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Sep
4
Fri
Jazz Aspen Snowmass Hozier & Fitz & The Tantrums @ Snowmass Town Park
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Hozier & Fitz & The Tantrums

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Hozier

 

 

 

 

Hozier

A unique and intelligent singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who cites James Joyce‘s Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Leonard Cohen, John Lee Hooker, and community choral singing among his influences, Hozier (his stage and performing name) was born Andrew Hozier-Byrne on March 17, 1990 (which just so happened to be St. Patrick’s Day) in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. The son of a local blues musician, he literally grew up with the blues being played all around him. He joined his first band when he was 15, gravitating toward R&B, soul, gospel, and, of course, blues. Hozier started studying for a degree in music at Trinity College Dublin, where he was involved with the Trinity Orchestra, but dropped out in his first year to record demos for Universal Music. From 2009 to 2012, he sang with Anúna, an Irish choral group, and toured internationally. He released a solo EP, Take Me to Church, in 2013, and when a video for the powerful title track, which directly addresses gay discrimination in Russia, went viral on YouTube and Reddit, Hozier found himself with an international audience. A second EP, From Eden, appeared in the spring of 2014 and in September of that year, Columbia released his eponymous debut album. It reached the Top Ten of the charts in no less than 11 countries, and was quickly certified gold in Canada and Great Britain.

Fitz & The Tantrums

Led by songwriter Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitz & the Tantrums brew up a retro sound inspired by Motown and Stax Records. Fitzpatrick initially formed the Tantrums as a neo-soul solo project, having purchased an old church organ, and found that it helped inspire his songwriting. While recording a solo EP, he recruited an old college friend, James King, to add horn arrangements to the material. The lineup grew from there, with the Tantrums eventually becoming a co-ed septet. Songs for a Break Up, Vol. 1 marked the group’s first release in 2009, and Fitz & the Tantrums headed to South by Southwest the following year, stirring up some industry buzz in the process. In 2010, the band returned with its first full-length effort, Pickin’ Up the Pieces, featuring the single “MoneyGrabber.” In 2013, Fitz & the Tantrums delivered their second studio album, the Tony Hoffer-produced More Than Just a Dream.

 

 

Sep
5
Sat
Steamboat Stage Race @ Steamboat Springs
Sep 5 – Sep 7 all-day

The 7th annual Steamboat Stage Race, presented by Moots, welcomes racers from across Colorado to compete in three days of road racing with stages including a time trial, road race and criterium.

Stage Race

More information at bikesteamboat.com.

Farmers Market @ Steamboat Springs
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Steamboat Farmers Market is now in its 11th year, now located at the intersection of 7th and Yampa Street.  The market was moved to it new location in 2014 and has proven very successful for both vendors and shoppers with more than 80 booths, featuring local and regional foods and products.

The Market includes fresh produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, plants and other consumables.  In addition, there is a limited number of handcrafted-by-the-vendor arts and crafts as well as several non-profit organizations participating.

Vendor registration for the market opens on January 15, 2015.  To register as a vendor, go to www.ManageMyMarket.com

 

The Market is held, rain or shine from 9am to 2 pm, every Saturday from June 13 to September 19, 2015. The Markets new location is at  7th Street and Yampa Street, near the river, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, email: [email protected] or call 970-846-1800.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass No Doubt Jimmy Cliff & Grupo Fantasma @ Snowmass Town Park
Sep 5 @ 3:00 pm

Jazz Aspen Snowmass No Doubt Jimmy Cliff & Grupo Fantasma

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No Doubt Artist Biography by John Bush

With the return of the punks in the mid-’90s came a resurgence of their slightly more commercial rivals, new wave bands. No Doubt found a niche as a new wave/ska band, on the strength of vocalist Gwen Stefani’s persona — alternately an embrace of little-girl-lost innocence and riot grrrl feminism — exemplified on the band’s break-out single, “Just a Girl.”

Formed in early 1987 as a ska band inspired by Madness, the lineup of No Doubt initially comprised John Spence, Gwen Stefani, and her brother Eric. While playing the party-band circuit around Anaheim, the trio picked up bassist Tony Kanal, born in India but raised in Great Britain and the U.S. Hardened by the suicide of Spence in December 1987, No Doubt nevertheless continued; Gwen became the lone vocalist and the group added guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young.

