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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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