The Historic Cuchara Village in Southern Colorado is situated on the eastern slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the heart of the Cucharas River Valley. Surrounded by the San Isabel National Forest and boasting huge Ponderosa pines as a backdrop, this little Western Town is host to the 4th annual Cuchara Country Music Festival. This year's artists were: Craig Morgan, Charley Jenkins, Kinsey Sadler, Lusas Hoge, Jessie Funk and Cappton Reid. It was a gloomy day for the most part but a little rain, a little thunder, a little lightning, a little sun and a whole lot of clouds couldn't and wouldn't stop the fans or the show!
The Festival opened with Cappton Reid a Country/Classic Rock band consisting of Tony Cappelucci, Bruce Walton and Tom Reid. He and his band were the perfect kickoff for the event. They got the crowd warmed up and ready to party!
Wednesday night Garth Brooks kicked off the first of nine shows at the Pepsi Center and what a kick-off it was. It's been almost two decades since he played Denver making these some of the most highly anticipated shows of the year for the Mile High City. The fans were standing even before Garth appeared as a giant timepeice began a countdown, but when he did... he turned a crowd of nearly 20,000 into a screaming, singing, arm-pumping mass. He completely locked in with the audience. What a beautiful sight to see!
Opening with "Man Against Machine" and immediately following with "Rodeo" set the tone for a terrific evening of solid entertainment. Never for one second did he lose momentum as he belted out "Two Of A Kind (Workin' on a Full House)", "The Beaches Of Cheyenne", and "The River". He had the fans clapping, singing and swaying along to every beat as he sang "Two Pina Coladas", "Papa Loves Mama" and "Ain't Going Down ('Til The Sun Comes Up)". Next up... "Unanswered Prayers"...
Eric Church brought his own kind of magic to the Mile High City as The Outsiders World Tour made a stop at the Pepsi Center. Eric took the stage around 9:00pm, no grand entrance, no tricks. He just casually walked stage. Dressed in jeans, boots, t-shirt and his ever-present mirrored aviator sunglasses giving him that sexy rock-star swagger; he delivered one of the best live shows going. His connection with his audience was genuine
but it was clear to the thousands of fans that this wasn't just any concert, this is an act we don’t see often and this was the show we've been dying to see for months.
From the first chord to the last chord, we were captivated.
What can I say. Eric Church was flawless. The setlist started with, “The Outsiders,” and delved directly into his second song ”Creepin',” (a huge fan favorite) and then "Guys Like Me". The crowd already on their feet couldn't sing loud enough! Truth is, no matter what he was performing he has the ability to make the audience feel something.
The concert was everything fans expected. From the moment he stepped onto the stage the place turned into a huge party.
Gilbert satisfied fans with every song he sang. "Bottoms Up" and "Small Town Throwdown", had the fans on their feet, while his songs "Dirt Road Anthem" and "My Kinda Party" (massive hits for superstar Jason Aldean) was sung by the entire audience. It was a helluva party that's for sure! He got the crowd cheering to "Read Me My Rights" and his voice, barely a whisper, with "Grown Ass Man" brought a hush that is rarely seen.
What can I say... Brantley Gilbert is one sexy guy with some major swagger, but his voice backs all of that up and then some! A non-stop performer, high energy, attention grabber who he knows how to draw every last person in the audience into his music.
Brantley Gilbert rocked his ass off! He knows what his fans like and gives it in spades.
This Beard Came Here To Party...and so did we!
While performing in support of country sensation Brantley Gilbert's tour, Tim Montana and the Shrednecks wow'd a packed house and an enthusiastic crowd. They were a total crowd-pleaser.
They rocked the house with their songs "Low Class", "Glass And chicken Wire", "Burn", "Things That I Love", "Shredneck USA", and their hit and the Boston Red Sox's Anthem ~ "This Beard Came Here To Party" (co-written with ZZ Tops Billy Gibbons).
They are the newest and coolest band in the business with their own style, sound, and energy. They are relaxed and smooth and master musicians as well. Their brand of country rock will reasonate with you long after their performance. I went home and downloaded their music. They were that good! I can't wait for their first full length album.
Korn came out and kicked the crowd's ass from start to finish!
They had everyone at the Colorado Event Center riled up as soon as the lights went dim. Moments later when the band hit the stage the party started and never stopped. Their sound was perfect; Loud, Clear and Rich. It was high energy with a non-stop pace. Jonathan Davis has such a great voice and he has so much charisma.
One of my favorite part of the night was hearing "Hater" live for the first time, I absolutely love that song and my second favorite of the night was seeing
Brian "Head" Welch back with the band. He was amazing. They all were.
They were very wild and consistant. They know how to rock, that's for sure. The best part of a live concert is the vibe and energy that flows in the crowd and the energy at a Korn concert is off the charts!
