Video: Interview with Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers. An Untraditional Road To Fame.

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Carri Wilbanks with Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers.

Carri Wilbanks with Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers.

I recently caught up with Lumineers cellist and Denver resident Neyla Pekarek, who took a less than traditional road to fame: answering a Craigslist ad.

Neyla swears she doesn’t visit the website – which has a reputation for sketchiness – often, but she had just moved back in with her parents after finishing music school was desperate for any job that would get her out of the house and launch her career.

Fast forward to today, and things have taken quite a turn for the better. Pekarek now spends six and half weeks on the road at a time, playing sold out shows with the band and is still getting used to the fame and fast pace of her new life.

“It’s been a crazy year,” she said.

But despite her travels, Pekarek still calls Denver home. Not only is the city convenient to both coasts, which makes touring easier, she prefers the local scene over bigger cities.

“It’s an amazing scene that we have here and I hope it continues to grow,” she said. “In Denver everybody kind of helps each other out. I’ve been to other cities and it seems a little more cutthroat. People are working against each other instead of with each other.”

So what’s it like to play a sold out show in your own hometown? According to Neyla, it’s pretty amazing. She especially loves playing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which she referred to as a “magical place.” And she’s even spotted people she knows in the crowd while on stage.

But it’s not all business for Neyla when she’s home. When she’s not practicing or on stage, you’ll find her eating comfort food at Steuben’s, hanging out at Vine Street, or visiting her old workplace, Duo Restaurant.

So what’s next for Neyla and the Lumineers? Neyla says she’s planning to keep having fun with her career, not taking it for granted, and continuing to remember why she does it.

“We just want to continue making music together and enjoying each other’s company.”

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Chance To Win: Food Fight 5K – Denver

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Food Fight 5K – Denver

Chance to win: An Entry to the Food Fight 5k In Denver.

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 3. Email carri@catchcarri.com and tell her your favorite way to stay active. (Emails kept private and are used so we can notify the winners).

Do you like to get a little messy? Ever dreamed of being a part of a giant food fight? Then the latest 5K event coming to Denver might be up your alley. Color runs, zombie runs and beer runs are fun and all, but the Food Fight 5K fun run is in a whole new category of wild.

The Food Fight 5k, which bills itself as “the messiest 5K in the US,” is a five-kilometer, untimed race in which thousands of participants basically join together in one great big food fight. At each kilometer, runners are covered from head to toe in different foods, from spaghetti & sauce (yuck!), mashed potatoes (ew), chocolate and flour. But don’t worry, they’re not sending you home covered in slime. The last kilometer ends with the “Human Car Wash” cleaning station. You’ll get clean, cool down and revitalize before the Finish Festival (where you get to actually EAT some food).

Now all that might seem like a GIANT waste of food – but it’s actually quite the opposite.  You’re not going to be throwing real “food” – it’s a mixture of corn starch, water and non-toxic food dye. The Food Fight 5K has a lofty goal of raising more than 7,000 cans of food for a local charity in each city that they visit. The 5K was created by Colorado residents, so it’s only fitting that they kick off their tour in Denver with all proceeds going to Food Bank of the Rockies. The food-themed items that are being tossed at runners are non-toxic and corn starch based.

The Food Fight 5K is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park (100 Chopper Cir, Denver, CO 80204). Registration is required, click here to sign up!

Food Fight 5K - Denver

Food Fight 5K – Denver

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Denver Runs For Beer In 2014

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Denver runs for beer in 2014

Chance to win an entry to Rocky Mountain Brew Runs!

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 2. Email carri@catchcarri.com and tell her why you stay fit and which race you would like to be entered to win!  (Emails kept private and are used so we can notify the winners).

 Beer and running just naturally go together. Am I right, or am I right? Lucky for us, Rocky Mountain Brew Runs is giving runners what they have been “thirsting” for for years: combining Colorado’s favorite past times of social running and an ice cold brew.

There are over 70 running clubs in the state and multiple fun runs and competitive races to choose from every weekend of the year.

Colorado is also home to a culture of people who love a good beer.  We host over 20 (and counting beer festivals) across the state and over 140 craft breweries.

Rocky Mountain Brew Runs has partnered with some of the best microbreweries in the state to provide fun, laid back events launching in April 2014.

The events are untimed social fun runs that all start and end at a local front range microbrewery.  Included in the $25 registration fee is a free beer and at select breweries a pint glass or other signature swag, live music and delicious grub from local food trucks.

Rocky Mountain Brew runs will tour 10 microbreweries and runners that register for a “6 pack”  (committing to 6 of the 10 brewery runs) will receive a $20 discount off registration and also a brewery passport to track the breweries they visit and brews they try.

Remember to enter the contest (see details above) for a chance to win

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Denver runs for beer in 2014

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Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

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Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

In December of 1956, rock and roll history was made. That’s when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley had a spontaneous jam session together in Memphis, TN. Luckily, someone in the sound booth hit record… because the evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in all of history.

The recordings have been turned into a show now playing at Denver’s Buell Theater. Million Dollar Quartet will take you inside the studio with music portraying these legendary characters and featuring a score of timeless rock hits like “That’s All Right” and “Ring of Fire.” Just try to resist tapping your toes to “Blue Suede Shoes” or showing off some moves when you hear “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” This show is about great music, plain and simple. But there is some drama and a few plot twists that hold the audience’s attention throughout.

Grab your tickets now for the national tour of Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet, a high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll-inspired show that will be at Denver’s Buell Theatre through March 9 only.  At only $20 per ticket, this Tony award-winning show had the audience on its feet most of the night and was worth every penny.

Carri’s Catch: Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind Hard Rock International Memorabilia displayed in the lobby of the Buell Theatre. The cases contain priceless items such as Jerry Lee Lewis’ paisley velvet jacket, Elvis Presley’s long brown suede trench coat, Johnny Cash’s Natural 1971 Martin D-35 guitar and Carl Perkkins’ Blue Gibson ’96 Country Gentleman electric guitar.

Million Dollar Quartet performance dates are Tuesday to Sunday at 7:30 PM, and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM. For tickets, visit denvercenter.org.

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

Video: Million Dollar Quartet at Denver’s Buell Theater

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Catch Carri on USA Today Filming at Infinite Monkey Wine Theorum

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Here is the latest video featuring Denver’s Infinite Monkey Theorum 

Catch Carri on USA Today Filming at Infinite Monkey Wine Theorum

Catch Carri on USA Today Filming at Infinite Monkey Wine Theorum

When you think of a winery, what comes to mind? Chances are, you’re envisioning rolling hills, spacious vineyards and elegant tasting rooms. But you’ll find none of that at Infinite Monkey Theorum, a unique urban winery that opened in 2008 and has grown into a popular destination for locals in Denver, Colorado.

“We want you to judge the wine on its merits, and not on its surrounding meadows,” explained owner Ben Parsons. “You don’t see Tuscan-style facades on the walls.”

Instead you’ll find a gritty, edgy, graffiti-displaying setting at this winery in the blossoming RiNo Art District of Denver. Infinite Monkey Theorum is the epitome of counter culture in winemaking, and the city embraces it: Denverites love to consume locally-made, high quality products regardless of their surroundings.

Catering to its audience, Infinite Monkey Theorum’s goal is to make delicious wine accessible to more people, including outdoor adventurers. They produce wine in bottles, kegs and even cans, which are ideal for drinking on the go. They’re single serve and weigh a whole lot less than a traditional glass bottle.

On a Thursday or Friday night, you might find about 100 locals hanging out and enjoying the top-rated wine in the low key, laid back atmosphere of Infinite Monkey Theorum’s tap room/wine lab.

 

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