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May 2 – Front Range on Track Kickoff

This Sunday evening at Avogadro’s Number, Adam Bowen will be presenting information about a vision for connecting Fort Collins with the rest of the Front Range via passenger train.  This event is free to the public.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC: Mike Finders, Paul Kiteck, Mark Leslie, Jan Peterson and Darrin Goodman will be performing between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, and I believe that Adam’s presentation will take place somewhere in the middle.

You’re Invited! May 2 Front Range on Track Kickoff

Free Pizza!  Bluegrass music!
Entertaining and Informative presentation by Adam Bowen!
and the good company of lots of other people who want to see passenger rail connecting our front range communities once again.  What better way to spend your evening?

Invite your friends and, yes, definitely forward this information to others who may already be dreaming of the day when they have an alternative to driving their car every time they want to go to Denver, Boulder or even to the next town.

When:  Sunday, May 2, 5 – 7 pm
Where:  Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St in Fort Collins

See you there!
Front Range on Track (FRONT) Board and Friends

www.frontrangeontrack.org
Our mission is to work for the re-establishment of passenger rail through city and town centers of Rocky Mountain Front Range communities to provide the necessary cost-effective transportation backbone to support the advancement of short and long-term regional economic prosperity and community vitality.

Fort Collins Bluegrass and Old Time Music

Fort Collins sure has some great music flowing through its veins!  It surely is a mecca for Bluegrass music, and Old Time music is starting to become more prevalent too!  Check out a couple of local bands:

The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers

Cottonwood Grove, a Fort Collins Old Time Stringband

Strings In The Mountains

This year, the Strings In The Mountains series brought The Infamous Stringdusters and Crooked Still to Steamboat Springs. Although both bands cleaned house, Crooked Still also mopped up the stage and cleaned the cob webs out of the stage lights. Amazing.

Rushad sat in front of me for a spell while the Stringdusters were on stage. His appearance was mostly normal save for the elven-sort of hat that he donned on his head like a top-knot. He shot out of his seat and disappeared once the Stringdusters left the stage. Once Crooked Still had been announced, wearing a bright and shiny pink satin suit with a red and white striped scarf around his neck, Rushad took to the stage as if he owned it.

Aoife was in prime form. Stunning voice. Stunning woman. Although I am in love with her voice, I am more in love with the entire sound that is called Crooked Still. Shaken by a low sound indeed.

Rushad was incredibly comical throughout the night. At one point, he was speaking as though he were an old gold miner (he was Railroad Bill I believe), as he explained to the audience about the gold rush of 1849. Aoife was surprised to learn that the term “forty-niners” refers to those who travelled west to California for the gold rush of 1849. Rushad went on prodding her when he asked her, “… Ever heard of the Denver Nuggets?” More comedy ensued when Rushad’s odd hat burst from his head in an explosion of brown and blond hair when he started “head-banging” during one of his instrumental solos. Visions of bass player Les Claypool (Primus) with a helicoptering Mohawk filled my head as Rushad seemingly scared the old couple in front of him up and out of their seats. I’m not sure if the couple ever returned or not. Aoife later commented on the incident stating that she felt bad and that she hoped that the couple would be back. After all, Strings is a somewhat classically-oriented music series. Rushad said multiple other things as well as performed a number of actions throughout the rest of the show that left me retching my gut in laughter. Aoife just kept looking puzzled as she kept asking Rushad, “…What are you doing???” Pretty funny.

Gregory Liszt’s banjo licks were on target with their music. Very spirited and all were a style of his own. Corey kept the music alive and off the ground with his bass.

Great show. I drove 3 hours to see Crooked Still and would do so again in a heartbeat. I wish that I had brought a camera with me to show Rushad’s pink suit. It was a sight to see. Perhaps we can get them to come to Fort Collins soon.

the good stuff…

Casey Driessen’s show was no less than spectacular, and Brother Mule cranked out an excellent selection of music. Thank you for including Fort Collins on the list of stops, and thank you also to the Swing Station and to Avo’s.

Steamboat Springs will be soon hosting its annual Strings In The Mountains music festival. Two bands that I am really looking forward to seeing there in June are Crooked Still and the Infamous Stringdusters. Here’s a little teaser of what I hope is soon to come…

Upcoming Shows | Week of May 7th, 2007

>> Casey Driessen is playing at the Swing Station in LaPorte on Wednesday. — $10

>> Brother Mule is playing this Thursday night at Avogadro’s Number at 8:00 pm. — $7.00

>> Also, check out this week’s film listing at the Lyric Cinema Cafe.

—–===[ Be there or be a big fat fruitcake. ]===—–

Kristin Andreassen | Aoife O’Donovan

As my friend Eddie says, “If only it were possible to marry a voice…”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pxtwThZk2c

Independent Film Cinema in Fort Collins

With the recent opening of the Lyric Cinema Cafe, the Fort Collins community now has an outlet for getting on an indie film fix. They are not just a movie house either; they offer food, a cafe-style caffeine fix, as well as serve up a small selection of local micro brews… which by the way, you can sip on while watching the evening’s feature presentation. You can check out their weekly movie schedule on their website:
http://www.lyriccinemacafe.com/

Windows McPatchy Patch, Ultimate Addition

I ran across this today on Planet Ubuntu and had a good laugh.

Stack Overflow comic strip

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