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Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song
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Folks ’16: Ten Ways to Look at a Song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Last weekend’s Folks festival in Lyons CO (bluegrass.com/folks/lineup.html provided dozens of examples of how folk/songwriter-driven music has evolved but it made no attempt to define it. I couldn’t be there for the entire weekend but I was lucky to hear some songs and performances that have stuck with me and my brain since. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song
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Folks ’16: Songwriters reveal how to write your first real song

By JOHN LEHNDORFF This year’s Folks Festival is Aug. 19–21 in Lyons has sets set for Mavis Staples and a host of singer-songwriters (bluegrass.com/folks). I love talking to songwriters about how they came to write songs. The following is from the printed program from the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, August 16-18, 2013, in Lyons, CO. … Continue reading

Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words
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Folks ’16: A festival built for those of us who love to listen to the words

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (8/12/16)   As a writer, this is my favorite musical event of the year.  The Folks Festival is a great gathering of like-minded people who really care about lyrics, the beauty of words and the human voice and the power of words to address the human connection, to make us feel something. As … Continue reading

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants / Food and Cooking

Bread Man: Moxie’s Andy Clark rises to the occasion in Louisville

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (Boulder Weekly, 8/4/16 – Photos by Susan France) The word “moxie” means “force of character, determination or nerve,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The breads produced at Moxie Bakery are also pretty nervy. My favorite, the Algerian, is a deep brown crusty loaf with major chew and a tender inside with … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland
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Rockygrass ’16: Tales from the acoustic wonderland

https://johnlehndorff.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/rockygrass-16-guitar-gods-and-colorado-bluegrass-next-gen-style/ By John Lehndorff (7/29/16: 2 p.m. Lyons CO) – First there was Hot Rize. They took Colorado bluegrass values to  a national audience. It was very good, and Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, each bending Bill Monroe’s mashup of styles their own harmonic twist. The Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass, … Continue reading

Alfalfa’s Market:  Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce
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Alfalfa’s Market: Natural foods pioneer focuses on local produce

(This feature originally appeared in Produce Business magazine. Photos by Kim Long) By JOHN LEHNDORFF A giant rooster sculpture crafted from farm tools who goes by “Alfie” greets shoppers at the entrance to Alfalfa’s Market, an independent grocer blocks from the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado. On a hot Saturday afternoon in June the store … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a  stringed strength in numbers finale
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Rockygrass ’16: The Family Fleck and a stringed strength in numbers finale

By JOHN LLEHNDORFF (2:05 p.m 7/31/16 Lyons CO/ overcast with a chance a brilliance) – Saturday’s sets at the  44th annual Rockygrass Festival featured the return of many of the leading lights of this progressive bluegrass tradition fostered at Rockygrass over the past two decades. I first talked to Mark O’Connor backstage at Telluride when … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang
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Rockygrass ’16: After the yoga, drum-driven fusion and iconic twang

JOHN LEHNDORFF (3:07 p.m. 7/30/16 Lyons CO / Sunny with  a chance of more sun) – I missed the yoga session at 8 a.m. The fans on the field at the Rockygrass Festival pretty much knew when they wheeled the drum riser onto the stage that Tony Trischka and his band (above) probably weren’t going … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Rambling from Canada to Appalachia to New York
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Rockygrass ’16: Rambling from Canada to Appalachia to New York

By John Lehndorff (1:49 p.m. July 30, 2016: Lyons CO/ 88 degrees, cloudy, chance of twang) – The gates of Rockygrass swung open at Planet Bluegrass for the second day of the 44th annual gathering. The first one I attended was at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Hot Rize was there. Today’s array started with … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: The NOT bluegrass part
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Rockygrass ’16: The NOT bluegrass part

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (9:15 P.m.7/29/16 Lyons CO) – While the Steep  Canyon Rangers are onstage I’m backstage thinking about the last, rare set  by Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and Edgar Meyer. I’ve seen these guys play for 30 plus years delivering their virtuoso instrumental music that bears only a passing relationship to the stuff Bill Monroe … Continue reading

Rockygrass ’16: Guitar gods and Colorado bluegrass, next gen-style
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Rockygrass ’16: Guitar gods and Colorado bluegrass, next gen-style

By John Lehndorff (7/29/16: 2 p.m. Lyons CO) – First there was Hot Rize. They took Colorado bluegrass values to  a national audience. It was very good, and Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident and Yonder Mountain String Band, each bending Bill Monroe’s mashup of styles their own harmonic twist. The Infamous Stringdusters and Greensky Bluegrass, two … Continue reading

Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard
Colorado food / Food and Cooking / Food trends

Push your vegetable envelope with scallions, kohlrabi, fava beans and chard

By JOHN LEHNDORFF – (Boulder Weekly) This time of year I love sweet ripe tomatoes, freshly dressed lettuce and buttered roasted corn as much as any person can, but there really is more to life than a bowl of Colorado cherries. I watch folks ignoring the summer smorgasbord to focus on the mild, sweet favorites. … Continue reading

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress
Colorado food / Dining and Restaurants

Looking for far out fare in Colorado’s conservative Republican fortress

By JOHN LEHNDORFF During summer’s peak travel season I get variations on the same question from friends and sometimes strangers that go something like this:  “We’re driving south on I-25 to New Mexico. Is there any place to eat down there that’s worth getting off the interstate?” I don’t blame them. I made the same … Continue reading

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department
Eating / Food trends

Fresh approaches to tie-ins yield double rings in the produce department

By JOHN LEHNDORFF (From Produce Business magazine) – Produce sales tie-ins are not exactly a new idea. Historians report that merchants in marketplaces sold fruit right next to nuts, bread and other favorites to grab the ancient equivalent of a double-ring from customers. The question isn’t whether tie-ins help sell more fresh fruit – they … Continue reading

‘American as apple pie’ means it was invented elsewhere and came here as an immigrant
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‘American as apple pie’ means it was invented elsewhere and came here as an immigrant

(Happy July Fourth! This was written October, 2008): I believe in pie. My favorite food, bar none, is warm, fresh wild blueberry pie a la moded with good vanilla bean ice cream. But my faith transcends simple taste. When push comes to shove (as it so often does in life), I trust what lies within … Continue reading

2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals
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2016 Field Guide to Colorado’s coolest Summer Festivals

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Pondering the glut of must-go summer gatherings this summer across the state and trying to schedule a calendar and itinerary could require an app, not mention a calculator. From music festivals that include paddleboarding to barbecue competitions and Shakespeare under the stars, there seems to be a destination right for hipsters, families, … Continue reading

Kelly Liken embraces comfortable dining at her new Vail Valley eatery
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Kelly Liken embraces comfortable dining at her new Vail Valley eatery

  By John Lehndorff (From Vail Beaver Creek Magazine Summer ’16) Chef Kelly Liken is famous for creating delectable fine cuisine at her award-winning Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village. That tradition continues at her new place, Harvest by Kelly Liken, but she said she has put “fine dining” behind her. “Regardless of the price … Continue reading