The Beacon Street Collection
No Doubt’s live act began to attract regional interest, and Interscope Records signed them in 1991. The band’s debut a year later, an odd fusion of ’80s pop and ska, sank without a trace in the wake of the grunge movement. As a result, Interscope refused to support No Doubt’s tour or further recordings. The band responded by recording on their own during 1993-1994; the result was the self-released Beacon Street Collection, much rawer and more punk-inspired than the debut. Eric Stefani left just after its release, later working as an animator for The Simpsons.

Tragic Kingdom
By late 1994, Interscope allowed recordings to resume, and Tragic Kingdom was released in October 1995. The album served as a document of the breakup of Gwen Stefani and Kanal, whose relationship had lasted seven years. Thanks to constant touring and the appearance of “Just a Girl” and “Spiderwebs” on MTV’s Buzz Bin, the album hit the Top Ten in 1996. Stefani, who has made no secret of her pop ambitions, became a centerpiece of attention as an alternative to the crop of tough girls prevalent on the charts. By the end of the year, Tragic Kingdom hit number one on the album charts, almost a year after its first release; the record’s third single, the ballad “Don’t Speak,” was the band’s biggest hit to date.

Return of Saturn
No Doubt’s much-anticipated follow-up, The Return of Saturn, was released in the spring of 2000, and “Simple Kind of Life” and “Ex-Girlfriend” were both critically successful at the mainstream and college levels. A year later, Stefani also hooked up with rap chanteuse Eve for the single “Let Me Blow Your Mind” (it went on to earn a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2002); however, Stefani also joined her band for the release of their fifth album. The ska revival and new wave sounds of Rock Steady were issued hot on the heels of debut single “Hey Baby” in December 2001.

The Singles 1992-2003
Rock Steady generated several major hits — the heavy synths of “Hella Good” and the seductive reggae of “Underneath It All” being the biggest — and the group continued touring the record over the next couple of years, all leading to the release of the hits collection The Singles 1992-2003 in 2003. The following year the band took a hiatus of undetermined length as Stefani launched a solo career with 2004’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby. This hiatus wound up lasting the better part of a decade, during which Stefani stayed in the spotlight via two hit solo albums (the second, The Sweet Escape, arriving in 2006), while the other bandmembers pursued other projects, the most prominent being Tony Kanal’s collaborations with P!nk in 2008. No Doubt eased back into action in 2009 with a reunion tour accompanied by the announcement of an impending new album. That new record took a while to complete, but it was finally finished in 2012, and released as Push and Shove that fall. It was preceded by the single “Settle Down.”

Jimmy Cliff Artist Biography by Jo-Ann Greene 

It’s one of the music industry’s great ironies that today, outside of reggae circles, Jimmy Cliff is perhaps better known for his film appearances than his music. Even after a string of hits, the singer never quite managed to break into the mainstream, although he seemed poised for international stardom during the late ’60s/early ’70s. The singer was born in St. Catherine, Jamaica, on April 1, 1948, with the less prosaic name James Chambers. His talent was evident from childhood, and he began his career appearing at local shows and parish fairs. Feeling ready for the big time at the age of 14, he moved to Kingston and took the surname Cliff to express the heights he intended on reaching. Cliff recorded two unsuccessful singles before he was spotted by Derrick Morgan, who brought him to Leslie Kong. His first single for the budding producer, “Hurricane Hattie,” was an instant hit. Unusually, Cliff remained with Kong until the producer’s death; most Jamaican artists flit from studio to studio. The singer’s loyalty was rewarded, however, by a string of follow-up hits. In the early years, the pair helped set the ska scene alight, both in Jamaica and in Britain, where the singer’s singles were picked up by Island Records. “Miss Jamaica,” “King of Kings,” “One Eyed Jacks,” and “Pride and Passion” have since become classics of the original ska era.

By 1964, Cliff‘s star was so bright that he was selected as one of Jamaica’s representatives at the World’s Fair. A successful residency in Paris followed, and Island head Chris Blackwell eventually convinced the singer to relocate to Britain. The label itself was in the process of shifting away from Jamaican music and into progressive rock, and thus Cliff began composing songs with an eye to cross over into that market.

It was a risky plan, but ultimately a successful one. In 1968,Cliff released his debut album, the excellent Hard Road, and won the International Song Festival with “Waterfall,” a song that became a smash hit in Brazil. He swiftly moved to that country to take advantage of his success, but even greater heights were in the offing. The following year, “Wonderful World, Beautiful People” proved to be his international breakthrough. The single soared to number six on the British charts, and charmed its way into the Top 25 in the States. The song’s anti-war follow-up, “Vietnam,” proved to be less popular, even if Bob Dylan called it the best protest song he’d ever heard. Regardless, Cliff‘s new album, 1969’s Wonderful World, was critically acclaimed, and saw the singer starting to build a following amongst the AOR crowd.

