Bud Light Dive Bar Tour Invades Denver With Judah And The Lion

The Bud Light Dive Bar Tour made its first of many stops here in the Mile High City this past Monday night at Larimer Lounge. The touring caravan has been around for about 4 years now traveling the country giving music fans intimate performances from artist such as Lady Gaga, Post Malone, and John Mayer to name a few. Denver was the first stop on this years tour featuring Colorado favorites Judah and The Lion. The venue was transformed into a dive bar like atmosphere as Bud Light adorned the walls with posters and a full takeover of the bar featuring free Bud Light for its patrons. The band was able to draw its energy from the crowd to put on an epic performance that had the everybody singing and dancing as they ripped through its catalog of hits. More information on the tour can be found here. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Pink Fuzz Set To Unleash New Album! We Have The First Single "Someone" For Exclusive First Listen

One of our favorite local acts Pink Fuzz is about to unleash their latest album"Speed Demon" as well as embark on a new tour. We are debuting two of their newest songs exclusively right here on Ultra5280. Scroll down to listen to the first single "Someone" tomorrow we will be debuting "Think You Got Me".  Sit back buckle up and enjoy the ride!

Having released two tracks in 2017, the band is excited to unleash a full album’s worth of their awe inspiring heavy rock into the world this fall. Pink Fuzz is comprised of brother/siste John and LuLu Demitro, and rounded out by childhood friend Forrest Raup. Together, Johnand LuLu share lead vocals , while LuLu’s signature fuzzed out Rickenbacker bass, and John’s signature guitar tone form a force to be reckoned with. Combine that with Forrest’s monstrous yet precise drumming style, and Pink Fuzz forms a wall of sound that is sure to melt the faces and blow the minds of every listener or concert goer that crosses their path. Recorded over the span of late 2017-early 2018 at Silo Sound in Denver, Colorado, the songs on “Speed Demon” are unique, forceful, and subtle all at the same time. The trio took their time writing and recording this album to make sure it was everything they wanted it to be. Having toured rigorously over the last 4 years, the band has been able to hone in their sound and focus it into something that is truly unlike any other band.

Pink Fuzz (Photo Credit: George Blosser)

The music on “Speed Demon” is a showcase of how far this band has come with their song writing. Sludgy riffs, ripping guitar solos (think your favorite track off Smashing Pumpkins “Mellon Collie” meets QOTSA’s “Era Vulgaris”) and driving rhythms are still a large part of this band’s sound. But what stands out on this album are those song’s counter parts. Pink Fuzz can still throw down with the heaviest rock n' roll, but what is setting them apart is their ability to balance that with beautiful melodies and a wide array of dynamics. LuLu and John’s vocal harmonies in these melodic driven moments are a highlight of the LP, as their voices blend together in a way that is instantly recognizable. With John’s vocals taking on the style we’d expect from a love child of The Stooges era Iggy Pop and Marc Bolan. While LuLu’s silky smooth vocals channel more of a Josh Homme written melody with a Beth Gibbons (Portishead) style delivery. Their individual vocals drive the intensity and fluidity of other songs, the entire band’s talent and experience shines through seamlessly to create an incredible performance through out the entire album. There is no doubt that this band can shred, but it is clear that everything was played with intention; not a note or beat is wasted or over played.

Inspired by countless hours in the van listening to podcasts, and late night talks about how fragile the human mind can be, the band was transfixed on the development of serial killers. Pink Fuzz first touched on this subject in their debut music video for their song “Enough”, featuring “Fast Finger Frank” (the original “speed demon”) hunting down his victims in an 18 wheeler semi across barren desert roads. The video was written, produced, filmed, and acted out by Pink Fuzz themselves. The themes from this music video, along with other personal turning points, fueled the writing process for the new release. Pink Fuzz will be touringthroughout September 2018 and the later part of fall to support the album, and will be releasing two more music videos to support the singles from “Speed Demon”.

The album release show will take place in the band’s home town of Denver at Lost Lake Lounge, Sept 1st, 2018. Supported by locals Love Gang and BootGun.

