Local musicians and bands play live in KGNU's performance studio. Kabaret has been a resource for Colorado's musical talents since 1978.
Additional highlights of local performances from Kabaret and other live visits can be found in our Local Gold archives.
For booking inquiries, contact the Kabaret here.
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Sep 18, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Dan Willging
Show info posted by the Host: Wood Belly: Original Bluegrass from Colordo ... more
2018 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest Winners Wood Belly join us live!
Wood Belly was born when Chris Weist (Mandolin) met Craig Patterson (Guitar) and Chris Zink (Dobro) at the Rockygrass Festival in 2015.
Within a year, they had teamed up with Aaron McCloskey (Banjo) and Taylor Shuck (Bass) and the music immediately fell into place.
Since then the band has played at an ever-expanding list of great venues including the Mishawaka amphitheater, the Fox Theater (Boulder), and Cervantes (Denver).
Their festival resume includes the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rapidgrass, the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, the Keystone Bluegrass and Beer Festival, The Wyoming State Bluegrass and BBQ festival, Snowygrass, Grapes and Grass, and more.
In 2018 the group released their debut album, “Solid Ground” and won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition.
Sep 11, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Steve Cser
Show info posted by the Host: David Williams - singer and guitarist, original americana, gypsy jazz, and blues influenced songs. ... more
Emmy winning songwriter- David Williams.
Literary songs that capture the american people and land, in the vein of John Prine, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, & Leonard Cohen, combined with virtuoso gypsy jazz guitar and violin instrumentals, a mix of blues, folk, country, gypsy, grit and glamour. (His animated songs from PBS have had over 80 million hits on YouTube).
His latest project "Tipping My Hat to Leonard" honors the music of Leonard Cohen.
Sep 4, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Andy Zicklin
Show info posted by the Host: Lady Gang - Solo live looping Indy Rock + Hip Hop ... more
Lady Gang was given a small loop pedal in 2014 and found herself quickly falling down the rabbit hole of live looping and beat creation.
Empowered by her electric guitar, her voice, a beat machine, and her loop pedal, LADY GANG fuses elements of hip hop and indie rock to create a sound rich with originality and skill.
The alter ego of one of Denver's favorite Americana artists, Jen Korte, she has been seen in and around Denver as a solo artist as well as a collaborator in Denver's hip hop scene both as a vocalist and guitarist for Def Knock and through her partnership with Denver's best MC of 2017, Kitty Crimes, as Nasty Twin.
She has played every major venue and festival in Denver and the surrounding area including Red Rocks, The UMS, The Westword Showcase, The Bluebird Theater, Larimer Lounge, The Aggie, The Denver Botanic Gardens, and more.
Aug 28, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Madelaine Cave
Show info posted by the Host: Collapsing Stars - from Minneapolis, MN ... more
Minneapolis based Collapsing Stars visit KGNU on their late summer swing through Colorado.
From the land of endless winter, Twin Cities based Collapsing Stars have been quietly making a name for themselves throughout the American west.
Blending blues, roots, folk, and Americana sounds with a hint of modernity, comparisons range from Iron & Wine and the Lumineers, to the Black Keys and Ben Harper.
In the last few years they've earned producer credits on a record for Rhymesayers Entertainment (Atmosphere, Brother Ali, deM atlaS), played a showcase at the renowned Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, and in 2016 performed for over 120K people at Red Bull Crashed Ice.
Their debut record titled '2012' has received some noteworthy accolades including praise from Dan Wilson, the Semisonic frontman who has co-written songs for the Dixie Chicks, John Legend, Weezer, and Adele's 2011 hit Someone Like You.
In 2018 they were selected as an official SXSW artist out of a pool of over 8K applicants. NPR Music named them a top 100 artist to watch at SX out of 2K showcasing acts.
They are currently on tour to promote their first full length album titled '2012.'
