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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!

This week, the Denver City Council approved a new program meant to help artists in the city remain in their homes while simultaneously tackling the challenges of buildings that are potentially unsafe and not up to code.

"I'm working on the SoundCloud thing," Chance the Rapper tweeted last Thursday, sounding like an angel tasked with yet another miracle after rumors — later denied by the company — that SoundCloud's collapse was imminent. After having what he called "a fruitful call" with SoundCloud cofounder Alex Ljung, Chance tweeted "SoundCloud is here to stay," a day later.

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91.5 KRCC's 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival is just around the corner. This year's festival brings some fantastic national and local acts to the stage. In this segment from the latest episode of Air Check, we offer a preview of the great music coming to BUTB on Saturday, July 29th. 

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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!

"I've got a pocketful of blues here still, you know?" says Charles Lloyd, the saxophonist-flutist-composer-bandleader who, at 79, has become one of jazz's enlightened elders.

It's Bastille Day in France, so what better way to celebrate 1789's violent overthrow of the monarchy than with some French house music — désolé, musique de maison -- arranged for a marching band?

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Nina de Freitas is no stranger to the music business. Her father, Carlinhos Brown, is a popular Brazilian recording artist with several Latin Grammies and an Oscar nomination to his name. Her mother is a musician as well. Born in Brazil, de Freitas moved with her mom to the US at age 3, and has spent much of her life in Colorado. 

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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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Members of the Colorado Springs arts and music community are celebrating a new partnership between the Pikes Peak Library District and local DIY arts groups. Among them is Flux Capacitor, a popular local warehouse music venue, which was shuttered in December due to fire code violations.

Through the partnership, Flux Capacitor, or "The Flux,” and others will be able to host concerts and events in the Knights of Columbus Hall, a historic building owned by PPLD, located west of the downtown library at 25 W Kiowa St. The building has been largely unused for years. 

Pixies On World Cafe

Jul 8, 2017

When a band whose biggest hits came out in the mid- to late '80s shows up to play a concert in 2017, the first question you have to ask is: Are they going to sound like the band you know and love? When alt-rock icons Pixies played a show at World Cafe Live in May, the answer was: Absolutely.

If you haven't yet purchased your tickets to our Blues Under the Bridge festival happening on July 29th, time is running out!

On Saturday, July 29th, the 11th Annual 91.5 KRCC Blues Under the Bridge Festival will feature five-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. 

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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.

The artist Helado Negro (Roberto Lange) made a very big impression on me when I first experienced him almost eight years ago. It was a sound I had never quite heard, and I was immediately drawn in; there were layers of synths, percussion that percolated rather than pulsed, vocals that epitomized the world ethereal and lyrics in Spanish and English that floated amidst the music like wisps of smoke.

This post was updated on Sunday, June 25 at 3:50 PM.

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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.

Ever get the nagging feeling that catastrophic danger is looming and the world could end at any minute? Sure you do, it's 2017! Unsettling as it may be, some would say the only way to get through it is by sticking together. In ODESZA's new, post-apocalyptic, sci-fi music video, that's exactly the takeaway.

"[Bob] Seger's absence from digital services, combined with the gradual disappearance of even physical copies of half his catalog, suggest a rare level of indifference to his legacy," Tim Quirk wrote for NPR Music in late March in his feature, "Where Have All The Bob Seger Albums Gone?"

A Look Back At Monterey Pop, 50 Years Later

Jun 15, 2017

In the 21st century, destination music festivals seem like a dime a dozen. But just 50 years ago, there was only one: the Monterey International Pop Festival, which featured more than 30 artists and bands playing over the course of three days in the summer of 1967.

Monterey Pop set the template for all the huge rock festivals that would follow — Woodstock, Coachella, Bonnaroo and all the rest — and its influence would spread even further via a documentary, Monterey Pop, that was helmed by D.A. Pennebaker and would set a gold standard for concert films.

There are very few artists who can bring the past into the present in a way that captures both the nuance of history and the immediacy of now. But Rhiannon Giddens has done it, beautifully, on her second solo album, Freedom Highway.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Hearing ALA.NI sing for just a moment feels like being transported back in time. On her debut album, You & I, the British-born, Paris-based singer's voice evokes greats like Billie Holiday and Judy Garland. But ALA.NI is not one for blindly indulging nostalgia: She's just staying true to the music she's always loved.

The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the Woodstock music festival in 1969, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according to an announcement on its website. The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

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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. 

When it comes to today's guests, mystery is the name of the game. The band's name is the symbol of a triangle. It's pronounced alt-J. You won't find pictures of the three stars of the band very many places — certainly not on the cover of its new record, which features a drawing of an anonymous red body on the side of a highway. And not in the music video for the album's first single, which stars a scurrying wood mouse.

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