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Compared to other musicians, Dennis Fischer considers himself limited in ability. It did not stop him from finding a way to express himself through music and entertainment.

“I consider fiddling to be an art form that will never die out,” he says. “Popular as ever, maybe more popular than it’s ever been because there’s a lot of people who enjoy the old-time string music. It connects us somehow with something deeper than ourselves, I guess.”

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July Fourth weekend will see a big return to live music following months of self-isolation with two shows by COVID-canceled bands at the Lawn, a new–yet–familiar outdoor venue in South Main.

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Music has filled most of life for l Mary Hallman. Her father, though he loved the violin, mostly played the fiddle. Her mother was a singer, and she got Hallman started on a piano at the age of 4.

The Walden Chamber Music Society is still planning to treat audiences with a concert on Sunday, May 31. Tune in to YouTube for the virtual concert “From My Life: Musical Memoirs” performed by pianist Jo Boatright.

"It’ll be a peaceful, comforting live music venue that’s becoming a tradition here in BV. It’s been about 3 years at the People’s Stage, 3 years at the Watershed and now maybe get 100 years here at the Roastery. Who knows, but live, local music is becoming a tradition here.”

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The Walden Chamber Music Society offers two scholarships of $1,500 to Chaffee County students who wish to pursue an education in the field of music. This year’s recipients are Jasper Lau and Alan Mueller. Both are 2019 graduates of Salida High School.

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Chaffee County commissioners agreed Tuesday to continue until May 12 a discussion about extending due dates for payments from Live Nation for the Seven Peaks special event permit.

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Coleman Smith, the founder of Coletrain Music Academy in Buena Vista and founding member of BV favorite Rapidgrass, just completed a two-week tour of India with the Bluegrass Journeymen.

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Chaffee County commissioners unanimously approved an amended resolution for the Seven Peaks 2020 music festival during their Tuesday meeting.

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The audience at The Lariat should come prepared for “a ruckus night of dancing” Friday, Feb. 21, says Patrick Storen, mandolin player, vocalist and founding member of Liver Down the River.

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The Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners continued the public hearing on the special event permit resolution for the Seven Peaks Music Festival until March 10 at the request of festival organizers.

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The audience at The Lariat should come prepared for “a ruckus night of dancing” Friday, Feb. 21, says Patrick Storen, mandolin player, vocalist and founding member of Liver Down the River.

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The Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners continued the public hearing on the special event permit resolution for the Seven Peaks Music Festival until March 10 at the request of festival organizers.

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WonderGrass Presents, the organizers behind WinterWonderGrass, announced the 2020 Campout For The Cause lineup Tuesday morning. Tickets go on sale for the event at the Medows at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 3 at campoutforthecause.org for the May 29-31 event.

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The 2019 record explores more progressive song structures and psychedelic sounds, bringing to a culmination a journey that is “one of self-discovery, the quest for wholeness, the quest for significance. It has a lot to do with compassion and empathy,” Grant said.

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Celebrate the holidays with a night of Americana, folk and Colorado bluegrass during Trout Steak Revival’s second concert at the Surf Hotel’s Ivy Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 28.

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A year and a half ago, Coleman Smith opened the Coletrain Music Academy on South Main Street, providing just the musical opportunity kids like Kai Johnson were seeking.

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When Jerome Hogan advertised openings in a chorale for men and women’s voices in January 2008, Sherry Thomas became one of the Collegiate Peaks Chorale’s charter members, though with some hesitation.

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The Wood Belly quintet returns from the Front Range to bring its unique blend of contemporary bluegrass songs to The Lariat on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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Ohio bluesman Patrick Sweany will bring his old-school sound to The Lariat Thursday, bringing up-and-coming Colorado bluesman AJ Fullerton with him.

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“Our music is instrumental, so it can mean anything. This time around we wanted to give it some sort of shape, some sort of concept,” TAUK guitarist Matt Jalbert said of the foursome’s latest record, “Shapeshifter II: Outbreak.”

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The Jazz Merchants Big Band (formerly known as the CMC Jazz Project) will be rounding out the set with a couple of tunes, followed by one combined chart with both bands performing together on stage.

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Denver band the Magic Beans will be headed to The Lariat in Buena Vista Friday night, coming through on a year of touring that saw the funk quartet play Red Rocks Ampitheater for the first time last spring.

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Since he was very young, Coleman Smith has been inspired by music, from classical lessons with the violin to fiddle lessons to swing music. Around the age of 8, he could already see music as his destined career path.

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A new band on the scene, The Blind Pigs is made up of Rapidgrass members Coleman Smith (violin) and Alex Johnstone (mandolin, vocals), LaPompe’s David Lawrence (vocals, guitar), Gary Sloan (bass) of The Royal Street Ramblers and newcomer Bonnie Culpepper (vocals, ukulele) of the Coletrain Music Academy.

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Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival, their website states in introducing visitors.

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A group of Chaffee County public safety officials and members of the Seven Peaks Community Advisory Board met Sept 25 to discuss the country music festival that celebrated its second outing at the Meadows west of Buena Vista Labor Day weekend.

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With “a tight, grooving rhythm section with soulful organ, funky clavinet, singing synthesizers, masterful guitar licks and moving vocals,” per the band’s website, the group performs a genre unto its own known as psychofunk.

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Ringing out over Main Street’s vendor village will be music coordinated by Ark Valley Live Music, from DJ Tropical Waffle, Stillhouse Junkies on Friday, Flash Mountain Flood on Saturday, with Amoramora closing things out Sunday.

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“Collegiate Peaks Bank is delighted to have this opportunity to make a donation that will allow students to attend a performance by this astounding young pianist,” Arthur said. “Thank you to the Walden Chamber Music Society for allowing us to make this possible.”

Ringing out over Main Street’s vendor village will be music coordinated by Ark Valley Live Music, from DJ Tropical Waffle, Stillhouse Junkies on Friday, Flash Mountain Flood on Saturday (preceded by another Tropical Waffle set, with Amoramora closing things out Sunday.

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Born and raised in a sleepy mountain town in Northern Idaho, singer-songwriter Jeff Crosby has managed to delineate the sometimes amorphous genre of “Americana”, package it perfectly, and deliver it to his listeners time and again.

Crosby and his band The Refugees return again to The Lariat as well at 9:30 p.m., Friday. 

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Denver rock-n-roll outfit Boot Gun has built a unique sound that serves not only as a backdrop for their zany lives but as a soundtrack to the vibrant city they live in.