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Podcast: Jen Korte w/Jessica DeNicola | Steve Conn on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

For this unique Live@Lunch radio show, we feature TWO very different Singer/Songwriters!

Steve Conn (Bio below) coming through Colorado on tour and Colorado’s own Jen Korte joined in song by the luminous Jessica DeNicola  (you may know her from John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light)!

Jen Korte (left) and Jessica DeNicola (Right) in the KRFC studioJen Korte hit the ground running since she first picked up a guitar 9 years ago. Raised in Texas, this 29 year old songstress, had a strong desire to tap into her eccentric Austin surroundings when she was 18. She began teaching herself to play and soon thereafter began playing small gigs in Austin and surrounding areas. Some of her earlier years landed her opening spots for national acts; Tegan and Sara, Melissa Ferrick, and Bitch (formerly of Bitch and Animal). In 2005, she packed whatever she could fit in her car and headed off to Denver, CO and has been there since. Since then, Korte has established her style, her name, and her band, The Loss. She has been nominated as the Denver Westwords Best singer/songwriter of 2008 and 2009 and has played several top venues in Denver including the Bluebird, The Gothic, and The Walnut Room opening for national acts: Chris Pureka, Cameron McGill and What Army, Michelle Malone, The Grand Archives, Red Wanting Blue, and Sarah Jaffe. She has been seen around Denver with local favorites: Gregory Alan Isaakov, Bela Karoli, and playing events for She has also been seen accompanying Tiny Television as their female vocalist for Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco and Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA. Jen Korte continues to play venues from New York to California and can be seen kicking up dust a few times a year in Austin and the surrounding areas. Someone has said that if “ Nick Drake and Janis Joplin had a love child, Jen Korte would be it.
“Steve Conn may be the best singer you’ve never heard… a stirring vocalist whose voice commands instant attention.” –Lee Zimmerman, No Depression

NASHVILLE—(July 6, 2012) Trade hot days for cool music from Boulder’s most soulful expat. In what’s become an annual celebration of Colorado’s past and present musical talent, singer-songwriter Steve Conn—he of the Louisiana roots, Nashville residence, and work on nine Grammy-nominated records—returns to the Front Range for two performances in August. Conn will play a solo evening of piano and vocals at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins on Thursday, August 9, and a concert with band members Chris Engleman on bass, Steve Ivey on drums, and Bob Rebholz on saxophone at Nissi’s in Lafayette on Saturday, August 11. Music Row magazine called Steve Conn “one of the best singers ever to amble into Music City,” and compared his songwriting to Allen Toussaint, Carole King, and Townes Van Zandt. Before Conn settled in Nashville, he made his home in Boulder and Denver, honing and delivering his unmistakable sound at his legendary weekly Sunday night solo spot at the Hotel Boulderado’s Mezzanine lounge, with the New Orleans funk of Gris Gris, and in a two-year stint as eTown’s first musical director.

Podcast~ Beats Noir on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Beats Noir on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch July 2012

*  Paul Mullikin-Vocals, Keys, Guitar  * JT Nolan-Vocals, Guitars*  Matt Skellenger-Electric Bass  *  Dave Miller-Drumset and Laptop *

“JT Nolan and Paul Mulikin are polar opposites.  They are different in almost every way, which in turn is the inspiration for Beats Noir!

Raised in the back office of his father’s small factory, Nolan was exposed to music through the Chicago bar and club scene at an early age.  Instead of hiring a baby sitter, Nolan’s father packed up his kids and brought them to see some of the best blues and rock Chicago had to offer.   At the age of 13, Nolan finally received his first guitar and made his debut by performing Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption”.

Meanwhile, Paul Mullikin grew up surrounded by music of a different sort.  His mother and father, a violinist and cellist respectively, saw to it that classical music permeated their west Denver home, and Paul found himself following in their footsteps as he began studying multiple instruments at the age 10. An almost obsessive fondness for music quickly developed, and he made his debut as a percussion soloist with the Colorado Symphony in 1997 at age 13.

The classical prodigy and the gritty guitarist met nearly a decade ago, but they never imagined starting a Hip-Hop project.  In 2010, experimentation began, and the music grew organically as the two passed ideas back and forth. Foundations of infectious beats were made, jazz melodies with bluesy slide guitar were added, a variety of percussion instruments with intricate rhyme schemes met classical piano and riff-heavy rock guitar.   Matt Skellenger added some funky bass lines, soon opposites connected and Beats Noir was born.

The fruits of their endeavors are found in “13 Tracks From The Dark Side of The Beat”, the self-produced and recorded album from Nolan,  Mullikin, and Skellenger.  They find themselves in the company of highly accomplished and equally eclectic musicians. Rounding out the rhythm section is Dave Miller, who is no stranger to experimentation.  Shawn King of Devotchka fame added beats and horn lines.  Flobots producer Kyle Jones added some final touches to the mix.

