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

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Presented by Comfort Dental 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 presented by Comfort Dental 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.

Tickets are now on sale! Click here for tickets.

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 presented by Comfort Dental is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to honor those muaicians, 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 presented by Comfort Dental. Reserved tickets and premium gala seating with pre-show hors d’oeuvre and cocktails are available through ticketFly by clicking here! Additional information can be obtained on the Hall’s website, https://cmhof.org/

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

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Going Back to Colorado: Class of 2019 Induction Event

Colorado Music Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental 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

Tommy Bolin
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DENVER – 10/22/19 – On December 3, 2019, the Colorado Music Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental 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.)

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT October 25, through www.AXS.com/search?q=Going+Back+to+Colorado.

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 presented by Comfort Dental 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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A Look into Colorado’s Growing EDM Scene

EDM found its way into the Denver music scene not through external interlopers, but homegrown artists whose mixes and tracks range from intricate compositions to funky chaos.

With a drastic increase in the number of local EDM festivals and venues, there’s no denying this genre’s place in the Centennial State.

 

Check Out These Artists

From Pretty Lights to Big Gigantic, Colorado’s EDM scene is thriving. Not all of the artists mentioned in this story got their start in Colorado; however, all of them either now call Colorado home or have touched the state in a remarkable way.

 

Pretty Lights

Hailing from Fort Collins, Derek Vincent Smith rose to the top of the local EDM world with an array of interlacing mixes that beam you to the past and future all at once. His EDM persona, Pretty Lights, is known for selling out local venues, including Red Rocks, as well as its synonymous festival in Telluride.

 

Breathe Carolina

Originally started in 2006 with two members, Breathe Carolina now tours with its lead member, David Schmitt, and a live backing band. With a sound that at times balances extremes like melodic beats and hardcore screaming, there’s no other band quite like Breathe Carolina. The act’s music has somewhat mellowed since bandmate Kyle Even’s departure in 2013, but it still invites raucous energy.

 

Illenium

Chicago-born and San Francisco-raised, Nicholas Miller (a.k.a. Illenium) became inspired to devote himself to his musical craft after a show at Red Rocks in 2012. Since then, he’s released two EPs and three studio albums. On the back of his most recent release, Ascend, Illenium now finds himself on a thirty-city North American tour, mixing his unique, electronically-backed singer/songwriter-esque singles.

 

Dabin

Despite his reputation as a performer whose live shows push the boundaries of what electronic music can do with live instrumentation, Dabin initially found fame online; his mixes have been played millions of times across all of his streaming platforms. Dabin’s most recent album, Wild Youth, also brought his first headlining tour and further recognition in the melodic bass subgenre.

 

Said the Sky

A musician from before he hit double digits, Trevor Christensen, professionally known as Said the Sky, began taking piano lessons when he was eight years old. He later blossomed as an electronic dance artist, releasing singles throughout the mid-2010s, and eventually dropping his first album, Wide Eyed, in 2018 to rave reviews. Christensen brings technical craftsmanship to his often emotional work, which mixes sunny melodies with evocative basslines.

 

GRiZ

Before you try to look up “energy” in the dictionary, you should probably put the book away and play GRiZ’s latest album, Ride Waves. Playing a genre he calls “future funk,” GRiZ, known offstage as Grant Kwiecinski, brings the dynamite to his live shows, which feature his patented mix of soul, funk, electronic and live saxophone. Whatever you call his multi-hyphenated genre, you’ll find yourself getting up and dancing when he performs at local venues.

 

Big Gigantic

With its home base in Boulder, Big Gigantic deserves praise for its role in Colorado’s EDM scene. Its beats mix funk, jazz, hip-hop and electronica, and its Rowdy Town festival supports local artists year after year.

 

Where to Find Them

EDM’s burgeoning place in Denver’s music scene brings with it an increase in the number of festivals catering to fans of the genre. The Global Dance Festival began at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre but recently moved to Broncos Stadium at Mile High to provide space for growing attendance numbers.

Combining the ultimate party scenario of a New Year’s Eve bash and EDM performance space, Decadence proved to be a big hit in 2018. With a vast lineup, including many of the homegrown artists listed above, it’s hard for the year to end (or begin) poorly at Decadence.

While the Global Dance Festival changed locations, that shouldn’t discount the importance of Red Rocks to local musicians. An outdoor venue chiseled out of a rock, Red Rocks holds more than a hundred concerts throughout the year.

 

Colorado Music Hall of Fame

If you’re excited about Colorado musicians, check out more from the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Our calendar shows upcoming music events, such as Hall of Fame inductions and performances.

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Chuck Morris & KBCO

Colorado has a rich musical history. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the contributions of legendary music promoter Chuck Morris, and 97.3 KBCO that got its start in Boulder, Colorado. Morris and 97.3 are set to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental this December 3rd at the Paramount Theater. Read on to learn more about these two titans of the Colorado music scene and get tickets to be part of this historic community event.

Chuck Morris

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Chuck Morris established himself as a Colorado music industry institution. After leaving the Ph.D. program in political science at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Morris was offered a job managing The Sink, a restaurant and bar on the Hill where he brought in acts as varied as Tommy Bolin and Flash Cadillac. With partner Herb Kauvar, they bought and re-opened Tulagi nightclub. At Tulagi, Morris brought Boulder the first real concert hall experience, bringing in Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, ZZ Top, Bonnie Raitt, and The Doobie Brothers on their very first tours.

In 1974, he brought his prolific ear for music to Denver where he booked early tours of Richard Pryor, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Martin, and Carole King at Ebbets Field Nightclub with his financial partner Barry Fey. Morris recently told The Daily Camera, “I thought I would be doing this music thing for six months and then go back to graduate school. That was 50 years ago.”

Since then, Morris has continued to drive the Colorado music community as a world-class promoter and an artist manager, and most recently in a bid to bring a 4,000-seat theater to downtown Denver called the Mission Ballroom opening in 2019.

KBCO

97.3 first went on the airwaves in 1977 and established itself in the Boulder community as the premier station for playing both well-known artist’s deep album cuts and discovering young unknown artists. At the time, there were no stations that gave airtime to indie bands and performers, and KBCO found a massive audience hungry for new, upcoming bands and performers. The strength of KBCO’s increased transmission power brought the station to the entire Front Range and that combined with their deep community involvement, from Kinetics to the Studio C sessions released on CD. This supported The Boulder Valley Aids Project and Food Bank of The Rockies with millions of dollars in fundraising that led to 97.3 KBCO becoming not just world-class rock, but a Colorado music icon that is as vibrant today as it was when it started in the 1970s. From their featuring of local artists on “Local Edition” to their hosting of the national Triple A Radio Convention and its long history of environmental activism, 97.3 KBCO is more than just radio; it is the music of our lives.

Be a Part of Colorado History

The inductees will be honored on December 3rd at the Paramount Theater. More than seven musical acts will pay tribute including The Lumineers, Leo Kottke, Isaac Slade of the Fray, Amos Lee, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, members of Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, and surprise guests – plus

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper leading a “roast” of Morris this is a not-to-be-missed event. To attend this fun event and honor some of the most prolific members of the Colorado music scene, grab tickets here. If you’re interested in learning more about Colorado’s musical history, visit the Colorado Music Hall of Fame presented by Comfort Dental and check out our exhibits that range from 20th Century Pioneers to John Denver.