Terrapin Care Station
Cambridge Audio

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 Michael Goldman captured nearly every one of Tom Petty's Colorado performances over the decades. This collection is culled from Michael's archives exclusively for the Colorado Music Experience.

Tom Petty at Red Rocks Amphitheatre - 2017
Meat Loaf, 1978

Meat Loaf—real name Marvin Lee Aday, “but nobody ever calls me that”—died on January 20, 2022. He was 74. His Bat out of Hell albums were perhaps the most grandiose, bombastic, melodramatic—and multi-platinum and Grammy-winning—series of rock pseudo-operas in history.

Leftover Salmon

Serving up self-described “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass”—a unique brand of bluegrass-based boogie that drew from miscellaneous influences—Leftover Salmon won an astounding national following on the jam-band circuit.

John Oates

John Oates
John Oates, one half of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Hall & Oates, and his family made their home in Aspen for over 25 years; he listed his four-acre ranch for sale in 2017. “I was born in New York,” Oates wrote in his book Change of Seasons. “But one day, I would be reborn in Colorado.”

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