The title track, a cover of Cat Steven‘s “Wild World,” was another smash in 1970, and Desmond Dekker took Cliff‘s own “You Can Get It if You Really Want” to number two in Britain. And then tragedy struck. Leslie Kong, who had continued to oversee Cliff‘s career during this entire period, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in August 1971. The singer was at a loss, as he’d grown up under the producer’s wing and was abruptly forced to fend for himself. Another Cycle, which arrived later that year, was proof that Cliff was beginning to get his career back on track. One of the last projects Kong had undertaken was overseeing the soundtrack to the movie The Harder They Come. Produced and written by Perry Henzell, this powerful film featured Cliff in the leading role, and upon its release swiftly became an underground classic. The soundtrack, which boasted a clutch of Cliff‘s own compositions, was an equally seminal record.

This should have pushed the singer into the mainstream, but Island dropped the ball and turned their attention to Bob Marley instead. The timing was also off in the U.S., where the movie didn’t see release until 1975. Cliff left Island’s roster and signed to Reprise in the U.S. and EMI in the U.K., but fared no better on either label. 1973’s Unlimited, 1974’sStruggling Man, and the following year’s Brave Warrior were unable to sustain the success of Another Cycle, never mind improve upon it. During this time, Cliff converted to Islam and traveled to Africa in search of his roots, and his newfound religious devotion began to heavily influence his music. In 1975, with the release of The Harder They Come in the U.S., Cliff‘s second album for the year, Follow My Mind, immediately grabbed America’s attention and became his first album to reach into the bottom of the chart. Reprise then decided it was time for a greatest-hits collection, although this would be accomplished via a live album. Rolling Stones‘ producer Andrew Loog Oldham was brought in to oversee the project, and Cliff was sent out on the road to tour and record. What the label received was one of Cliff‘s most ferocious albums to date, Live: In Concert. The singer was not ready to wallow in nostalgia, and throughout the rest of the decade he continued releasing albums that were thoroughly modern in sound and fierce in delivery.

Cliff ended his relationship with Reprise in the new decade with 1981’s “Give the People What They Want, and moved to Columbia. He formed a new backing band, Oneness, and embarked on a tour of the U.S. with Peter Tosh; there was also a fabulous performance at Reggae Sunsplash that year. 1983’s The Power and the Glory inaugurated his partnership with Kool & the Gang, and the album was nominated for a Grammy. Its follow-up, Cliff Hanger, would win the award in 1985. However, 1989’s Hanging Fire became his last effort for Columbia, although the singer continued to release material in both Jamaica and the U.K. During this period, Cliffalso co-starred in the movie Club Paradise. He returned to the American charts in 1993 with his cover of “I Can See Clearly Now,” from the soundtrack for Cool Runnings, which glided into the Top 20. More singles and albums followed, and the singer remained a potent musical force. A comeback album of sorts, Black Magic, which featured duets with high profile stars like Sting, Joe Strummer, Wyclef Jeanand others, appeared from Artemis Records in 2004. In 2012 he partnered with Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong for Rebirth, a nostalgic return to form.

Sep
6
Sun
Chili Challenge @ Steamboat Springs
Sep 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Chili competitors vie for honors in the red, green, other, cornbread and salsa categories.

Live music, beer and sodas, and children’s activities are available. Enter your favorite chili recipe or vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award in the 11th Annual Downtown Chili Challenge. The fun takes place on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, downtown on the corner of 7th and Yampa streets. Join the fun, listen to live country music, and have a beer.

For questions, contact Tracy Barnett at (970) 846-1800. Visit mainstreetsteamboat.com for more details on this event and how to enter.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Lenny Kravitz The Fray & Conrad Sewell @ Snowmass Town Park
Sep 6 @ 3:00 pm

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Lenny Kravitz The Fray & Conrad Sewell

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz Artist Biography by Greg Prato

Rock music in the 1980s had completely lost the gritty feel of earlier eras, until Lenny Kravitz rediscovered the magic formula. Kravitz‘s sonic template combined good old-fashioned rock & roll with glam, soul, and psychedelia, making him a massive success. He made a splash straight out of the gate with his album Let Love Rule. After that, he de-emphasized the flower-power aspects of his music and began moving toward a heavier rock sound. This progression brought him such huge hits as “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and a hard-rocking cover of the Guess Who‘s “American Woman.” Along the way, his flamboyant image, model-like looks, and frequent acting roles made him a fixture in pop-music circles.

