated Welch followed Nash into the toilets at a club and sang Etta James‘ 1962 song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me“. We got a suite booked at the Arrowhead Manor which is very close to Red Rocks!
Hozier 5 Jun 2015, 5:08 pm
Playing Red Rocks August 2
My wife loves Hozier, so she got us tickets to see him at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. I’ll have to keep my eye on her while there! Andrew Hozier-Byrne known as Hozier, is an Irish singer and songwriter from Newcastle, County Wicklow. He released his debut EP, featuring the hit single “Take Me to Church“, in 2013 and his second EP,From Eden, in 2014. His debut studio album, Hozier, was released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014. Hozier was born in Newcastle, County Wicklow, the son of a local blues musician. He attended St. Gerard’s School before he began studying music at Trinity College, Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year to record demos for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member ofAnúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing “La Chanson de Mardi Gras”. He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands. In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church (also containing “Like Real People Do”, “Angel of Small Death and The Codeine Scene” and a live version of “Cherry Wine”), with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden (also containing “Work Song”, “Arsonist’s Lullabye” and a live version of “To Be Alone”), and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States. Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19 September 2014. It featured five singles, including Take Me to Church, Work Song, and From Eden, which were hits on his earlier EPs. On December 5, 2014, it was announced that “Take Me to Church” was nominated at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year in 2015. He performed for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014, Saturday Night Live, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. He performed “Take Me to Church” with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards. He then performed “Take Me to Church” once again at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. It should be a great night for us, especially my wife.
Slightly Stoopid 5 Jun 2015, 5:06 pm
Playing Red Rocks August 1
The group is noted for their eclectic mix of rock, reggae, blues, hip-hop, metal and funk in their works. When the group first started out, they drew numerous influences from the likes of punk rock groups such as Sublime, Operation Ivy, Rancid, and Streetwise. Slightly Stoopid’s self-titled album was released months after Brad Nowell’s death in 1996 under Skunk Records. Their reggae influences stem from artists such as Yellowman, Don Carlos (musician) and Buju Banton. The band has also experimented with hip-hop on their more recent albums. The song “The Otherside” off the album Chronchitis features the late rapper Guru. They note hip hop influences NWA and Eazy-E, Wu-Tang Clan, and Gang Starr. <radio interview Artie Lange Show. Miles Doughty‘s vocal style in particular references reggae legends Eek a Mouse, Pinchers, and Tenor Saw quite often.Slightly Stoopid is an American band based in Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, who describe their music as “a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.” As a band, they have released ten albums (three live), with their seventh studio album entitled Top of the World on August 14, 2012. The band was originally signed by Bradley Nowell from the band Sublime to his label Skunk Records while still in high school. In 1994 Slightly Stoopid was formed in Ocean Beach, California by Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, both childhood friends, as well as high school friend and drummer Adam Bausch. Soon after, Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell of Sublime discovered the band, asking them to perform in Long Beach, California at the Foot Hill Tavern. Nowell shortly after signed them to his label Skunk Records while the members were still attending high school. In 1996 the band released their first studio album, the punk-tinged Slightly $toopid (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, Everything Under the Sun) and 1998’s surf-inspired The Longest Barrel Ride. The group self-released 2001’s Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct (a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego’s Rock 105.3 radio station) – the first for their own label, Stoopid Records, before issuing 2003’s Everything You Need on Surfdog Records (a musical departure for the band, that sold