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Anthony Ruptak, Illegal Pete’s team up for refugee benefit concert

Songwriter Joe Sampson, jazz singer Venus Cruz, jazz group Joshua Trinidad Trio and Ruptak himself will play the benefit concert. His first instinct: Ship out to Greece, which is harboring scores of displaced refugees in need of volunteer aid. On March 10, Loveland’s First United Presbyterian Church with host artists like Dale Cisek, Howard Dotson, Larry Jones, Steve Marshal Band and others to fund a weekend respite for Syrian refugees who have recently moved to Northern Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
The news of President Trump’s executive order affecting refugees and immigrants hit close to home for singer-songwriter Anthony Ruptak — literally. For more on that, check out the church’s website. “I got to see beautiful spoken word poetry from girls in hijabs and kids from Kenya and Yemen who were break-dancing and kids from Syria who were singing covers of Céline Dion songs,” he said. A man walks past an Illegal Pete’s restaurant, in Boulder, Colo. In addition, several members of the international community will perform poetry, dance routines and music to kick off the evening. A representative from the ACC will also be on site to take donations. On March 23, Nathaniel Rateliff, Devotchka and Joe Sampson will play a concert at the Ogden Theatre to benefit Project Worthmore, a Colorado-based nonprofit aimed at refugee relief. “It was one of the most uplifting things I’ve experienced.”
Ruptak’s Illegal Pete’s show is one of few refugee benefit concerts set to take place in the area this month. “But I really wanted to and still do.”
Instead, Ruptak has re-focused his humanitarian efforts locally, and in a field he has more experience with. “I can’t leave my job, my house and my girlfriend and disappear,” he said. Though Ruptak is a natural-born Coloradan, the singer-songwriter shares fences with immigrants of Hispanic and Middle-Eastern descent at his home in Commerce City. On March 9, Ruptak and fast-casual restaurant Illegal Pete’s will team up with small concert promoter Mountain to Sound for a concert at the burrito chain’s East Colfax location (2001 E Colfax Ave) that will benefit the African Community Center of Denver (ACC), which helps wayward refugees and immigrants integrate into the Denver community. 23, 2014. But he couldn’t afford to drop everything and leave town. Ruptak was inspired to feature international performances after seeing a talent show at Aurora’s Central High School, which is known for the amount of refugees and immigrants in its student body. The burrito chain is hosting a concert to benefit the African Community Center on March 9. on Thursday, Oct. The show, which starts at 7 p.m., is free to attend, and Illegal Pete’s will donate 50% of the food and drink sales to the ACC for patrons who mention they are there for the benefit. Illegal Pete’s will be accepting donated supplies for the organization through the end of the month.

Denver’s Biennial of the Americas sets September comeback with parties, art, music and more

Those events, which Trapp calls the “engine room” of the biennial, are not open to the public. It recently sponsored a trip where civic and cultural figures from Denver traveled to Cuba to meet their counterparts. That free event closes the festival on Sept. (Denver Post file)
The Biennial of the Americas will return to Denver in the fall, bringing with it a reorganized lineup of parties, political talk and exhibits featuring artists, musicians and civic leaders from across the Western Hemisphere. 22. The biennial will still host its “clinicas,” in which hundreds of civic and social leaders from dozens of countries gather to talk about their work. Highlights of the September event include art exhibits at the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and an “Americas Symposium” night with leaders from various countries discussing important issues of the day before a live audience. The MCA’s show, titled “Know-how,” will feature artists from Guadalajara, Mexico, and it opens Sept. 15. “The biennial was always intended to showcase the best strengths of Colorado and this curatorial shift really allows that to happen,” said Trapp. In past years, the biennial has produced its own art exhibitions by bringing in artists and work for shows that were curated in-house and by sponsoring creative, cross-border exchanges. This year’s one-night-only event will make it easier for people to engage in the more heady aspects of its programming. 12-15, but the biennial is adding a “Preview Party” this year on May 19 at the Denver City and County Building to introduce its coming attractions to local residents. DAM’s contribution is “Mi Tierra,” which has 13 Latino artists making installations on the theme of “home.” That exhibit opened earlier this week and will remain on view through Oct. 13. will feature music, food and other cultural offerings. Look for continuing updates on its website, biennialoftheamericas.org. The event, which comes around every two years, is moving from August to September for 2017, part of a strategy aimed at increasing attendance by not competing with the summer vacation season. This time around, it has outsourced those efforts to the local museums, part of its morphing, as CEO and executive director Erin Trapp describes it, into an “umbrella organization” that supports local institutions while bringing their work the international attention the biennial garners. Artist Agustina Woodgate from Argentina paints numbers on her city-spanning project “Hopscotch Denver” along the sidewalk of Arapahoe Street outside of the RedLine on Wednesday July 15, 2015 when RedLine and the Biennial of the Americas hosted Woodgate’s work in the Mile High City. The biennial plans to release more details on its September event in the coming months, including the panelists for its symposium, ticket availability and offerings from other partners. While the biennial’s main event is the public festival, it operates year-round building networks across North, Central and South America. In 2015, the biennial hosted three consecutive nights of symposia on targeted topics, but Trapp believes that put too much of demand on audiences and hampered attendance. The official event runs for four days, from Sept. That event, from 4:30 p.m. The biggest public offering will be “Biennial Night,” which will feature an international lineup of performers at Denver’s Civic Center Park. to 12:30 a.m.

