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The first time artist Scramble Campbell visited Red Rocks was during a sold-out run of Widespread Panic performances in 2000. In that kind of atmosphere, he couldn’t help but do what comes naturally to him — painting the musicians live.

“I’d been traveling around to local shows in Florida and the rest of the country doing these live paintings,” he said. “I still do about 80 to 100 of these kinds of paintings a year. In the years since that first Red Rocks show, I’ve done more than 430 live paintings at Red Rocks.”

Every year, Campbell puts together a show of his works, and this year the 14th annual Scramble Campbell Red Rocks Art Experience will be on display at the amphitheater, 18300 W. Alameda Parkway in Morrison, through July 22. This exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., reopening during concerts until the end of the show.

The man himself will be available for tours and discussions, and he’ll also be painting at concerts through July 22.

“I like to shake up the exhibit based on who is playing a show,” Campbell explained. “When the Avett Brothers or Blues Traveler are playing, the exhibit features previous works I’ve done inspired by their performances.”

Red Rocks is unquestionably the best venue in the country, according to Campbell, and he sees what he does as a different kind of performance that nonetheless fits into the venue.

“I’m really an artistic and visual musician,” he said. “And there’s a visual thread of the venue that is part of every painting.”

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‘Daily Show’ correspondent stops by Comedy Works

If you’re a longtime watcher of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” like I am, you know how easy it is to get attached to correspondents, and one of the best in the current iteration of the show is Roy Wood Jr.

On the show, he’s the perfect blend of deadpan delivery and biting insight, and his stand-up comedy is just as hilarious. His most recent one-hour special is “Father Figure,” and I highly recommend it for a taste of his live show.

Roy Wood Jr. will be spending three evenings at the downtown Denver Comedy Works, 1226 15th St. on July 12 through 14. On Thursday the 12th, he’ll be performing at 8 p.m., followed the next two days with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Visit to get tickets.

Greenwood Village shows off talent of local artists

Colorado is home to many artists of unique talent and skill, and many of them won’t receive the wider recognition they deserve. That’s why smaller galleries and spaces are so crucial — they provide space for local artists to show their work.

This year marks the 35th annual All-Colorado Art Show on display at the Curtis Center for the Arts, 2349 E. Orchard Road in Greenwood Village, which gives area artists a chance to get their work out there. The exhibit takes place from July 14 through August 25, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14 from 6-8 p.m.

This exhibit was open to artists in all mediums, currently residing in Colorado, to apply. More than 60 artists will be represented in the show, which was juried by Greenwood Village resident and international artist Patricia Aaron.

For more information, visit

Clarke’s Concert of the Week — Counting Crows at the Pepsi Center

Growing up in the ‘90s meant there were some bands that were part of the musical atmosphere of the time. You’d hear them all the time on the radio, see them on MTV and shell out for tickets every time they came to town.

One of the better of these groups was the Counting Crows, and they’re hitting the road this summer in honor of 25 years of being a band.

The Counting Crows, along with ‘90s stalwart Live, will be stopping by the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18.

Over the years, the Counting Crows have released some excellent albums, but their 1993 debut, “August and Everything After” will always go down as their classic. Radio mainstays like “Mr. Jones” and “Rain King” are still in heavy rotation on stations like KBCO.

Go to for tickets to this great show.

Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached


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