Thursday, April 29, 2010

Peoples Fair 2010 needs you!!

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!Volunteers Needed for the 39th Annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair

Denver, Colo. – April 29, 2010 – Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc., is now recruiting volunteers for the 39th Annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair (voted “Best Annual City Festival of 2005 and 2006” by the readers of the Rocky Mountain News and Westword) to be held at Civic Center Park on June 5 and 6, 2010. The power behind the People’s Fair comes from our tremendous volunteers. More than 300 volunteers are needed every year to assure the success of the People’s Fair and the enjoyment of our many fairgoers.

The People’s Fair remains a shining example of neighborhood pride. It is a community-oriented volunteer event that continues to benefit Capitol Hill non-profit organizations. Greater Capitol Hill non-profit organizations benefit from participating in the People’s Fair by running the soft drink and beer booths at the Fair, and are known as “Community Partners.”

To sign up to volunteer for the CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair, please call Nicole at 303.830.1651 or send an e-mail to: For more information on the People’s Fair please visit People’s Fair volunteers receive the following:

A 2010 People’s Fair official volunteer t-shirt
An invitation to our annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair Kick-off Party
Complimentary soft drinks and snacks during your shift, and complimentary beer after your shift (for those 21 years of age and older)
Regular communication in the months leading up to the People’s Fair, in the form of our volunteer newsletter, the Fairfax
A “countdown packet” in May with detailed volunteer shift information and helpful general People’s Fair information for the weekend of the Fair
A great volunteer opportunity in a festive, outdoor setting
The satisfaction of knowing that you were part of producing one of the largest two-day festivals in the country.

The 39th Annual CHUN Capitol Hill People’s Fair is presented by Miller Lite and FOX 31 News. Associate Sponsors include The Denver Post, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Comcast, Entercom Denver stations 99.5 The Mountain, KOSI 101, Studio 1430 AM and Alice 105.9, and Three Olives Vodka. The City and County of Denver is a Supporting Sponsor of the People’s Fair.

Volunteer shifts are available in the following categories:

Join us in our efforts to turn the People's Fair into a more environmentally sustainable event. We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about greening and recycling, to guide and educate fairgoers in the correct disposal of their waste. We will provide an educational seminar for all of our GREEN team volunteers to better prepare you in spreading the knowledge needed to create a more sustainable world.

Information/Souvenir BoothsHelp spread the Spirit of the Fair on our Souvenir Team! We have many wonderful items to offer the fairgoers and need your help. Cash handling experience is helpful. You may also help with the most important area of the People's Fair, the Information Booths, where you will answer questions along with acting as the Lost and Found Center, Fair Directory distribution center and the overall fairgoers assistance center.

Fair AmbassadorIn conjunction with the Information Booths, the Fair Ambassadors are the heart of the Fair. Smiling faces and happy feet are needed to greet fairgoers, distribute Fair directories, and provide general information about the Fair and its happenings.

Spirit Team!
Get in the People’s Fair spirit and join us as we spice up the fairgrounds with banners, signs, sidewalk chalk and more!

The People’s Fair offers entertainment on six stages and hosts over 100 bands and entertainment acts over the weekend. Assist the bands as they load in and load out their gear, assist the Stage Managers in organizing the schedules and times of acts and provide assistance to fairgoers enjoying the entertainment.

Site Set-up/Tear Down
This is where things really start to happen. Help transform the streets of the Civic Center into the best party of the year! Let the handyman/woman in you out! Shifts are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to select the one that best fits your schedule. As part of the site set-up team you will be setting up tents, building props, marking booth spaces, lifting and moving heavy objects, setting up tables & chairs, helping exhibitors, etc.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FoCoMX 2010 Documentary Released

Relive the weekend if you were there or not. Check out what's happening in the Fort... Oh Yeah!

Fort Collins Music Experiment 2010 from Colorado Music Lounge on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

COMBO Music Expo Sunday April 18th

The Colorado Music Business Organization presents the COMBO Music Expo on Sunday, April 18th, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Red & Jerry's Events Center, Oxford & Santa Fe, South Denver / Englewood. We'll have live music presented outside on CarToys' fantastic portable stage and sound system.

Inside in the Octane Room we have scheduled several expert speakers such as Hazel Miller (How to Make a Living Playing Music); Michael St. James/St. James Media (Publishing); AirShow Mastering (on why you need mastering for your CD); Carmen Allgood (on the future of podcasting and how to get your songs "on the air"); David Barber (on the basics of gigging), and more.

We have 40+ exhibitors such as guitar and drum shops, amp repair & sales, recording studios, CD replicators, clothiers, luthiers, booking agents -- a variety of music-related businesses that are looking for musician customers.

Where else would you be able to go "music business shopping" in one day, one time, and all in the same place?