George Michael died of natural causes, British coroner says

singer-songwriter was found dead at his country home in Oxfordshire on Dec. Police initially investigated and took witness statements in order to establish facts Michael’s death, which they called “unexplained but non-suspicious.”
Wham!, formed by Michael and his friend Andrew Ridgeley, topped charts in the 1980s with exuberant pop hits including “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Young Guns (Go For It).” Michael went on to a solo career studded with major hits including “Careless Whisper” and “Freedom” and sold more than 100 million albums around the world. Paying tribute to Michael at the Brit Awards last month, Ridgeley said that with his death, “a supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished.” Myocarditis is usually caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, while fatty liver disease can be caused by alcohol, or by other factors that cause a buildup of fat in the liver. Michael’s death prompted an outpouring of recognition for his musical gifts as well as his charitable work in support of groups including AIDS groups, cancer charities and Childline, which offers confidential phone counseling for young people. He also suffered problems with drugs and alcohol, and in 2010 was briefly jailed after crashing his Range Rover into a shop front near his London home while high on prescription drugs and marijuana. Salter said that because Michael died of natural causes, there will be no coroner’s inquest or further inquiries. The former Wham! George Michael’s autopsy showed he died of natural causes. An initial autopsy failed to determine the cause of death. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. 25. Michael’s former partner, Kenny Goss, has said he thinks the musician’s body “just gave up.”
Dilated cardiomyopathy can be an inherited condition, or can be caused by factors such as viral infections and high blood pressure. (Francois Mori, Associated Press file)
LONDON — George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver, a British coroner said Tuesday. Darren Salter, senior coroner for the county of Oxfordshire in southern England, said a post-mortem has found that the singer died of “dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.”
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the left ventricle of the heart becomes stretched and weakened, limiting the heart’s ability to pump blood. He was 53. He said later it had been “touch and go” whether he would survive. Related Articles

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Michael had experienced health problems including a bout of pneumonia in 2011 that saw him hospitalized in intensive care.

Jimmy Buffett launches Margaritaville retirement village

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Margaritaville Holdings and Minto Communities announced the partnership last month. So perhaps it’s fitting that the king of laid-back music, Jimmy Buffett, is lending his vibe to a retirement community. Construction has begun, and the village is slated to open this fall. (Michael Loccisano, Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Current plans call for walkable neighborhoods, a fitness center and food and drinks from Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant. Latitude Margaritaville — named after Buffett’s best-known song, “Margaritaville — will open its first community in Daytona Beach for “those looking to live the Margaritaville lifestyle as they grow older, but not up,” according to a news release. Minto said the community’s focus will be on music and will include a band shell for live entertainment. Jimmy Buffett performs On NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Plaza on July 29, 2016 in New York City.

