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Virtual Hall of Fame Induction of eTown

eTown to Be Inducted into Colorado Music Hall of Fame

After three decades of producing outstanding programming on the radio and nearly a thousand unique live performances, eTown is ready to celebrate in style with a special live stream celebration with some of eTown’s favorite guests.

eTown’s 30th b’Earthday Celebration, a live stream video event, will include eTown’s induction into Colorado Music Hall of Fame and will then feature music and conversation with artists including Lyle Lovett, Bob Weir, Los Lobos, Sam Bush, City and Colour, The War and Treaty, interview guest Former U.S. Senator Tim Wirth, and more. The event will also include visits with some of our former guests speaking about the issues that eTown has long promoted: sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change and social responsibility.

The 90-minute virtual show will be hosted by eTown’s Nick and Helen Forster. The free virtual streaming will be available via eTown.org/30 at 6:30pm MST and will also remain available for post-event enjoyment, just in case anyone misses the party.

We hope you’ll join us and support this epic celebration.

WHAT: eTown’s 30th Birthday Celebration: a virtual live stream event

WHO: eTown Hosts Nick and Helen Forster along with all new performances from Los Lobos, The War and Treaty, Lyle Lovett, Bob Weir, Sam Bush, City and Colour, Raquel Garcia, and interview guest Tim Wirth, with more guests to be announced in the coming days.

WHEN: 6:30 pm MT on Earth Day, April 22, 2021

WHERE: eTown.org

WHY: Celebrate eTown’s 30th anniversary and induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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Going Back to Colorado: Class of 2019 Induction Event

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Announces
Going Back to Colorado: Class of 2019 Induction:
Tommy Bolin, Otis Taylor, Zephyr and Freddi & Henchi, with Special Guests
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at The New Mission Ballroom

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DENVER – 10/22/19 – On December 3, 2019, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame will host the inductions of ‘70s rock/fusion guitarist Tommy Bolin; award-winning blues pioneer Otis Taylor; Zephyr and its dynamic lead singer, Candy Givens; Colorado legends Freddi & Henchi, “The Crown Princes of Funk;” legendary concert promoter Tony Spicola; and Colorado music journalist Wendy “Rock & Roll” Kale.

The evening will include performances by David and Anna Givens, the Otis Taylor Band, Freddi Gowdy and members of the Freddi & Henchi Band (backed by Chris Daniels & The Kings), and the Tommy Bolin Tribute Band, which will be comprised of former members of Tommy Bolin’s band including Stanley Sheldon (longtime member of the Peter Frampton Band), Johnnie Bolin (Tommy’s brother and a member of Black Oak Arkansas), Max Carl (current lead singer of Grand Funk Railroad and former singer for 38 Special), Bobby Berge (formerly of Zephyr and Buddy Miles Band), Lucas Parker and Jeff Cook, (co-writer with Tommy Bolin) with special guests Joe Bonamassa and Warren Haynes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street in Denver, with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes! (A pre-concert dinner and meet-and-greet with the performers will be part of the VIP festivities.)

The Inductees:

Tommy Bolin’s meteoric assent to fame began with his role as guitarist for Zephyr; in addition to working as a solo artist, he later replaced Joe Walsh in the James Gang, and worked with Deep Purple and such jazz-fusion icons as Billy Cobham (at the age of 22, Bolin played on Cobham’s award-winning album Spectrum). He passed away in 1976, but his music lives on.

Zephyr, with Candy and David Givens, John Farris, Robbie Chamberlin and Tommy Bolin, produced the first psychedelic-rock superstars to come out of Colorado in the 1970s. (Candy Givens has often been compared favorably to Janis Joplin, and Zephyr’s appearances with Jimi Hendrix were highlights.) The band’s song “Going Back to Colorado” inspired the title for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame Class of 2019 induction.

Boulder-based Otis Taylor is one of the world’s most prolific blues artists and the founder of the Trance Blues Festival. He’s the winner of multiple W.C. Handy awards, and has inspired young blues artists and fans alike to explore the role of race and oppression in the music.

Freddi Gowdy and Henchi Graves were part of a wave of late ‘60s soul/rock era acts like Sly and the Family Stone. They came to Colorado in 1970 as Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters, and for thirty years the Freddi & Henchi “party” was the best soul review in the area.