With the start of 2012, Beats Noir is busy working on a new album and continuing to attract new fans with their electrifying live shows.

Find them on the word wide web at  *  *

Podcast – Jan Garrett and JD Martin on KRFC 8.9FM Live@Lunch

Jan Garrett and JD Martin are multi award-winning independent singer-songwriters who live and create their music in the heart of the Colorado Rockies near Aspen.  Their music is described as “Rich and intelligent…..a velvet-hammer wake-up call as satisfying to the soul as it is to the ear….. Brilliantly crafted songs to open the heart and refresh the spirit.”

Both Jan and JD are seasoned professional performers, keynote concert presenters, and wise teachers of “Authentic Voice,” “The Soul of Songwriting”, and “Tuning Your Life to the Heart of Harmony.”  Their recordings consistently receive wildly enthusiastic reviews.  In live performance Jan & JD are deeply inspiring, fiery and funny, a compelling blend of luscious vocals, good humor, and masterful lyrics inspired from a broad spiritual perspective. This is soulful feel-good music with depth and integrity, audience satisfaction guaranteed.

Both Garrett & Martin won New Thought Songwriter Tribute Awards in 2006 and 2007.  In 2008 they were awarded top honors in the Indie International Songwriting Competition (in the World category) and also won a Posi Songwriter Award from emPOWER Music & Arts.
JD Martin is an acclaimed songwriter of 5 Number One and 10 Top Ten country and pop hit singles.  His songs have been recorded by such luminaries as Reba McEntire, Terri Clark, B.J. Thomas, Peter Cetera (from the band Chicago), and the Oak Ridge Boys.  A native of Virginia, JD is a deep heart who knows that the music IS the message.  He has won over 15 ASCAP awards for excellence in songwriting in Nashville and LA.

Jan Garrett is a jazz singer, master vocal coach, poet, wilderness vision quester, meditation student, and (yes) certified laughing instructor who has toured with John Denver, Steve Martin and the Dirt Band, and has appeared on the Tonight Show.  She is listed in the Rolling Stone Who’s Who in Rock & Roll.  A self-proclaimed Alchemedian and mother of identical twin daughters, she believes that “The chance of a lifetime is to be yourself.”

They are joined in the KRFC studio with Gayan Gregory Long on percussion (+storytelling) & Marcy Baruch singing harmony.

Podcast~ Nathaniel Rateliff, Brent Cowles and Joe Sampson on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch

Brent Cowles, Joe Sampson and Nathaniel Rateliff at KRFC. Photo courtesy of Cindy at Angel Mountain Media.

Brent Cowles, Joe Sampson and Nathaniel Rateliff. Photo courtesy of Cindy at Angel Mountain Media.

Nathaniel Rateliff, Brent Cowles and Joe Sampson perform/interview on a special ” “Songwriter in the Round” session of KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch.

“While recording In Memory of Loss, Rateliff lived in Chicago, working with producer Brian Deck to craft the nuances: mournful harmonica on “You Should’ve Seen the Other Guy,” the ominous organ of “Longing and Losing,” propulsive bass drum on “Early Spring Till.” Rateliff’s Rounder debut is rooted in a bygone era. It’s both fresh and classic, imbued with a melancholy nostalgia, the rough candor of rock’n’roll’s past and the warmth and earnestness of folk storytellers. Rateliff has a personal connection to the sounds of the 60s and 70s. “It was more about songs, and not about an industry,” he says. “It was about a movement, not about making money. I think we’re moving back into that again. There’s still an importance in actually writing songs again. People are interested in hearing things that make sense.”

These thirteen tracks, with their soulful minimalism, certainly make sense. Hints of the music he grew up on – Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, the Beatles—shine through. (Album closer “Happy Just To Be,” with its pounding piano chords, is a close cousin to the Lennon-penned “Across the Universe.”) Yet Rateliff is also at home in what may be called, for lack of a better term, the neo-folk revival. His voice is so confident that you can occasionally imagine the music dropping out entirely, a song propelled solely by Rateliff’s a capella strengths—equal parts church spiritual and TV on the Radio riffing on the Pixies’ “Mr. Grieves.”

“The one thing that made me want to write and play music was trying to get the same feeling that it gave me when I listened to it,” Rateliff says. “Like having an anxiety attack—where you almost start to weep, at the same time feel a strange pressure in your chest.” This persistent troubadour has struggled and persevered to this point; now, the wider world is ready for Nathaniel Rateliff. “In Memory of Loss,” he says, “is for everyone who’s willing to listen.”

