This year KRFC celebrates 10 years as the community voice and soundtrack for Northern Colorado. Our volunteers and staff serve a community that worked for years to build a station that would broadcast great volunteer-powered, non-commercial, and local radio programming.
We can’t wait to welcome you on April 6th to KRFC’s signature fundraiser with live performances from musical guests, Great American Taxi featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, Mama Lenny & The Remedy and Michael Kirkpatrick from The Holler!.
Space is limited. So, get your tickets now and make sure your friends and neighbors don’t miss the chance to celebrate 10 great years of non-commercial, volunteer powered local radio.
Tickets are also available by phone at 970.221.5075 or in person 9:00AM-5:00PM, Monday thru Friday at KRFC’s downtown Fort Collins studios – 619 South College Avenue #4; Ft. Collins Collins, CO 80524. Any remaining tickets released for sale at the event will be subject to an additional charge.
“Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Holler! presents a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation. This quartet of prolific songwriters uses mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, and four bombastic baritone voices to create their Folkedelic sound. In the canyons of influence, with child-like eyes and wonder, these tone chasers relentlessly explore their roots in acoustic music and dramatic lyricism. This band’s bottomless cup of original repertoire is led by mandolin obsessed songsmith Michael Kirkpatrick, whose voice resonates with evangelical theatrics and gratitude. Hot-shot guitar slinger Brian Adams picks some of the tastiest licks this side of Garciaville. With Brad Poto on bass guitar and Kris Smith on drums, The Holler!’s energetic live show is fortified with a groove that induces movement of body and mind. 9 years of sonic wanderlust has seen the band through many forms, employing sitar, keyboards, tuba, lap steel, accordion and world percussion into their evolving acoustic folk-rock format. Their repertoire artistically celebrates reverence for nature, the exploration of human consciousness, and their passion for festive community gatherings while echoing the Colorado landscape The Holler! calls home.
In addition to original music, The Holler! has fun twisting up songs by influences such as: Led Zeppelin, Bjork, The Grateful Dead, Ween, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal, The Highwaymen, and Darrell Scott. They have a charismatic ability to connect with a diverse demographic of music lovers, shaking up dance floors, elevating love frequencies, and having lots of fun along the way!
“The group’s songwriting is second-to-none, creating a diverse album that holds quick to its mountain roots. There is some subtle magic going on here as The Holler! swiftly and thoroughly draws you in with their one-of-a-kind lyricism and finger-pickin’ goodness.” -review of Gratitude by Dusty Ray, Scene Magazine July 2011
-awarded “Best Bluegrass Band 2011″ by the Fort Collins Musicians Association
-placed 3rd Place in Northern Colorado’s Scene Magazine Battle of the Bands 2010
Holler!WildPicked who? Michael Kirkpatrick’s progressive acoustic vision goes back to 2002 with a project called Wildwood Holler! consisting of upright bass, banjo, and mandolin. This Colorado string trio made an underground name for themselves, from the Rockies to the Ozarks to the Cascades, in a big green school bus between 2004-2008. Eventually percussion and a tasty guitar player were added and banjo was traded for the tuba! This rock-tuba-grass quartet recorded and performed under the name Handpicked Holler! from 2008-2010. In early 2010, bass guitar was re-introduced to the band and the name was simplified to The Holler!. Michael continue’s to walk this path of folk-rock and bluegrass with willing cohorts and enjoys the experience of working with great musicians.”
Michael Kirkpatrick- Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar, Lap Steel
Brian Adams- Guitar, Vocals
Brad Poto- Bass, Vocals
Kris Smith- Drums
October 22, 2011 at Grant Family Farms
Tent opens @ 7pm – Music starts @ 8pm
Bourbon Toothpaste – Lonesome Traveler – The Holler! – More TBA…
$25 suggested donation gets you music, camping and beer. You must have a costume!
Bring 2 cans of food for our Larimer Food Bank food drive and your own cup.
Talented musicians and crew have created this event year after year to be anything but your typical “party”. This is a gathering of local music fans and their friends, and their friends… etc. This used to be an event where everyone knew each other by name, but it’s hard to keep track when they get into the hundreds. However, the initial idea should remain that this is a celebration of community and good music amongst friends. No one should be a stranger. This isn’t the kind of party someone just stumbles upon. We aren’t inviting the world… just people we think would enjoy and appreciate this kind of celebration and leave it to those people to continue to spread the vibe we’ve created. By this idea, everyone at Holler!ween is no more than a few degrees separated from everyone else, and it really creates something special.
Sam Bush, a Kentuckian, has recently been nominated for two IBMA Awards for Instrumental Performer of the Year for the Mandolin and the Sam Bush Band is nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year Award! Sam’s endless amount of talent and passion for the music shines through his live performances.
The Special Guests for this performance is Fort Collins own, The Holler. The Holler’s “ folkadelic” sound was recently voted “ Best Bluegrass Band 2011” by the Fort Collins Music Association Peer Awards and will be sharing their musical taste of rock n’ roll, bluegrass, drums and mandolin.
Find more information on tickets and park&ride shuttle schedules at themishawaka.com.
The 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Fair is almost here!
On September 17th & 18th the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association will host the Fair at Legacy Park in Fort Collins. The Sustainable Living Fair is full of educational resources on renewable energy, alternative transportation, sustainable agriculture, green building, natural health, environmental & social responsibility, local economies and more. The Fair is an event for the whole family full of workshops, exhibitors, beer gardens, local food, natural health & healing and so much more.
The Festival Mainstage features live music from local groups:
- Ram Nation Native American Drum
- Fale’ – African Fusion Drum and Dance
- Musketeer Gripweed
- The Holler
Vincent Burkardt, host of KRFC’s Rhythms of Youth, will moderate a mainstage discussion about sustainability between two generations: Alec Loorz, a 17 year old environmental hero and Sheryl Lee, actress turned Earth-healer. 2:00 pm Sat.
- Tom Plant – former director of the Governor’s Energy Office
- Alec Loorz – Kids vs. Global Warming
- Sheryl Lee – Actress and healthy living and healing enthusiast
- Lori Ryker – Author of Off the Grid
- Shannon Hayes – farmer and autor of Radical Homemaders
Other mainstage attractions include 10:00 am Morning Yoga, Mama Said Sew Fashion Show, Awards Presentations, and Belly Dancing.
This 2- day event will kick off with a Blue and Green Ball on Friday September 16th at the Center for Fine Art and Photography. This chartable gala encourages you to wear re-fashionable blue & green attire and support the Sustainable Living Fair. There will be special guests, live music and hand crafted-brews and wine. More information is available online at sustainablelivingassociation.org.