Rancid, Dropkick Murphys to play Denver’s Sculpture Park

via axs.com. The punk luminaries will be joined by the Selecter and Kevin Seconds. Sculpture Park has hosted concerts in the past, but typically as a part of a larger event that also happens to feature live music, like Denver’s DerbyParty. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)”
Punk rockers Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys have announced a new tour, including a date at an unusual Denver venue. Tickets are $39.95 and go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. Rancid performs during Riot Fest at May Farms on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Byers, Colorado. The Boston To Berkeley tour will see the bands play the Denver Performing Arts Complex’s Sculpture Park (that’s the lawn with the giant white aliens around Speer Blvd and Champa St.) on August 11. Rancid and Dropkick Murphys 2017 tour dates
7/27/17 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/28/17 – Montreal, QC – ’77
7/29/17 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
7/30/17 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/31/17 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/2/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
8/3/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier
8/4/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/5/17 – Boston / Brockton, MA – Brockton Fairgrounds
8/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/8/17 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/9/17 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
8/11/17 – Denver, CO – Sculpture Park
8/12/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair
8/13/17 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/15/17 – Vancouver, BC – UBC Thunderbird Arena
8/16/17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center
8/18/17 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Avila Beach
8/19/17 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium
8/20/17 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek
8/22/17 – Chandler, AZ – Rawhide Event Center
8/24/17 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park In The Park
8/25/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
8/26/17 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA A representative from promoter AEG Presents said they weren’t aware of any plans to book the space consistently, stating that the show “came together pretty quickly.”
See the full list of Boston to Berkley tour dates below.

Fray frontman helps Hickenlooper announce new coalition to get music to every Colorado kid

“I don’t know of any other person in a major political office who has supported music like he has,” said Morris, a longtime Denver promoter. In addition to appearing on stage at Red Rocks and other venues with Colorado musicians, he has sung their praises nationally and welcomed them into his office — starting with Slade a mere six months into his job as mayor of Denver. However, the current state of music education in Colorado is so poorly understood that one of the first goals for Libby Anschutz, chairwoman of the Colorado Music Coalition, is to research it more fully. Isaac Slade leans on Governor Hickenlooper as he plays a little tune on his guitar after their PSA shoot. That’s why the coalition hired Karen Radman, formerly of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, as executive director. “We’ll have to reach out there and create that critical mass,” said Hickenlooper, who said $10 million seems modest compared with the estimated $4.5 billion the state already spends on public education (42nd in the nation) and nearly $1 billion spent by education nonprofits. “I’ve deleted like 80,000 things from my phone, but not this, because when I’m depressed I just want to watch Judah drumming.”
Hickenlooper’s goal of giving every Colorado child the same chance at musical self-expression moved a step closer to reality Monday with the unveiling of his ambitious new music-education nonprofit, with help from some of the region’s most powerful music-industry machinery and creative talent. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
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“We don’t want to just come in with a formula, because if one exists we certainly don’t know it,” said Slade, who serves as co-chairman of Take Note with Hickenlooper. Multiple national studies have also shown that children with music education have higher overall academic achievement and lower dropout rates, the Colorado Music Coalition said. “We want to be known for listening before we tell everybody what they need.”
Hickenlooper and musician Anschutz, who plays in Tracksuit Wedding and is the daughter of Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz (as well as director of community relations at AEG Live), hatched the concept in June at an event for the national Little Kids Rock program at Libby Anschutz’s home. Tickets are $25-$55 and on sale at 10 a.m. On Monday, for example, Grammy-winning Chicago artist Chance the Rapper announced he will donate $1 million to pay for art programs after he learned of Chicago Public Schools’ $215 million budget shortfall. “This is something no other state in the country has ever done.”
“One of my greatest regrets in life is that I never put in the time when I was young to be good enough to play in a band,” Hickenlooper added. “When I got into this I thought I was going to be developing a board of directors for Little Kids Rock,” Anschutz said. “I’m much more tactical than creative, so having that experience in one of the country’s biggest school districts will be extremely beneficial to us,” Radman said. The goal of the newly named Colorado Music Coalition — and its Take Note Colorado initiative — is to give every child in Colorado, from kindergarten through 12th grade, access to musical instruments and professional instruction. “It was the governor and these other folks who really broadened that vision.”
After they brought in Slade and some of their friends and business connections, including AEG Live Rocky Mountains president Chuck Morris and Pat Stryker, the billionaire backer of the Bohemian Foundation in Fort Collins, the coalition began looking for models for the type of work they wanted to do — only to find there were none, at least at the statewide level. Hickenlooper is, by any standard, unusually supportive of local music. “We’re still working that out, but trust me, once we get the language right and figure out how to make this vision a reality, people are going to want to participate,” Hickenlooper said. “Watch the ending!” Hickenlooper said from his office Monday, as Judah’s dad and Fray lead singer Isaac sat next to him. “If Colorado musicians really buy into this, I think the public buys into this and it becomes a national model.”
Despite having a board that includes employees of AEG Live, which dominates the Denver market and owns AXS — the company that officially sells tickets at city-owned venues — Hickenlooper and Slade said other promoters and musicians will have a chance to take part. Mile High United Way will handle the Colorado Music Coalition’s finances until the group gets its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS. More than 28,000 students in Colorado attend schools that do not offer formal arts education, and 50 percent of the state’s high schoolers are not in art classes, according to a 2014 survey by Colorado Creative Industries. Supporters of music education have increasingly relied on charities and unconventional financial support to keep programs alive amid widespread cuts to arts education. John Hickenlooper smiled wide as he watched a video of 2-year-old Judah Alexander Slade air-drumming to his father’s band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last summer. “Now I have a chance to start fanning those flames in a whole new generation.” As a warm-up act, Take Note will hold a fundraising concert May 4 at the FirstBank Center with marquee Colorado acts Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Slade, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), Tracksuit Wedding, Billy Nershi (The String Cheese Incident) and others to be announced. March 10 via altitudetickets.com. “He has made all of our jobs easier — for a band to become famous, for a promoter to do well.”
Between ticket sales and sponsorships, Colorado Music Coalition hopes to raise $500,000 from the May 4 concert, which it will add to gifts of an undisclosed amount from the Anschutz and Bohemian foundations.

