Music Blog

Doo-wop

Smooth tunes with ear tickling vocal harmonies epitomize the doo-wop sound. Popularized in the 1950s and 1960s and created in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, these R&B bands will have you swaying and singing along.

Let's Fiddle Around

Whether you fancy a jig, a reel, or the bluegrass sound, fiddle music is sure to get anyone's toe tappin'.

Fantastic Fiddlers

Vintage 1985

Madonna

The year is 1985. Dukes of Hazzard goes off the air. The first ever WrestleMania is held in Madison Square Garden. The first Back to the Future film premieres. Super Mario Brothers is released for Nintendo. These albums all hit #1 that year.

Which album was your favorite?

Sinner or Saint

I enjoy watching Ovation and was recently reminded of the amazing talent of Sarah Vaughan. Her vinyl album Sarah Vaughan in Hi-Fi, produced by Columbia, was a favorite at home.

I would duet with Sarah as a kid and while too young to understand the pathos of the lyrics, I was old enough to appreciate her incredible voice. If you're not familiar with Sarah Vaughan, treat yourself to 16 Most Requested Songs. I am fond of her ballads which are featured on After Hours.

Beat of a Different Drum

Who is the greatest drummer of all time? The backbone of the ensemble, this important figure is often shrouded in mystery and overshadowed by the rest of the band. Being a great drummer depends on more than just technical ability. The best drummers contribute a significant sound or style to their group and leave an indelible mark on the audience.

  • Ringo Starr of The Beatles provided a steady back beat and creative flourishes that helped make this band the legend it is today. Pete Best, the original drummer for the Beatles, was with the band for 2 years.

Have fun helping your child become a lifelong learner with StoryBlocks!

Did you know that parents who sing and talk with their children are building reading readiness and making a difference in lifelong learning? Interested in learning about other activities that will help your children learn and grow? If so, check out StoryBlocks.org!

I love reading and singing to my 7-month old, and while I always knew it was fun for my baby to watch me act out the itsy bitsy spider climbing the water spout, I didn’t realize how much these types of fingerplays and rhyming songs actually impacted her healthy brain functionality! Score one for mom!!

Underground Music Showcase

Underground Music Showcase

The Underground Music Showcase is the largest Indie Rock Music Festival in the Rocky Mountains. Taking place at 30 different venues all along South Broadway over four days, July 22 - July 25, there will be more than 250 bands, local artists, burlesque dancers, comedians and droves of music lovers. This is the 10th year the Denver Post has put on this grand event.

This year's festival features music from:

Beatle Paul in Denver

Paul McCartney in Denver

Paul McCartney was in town for a riveting show that was a collection of hits from his long career, with a heavy emphasis on Beatles' tunes.

So what's not to like about that? Well, to be honest, I never thought I'd see Paul in concert since I don't see many big shows anymore, considered myself a "John guy," never really liked Wings, and haven't kept up with Paul's current catalog of music. But I have loved the Beatles since I was a very young child, and now my oldest son carries the Fab Four torch, making it clear to me often that he really wanted to see a Beatle. So I thought, what better birthday present for an eleven-year-old boy who loves music?

Girls Rock!

The Girls Rock Camper Showcase takes place Saturday at the Oriental Theater. If you haven't seen the empowering documentary about this inspirational organization, I encourage you to do so!

Girls Rock Denver seeks to empower young women and girls by putting instruments in their hands and unveiling what they already possess in their feet, fingertips, vocal cords, hearts, and minds.

They believe:

My treadmill and BET

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I gained 60 lbs back this year after acquiring a DVR and serving on a book committee. One of my helpful siblings offered me a roll of duct tape or the loan of a treadmill. I chose the treadmill.

So I happily gave my treadmill a trial run while watching the previously recorded BET awards hosted by one of my favorite performers, Queen Latifah.  What a show!  The press mainly reported on Chris Brown's emotional performance but the highlight for me was the musical tribute by various artists (including

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