Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Wallflowers Shine ‘One Headlight’ on A Taste of Colorado

Alternative rock band The Wallflowers will perform on the Access Health Colorado Main Stage at the 31st annual A Taste of Colorado on Sat., Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m., presented by 97.3 KBCO. The four-day, free admission, food, music, and entertainment Festival will take place in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29 through Sept. 1.

The Wallflowers
Fronted by Jakob Dylan, the band is currently celebrating its 25th year. To date, the band has recorded six studio albums and sold more than seven million records worldwide. At A Taste of Colorado, the band will perform a variety of songs including its most popular single, “One Headlight,” which peaked at number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The band also won two Grammy Awards for the single: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song.

“One Headlight” is one of four singles on the band’s most successful studio album, “Bringing Down The Horse.” The album peaked at number four on Billboard’s albums chart and was certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The band followed up with the album “(Breach),” which rose to number 13 on Billboard’s albums chart and was certified gold by RIAA. “Glad All Over,” the band’s most recent studio album, was released in late 2012 and featured the popular single “Reboot the Mission.”

In addition to the Access Health Colorado Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the Festival will serve up a continuous menu of music featuring rock, country, jazz, blues, and ethnic music and dance groups. Plus, a fireworks light spectacular will illuminate Civic Center Park on Friday, Aug. 29, and feature synchronized lights on the City and County Building along with choreographed music.

More than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate. The Fine Dining area will host some of Denver’s finest restaurants. The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase features local and nationally-renowned chef demonstrations creating simple, yet elegant meals.

Festivalgoers can shop in more than 250 Marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports, and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country. Shoppers also can explore the Home & Lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing, and salons and spas.

There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns, and puppets on the Colorado Access KidzStage, and the KidZone features play equipment and hands-on craft activities. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature, and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, felting, and quilting, along with the popular blacksmith demonstration. At the Raptor Education Foundation (REF) exhibit, children can learn about birds, their environment, and their interactions with humans.

Sponsors of this year’s Festival are: 9NEWS, Access Health Colorado, Aggreko, LLC, 2014 Air National Guard Mobile Experience, Albert Bartlett, All Copy Products, Allstate®, American Family Insurance, American Medical Response, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Blue Moon, Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Mobile Tour, Coast 2 Coast Communications, Colorado Access, Colorado Lottery, Colorado Native, Coors Banquet, Coors Light, Costco Wholesale, Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown, Cricket Wireless, Cutarelli Vision, The Denver Post, Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, 2014 Ford Experience Tour, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, LBA Realty, Levinson Eye Clinic, Lowe’s, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, PEPSI, Residence Inn Denver City Center, Roundhouse Spirits, Sparkling ICE, Sport Clips Haircuts, State Farm®, Sturgeon Electric, and TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown.

Festival hours are Friday, Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization. The Festival is an opportunity for people throughout the region to come together to experience and appreciate our diverse cultural traditions, and to learn more about our state’s Western heritage. The Festival highlights visual and performing arts in addition to featuring educational programs and culinary demonstrations.

Visit www.ATasteofColorado.com, www.facebook.com/ATasteofColorado, www.twitter.com/ATasteofCO, or call (303) 295-6330 for more information.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Riot Fest coming to Colfax!

From their facebook page:

We have a new venue!!!

Riot Fest & Sideshow, some people didn't want YOU or US in their town. Since we were forced to move Riot Fest away from its inaugural home in Byers, CO, we are bringing Byers to you at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in downtown Denver on Sept. 19-21st.

Thank you Riot Fest fans and family for being patient this past week and thank you for standing alongside us. And even though Riot Fest will be at Mile High Stadium this year, we have officially filed an appeal with Arapahoe County as of this morning because we know we are right. All tickets will be honored at the new location and refunds for those who purchased camping spots will be forthcoming.

Official statement from Riot Mike: http://goo.gl/reOBs5

FAQs regarding new venue: http://goo.gl/Ea8DHr

Tickets and Lineup: http://denver.riotfest.org/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MS is Bull!