Born in New York on May 26, 1964 (his mother was actress Roxie Roker, best known for her role as Helen Willis on the popular TV series The Jeffersons, and his father was a TV producer), Kravitz was raised in Los Angeles, where he found himself around countless musical giants as a youngster due to his parents’ friendships with the likes of Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald,Bobby Short, and Miles Davis. Kravitz was a member of the California Boys Choir until his teenage years, when he decided to pursue rock & roll while in high school and under the heavily influence of funk-rocker Prince. Kravitz‘s admiration of the Purple One was so great that he at first patterned his style and approach directly after Prince and became known as “Romeo Blue” (complete with blue contact lenses), but failed to land a recording contract.

In the late ’80s, Kravitz relocated back to New York City, where one of his roommates turned out to be actress Lisa Bonet (who played the part of Denise Huxtable on The Cosby Show); they eventually got married. During this time, Kravitz wisely discarded his Prince-like approach and looked back to such ’60s/’70s classic rockers as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Bob Marley, and the Beatles for inspiration. Kravitz found a kindred spirit in engineer Henry Hirsch (who would stick by Kravitz throughout his career). With a back-to-basics approach, his style was quite refreshing in the humorously gaudy late ’80s. He inked a recording contract with Virgin Records and issued his debut release, Let Love Rule, in 1989. Kravitz‘s debut proved to be a surprise hit due to the success of the title track, which became a hit single and oft-aired video. A few critics were quick to assume thatKravitz‘s retro look and sound were simply a schtick to get the public’s attention, but come the ’90s, it had become integrated into the mainstream (both musically and fashion-wise), proving that Kravitzwas a bit of a trendsetter. It was around this time that Kravitz penned a major hit single, not for himself but for Madonna, who went to number one with the sultry track “Justify My Love.”

What should have been a time of happiness for Kravitzquickly turned sour as he and Bonet divorced in the early ’90s. Kravitz‘s heartbreak was very evident in his sophomore effort, Mama Said, which was even stronger than its predecessor, highlighted by the Led Zep-like funk-rocker “Always on the Run” (a collaboration with Guns N’ Rosesguitarist Slash), as well as a mega-hit with the Curtis Mayfield-esque soul ballad “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over,” which confirmed that Kravitz‘s success was no fluke. But the best was yet to come for Kravitz. His third release overall, 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way, is often considered to be the finest album front to back of his entire career, and with good reason: every single song was a winner, including the uptempo, anthemic title track, which turned out to be one of MTV’s most-played videos for that year. The album was a massive hit and Kravitz became an arena headliner stateside, as well as being featured on countless magazine covers.

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Despite an almost two-year gap between albums, Kravitz‘s fourth release, Circus, came off sounding unfocused and was a major letdown compared to his stellar previous few releases. Perhaps sensing that he needed to stir things up musically, Kravitz dabbled with electronics and trip-hop loops for his next album, 1998’s 5. Although not a huge hit right off the bat, the album proved to have an incredibly long chart life, spawning the biggest hit of Kravitz‘s career, “Fly Away,” almost a year after its original release. With the single’s success, Virgin decided to cash in on the album’s sudden rebirth by reissuing it around the same time with a pair of extra added bonus tracks, one of which became another sizable hit single, a remake of the Guess Who‘s “American Woman” (which was used in the hit 1999 comedy movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me). Kravitz‘s first best-of set, the 15-track Greatest Hits, was issued as a stopgap release in 2000, while his sixth studio release overall, Lenny, was issued a year later. Baptismfollowed in 2004. After starting a residential, commercial, and product design company called Kravitz Design, he recorded a funky version of John Lennon‘s “Cold Turkey” for Amnesty International’s 2007 benefit compilation Instant Karma. Before the end of the year it was announced that Kravitz would return in 2008 with a new album, It Is Time for a Love Revolution. The album arrived in February, accompanied by a brief tour.

Kravitz made his acting debut in the Academy Award-nominated 2009 film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. As he was filming his next role — a spot in the eagerly awaited adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games — he released his ninth album, Black and White America, in the summer of 2011. Reprising his role of Cinna in the second of The Hunger Games movies in 2013, Kravitzwouldn’t return to the studio until the following year. Kravitz released his tenth studio album, Strut, in September of 2014; it was preceded by the disco-rock single “The Chamber.”

Sep
12
Sat
Farmers Market @ Steamboat Springs
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Steamboat Farmers Market is now in its 11th year, now located at the intersection of 7th and Yampa Street.  The market was moved to it new location in 2014 and has proven very successful for both vendors and shoppers with more than 80 booths, featuring local and regional foods and products.

