Monday, April 30, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Festival 2012

     This Saturday, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of a heroic people and their struggle for freedom. On May 5, 1862, in the town of Puebla, the outnumbered Mexican army defeated French forces providing the momentum to drive foreign power from their country. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom and culture and acknowledges the beauty of Latino culture. The Denver Cinco de Mayo event is produced by nonprofit organization NEWSED Community Development Corporation and Santa Fe Drive Redevelopment Corporation. Their mission is, “To promote and develop economic, arts and cultural, and community programs that increase income and education levels, and political engagement of Denver area residents. This year we celebrate our 39th year as an organization and 25th Anniversary of the largest Cinco de Mayo Festival in the United States."

     Cinco de Mayo conmemora la Victoria de gente heroica y su esfuerzo por libertad. En el día 5 de Mayo del 1862, en el pueblo de Puebla, el ejercito Mexicano, que era superados en numero, derroto al ejercito Francés proporcionando el impulso para conducir fuerzas extranjeras de su país. Cinco de Mayo es una celebración de libertad y cultura y reconoce la belleza de la cultura Latina. El evento de Cinco de Mayo de Denver es producido por una organización sin fines lucros NEWSED Community Development Corporation y Santa De Drive Redevelopment Corporation. Nuestra misión es, "Promocionar y desarrollar la economía, artes y cultura, programas comunitarios que aumentan los ingresos y los niveles de educación, y participación política de los residentes del área de Denver." Este ano celebramos nuestros 39 anos como una organización y el 25 Aniversario del Festival Cinco de Mayo mas grande de los Estados Unidos.

Cinco de Mayo Parade 2012 Sponsored by:

The 25th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade starts on Colfax Avenue at Welton Street at 10:00 AM. Click here for the parade route.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Musicians in Action

     I am always honored to lend a hand to anyone making a difference in people's lives and willing to actually get their hands dirty and pitch in for a great cause, and yesterday that distinction would go out to Musicians in Action, who presented an amazing lineup of bands at the GLBT Center on Colfax from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Last night was the closing night for the first (I hope there will be more) Root 40 Music Festival on Colfax Avenue, and Musicians in Action really did their part! 

     From "We are mobilizing the underutilized (musicians) to aid the underprivileged (Colorado's homeless).
     M.I.A. is an all-volunteer nonprofit that hosts a variety of events to raise awareness and resources for those society has left Missing In Action (Colorado's homeless population).  M.I.A. hosts shows across genres, across the calendar and across the metro area.  Join us for a show?
      Musicians In Action is dedicated to assisting all of the homelessness agencies in Colorado.  Through fund raising events, special collaboration projects and volunteerism M.I.A. seeks to bring awareness to these important organizations.  We primarily serve the following agencies: The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless,  The Empowerment ProgramThe Gathering Place, Senior Support Services and Urban Peak.  But M.I.A. strives to work with many local agencies to raise awareness and resources."
      Questions?  Email

Musicians in Action: headlining band Nemesys
From the M.I.A. Facebook page: "A HUGE THANK YOU to the great bands that played our outdoor stage yesterday: Side Of The Road, Synergy, SuperSeed, Gription, MF Ruckus/White Fudge, Hot Apostles, FTP Band, The Hits, The Pirate Signal, and Nemesys! We couldn't have been more proud of the stage talent & diversity!

And a big thank you to Open Stage Denver for providing an awesome sound system! Please check them out at And thank you, Colorado Audio, for providing a great stage!"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Blackouts at Lost Lake Lounge

Kate Innes of The Blackouts
Ali Frankfurt of The Blackouts
Susan Phelan of The Blackouts
Lords of Fuzz's Leeroy Steele with DeniseEleven
Leeroy Steele

Sweet Lunacy: A Brief History of Boulder Rock

 Today at 4:40 pm, The Denver Film Society in cooperation with the Root 40 Music Festival presented the film Sweet Lunacy: A Short History of Boulder Rock.

Sweet Lunacy looks back at the music scene in Boulder from roughly 1960-1990, and stars the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, Zephyr, Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, Chris Daniels, Rosewood Canyon, Magic Music, Spoons, Steve Conn, Sonny Landreth, Tim Duffy, Woody and the Too High Band, Judy Roderick, Firefall, Freddi-Henchi, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Candy Givens, Otis Taylor, Tommy Bolin and Richie Furay and many more and places like Tulagi, Shannon's, the Blue Note and Caribou Ranch Studios.

Filmmaker Leland Rucker was there in person for the introduction and a Q&A that followed the film. Also spotted in attendance was guitarist/bandleader Chris Daniels.

Leland Rucker and Chris Daniels at the Denver Film Center on Colfax Avenue

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Root 40 Music Fest Continues with Jim Dalton

Jim Dalton
     Tonight, as a part of the Root 40 Music Festival, the Cheeky Monk, at 534 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver, presents Jim Dalton (The Railbenders, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers) joined by Pelon, Tony Asnicar, and mega rockstar, Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd & The Monsters). Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wine Tasting on the 'Fax

It’s the first patio party of the season! Wine Tasting to Raise Funds for Façade Improvements

      This spring, two prominent new ‘Fax businesses – Ace Hardware and Fairfax Wine & Spirits at Marczyk’s Fine Foods – are collaborating with The Fax Partnership for a wine tasting fundraiser. All proceeds from “The ‘Fax Uncorked” wine tasting will support a new façade improvement program, which provides matching funds for businesses to update East Colfax storefronts.
      Area residents, business and community leaders are invited to visit the new Ace on The Fax store, located at 7100 E. Colfax Avenue near Poplar Street, for a special wine tasting on Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the newly renovated space and taste over 20 wines from around the world, selected by Fairfax Wine & Spirits. Light snacks will be provided by the Cork House Broker restaurant

