A Taste of Colorado 2012 in Denver

Plan to attend  A Taste of Colorado 2012 in Denver.  At this four-day Labor Day Weekend Festival, you can “enjoy the offerings of over 50 area food establishments, 270 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region — all for no admission fee.”

English: 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, ...
English: 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Colorado, looking Southeast towards the state capitol building. (taken Nov. 30, 2003). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Labor Day Weekend 2012; Friday August 21st until Monday, September 3rd 2012

Picture of Denver's Civic Center, taken August...
Picture of Denver’s Civic Center, taken August 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: Civic Center Park in Downtown

Denver Colorado

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule on the Main Stage from the Website:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 7:30 P.M. Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner presented by 103.5 The Fox

Lou Gramm
Cover of Lou Gramm

Best known for his role as the lead vocalist in the band Foreigner, Lou Gramm began his music career as a teenager in Rochester, N.Y. He sang in local bands and eventually joined the group Black Sheep. In 1976, he was invited to audition for the then-unnamed band Foreigner, which gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually selling more than 70 million albums worldwide. Gramm was the lead vocalist on all of Foreigner’s hit songs, including “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which peaked at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100, and “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” a song that reached #2 on the same chart. Many of the band’s singles cracked the top 20. In 1987, Gramm decided to pursue a solo career and released his debut album, “Ready or Not,” which produced the #5 hit single “Midnight Blue.” This was followed by the release of the Foreigner album “Inside Information” and another solo album, “Long Hard Look.”

Lou Gramm today.
Lou Gramm today. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to his successful solo career, Gramm decided to form his own band, Shadow King, which released its self-titled debut in 1991. Gramm reconvened with Foreigner in 1992 to record three new songs for the compilation of “The Very Best of…and Beyond,” and in 1995 for the release of “Mr. Moonlight.” In 2004, Gramm formed the Lou Gramm Band, which released a self-titled Christian rock album. The band continues to perform and tour the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. www.lou-gramm.com


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1:00 P.M. Burton Cummings and the Burton Cummings Band presented by KOOL 105

Burton Cummings
Burton Cummings (Photo credit: grongar)

Best known as the former lead singer for the band The Guess Who, Canadian musician and songwriter Burton Cummings got his start with a Winnipeg R&B group, The Deverons.  In 1965, he joined The Guess Who, and in 1969, the band released its international hit “These Eyes,” which peaked at #6 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100.  The band released “American Woman” in 1970, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.  Cummings co-wrote many of the band’s other hits, including “Laughing,” “No Time,” “Share the Land,” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” all singles that broke into the top 10. In 1975, Cummings began his solo career and had numerous hits, including “Stand Tall,” “I’m Scared,” “Break It to Them Gently,” and “My Own Way to Rock.”  He released the album “Dream of a Child” in 1978 and produced eight solo records.  In 1982, Cummings starred in the movie “Melanie” and contributed “You Save My Soul” to its soundtrack, receiving a Genie Award, Canada’s equivalent to an Oscar, for the song. Cummings reunited with The Guess Who in 2000, touring the U.S. and Canada and receiving an honorary doctorate from Brandon University in Manitoba. In 2008, Cummings released the album “Above the Ground.” He was also named an officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, in 2009. More recently, Cummings worked on a collection of poems titled “The Writings of B.L. Cummings.”  He continues to tour with the Burton Cummings Band, occasionally performing with Randy Bachman as The Bachman-Cummings Band. www.burtoncummings.net


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7:30 P.M. Spin Doctors presented by 97.3 KBCO

Here Comes the Bride (album)
Here Comes the Bride (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Founded in New York City, alternative rock band Spin Doctors began gaining popularity with the release of their debut album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” in August 1991, which sold five million copies in the U.S. and another five million abroad. The band is best known for its hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” peaking at #7 and #17, respectively, on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. In the summer of 1992, after “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” received extensive play on MTV, the Spin Doctors performed as part of the original line up at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, along with Widespread Panic and Phish.

