For 9 years our community has come together under the call-sign 88.9FM KRFC to create and support great non-commercial radio that fosters deeper connections throughout the community and creates a sense of place.
Over those 9 years Northern Colorado has evolved and enjoyed a rise in major national press for the new generation of musicians and music industry professionals making the front range their home. Likewise, KRFC’s format has evolved with the times to offer our increasingly savvy community more local music, news and entertainment than ever before. With all this in mind, KRFC has booked an unprecedented local line-up to celebrate the friends and neighbors who have worked together to build a buzz-worthy scene and a one-of-a-kind community radio station.
Ben Taylor, son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, returns to Colorado March 10th to headline the 9th Annual KRFC Birthday Bash with additional performances by 2011 local chart-topping artists, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, Fierce Bad Rabbit, and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Martin Gilmore (of Long Road Home) and brilliantly gifted youth-musician Jaden Carlson round out the bill, which kicks off at 5:30pm. All in all, the cost of admission ($20 up to the week of the show; $88.99 VIP) includes a festival-style line up featuring 5 Colorado bands in the newly-renovated Lincoln Center.
Tickets are available now through the Lincoln Center box office, (970) 221-6730 or online.
The son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, Ben Taylor’s life was always centered on music, although he spent several years traveling the world, developing a deep appreciation for the earth and the outdoors. Taylor’s acclaimed previous releases include his debut album, Famous Among the Barns, and Another Run Around The Sun, which was hailed on BBC Radio 2 as “LP of the Week.” All have been released on Iris Records, owned and run by Taylor and industry veteran/musician, Larry Ciancia. It’s a place where the duo is able to control their artistic decisions and create opportunities for other like-minded artists. Ben has performed on such national television shows as Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, The CBS Morning Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and was featured on an A&E Biography profile as well as on the Howard Stern radio show. He also made his acting debut with a recurring role on NBC’s American Dreams as Cal, a struggling singer/songwriter. Taylor has been featured in countless magazines including People Magazine, Vogue and has even appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. He has toured extensive for years with artists such as Blues Traveler, Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley and Dar Williams.
Taylor’s memorable melodies, immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics have been captivating fans since the moment he embarked on this journey. Making music has become as natural as breathing to Taylor. Accordingly, this approach has colored his songwriting to create music that defies genre definitions. Taylor seamlessly merges the sounds and styles of rock, pop, folk and hip-hop. His albums often run the gamut from sonically spacious acoustic numbers to layered vocals, beats and unique samples. His honest music is led by what is often described as his tuneful and expressive voice, the kind of voice that makes its impact with the smallest turn of a whispered phrase.
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light
After nearly quitting music, John Common made the best record of his life with his new band, Blinding Flashes of Light. By then, Common had been playing music for two decades, beginning with his first high school band in Florida. After college, music took a backseat to corporate job that he abandoned after three years for life on the road a la Kerouac, a journey which took him from Vermont to Kansas. Eventually, Common landed in Denver, where he fronted the alt-country combo Rainville and released a pair of well-received solo albums [2006’s Good To Be Born and 2007’s Why Birds Fly]. By 2007, his creativity was tapped and Common wondered if it was time to just call it a career. But instead of stopping, Common just pressed on. And from the sounds of Beautiful Empty, the debut from his new band, John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, it’s a good thing he did: Beautiful Empty is his best work yet.
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Fresh, energetic and intelligent, Fierce Bad Rabbit takes you on a journey so interesting that you don’t want it to ever end. From the opening notes of “Everything Is Alright”, the first track on their eponymous debut EP, you know you’re in for something new and captivating. Tight melodies and well-crafted lyrics delivered with disciplined passion by front man Chris Anderson, who also plays guitar and keyboards, combined with the powerful yet perfectly nuanced viola and supporting vocals of Alana Rolfe and the rock-solid rhythmic backbone of Dayton Hicks on bass and a newcomer, Max Barcelow, on drums to create a constantly changing but consistently fulfilling musical experience for the listener.
Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Danielle “Ate the Sandwich” Anderson is a solid young songwriter, gifted with an ethereal voice and the talent for writing honest observations of the ordinary world. Danielle tours nationally, has licensed songs to various films and tv shows and significantly understands and works new media on a generational level. Denver’s Westword described her as, “cripplingly enchanting with lyrics telling the story of a generation coming of age in an age of uncertainty.” And as the postings of over 35,000 loyal subscribers to Danielle’s You Tube channel attest, she has rapidly developed a loyal fanbase who feel Danielle has something to say
about what it means to be young in 2012. Danielle will release her fourth album this summer.
Jaden Carlson realized her passion for guitar at an early age. Starting her venture with classical Suzuki training, she quickly moved to acoustic and electric rock, teaching herself many of her favorite covers and writing her own original material. Her musicianship on the guitar and songwriting is beautiful and impressive. Possessing an amazing ear and an insatiable love for playing and performing, Jaden’s repertoire includes her beautiful and touching originals, as well as many covers by Trevor Hall, John Mayer, Michael Franti & Spearhead,Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dea, U2, The Fobots, and many more. She has had some great opportunities to play with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Trevor Hall, Chris Steele, Keaton Simons, Scott Messersmith, Garrett Sayers, Rob Drabkin, Curtis Salgado, Roy Wooten, Steve Kimock, Dave Watts, Radioactive, Matt Butler and The Everyone Orchestra, and many other amazing artists.Jaden has performed at national venues such as the House Of Blues in San Diego, The Soiled Dove and The Gothic Theater in Denver, The Fox and Boulder Theaters in Boulder.
Martin Gilmore is a founding member of the acclaimed bluegrass band Long Road Home. In 2008 Martin recorded his self titled debut album which showcases some of Colorado’s finest acoustic musicians including: Rich Zimmerman, Todd Livingston, Eric Thorin, Justin Hoffenberg , Aaron Youngberg , Erin Youngberg and Pete Wernick. The project was produced by Infamous Stringdusters bassist Travis Book and was released in August 2009. Martin combines the traditions of folk and bluegrass with powerful storytelling and modern influences. He is as dynamic a performer as he is a songwriter and he is sure to please.