Gabriel Iglesias AKA... Fluffy
Laughter Through Unity
Comedian Gabrial Iglesias AKA Fluffy, rocked the Colorado State Fair Event Center (a total sell out) with his Laughter Through Unity Tour.
His interaction with the crowd really made the night one to remember.
He was absolutely hilarious.
His comedy is honest, intelligent, refreshing, and fun all at the same time!
His good friend Martin (Marteen) Moreno was the Master of Ceremonies and also a part of the opening act who brought his own brand of humor to the show as did the second opener Larry Omaha. They did a great job getting the audience pumped up for Gabriel and
when Gabriel took the stage he OWNED IT! He knew his audience and it played to his strength. "I love the air quality here – you can feel the oxygen,” he said of the Colorado atmosphere compared to a smoggy Los Angeles. “You take a deep breath and say, I can do math.”
Certain artists just seem to have an innate sense of what it takes to please an audience. Tony Orlando is one of those artists.
He started his show with an oldie but a goodie; "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree". It was one of Tony's biggest hits and a helluva way to kick start a night of pure entertainment. With an old school charm he drew the audience in with ease and skill as only he can. Rolling right into "Knock Three Times" and "Candida" made it almost intimidating being in front of a living legend.
Tony's voice was pitch perfect. He had great range, filled with emotion and control. The word smooth comes to mind. His energy was wonderful, he fully engaged the audience, his smile lit up the venue and what else can I say, he is an incredible performer... at any age! It's hard to believe he was born in 1944.
Happy Together Tour
The Happy Together tour was a fun time, with a mix of 60s and 70s pop and rock. The artist on this tour were Mitch Ryder (and the Detroit Wheels), Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Chuch Negron from Three Dog Night, and of course vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, better known as Flo and Eddie of The Turtles.
All the acts in the show are great fun and make you smile,laugh and you can't help but sing-along.
Mitch Ryder was the opening singer, with great enery who still has a great voice. His setlist included; Little Latin Lupe Lu,
Jenny Take A Ride, Sock It To Me Baby,
Too Many Fish In The Sea & Three Little Fishes, Devil With A Blue Dress & Good Golly Miss Molly. Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad was second in the lineup and for us rockers totally stole the show...
If you want a concert that lifts you up, makes you smile, puts you in a great mood, then make sure you find your way to a Chris Young concert! It's a real crowd pleaser.
Here's a guy who genuinely seems excited to be performing.
He has great energy, a great smile and he is so appreciative of the fans. It's a winning combination.
Chris is very interactive with his audience making sure everyone feels in the zone. He performes a variety of music: from his older hits to songs from his new album "A.M.", to a fantastic cover of ZZ Top "Sharp Dressed Man" where he introduces his band....
Right out of the chute Clay Walker kicked off the Colorado State Fair with a bang. It wasn't his undeniable likeability, it wasn't his old school country charm or even the confetti canons, it was simply some great music sung by a country singer with a great voice. It was the upbeat tempo's, the beautiful ballads and the always fun, ever popular crowd sing-a-longs.
Clay delivered throughout his entire set. His crowd pleasing hits included:
If I Could Make a Living,
When She's Good, She's Good,
Dreaming With My Eyes Open,
'Fore She Was Mama,
Rumor Has It,
She Won't Be Lonely Long,
This Woman and This Man,
Then What and more.
Clay's voice is honest and natural. His songs are meaningful with touching lyrics with memorable melodies...
So how does one describe a Kid Rock concert? I've said this before and I'll say it again. He's pure style, pure energy and pure entertainment! He's ferocious, beautiful, brilliant, exciting, entertaining, talented, confident, compelling, funny, sexy, devilish & unstoppable.
In his trademark black hat, the ultimate American Badass has this irresistible energy. He is a showman who gives the audience exactly what they want. Kid Rock's performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming was as usual, nothing short of spectacular. The set was a well infusion of Kid's greatest hits in rock, country & rap and it pleased the entire audience. I for one had a KILLER time.
It’s tough to list everything Kid Rock does in a live performance. He pretty much oozes talent and confidence and it shows.
He plays electric guitar, drums, piano, and makes music while spinning some albums - all while maintaining a madmans pace.
Cruisin' with Florida-Georgia Line.
Oh What A Show!
Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, one of country's biggest duo's - Florida Georgia Line - rocked the stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Their dynamic stage presence and infectious smiles throughout the show left you simply in awe. It's no wonder they've reached superstar status as country's hottest new duo.
The vibe was fantastic all night!
Pure, rocket-fueled adrenaline. The ever popular sing-along, when the artist kinda stops singing and lets us the crowd take over became some of the nights
highlights. Their setlist included "Get Your Shine On," "This Is How We Roll," and "Cruise" and these fan favorites had the crowd estatic by voicing their appreciation with one continuous roar...
