Jeff Bieri

Program Manager, Host Air Check

Jeff was born and raised in Colorado with a brief stint spent in New Mexico during his "wandering years".  His love of music brought him to 91.5 KRCC in 1989, and, in the interim,  he has hosted every daypart of 91.5 KRCC's programming.  Jeff has participated in over 60 KRCC membership drives during the course of his employment, and still has hopes of garnering even more public support for 91.5 KRCC.

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SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES - "LOVE'S MIDDLE NAME"

 

Upon seeing this band in a small meeting hall during a music convention in 2007, 91.5 KRCC's Jeff Bieri was impressed enough to bring them to town twice; once at the now defunct 32 Bleu (with Jason Isbell) and again at the inaugural Meadowgrass Music Festival in 2009. They are an exciting act to catch live and just as satisfying on record.  

Music Glue

NEIL & LIAM FINN - "LIGHTSLEEPER" 
 

The Finn family has never failed to bring musical joy to my world. The configuration could be Neil and brother Tim in Split Enz, Crowded House or The Finn Brothers; Neil masterminding Crowded House, 7 Worlds Collide or solo work; Tim's solo and soundtrack contributions (The Coca Cola Kid); Liam Finn's wonderful, hit-the-ground-running, canon of music or the inclusion of Sharon and Elroy Finn (Neil's wife and son) with Pajama Club and 2014's Dizzy Heights record.

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On this episode of Air Check we invite Amy Triandiflou, who is helping to organize this year's Porchfest, to join us on the musical roundtable review, and we get an in-studio visit from burgeoning talent Joseph Lamar.

Salida Steam Plant

The SteamPlant Event Center will host the first Salida Jazz Festival in Riverside Park on August 25th, 2018 featuring Gerry Gibbs' Thrasher People Band with special guest Nicholas Payton. The festival is free, and will also include the fireworks show that was planned for this past 4th of July (weather permitting).

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91.5 KRCC is still giving away dozens of pairs of concert tickets this summer. Subscribe to the weekly 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter, and opt in to be eligible to win tickets to some incredible summertime concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre!  

This week, 91.5 KRCC is giving away tickets to TV On The Radio and Father John Misty next Wednesday the 15th, as well as tickets to The Old Crow Medicine Show next Friday the 17th.

Still to come - tickets for Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Gary Clark Jr., Lake Street Dive, Punch Brothers/Gillian Welch, and Trombone Shorty at Red Rocks, and Chick Corea at the Paramount in Denver.

Sign up here for your chance to win.

 

NPR/WAMU

Starting next Monday, August 13th, the show 1A with Joshua Johnson will be moving to 9 a.m. following NPR's Morning Edition. The Takeaway with Tanzina Vega will move to 11 a.m.

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This month on Air Check, Jeff, Jake and Vicky return to the roundtable to share their favorite recent releases, and we visit with musician, actor, and author Chris Thomas King, perhaps best known for his role as blues musician Tommy Johnson in the film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O' Brother Where Art Thou

Many of you may have been at this year's Blues Under the Bridge Festival and caught Chris Thomas King's performance. Many more of you may have seen him acting alongside George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson, John Turtturo and John Goodman in the Coen Brother's film O' Brother Where Art Thou....

We were lucky to have been able to hold audience with Chris during his visit to Colorado Springs when he stopped by the 91.5 KRCC studios to play a couple songs, and talk about the birth of the blues.  

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I think we have a pretty good idea here at 91.5 KRCC as to just how successful the 2018 Blues Under the Bridge Festival was, but it's always good to get some constructive criticism....

Engineers of the passing trains blast their whistles at the growing crowd under Colorado Avenue for the undeniable awesomeness that is Blues Under the Bridge.

The annual event brings together many elements of our community with local businesses serving up homegrown food and drink. This year, BUTB connected hearts with a deeply historic presence of the Latino community in Colorado Springs with the addition of Los Lobos - perhaps the most respected crossover band in the country. 
 

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Rosanna Taylor from the Black Sheep throws in her 2 cents during the musical roundtable discussion on the next episode of 91.5 KRCC's Air Check, and all six members of the band Ozomatli get cozy with Vicky for an in-studio performance and Q and A session.

Air Check can be heard this Saturday evening at 6 p.m., and next Wednesday the 11th of July at 7 p.m. on 91.5 KRCC.

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The 12th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival gets underway this Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a pre-festival party featuring Chris Thomas King and Colorado's A.J. Fullerton in the Gold Room at the Wyndham Grand Mining Exchange.

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On this episode of Air Check, we invite local DIY promoter and metal guru Bryan Ostrow to sit in on the musical roundtable and tell us about the upcoming 71Grind Fest, and we bring you an in-studio performance and interview with Josiah Johnson of the Head and the Heart, along with his two traveling music partners, Aviva Lipkowitz and Chelsea Coleman.

