Music Interviews

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For more than a decade, a typical “work day” for Anthony Kovacs meant spending time on stage with loud guitars and drums, singing into a microphone as the lead vocalist for the Chicago punk band Shot Baker.

Even when he wasn’t on stage, Kovacs said his daily life was pretty noisy.

“When I wasn’t on tour I was working in music venues as a door guy or whatever I was doing, so I was exposed to loud quite a bit,” he said. “And at some point, I noticed that my hearing wasn’t as sharp as it once was, and it actually started scaring me into wearing hearing protection.”

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It’s hard to imagine a Fourth of July celebration without certain things — cookouts, fireworks, the American flag and the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But for many, Francis Scott Key’s iconic song can sound a little sour.

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Bet you never thought about Mozart and methane going together, did you? One music festival is doing just that: combining classical music and climate science.

It might seem a little strange to some, but that’s kind of the idea, said Jephta Bernstein, executive artistic director for Off the Hook Arts. The Fort Collins music education program is using the theme Mission Earth for its SummerFest 2018 series.

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Eighties act Blondie and indie-rockers The Decemberists will headline Fort Collins’ Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in August.

The annual music festival is put on by the nonprofit Bohemian Nights and the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association to celebrate local music and artists.

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While their sound may be synonymous with summer in Fort Collins, the outdoor pianos that are part of the city’s Pianos About Town program actually got its start in the middle of winter.

Eight years ago, it was created as way to engage people in a little spontaneous art and music, said Mary Timby, communications manager for the program’s co-sponsor Bohemian Foundation.

The upright pianos were an instant hit, Timby said.

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Colorado State University’s Moving Through Parkinson’s class isn’t like other movement therapy classes. Yes, they use many of the same exercises to increase balance and range of motion. And yes, they use music to help participants keep the beat to those exercises.

But unlike most programs, the class’s soundtrack isn’t playing on a laptop or a stereo. It’s coming from a group of music therapy students playing instruments in a corner of the room.

This movement therapy class comes with a live band.

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For 10 years, the Fort Collins Music eXperiment has celebrated the music that makes Colorado special. But with more than 300 acts at 30 venues over only two days, deciding who to see can be a challenge.

We’ve put together a guide to help fans of all kinds plan their FoCoMX experience.

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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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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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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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