Andrew Schneider (host), Brent Cowles, Joe Sampson, Nathaniel Rateliff and Dane Pribbeno (sound) at KRFC. Photo courtesy of Cindy at Angel Mountain Media.

Andrew Schneider (host), Brent Cowles, Joe Sampson, Nathaniel Rateliff and Dane Pribbeno (sound) at KRFC. Photo courtesy of Cindy at Angel Mountain Media.

Podcast-Euforquestra on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch-March 2012

Eufórquestra is a seven-member unit that relocated to Fort Collins, CO in Summer 2008 after spending five years in Iowa City, IA. The band’s own brand of High Intensity Global Dance Music is a percussion and horn driven blend of modern music that fuses afrobeat, reggae, dub, funk, rock, soca and highlife with traditional sounds from Cuba, Brazil, West Africa and beyond. This is cutting edge music that ignites dance floors across the country with a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; With three full-length albums to their name and a relentless tour schedule (averaging over 110 shows annually), Eufórquestra has become one of the hottest bands on Colorado’s live music circuit and has created a national presence with performances all over the country at clubs, theaters, community events, and many great festivals including Electric Forest, Wakarusa, moe. Summer Camp, 80/35, Sweet Pea Festival, NedFest, Groovefest, Montana Beer Festival, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and their own Camp Euforia (hosting the 8th annual in 2011). The band has also been fortunate enough to collaborate with and support many other nationally touring artists including Page McConnell of Phish, Kyle Hollingsworth of String Cheese Incident, the Gin Blossoms, The Motet, John Brown’s Body, Toubab Krewe, Great American Taxi and many more. Eufórquestra’s latest studio album “Soup” was released for free online and has been downloaded over 10,000 times since its release in Fall 2009. After adding new members Ben Soltau and Matt Wright (bass and keys, respectively) the band shows no sign of slowing with multiple album and EP releases in the works and busy 2011 tour schedule. Find them online, spread the word, see them live and find out what they put in that Soup…

Euforquestra with host, Andrew Schneider

Eufórquestra is:
Mike Tallman (Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals)
Ben Soltau (Bass/Vocals)
Matt Wright (Keys)
Adam Grosso (Drums)
Matt Grundstad (Percussion/Vocals)
Ryan Jeter (Tenor Saxophone/Vocals)
Austin Zaletel (Alto Saxophone/Vocals)


Podcast-Brian Hull on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch~March 2012

Andrew Schneider, Marty Rein, Brian Hull & Drew Jostad at KRFC

Andrew Schneider, Marty Rein, Brian Hull & Drew Jostad at KRFC with Spenser the dog after the radio show -Photo courtesy of Angel Mountain Media

Brian Hull has been performing music professionally for the past few decades. You may have enjoyed his vocal stylings with Mark Sloniker at Jay’s Bistro or with one of his bands at other venues around town. In the early 90′s he moved from Texas to Fort Collins with his band Ezra’s Poundcake. In ’97 he founded the popular funk/soul/and jazz band Meadowlark Jivin’. Currently working on mixing their third CD,  Meadowlark Jvin’ has two CDs out , “Have you ever seen Meadowlark Jivin?” and “It’s the Groove”. Both CDs are in the KRFC library and receive regular spins on various DJ shows. In recent years, Brian has done a lot of solo gigs and he enjoys the variety of playing in a solo or duet format in addition to with the full band. “Playing solo has challenged me to really get my act together and know my songs like the back of my hand.”, Brian explains.   With Marty Rein (bassist-Liz Barnez, 3 Twins, Escape Goats)  accompanying him, Brian performs original music you won’t hear with the band, an a capella song based on a Rumi poem and a few other popular tunes that Brian puts his own spin on.

3/6 KRFC Birthday Proclamation from Ft. Collins Mayor

With less than two weeks until KRFC celebrates 9 years of volunteer-powered radio in Ft. Collins, Tuesday, March 6th is a perfect opportunity to show support for the 9th Annual Birthday Bash concert March 10th at Lincoln Center.

WHAT: At the City of Fort Collins Council meeting next Tuesday (3/6) at 5:30 p.m, a proclamation will be be read by the Mayor in Council Chambers (300 LaPorte) declaring March 10th a day of celebration in honor of KRFC’s 9th Birthday Bash. Members of the staff and Board of Directors will accept the proclamation and speak briefly about KRFC and the birthday bash. A large KRFC contingent will be present to make a public show of support.


WHY: Since March of 2003 KRFC has charted the history and rise of the Ft. Collins and Colorado music scenes through volunteer powered programming. Heading into the tenth year broadcasting KRFC offers more locally focused programming to fulfill the station’s vision to be recognized as a respected voice of the community, creating a sense of place through excellent radio programming.