Rancid, Dropkick Murphys to play DCPA’s Sculpture Park

Rancid performs during Riot Fest at May Farms on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Byers, Colorado. A representative from promoter AEG Presents said they weren’t aware of any plans to book the space consistently, stating that the show “came together pretty quickly.”
See the full list of Boston to Berkley tour dates below. Sculpture Park has hosted concerts in the past, but typically as a part of a larger event that also happens to feature live music, like Denver’s DerbyParty. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)”
Punk rockers Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys have announced a new tour, including a date at an unusual Denver venue. via axs.com. Tickets are $39.95 and go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. The punk luminaries will be joined by the Selecter and Kevin Seconds. The Boston To Berkeley tour will see the bands play the Denver Center for Performing Arts’ Sculpture Park (that’s the lawn with the giant white aliens around Speer Blvd and Champa St.) on August 11. Rancid and Dropkick Murphys 2017 tour dates
7/27/17 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/28/17 – Montreal, QC – ’77
7/29/17 – Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
7/30/17 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/31/17 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/2/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
8/3/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier
8/4/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/5/17 – Boston / Brockton, MA – Brockton Fairgrounds
8/6/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/8/17 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/9/17 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
8/11/17 – Denver, CO – Sculpture Park
8/12/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Saltair
8/13/17 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
8/15/17 – Vancouver, BC – UBC Thunderbird Arena
8/16/17 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center
8/18/17 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Avila Beach
8/19/17 – Sacramento, CA – Memorial Auditorium
8/20/17 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek
8/22/17 – Chandler, AZ – Rawhide Event Center
8/24/17 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park In The Park
8/25/17 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
8/26/17 – Los Angeles, CA – TBA

Fleet Foxes, Beach House to play Red Rocks

Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold did come through the Boulder Theater in 2016, however, opening memorably for Joanna Newsom. Fellow indie delicates Beach House will perform in support. via axs.com. 27. Tickets are $47.50 – $53.00 and go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. Listen to “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” the first single off of “Crack-Up,” below. Fleet Foxes last played Denver in 2011 at the Fillmore Auditorium, a pretty big jump for a band that had to settle for the 250-person Hi-Dive just three years prior. The jangling folk rockers are set to play Red Rocks on Sept. “Crack-Up,” the band’s third full-length album and first in six years, comes out on June 16. Fleet Foxes play the Fillmore Auditorium on July 21, 2011. (Joe McCabe, The Know)
Fleet Foxes is back with a new album and tour, including a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this fall.