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New Orleans trumpeter Shamarr Allen wanted to find a way to get guns out of kids' hands, so he turned to what he knows best: music. He recently created a gun-for-trumpet exchange program — called Trumpet Is My Weapon — and has so far collected four guns that he turned over to police.

"I had some trumpets lying around, and I know for me, the trumpet saved me," he says.

Allen, who's from the city's Lower Ninth Ward, started the program after learning about Devante Bryant, 9, was fatally shot in front of his 7th Ward home earlier this month.

Ten years ago today, July 23, One Direction created the universe. Read an excerpt from Maria Sherman's new book, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS, about 1D's formation and meteoric rise.

  •   View artist videos and framing information at the Academy Art & Frame Virtual Gallery through June 30.
  • Through August 28, Pillar Institute For Lifelong Learning virtual classes will offer topics that include history, science, math, religion, music and more.
  • On June 21 and 23, the Colorado College Summer Music Festival presents Live from Packard Hall, two socially distanced, live broadcast concerts coming straight to you from the CC campus!  The concerts will be live broadcast at 3:00 p.m by KCME.org or 88.7 FM.
  • These and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual.

Love In Abundance: A Guide To Women's Music

Jun 17, 2020

If the first time you ever heard the phrase "women's music" was during the episode of the Amazon Original show Transparent in which the main character, a transgender woman, attends a music festival and finds herself enmeshed in a debate about gender and the right to inclusion, you know something about one aspect of a larger story. Women's music is its own genre, with a history that goes back more than 50 years.

Now, About The Bad Name I Gave My Band

Jun 17, 2020

What kind of a*****e would name his band Drive-By Truckers? A valid question, if you ask me. I'm the person responsible for it.

Queer As Punk: A Guide To LGBTQIA+ Punk

Jun 15, 2020

Punk rock has 101 origin stories, and most of them are true. After all, punk rock springs from a myriad of local scenes, and is as much about the music as it is about the venues where it is performed, the audiences and listeners who participate in its performance, clothes and style, politics and approaches to the world.

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On Wednesday morning, the Recording Academy, which gives out the Grammy Awards, announced a few changes to the prizes — and to the way it structures its voting process. On social media, critics and fans immediately took up debating the most obvious shifts.

Since its inception in 2014, the Tiny Desk Contest has introduced us to so many talented up-and-coming artists.

  •   On Friday, June 5, Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Esai Morales takes a look at the fun and interesting side of actors, entertainers, atheletes, and others.
  • Running through June 12, The Palmer Park Photo Contest invites entries showing family friendly images of one of Colorado Springs' beloved outdoor spaces.
  • June 8-19 CaveSim Virtual Summer Camp offers kids 6-15 years old the opportunity to engage with other children from around the country, while learning about the wonders of caves.
  • These and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual.

April 22 is Earth Day around the world, and Kacey Musgraves is celebrating with new music. Sort of: Early Wednesday morning, she released "Oh, What A World 2.0" — a reworked version of a song from 2018's Golden Hour — on her YouTube channel, alongside a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund.

At least initially, Musgraves peels off some of the instrumentation from the album version, and sings the opening verse — which is most directly about natural wonder — over a simple finger-picked guitar accompaniment.

  • On April 9, Eclectic Co. Virtual Classes present the perfect workshop to break up quarantine monotony.  Make 2-3 felted Easter eggs with a kit delivered to you.
  • Poetry 719 Virtual Colorado Black Voices Matter Open Mic Night presents an inspiring and uplifting evening of celebration.
  • Through April 11, the Commonwheel Artists Co-op is holding an open call for artist submissions for their Colorado Summer Art Market.
  • The Rockrimmon Library of the PPLD presents Kiddo Yoga on April 15, providing movement, silly play and dance for the whole family.
  • More information on these and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual.

Peak Radar Minute: Virtual Edition

Apr 2, 2020

  •   The Pikes Peak Library District's kids site is full of activities, storytimes, and at home adventures.
  • Visit the great galleries in Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs.  Virtual First Friday is April 3 from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • Stargazers Theatre and Event Center Virtual Concerts on April 3 featuring Woodshed Red and April 4 with Starburn.
  • My Black Colorado Virtual Experiences are offerring Facebook Live performances with local artists such as saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. and stay healthy tips from Dr. Lauren Penn.
  • More information on these and many other events can be found at peakradar.com/virtual

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On this episode of Air Check, Jeff and Vicky invite KRCC General Manager Kyle Cunningham to share a song during the music  roundtable discussion, and singer songerwriter Kat Edmonson sings a couple of songs in the KRCC studio and talks with Vicky about her love of the American songbook, and following the dreams in her life.

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Jeff and Vicky share the musical roundtable with Mimi Norton Colorado College student and general manager of the Sounds of CC radio station, and Colorado favorite, Inaiah Lujan plays us a few new songs and talks about his journey as a member of The Haunted Windchimes and in/Planes to establishing a solo career.

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On this first episode of Air Check for the new year, the shows co-creator Jake Brownell gifts us with a return visit to the musical roundtable, singer/songwriter Miette Hope pays a visit home and to the KRCC studios for a performance of her new music, and violin maker Juan Pablo Mijares  opens the door of his workshop to KRCC's Mountain West reporter, Ali Budner.

