Candace Horgan

Furthur at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 9/21/12 (photos and review)

One thing you can say about the musicians in Furthur: They still take some chances in their live shows. It doesn't always work, but at least it's not always the same old, even if guitarist John Kadlecik is, for the most part, hitting the Jerry Garcia guitar tone in his best tribute style and the band is getting closer to original Grateful Dead than any of the many offshoots have since Garcia's death.

Gregory Alan Isakov to close out Chautauqua Auditorium summer concert series on Friday

Gregory Alan Isakov certainly feels a strong connection to Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, which he will headline for the first time on Sept. 21. Isakov and his band have played the venue on several occasions as an opening act, sharing the stage with such renowned artists as Cowboy Junkies, Indigo Girls and Brandi Carlile -- the latter of whom Isakov has frequently sat in with, most recently opening for her at Red Rocks.

String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 7/6/12 (photos and review)

Perhaps it was tempting fate to play a song called "Rain" so early in the first set on Friday. As the tune wound down, and the boys from String Cheese Incident sang the final chorus repeatedly, with the words "Rain come, wash me clean, rain come, set me free," the rain started, first in drops, then a steady drizzle, and within a minute, a torrential downpour with sheets of water pounding the audience as the temperature rapidly dropped.