The Rainbow Music Hall became one of the nation’s top music showcases, a legend built by the acts that graced its stage, top-notch sound and lighting systems, and a certain intimacy in the 1,400-seat room.
The independent concert promoter and landlord became a force in Denver’s live music scene, booking impressive talent into the area.
Photojournalist Bill Warren shot practically every concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the early and mid-1980s. He picked this assemblage of his archival images exclusively for the Colorado Music Experience.
George Winston, a solo pianist whose Grammy-winning sound helped define the new age genre, died on June 4. He was 74.
When Peter, Paul & Mary’s 1963 recording of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind" became an unofficial civil rights anthem, the identification of the folkies with the politics of progress was cemented. Though the music industry continued trying to capitalize on the folk boom, the music’s implicit and explicit politics made many major corporations nervous, and a lot of effort went into developing purveyors of well-scrubbed folk-pop like the Serendipity Singers and the New Christy Minstrels.
In the late ’90s, Brethren Fast earned a reputation along the Front Range for white-hot live shows that were reckless adventures in self-described “electrified hillbilly hot-rod funk.”
On Record book series
Each volume of the award-winning On Record series gathers over 200 limited and extraordinary images and 100 interview-based profiles spotlighting an array of musical artists.
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A non-profit organization established to preserve the legacies of Colorado music, CoME serves as a repository for informational and archival resources.