From April 21-27, the Root 40 Music Festival celebrates the vibrant music scene of Colorado's Colfax Avenue for its third consecutive year. Prior to the festival, we spoke with Root 40 Event Manager Melanie King to discuss the motivation for the fest, Colfax's cultural atmosphere, and the vitality of Colorado's local music scene.
Grant Farm, based in Boulder, boasts some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation: guitarist and bandleader Tyler Grant was named National Flatpicking Champion in 2008, and the members have featured in renowned bluegrass and jam bands Leftover Salmon, The Drew Emmitt Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band and more.
The Snowball music festival takes place April 4-6 in Denver. We spoke with producer Chad Donnelly about the fest's move to an urban setting, the rise of electronic music in Colorado and beyond, and what the fest has to offer to music fans of all genres.
We've had Esme Patterson in our CPR Performance Studio before, both solo and with her band Paper Bird. But we couldn't wait to get her back in to the station to perform some fiery cuts from "Woman to Woman" with her new band.