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Rocking the Rockies: Exploring the Legacy of Boulder’s Iconic Music Scene

February 22nd, 2024

Nestled in the heart of Colorado, Boulder is renowned for its breathtaking mountains, outdoor adventures, and vibrant music scene. Over the years, this picturesque city has cultivated a rich musical heritage, giving rise to some of the most iconic bands in the state. Let’s dive into the legacy of Boulder’s music scene and explore the trailblazing artists who have left an indelible mark on the Colorado music landscape. Boulder’s Musical Roots Boulder’s music scene traces its roots back to the 1960s and 70s, a time when the city became a hub for counterculture and artistic... Read More

Plugged In: Unraveling the Mystery of Electric Guitars For A Music Motivational Monday!

February 12th, 2024

As Boulderites we know, and are expected to know more about music than most. Home to Caribou Ranch, and to hundreds of world class electric guitar and bass players over the decades and centuries, we are immersed in guitar players! Complete List of Performers At Caribou Ranch The origin of the sound of the electric guitar is a vibrating string.  The electronics, plus sweat, and smiles, and voila!   Jimi Hendrix meet Les Paul. Mr. Hendrix, Mr. Paul, please meet my friend Mr. Marshall! At the top of this close up of Les Paul’s Les Paul 6 strings come down. They go across the pickups. Those... Read More

Rockin’ Out in the Rockies: The Rise of the Boulder Music Scene

January 30th, 2024

If you’re a fan of live music, then you know that the best place to experience it is in the Rocky Mountains. The city of Boulder, Colorado, is home to a vibrant music scene that has been steadily growing over the past few years. From small local venues to larger festivals, Boulder is becoming a destination for music lovers of all genres. In this blog article, we’ll explore the rise of the Boulder music scene and why it’s becoming a must-visit destination for music fans. So grab your dancing shoes and get ready to rock out in the Rockies! Unearthing the Underground: Exploring... Read More

Happy Mozart’s 268th Birthday!

January 27th, 2024

Born January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is 268 years old today. I do not believe the rumor that he was born in Boulder. Arguably the Beatles of his time, or vice versa, his ear for melody remains unmatched. Putting the Beatles in the same sentence is a BOLD move, and one with which I am quite comfortable.Today marks the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the most prolific and influential composers of the classical era. Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, now part of modern-day Austria, Mozart’s musical genius became apparent at a very young age. He was a child prodigy,... Read More

Seven Most Respected Electric Dogs (I MEAN GUITARS) in Boulder

January 23rd, 2024

Jeff Beck could certainly make a Fender Stratocaster bark. One player could make the “e” string “walk the dog” in the classic yoyo move.  A guitar played by a PLAYER can play a lick that can lick your face and leave you wanting more. With that rationalization for posting a guitar article in place of or in addition to today’s dog blog, all I can say is “‘WOOF!  WOOF!”  I offer 7 electric guitars WITH pictures in exchange for today’s Dog of the Day. Please do not abandon all hope. The day is young, and a dog may still be forthcoming. In... Read More

Boulder’s Seven Most Popular and Most Respected Acoustic Guitars

January 20th, 2024

Robert Johnson, Perhaps The Most Famous of the Mississippi Delta Blues Players Listing the seven most popular and respected acoustic guitars specifically in the Boulder Colorado region is challenging, as popularity can vary widely and is not often region-specific within the United States. However, certain acoustic guitar brands and models are renowned worldwide and enjoy popularity in Colorado as well, given its vibrant music scene and appreciation for folk, bluegrass, rock, and other genres where acoustic guitars are prominent. Here are seven acoustic guitars that are generally well-regarded... Read More

Visualize to Realize: Mastering Guitar with Mindful Imagery

December 8th, 2023

Boulder has always been a glowing area on the magical music map of the world.  It is a smaller town with a huge musical glow. Whether it is John Sebastian calling Boulder home,  or walking down the Boulder Mall, looking up, and seeing “JACK BRUCE” on the marquee with $6.00 admission.  While the focus of this article is playing guitar, the methods described apply to any instrument, and to much more. We’re learning to play the guitar, and also learning to learn. Photo by Lenny Lensworth Frieling The deservedly famous Red Rocks Amphitheater has hosted some of the world’s... Read More

10 Songs That Mention Boulder

December 1st, 2023

The Chainsmokers, “Closer” (2016) So baby pull me closer in the backseat of your Rover That I know you can’t afford Bite that tattoo on your shoulder Pull the sheets right off the corner Of the mattress that you stole From your roommate back in Boulder We ain’t ever getting older Shawn Mullins, “Santa Fe” (2000) He was living with some hippies in school bus They had puttered here from Boulder covered in dust He said I know a little lady living 30 miles up the road The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Colorado Christmas” (1997) But all along the Rockies you can feel it in the... Read More

5 Boulder Musicians You Should Know

November 26th, 2023

Josephine Antoine This fair Boulderite was beloved for her incredible rise to fame as a Metropolitan Opera star. After completing her education in Boulder, Antoine went on to earn a Master’s at the Julliard School of Music in NYC. Before her first national appearance, she received a telegram from the mayor of Boulder reading: “Every citizen sends you love and good wishes for your performance tomorrow.” She was a success, and sang the lead in 14 Metropolitan Opera productions. Her singing was featured on national radio stations, and she returned to Boulder to perform at the Colorado... Read More