Monday, April 5, 2010

Big Motif CD Release Party: Hippies, Rockers, and a Whole Lot of Lasers

A few Guinnesses deep, I found myself at Quixote's True Blue on Saturday, March 27th, for Big Motif’s CD/EP release party. I had seen Big Motif last year at People’s Fair and loved their raw blues-jam sound. However, I had heard that, along with a new name (previously known as Runnin’ Wild Band) and a recent lineup change, they were now experimenting with a new genre altogether.

With no awkward hesitation or stuttered introductions, the opening band—A Reliable Source—launched into their set of hard instrumental rock. With the flawless timing, intricate riffs, and funk overtones created by heavy bass lines, they sounded fresh from the stages of 1972. Throughout the set, the band members seemed very connected—paying as much attention to one another as to the audience—which resulted in a very tight, yet complex sound.

After a brief intermission, it was time for Big Motif. The change in lineup turned out to be the addition of a saxophonist/flutist, Sam Crowe. Crowe, a young but well-established jazz musician, has performed with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble, as well as with such fellow musicians as Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard. The addition of the woodwinds creates a more mature sound, and when necessary, pushing a song over the edge into psychedelia. Yet that wasn’t the only change. It seems as if the band traded in their long-winded blues jam sessions for a more studied form of jazz fusion. Tony Pacello (guitar and vocals) has slowed down his impressively fast fingers to a restrained and concentrated plucking (although many songs still showcase moments of his sheer talent). Hunter Roberts and Jeff Jani also slow it down a bit, keeping the mellow beat while revealing their sophisticated talents. Toward the end of the set, the band played a few old favorites, such as their rendition of Michael Franti’s “Ganja Babe” and Sublime’s “40 Oz. to Freedom,” showing the audience that, while their sound may be growing up, they can still let loose like the young adults they are.

The closing band, Grateful Dead cover-band Shakedown Street, took the stage amid a laser light show—which seems to be a requirement for any kind of Dead tribute band. And as with any Dead tribute band, the audience was divided between hard-dancing, adoring Deadheads….and bewildered onlookers. Finding myself in conversation with a Dead fan, I asked how he liked Shakedown Street. “Not bad, not bad,” he said, then proceeded to give me a step-by-step guide to appreciating Grateful Dead. Those fans are anything, if not patient. Must be the calming effects of those lasers.

Mile Hi Music Festival - Aug 14/15 - Line up and info here!

Mile High Music Festival on August 14 and 15
On The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

Headliners Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson

Plus Weezer, Steve Miller Band, My Morning Jacket, Slightly Stoopid,
Atmosphere, Phoenix, Train, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Keane, Bassnectar, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band,
Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli And Many Others

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, April 10 At 10:00 AM MDT
No Additional Fees On Any Tickets! - Early Bird Tickets are $150 While Supplies Last

Colorado’s Mile High Music Festival officially announces its 2010 event: August 14 and 15 at The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. With Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson topping the bill of over 40 bands over two days, 2010 promises to be the festival’s biggest and best year yet.

In addition to the headliners, 2010 performance highlights include Weezer, Steve Miller Band, My Morning Jacket, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Phoenix, Train, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Keane, Bassnectar, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli and many others. The complete list of performers is listed below. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. each day.
A relative newcomer on the national festival scene, Mile High Music Festival has already become a summer tradition for Colorado residents and for music fans from coast to coast. The festival grounds, with its remarkable views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountain Front Range, is the perfect backdrop for this diverse, lively, and distinctly Colorado music and arts festival.

The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is conveniently located just nine miles from downtown Denver, and only 1.8 miles from the I-70 and Quebec exit.


2010 Mile High Music Festival Ticket prices follow. No additional charges or fees apply!

Mile High Music Festival Early Bird Tickets are $150.00 for a two-day pass. Early Bird Ticket supplies are limited and will go quickly. Once the Early Bird Tickets are sold, the ticket price will be adjusted to $175.00 for a two-day pass while supplies last. The next ticket price level will be $200.00 for a two-day pass. No single day tickets are available.

VIP Passes, Hotel Packages and Layaway options are available. Visit for more information.

Tickets go on-sale on Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 am MDT at and

The complete line-up for Mile High Music Festival is:

Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
PhoenixNas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
One eskimO
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Amos Lee
The Constellations
The Motet
Bobby Long

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
On My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Mile High Music Festival is produced by AEG Live Rocky Mountains, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, and Starr Hill Presents.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

SpokesBUZZ Party!

Please join Articulate City in congratulating in congratulating SpokesBUZZ on their highly successful debut
at South by Southwest in Austin.
Wed. 4/7, 5:30p - 7:30p at ArtLab (239 Linden St.)

Mix, mingle, hear behind-the-scenes stories and enjoy a live performance from a surprise musical guest, with beer provided by event sponsor New Belgium Brewing Admission to this invitation-only event is free, but you must RSVP to be admitted You can RSVP via Meetup if you are (or become) a member of our Articulate City Meetup group.

Otherwise, please RSVP online via the Articulate City website today.

Questions? Contact Articulate City - 970-219-8333 or

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