Photo by Evan Semon, The Know. See the official rules to the contest here. FILE: Jon Bon Jovi led his six-piece band through covers and favorites, often joking with the crowd, at the Colorado Convention Center’s Korbel Ballroom in 2011 to benefit the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. If one of the winners selected is picked to play its Pepsi Center gig, their name will be announced on or before Feb. Each of the ten bands that duly impress Jon Bon Jovi will play before his beloved 90s rock band on one of its This House Is Not for Sale Tour’s 30 dates, including its March 14 show at Denver’s Pepsi Center. Promoter LiveNation will choose 10 finalists, each of whom will be assigned to a different arena show by Bon Jovi’s management. To enter, film a video of your band and submit it here. How many gigs at the Walnut Room does it take to open for Bon Jovi at the Pepsi Center? On Tuesday, the band announced an open contest for bands who think they have what it takes to open a show on its upcoming arena tour. 26. You tell us. Get shredding: The deadline for submissions is Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. The band is holding a call for submissions to open for its upcoming arena tour.
Anyone who has lived in Colorado for some time must have noticed some changes in recent years. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. Download “Adelaide” below. And since arriving, he has really made a mark. Along with traffic and spikes in rent, there are positives. The first single on the release adds Rouch to a list of artists from Frank Sinatra to Anberlin, Ben Folds to Beethoven who have sung songs about an Adelaide. Rouch won The Vertex Musical Championships in the strings class in August, and his first release with the Noise Upstairs, “The Beautiful and the Damned,” has been well received. 19 and will headline Larimer Lounge on Feb. He also has a show at the Lion’s Lair on Jan. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. Then, look for a performance from Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs on Open Music Sessions at Denver Open Media on Feb. His music rests on solid performance and adept songwriting. 3. 8. Unlike the others, Matt Rouch treats the name with his hallmark folk-rock string sound that takes inspiration from country music. For one, there are some pretty talented people moving here, and the Colorado music scene is only benefiting. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. One such transplant is Virginia native Matt Rouch, who moved here recently and formed a band, the Noise Upstairs. Yes, our love of the sweet leaf is no longer a private affair, and perhaps as a result, it’s getting crowded with transplants from less desirable places to live. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. It must be the poetic quality of the name that gets it musical attention disproportionate to the actual popularity of the moniker.
For more info on the event, check out its Facebook page here. Read a bunch of Dylan’s writing here. Interested in how music journalism works in a post-Lil Peep world? You can join in on the fun tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Syntax Physic Opera. Image courtesy of the Colorado Music Industry’s Facebook page. We’ve got just the thing. Expect questions, answers and if you’re lucky, our comments section come to life. Tonight, Dylan Owens (that’s me), co-editor of The Know and music editor of the Denver Post, will talk about the wild world of music writing at Syntax’s 12th Colorado Music Collective gathering.