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Best Local Shows of the Year 2013 - Ken Kreie

By David Goe

I've asked several people deeply involved in the local music scene to recap their favorite local shows of the year. Here is the first in a series from Ken Kreie from the Cavalcade in Fruita. As always, I want to hear from you. Send your top five favorite local shows of the year to and I'll incorporate it into the final entry later this month. 

1) Caravan of Thieves - 4/2/13
These guys are Gypsy Jazz and full full full of energy and one of the most honed sounds we have had.

2) Hollow Wood - 7/19/13
All very young creative kids out of Idaho. We already had a Youth open mic planned and these kids came in and did a long set and I was blown away at how tight and interesting these kids were. There was like 10 kids in the band and only one could drink.

3) Loves It! - 7/3/13
This Duo from Virginia/Texas is so creative and fun. One of my current favorites. We have had them twice now and they played at Coyote Casa also. I heard good reviews from that show.

4) Victor and Penny - 11/2/13 
This duo out of KC plays antique pop. She is a gorgeous tall red head and he is a short snappy dresser. She plays Uke and he sings into an old tin can microphone and just create a real unique show.

5) Brainstorm / Social Studies / Radiation City - 3/20/13
This is one of my favorites from this year because we got the hip young crowd from GJ out. And some really good bands.

6) Mike Clark - 2/4/13 
I am adding on my 6th favorite because he is so damned good. This guy came solo from his usual outfit the Haunted Windchimes. Multi talented, soulful. A real treasure. It was a Tuesday show that like 10 people came to. But man he blew us away.

There were a couple of really good bands at Hot Tomato this summer too, Hey Mersailles and Phox in particular. 


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