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On this seasonal episode of Air Check, Jeff and Vicky share some of their favorite holiday tunes, the kindergarten class at Manitou Springs Elementary sing a song about the darkest day of the year, (or is it the beginning of the brightest...?), and KRCC's community music hosts pick a favorite single from 2019.

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Angela Seals, Deputy Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region picks a favorite new tune for our musical roundtable discussion, and singer-songwriter Joe Johnson braves some wintry weather to talk with Vicky and play a couple songs in the 91.5 KRCC studios.

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Marc Benning owner of Lulu’s Downstairs Venue sits in on  our musical roundtable discussion, and Amy Helm sings a couple of songs and talks with Vicky about her musical influences and her many collaborations inside and outside of her family.

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On this epsiode of Air Check, Aisha Ahmad-Post, Artistic Director of the ENT Center for the Arts sits in on the music roundtable discussion, and we hear an encore performance from Hector Anchondo who played the 2019 Blues Under the Bridge Festival. 

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Air Check producer Jake Brownell joins Jeff and Vicky for the music roundtable one last time before leaving for grad school, and the Denver based gothabilly band Slim Cessna's Auto Club play a couple songs in the 91.5 KRCC studios, and talk with Jeff about the band's collective musical spirit.

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Air Check Producer Jake Brownell provides one last pick for the music roundtable, and talks with Jeff and Vicky about the show's conception and history over the last three years. 

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Within the first three songs, I was plunged into the sounds of Jack White, The Turbans and Deep Purple.  That is when you know it's going to be a fine record.  One has to appreciate a band from the Netherlands who want to dip their passion and ear for Turkish music into an intoxicating bath of psychedelia.  I can already hear Kikagaku Moyo and Khruangbin moving their chairs around to make room at the table.

 

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Ivywild Music and 91.5 KRCC are excited to present a gothabilly punk evening with Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Ivywild School on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.  Known for their twisted take on old timey country music, Denver's very own will seize the stage at this beloved venue.  Opening for the show will be former Gun Club member 

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On this episide of 91.5 KRCC's Air Check, we hand the microphone to our longtime intern Paulina Ukrainets during the music roundtable, and Vicky talks with Honour Council, a local four-piece shoegaze band whose debut e.p., Molecule, has been on regular rotation around the 91.5 KRCC studios.

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This month on Air Check, it's our annual year-end music review. We count down our favorite 5 songs of 2018, and we each pick a favorite in-studio performance from one of the many musicians and groups that played the 91.5 KRCC studios this year. 

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On this episode of Air Check, we talk with members of the Out Loud Colorado Springs Men's Chorus about their mission to use music to build acceptance and community, and we capture a couple songs from the organization as well. Also, Dr. T, host of the Tuesday evening music mix from 10 p.m. to midnight, sits in on the music roundtable review, and shares his favorite new release from the 91.5 KRCC music racks.

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On this episode of Air Check Jake talks with local photographer Larry Hulst about the decades of photographs that he has taken of Rock n Roll icons; L.A. group The Wild Reeds stop by the 91.5 KRCC studios; We look into the DIY arts and music scene in Colorado Springs; and Hannah Fleming speaks with Finnish musician Lau Nau about the art of improvisation and scoring films. 

91.5 KRCC will be introducing listeners to some new favorites this Monday, March 6th.  I hope you will join us at 10am weekday mornings for news and topical debate with NPR's 1A.  91.5 KRCC is also adding the popular economic news program Marketplace, to our weekday line up at 3pm and 6:30pm.  

I'm really excited to be able to present the "new" A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile of the bands Nicklecreek and The Punch Brothers hosting the show on Saturdays 4pm to 6pm, and Sunday mornings from 10am to noon. 

Music fans can rest assured that 91.5 KRCC Music Director Vicky Gregor will continue to curate music weekday evenings from 7pm to 10pm, with great community volunteers rounding out the music block from 10pm to midnight.

Your favorite weekend music shows will include my Blue Plate Special blues show every Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Vintage Voltage with GT at 8pm.

On Sunday evenings you can relax and expand your music education through the Jazz Excursion with host Dick Fairley at 7pm. End your weekends with great reggae from host Ron Wilson starting at 10pm. See the entire new schedule here.

We are working on digital on-demand deliveries of all of our local music shows through our website, and on mobile apps that are available for iPhones and Android devices on iTunes and Google Play. We hope to have this feature live next week so you can listen to 91.5 KRCC Music whenever and wherever you want. Stay tuned!

Thank you for your support,
Jeff Bieri
91.5 KRCC Program Manager

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On this episode of Air Check, multi-talented local musician Ryan Flores reflects on his life as a working artist; author LeAnna DeAngelo tells the story of the first performance at Red Rocks; the legendary David Bromberg drops by to play a few tunes; and our very own Vicky Gregor takes a trip down memory lane with a jar of ticket stubs dating all the way back to the mid-80s.

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On this episode of Air Check, Mike Doughty talks getting sober and going solo after Soul Coughing, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket plays some songs from his new record, Bill Forman shares some stories from his long career as a music critic, and we remember two towering musical figures that we lost in the last month.  

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