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Iris DeMent raised on music

Follow your muse. We all should have that inner-voice, that thing inside us that hopefully guides us down our life path and pushes us into whatever direction we think we need to go. When the muse...

DATE: May 9, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

P.J. Moon right at home in Durango

Local musician P.J. Moon has good things to say about Durango’s music scene. It’s the reason he moved here and arguably the reason he stays here. The well runs pretty deep when it comes to people...

DATE: May 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Euforquestra not afraid of challenge

The Fort Collins-based band Euforquestra wears many musical hats. Unafraid of a musical challenge and willing to experiment and change things up, if the genre hat fits, they’ll put it on and style...

DATE: April 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Ranky Tanky uses music to teach history

A Ranky Tanky concert provides two outcomes. One being what you’d expect from a concert: You dance, you’re entertained, you leave the venue musically satisfied. The other outcome appeals to music...

DATE: April 18, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Larry Keel to play Durango Meltdown

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part column highlighting the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown and its overall contribution to the community. Guitar player Larry Keel is a perfect performer for...

DATE: April 11, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Meltdown celebrates its 25th year

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part column highlighting the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown and its overall contribution to the community. People have big opinions about bluegrass music. “I...

DATE: April 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Casual Fridays are N.M.’s ska historians

Las Cruces, New Mexico, may sound like an unlikely place for a ska music scene, but it’s been home to at least two ska bands that have properly represented the music. One band is directly...

DATE: April 2, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Pianist Adam Swanson plays for silent films

Hanging out with Adam Swanson is the closest you’ll ever come to time travel. The local musician, who has been a regular performer of ragtime music in the Diamond Belle Saloon most of his life, is...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

A history of KDUR Cover Night

KDUR Cover Nights have grown into a fire-breathing monster of an event that equally entertains and angers. Entertains because the events (full disclosure: I’ve organized these things for years and...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Celtic Festival lets you travel without leaving town

Durango is on the rise as a player in the international Celtic community. Despite being about 4,600 miles from Ireland and Scotland, the efforts of the Durango Celtic Society and the Durango...

DATE: March 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Lawn Chair Kings kick off campaign

Rock band Lawn Chair Kings have been a vital part of the Durango music scene now for close to 20 years. Their sound has remained appealing to anyone who may carry a niche interest in music that...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Afrobeatniks release new album ‘Wontanara’

Musicians get bitten by the bug. That bug being one particular genre or style that soon takes over, and from that point forward your musical trajectory goes in the direction of whatever genre that...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

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