Thursday, April 22, 2010

Northern Colorado Concert Calendar

Fri., Apr. 23 Fort Collins

T Band Bluegrass Show, Avo’s, 5:30p Wendy Woo w/Megan Burtt, Avo’s, 8:30p

Virtuoso Series Concert Quartet-in-Residence and Special Guests Borromeo String QuartetGriffin Concert Hall, UCA , 7:30 p.m.

Spring Dance Concert In Collaboration with the CSU Chamber Orchestra, University Dance Theatre, UCA, 8 p.m

SHEL, John Common, Mason Reed, Everyday Joe’s, 7p
Harmonica Jay, Genoa Coffee, 7p

Subterraneans, Gillett’s Hazmat, Hideout, 7p

The Grippe w/Soul Criminals, Hodi’s, 8p

The Kingpins, Island Grill, 8:30p

Mark Sloniker & Friends, Jay’s Bistro, 6p

Rob Wivchar, Lucky Joe’s, 9p Carl Carillo, Pappy’s, 8p

Whitebird, Pulcinella (Drake), 7p

Danny Shafer, Tap Room @ Catalyst, 8p Red Hour, Woody’s, 9p
Gordon Green, Bar SS (LP), 8p

40th Annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival,

Live @ Lunch w/Danny Shafer, 12p

Sat., Apr. 24 Fort Collins Trichome, Yamn, Aggie, 8p

Spring Dance Concert In Collaboration with the CSU Chamber Orchestra ., University Dance Theatre, UCA, 2 p.m., and 8 p.m.

MasterClass with Borromeo String Quartet .Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts: 10:30 a.m

Pre-College Chamber Music Festival Concert, Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 3 p.m.

Hansel and Gretel , fully costumed CSU Opera Theatre workshop , English libretto with piano accompaniment Organ Recital Hall, University Center for the Arts, 7:30 p

Front Range Chamber Players silver anniversary concert- Franz Schubert’s Octet in F for strings and Winds, St John’s Lutheran church, 7p

Music at Drake Road Farmers' Market feat. Meadowlark10 am - 1pm
Leo, Everyday Joe’s, 7p

Allison Berry, In The Pines Trio, Genoa Coffee, 7p

Subterraneans, Gillett’s The Bandits, Hideout, 7p

The Floozies, The Passage Project, Auditory Elements, Palke/Adams, Hodi’s, 8p

The Kingpins, Island Grill, 8:30p Mark Sloniker & Friends, Jay’s Bistro, 6p

Josh Blackburn, Lucky Joe’s, 9p Carl Carillo, Pappy’s, 8p

The Black Apples, Electric Jellyfish, Rd 34, 9p Wadi Rum, Tap Room @ Catalyst, 8p

Phil Keaggy w/Churchill, Vineyard of the Rockies, 7p B-Wright, Woody’s, 9p
Blue Boulevard, Bar SS (LP), 9p

40th Annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival,


Sun., Apr 25 Fort Collins FoCoMA Peer Awards, Aggie, 8p Zaro f/Andrew Vogt, Crown Pub, 7p

Bridges Left Burning, Hodi’s, 8p Piano Recital, Spotlight Music Café, 2p

Dick Orleans, Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP), 6p

Monday w/The Fox Hunt 12p

Mon., Apr 26 Fort Collins Lion Star Sound System, Chipper’s North, 9p

Colorado Bandmasters State High School Concert Band Festival Griffin Concert Hall, UCA, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Yogoman Buring Band, Surfside 7, 10p

Live@Lunch w/The Fox Hunt 12p,
tomorrow w/John Bunzli 12p

Tue., Apr. 27 Fort Collins Colorado Bandmasters State High School Concert Band Festival, Griffin Concert Hall, UCA, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

East-West Week Virtuoso Series Concert , Organ Recital Hall, CSU Faculty Todd Queen, Tenor University Center for the Arts, Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. Followed by a Meet the Artist Reception

Joseph Barton Trio, East Coast, 10:30p

Obscure Descension w/DJ Ghrimm, DJ F1_2R, Hodi’s, 9p

Chugwater Band, Sundance, 9p

Montgomery Jazz, Sri Thai, 7p

Gordon Green, Bar SS (LP), 8p Dennis-Tobias Band, Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP), 6p

