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Chipotle + Music = Nourishment For Your Belly and Brain – Meet the guy behind the music while you eat

12 Jul

I love Chipotle and have always dug their music when I step foot into a store. Since they are celebrating two decades of burrito goodness, Westword in Denver ran a series of articles on the mad successful franchise including THIS ONE on Christopher Golub, the man behind the soundtrack you enjoy each and every time you eat at a Chipotle.

Now Playing: The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

13 Feb

Music Monday. Here’s to a great week ahead! I really hope The Lumineers get a chance to show their stuff at Bonnaroo this year. I feel this Denver based band is the perfect fit for the festival and would just thrive in front of the this type of crowd. Give a listen to the below and you’ll see why.

New Music: Tennis

7 Jan

The latest band of the week for me is Tennis.  I just can’t get enough of the husband and wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore.  To me if Little Joy and Beach House had a baby it would sound something like this duo from Denver with their retro pop sound.  Birthed from their adventure of purchasing a boat and sailing the Atlantic, Tennis has garnered a lot of attention the past six months (well deserved too) and on January 18 their first full length disc, Cape Dory, drops. Check out a couple of their tunes and be on the look-out for Tennis in 2011.

 

 

Revisited: My Mile High Music Festival – Day 2

18 Aug

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With a successful first day at Mile High Music Festival I was definitely looking forward to Day 2 and the great line-up.

  • Day 2 started out at the Wolf Stage to check out Los Angeles based Oh My Stars and they delivered way more than I was anticipating. Rocking out with tons of energy definitely help set the tone for the day of music ahead.  Their set included fun renditions of Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” and a wicked performance of their single “Bloody November”
  • Next up was a southern rock performance by Drive-By Truckers.  It was good old rock and roll jam session perfect for the mid-afternoon
  • One of the big highlights of Day 2 came mid-afternoon when Ozomatli performed.  Always an upbeat, festive time, the boys did not disappoint and really had the crowd in unison singing and dancing the entire hour of their set.  In traditional Ozo fashion it was straight into the crowd to end the performance and I can’t wait for them to hit Vegas again on September 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel
  • Jimmy Cliff may be getting up there in age but he can still put on a show and I was thrilled to see the legend live.  Hearing him sing “I Can See Clearly Now” and “The Harder They Come” made my day
  • Knowing that Dave Matthews Band was going to draw the biggest crowd of MHMF, we decided to home base it from the Kyocera Main Stage which turned into the best idea for multiple reasons but one being that we got to check out Trevor Hall’s set at the adjacent Cougar Stage. While I have one of his LPs I really was wowed by how good he was live and his performance was definitely one of the top surprises for me at MHFM.  He also did a fun cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”
  • My Morning Jacket performed next on the main stage and while I didn’t get to hear my favorite song by them, “Dancefloors,” it was still an entertaining set with a fun sing-along of “Off The Record”
  • Another pleasant surprise for me and a band that has been around for some time was Railroad Earth jamming on the Cougar Stage.  In addition to myself becoming a fan I think they gained a whole heap as folks trickled in grab their spot for DMB and grooved to their whole set
  • DMB as expected came out and rocked MHMF.  In what typically is always an amazing show, the fellas brought a festive energy and a mix of old and new songs.  Looking back the set list was an amazing one.  Starting out with “Shake Me Like A Monkey” set the tone and hearing “What Would You Say” followed up by “#41” was definitely a highlight as was “Lie In Our Graves” with a little cover of Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” Last three songs before the encore were “Two Step” “You & Me” and “Ants Marching.”  The whole set list can be found here

Overall Day 2 was a rousing success. I would have loved to have taken in the performances by Weezer, Z-Trip, Boombox and Atmosphere but just like Day 1, too much music and too many decisions to make. 

