Music

Wendy Woo
Stacy Nick / KUNC

For almost 30 years, Wendy Woo's unique mix of folk, rock, and blues has made her a Colorado mainstay. Her name is ubiquitous with the music festival scene. She's made practically every Colorado "best of" list at least once. In 2010, then-Denver mayor John Hickenlooper performed her wedding ceremony. Oskar Blues Brewery even named a beer after her — Woo Woo Wheat.

This last year, she released her first solo album in almost 15 years and was the subject of the new documentary Unshaken: The Road to Woo.

James Brody and Brittany Bonner
Stacy Nick / KUNC

College athletes have coaches, trainers and physical therapists who place a lot of focus on keeping them physically fit and help them recover from injuries. At the University of Colorado - Boulder, there's a similar program for musicians.

"It's something that a lot of people in the general population don't really quite understand about musicians — that we do things that are athletic in nature," said James Brody, director of CU's Musicians' Wellness program.

While members of the band Beethoven’s Nightmare can’t hear the instruments they’re playing, that doesn’t stop them from rocking out. Touted as the world’s first and only deaf rock band, the Los Angeles-based group will play a special concert Jan. 4 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

“Music is a universal language, and rock ‘n’ roll speaks to all of us,” said Mark Heiser, Denver Performing Arts Complex venue director.