Terrapin Care Station
Cambridge Audio
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

Denver’s premiere concert venue in the Rockin’ 70’s, Ebbets hosted a lineup of legends and up-and-comers. Young Bob Ferbrache hung out at Ebbets, where he morphed from gofer to photographer—and captured history.

Dolly Parton – 4/25/74
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.

John Denver

Read what the biggest star in the Colorado music firmament has to say about life, music, and Muppets.

Mando & the Chili Peppers

Mando & the Chili Peppers
Latinos were under-represented in early rock ’n’ roll. In 1957, a year before “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens and “Tequila” by the Champs (written by saxophonist Danny Flores aka Chuck Rio), Armando Almendárez was leading Mando & The Chili Peppers—one of the first Hispanic rock ’n’ roll acts.

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