Concert promoter Tony Spicola owned KDZA-AM, Pueblo’s powerhouse radio station. He brought The Who to Colorado for their first-ever appearance in the state, and subsequently booked concerts by Ike & Tina Turner, Buffalo Springfield, the Yardbirds, the Everly Brothers and so many more. In the ‘80s he sparked a music renaissance in southern Colorado, and his infamous “Val Halen Brown M&M Concert” at USC Pueblo made MTV’s Top 12 Roughest Nights in Music History.

The late Wendy “Rock & Roll” Kale started her music career as a publicist for the CU Program Council; her music writing helping ignite the careers of Big Head Todd & The Monsters, The Samples, Chris Daniels and many more.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame:

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit created to honor individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the music scene, to preserve and protect the history of the scene, and to educate the public regarding everything that is great about Colorado music

Previous inductees include John Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, five time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Philip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire, swing-era giant Glenn Miller, KBCO radio, Harry Tuft, promoter Barry Fey of Family Dog fame, Firefall, the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, KIMN radio, folk legend Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind, Chris Daniels, Stephen Stills/Manassas, Poco, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more. All are commemorated at the Hall’s home in the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre Trading Post; those displays will soon be joined by exhibits devoted to the Class of 2019 inductees.

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CMHOF National Publicist: Phil Lobel phil@lobeline.com 310-271-1551 ext. 13
CMHOF Director: Chris Daniels Chris@CMHOF.org 720-837-4332

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Swallow Hill Music, The Mother Folkers, Dick Weissman & Walt Conley

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Announcing the Induction of SWALLOW HILL MUSIC, THE MOTHER FOLKERS, DICK WEISSMAN, AND WALT CONLEY ON NOVEMBER 9TH 2019.

Swallow Hill Music, The Mother Folkers, Dick Weissman, and Walt Conley will be inducted into the Hall at the 40th Anniversary Celebration for Swallow Hill.

 

DENVER, CO [November 9, 2019] – The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will host the induction of 21 women – luminaries of the folk music world known as The Mother Folkers – as well as Dick Weissman, a world-class musician, author and educator; Walt Conley, sometimes called the “godfather of the Colorado folk scene”; and Swallow Hill Music, the nation’s second-largest folk and acoustic music school, at a concert and celebration of Swallow Hill’s 40th Anniversary at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will include performances by 20 current and former members of The Mother Folkers including Mary Flower, Liz Barnez, Mollie O’Brien, Carla Sciaky and a cast of the most prominent women in folk. Additional guest performers and acts will include Harry Tuft, Dick Weissman, a tribute to Walt Conley and much more.

Swallow Hill was founded in 1979 by Harry Tuft of the Denver Folklore Center and grew into the nation’s second-largest folk and acoustic music school and concert organization, attracting more than 64,000 concert-goers annually and helping 75,000 under-served children by bringing music education into area schools. Dick Weissman is an award-winning banjo player, musician, author and educator who founded the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media’s music business program and worked with John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas) and the Journeymen. Walt Conley is considered one of the founding fathers of folk music in Colorado, influencing artists like Judy Collins. Conley was also known for his social activism and an acting career that includes movies, voiceover and television appearances in such shows as The Rockford Files.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to honor those musicians, individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts, and to educate the public regarding everything that is great about Colorado music.

Previous inductees include John Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, five-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Philip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire, swing-era giant Glenn Miller, KBCO radio, Harry Tuft, promoter Barry Fey of Family Dog fame, Firefall, the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, KIMN radio, folk legend Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind, Chris Daniels, Stephen Stills/Manassas, Poco, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more.

This induction concert and 40th Anniversary Celebration of Swallow Hill is produced by Swallow Hill and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

CMHOF National Publicist: Phil Lobel phil@lobeline.com | 310-271-1551 ext. 13

CMHOF Director, Chris Daniels, Chris@cmhof.org | 720-837-4332

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LIVE & ON THE AIR (2018)

LIVE AND ON THE AIR

December 3, 2018

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Colorado Music Hall of Fame
Induction Concert honoring

“LIVE AND ON THE AIR”

What began as a modest, 250-watt signal booming out of the little town of Boulder (with a population of under 70,000 at the time) had, 42 years later, turned into the nationally known 97.3 KBCO World Class Rock. In the process, KBCO set the standards and benchmarks that every Adult Rock station strives for: creativity balanced with radio fundamentals and commitment to the local community that led to long-term success. And KBCO was also the founding station of the Adult Album Alternative (or Triple A) format that to this day holds its annual convention in Boulder.