Live@Lunch w/John Bunzli, 12p,
tomorrow w/Nick O'Conner & Pilgrim Road 12p

Wed., Apr. 28 Fort Collins Reckless Kelly, Aggie, 8p

Scott Allen & Friends, Hideout, 6p

Tatanka, Hodi’s, 8p

Mark Sloniker & Friends, Jay’s Bistro, 8:30p

Kurt Humann, Lucky Joe’s, 9p

Jason Downing & Acoustic Gripweed, Odell, 4p Tom Barbour Trio, Spotlight Music Café, 4p

Lejazz Club, Spotlight Music Café, 6:15p

Archtop Music Jazz Project, The Tap Room @ Catalyst, 7:30pm

Tobias Duo, Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP), 6p, free

Live@Lunch w/Nick O’Connor & Pilgrim Road,
12p, tomorrow w/Krista Detor, 12p

Thu., Apr. 29 Fort Collins Krista Detor, with special guest Kenny White Avo’s, 7:30p

East-West Week Collaboration Concert Organ Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

ContraBand, Chipper’s North, 9p Sharon Holbrooks, Genoa Coffee, 7p

Mountain Standard Time w/Pert Near Sandstone, Hodi’s, 8p Mark Sloniker & Friends, Jay’s Bistro, 6:30p

Chris Koltak, Lucky Joe’s, 9p

KurtIsHumann, Rustic Oven (Harmony), 7p

Rosalie, Surfside 7, 10p The Handymen, Bar SS (LP), 8p

Bitter Dregs, Double R Bar (L), 8p

Open Bluegrass Jam, the Rock Inn, Estes Park, 7 PM

Greg Green, Mary’s Lake Lodge (EP), 6p

Live@Lunch w/Krista Detor, 12p,
tomorrow w/Dechen Hawk & a Murder of Prose 12p

Fri., Apr. 30 Fort Collins John Olson Trio with Kevin Karrick, Ace Gillett's8:PM

Prozak, R.O.C, Hoodlums N’ Havoc, DIE, Liquid Assassin, Aggie, 8p

Art Lab Rats Duet, Art Lab (Linden St), 6p

The Riot, Avo’s, 9p

The CSU Symphony and CSU Combined Choirs, , Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, : 7:30 p.m.

Yettie, The Xcentrix, Everyday Joe’s, 7p

Meadowlark, Genoa Coffee, 7p

Subterraneans, Pride of Five, Hideout, 7p Halden Wofford & the Highbeams, Hodi’s, 8p

Slopeside, Island Grill, 8:30p

Mark Sloniker & Friends, Jay’s Bistro, 6p Scott Von & Liz Barnez, Lucky Joe’s, 9p

Jeff Stephenson, Pappy’s, 8p River Mutt, Pulcinella (Drake), 7p

Peter Lopez, Rustic Oven (Harmony), 7p

Chugwater Band, Sundance, 9p

Dechen Hawk & a Murder of Prose, Tap Room @ Catalyst, 8p

Gordon Green, Woody’s, 9p

Blue Grama, Bar SS (LP), 9p

Second Hand Smokers Shorty's Bar and Grill. , In Greeley/Evans: 9 PM.

Live @ Lunch w/Dechen Hawk & a Murder of Prose, 12p,
Monday w/Philip Gibbs 12p

Saturday, May 1
The CSU Symphony and CSU Combined Choirs, , Griffin Concert Hall, University Center for the Arts, : 7:30 p.m
20XIII Live at the Aggie, 8pm

Loveland Performing Arts Assoc presents ”Girl Singers of the Hit parade”, Thompson Valley High School Auditorium, 7:30pm

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dog House Rock Playlist 4/19/2010

Dog House Rock on KRFC Ft Collins 88.9 FM, Listen Online at Every Monday Night 11p-1a.

Disclaimer : Music played for live audiences is quite different than what works for radio. This playlist only reflects what gets played on my late night Rock and Roll show

This radio show is quite different from the music that I usually play at weddings or other events.


Guns & Roses “Nighttrain” from Appetite For Destruction CD ALBUM (Geffen 1988) Buy it!


The Vaughn Brothers “Telephone Song” from Family Style CD ALBUM (Epic 1990) Buy it!