“Speed Demon” September Tour 2018

9/1 Lost Lake Lounge, Denver, CO

9/6 Golden Light Cantina, Amarillo, TX

9/7 Backyard On Bell, Denton,TX

9/8 The Electric Church, Austin,TX

9/14 Auntie Maes, Manhatten, KY

9/15 PDM, Columbia, MO

9/16 The Boobie Trap, Topeka, KS

9/21 The Replay Lounge, Lawrence, KS

9/22 Rock the Prairie Fest, Dwight, KS

9/23 The Phoenix Lounge, Sioux Falls, SD

9/24 Hi Watt House. Minneapolis, MN

9/26 Liars Club, Chicago, IL

9/28 Castle Ellerbe, Louisville, KY

9/29 TBA, Columbus, OH

9/30 Foam, St. Louis, MO

A Walk Through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

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As if the naturally perfect outdoor acoustics of the rock formations at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre weren’t amazing enough to behold, nearby stands an epic bronze statue of a familiar figure. Upon closer inspection, it’s revealed to be none other than Colorado folk-rocker John Denver, complete with his trademark guitar slung over his back as a great eagle perches on his outstretched left hand. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame acquired the statue of Colorado’s favorite son back in 2013. There used to be some push back from John Denver fans as to where the statue should be located. Today, as the statue stands right next to one of Colorado’s greatest natural treasures, it’s plain to see that John Denver himself couldn’t have picked a better spot.

This is what The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is all about. The CMHOF is a privately sponsored non-profit organization with the mission of preserving, protecting, and propagating the state of Colorado’s varied contributions to music. It contains historical exhibits that feature artifacts from, and information about, Colorado’s most outstanding and influential musicians, venues, events, and institutions. The first inductees where John Denver, followed by the Red Rocks themselves for providing a Colorado venue worthy of hosting legends like the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and U2.

Another notable inductee to the CMHOF is the 1960s band The Astronauts, who were the first Colorado band to make it into the national charts. Despite being a landlocked surf band, their hit songs Movin’ and Baja gave the more famous Beach Boys a run for their money. Other artists featured in the exhibits include Billy Murray (also known as the Denver Nightingale), Paul Whiteman, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall, Harry Tuft, and many others. The most recent inductees include legendary singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and the Caribou Ranch studio, all of which were recognized in 2017 at an induction ceremony at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Apart from artists, places, and institutions relevant to Colorado music, the CMHOF also celebrates historic events that have shaped the music of Colorado and America. You can see this in one of their exhibits called Backstage Past, which features the photos of George Kealiher, the unofficial backstage photographer of the then-newly constructed Denver Coliseum in 1952.

Kealiher captured many of the national acts booked by the Denver Coliseum, including Patsy Cline, George Jones, Faron Young, Ray Price, the Louvin Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, and even Johnny Cash. At the time, most of these now iconic artists were directly influenced by a then-young Elvis Presley’s fresh rockabilly sound. This is what makes Backstage Past different from other exhibits about the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s musical legacy. His hardcore fans already know the stories behind billboard hits like Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, and All Shook Up. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas is hailed by many as one of the greatest poker songs of all time. Alongside it is King Creole and Jailhouse Rock, which are also already famous for being titular movie songs. What many of his most hardcore fans might not know about is how much Elvis has influenced the Colorado rock and country sound. This is what Backstage Past is bringing to the fore.

These are just some of the exhibits you’ll see while taking a walk through the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Make sure to bring a good camera – a visit to the CMHOF would be remiss without at least a couple snaps of the nearby majestic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Denver's Best Kept Secret: Adiel Mitchell Is Just Getting Started

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Adiel Lee Mitchell is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, music producer, and actor based out of Aurora, CO. He drops his second solo project, About Last Night  on February 15th, 2018. 

