Terrapin Care Station
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Great Western Bank Pasta Jay's

Leading various iterations of the Samples since 1987, Sean has navigated a colorful road through the music industry.

Sean Kelly

Bringing respect for tradition and progressive elements to the bluegrass genre, the Colorado band went on to a long and storied career.

Hot Rize

Photographer Stephen Collector applied his attention to detail and lighting techniques to the world of ’80s music, a striking portfolio he shares with the Colorado Music Experience.

James Brown
Grateful Dead, Folsom Field, 1972

On September 3, 1972, the Grateful Dead performed before approximately 32,000 fans at the University of Colorado’s Folsom Field in Boulder. The band’s first stadium show in Colorado was marked by torrential rains, rare performances (“Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”)—and, at one point, hundreds of lids of pot were tossed into the air from the crowd and from the stage.

Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra, leader of the punk band Dead Kennedys and the target of one of rock ’n’ roll’s most spectacular censorship trials, was born Eric Boucher in 1958 and grew up in hippie-happy Boulder. Like a lot of disillusioned punk rockers, he left town after high school.

Robben Ford

Robben Ford
Robben Ford, a touring guitarist with Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and the L.A. Express, lived in Boulder in the mid-1970s to study technique, composing and Buddhism.

On Record Book Series

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.

Jon Rizzi, G. Brown, Mark Zaremba and Chip Garofalo