more than 185,000 copies). After solidifying a new line-up with the additions of Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran (drums), Oguer ‘OG’ Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals) from the B Side Players, and C-Money (trumpet, keyboard) and Dela (saxophone) from John Brown’s Body, the band began to mix even more different musical styles on 2005’s Closer to the Sun. The album featured collaborations with well-known reggae names such as Barrington Levy and Scientist. Closer to the Sun impressively debuted in the Billboard Top 200 and sold nearly 25,000 copies in its first two months of release. A year later, Slightly Stoopid issued their first-ever electric live album, Winter Tour ’05-’06 Live CD/DVD, as well as their first-ever DVD, ‘’Live in San Diego’’, while 2007 saw the release of the group’s fifth studio effort, Chronchitis, which debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200, and No. 2 on the indie charts. The band’s seventh studio album, Top of the World, was released on August 14, 2012. The seven-piece band continues to explore a variety of styles on Top of the World, with help from some of their biggest influences and heroes including: reggae legends Barrington Levy and Don Carlos (musician) of Black Uhuru; “unofficial 8th member” Karl Denson of Greyboy Allstars; longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love; Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore; ex-Jurassic 5 emcee extraordinaire Chali 2na; Dumpstaphunk’s Ian Neville; and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte. The album entered the Billboard 200 at a career high No. 13 as well as on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart at No. 3. Top of the World also debuted on Billboard’s Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts with a final position of No. 4. Following the album release, the band performed on the “Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ” (www.kroq.com/soundspace and www.redbullusa.com/soundspace) on August 23, followed by appearances on tastemaker indie music website Daytrotter and SiriusXM. The group also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 12 to play their current single, “Top of the World.” Slightly Stoopid continues to tour extensively playing 38 dates in 2014 in cities all across the U.S. There summer 2014 featured G. Love and also Bob Marley’s son, Steven Marley. On April 20, 2015, Slightly Stoopid announced via their social media pages and website that they intend to release a new album, entitled Meanwhile…Back At The Lab, on June 30, 2015. The album is open for pre-order on iTunes, and pre-ordering buyers will receive the track “Life Rolls On” for pre-release download. The album’s tracklist was subsequently published on iTunes. In 1994 Slightly Stoopid was formed in Ocean Beach, California by Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, both childhood friends, as well as high school friend and drummer Adam Bausch. Soon after, Sublime frontman Bradley Nowell of Sublime discovered the band, asking them to perform in Long Beach, California at the Foot Hill Tavern. Nowell shortly after signed them to his label Skunk Records while the members were still attending high school. In 1996 the band released their first studio album, the punk-tinged Slightly $toopid (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” – later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, Everything Under the Sun) and 1998’s surf-inspired The Longest Barrel Ride. The group self-released 2001’s Acoustic Roots: Live & Direct (a 40-minute acoustic set, captured live at San Diego’s Rock 105.3 radio station) – the first for their own label, Stoopid Records, before issuing 2003’s Everything You Need on Surfdog Records (a musical departure for the band, that sold more than 185,000 copies). After solidifying a new line-up with the additions of Ryan ‘RyMo’ Moran, Oguer ‘OG’ Ocon from the B Side Players, and C-Money and Dela from John Brown’s Body, the band began to mix even more different musical styles on 2005’s Closer to the Sun. The album featured collaborations with well-known reggae names such as Barrington Levy and Scientist. Closer to the Sun impressively debuted in the Billboard Top 200 and sold nearly 25,000 copies in its first two months of release. A year later, Slightly Stoopid issued their first-ever electric live album, Winter Tour ’05-’06 Live CD/DVD, as well as their first-ever DVD, ‘’Live in San Diego’’, while 2007 saw the release of the group’s fifth studio effort, Chronchitis, which debuted at No. 55 on the Billboard 200, and No. 2 on the indie charts. We are going to have a great night out seeing this fantastic band live!