Commander Cody “Wine Do Your Stuff” from Dopers, Drunks and Everyday Losers CD ALBUM (Blind Pig 2009) Buy it!


Bob Seger “Nutbush City Limits” from Live Bullet CD ALBUM (Capitol 1999) Buy it!


Mudcrutch “Scare Easy” from Mudcrutch CD ALBUM (Reprise 2008) Buy it!


Leon Redbone “Shine On Harvest Moon” from Double Time CD ALBUM (Warner Catalog and O/H 1976) Buy it!


Wilson Pickett “Take A Little Love” from Hits LP ALBUM (Atlantic 1971) Buy it!


Jackie Brenston “Rocket 88” from The Wild Sounds of 50's Rock n Roll CD COMP (Rhino 1999) Buy it!


John Lennon “Ain't That A Shame” from Rock 'n' Roll CD ALBUM (Apple Records 1975) Buy it!


Ringo Starr “Fill In The Blanks” from Y Not CD ALBUM (Hip-O 2010) Buy it!


The Piggies “Silky Smooth” from Live @ Lunch Vol.1 (KRFC) Buy it!


7 Seconds Of Love “Soupy Goerge” from Danger Is Dangerous MP3 SINGLE (2010 7 Seconds of Love 2010) Buy it!


Bobby Rush “Feelin' Good” from Folkfunk CD ALBUM (Deep Rush 2004) Buy it!


Freddie King “Sugar Sweet” from Burglar CD ALBUM (Universal Special Products 1974) Buy it!


Eric Clapton “Mean Old Frisco” from Crossroads Disc 3 CD ALBUM (Polygram Records 1988) Buy it!


The White Stripes “Blue Orchid” from Get Behind Me Satan CD ALBUM (V2 Records/Warner Bros 2005) Buy it!


Run DMC “King Of Rock” from Greatest Hits MP3 ALBUM (Arista 2002) Buy it!


Ben Harper “Slidin' Delta” from Avalon Blues: Buy it!


The Rolling Stones “Dance Little Sister” from Made In the Shade CD ALBUM (Virgin 2005) Buy it!


Lindsey O'Brien Band “Broke My Heart Made Me Cry” from Live @ Lunch Vol.1 CD COMP (KRFC 2009) Buy it!


Eric Clapton “Water On The Ground” from Crossroads 2: Live In The Seventies CD COMP (Polydor 1996) Buy it!


Faith No More “Mid-life Crisis” from This Is It - Best Of Faith No More MP3 SINGLE (Rhino 2003) Buy it!


Chickenfoot “Down The Drain” from Chickenfoot CD ALBUM (Fontana 2009) Buy it!


Bonnie Raitt “Lover Letter” from Nick Of Time CD ALBUM (Capitol 1989) Buy it!


Tommy Castro “Suitcase Full Of Blues” from Can't Keep A Good Man Down CD ALBUM (Blind Pig 1997) Buy it!


Marianne Faithful “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” from 20th Century Blues CD COMP (RCA/BMG/Reverso 1996) Buy it!


Buddy Guy “Ain't No Sunshine” from Bring Em In CD ALBUM (Zumba 2005) Buy it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

10 Tips To Make Your Reception Great

10 Tips To Make Your Reception Great

1. Put your DJ next to the dance floor.
Your DJ's location in relation to the dance floor is a critical factor in creating a high energy reception. Avoid placing your DJ in a corner far removed from the dance floor. Sound and lighting will be compromised, or cables and wires will need to be placed between tables to locate speakers and lights at the dance floor. And that's impractical with guests and servers moving about. Also, your DJ should have a complete view of the room in order to MC reception events effectively. If you tuck your DJ away, your reception's energy level will suffer because your DJ will have a hard time seeing and hearing what's happening.

Also, avoid seating guests between the DJ and the dance floor. Guests who are forced to sit directly in front of the DJ table will be subject to music that is far too loud for them while other guests may not be able to hear the music over the other noise in the room. Your DJ needs to monitor sound levels and interact with the dancers to create and maintain a high-energy reception. He can provide his best service and maintain the energy of your reception when he is located adjacent to the dance floor.

