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‘Idol’ audition winner eyes repeat in Texas

By Paul Shockley

Besting a field of 120 vying for a shot at stardom,  Shea Bramer of Grand Junction won’t mess with success. Bramer, 25, who has earned an audition before cameras in Austin, Texas, is already pondering what songs he’ll roll ...

American Idol audition to be limited to 120 registrants

By Daniel Humphries

Attention Western Slope singers: Put down that hairbrush microphone and stop lip-syncing Britney Spears’ “Oops!...I Did It Again.” Now is your chance to make it to the big leagues by auditioning for Fox’s ...


Music Scene: Week of July 23, 2010

By Tammy Gemaehlich

You could spend a lot of time trying to figure out who Fishtank Ensemble might sound like, but in the end, you’ll come to the conclusion that it is a band like none you have ever heard. Fishtank Ensemble incorporates a musical saw, jazz ...

Road Trip: Week of July 23, 2010

By Staff

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado in the near future. Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra — Belly Up, Aspen, Aug. 5. Jackson Browne — Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 5. Leo Kottke and Nanci Griffith ...

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DJs get downtown for electronic music festival

By Melinda Mawdsley

Don’t request “The Chicken Dance” at this show. Although some disc jockeys play the crowd-pleasing — or floor-clearing — song, none of the eight local DJs spinning at an upcoming electronic show is one of those ...


Music Scene: Week of July 16, 2010

By Tammy Gemaehlich

“An alluring sound, somewhere between artful pop and a harder, rock space” is how The Santa Barbara News Press describes the music of singer/songwriter Manda Mosher, who along with Ashley Raines will allure audiences at KAFM Radio ...

Road Trip: Week of July 16, 2010

By Staff

Here are some big shows and events coming to Colorado and Utah in the near future. Reverend Horton Heat — The Depot, Salt Lake City, July 29. Weird Al Yankovic — Paramount Theatre, Denver, July 29. Vicente Fernandez — ...


Bluegrass performers to be at gardens

By Staff

The grass is growing like crazy at the botanical gardens. The Bluegrass Festival featuring top bluegrass bands from Salt Lake City, the Front Range and Grand Junction is set for Saturday, July 17, at the Western Colorado Botanical ...

High Desert Opera to give props to 125 years of comic opera ‘Mikado’

By Staff

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” has a plot likened to that of a daytime soap opera. Set in Japan, a tailor becomes an executioner and must find someone to execute or lose his own head. He decides to execute a wandering ...

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Pipe organ’s rich complexity, relative obscurity make organists a rare breed

By Melinda Mawdsley

The appeal of rattling church rafters turned John Ahern toward the pipe organ. Granted, Ahern, 17, doesn’t want church walls to collapse when he plays chords during a hymn, but he likes the power. “I think every organ player ...

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