Aug 21, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: George Figgs
Show info posted by the Host: Encore: Highlights from Adam Lopez and His Rhythm Review and Kerry Pastine and The Crime Scene ... more
Featuring highlights from:
Adam Lopez and His Rhythm Review (recorded May 1, 2018)
Kerry Pastine and The Crime Scene (recorded February 2, 2018)
Aug 14, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Gary McBride
Show info posted by the Host: SoLoDiNo - Sound Design, Music in the Moment, and Live Sampling with Dino J.A. Deane ... more
Dino J.A. Deane is multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, and conductor.
Over a career spanning four decades multi-instrumentalist, sound-designer, conductor Dino J.A. Deane has demonstrated a unique and innovative approach to the world of music.
Deane pioneered the use of live-electronics in Indoor Life a popular art/punk band from San Francisco during the early 1980's.
There he played trombone controlled synthesizer that emulated the sound of an electric guitar and employed a tape-echo to create in the moment loops. Soon afterwards he was touring the world as the electro-acoustic live-sampling percussionist with Jon Hassell.
That collaboration resulted in the ground breaking Power Spot recording for ECM in 1986, produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois. During that same period Deane became a close collaborator in Butch Morris's real-time composition creations called Conductions and in 1995 co-produced Morris's epic 10 CD box set Testament for New World Records.
Deane coined the term live-sampling, which means to record members of the ensemble while in performance, manipulate the sound and play back the recorded audio as part of the piece, all in real time.
He is considered a master in this field of performance.
Aug 7, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Dan Willging
Show info posted by the Host: Blues from Deb Stafford & The State of Affairs ... more
After studying voice classically at CU Boulder, and deciding to the dismay of her instructors that she would rather pursue Jazz music, Deborah Stafford joined a Big Band as their singer.
Next she created her own Jazz Quartet in an effort to expand her repertoire, which naturally lead her to the Blues. (Blues being the origin of Jazz). She began hanging around at Blues Jams and soon a new band called the The Immortal Blues Ambassadors asked her to be their singer.
The more she sang Blues the more she loved it. When the BA's broke up, she created Stone Soup, a funky blues and soul band that played together for 5 years.
But still she dreamed of competing in Memphis and decided this year to create the IBC band of her dreams. Thus Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs was born, the product of much love and heartache over many years, as a good blues band should be.
Jul 31, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Madelaine Cave
Show info posted by the Host: Crowboy - Boulder based Americana + country rock ... more
"We dig up our songs under a dead tree with a bent rusty fork, we are fluid harmonies over tumultuous verse, an incubation of memory and long-forgotten melody, we are a moonlit walk with rabid hounds, we are whispered schemes in a self-made typhoon, we are an able choir singing saucy limericks..."
Jul 24, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Dan Willging
Show info posted by the Host: 50 Shades of Blue - Blues Trio ... more
This dynamic trio features Christine Webb on Bass and vocals, Dan “Mojoman” Crecco on drums and Dr. Jim Seely on guitar.
All three are former winners of the Mile High Blues Society International Blues Challenge. They play an eclectic mix of blues, funk, soul and R&B with a little Cajun spice throw in.
Jul 17, 2018 7:00 PM (MT)
Host: Dj T-dub
Show info posted by the Host: Policulture - Mountain Reggae ... more
Policulture: Local Mtn. Reggae
Policulture is the Original Mountain Reggae band from Boulder, CO.
Policulture emanates heavy drum and bass with a roots rhythm, melodic horn section, and conscious lyrics.
Forming in 2010 the band developed a contemporary reggae sound that is shaped by their upbringing and surrounding environment. With an understanding that music undoubtedly has the power to change the world, Policulture advocates a perspective of positivity and achievability in their music.
Inspired by the tradition of roots reggae music, along with the current movement of modern roots reggae, the band is honored to have shared the stage with international touring acts including; The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, SOJA, Rebelution, John Brown’s Body and many more.
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