Rok Skool

By Mike Rosso Since 2011, many Chaffee County teens have learned the fine art of rockin’ out, thanks to Rok Skool, a musical education program offered through Articipate, a Salida-based nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping arts education alive and thriving in the 21st century. The founders, Jill and Trevor “Bones” Davis, saw an alarming trend […]

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The Real Deal Music Review: SHEL Just Crazy Enough

By Brian Rill SHEL – Just Crazy Enough The 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche prefaced his book The Will To Power with this line, “Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness, that means cynically and with innocence.” I will attempt to relate honestly the virtue of music amidst my […]

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Still Sweeter Every Day

By Chris Rourke With a sound as sweet as their name, “Free the Honey” blends three-part harmonies and traditional stringed instruments, while telling listeners about the simple goodness of life. Yet this time the Gunnison Valley-based acoustic band has a new song to sing, as it returns to its roots as an all-female trio. Its […]

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Music Review: Free the Honey – Fine Bloom

Fine Bloom is an album graced by three instrumental muses: mandolin player Jenny Hill, violinist Lizzy Plotkin and guitarist Katherine Taylor. In the hives of these queen bees dwells a lone upright bass player, Andrew Cameron. He works his tail off to bring home a steady beat that forms the bottom end of this talented […]

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Leadville Cherokee: mountain music

By Tyler Grimes “A funky jam band” is how the Leadville Cherokee were described at a recent show at the State Highway Theater in Buena Vista. The band of five from – of course – Leadville, can certainly be described as funky and jamming, with a dose of bluegrass, reggae and rock. They describe themselves […]

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Meet Doctor Robert

By Elliot Jackson For most of us, our first memory of “The Music” was mediated through the miracle of electronics, whether through the radio: 12 years old, rushing around getting ready for school, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” plays on the AM radio, stops me in my tracks, and I’m instantly in love – […]

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Honky Tonkin’ with The Frisco Canyon Ramblers

By Connie Vigil Platt Cowboys have always been known as hard riding, hard working men. They are also known to be ready and willing to have a good time. Being accustomed to the rhythms of a horse, they are naturally good dancers. They also appreciate a lively foot-tapping tune. Singing cowboys best describes the musical […]

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Earnest Irony

Salida’s newest rock band, Ironically Charged, proves it’s never too early to rock ‘n roll By Jennifer Dempsey – photos by Mike Rosso Ironically Charged Lily Pinto, 10, lead and rhythm guitar Musical inspirations: Michael Jackson, Chris Nasca, Bones and Sunga Jung. Musical goals: to play lead guitar more efficiently and share my music with […]

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