2. Dim the lights when it's time for dancing.
Dimming the lights after dinner creates a more relaxed atmosphere and will motivate your guests to dance. Determine the desired lighting levels during dinner and for dancing when you meet with your reception facility's coordinator. Consider lighting levels that will compliment any candles you plan to use. Ask that your lighting preferences be included in your contract. This is an important but often overlooked aspect of your reception. Lighting that is too bright will discourage your guests from dancing and compromise your DJ's light show. The best resorts and country clubs get the lighting right while lesser facilities pay little attention to this issue.

3. Don't let pictures and videos dominate your day.
Select a photographer with a confident and relaxed style who will capture your special moments in an efficient and stress-free manner. Don't be held hostage by an overbearing photographer who will dominate your time while your guests become bored. We've witnessed a photographer interrupt the best man's toast to get the perfect close-up of your champagne glasses. We've seen the bride and groom pulled away from their just-served dinner by an over-zealous photographer who insisted it was the perfect time for the sunset picture.

4. Beware of the problems caused by sharing your facility with others.
Some restaurants will book a wedding reception in an area right next to their public dining room. Some resorts will book multiple wedding receptions in a large ballroom separated by cardboard wall dividers. Some golf clubs have homes that are directly adjacent to the reception facility. The result is inevitable. As your reception starts gaining momentum, the manager tells the DJ to turn the volume down because the music is disturbing other guests or neighbors.

Music for dancing is louder than music for dinner. Normal dance music volume would be terribly annoying to a couple having a romantic dinner a few yards away. If you and your guests plan to dance, avoid choosing a facility that imposes sound and volume restriction on your reception. Such restrictions are guaranteed to hamper your DJ's performance and diminish the energy of your reception.

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5. Invest quality time in planning your Grand Entrance.
The Grand Entrance sets the tone and establishes the energy for the entire reception. Work closely with your DJ to stage a Grand Entrance that reflects your style and personality. Decide who will participate, where they will assemble and in what order, where they will go after being introduced. Clarify pronunciation of names, determine appropriate introductions for blended families and, of course, select the perfect music. All of this planning is usually completed when you meet personally with your DJ a few weeks before your wedding. Your DJ can offer suggestions and will take charge of the Grand Entrance at your wedding reception.

6. The First Dance - don't wait forever to do it and don't do it forever.
One of the special moments of the reception is the bride and groom's first dance. Having your first dance immediately following the grand entrance is a great way to start the party with a flourish. As you are introduced, all of your guests are seated and more focused on the two of you than at any other time during the reception. Entering the room and going directly to the center of the dance floor for your first dance is sure to create what we call the "wow factor." Delaying your first dance until after dinner or after you visit each table of guests will deflate the energy of your reception.

7. Don't try to select every song your DJ will play.
Choose the song for your first dance and songs for specific reception events like the cake cutting and bouquet toss. Tell your DJ what artists and styles of music to feature or avoid, but don't micro-manage your DJ's performance. A professional wedding DJ can read the crowd and knows what to play and when to play it to keep the party going. More importantly, your DJ knows which requests will clear the dance floor and deflate the energy of your reception. You're paying for your DJ's knowledge and experience. Take advantage of it.

8. Don't rule out the 'cheese.'
Before you reject those so-called cheesy group dances like the Chicken Dance or Hokey Pokey, remember that these dances may be the only opportunity some of your guests will have to get on the dance floor and have some fun. These speciality dances are frequently requested, are very popular with your youngest guests and often create some of the most memorable moments. These dances may not be at the top of your list, but let the DJ play them if your guests so request.

9. Lead the way to the dance floor!
Most brides and grooms want to see their guests on the dance floor having a great time. One way to create that energy is to lead by example. When the newlyweds set the tone by dancing, guest will follow. Ask a favorite uncle or grandmother to dance. Cameras will flash. Family will applaud. Guests will join in. When the bride and groom actively participate in the dancing, the energy level of the reception dramatically increases.

10. Avoid interruptions once the party music has started
Plan to have things such as spotlight dances, toasts, cake cutting, bouquet toss garter toss and anything else already done before the DJ gets the party started. Any
interruptions in the party can kill all of the momentum that has been building. There can of course be slower moments when brief interruptions for announcements can be made without killing the flow of the party. The last thing anyone should want to do is to interrupt the music while there is a full crowd out on the dance floor.

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