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Back in the ‘60s, a radio fan named Bob Greenlee graduated from Iowa State with a dream to own a radio station. His search led him to Boulder where, in 1975, Bob and his wife, Diane, bought KADE-AM. But Bob knew that FM radio was where he really needed to be, and by the end of 1976, the Greenlees had purchased a 1000-watt FM station, KRNW, that had a loyal following in the progressive college community. The signal also happened to come with a Class C license, allowing an upgrade to 100,000-watts.

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The original vision was to create a music station that reflected the unique population of Boulder, and the call letters were changed to KBCO for Boulder Colorado. On the air, it was dubbed “Boulder Radio” with a mix of soft, acoustic “Colorado Music.”

By the mid-1980s, KBCO was so successful that the station constructed an antenna that could reach the entire Front Range. The programming vision changed with the expanded audience, as KBCO could now embrace the entire Denver market and beyond, expanding the original acoustic music playlist while keeping the unique Boulder image. And it worked: By the winter of 1988, KBCO was the #1 rated station in the Denver radio market.

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KBCO always embraced the fun Colorado lifestyle. Boulder was and is a bicycle town, and in 1980 KBCO launched the Kinetic Sculpture Challenge: a competition of human-powered amphibious crafts made from bicycle parts and whatever else was available. The teams raced through mud, down dirt roads and over water at the Boulder Reservoir. For the winter, KBCO created the Cardboard Derby. Contestants created their crafts out of cardboard boxes and raced them down the slopes at local ski resorts. At the same time, the “I Ski with KBCO” program offered discount ski weekends, bringing hundreds of KBCO listeners together to do what Coloradans love most in winter…skiing and riding. And KBCO has hosted hundreds of live concert events, from its years presenting the 4th of July fireworks at Folsom Stadium to special performances at small clubs to hundreds of shows at Red Rocks and such venues as the Pepsi Center and Fiddler’s Green.

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Over the past thirty years, the top names in music have performed live on-air in KBCO’s Studio C. Dave Matthews, Sting, Stevie Nicks, Robert Plant, Mumford and Sons, Imagine Dragons, Ed Sheeran and hundreds more have recorded unique and often cutting-edge performances at the station. Studio C is a regular stop for up-and-coming artists, who play there for their fans and the exposure … and the opportunity to be included on the annual CD that the station releases each December. The idea for the Studio C performances came when Melissa Ethridge brought her acoustic guitar into the station so that it would not be exposed to the elements. She did an impromptu on-air performance in one of the station’s small editing studios called, “Studio C.” It’s now developed into one of the best live recording and broadcast studios in the country.

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Before streaming – when CDs were the way we bought music – 30,000 copies of the popular KBCO Studio C Series would sell out in 4 hours. And in December 2018 KBCO Studio C celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a special 2 CD set that contained some of the best music ever preformed live on the radio. The KBCO Studio C CDs have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Boulder County AIDS Project and the Food Bank of the Rockies.

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KBCO’s dedication to Colorado music and musicians comes to life in there ‘Local Edition’ program airing weekly for more than 30 years – giving a voice to the local music community. In 2004, the KBCO Local Edition CD featured local artists recorded live in KBCO Studio C to benefit Music Education in the Denver Public Schools. And in keeping with the times, a vinyl album version of local Colorado musicians recorded live at KBCO supported the Colorado Music Hall of Fame’s move to Red Rocks. Through the years KBCO has showcased local artists right alongside the national acts released on the Studio C CD series.

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Radio has changed. In 1977 there was no internet, streaming, cell phones or ear-buds. Today radio is takings on new exciting roles in the digital world and in our community. Now, radio is only one of many outlets for music fans to find out about new artists. The business of radio has changed in the past 40 years as well. When Bob and Diane Greenlee bought KBCO they were only allowed, by law, to own 2 stations in any given marketplace. Today companies can own up to 8 stations per market in many different markets.