The Market includes fresh produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, plants and other consumables.  In addition, there is a limited number of handcrafted-by-the-vendor arts and crafts as well as several non-profit organizations participating.

Vendor registration for the market opens on January 15, 2015.  To register as a vendor, go to www.ManageMyMarket.com

 

The Market is held, rain or shine from 9am to 2 pm, every Saturday from June 13 to September 19, 2015. The Markets new location is at  7th Street and Yampa Street, near the river, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, email: [email protected] or call 970-846-1800.

Sep
16
Wed
Counting Crows Red Rocks 2015 with Citizen Cope & Hollis Brown @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm

Counting Crows Red Rocks 2015 with Citizen Cope & Hollis Brown

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Counting Crows Artist Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, andR.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, withT-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it was a dark and somber record, driven by the morose lyrics and expressive vocals of Adam Duritz. The only uptempo song, “Mr. Jones,” became their ticket to stardom, and Counting Crows enjoyed a significant amount of success throughout the ’90s and beyond.
What made Counting Crows unique was how they were able to balance Duritz‘s tortured lyrics with the sound of the late ’60s and early ’70s; it made them one of the few alternative bands to appeal to listeners who thought that rock & roll died in 1972. Recovering the Satellites followed in 1996, and “A Long December” was a Top Ten hit on both the Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts. The band issued the two-discAcross a Wire: Live in New York in 1998, and the following year saw the release of Counting Crows‘ third studio album,This Desert Life. In the midst of recording and collaborating with Ryan Adams on his sophomore album, Gold, Duritzjoined his band in the studio as well. The fruit of those sessions was the group’s Steve Lillywhite-produced fourth album, Hard Candy.

The next year saw the release of the best-of Films About Ghosts, and in 2004 Counting Crows reminded fans of their ability to write a hit single with “Accidentally in Love,” which appeared on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. Two years later, New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall, recorded from a show on February 6, 2003, was made available to the public. In 2008 the band issued Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, a concept record divided into two halves: the more rowdy, upbeat rock of Saturday night soundtracks and the mellow alt-country side of Sunday morning hangovers.

In 2009 the band parted ways with its longtime major-label home Geffen Records, but continued to tour and write new material as feverishly as ever. Duritz struggled with mental problems and prescription drug addiction following the split with Geffen, working on solo material that he released in part online.August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall, the band’s third official live album, was released in 2011. To tide fans over until the release of an album of new material, the band offered up a collection of cover songs entitled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) in 2012 and yet another live album, Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow, the following year. While touring in 2013 the group started to write material for what would become its seventh album. Recorded at the end of 2013 with producer Brian Deck, Somewhere Under Wonderland saw release in September 2014.

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Sep
18
Fri
Steamboat OktoberWest: Suds & Grub @ Downtown Steamboat Springs
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

7th Annual OktoberWest®, a mountain town twist on Octoberfest, kicks off on Friday with Suds N Grub. Head downtown and stroll to participating restaurants to taste a variety of seasonal and local beers and enjoy delicious food specials.

The Suds N Grub Stroll takes patrons on a tour down main street and along the beautiful Yampa River to mingle, nibble, and sample draft beers at a variety of local restaurants. Each Stroll stop presents a different selection of beers, allowing patrons to acquaint themselves with the variety of charming establishments that Steamboat has to offer.

Suds N Grub

OktoberWest glass tasting mugs with 10 tasting tokens will be available for $15. Tokens without at tasting mug will also be available; 5 tokens for $5, or $1 each. Come to the pre party to pick up your tasting mug, a map of participating restaurants and a full list of beers and culinary treats offered.

 This event is a fundraiser for the Young Professionals Network.

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Sep
19
Sat
Farmers Market @ Steamboat Springs
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Steamboat Farmers Market is now in its 11th year, now located at the intersection of 7th and Yampa Street.  The market was moved to it new location in 2014 and has proven very successful for both vendors and shoppers with more than 80 booths, featuring local and regional foods and products.

The Market includes fresh produce, meats, cheese, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, plants and other consumables.  In addition, there is a limited number of handcrafted-by-the-vendor arts and crafts as well as several non-profit organizations participating.

Vendor registration for the market opens on January 15, 2015.  To register as a vendor, go to www.ManageMyMarket.com

 

The Market is held, rain or shine from 9am to 2 pm, every Saturday from June 13 to September 19, 2015. The Markets new location is at  7th Street and Yampa Street, near the river, in downtown Steamboat Springs.

For more information, email: [email protected] or call 970-846-1800.