WHEN: Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
5:30 p.m.


WHERE: City Council’s Chambers
300 Laporte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Please let us know if you are coming >>>

Podcast-John Beacher on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Feb. 2012

John Beacher

John Beacher

John Beacher is a gifted contemporary singer-songwriter, performer, and an original artist from New Hope, PA (formerly of Boulder, CO). He has the knack of drawing listeners into his provocative world of song and then astounding them with his vocal improvisations. His extraordinary ability to scat and vocalize in a jazzy, soulful, funky, rap-like style puts him in a category of those who have gone onto national success. His acoustic guitar playing is uniquely percussive and deeply rooted in rhythm. Within his performances there is something for everyone as he weaves in and out of musical genres with ease and cohesion. Lyrically, Beacher takes his listener on a poetic musical journey as he incorporates songs of spirituality, love, and humanity. As a live performer, Beacher has been invited to many music festivals where he was the only solo artist, chosen for his incredible stage presence and ability to captivate his audiences. In more intimate settings you can see and f eel the emotions running through his entire performance. John Beacher is simply a magnetic performer whose attraction to the listener is undeniable and powerful. John Beacher has opened up for the following internationally known musicians including: The Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has also shared a stage with these up-and-coming and established artists including: Danielia Cotton, Fuzz (of Deep Banana Blackout), Paper Bird, and Elephant Revival. John Beacher is often compared to the following contemporary mainstream artists: Dave Matthews, John Legend, John Mayer, Citizen Cope and Jason Mraz. John Beacher currently is host to a popular weekly open mic night called The Beacher Community Stage. He has recently released a 12 song self-released CD which was recorded at the Cutting Room Studios in NYC. His plans are for extensive touring from coast to coast in the next few years using New Hope and Boulder as his home bases.”


Podcast-Victor & Penny on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch- Feb. 2012

Victor and penny 2 2012

Snow falling on Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny at KRFC

Victor & Penny is a Chicago and KC based duo singing music they call Antique Pop on ukulele and a lovely old guitar. Playing vintage instruments with modern sensibility, they bring a fresh twist to music of the early twentieth century and unique arrangements of modern tunes with characteristic charm and good humor. Victor & Penny are touring the USA in 2012.

Victor & Penny is Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane.

Erin has been an active performing artist in the KC arts and music scene for many years. She currently divides her time equally between Chicago and Kansas City, but calls KC home. Erin is a film, theater and commercial actress; a musician and songwriter; and one of the co-hosts of the new TV program CINEMAKC. Most notably, Erin appeared in the Emmy-winning web series THE UNREAL HOUSEWIVES OF KANSAS CITY and in the Oscar-nominated film, UP IN THE AIR alongside George Clooney. Look for Erin this year in the soon-to-be-released thriller feature film NAILBITER. As chanteuse Ruby Falls, she fronts the cabaret act Alacartoona who was awarded a 2009 Inspiration Grant from the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City. She is proud to say she mis-spent her youth singing in a rock band and was named Kansas City’s sexiest musician in the Pitch Magazine’s “Best of KC 2005”.

Cindy Schneider (Host), Bill Vickerstaff (Sound), Erin McGrane (Penny), Jeff Freling (Victor) and Drew Jostad (Sound) after the radio show

Jeff, originally from Kansas City, calls Chicago home most of the time where he performs regularly with Blue Man Group, Tributosaurus, Mar Caribe, the Tom Waits tribute band B1G T1ME, and has performed alongside Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices). He began furiously studying the guitar at the age of 10 when he first heard Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “Whole Lotta Love” and has considered himself a guitar geek ever since. In the late 80s and early 90s Jeff was the guitarist and co-songwriter for two of KCs favorite bands: The Mongol Beach Party and Grumpy. He studied at the Conservatory at UMKC and at the Berklee School of music in Boston.”

Podcast-Cassie Taylor w/Josh Moore performance/interview on KRFC 88.9FM Live@Lunch Radio Show

“Combining a compelling mix of music, theater, fashion and modeling into her repertoire, Cassie Taylor is an ambassador of blending the arts.  Cassie is the daughter of renowned bluesman Otis Taylor and toured in his band for seven years as bassist and backup vocalist.  She takes her passion for the blues seriously by serving on the board of directors of The Blues Foundation.  Staking a claim as a musician in her own right, her songwriting is a new kind of blues which explores the trials and tribulations of a twenty-something woman.  Using pop vocals and deeply-rooted blues bass lines, Cassie is leading the new generation of blues artists. “

Joining Cassie in the studio on percussion is Josh Moore.  Guitarist Eric Wiggs could mot make it in to the studio for the radio show but gave a stellar performance with Cassie & Josh later that evening at their Avos show.