Newt’s summer concert series, Rock & Rails, kicks off the 2022 season on June 2 with acclaimed local guitarist Kevin Dooley opening at Funkiphino in Whistle Stop Park, located at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Murray Street. Satir DeMarco, who has booked bands for the Niwot Summer Concert series since its inception in 2006, has announced the lineup.
Funkiphino is a 13-member band, based in Longmont, that performed in Washington, D.C. for the 55th Presidential Opening Ceremony in 2005. Their website states, “The 13 members of this high-energy funk band spit out explosive horn lines, old-fashioned members’ voices The school is in Hammond, pumping up the bass with intoxicating vocal harmony.”
Dooley has performed all over Niwot in the past, including most recently at Niwot Wheel Works.
New to this year’s headline list will be Atomga, the group’s Afrobeat fusion dance party, on June 9. Singer-songwriter Danny Schaeffer, who also performs at Newt’s Frequently, will open.
Mojomama, which includes several local musicians, returns to take the stage on June 16, with the opening of the popular Wendy Woo.
The Motown group, One on One, returns June 23 with the sounds of The Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, and many more. The Strangebyrds, Cari Minor, and Ray Smith are back in town to unlock One on One.
On June 30, singer-songwriter Taylor Shay, backed by RD, opened Tierro Band with Bridget Law, also back to co-star. Tierro’s band is made up of the founding members of Elephant Revival, and describes their music as “Gypsy Grass”. According to the website, “This super ensemble has captivated audiences of all kinds with its unique style of Gypsy Grass. A wide-open bluegrass violin bolstered by the sounds of gypsy guitars and a mix of global rhythms that pump blood and move feet.”
Chris Daniels and Kings are back with Freddy Judy, one of Colorado’s most popular bands, on July 7. Daniels and his band have been back since 1984 when they debuted on The Blue Note in Boulder. Since then, they have been inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame and have performed with Garth Brooks, BB King, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Joe Walsh, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Oates, The Lumineers, Uncle Kracker, Blues Traveler, and the Neville Brothers And many others.
Singer-songwriter Mark Oblinger will open on July 7. Oblinger is a multi-talented man, from touring nationally (Pure Prairie League, Firefall), to composing for TV (Oprah), to Emmy Award winning (The Big Green Rabbit) and co-writing/producing Grammy-nominated Children’s Jazz Symphony (JumpinJazz) Kids – “A Swinging Jungle Tale”).
Sammy Mayfield Blues Band introduces July 14, with Longmont’s Tim Ostdiek and Jenny opening. Mayfield has been playing blues music since the 1960s, while Ostdyk is a veteran of rock and rails and has performed at many other Newt venues.
July 21 The Eagles’ band, The Long Run, returns to Newt for another popular show. Newt’s most famous musician, Pete Wernick, also known as Dr. Banjo, was opened by his wife Joan Wernick. Pete Wernick was one of the founding members of Hot Rize, the popular bluegrass touring band with alter ego, Red Knuckles and Trailblazers. The Emmy-nominated artist is also known for his performance on The Letterman Show with Steve Martin and Earl Scruggs, among others, in a group called “Men With Bangs Who Know How To Use Them.”
July 28 brings country and southern rock band Twenty Hands High to Newt. Dean Himes of Gunbarrel, a famous artist around Niwot will open.
Last Men on Earth, featuring Newt resident Mike Holopeck and Newt high school alumnus Lawrence Jenkins and Mark Trebinsi, returns August 4, with Good Music Medicine and Thomas Dow opening.
On August 11, The Face, a full-fledged singing group, returned to Niwot, to perform for fans who have followed them for years. Face has performed at the Red Rocks, opening for such nationally known teams as Jon Bon Jovi, Manhattan Transfer, Culture Club & Boy George, and Barenaked Ladies. Opening for the face is All About the Brass, based in Longmont, and featuring Niwot High grad Katie Warren and Mike Pearce, both of whom are also members of the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band.
The following week, August 18, the popular salsa band, Quemando, reappeared in Niwot. Quemando is also performing at the Niwot Jazz Festival on June 25. Opening to Quemando is the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, fresh from their performance of the National Anthem at the Colorado Rockies game on July 29.
The summer party series ends on August 25th with perennial and group favorite Hazel Miller. Nalani (Cleset), a Newt High School graduate, will return to her hometown of Nashville to open up to her longtime friend, Hazel Miller.
Craig Cutcliff, who has handled the sound at every concert since 2006, is back to mix concerts once again this season.
The Rock & Rails Summer Concert Series is jointly run by the Niwot Cultural Arts Association and the Niwot Business Association. The event earned a Governor’s Award for Best Downtown Event in 2006 when it was run by Boulder Creek Events under the auspices of the Niwot Business Association.
Each concert features one or more nonprofit organizations as tip jar recipients. Last summer, tractor revenue raised more than $30,000 for 18 different causes. This year, the Niwot Business Association’s inaugural concert will benefit the Niwot Business Association’s Big Heart Marshall Fire Fund, which has now grown to more than $70,000 toward its $100,000 fundraising goal.
We urge those who attend concerts to consider walking or cycling as parking is limited. The Niwot High School girls’ volleyball team will once again offer free valet parking. Grooming tools will also be available for free, except for gratuities.
The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office will provide security for the event, which is free and open to the public. Pets are not allowed, and patrons are not permitted to bring alcohol to the event. Bootstrap Brewing will once again provide the majority of beer available for purchase in The Depot building, with Niwot’s Fritz Family Brewing beer as well. Wine and margaritas are also available for purchase with cash only.
This event is sponsored by several local businesses, as well as the local Niwot Improvement District. Opening shows begin at 5:00 pm, with headlines appearing on stage from 6:30 until 9:00 pm