Fri September 16, 2011

KUNC Entertainment Report

Autumn Nears: Season Debuts, Greeley's Band Festival, Fort Collins' Peggy Lee Musical 

As summer fades, the autumn season glows with a plethora of Colorado music and arts events. (Can you  say, “plethora”?)

Tonight, Judy Collins and Amy Speace hit the stage in a benefit concert at the L2 Arts and Culture Center in Denver.   http://www.l2artsandculture.com

Not satire but sitar: World-renowned sitarist Roop Verma plays in concert with Jeffrey Rodgers on tabla – this evening at the Unitarian Church in Fort Collins. (970-372-2736)

Also tonight: In Loveland at the Rialto Theatre, enjoy Interstate Cowboy and the precocious sister quartet, Shel. (970-962-2120)

Oh, techno-music fans, head to Bellvue to Mishawaka Amphitheatre tonight for a 4-hour-plus electronic extravaganza with the band, EOTO.  http://www.themishawaka.com/

Celebrate Art Night Out this evening in Lafayette when galleries and shops all along Public Road will open their doors to share goodies and beautiful wares, artful collaborations indeed! http://www.cityoflafayette.com/page.asp?navid=2087

Ballet Nouveau Colorado opens its tenth season witha multi-media journey into Suburban America called Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry’s Intersection combining poetry, film, and dance: tonight and through the weekend at the Lakewood Cultural Center, and next weekend at the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School in north Denver.  www.bncdance.com or 303.466.5685

In Dillon tonight – enjoy an Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival Concert in Pulitzer-Prize-winning music of Paul Moravec, and Brahms’ beloved First Piano Quartet – at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. www.alpenglowchambermusic.org

The Niwot Fine Art Show, today and Saturday, showcases 14 world-class artists in a variety of mediums at Niwot Sculpture Park.  Also  today and tomorrow, the Sustainable Living Fair in Fort Collins models very green lifestyles and solutions.  http://www.niwot.com/events/niwot-fine-art-show/

Called the "Paul McCartney of kids' music," Justin Roberts dishes out whimsically-rockin’ music for kids and their parents. Catch Justin Roberts and “The Not Ready for Naptime Players” in Daniels Hall at Swallow Hill in Denver—Saturday at either 11am or 3pm.  http://swallowhillmusic.org/

Tomorrow afternoon in Lyons,  Planet Bluegrass celebrates the coming Autumnal Equinox with the 5th annual Mabon [MAY-bon] Celebration featuring members from Yonder Mountain String Band. Gates open at 2pm for camping and feasting. Can you say “autumnal equinox”?  http://www.bluegrass.com/wildflower/schedule.html

Saturday afternoon in Loveland – it’s their annual Peace in the Park including family activities – puppets, dancing, face-painting, and story-telling – all afternoon at Foote Lagoon. http://www.peaceinthepark.org

Go back in time with the Tesoro Foundation's 10th Annual 1830's Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Market at The Fortin Morrison featuring Colorado and New Mexico’s most celebrated Spanish colonial artists demonstrating their techniques and selling their work. Plenty of colorful period dress, trade silver, flintlock guns,and beaver skin hats, and catch the traditional mountain man competitions! All day tomorrow and Sunday. http://www.tesoroculturalcenter.org/Calendar.html

Well, they took Broadway by storm and are now touring coast to coast,  serenading folks with 1960’s clas­sics of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown and more!  It’s The Midtown Men– four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys, happenin’ Saturday eveningat The Fort Collins Lincoln Center. www.lctix.com

Or, enjoy a horn of plenty Saturday night, as CU-Boulder horn students test their chops at Grusin Music Hall. http://music.colorado.edu/

Saturday night in Longmont, take-in a delightful night of song by Florida-based acoustic duo, Jennings and Keller at Barbed Wire Books.  (303-827-3620)

Also Saturday evening, vocal magic from Rebecca Folsom at the Bellvue Bean in, of all places, Bellvue. Her fun is infectious.  http://www.bellvuebean.com/Rebecca-Folsom.html

Saturday night, Tuck and Patti at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland http://sunriseranch.org/

And Saturday, it’s opening night for the Boulder Philharmonic, a concert called Genius and Power.  Bach’s genius, and Mahler’s Power! http://boulderphil.org/

Bluegrass fans -- Saturday night in Bellvue -- Head For The Hills plays at the Mishawaka with special guests, Benny Galloway and the group SHEL. http://themishawaka.com/

In Boulder, late Saturday night, The Zydecoasters have their Zyde-Cajun Slam Jam with former members of Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi—that’s at Shug’s Low Country Cuisine.  (720-398-9036)

And in downtown Greeley on Sunday at Lincoln Park -- the third annual My Favorite Bands Festival -- 9 acts by top Colorado bands including Kream of the Crop playing Count Basie, and Romeo Delight doing the best of Peter, Paul and Mary.  http://www.greeleydowntown.com/

And kicking off Sunday night in Fort Collins at Bas Blue Theater, a run of a new musical on the life of the late Peggy Lee called, Is That All There Is? http://www.basbleu.org/

That’s not all there is -- for details on these and more winning events, drop by our website, kunc.org. For KUNC, I’m Peter Johnson.