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KBCO navigated the waters of corporate buyouts and management changes to keep KBCO relevant and supportive of the local community. KBCO keeps us informed, laughing through the traffic and giving us access to the best new songs mixed with a wide variety of music spanning many decades. The station remains the essential outlet for any artist who wants to build a fan-base of loyal music fans, concertgoers and supporters of the band.

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The Triple A format has morphed into a collection of mostly noncommercial radio stations across the country. But with the incredible heritage, loyalty and dedication of the KBCO staff of the past 4 decades; the loyalty and unbridled enthusiasm of the Colorado music fans who feel a personal connection to DJs like Ginger, Keefer, Bret, Scott and all the on-air staff; KBCO remains by far the most successful station of them all. For over 40 years KBCO has provided the music of several generations – the music of our lives. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is proud to induct 97.3 KBCO for their incredible contribution to Colorado Music

John Hickenlooper was a music fan long before he became a successful brewpub owner, much less a popular politician. And as mayor of Denver and then governor of Colorado, no one did more to support this state’s music scene than John Hickenlooper.

“I have never known a politician so involved and caring of the Colorado music community as John,” says promoter Chuck Morris, who honored Hickenlooper with the Barry Fey Visionary Award at the December 2018 ceremony where Morris himself was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. “When tragedies like the Boulder floods and fires hit, John was there, helping us reach out to artists to come and perform, helping get donations from corporations and literally emceeing and partaking in the events themselves.”

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In his push to elevate Colorado’s music industry, Hickenlooper did not just respond to emergency requests. As mayor of Denver, he helped propel Red Rocks Amphitheatre to its top-tier status, tripling the number of shows at this legendary venue to more than 100 a year. He used property tax discounts to encourage live music downtown, and today Denver rivals Nashville and Austin for the number of spots booking music. He also worked with established organizations like the Colorado Symphony and Swallow Hill so that they landed on solid footing. And certainly, one of his lasting legacies as governor is Take Note Colorado, a statewide initiative he introduced to provide access to musical instruments and instruction to every K‑12 student in Colorado.

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Hickenlooper’s support of the scene has earned him many fans, including musicians themselves. “Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lumineers, One Republic, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Fray, Bonnie Raitt and Dave Mathews are only a few of the acts that he calls friends, and he is usually seen when they appear in our great city,” Morris adds. “My favorite story is when the Denver Art Museum called me to get a band to surprise him when John was awarded the Man of the Year at its 2019 gala. It took five seconds of asking The Avetts to fly all the way from North Carolina and surprise John with a beautiful show to end the evening. The look on John’s face was priceless. If there is one person who personifies the greatness of Colorado music for the last 25 years, it would be hard to top John Hickenlooper.”

Governor John Hickenlooper was honored with the Barry Fey Visionary Award at the December 2018 induction ceremony for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

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KBCO & Chuck Morris Induction Event

KBCO & Chuck Morris Induction Event

December 3, 2018

DENVER, CO 10/15/18– The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will host its next induction event, Monday, December 3, 2018, at the historic Paramount Theatre. The induction of 97.3 KBCO and legendary concert promoter and artist manager Chuck Morris will be accompanied by a cavalcade of musical appearances from Amos Lee, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd), Isaac Slade and Ben Wysocki of The Fray, Bill Nershi and members of The String Cheese Incident, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon, Jeff Hanna and some members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leo Kottke along with backing band Chris Daniels & The Kings, plus more surprises to be announced.

This seminal evening will include a “Chuck Roast” of inductee Chuck Morris hosted by the Honorable Governor John Hickenlooper, who commented, “Chuck Morris is one of those prominent figures who helped transform the Colorado music and concert scene into one of the biggest and finest music worlds in the country.”

Inductee 97.3 KBCO went on the air in 1977 creating an alternative to standard rock and pop radio. Programmers and DJs were given freedom to go beyond the “hit singles” playing “album” tracks and music from artists as diverse as The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Talking Heads, and Lyle Lovett. 97.3 KBCO, along with a handful of stations around the country, created a format now called “Adult-Album-Alternative” (or Triple-A) radio. The format was so successful that Billboard added a Triple-A Chart in 2005 and every year the Triple-A Radio Convention is held in Boulder hosted by KBCO.

