Jeff Bieri

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The 91.5 KRCC mobile app is making it easier to listen to music anytime, anywhere. If you missed Vicky's show last night, you can listen to it now, or listen to it later with the new and improved mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. Just click on 91.5 KRCC Music in the top navigation bar.

Two weeks of archived shows are available at any time - listen to Rasta Ron's Reggae show during breakfast, enjoy the Blue Plate Special during your lunch hour, or calm down with Vicky's evening show on your afternoon commute.

Update your app now at the iTunes App Store or with Google Play, and tap into the tunes from 91.5 KRCC Music 24/7!

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1959 was a Golden Year for jazz. It was a year in which some of the greatest innovators in jazz were recorded on five of the most influential albums in jazz history, and it was also a year in which three great jazz musicians died. 

This Sunday on the Jazz Excursion between 7 and 10 p.m., we’ll listen to those albums, and we’ll hear the music of the jazz musicians who made 1959 remarkable.

You can also listen to Dick's show in our updated 91.5 KRCC Mobile app available on iTunes and Google Play.

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The Jazz Excursion theme for Sunday, August 13 is “The Leftovers”.

Each week the Jazz Excursion playlist grows to more than can be played in the time available (3 hours, Sundays 7 to 10 p.m.). This week we'll hear leftovers from the past few weeks. Leftovers are often as good or better than the original meal – the same is true of the Jazz Excursion leftovers.

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On this episode of Air Check, members of the band Woodshed Red serve up a bluegrass take on Pink Floyd and discuss their eclectic influences in the studio at 91.5 KRCC; Cold Heart Revival performs a few songs from their debut LP, Over The Water; representatives from Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District explain how a beloved DIY space found a new home in the local library; Tomás Pagán Motta shares his thoughts on songwriting, touring, and hearing his own music on the Netflix TV show, Flaked; and we share our favorite songs from the past month.

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Last week on the Jazz Excursion we heard jazz standards based on the popular music composed by Harold Arlen.  This week we’ll hear music composed by and for jazz musicians  - all jazz musicians compose in real time (improvise) but some jazz musicians write down and publish their music.  We’ll hear from them on the Jazz Excursion this Sunday, August 6, 7:00 to 10:00 PM, on 91.5 KRCC and streaming on krcc.org.

Gold Room

Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore will take the stage at the Gold Room Friday night before Blues Under the Bridge on Saturday, July 29th. It's another pre-festival event featuring the Chicago blues harp mastery of Bob Corritore, and Big Jon Atkinson - the next generation of blues guitar players.   

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Rockabilly band The Paladins will be on stage Thursday evening July 27th at the Mining Exchange Gold Room.  The band has recorded nine studio albums and developed a reputation as one of the best live rockabilly bands in the country. 

Get your dance on Thursday evening at the Gold Room, and then revisit the band Saturday, July 29th at Blues Under the Bridge.

The first 100 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders admitted FREE!

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Blues Under the Bridge gets underway Wednesday evening with Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors at Ivywild. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are $10 at the venue - the first 25 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders will get in free. 

The pre-fest parties move to the Gold Room on Thursday and Friday evenings, with the Paladins playing on the 27th, and Big Jon Atkinson and Bob Corritore playing on the 28th. Doors are at 7 and tickets are $10 at the venue - the first 100 Blues Under the Bridge ticket holders will get free admission Thursday and Friday evenings.

Get more information about Blues Under the Bridge and buy your tickets here!

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Music Makes Life Better!

Tune into 91.5 KRCC Music next Monday through Thursday July 24th-27 during Vicky's show 7-10pm for your chance to win Dwight Yoakam tickets at the Pikes Peak Center.  

The first person to call the station when Vicky plays a Dwight Yoakam song between 7pm and 10pm will win a pair of tickets to the concert on August 2nd.  Four days, four songs, four pair of tickets - be listening! 

