Carly Rae Jepsen admitted that she felt a little uneasy when she stepped on stage for her first night opening for Justin Bieber on that teen star’s fall arena tour. It was, after all, her first time performing in such a large venue.
Not many bands that come through Boulder are able to cull a playlist from a catalog that has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Yet this is what will happen when the Wailers come to town for their nearly annual pilgrimage Dec. 28 at the Fox Theatre.
The state of original music in this country is wonderful. It could be argued that, although corporate-owned mainstream radio has eschewed what’s clearly good, honest music, we are currently able to enjoy more great original music than ever before.
There are probably few choir groups that have ever performed with such emotion that they evoked tears from their audience, but in December 2010, caroler Debbie Giallombardo remembers a woman almost brought to tears by what she was singing on the Pearl Street Mall.
Tired yet of “Frosty,” “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”? Boulder’s classical musicians have the answer for you: whole concerts of Christmas music that avoid the inescapable standards currently flooding the airwaves and suburban malls. No sleigh rides, roasting chestnuts or reindeer shouting with glee.
What do you do when you finally make it? Most artists are perpetually scraping by and innovating just to get by, and when you finally break through that barrier and find yourself no longer a struggling artist but a successful one, where do you go from there?
Bassist Chris Wood was taking some midday chill time in Athens, Ga., when we caught up to him last weekend, cooling his heels before his gig that night with The Wood Brothers band, his six-year project with his brother, guitarist and singer Oliver.