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Local afrobeat band builds community

Afrobeat is music of the world, yet calling it “world” music is like using the word “alternative” to describe rock ’n’ roll. It falls so short, cheapening the style and the work musicians have done...

DATE: April 23, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

The Bluegrass Meltdown is a true melting pot

The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown finally is legal. The 21-year-old festival will start Friday, kicking off the festival season. Headliners include Shawn Camp, Balsam Range, Special Consensus and...

DATE: April 16, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

‘Schoolhouse Rock’ is coming to Cortez

If you’re a 30- or 40-something who grew up on American television and Saturday morning cartoons, you no doubt are familiar with “Schoolhouse Rock,” the educational series of songs that taught kids...

DATE: April 9, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

March was the month for new music

Good music is released all the time. It’s something consistent, and has been since the advent of vinyl, tape, CD, mp3, and back to vinyl. As great as it is to have your “back-in-the-day” lament,...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Grant Farm is bluegrass meets Bakersfield

Colorado remains a hotbed for musicians in the ever-popular newgrass genre. That’s fertile territory for armchair music fans and critics. While less-informed music lovers tend to throw everything...

DATE: March 26, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Running Out of Road truly has crowd support

Kickstarter campaigns remain a valuable aid to many an artistic endeavor. The crowd-funding platform continues to grow – so far, it’s helped more than 200,000 projects get off the ground,...

DATE: March 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Top national act comes to town for Celtic festival

As the Durango Celtic Festival reaches its toddler years, it’s continuing to grow in numbers and talent. Ticket sales continue to increase, and a buzz among the Celtic community continues to aid...

DATE: March 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

California label cultivates Durango fans

Since 2009, the San Francisco-based record label “20-Sided Records” has slowly built a fan and friend base in Durango, with bands signed to the label performing a handful of shows around town. ...

DATE: March 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Voodoo Glow Skulls will deliver funk, ska

The annual concert hosted by Fort Lewis College’s Student Union Productions is growing into one of the college’s premier student music events. According to a survey of all students asking who...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

‘Three Favorites’ might end up your favorite

The San Juan Symphony remains the classical musical outlet in the Southwest, with performances that continue to be packed house affairs. It also continues to have a mission of education that goes...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Dan Bern to christen new Cortez theater

Eleven years in, and KSJD radio, the community station serving Montezuma County, Southeast Utah and Northern Arizona, continues to spread its signal around the region. In 2012, the station...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown

Mastersounds remind U.S. of its taste for funk

Sometimes it takes outsiders to turn American music fans onto what’s made in their own backyard. While early American blues musicians were ignored here in the states, musicians such as Jeff Beck...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: Downtown Lowdown