Friday, June 5, 2009

Full Schedule of Live Bands for Rapids 4thFest Released

The Rapids have released the complete live acts schedule for bands performing at the club's annual 4thFest celebrations on Sat. July 4, both before and following the club's match vs. Chicago.

The Rapids will be providing live bands on a stage outside the south end of the stadium as part of the pregame festival, as well as a special post-game performance inside the stadium!

Performing outside the stadium in the pregame festival are:

Nina has worked with and opened for acclaimed artists such as Etta James, Sarah Bareillis, Johnny Lang, Sarah McLachlan, Patty Griffin, Joan Osborne, The Allman Brothers, INXS, Linda Rondstadt, Susan Tedeschi, Les Nubians, Jackie Greene, Rocco Deluca and The Subdudes. Nina’s new Album, "So Many Ways from:me to: you" is as she describes it, “21st Century Soul” - mashing old-school soul with an indie singer/songwriter edge.

For 50 years the Queen City Jazz Band has kept its focus on performing the great sounds of New Orleans-style Dixieland Jazz. The Queen City Jazz Band has become a Colorado musical institution and has been honored by the State Legislature, two governors, two mayors, and the Denver City Council for its cultural contributions.

One of the hottest and most unique 80's tribute bands in America. Consisting of some of Colorado's most well known musicians, they will dazzle you with their powerful sound and stage show. That Eighties Band plays all the great music that the decade has to offer. The end result is a show that any eighties fan is sure to love.

After the game, scheduled to appear on a specially-constructed stage inside the stadium, will be a special performance by one of Colorado's favorite hometown bands, "The Samples"!

were a band formed in Boulder, Colorado in early 1987. Their music has been described as "reggae influenced rock/pop" and a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead.The founding members were Sean Kelly (Guitar/Vocals), Andy Sheldon (Bass/Vocals), Charles Hambleton (guitar), Jeep MacNichol (Drums/Vocals), and Al Laughlin (Keyboards, Vocals). Their live shows helped them on the college circuit selling out venues in college towns across the country. Their records blended pop sensibility with a mix of folk, reggae, jazz, and rock to create their own signature sound. Sean Kelly, the featured songwriter, wrote songs about nature and the environment giving the band an "eco-friendly" reputation. The band headlined some of the H.O.R.D.E. tour shows in 1993 and 1996 and they shared the bill with big names such as The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, and Phish. On their own tours, many up and coming bands opened up for them including Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Lisa Loeb. The success included television performances on The Tonight Show and House of Blues.

The band last played together on New Year's Eve 2007, but the Rapids are bringing back The Samples for this groundbreaking reunion performance! Be there to experience the concert following the Rapids game and before the fireworks begin on the North side of the field at 9:00pm!

For more info on all of the club's entertainment planned for July 4, visit

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