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Each year Downbeat Magazine conducts a poll of jazz critics to determine their favorite musicians, songs, and albums – there are around 60 categories.   91.5 KRCC'S Dick Fairly will be featuring some of the critic’s favorites this Sunday evening, July 23rd on the Sunday Evening Jazz Excursion between 7:00 and 10:00pm,.

The annual Readers Poll is still open - you don’t have to be a Downbeat subscriber to participate.  Go to The 2017 Downbeat Readers Poll and vote now!

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BJ Estares And Route 61 will be priming the pump for Blues Under the Bridge Week with a dinner show at Whole Foods Cafe on Wednesday July 19th.

Following BJ Estares on Wednesday the 26th, Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors will be playing Ivywild, the Paladins will play the Gold Room on Thursday the 27th, and Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson will take over the Gold Room on Friday night July 28th. Pre-festival and full festival details are online at BluesUnderTheBridge.org.

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Join us for an Inaugural 91.5 KRCC Music Event with Tomas Pagan Motta, and in/PLANES at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

This is a free show for 91.5 KRCC Music fans on Friday evening August 11th at 7pm  and seating is limited - RSVP through the Fine Arts Center box office limit two per reservation please.

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July is America’s birthday month, and on this episode of Air Check we get a hint of Vicky’s playlist for 4th of July celebrations; Jake talks with Roberto Houston of Black Pegasus about his rapping career; local musician Nina de Freitas joins us for an in-studio performance and interview; we look ahead to the 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge festival on July 29th, 2017; and we share our favorite new releases from the past month.

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If you’ve spent any time in the Broadmoor neighborhood of Colorado Springs, you’ve probably heard a chorus of musical chimes float down Cheyenne Mountain to the valley below.

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On this episode of Air Check, three more favorite songs from Jeff, Jake and Vicky, a talk with the Denver-based band the Flobots about their musical mission, we have a listen to the swan songs of I Sank Molly Brown during their last live performance as a band at Right Heel Studios, Jake and Jeff investigate the musical history of the Will Rogers Shrine on the side of Cheyenne Mountain, and three must-see concert events of the summer/fall music season. 

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Invisibilia is Latin for "invisible things." The program explores the unseen forces that shape human behavior -- things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions -- interweaving narrative storytelling with scientific research that will ultimately make you see your own life differently. The show is co-hosted by a trio of NPR's award-winning journalists, Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller and Hanna Rosin, who have roots at This American Life, Radiolab and The Atlantic.

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This month on Air Check, Sub Pop alumna Sera Cahoone hangs out with Vicky and performs a couple of songs, John Bueno from Pueblo’s Pulp magazine chats with The Brightest Quasar over a cup of coffee, local producer Bill Douglass talks about working with Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan, and Hannah Fleming explores the many stages of a rock and roll career with Chuck Snow and the Youthful Nothings. 

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On Saturday, July 29th, the 11th Annual 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival will feature six-time Grammy Award Winners the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Paladins, Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with Movers and Shakers, and Mike Clark and Sugarsounds. 

Pre-festival parties will include Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors on Wednesday, July 26th, the Paladins on Thursday, July 27th, and Bob Corritore on Friday night, July 28th. 

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1st.

91.5 KRCC member tickets ONLY will be available at the 91.5 KRCC Offices, 912 N Weber St, for $40.

General public tickets will be available at Ivywild Drygoods, and online at Ticketfly.com.  There will be a limited number of VIP seats available for $91.50.

More about the 2017 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival available here.

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In addition to VuHaus you can see great video content with NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts.  Local talent Alex Koushak showed up there earlier this year - maybe one of your friends has been there too!  Check our the vast archive of Tiny Desk Concerts here.

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Colorado Springs resident Craig Carnick had a front row seat to one of the great eras in American music. Back in the 1960s, he worked the night shift as a recording engineer at Motown Studios in Detroit, Michigan.

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April's episode of Air Check announces NPR's Tiny Desk Series move to Colorado Springs--just kidding. But it does bring Colorado Springs musician and Alex Koshak back from a tour with Esme Patterson, where they performed at the real Tiny Desk in NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. John Craigie, modern-day troubadour, drops in to play a few songs from his new album No Rain, No Rose; Craig Carnick tells the story of Motown Studios where he worked the night shift as a recording engineer in the 1960s; and the Bells of St. Vrain share the art of handbell performance.  

