Stacy Nick

Arts, Culture & Music Reporter

Despite being KUNC's resident arts, culture and music expert, I have to admit I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with a handle. However, I have a deep appreciation for those who do have musical talent, as well as anyone who dances, acts, paints, or otherwise utilizes the creative process.

That's why I've been covering the arts in Colorado for almost two decades. My first big interview was Eagles bassist Randy Meisner and his mom about his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I love finding out the backstory behind why artists do what they do and getting to see the process up close. At heart, I'm just a fan.

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A new, state-of-the-art indoor music venue is coming to Denver’s rapidly growing River North District, or RiNo. The Mission Ballroom will anchor the new mixed-use North Wynkoop development along Brighton Boulevard.

The new venture is part of a partnership between music promoter AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and real estate developer Westfield Company. The project was announced with a promotional video featuring a virtual tour of the venue, as well as an overview of the plans for North Wynkoop.

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When Jeffrey Bigger heard about the subject matter of Bas Bleu Theatre’s upcoming show, he wasn’t immediately sold.

“I thought, ‘Really, someone’s written a play about dirt?’” Bigger said. “And then they asked me to assistant direct, and I said, ‘Could I read it first?’”

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If you find yourself loving the idea of spring cleaning, but loathe starting it, it’s not just in your head.

Procrastinating any big undertaking, like the annual spring cleanup, is the brain’s way of protecting itself. That’s according to Dr. Randall O’Reilly, psychology and neuroscience professor at the University of Colorado - Boulder. He said the brain is wired to track progress. Once you start a project, it takes over.

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Over the years, Edward Victor Dick has seen a lot of highs and lows in the guitar market.

“You know, in the mid-’80s we thought acoustic instruments were going to be complete dinosaurs because people were playing electric instruments and samplers,” said Dick, the owner of Denver’s Victor Guitar. “Then Eric Clapton came out with his ‘Unplugged’ album.

“After 9/11, it was kind of a bit of a strange experience because business just dropped like a stone,” Dick added. “And we all thought the world was gonna end.”

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Katy Williams is used to having to explain her work.

“I’ll tell people I’m a puppeteer and they’re like, ‘Oh, so like The Muppets?’” Williams said. “And I’m like, ‘Yes -- but no.’”

Because what Williams does is so much more than felted fabric.

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Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine and Stevie Wonder will headline the inaugural year of Denver’s Grandoozy music festival.

The event kicks off September 14-16 at Overland Park Golf Course. It is expected to draw 30 to 40,000 people daily.

Tickets go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. March 23, 2018 at Grandoozy.com. Pricing starts at $224.50 for general admission three-day tickets and $599.50 for VIP three-day tickets. There will be a layaway plan to allow ticket buyers the option to split the cost of purchase into multiple payments over time.

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You may know Chris Daniels best as the energetic frontman for blues band Chris Daniels & The Kings, but lately it’s other people’s music that’s been on his mind.

Daniels is the new executive director of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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In the concert industry, Colorado has long been considered a “flyover state,” but Denver still ranks in the top 10 for the amount of live music.

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When you think about economic drivers, you probably think of agriculture or manufacturing.

But a new study shows that in Colorado creative industries outperformed mining, transportation and agriculture.

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As actors Charlie Schmidt and Cory Wendling would make their way from Denver to Breckenridge, they would joke about one of their favorite nostalgia films, “Hot Dog: The Movie,” and what that would look like on the stage.

Eventually though, they stopped joking.

“Three years later, it’s a full, two-hour musical,” Schmidt said.

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