Telluride Blues & Brews 2014: Violent Femmes, George Clinton and more (review)

A view of the crowd at Telluride Blues & Brews 2013. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

Telluride Blues and Brews is a musical stew. While the sounds that shook the stony walls of the dead-end canyon last weekend were decidedly varied, all revolved around a pervasive groove. The Violent Femmes and Parliament Funkadelic may seem odd partners on a bill. Stir aging rocker Peter Frampton, a host of bayou funk masters, blues legends and a swelling contingent of eager up-and-coming rockers into the mix and the weekend festival ascended into a beery cradle of groove.

Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

Album review: Benjamin Booker, “Benjamin Booker”

On his debut self-titled album, Benjamin Booker lends mid-20th century blues rock a modern twist, without any indication that it’s precisely the point.

PHOTOS: B.B. King Denver Botanic Gardens review

BB King 2014

B.B. King’s a legend, hero, a breathing example of American musical history, and Monday’s performance at the Denver Botanic Gardens was a sobering reminder that he’s also just human.

Snarky Puppy at the Ogden theatre, 8-3-14 (review)

Snarky Puppy performed at the Ogden Theatre on Aug. 3, 2014.

Weaving its jazz-influenced, worldly funk melodies into dense tiers of booty-shaking rhythm, the Snarky Puppy collective captured the Ogden Theatre Sunday with a symphonic spectacle.

Steal This Track from Bonnie and the Beard

Steal This Track from Bonnie and the Beard

Bonnie and the Beard are working on new music, which they will debut at The UMS on Saturday. Download a live preview of “Hustle” below.

Johnny Winter: Blues legend dies at 70 in Zurich

Johhny Winter @ Cervantes

GENEVA (AP) — Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

Denver’s Jeremy Jones of the Teaching on Grammy nominations with Macklemore

The Teaching releases its fourth album at Dazzle Jazz on June 23.

Ahead of the Teaching’s CD release at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, we spoke with Colorado-raised drummer Jeremy Jones about the band’s Grammy nominations and more.

Bohemian Nights announces 10th anniversary lineup for Fort Collins’ NewWestFest

Fort Collins-based NewWestFest announced its 10th anniversary Bohemian Nights Colorado music schedule, including more than 75 acts. (Photo provided by Bohemian Nights)

More than 75 Colorado acts will play the Aug. 15-17 Bohemian Nights stages at Fort Collins’ NewWestFest. Check out the full lineup.

The Eels at the Gothic Theatre, 5-21-14 (review)

"This isn't really a rock concert, so get it out now," Mark Oliver Everett told the Gothic Theater during a solemn set by the Eels on Wednesday.

“This isn’t really a rock concert, so get it out now,” Mark Oliver Everett told the Gothic Theatre during a solemn set by the Eels on Wednesday.

Five Points Jazz Festival returns all beefed up in its 11th year

DENVER, CO. - MAY 18: The Buckner Funken Jazz band performs on the Five Points Plaza stage at the Five Points Jazz Festival, May 18, 2013. The festival runs 11am to 8pm on May 18, 2013 and is a free community event highlighting local musicians, art and the historic Denver Five Points neighborhood. (Photo By Mahala Gaylord/The Denver Post)

The free event, which returns for its 11th year on May 17, features bumped-up music offerings from 30 different acts on nine stages around Five Points.