Terrapin Care Station
Cambridge Audio

The renowned jazz pianist preserves and plays the music of Denver’s legendary Five Points neighborhood.

Purnell Steen

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

Hot Rize

The enormous impact of MTV’s revolutionary all-video format of the early 1980s transformed a slew of artists into iconic acts. Brian Brainerd’s portrait photography cemented the golden age of their appearances in Colorado.

Cyndi Lauper - CU Events Center - 1984
Mojo Nixon, 1989

Rock eccentric Mojo Nixon—a motor-mouthed guitarist and singer-songwriter and nutcase radio personality—died on February 8, 2024, aboard a country-music cruise. He was 66.

The Family Dog

Fresh from Chicago, 27-year-old Barry Fey moved to Denver in early 1967 and began his career as one of rock music's most prolific promoters. After a trip to San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district, Fey contacted music impresario Chet Helms to discuss bringing a bit of the “Summer of Love” scene back to Denver, and a recently closed nightspot in an industrial stretch of Evans Avenue was turned into the Family Dog.

Peter Kater

Peter Kater
Of German birth and descent, composer and pianist Peter Kater moved to Boulder in 1977 at the age of 18, finding stimulation in the beautiful terrain of the Rocky Mountains, “the movements and wholeness of the Earth.” He began a six-year period of improvisational playing at the Mezzanine at Hotel Boulderado and the Broker Inn. His music… more ≫

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