Playing Red Rocks July 30
My love and I have tickets to see Hard at the Red Rocks
Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. She booked a room for us at the
Arrowhead bed and breakfast which is only twelve miles from the
venue. Hard is a Hungarian hard rock supergroup
formed in late 2004 in Budapest, Hungary by József Kalapács
(ex-vocalist of Pokolgép and
Omen, currently also singing in Kalapács) and Gábor
Mirkovics (ex-bass guitarist of EDDA Művek). The rest of the
band consisted of guitarist Zsolt Csillik (ex-Dance, Jack
Daniels and Fix), keyboardist Dénes Makovics (also known
for playing saxophone in Bikini) and drummer Zoltán Váry
(ex-Sing Sing, ex-Zero-G, guitars–vocals for the
Hungarian KISS tribute band
KISS Forever Band). In 2005, Ferenc Béres arrived to fill in
the position of Dénes Makovics, who was a session member for the
studio recording of the first release, “Égni kell”. He played in
EDDA Művek and Fix beforehand. In 2007, Váry left
because of the German success of KISS Forever Band (he couldn’t
concentrate on Hard enough), so Donászy arrived, who also played in
In 2007 Hard reformed for an international introduction with singer
Zoltan Batky (BZ). The album Traveler was released in
2008. The material has since been remixed by the producer Beau Hill
in 2008. In 2009, Swedish vocalist and guitarist Björn Lodin was
confirmed as the new singer for Hard. Björn is known for his work
with Swedish rockers Baltimoore.
Platinum-selling Hungarian guitar virtuoso Endre Csillag has also
joined the ranks along with drummer Balázs Hornyák. The band start
recording their new CD together in the Autumn with Björn Lodin also
handling the production duties. The new, as yet untitled album, is
scheduled for release on BLP Music, March 2010. “Love Goes With
Anything” is the debut single from the new line-up and was released
in November 2009. We are going to have a blast at the concert and
our whole visit to Colorado should be very exciting. Also at the
event will be Dog Blood, a side project formed in 2012 by Skrillex & Boys Noize. Their
debut single, Next Order / Middle Finger, was released on
August 12, 2012 on Beatport and iTunes. The song “Next
Order” managed to reach #1 on Beatport’s Techno chart.
On the 9th of November, Dog Blood announced they were working on new material. Skrillex premiered a new Dog Blood track on an exclusive OWSLA live stream to members of The Nest on the 21st of December 2012. On the 16th of September they released their second EP, which consists of the tracks ‘Shred or Die’, ‘Middle Finger Pt. 2′ and ‘Chella Ride’. The EP is composed of a further two remixes of “Middle Finger” by The M Machine & Millions Like Us. The song “Chella Ride” peaked at #1 on the Beatport Breaks chart. On the 17th of March, Dog Blood performed live at Ultra Music Festival 2013 and debuted new material, including a remix of ASAP Rocky‘s “Wild For The Night”. Dog Blood debuted their ‘Wild For The Night” remix along with three new songs. Information was released of an eight track remix package of their debut single Next Order/Middle Finger set to be released in late August, as well as a 5 track standard release coming out via The Nest subscription. Dog Blood performed at the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival and Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset in June 2013. They also played a show on July 14th for the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and made their Hard Summer debut on Saturday, August 3rd. On Skrillex’s BBC Essential Mix 15/6/13, Skrillex premiered the new tracks “Dog Blood – Chella Ride”, “A$AP Rocky – Wild For The Night (Dog Blood Remix)”, and “Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dog Blood Edit)”. On the 2nd of December 2014, Boys Noize posted an image of Dog Blood themed artwork, hinting a potential third EP of new material. On January 28th, 2015, the lineup for the Detroit festival “Movement” was released. Included on the lineup is Dog Blood, marking a return after a cease of performances without explanation. The festival is scheduled for May 23rd-25th, 2015. Then we also get to see The Glitch Mob, originally a five-piece including Kraddy and Kitty-D, was formed in 2006 within the burgeoning Los Angeles bass-driven ‘beat’ scene. The group made a name for themselves playing live, choosing to perform with laptops and MIDI controllers like the Lemur. They won fans through showcasing their chosen technology during solo performances, and after gaining attention in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the group eventually toured more widely along the West Coast and then to various festivals worldwide. After citing “creative differences,” founding member Kraddy left the group in 2009. The Glitch Mob’s first album Drink the Sea peaked at number 57 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart for College Radio. The album’s debut led Electronic Musician to run a cover story on the trio. Their single “Drive It Like You Stole It” was number 2 on XLR8R‘s Top Downloads of 2010 list. The sophomore Glitch Mob album Love Death Immortality debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. This will be an awesome evening out for the two of us!
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