Along with the countless awards and innovative programming like “KBCO Sunday Sunrise” and “KBCO Local Edition,” this year, the station is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with “KBCO Studio C, CD,” 30 years of live recordings benefiting the Boulder County Aids Project and Food Bank of the Rockies. Countless artists like Amos Lee, Dave Matthews, and Big Head Todd & The Monsters owe their careers to the men and women who programmed and played their music long before pop radio gave them a chance.

Inductee Chuck Morris was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Queens College at the age of 20. After graduation, Morris started a Ph.D. program in Political Science at CU Boulder in 1965. In 1968, Morris decided to drop out of graduate school to follow his love of music.

First at the Sink and then at Tulagi’s (that he co-owned) on the hill in Boulder, Morris made his mark at booking up-and-coming talent that would become the stars of tomorrow.

Hosting artists from the Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, The Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top to Linda Ronstadt, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Muddy Waters, and hundreds more, Tulagi’s was the launching pad for Morris’s 48-year career as Colorado’s most prolific concert promoter and artist manager.

Morris opened Ebbets Field in Denver that included a New Year’s Eve performance by Steve Martin who took the entire audience out for coffee in a snowstorm. Following Ebbets Field which brought in first tours of Dan Fogelberg, Jimmy Buffet, Emmylou Harris, Tommy Bolin, and Energy among others, Chuck joined Feyline as Senior Vice President of Promotion for 10 years.

Next, Morris joined forces with the company of famed concert promoter Bill Graham to create a Morris/SFX company that re-imagined the old Mammoth Gardens into The Fillmore. Through Morris’s management work for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and their tour of Russia in support of the Anschutz Western Art Collection debut, Chuck developed a close working relationship with Colorado’s Phil Anschutz.

That friendship resulted in AEG Rocky Mountains with Morris at the helm. It has become the largest concert promotion company in our State’s history, putting on more than 800 shows per year at venues from the Pepsi Center to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, and more than 110 shows at Red Rocks in the summer of 2018.

Morris also built one of Colorado’s most successful artist management firms with clients that included Lyle Lovett, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Leo Kottke to name only a few.

This CMHOF evening will feature video tributes, interviews, and performances. The pre-concert gala (a dinner and meet-and-greet with the performers) will also include a historic array of exhibits and archival photographs to be relocated in the CMHOF’s home at the world-renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre Trading Post.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts, and to educate the public regarding everything that is great about our Colorado music.

Previous inductees include John Denver and Red Rocks Amphitheatre; Harry Tuft of the Denver Folklore Center and promoter Barry Fey of Family Dog fame; the Astronauts, Sugarloaf, Flash Cadillac, and KIMN radio; folk legend Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind, and Chris Daniels; Stephen Stills/Manassas, Firefall, Poco, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and more.

This induction concert is produced by AEG Presents and the historic Paramount Theatre.

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Jazz Masters And Beyond

Jazz Masters & Beyond

November 28, 2017

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Colorado Music Hall of Fame
Induction Concert honoring

“JAZZ MASTERS AND BEYOND”

The Jazz Masters & Beyond Induction Concert was by all accounts an extraordinary evening of music, personal stories and emotional inductions. Audience and performers alike were moved by the love and sense of community felt by all at Paramount Theatre that night.

Before the official show time, anxious jazz lovers entered the finely crafted Art Deco auditorium to the sounds of East High School’s Sixth Hour Jazz Combo proudly playing a half hour set of their own compositions.

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East High School Sixth Hour Jazz Combo

Subsequently, the brightly colored event logo lit up the stage as Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Hall’s Chair, Chuck Morris opened the show with a brief introduction and welcome to the audience, then turned over the 3 ½ hour event to hosts; the popular Former Mayor Wellington Webb and KUVO’s charismatic radio personality, Carlos Lando.

To begin the evening, the Barry Fey Visionary Award [named after the legendary Denver promoter] was presented to music directors, Keith Oxman and Will Taylor on behalf of the renowned Music Program at East High School, that had produced so many esteemed professional musicians over the last century! These include past inductees; band leader, Paul Whiteman; singer, Judy Collins; and most of tonight’s honorees.

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Former Mayor Wellington Webb, Keith Oxman, Will Taylor, Mayor Michael B. Hancock

The inductions began with 97-year-old Charles Burrell — the first person of color to be hired by a major symphony [Denver] in the United States. In his 60-plus years as a professional musician, Burrell played for many other orchestras and conductors here and around the world. After accepting his award, Burrell charmed the crowd with an impromptu jig. He was honored with a performance by local jazz maven, pianist Purnell Steen and his band, Le Jazz Machine.