CU Boulder: A Catalyst for Boulder’s Thriving Music Scene

August 14th, 2023

The University of Colorado has long been known as a hub of creativity and innovation. But did you know that it has also been a major catalyst for the thriving music scene in Boulder, Colorado? Through its various music programs, its student-run radio station, and its support of local music venues, the University of Colorado has played an integral role in fostering the vibrant music culture that exists in Boulder today. In this blog article, we’ll explore how the University of Colorado has shaped the music scene in Boulder and the lasting impact it has had on the city. University of Colorado’s... Read More

Boulder’s Five-time Emmy-winning singer-songwriter releases a new version of the all-time classic “Amie”

May 2nd, 2023

Five-time Emmy winning and Grammy nominated composer/ producer Mark Oblinger has released a new, alt version of the Pure Prairie League classic “Amie“ Mark brings his soulful, eclectic blend of folk/pop to the stage in 2023, featuring powerful, vocal forward arrangements from his latest release, “High Water Line” —PLUS new songs from 3 EP’s scheduled for release this coming year. “High Water Line” garnered a host of national reviews, press and radio airplay on both commercial and noncommercial Americana and AAA formats and tour dates including the iconic “Café... Read More

Boulder Hidden Gem Lounge received the highest rating for Best Nightlife

April 12th, 2023

Boulder, Colorado, is a fantastic destination for those who love to indulge in an exciting and dynamic nightlife scene. The city is home to a diverse community of people, including university students, professionals, and artists, making it an ideal location for a night out on the town. Here are some of the reasons why Boulder is a great place for nightlife. Firstly, Boulder’s vibrant music scene is a significant draw for visitors looking for a night of entertainment. The city has a range of music venues that cater to different tastes, from small bars that host local bands to larger concert... Read More

Top 8 Boulder Music Venues

September 15th, 2022

Boulder has a plethora of music venues that feature some of the best music in the country. Boulder has also produced some incredible musicians over the years. Here are some famous musicians with Boulder ties: Elephant Revival The Samples Rose Hill Drive The String Cheese Incident Leftover Salmon Hazel Miller Otis Taylor Sally Taylor Based on the most recent Yelp reviews, here are the top eight rated music venues in Boulder: Rayback Collective eTown Boulder Theater License No. 1 Colorado Chautauqua Association Fox Theatre Jazz on 2nd Avenue Dairy Arts Center      Read More

Airlines Lose Boulder Songwriter’s Guitar, But A Capella Performance Stole The Show

August 24th, 2022

“This is the biggest gig of my life,” says Boulder songwriter Jeremy Dion, as he packed up for his recent trip to Scotland to perform in the largest arts festival in the world – Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.  “I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for a performance, so you can imagine my devastation when my guitar didn’t make it.” Airlines misplace baggage all the time, but when that lost baggage is the centerpiece of a one-time international performance, that’s a different story. “The guitar never did catch up to me in Scotland,... Read More

[VIDEO] Dirty Cello: Friday’s Featured Musicians ~ April 9th, Lafayette, CO

March 18th, 2022

From Iceland to Italy, and all over the U.S., San Francisco based band Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues, rock, and Americana. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues and rock with a wailing cello, to virtuosic stompin’ Americana, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! “A five-piece string ensemble that truly pushes the envelope and breaks the barriers, they blend blues, bluegrass and world music sounds with roots in the world of... Read More

Espresso: A Local Band in the Spotlight!

March 17th, 2022

Colorado-based band Espresso! merges these same two musical traditions with red-hot interpretations of American swing and Gypsy jazz favorites. The traditions of the past come alive with powerful instrumental leads and vocals in French and English. Very danceable, this music is infectious. “You owe it to your ears.” Espresso! includes an abundance of Colorado talent: Bill Pontarelli (clarinet), National Mandolin Champion Jordan Ramsey (mandolin), chanteuse Emily Reynolds (rhythm guitar), and stand-up bass man Duane Webster. Bill and Emily have performed Gypsy Jazz and American Swing... Read More

Local Boulder Colorado Musicians – Album of the Month!

January 7th, 2022

Local artists, Peter Sharpe & Jeremy Dion have released a new album — Sharpe & Dion. Enjoy six new songs as well as a blast from the past through your favorite streaming service, including YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music. Listen Now  Read More

Bouder’s Featured Musician this Weekend: Jeremy Dion

October 9th, 2020

Jeremy Dion of Boulder, CO, basically grew up in the music world, singing and dancing as a young kid and starting piano at just 7 years old. Dion continued to play and sing in high school in choir and musicals, but it was when he turned 18 and was gifted a guitar that he really began dedicating himself to music. Dion returned back to his hometown of Seattle after college with a degree in psychology and a guitar, with no idea what to do with the two. He was introduced to the idea of music therapy and went to grad school to combine the two passions, but ultimately separated them into two different... Read More

Local Spotlight: DJ Lazyeyez

June 28th, 2020

Hello, and welcome to another wonderful, musically inspired article this week! Our interview is with CU Boulder alum and Colorado native DJ Lazyeyez, who has played all over the state and some parts of the country. Without further ado, let’s learn about the skilled musician below:   1. What inspired you to start deejaying, was there a specific song, album, time in your life, etc? I would say my formative years as a teenager and high school formed my love of hip-hop and DJing. There’s a period of time in your adolescence when hanging out with your friends, roaming the streets, and being... Read More

Must See Local Boulder Band Video: The Copper Children

June 16th, 2020

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