Up for Grabs...Live
Up for Grabs…Live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The band continued to enjoy mainstream success, being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and performing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” By 1993, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200. In 1994, the Spin Doctors appeared at Woodstock and the Glastonbury Festival and released their second studio album, “Turn it Upside Down,” which included the hit “You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast.” The band also performed the theme song for seasons two and three of ABC’s “Spin City.” After time away from the spotlight, the Spin Doctors regrouped in September 2001 to perform at the closing of the well-known New York City club, Wetlands. The onstage reunion was well-received, and the band continued to perform between 2002 and 2005, which eventually led to a new album, “Nice Talking to Me.” In 2011, the Spin Doctors celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” with a tour in the U.S. and U.K., and an anniversary edition of the album was released. www.spindoctors.com


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1:00 P.M. Head East presented by 103.5 The Fox

Originally known as TimeAtions, classic rock band Head East was formed in 1968 in Illinois, and its popularity quickly grew throughout the Midwest. In 1974, the band released its first album, “Flat as a Pancake,” which produced hits “Never Been Any Reason” and “Love Me Tonight.” After some commercial success, the band signed with A&M Records, and the album was re-released in 1975, reaching gold record status in 1978. In 1976, Head East released the album “Get Yourself Up,” followed by “Gettin’ Lucky” in 1977, and its self-titled album in 1978. The band also released “Head East Live!” “A Different Kind of Crazy,” and “U.S. 1.” A new studio album is near completion. Head East continues to tour, performing 30-40 shows a year. www.head-east.com


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 7:30 P.M. The Pointer Sisters presented by Jammin’ 101.5

Since the 1970s, The Pointer Sisters have achieved worldwide success and left a mark on the American music scene.   The group has mastered many music genres – pop, disco, jazz, country, soul, rock, and funk – and has had numerous hits, including “Yes We Can Can” and “I’m So Excited,” which peaked at #11 and #9, respectively, on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. In 1973, they released their self-titled album and were applauded for their versatility.  The following year, The Pointer Sisters released “That’s a Plenty,” which produced the popular country song “Fairytale.”  This song reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped them earn an invitation to be the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.  In 1975, the group won a Grammy Award for “Fairytale,” and two of its members were nominated as songwriters for the Grammy Award for ‘Best Country Song.’  The song was later covered by Elvis Presley.  Later in 1975, they released the album “Steppin’,” featuring Grammy-nominated “How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side),” which reached #1 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart. The height of their success came in the 1980s with the release of hits, such as “He’s So Shy” and “Slow Hand,” and the group’s most popular album, “Break Out.”  The album included the songs “Automatic” and “Neutron Dance,” which earned The Pointer Sisters two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. In 1994, the group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1996, they performed in the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  In recent years, The Pointer Sisters have performed with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and the women participated in the Night of Proms, a tour that included performances throughout Germany, Holland, and Belgium.  The group continues to perform live. www.thepointersisters.com


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1:00 P.M. Dustin Lynch presented by 98.5 KYGO

A native of Tullahoma, Tenn., Dustin Lynch moved to Nashville to attend David Lipscomb University and pursue a career in country music.  It was in Nashville at the legendary Bluebird Café, where he began to learn the craft of songwriting and landed a performance spot.  He gained a following and soon had a publishing deal, writing over 200 songs in less than two years. Lynch signed with Broken Bow Records, and in January 2012, released his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels.”  To date, the single has reached #14 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart and #5 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, a ranking of popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts.  In March 2012, he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Lynch’s self-titled debut album is set to be released in August. www.dustinlynchmusic.com


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 5:00 P.M. G. Love & Special Sauce presented by 97.3 KBCO

Known for their unique, laid-back blues and R&B sound, G. Love & Special Sauce formed in Philadelphia.  The band released its debut, self-titled album in 1994, which featured the single “Cold Beverage.”  Due to the song’s extensive play on MTV, the album gained popularity and nearly went gold.  The group began to tour heavily and landed a spot to perform at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival the following year. In 1995, the band released its second album, “Coast to Coast Motel.”  Shortly after, the group took time away from the spotlight but regrouped in 1997 to release “Yeah, It’s That Easy,” featuring “Stepping Stones.”  The album was followed by a world tour and the release of two albums, “Philadelphonic” in 1999 and “The Electric Mile” in 2001.  During this time, G. Love & Special Sauce performed as the house band for Comedy Central’s “Turn Ben Stein On.” In 2005, the band was featured in an ad for the launch of Coca-Cola Zero, featuring their unique rendition of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”  G. Love & Special Sauce released “Superhero Brother” in 2008, which peaked at #19 on the Alternative Albums chart. In 2011, frontman G. Love released the solo album “Fixin’ to Die.”  G. Love & Special Sauce continues to tour. www.philadelphonic.com

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