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In the last 6 months, Colorado Springs said goodbye to several beloved DIY spaces.

91.5 KRCC walked away with two Awards of Excellence from this past weekend’s Colorado Broadcasters Association annual event in Denver.

VuHaus (pronounced “view house”) is a collaboration of public radio and television stations from across the country, deeply rooted in their local music communities who share a common mission to support artists and be a source of music discovery for audiences around the world. VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization, with an aim to be true partners to artists while providing a unique window into the country’s most vibrant music scenes. 

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On this episode of Air Check Jake talks with local photographer Larry Hulst about the decades of photographs that he has taken of Rock n Roll icons; L.A. group The Wild Reeds stop by the 91.5 KRCC studios; We look into the DIY arts and music scene in Colorado Springs; and Hannah Fleming speaks with Finnish musician Lau Nau about the art of improvisation and scoring films. 

91.5 KRCC will be introducing listeners to some new favorites this Monday, March 6th.  I hope you will join us at 10am weekday mornings for news and topical debate with NPR's 1A.  91.5 KRCC is also adding the popular economic news program Marketplace, to our weekday line up at 3pm and 6:30pm.  

I'm really excited to be able to present the "new" A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile of the bands Nicklecreek and The Punch Brothers hosting the show on Saturdays 4pm to 6pm, and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. 

Music fans can rest assured that 91.5 KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor will continue to curate music weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, with great community volunteers rounding out the music block from 10pm to midnight.

Your favorite weekend music shows will include my Blue Plate Special blues show every Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Vintage Voltage with GT at 8pm.

On Sunday evenings you can relax and expand your music education through the Jazz Excursion with host Dick Fairley at 7pm. End your weekends with great reggae from host Ron Wilson starting at 10pm. See the entire new schedule here.

We are working on digital on-demand deliveries of all of our local music shows through our website, and on mobile apps that are available for iPhones and Android devices on iTunes and Google Play. We hope to have this feature live next week so you can listen to 91.5 KRCC Music whenever and wherever you want. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support,
Jeff Bieri
91.5 KRCC Program Manager

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Five-time Grammy Award Winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will be headlining this year's Blues Under the Bridge Festival on Saturday July 29th!  Also, playing this years festival are rockabilly/blues group the Paladins, harp player Bob Corritore and guitarist Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with the Movers and Shakers out of Denver, and local favorites the Sugar Sounds.  

Tickets will be going on sale soon, and 91.5 KRCC will be announcing pre-festival parties and concerts leading up the full day festival in the next couple of weeks.

Update 7/15/17: The Blind Boys of Alabama have won Grammys five times, not six as originally listed here.

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On this episode of Air Check, multi-talented local musician Ryan Flores reflects on his life as a working artist; author LeAnna DeAngelo tells the story of the first performance at Red Rocks; the legendary David Bromberg drops by to play a few tunes; and our very own Vicky Gregor takes a trip down memory lane with a jar of ticket stubs dating all the way back to the mid-80s.

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When Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal goes on vacation, there's only one person who can replace him: Tom Hanks.   The two-time Oscar-winning actor will guest host an episode of the NPR news quiz, taped in front of a live (and, let's be frank, very lucky) audience in Chicago.  Hear the show this Saturday January 14th at 11am, and again on Sunday January 15th at 10am.

This month on Air Check, we highlight some of our favorite interviews, stories, and in-studio performances from 2016 - Inaiah and Desi Lujan perform "The Runner" from their most recent project In/Planes; Electronic musician Tor talks about his album "Blue Book"; Ulysses Baxter, a.k.a. the Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher, tells the story of his improbable ascent of Pikes Peak; Colorado Springs' own Stoney Bertz discusses the connection between hip hop and high school debate; we hear in-studio performances from Ages and Ages and Millicent, and KRCC deejays pick the music that impressed them the most in 2016.

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