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91.5 KRCC will be giving away dozens of pairs of concert tickets this summer, and if you're subscribed to the weekly 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter, you'll be eligible to win each week tickets are given away!  

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Chicago bluesmen Buddy Guy will be playing the Pikes Peak Center on June 19th. Buddy Guy is one of the last living old-school bluesmen who played alongside Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor and others.

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On this  episode of Air Check, Dr. Steve Hayward -- co-host of A Day In the Life on 91.5 KRCC -- joins us for the musical roundtable discussion, Paulina Ukrainets talks with Colorado Springs based musician Gwen Wolfenbarger, AKA Seal Eggs, about her music and inspiration, and we have an in-studio performance from Briffaut playing a song from their newest release Helsinki.

PRI

PRI and WNYC have named Tanzina Vega as the new host of the nationally syndicated show The Takeaway which can be heard weekdays from 9 to 10am on 91.5 KRCC. 

Previous to hosting The Takeaway, Ms. Vega was a digital correspondent for CNN Politics, and before that, she spent 8 years as a reporter for The New York Times.  Listen for Tanzina Vega beginning next Monday, May 7th at 9am on 91.5 KRCC.

Story Corps

Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories when Story Corps visits Colorado Springs next week. The Story Corps Military Voices Initiative will be hosted at Pikes Peak 21C Library, April 30th through May 11th.  

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April 21, 2018 marks the tenth year that artists and independently owned music stores have come together to offer various promotions, performances, and parties all centered around music, and the people who make, sell, consume and keep it in the forefront of our cultural psyche.

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On this week's episode of Air Check, local audiophile and music enthusiast Chris O'Shea sits in on the musical roundtable discussion, Low Cut Connie talks with Vicky and plays a couple songs in studio, and we suggest a few concerts that we think you might enjoy attending in the near future.   

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Frankie Cosmos will be under the spotlights this Friday evening at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. The band is gaining in notoriety, and was recently featured on NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

91.5 KRCC and Pikes Peak Library 21c are hosting the StoryCorps mobile recording studio April 30th through May 11th as part of the Military Voices Initiative.  

Veterans, service members, and military families are encouraged to share their stories, and in doing so, we will honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we - as a nation - are listening.

Jake Brownell earned a Colorado Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence this past weekend for his news feature Guns to Garden Tools: Beating Swords Into Plowshares.

Matt Chmielarczyk

On this episode of Air Check, local musician Nina de Freitas picks a favorite new tune and sits in on the musical roundtable discussion, Dar Williams plays a couple songs in the 91.5 KRCC studio and talks with Vicky about her love affair with America's towns and cities, and some local music aficionados tell us about their concert picks in the weeks to come.

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This week on Air Check, Dar Williams talks with Vicky about her new book What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities—One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time , and also plays a couple tunes in studio.

Listen to Air Check this Saturday at 6 p.m. and next Wednesday at 7 p.m. You can find every episode of 91.5 KRCC's Air Check here at KRCC.org .

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Briffaut will be debuting some new tunes from their latest recording, Helsinki, next Tuesday evening during Vicky's music mix, between 7pm and 10pm, and the band will be playing an album release show at Denver’s Syntax Physic Opera on Friday, March 2, with In/Planes and Down Time in supporting.

Helsinki is a jazzy, psychedelic, folky, prog-rock romp combining the talents of Daniel James Eaton, Alex Koshak, Daniel Mikolajczyk, Mitch Macura, and Grant Sabin, and was recorded at Right Heel Studios in Colorado Springs. 

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The 2018 Concert Season is well underway, and 91.5 KRCC will be giving away a pair of tickets every other week through the 91.5 KRCC Music Newsletter. Sign up here to get the newsletter, (and your chance to win) delivered to your inbox Thursday mornings. 

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater

Being a true Coloradan means taking in a concert or two under the summer sky at Red Rocks. Ask anyone who has been, and they will confirm that the place is magical, in and of itself. Add in a special friend and a stellar performance from a favorite group or musician, and you have the makings of a wonderful memory.  

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On this episode of Air Check, hear a special in-studio performance and interview with Suzanne Santo of the Americana band HoneyHoney. We also bring you our favorite upcoming concert recommendations, as well as the usual musical roundtable, with a twist. 

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Suzanne Santo altered her rock 'n' roll morning routine to accommodate us at 91.5 KRCC after she and her band played the Gym at Ivywild the night before. Normally, rock bands burn the midnight oil and awake midday, but on this occasion, Ms. Santo was kind enough to meet us at the station bright and early, albeit a few minutes late because her map app was steering her to Webster Ave instead of the correct address of North Weber Street for 91.5 KRCC  - obviously Siri's fault, not Suzanne's.

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