We have a special event coming up this Saturday, July 19th at The Mu Brewery. A $5 donation, which will go directly to help fund MS research, will also get you a VIP wristband. This VIP wristband has a few special perks...
1) $1 Off All Mu Beers From Noon to Midnight
2) Mu Will Also Donate A $1 For Every Beer Purchased
3) Unlimited Hi-Fives From The Mu Crew
4) Warm Fuzzy Feelings Inside For Doing Something Good And Probably From Drinking Lots Of Beer.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Phyllis Barber - To The Mountain - at Tattered Cover

Jul 16 2014 7:00 pm - Tattered Cover on Colfax Avenue
Award-winning author Phyllis Barber will discuss and sign her memoir To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman’s Search for Spirit ($18.95 Quest Books). Barber’s Mormonism and literary prose distinguish this book among spiritual memoirs. In a series of thought-provoking, personal essays, she provides an engaging account of how she left her original Mormon faith and eventually returned to it decades later.
Can’t make it to the signing? Request an autographed copy here: books@tatteredcover.com
Phyllis Barber’s website

Book List
ISBN-13: 9780835609241
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quest Books (IL), 6/2014

Raw Edges: A Memoir (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780874178814
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Nevada Press, 2/2012

Tattered Cover Bookstore
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado
United States

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kerouac was a Bum

It might be socially acceptable to glamorize the Jack Kerouac of the past now, and think of how he wrote much of the Beat classic On The Road on Lafayette St., very close to Colfax, but then if he walked the famed street today he would be just another casualty of gentrification: an unwanted panhandler; another bum sleeping in your doorway. In the light of his posthumous success it's all too easy for some teary eyed romanticism to creep in, but he really was just a bum. A gifted, literary bum, but a vagrant in the eyes of respectable society nonetheless. Gentrification has no place for his kind of genius and he probably would have just been told to move on.

Truly it is a Rocky Mountain High. Few cities have I ever seen that have endured such an immediate and total makeover. Baseball fields where Neal Cassady used to hit home runs over the fence are dwarfed by Coors Field, and the beatnik avenues of his skid-row father are now high falootin' high rollersville roosts called "lofts", only there ain't no artists left cuz they are too busy spilling for oils and canvas and their finery and the rents turned against them. Capitol Hill. Colfax alone!

A friend of mine's mother came out to visit a few weeks ago and couldn't believe that her son could afford such a rich neighborhood. Five years ago she came and visited and was scared for his life and demanded that he seek better housing. He never moved. So, my beloved Capitol Hill, of pan handlers and poets, and wandering vagabonds and scrubs, is no longer affordable to the former followers of freakiness.

There are just too many people discovering the "East Coast of the West Coast". I tell anyone here that is concerned with urban sprawl, "Let it go, why worry? We've got all the way to Kansas to expand this empire!"

But tonight, Bob Weir is at the Ogden Theater. Wow, not since my mom took banjo lessons from Jerry Garcia in Menlo Park have my eyes seen so much hair in need of a shower. Hip E.

Accuse the man in the school bus of litterin' hippies across Colfax, and congratulate the man who thought to turn the old Cowboy Disco into a hipster bar called Sancho's Broken Arrow. Talk about thinking a "head". This place is packed to the ribs of Jonah's whale. The hills have emptied out their devotees. All of them live above you at -20 degrees until there's a Dead Show in town.

These followers of the hippie dream are somehow convinced that the rules of society don't appeal or apply to them. Man, I live on the rules of karma and it said I deserved to rip off a friend for my miracle ticket...Little hippie aggression, I feel. Sensitive New Age Guy. SNAG. Don't last long in a woman's jaw. But I do honor their efforts to establish their own status quo. And I believe in love and those that follow Love have my blessing and gratitude, no matter how badly Patchouli Oil smells.

Now the Deadheads that once took over whole parking lots at stadiums are confined to a single, few block stretch of sidewalk. Where do the freaks go now?! I’m off to “Original Aurora”, to see if all the artist and hipster community seed has been planted there, or just another Larimer Square.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The John Penton Story

We invite you to join us for The John Penton Story being shown at The Sie Film Center on July 17th. RSVP to this event on Erico's Facebook Page. The First 76 RSVP tickets to this event are FREE, get your name on the list today!