Colt Ford is a good ol' country boy that knows how to get down. This was the first I had ever seen Colt and what I instantly noticed was how he put his heart into what he was doing and how without realizing it, I was bopping to his beat. Man, he rocked the hell out of that stage. I was hooked and now I'm a Colt Ford Fan! I love his love of country as evidence the flag he carries.
I also noticed how talented all the members of his band are but I thought his fiddle/ guitar player/ part time singer was fantastic! They offer a good live sound. Totally enjoyable.
Colt Ford created a style that suits him and his fans love it. He was received with open arms by the music hungry folks in the audience. His crowd pleasing songs just kept coming! The setlist included...
Brad Paisley was at the top of his game during his performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The show had it all... Great vocals, great entertainment at a great venue with great weather. What more could you ask for? How bout some extroadinary visuals, pitch perfect vocals, mad-skill guitar playing and Brad's humor throughout the entire night. He put it all out there and the crowd LOVED it!
He is one helluva entertainer who really goes out of his way to make a connection with the audience.
The man has energy and charisma, and of course, great talent. He is very interactive with the audience and there is no limit to the depth and ambition of his songs. Throughout the whole night he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.
When a fan threw a bra with a one dollar bill pinned to it up on stage he made us laugh by telling the fan that he appreciated the money but he was already getting paid for performing...
Lynch is a breath of fresh air. Always smiling, fabulous voice, infectious personality, great ambiance with his band. Just a pure pleasure to listen and to watch. His song list included; "Dancing In The Headlights," "She Cranks My Tractor," "Sitting Pretty," "Callin' Baton Rouge" (Garth Brooks cover),"Hurricane," "Wild In Your Smile," "Cowboys & angels" and more.
As if flashing those baby blue eyes and that sweet smile wasn't enough to endear him to the audience his dedication of "Cowboys & Angels" to his Grandparents certainly was. 58 Years & 4 months... that's how long they are married. He also took a picture of the audience to tweet to his Mom, just so she knew he was having a good time. But the highlight of the show - Dustin Lynch doing "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake. He admitted it was out of his wheelhouse but was doing it on a dare and WOW it sure paid off. I loved it and I thoroughly enjoyed the moves that went along with it! Truth is I thoroughly enjoyed his entire show. Dustin Lynch is a true country boy who can put on a great show.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Good Old Time Rock n' Roll
With a mix of original and new members, Creedence Clearwater Revisited (CCR)
still has what it takes to bring down the house. They beautifully delivered on all the songs we remember and a
few we may have forgotten. The energy and stage presence took everyone in attendance back to the 60s and 70s. They had us from the beginning with "Born On The Bayou" and by the time the bad moon rose...... they had the packed out crowd on their feet as well!
The original drummer (Cosmo) and bass guitarist (Stu) are still with the band after all these years!
Cosmo and Stu took the time to comment about the longevity of their music and thanked the fans for their support. The band (CCR) was formed in 1995 with Cook saying, "We never really had any intention of playing for the public, but a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it..." As a fan, all I can say is "Creedence Lives!"
Foreigner - World Class Rockers who put on a great show! Frontman Kelly Hansen was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!! His flawless voice and energy kept everyone on their feet. The fact that it was a simple theater (The Pikes Peak center) did not stop Foreigner from rockin' the building on my birthday the night of November 3rd!
Great vibe all night!
Pure, rocket-fueled adrenaline. One of the nights highlights... "I
Want To Know What Love Is" sung with Widefield High School Choir. Foreigner joined forces with the GRAMMY foundation in an effort to help keep music education alive in high schools. The band has donated thousands to individual high schools and to the GRAMMy foundation. Tonight the Widefield High School was the recipeint of Foreigners generosity. Another unsuspected – and reoccurring – part of the show was the chatter of lead singer Kelly Hansen between songs. He also pleasantly surprised us by going into the audience for some Hi-Fives more than once.
Bruno Mars - Moonshine Jungle Tour
Just The Way You Are!
It was all there; the R&B influence, the Motown moves, the sing-along favorites that never wanted for energy or intensity. The Moonshine Jungle Tour was built to deliver the perfect night of entertainment and entertain us it did! The sold-out show opens with Bruno appearing through fog and immediately kicks off with the hit “Moonshine,” which in turn had everyone on their feet shaking what their Mama gave them.
Bruno is a little dynamo with a powerhouse voice that's distinctive and head turning. He is James Brown, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley all rolled into one neat package. With an old-fashion showbiz razzle dazzle Bruno Mars and his Hooligans deliver. They are what a professional band is all about. Modern, catchy and addictive, a band with an act that refuses to be boring. All the members were in top form - running, jumping and dancing across the stage, giving the cheering crowd everything they wanted and more.
