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Anthony McCargar’s coltish black kitten Beelzebub (“Bub”) is far less vicious than his name suggests. The whiskered guard stands in the doorway that leads to McCargar’s underground heavy metal...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist to Trump for use of song

BOSTON – Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is again demanding that President Donald Trump stop using the band’s songs at rallies. Tyler’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to the president...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Grammy-winning country star Gretchen Wilson arrested

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after what was described as a minor disturbance on an incoming flight. Wilson has...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

At VMAs, Madonna gets backlash after bizarre Aretha Franklin tribute

After Aretha Franklin died last week, MTV’s Video Music Awards producers scrambled to plan a tribute that would air during the network’s annual telecast on Monday night. The stakes were high to...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aretha Franklin, secret style icon: With the drop of a fur coat, she proclaimed her self-worth

No one could drop a fur like Aretha Franklin. When she was performing, she didn’t slither out of her mink or her chinchilla as though she was doing a flirtatious little striptease for her...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Riders in the Sky moseying to Durango

For the past 40 years, there’s not a lot members in the Western band Riders in the Sky haven’t done. They’ve won two Grammys. They’ve played in front of a crowd of 18,000 at the Hollywood Bowl....

DATE: Aug. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

‘Queen of Soul’ had feature role in Durangoan’s film

Not only was the late Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul,” she was also Mother Nature, at least for a couple of minutes. In the early 2000s, Durango native Jack Turner was growing his company, Snow...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aretha Franklin, music’s ‘Queen of Soul,’ dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, whose exceptionally expressive singing about joy and pain and faith and liberation earned the Detroit diva a permanent and undisputed title – the “Queen of Soul” – died Aug. 16 at...

DATE: Aug. 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Aerosmith to launch residency in Las Vegas next year

NEW YORK – Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency. The rock band announced Wednesday that “Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild” would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

How Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’ became an anthem for civil rights and feminism

It was Valentine’s Day 1967 when Aretha Franklin sat down at a piano in the Atlantic Records studio in New York and recorded “Respect.” The Queen of Soul, now gravely ill, took the song written and...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

Sweetwater Station to performs at Mancos State Park

Local band Sweetwater Station will perform at Mancos State Park at 6 p.m. Saturday in the latest concert in the continuing series of musical events at the park. This summer’s Mancos State Park...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music

A musical prelude from out of the 416 Fire’s ashes

Composer David Sterrett’s prelude, “Brighter Than the Flames,” opened the 2018 Music in the Mountains festival as a tribute to the men and women who battled the 416 Fire. That was July 13, when...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Music