Over the years we have been very fortunate to have visits to our studio from Antibalas. This incredible band has consistently taken time out of their busy tour schedule to play a few tunes on our airwaves. As usual, our performance space was packed tighter than a NYC subway but the unstoppable power of Antibalas can never be contained and this session proved that fact once again.
One of Canada's finest musicians, Afie Jurvanen, is best known by his stage name Bahamas. Afie stopped by to perform live in our studios shortly after the release of "Bahamas is Afie". That evening would be the first time that Afie and his band were the headliners for a show in Denver. The concert sold out and Bahamas mesmerized the audience at the Larimer Lounge with a brilliant show.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to spend some time with Gregory Alan Isakov. He's certainly no stranger to the KGNU studios, having performed multiple times over the years. On this occasion, we caught up with him about his writing style and approach to instrumentation. We also spoke about his collaboration with the Colorado Symphony and the challenges of performing with an orchestra.
Local Gold: Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style - a unique blend of Reggae and West African Highlife music. Selasee & The Fafa Family joined us for a live studio session.
Shortly after the end of The Books, Nick Zammuto began work on developing a new band, Zammuto. They stopped by the studios for a live performance just before their first tour was set to begin with Explosions in the Sky. Previous to this studio session they had only three live shows under their belt. It was a rare moment to hear the birth of a band. Set List: Groan Man, Don't Cry, Too Late to Topologize, Yay, Shape of Things to Come
Local Gold: We've been lucky enough to have several visits from Danielle Ate The Sandwich over the years. She's performed live during one of our live broadcasts from the early days of the Underground Music Showcase and has stopped by our performance studio on a number of other occasions. On her most recent visit she shared a few tunes, including an unreleased song that she wrote for the new documentary of Edith Lake Wilkinson called Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.
Local Gold: Just before the release of 'Death' their second installment of a three part EP series, Gasoline Lollipops joined us in the studio for a live musically stripped down session. Clay Rose and Donny Ambory debuted selections from the new EP with a set that included Devil's in the Ace, Longest Night, and Fast Train. The band are no strangers to our studios and we we're thrilled to have them take over our airwaves once again.
Local Gold: With time running out on their crowd funding campaign to record their dream album, Chimney Choir made a triumphant return to our studios for a live performance of some of their new unrecorded material.
Matthew Vasquez and Kelly Winrich of Delta Spirit stopped by our studio for a live performance and conversation. We were fortunate to be able to spend the morning with them as they were in between tour stops back in 2010 in support of their album "History from Below". We checked in with them about the late Howard Zinn, Irish proverbs, and a whole lot more.
Reykjavik Calling is an annual musical event that pairs Icelandic and Denver musicians together for a truly unique free concert showcase. The concert is part of the overall Taste of Iceland series of events that unfold every year at various locations in Denver. Since it began in 2012, the Rekyjavik Calling showcase has created some remarkable collaborative moments between artists who had met in person only days before. Explore our archives of this event and learn more about upcoming performances.