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Bill Frisell and Ron Miles

Next up were inductions for the widely acclaimed and sought–after jazz musicians; guitarist, Bill Frisell and trumpeter, Ron Miles. Both are East High alums. The 4-song set with drummer Brian Blade, entranced the crowd with their amazing musical synchronicity. They ended their performance with a beautiful cover of “What the World Needs Now Is Love”, which was thematic of the night.

World renowned Jazz vocalist and 5 time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves was all smiles while receiving her well-deserved induction award from Mayor Wellington Webb and Carlos Lando.

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Former Mayor Wellington Webb, Dianne Reeves, Carlos Lando

The audience was awed by her exuberant vocals and poignant stories of growing up in Denver. She introduced her song “Nine” quietly recalling the following childhood memory, “We played out in the street all day long,…in the middle of the street…we played with our imaginations from sunup to sundown. The neighbors looked after all the children. I decided to dedicate this song to the age of nine, because it’s the last time you’re only one number.” At the end of the song the audience jumped to their feet, applauding loudly in recognition of a more innocent time.

The final Inductions honored former Earth, Wind, & Fire band members and East High grads; Larry Dunn, Andrew Woolfolk [absent because of illness], and Philip Bailey. After receiving their awards, a lighting change revealed a battalion of instruments and musicians—

Denver-based band Hot Lunch, keyboardist Dunn and vocalist Bailey. During the first part of their set Bailey delighted the audience with stories of transitioning from students to young musicians. But just when you thought it was safe to take a seat, the place exploded with dancing and singing when they lit into ,”Let’s Groove,” “Shining Star,” and “September”! After the exhilarating performance, they all took their bows and said goodnight.

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Larry Dunn, Philip Bailey, and Hot Lunch – Photo credit: Michael Martin

The house lights came up and the former shadows of dancing, waving, applauding people, revealed an audience of many ages and colors, smiling as they headed home, united by the power of music…and love!

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The Rocky Mountain Way

The Rocky Mountain Way

August 13, 2017

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The Rocky Mountain Way

at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre 


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Colorado Music Hall of Fame hosted an induction concert honoring Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh & Barnstorm and Caribou Ranch on Sunday, August 13, 7 p.m. at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

The event, “The Rocky Mountain Way,” featured Garth Brooks, Amy Grant & Vince Gill, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Randy Owen of Alabama, Richie Furay, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Michael Martin Murphey and surprise guests paid tribute to the late Dan Fogelberg and James William Guercio’s Caribou Ranch, the legendary recording studio. The classic Colorado lineup of Barnstorm—Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli and Joe Vitale—reunited and performed, and famed music producer Bill Szymczyk received the CMHOF Award of Excellence.

A closer look at the inductees, the seventh group enshrined in the CMHOF since its inception in 2011:

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DAN FOGELBERG

The son of Lawrence, a bandleader, and Margaret, a pianist, Fogelberg left his studies at the University of Illinois and headed for the West Coast, finding inspiration during a week in Colorado before moving on and securing a recording contract. For his second release, Souvenirs, Fogelberg enlisted producer Joe Walsh, who had recently recorded at Caribou Ranch near Nederland, Colorado, and “Part of the Plan” went to the top of the charts. While touring through Colorado in the mid-1970s, Fogelberg bought a house from Chris Hillman, situated 9,000 feet up on top of the Rocky Mountains. His time there resulted in the songs on Nether Lands, a platinum seller. He recorded part of his next venture, Phoenix, in Colorado, and the songs “Heart Hotels” and “Longer” were pop hits. The Innocent Age, released in 1981, included four of his biggest singles—“Same Old Lang Syne,” “Hard To Say,” “Leader of the Band” and “Run For the Roses.“ Fogelberg bought land in the San Juan Mountains and constructed his Mountain Bird Ranch. High Country Snows, made with some of his favorite acoustic pickers, became one of the best-selling bluegrass albums of all time. He built a home studio at his spread; The Wild Places, released in 1990, was the first album he self-produced and mostly tracked there. His rendition of the Cascades’ 1963 hit, “Rhythm of the Rain,” peaked at No. 3 on the adult contemporary chart. Fogelberg’s long career was interrupted in 2004, when he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He finally succumbed to the disease in December 2007.