     Guests can also save up to 15% on wine ordered at the event for pick-up and purchase at a later date. Fairfax Wine & Spirits will generously donate 5% of all wine ordered at the tasting to The Fax Partnership for the façade improvement grant program.
      Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a pair, and are now available online at for purchase via PayPal. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the event by cash or check only.
The Fax Partnership is the non-profit organization that connects people, place, and new investment to revitalize Colfax Avenue from Colorado Boulevard to Yosemite Street. The Partnership works closely with the City of Denver on business attraction and retention, district marketing, redevelopment, crime prevention and neighborhood outreach.
      For more information and to register for The Fax Partnership’s monthly e-newsletter, visit

Monday, April 23, 2012

Live Performance in the Digital Age

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the L2 Arts & Cultural Center, 1477 Columbine Street in Denver, the Root 40 Music Festival presents "Live Performance in the Digital Age".

Moderator: Chris Daniels, Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Media, CU Denver
Panelist: Henry Root, L.A. Entertainment Attorney
Panelist: Steve Knopper, Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone Magazine
Panelist: Sean O'Connell, General Manager, Fillmore Auditorium
Panelist: Ed Pierson, Entertainment Attorney focusing on publishing, former Executive V.P. of Legal and Business Affairs for Warner/Chappell Music, Artist Manager
Panelist: Andy Guerrero, Guitarist for the FloBots & Bop Skizzum
Panelist: Mark Bliesener, Former Manager of Big Head Todd & the Monsters & Current Manager of Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Ultimate Urban Tour Video Contest

The Colfax Marathon wants your short videos!

     How do you define The Ultimate Urban Tour? The Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon video competition seeks video entries highlighting the Mile High City’s diverse neighborhoods and eclectic landmarks that runners will encounter along the 2012 course; including interesting architecture, funky stores, and unique restaurants and bars. Contestants whose videos best capture the spirit of “The Ultimate Urban Tour” will have their video incorporated as part of a new Colfax Marathon promotional showcase and win a generous prize package!  

What: We want short videos (60 seconds in length) to use in a video montage showcasing the Colfax Marathon as “The Ultimate Urban Tour.”

Anyone with a video camera, iPhone, or professional video gear.

 To capture the urban personality of the Mile High City.

 “The Ultimate Urban Tour” project will be unveiled on race day at the Colfax Marathon and aired on TV and the web.

Submit your video by May 1, 2012.
  • Winning videos will be broadcast on the big screen at Mile High at the Expo. Plus, see it at The Denver Film Center and on
  • Win a half marathon entry for 2013
  • Membership to Denver Open Media Foundation
  • Colfax prize packages that will include giveaways from Colfax businesses
 Create your video with a smartphone or with a professional camera. Everyone is a filmmaker with a story to tell! For a complete description of contest guidelines, please visit

This Ain't No Cowtown


From "Greetings and Salutations All. It's been an extremely trying and stressful task, but with over 70 bands and over 300 tracks submitted we have finally come to the final track list for our first comp, "This Ain't No Cowtown, Vol 1" (A Colorado Comp). We cannot thank you all enough. This has truly been an amazing experience. We knew going into this that a lot of bands would be left out (but certainly not missed, mind you), which is why we have decided to make these compilations as a series, starting with Volume 1 of 'This Ain't No Cowtown" (A Colorado Comp).'"

Bands included on the comp:
-The Big Motif:
-Black Dots:
-Black Sleep of Kali:
-Chella Negro:
-Glass Hits:
-I Sank Molly Brown:
-Il Cattivo:
-Iuengliss/Tommy Metz:
-The Morning Clouds:
-New Ben Franklins:
-Oliver Vanity:
-The Outfit:
-The Raven and the Writing Desk:
-Robin Walker (CougarPants):
-Royal Talons:
-Safe Boating Is No Accident:
-School Knights:
-Serious Moonlight:
-Shiny Horses:

Comedians included on the comp:
-Greg Baumhauer:
-Adam Cayton-Holland:
-Chris Charpentier:
-Charly "City Mouse" Fasano (poet)
-Brent the Great:
-Nathan Lund:
-Ben Roy:
-Sam "Danger" Tallent:

Download the full album at 

'This Ain't No Cowtown (A Colorado Comp)', Vol 2 is now available to download for FREE! 25 tracks from 25 Colorado bands!
Download for free here: 

'This Ain't No Cowtown (A Colorado Comp), Vol III (Kings) is now available!! You can download the 27 track/27 band comp for FREE or 'Name Your Price' with ALL proceeds going to Rev Jim Norris' medical bills:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Root 40 Kickoff Expo

Root 40 Kickoff Expo at the Fillmore Auditorium

Welcome Committee

Phil Nadeau - Nadeau Guitars
Dan Kugler - No Name Guitars
Erika - CODA Media Replication
Tammy Baretta - Colorado Sound Studios
Tessa Meis - Meis Musical Instrument Repair
L2 Arts and Culture Center
"Skinny" Winkler and Steve Franseen - SSS Productions
Laura Kelly - Elle Kelle Productions / Christian Blochinger - Potcheen Folk Band
Katey Laurel
Bill Martin - Shadow Sportswear

Doug Johnson - Bar None Bunkhouse (720) 233-3338
Of David
The ever elusive Hilleary Waters - Life On Capitol Hill
Musicians in Action
Caleb Grose
Barb Dye and Mark King - COMBO
David Barber and Shirley Wheeler of
Charles Banks - Avatar Creative Services
Blown Out of Water
"The Cap'n"  Christian Blochinger - Potcheen Folk Band