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New creative expression workshop aims to combat artists’ addiction, isolation and death in Colorado

When Darin Valdez was working as a sobriety counselor a few years ago, a young man walked into his downtown Denver office crying and yelling. Then he asked Valdez for a sheet of paper. The man disappeared into the basement of the Sobriety House with the paper, and after about an hour, Valdez assumed he […]

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Seven Peaks Festival pulls out of Buena Vista after county declines to raise its 5,000-person capacity cap

Live Nation on Friday canceled its Seven Peaks music and camping festival in Buena Vista and announced it was seeking a new location after the county declined to raise its coronavirus capacity limits for events. The world’s top concert promoter was seeking a permit to host as many as 20,000 spectators at the festival on […]

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One of Colorado’s most influential writers saved the state’s music history one cardboard box at a time

The cardboard storage boxes form a chronological grid, left to right, on an entire basement wall — stacked five tall and 10 across, starting with the 1970s on the top left. They contain artifacts spanning generations of musical acts: press kits, publicity photos, notes and writings that chronicle an era, reveal a penchant for collections […]

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Philanthropic angels rescue some Colorado arts groups, but most still struggle under coronavirus

Everyone dreams of an angel, especially arts groups, especially during a pandemic — a generous patron to ease the financial hardships of the coronavirus crisis. So far, the best angel stories come from the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Ballet. An anonymous donor gave the symphony a $2 million gift this month that will keep its […]

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Can government investment in the arts help lift Colorado, the U.S. out of the economy’s coronavirus slump?

Maybe if things get bad enough, something radically good can come of it. Some arts advocates, daring to hope for a change in the presidential administration, believe it’s almost time for a new New Deal for the arts. Michael Bracy, a Washington, D.C., lobbyist who has worked in music policy for 20 years, insists the […]

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Coronavirus killed 59,179 arts jobs in Colorado and crippled key economic and cultural engines. Can they be revived?

While it may not feel as urgent as an eviction notice or the fear of food scarcity, the devastation of the arts and culture scene due to the coronavirus pandemic portends long-term ripple effects. The arts in Colorado are a powerful economic driver as well as a defining aspect of our community and fuel for […]

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Hard work made Greeley’s downtown hip and happening. Two months of social distancing could make it all disappear.

GREELEY — Ely Corliss’ phone rang in his office at the Moxi Theater on the morning of March 12. Typically, that meant opportunity. But that morning, the ring kicked off the worst day in his life.  Corliss used his business acumen and experience as the band booker and sound guy for AF Ray’s, a Garden […]

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How loud is too loud? Telluride thrives on music festivals, but some locals want to turn down the volume

“Window rattling.” “Wall shaking.” “Ear Shattering.” Those unpleasant-sounding descriptors have turned into fighting words in Telluride, where they have been directed at a sacrosanct part of this mountain town: music festivals. Those festivals have been a big part of Telluride’s mystique since Telluride Bluegrass twanged into being in 1973, followed by the Jazz Festival, Blues […]