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JOE WALSH & BARNSTORM

Joe Walsh built a considerable reputation as lead guitarist and lead vocalist for the Cleveland-based James Gang. Such tunes as “Funk #49, “Tend My Garden,” “Walk Away” and “The Bomber” brought wide popularity and endless touring, and, as the big bucks beckoned, Walsh turned the other way. In 1971, encouraged by his friend and producer Bill Szymczyk, Walsh made the difficult decision to relocate to the open air of Colorado’s Boulder County. He formed a new group called Barnstorm with drummer Joe Vitale, a former Kent State classmate, and Colorado bassist Kenny Passarelli. Barnstorm was the first album ever recorded at the legendary Caribou Ranch studio near Nederland. Walsh freely indulged himself with beautiful choruses, country tinges and pastoral pop hooks on “Mother Says,” “Here We Go” and “Turn to Stone.” Accompanied once again by Passarelli and Vitale, Walsh officially went solo the following year with his second album, The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. The first Top 10 album of Walsh’s career, it went on to sell more than a million copies. “Rocky Mountain Way,” co-written by Passarelli and inspired by Walsh’s move to Colorado, opened up a massive audience for Walsh and his band. Barnstorm disbanded amicably in 1975, allowing Walsh to produce Dan Fogelberg’s Souvenirs album. So What, his third solo album, included “Welcome to the Club” and a remake of “Turn to Stone.” At the end of 1975, the Eagles drafted their old friend to join them; Walsh’s tenure with the popular West Coast country-rock quintet gave him enhanced visibility, and he continued his pattern of successful solo albums.

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CARIBOU RANCH

Owner James William Guercio got his start producing a string of hits for the Buckinghams circa 1967; he became a staff producer for Columbia Records and began working with Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Through five albums with Chicago, he gathered up enough money to buy Caribou Ranch for a reported $1 million in 1971. Caribou, in its idyllic setting nearly 9,000 feet up near Nederland in the Rocky Mountains, had been the largest privately owned an Arabian stud farm in the country. Guercio installed the studio in 1973 and then transformed the place into an opulent retreat for pop music’s aristocracy. Caribou Ranch, the first “destination studio,” gained prominence when Elton John recorded three albums there, including the gratefully titled Caribou in the spring of 1974. The life-in-the-fast-lane ambiance that usually accompanied a recording session disappeared at Caribou. There wasn’t a nightclub down the street, and artists didn’t have to send for food or commute back and forth from a hotel or even worry about the laundry. During the studio’s glory days, an entourage got full use of the facilities for a basic rate of $1,500 a day, and record companies were only too willing to shell out the money during their boom years. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Caribou Ranch hosted the biggest names in music, including such legends as Chicago, the Beach Boys, Stephen Stills, Billy Joel, Frank Zappa, John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire. The studio was in operation until the control room suffered extensive fire damage in March 1985.

CMHOF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE BILL SZYMCZYK

CMHOF AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

BILL SZYMCZYK

Famed music producer Bill Szymczyk’s first major success came when he convinced blues legend B.B. King to cut contemporary-sounding albums; the result was King’s first major pop crossover, “The Thrill Is Gone,” a hit in 1970. Szymczyk then signed and produced the James Gang, featuring Joe Walsh. He came to Colorado in 1971 and worked as a disc jockey for free-form radio station KFML and was a co-founder of Denver’s Tumbleweed Records, a small independent label based out of a funky old house just east of downtown Denver on Gilpin Street; the label folded in 1973. Szymczyk went on to have great success in the 1970s, both as an A&R man and behind the board, regarded for his great success working with Joe Walsh. When the Eagles wanted a more rock ‘n’ roll sound, they hired Szymczyk, and the unprecedented chart success of the 1974 On the Border and 1975 One of These Nights albums made both parties millions.

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Colorado Getaway: The History of the Grateful Dead in the High Country

Colorado Getaway: The History of the Grateful Dead in the High Country

June 10, 2017

CMHOF’s VIP reception “Colorado Getaway: The History of the Grateful Dead in the High Country” was a huge success for attendees, judging by the number of smiling faces and superlatives offered.