Also pretty saddened of the Denver Post’s coverage of the festival since it was in their backyard and only sending one reporter to cover and not even given a fair shake to many of the 40 plus acts over the two days.  I mean on Day 1 the reporter didn’t even arrive until after 4 p.m. surely missing some great performances.  You can read the recaps here and here.

Revisited: My Mile High Music Festival – Day 1

17 Aug

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Well back from Denver and I already miss that place.  What an incredible city that really has everything to offer.  Every time I visit I find more reasons to love the city.  To say Mile High Music Festival was a success is an understatement, it was just about as good as it gets.  Spread over 24 fields, it was definitely music euphoria with three stages, two tents and a “beach” to bounce back and forth to.  AEG did a really great job laying out the festival and making everything easily accessible and a fun time for all.  Enough small talk, here are some highlights of Day 1.

  • While getting settled for Donavon Frankenreiter as the first act of the day, had the chance to hear Bobby Long’s set and this might have been my surprise of MHMF.  He’s a British singer-songwriter and has a great voice and rocked the stage as if he was the headliner at MHMF.  I’ll be checking out his music this week and I suggest you do the same as he just signed with ATO Records (Dave Matthews) so expect big things from this fella
  • Donavon Frankenreiter was the perfect act to get the afternoon set in motion.  A great crowd convened to the main stage and we were treated to a few surprises; John Oates of Hall & Oates sat in on the entire set, Donavon did a very chill cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” and he also performed his new single “Glow” which we wrote about on August 4
  • ALO crushed MHMF with their upbeat and lively performance.  Opening with one of my favorites, “Maria,” the crowd kept growing and growing as the boys jammed nonstop to songs old and new including “Man of the World” the title track off their latest release
  • Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley was one of the most entertaining acts of the day.  In what began as a high energy emcee/DJ hip-hop get down, turned into a Nas greatest hits concert with the rapper performing everything from “Street Dreams” to “If I Ruled the World” and then melding into reggae-rap with the duo performing “As We Enter” and a heap of other tracks before giving way to Marley performing “Welcome To Jamrock” and singing a bunch of his father’s legendary music
  • Rusted Root jammed on well past their scheduled time with “Ecstasy” reverberating throughout the festival grounds
  • Cypress Hill was getting wild and definitely running the gamut on their hits
  • Keane came on late and was disappointing enough that I only stayed for two songs.  The only good thing about Keane coming on late was the opportunity to sing-along to the Steve Miller Band
  • Slightly Stoopid the act I was most looking forward to seeing at MHMF put on a fun set that included “Wicked Rebel” and “Collie Man” and the boys were joined by B-Real of Cypress Hill for their encore
  • Sadly missed Phoenix (same time as Slightly Stoopid) but heard they killed it
  • Caught the end of Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi on the way to Jack Johnson – it’s a shame they didn’t have a great crowd and I really can’t talk since I didn’t make the extra effort to hear them either
  • Jack Johnson definitely brought the masses and put on a really fun show but it seemed too chill and not enough energy coming from him.  Some highlights of his set did include Jack brining up Doanvon Franenreiter to perform “Breakdown” and “Mud Football” – which had the two embrace with a big hug at first (not sure the last time they shared the stage together since having a musical “falling-out”) and performing ALO’s “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down” with Zach Gill

More notes from Day 1: Beta Beach was bumping great house music all day and provided a good place to cool off in the water playground; in Coors Country and Budweiser was the beer sponsor?; Whole Foods was easily the best vendor at MHMF with cheap (yes, really) food and drinks and an amazing deal on SIGG water bottles and Honest Tea refills for $1; Justin’s Almond Butter and Hazelnut Spread are amazing; TicketHorse is the future of purchasing concert tickets.

My Mile High Music Festival: Slightly Stoopid

12 Aug

Less than 24 hours from taking flight to Denver and I am super stoked about Mile High Music Festival and completely jazzed about seeing Slightly Stoopid.  Let’s forget the fact that I’ve seen them live eight times already and get ready to rock out to some of the best music around. 

Blending acoustic rock with blues, reggae, hip-hop, ska and punk, their shows are some of the most high energy and fun live music events you could attend.  By now everyone should know Slightly Stoopid but if you don’t, know this; they were originally signed to Skunk Records by Bradley Nowell of Sublime and continue to build an amazing following through no major record label instead choosing to release their albums under their own label, Stoopid Records.

They’ve played with everyone from Dave Matthews Band and G. Love to The Roots, Ozomatli and Pepper among countless others and are constantly touring and making new fans every day and in every city.  And for all you hip-hop heads out there, last year the fellas co-headlined a tour with Snoop Dogg.

Two of my favorite memories are from several years back but too good not to share.  In the summer of 2003 I went to the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour in Irvine; we’re talking The Roots, O.A.R., Robert Randolph, Talib Kweli and N.E.R.D., and on a small side stage there they were, Slightly Stoopid.  First time I got a chance to see them live and thankfully we were outside because if we were inside, they would have blown the roof straight off the building.  The vibe was unlike any other and everyone was getting down as if they were the headliners.  My second favorite memory comes from Vegoose 2005 which was a music festival in Las Vegas that lasted three years.  So the line-up comes out and I am adamant on seeing them no matter that they were the first act of the day and on mad early.  We had been out til the wee hours the night before, rally together and head on down to the festival grounds only to find out that they are playing the main stage inside, Sam Boyd Stadium.  With a football stadium as the backdrop it was music paradise and set the stage for an unbelievable festival.

So Miles, Kyle and the gang – see you Saturday.

My Mile High Music Festival: Dave Matthews Band

10 Aug

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As we inch a day closer to Mile High Music Festival I can hardly contain myself and wishing for it to be Friday already and boarding a plane to the Rocky Mountains.  The big headliner for MHMF is of course, Dave Matthews Band, and being that the band is taking 2011 off, this is going to be one of the last times to see they boys before their hiatus (let’s just hope this is a one year break and not longer).  The Denver Post put out a great piece on DMB “saving” MHMF and it’s worth a read if you have a few minutes to spare, click here

I’m really excited to see DMB because I feel that since the passing of LeRoi Moore the band has come back with a powerful position to play damn good music and leave it all on the stage every night as if they were a new band out to prove themselves.  I was at the show the night that Moore passed away which was such a somber experience and of course not the DMB I had grown to love and like many others, questioned what was going to happen to the band.  Well I was fortunate to see five shows last year and man did the band sound down right awesome and with Tim Reynolds, Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross in the mix the shows really captured the DMB spirit again.  So this time, in Denver where DMB has had a cult like following over the past 20 years and released a few live albums, this should be one special performance with everlasting memories.

Mile High Music Festival

9 Aug

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Mile High Music Festival is finally here! Ok well a five long days away but man am I stoked about two days of amazing music.  After booking tickets months ago the flight to Denver is oh so close and I can’t wait.  On Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15 The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park will be home to over 40 music performances and definitely over a handful of acts I can’t wait to hear. 

The toughest part over the two days will be agonizing over which performances are a must see and which I’ll sadly have to take a pass on.  I do know that Saturday will get started with Donavon Frankenreiter’s performance and I’m definitely in to see ALO, Nas & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Slightly Stoopid and Jack Johnson.  The rest of Saturday is a toss-up.  As for Sunday, Drive-By Truckers and Ozomatli are shoe-ins for the early side with Jimmy Cliff, Z-Trip, Weezer, My Morning Jacket following and Dave Matthews Band wrapping up the festival.

So much good music in one place over two days and add in what a city Denver is and you can’t ask for much more.  DoyouHearTheMusic.com will mostly be devoted to my preview of Mile High Music Festival artists the rest of the week aka a way for me to talk about some of my favorites.  If you’re reading this my hope is that you find some new music to listen to along the way and if you want to throw in your two cents, please do!

Peace + Love + Music