Tag Archives: Estes Park Music

The Notchtop Cafe In Estes Park Was Rocking Last Night With The Cedar Avenue Blues Band!



The Cedar Avenue Blues Band from Denver had the whole place rocking at the Notchtop Cafe in Estes Park last night. Wow! What a fun night!

Their female vocalist was amazing, belting out those blues songs. The audience was really into it…stomping their feet, singing, dancing and enjoying the night! Another great night at The Notchtop Cafe with their Blues in the Rockies venue.

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Phil Got A New Taylor Guitar To Play The Blues Here In Estes Park!



One thing that Phil and I have in common is our love of music. He used to play in a rock ‘n roll band back in the 60s and 70s and 80s. Put that music on and we love to dance!

When we moved out to Estes Park he brought 3 of his guitars which he played occasionally. But you’d have to plug them in and get the amp out…it wasn’t what he wanted to do anymore.

So he started looking around for a new guitar. The month of January was fun in that we made many trips to Loveland and Fort Collins looking for that perfect guitar. Phil had decided that he wanted to learn how to play the blues. He is a big fan of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Mississippi John Hurt.

We ended up at Spotlight Music in Fort Collins where Phil played his first Taylor guitar. It was love at first sight. The problem was…there were two of them that he really liked. So he bit the bullet and got them both.

He had a question on one of them and so we drove back to Fort Collins to ask the owner, Rob. As he was checking out the guitar he saw a flaw on the neck. He had to send it back to the factory in California. Oh no!

We waited patiently for a couple of weeks for the new guitar to come in. And boy, it was worth the wait. When Rob took it out of the box, it was gorgeous!! Look at the back of this guitar. Amazing, isn’t it??

It’s been fun listening to Phil learn the blues from his teacher online. With practice, he’s getting quite good!


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The Notchtop Cafe In Estes Park Was Hoppin Last Night With Live Blues In The Rockies!!



It was standing room only again last night at the Notchtop Cafe here in Estes Park. Bad Brad and the Fat Cats put on quite a show while the audience was right there with them. It was foot-stomping fun while listening to some awesome “Blues in the Rockies” music!

The Notchtop’s next show is in 2 weeks on March 31st where they will feature Eric Boa and the Constrictors. He is the host of Oskar Blues Monday night blues jam in Longmont.

If you haven’t made it to the Notchtop’s Blues in the Rockies yet, mark your calendar for the next show on March 31st. You will not be disappointed!

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Celebrate Blues In The Rockies With Bad Brad And The Fat Cats At The Notchtop Cafe Tomorrow Night!



Get ready for some blues and fun at the Notchtop Cafe tomorrow night! Local band from Greeley, Bad Brad and the Fat Cats will be playing on the Notchtop’s second “Blues in the Rockies” night here in Estes Park.

Bad Brad & The Fat Cats are a group of young, driven musicians that play the Blues straight from their soul! With the tight rhythm section consisting of Daryl Cozzi holding it down on the drums, and Kevin Miles thumpin’ on the bass, combined with the intense guitar playing and powerful voice of “Bad Brad” Stivers, you will not believe what you are hearing! Hitting the Colorado Blues scene in 2010, “Bad Brad” assembled a top notch band and they have amazed every audience since! The Fat Cats are a force to be reckoned with and will thrill any crowd with Chicago style Funk and Blues mixed with lowdown, Delta style blues. This group has a raw passion for the Blues that is easily recognized by any group of listeners.

You’d better get there early as last time there was standing room only! And by word of mouth, this one should be a foot-stomping, blues boogieing night!

Owners Ronn and Michelle have cooked up a special Blues Menu especially for the Blues Nights, so come enjoy the music and try some of their delicious Blues Specials.

See you there!

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The Blues All Stars Photograph Enhanced And Awesome Here In Estes Park!



Phil was playing around on his iPhone with his pictures and decided to try to enhance one of the photographs of the Blues All Stars at their performance Saturday night at the Notchtop Cafe here in Estes Park.. This is the result….really cool, huh?

I just had to post it!

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The Blues All Stars Band Was Awesome Last Night At The Notchtop Cafe In Estes Park!



There was standing room only at the first “Blues in the Rockies” kick-off by the Blues All Stars at the Notchtop Cafe here in Estes Park last night!

The Blues All Stars were totally awesome as they cranked out blues tune after blues tune. They are a band from Denver who seemed to be having as much fun as the audience. And did they put on a show! Wow!

The next “Blues in the Rockies” performance at the Notchtop Cafe will be on Saturday, March 17th  featuring “Bad Brad and the Fat Cats” from Greeley, Colorado.

Don’t forget to come early to get a seat and eat before the show or enjoy the delicious food during the show. Owners, Ronn and Michelle, have their own “Blues in the Rockies” menu made especially for these shows. See you there!




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The Music At The Band, Brats & Beer Festival This Past Weekend In Estes Park Was Awesome!



The Bands, Brats and Beer Festival at Bond Park this weekend was a blast! The many bands were super!

I was reading about 17 year old Taylor Marvin and the Golden Boys Band and told Phil that we just had to go and hear them play on Sunday. Wow! They were just amazing! And to think that  Taylor is just 17 years old. Such stage presence! They played many of their own songs and then a few that we all knew. Their rendition of Amazing Graze knocked your socks off!

The band was on its way down to Golden, Colorado Sunday evening to compete in a Blues Band Contest. They were one of the final 8 bands who had made it that far. Whoever wins will  win tickets to compete in Tennessee for the world championship and be named the “Blues Band of the Year.”

The Taylor Marvin & The golden Boys Band was absolutely phenomenal. I said to Phil, “This is one band that someday I’m going to say, “I knew them when…!”


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Estes Park Offers Many Live Outdoor Concerts and Music In The Summer



If you want to listen to live music on a warm summer night, come to Estes Park. There are many concerts  and music during the week for everyone’s enjoyment. Performance Park offers concerts on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00, with many more on the weekends. Cowboy Brad and Kathy Fitch play at Bond Park on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:00. Barlow Plaza, next to Poppy’s and Mama Rose’s has music many nights of the week as well as Riverside Plaza behind Outdoor World on the Riverwalk.

Last night was a beautiful night. Phil and I decided to go down to Barlow Plaza on the Big Thompson River and listen to the music of Dick Orleans. Phil plays the guitar too, so it was fun to listen and watch. Dick delighted his audience with an array of different songs including many of our favorite’s by The Eagles.

It was a real treat when a lady in the audience stopped us to tell us how much she enjoys reading our Enjoy Estes Park Blog. Penni and her husband Rob come up from Loveland frequently to visit Estes Park. They just love it up here. It was fun to meet them and visit with them. Thank you, Penny!

From Barlow Plaza we headed down to Performance Park to listen to Chased in Concert. There were a  lot of people enjoying the music by the big rock ampi-theater.

If you look around or ask around, there is always something to do in Estes Park. The summer concerts and music are a lot of fun. It’s wonderful just to be outside, sitting next to the river, enjoying some good music on a warm summer evening in Estes Park!

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