Board member Paul Epstein was the driving force behind this event, offering his encyclopedic knowledge of the Dead and his wealth of artifacts to craft a memorable experience for Deadheads. Everyone in attendance was smitten by the timeline exhibit that will now be displayed at CMHOF’s home in the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Trading Post.

Board member “Pasta Jay” Elowsky and his staff did their typically brilliant job in creating a festive, celebratory atmosphere for the band and its fans with the incredible Dead-inspired cuisine, balloons, etc. It was easy to entertain a room of happy, well-fed people!

After opening remarks, renowned Grateful Dead authority David Gans (“The Grateful Dead Hour“) performed a few songs in tribute to the band, then moderated a panel of Paul, Grammy winner David Glasser (Airshow Mastering) and promoter Don Strasburg (special thanks to Don and chairman Chuck Morris for working with band management on CMHOF’s behalf).

Celebrity Deadhead Bill Walton made an appearance and graciously posed for pictures and signed autographs.

The three original members of the Grateful Dead—Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann—arrived and offered their good-natured insights into the band’s defining events in Colorado. Fans were over the moon!

The afternoon ended with the distribution of “swag” envelopes containing a “Red Rocks 7/8/78” 3-CD set and commemorative comic, menu and postcards. The attendees then got to see a wonderful performance by Dead & Co. in their club level seats.

The silent auction figures are being tallied, but CMHOF made well over $6,000. The Jerry Garcia etching of “The Guys” fetched $3,500, and Scramble Campbell’s donated painting of the Dead at Red Rocks was sold for $1,500.

Lots of people helped to make this event a special Thank you to all involved.

G. Brown
CMHOF director

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20th Century Pioneers

“20th Century Pioneers” Induction Event

April 16, 2016

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame held its “20th Century Pioneers” induction event on April 16, 2016, at the Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado-Boulder campus. Singer and entertainer Lannie Garrett, who was also inducted, paid tribute to Paul Whiteman (“the King of Jazz”), Billy Murray (“the Denver Nightingale”), soprano Elizabeth Spencer and Max Morath (“Mr. Ragtime”), and the Glenn Miller Orchestra enshrined legendary bandleader Glenn Miller. The evening featured video tributes and a first look at the CMHOF “20th Century Pioneers” permanent exhibit.

Photos top to bottom—poster; Lannie Garrett and band; Glenn Miller Orchestra; Paul Whiteman and Glenn Miller exhibit panels; Billy Murray and Elizabeth Spencer exhibit panels; Max Morath and Lannie Garrett; Max Morath and CMHOF chairman G. Brown; buttons

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Poco, Firefall, Manassas, Nitty Gritty Induction

Poco, Firefall, Manassas, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Induction Event

January 9, 2014

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame hosted an induction concert with performances from original members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Poco and Firefall, with a tribute to Stephen Stills/Manassas featuring Nathaniel Rateliff, on January 9, 2014 at Denver’s Paramount Theatre. The evening, also featured video tributes and celebrity speeches by comedian and veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald, producer Jim Mason and CMHOF chairman Chuck Morris. The pre-concert gala (a meet-and-greet with the inductees) included a historic array of exhibits and archival photographs. Also honored were Chris Hillman, Richie Furay and comedian/banjo player Steve Martin.

Photos top to bottom—Governor John Hickenloooper; Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Jock Bartley (Firefall), Richie Furay (Poco) and Nathaniel Rateliff; Rateliff, Hanna, Bartley and Furay; Firefall’s Bartley, Rick Roberts, Mark Andes and Larry Burnett; Firefall’s Sandy Ficca, Steve Weinmeister, Andes, David Muse and Bartley; Poco’s Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Furay and Timothy B. Schmit; Furay, Young, Cotton and Schmit; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson and John McEuen; NGDB’s Ibbotson, Jimmie Fadden, Hanna, McEuen and Bob Carpenter; t-shirt.

Governor John Hickenloooper
Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Jock Bartley (Firefall), Richie Furay (Poco) and Nathaniel Rateliff
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Firefall’s Bartley, Rick Roberts, Mark Andes and Larry Burnett
Firefall’s Sandy Ficca, Steve Weinmeister, Andes, David Muse and Bartley
Poco’s Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Furay and Timothy B. Schmit
Furay, Young, Cotton and Schmit
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NGDB’s Ibbotson, Jimmie Fadden, Hanna, McEuen and Bob Carpenter
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