Toby Keith closed out Cheyenne Frontier Days with a bang as he brought his Hammer Down Tour to town. He is the living embodiment of Country music. With his guitar in hand he simply walked on staged, played his music and started to entertain us.
No stranger to Cheyenne Frontier Days Toby is always well received. He exudes the kind of genuineness and humanity that lends real authority to his performance. The crowd knows it and the crowd loves it! His music has a big sound that reaches people on a personal level and it has the ability to energize a festive crowd. With 20 number one singles, including "Beer for My Horses," "Made in America" and "American Soldier" to his name, Toby has endeared himself to the American public. He's also taken home top male vocalist, entertainer of the year and video of the the year from the Academy of country Music. With that being said Toby and his larger than life presence belted out his classic hits mixed with songs off his newest album "Hope On The Rocks." I loved; American Ride, I Wanna Talk About Me, Red Solo Cup, How do You Like Me Now, American Soldier, Courtesy Of The Red White And Blue (The Angry American) and so many more.
Come On Baby Let's Go Listen to the Night Train!
Jason Aldean is an electrifying and a talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a wild set from start to finish no matter the venue. His high-octane Night Train show is a sure-fire hit! Bringing his fiesty brand of country to a sold-out, record-breaking Cheyenne Frontier Days was
quite the party... Ok, it was my kinda party! As Jason so famously sings "You got your country boys and your redneck girls. It's the party heard round the world.." And what a party it was. Nothing short of a total adrenaline rush that sweeps you away.
As Aldean hit the stage with a roar, the vigor of “Crazy Town” had the crowd joined in a collective choral swoon. “Take A Little Ride” cascaded into uproarious cheers and iPhone snapshots. By the third song, "Tatoos On This Town" I settled into a groove with the hundreds around me and thousands behind me.
While performing in support of country sensation Jason Aldean's Night Train tour, Jake Owen wow'd the Cheyenne Frontier Days crowd the moment the spotlight shined on him. In that very instant there was no doubt he had the audience in his pocket. His engaging personality and formidable talent made it a "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" for the sold out show.
One thing he does expertly is command a stage. He knows how to play to an audience and keep the cheers going.
In spite of his recent go-kart injury Jake Owen was
in particular fine form and pulled off an amazing performance. He was extremely playful and the audience loved it. So much so, at one point he even went in the crowd. Definitely a highlight of the night for those lucky fans! He will surely have a long and successful career in the country music industry. I think the fans will see to it!
13-year country veterans Rascal Flatts started the night off with a bang. Coming out strong with "Life Is A Highway" set the tone for the evening. Singing on-pitch and handling the challenging harmonies and change-ups with ease, Gary, Joe-Don and Jay delivered an amazing show. The crowd was intensely into it the whole time through, singing the words to every single song they played.
Pulling tunes fron throughout their career with unrestrained energy, and smiling through almost every song, Rascal Flatts delivered! We were treated to hits like; Banjo, Here's To You, This Everyday Love, Every Day, Praying For Daylight, What Hurts the Most, These Days and a kick-ass Mayberry complete with exceptional visuals & graphics to the song. The setlist continued with the hits...
Attending a concert by The Band Perry (TBP) is to witness a performance of giant proportions! While touring with Rascal Flatts, the Band Perry takes performing to a whole new level. Their opening number "Done" is a solid high-energy song with an insinuatingly catchy chorus and choreographed moves, (hair included) to whet everyones appetite.
TBP is composed of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009 with "Pioneer," their second album released in april of 2013. In 2010 they won the Academy of Country Music's Top New Artist and Top New Duo or Group awards. They also cinched CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year with "If I Die Young," which also won Country Music Association's Single of the Year Award in 2011.
So how does one describe The Band Perry fronted by Kimberly Perry...
Dirt Road Diaries - Cheyenne Frontier Days
Luke Bryan was the definition of country cool at Cheyenne Frontier Days this summer. The singer had a one track mind, focused on a single, splendid goal and that was to have you standing on your feet, pumping your first in the air and rockin' the hell out of every minute of his concert and by doing so he effectively captured his firecracker live energy and his unstoppable groove. Over 21,000 fans crashed his party that night and every one of them had a foot stomping time!
Luke Bryan is a natural performer whose boyish handsomeness, smooth sexy sound and undeniable swagger was just right for a cool rainy July night! Throughout the night Luke sounded strong thrilling the crowd with his set list, which included; Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Country Man, Someone Else Calling You Baby, Rain Is A Good Thing...
Totally Out Of This World!
An Astronaut and a Rockstar
Astronaut Chris Hadfield strums his guitar on the International Space Station! Talk about the ultimate space jam.
The song is called "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)," and it's billed as the first space-Earth musical collaboration. It's a very long-distance project from Canadians Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, who currently commands the International Space Station.