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Colorado Sound is again the Presenting radio sponsor for the Boulder International Film Festival June 24 – 27, featuring these music films this year! Check BIFF1.com for more.
1. Summer Of Soul – This Questlove-directed doc about the “Harlem Woodstock” in ’69 won’t get released until early July. We’ll see it first!
2. Under The Volcano – Like what Jim Guercio did with Caribou Ranch here in Colorado, Sir George Martin built the world-class AIR Studios on Montserrat Island in the Caribbean. This doc tells its story.
3. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free – Using archival footage found last year and new interviews of his bandmates, friends & family, this film looks at Tom during 1993-95 and the recording of the Wildflowers album.
4. Elders Corner – When a London-based fan of Nigerian music learns that his musical heroes don’t own their songs, he goes to Lagos to re-record those artists & songs. Rare archival footage helps tell the full story.
5. Los Hermanos/The Brothers – Two virtuoso Afro-Cuban brothers, separated by miles and politics (Havana & NYC), are reunited by their music to perform together.
Road trip time is here! What are your favorite songs about hitting the road? Let us know at coloradosound.org then listen to The Colorado Sound at the end of the month as we count down your Top 20 songs about hitting the road! Here are mine:
1. “Into The Great Wide Open” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Not technically about a road trip, this Petty song nonetheless captures the spirit of hitting the open road.
2. “The Passenger” – Iggy Pop – Iggy Pop wrote this after his travels in Europe with David Bowie. If you end up being the passenger rather than the driver on your road trip, this one is for you.
3. “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66” – Nat King Cole – Written in 1946, songwriter Bobby Troup got the idea for the song on a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania to California. This ode to the most famous road in America has become a standard but the first recording came from Nat King Cole in 1946.
4. “Looking At The World Through A Windshield” – Son Volt – Not only does Jay Farrar of Son Volt have the perfect voice for a road trip song, he can craft a great tune about being on the road. This is just one of many Son Volt songs perfect for a road trip.
5. “Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show – Old Crow Medicine Show took an unfinished Bob Dylan song, added more lyrics and created a road trip classic. Though the song gets some geography wrong, it’s so catchy, you’re hard pressed to pick up the errors.
Live music at outdoor venues commences!
1. Mishawaka Amphitheatre – This historic site started as a music hall in 1916! Reinvigorated in 2010, this stunning riverside spot is home to great food, terrific hummingbird viewing and intimate shows like Daniel Rodriguez, Satsang, Flobots, The Burroughs and the free Sunday Summer Concert Series! themishawaka.com
2. Chautauqua – On the National Register of Historic Places, Chautauqua opened in 1898. This summer features a variety of classical shows as well as Keb Mo, The Jayhawks, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Steeldrivers, and Woodbelly. You can even reserve a cabin at chautaqua.com!
3. Dillon Amphitheater – Sitting on the shore of Lake Dillon, this amphitheater is one of the most beautiful places to see a show in Colorado! New announcements to come, but don’t miss: Shakey Graves and Black Pumas in August and Ween in 2022! dillonamphitheater.com
4. Sculpture Park – “Get your downtown on” at this unique outdoor venue at the Arts Complex in downtown Denver. Just look for the 60-foot-high sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky. Catch their Chamber Music Series, three nights with Goose, and much more. artscomplex.com/events
5. Levitt Pavilion – Every year they offer a free concert series plus programs connecting kids to music education and artists with development opportunities. Levitt is a venue and community resource! This summer: The Flobots, Cool Vibes Reggae Fest, Steel Panther and Melissa Etheridge. levittdenver.org.
1. Yola – “Diamond Studded Shoes” – For her sophomore release, Yola once again teamed up with Dan Auerbach to see if lightning can strike twice. Based on the strength of this first single, I think it can
2. Delvon Lamar Organ Trio – “Hole In One” – Delvon Lamar Organ Trio is destined for greatness. Their 2015 debut album was number one on the Contemporary Jazz chart. Their new album is just as strong and contains this wonderful gem.
3. Shannon McNally – “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” – Shannon McNally has come a long way from her days as a busker. Her latest effort displays the right amount of sass and sauce.
4. Window Swap – This website is a complete wormhole. Every time you click on the page a new window opens somewhere in the world. One minute you’re in China, the next you may be in the Ukraine. Be warned, this is addicting. window-swap.com
5. The Playoffs – Both the Nuggets and Avs have had great seasons. It would be nice to see another championship comeback to Colorado!