The release comes almost two years after the singer/songwriter's departure from the bubblegum pop internet phenomenon, Two Worlds (which currently has over 81K subscribers, 5.5M views on YouTube, and over 22M streams on Spotify). In 2017 he released the experimental, chill-wave "Two:Thirty EP" where he explored the smoother sounds of R&B. This year, he raises the stakes on  the "About Last Night" EP, enlisting the production genius of DMD the Producer and Davey Remix to develop a sound that manages to exist in both a contemporary Pop and nostalgic 90s Hip Hop/ R&B musical space. 
 
As a band, Two Worlds released countless covers and originals on YouTube as well as video collaborations with other major YouTubers (like Tyler Ward, Eppic, Lindsay Sterling, etc.) to create a hefty internet following. Their debut EP, Playtime, peaked at number 11 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts.  

Shortly after, as a band, Two Worlds was selected to appear on  VH1 and Universal Music Group's Republic Records’ unprecedented 24-hour livestream event “Make A Band Famous” where they were personally coached by Gym Class Heroes frontman, Travie McCoy, into the competition’s final rounds.  The event revamped Two Worlds’ love for original music and their success lit a fire under Adiel’s intention to pursue a career in the industry as an artist. Playtime was over.

After parting ways with his bandmate in 2016, Adiel began his pursuit of a solo music career.  In 2017 he released the self-produced Two:Thirty EP where he explored his songwriting skills and the sultry sounds of Pop/R&B. In 2018, the much anticipated About Last Night EP, features the hit songs, “Black Dress” and “2nd Chances”.

Adiel Lee Mitchell is a supernova and he’s winning the music industry over with his irresistible charm and raw, uncorrupted talent.  In the same musical vein as pop music superstars like Bruno Mars and Miguel, his music is infectious as it is introspective. Once you've taken a sip of his musical wit, you won't easily forget it..

Three Nights of String Cheese Brings Powerful Guests, Powerful Jams to Red Rocks

This past weekend the String Cheese Incident (SCI) took over Red Rocks for what's become an annual three-night event. This venue has become a home base for the Colorado band, allowing them to bring a variety of musicians to open up and sit in on their electrifying performances. This year, SCI brought out friends TAUK, Kamasi Washington and Hot Rize for each of their three shows. We were lucky enough to cover Saturday night with the sensational jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington.

photo credit: Andrew Rios/Ultra5280

When we heard Kamasi Washington was opening this Saturday we knew we couldn't miss it. The Los Angeles born-and-raised saxophonist/composer has been making waves in music after having collaborated with all sorts of artists like Herbie Hancock, Nas, Snoop Dogg, and, Thundercat. Most recently he conducted the strings section as well as holding down the saxophone for Kendrick Lamar’s latest album To Pimp A Butterfly. He was also selected to lead this years Super Jam at Bonnaroo along side local favorites Nathaniel Ratliff and the Night Sweats. His style of jazz has opened up a new window to reach out to new audiences who might not understand the complexities of the genre. Washington released a massive three hour long album last year appropriately named The Epic that was given excellent reviews from top critics.

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For those who know and love String Cheese Incident, this show was an incredible showcase. Some of our favorites moments of the night were during songs like “Restless Wind”, “Best Feeling”, “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, “Sirens” and “Desert Dawn”. As we anticipated, Kamasi Washington sat in with the band during their rendition of John Coltrane’s “Impressions”, which carried into “I Want To Take You Higher” featuring Colorado’s very own Sheryl Renee.  Washington also sat in during the second set for songs like “45th of November” and “Bumpin’ Reel." The visual spectacle that SCI showcases alongside their music was nothing short of amazing; reminiscent of a dimensional portal zooming into multiple views and perspectives of the artists playing on stage.

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The encore might have been one of the best we’ve seen in a while as Sheryl Renee and her powerful voice returned to stage for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s mega hit “Dreams”. The end of the night was upon us as the house lights came on, when suddenly Red Rocks transformed into a massive impromptu dance party with band and crew together on stage. String Cheese and friends left us wth some heartfelt parting words from the great Lionel Richie, “Party, Karambo, Fiesta, Forever!” 

Click here to see more photos from String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks