Monthly Archives: January 2019

Joe Cocker’s Mad Dog Ranch: the late singer’s home sweet home in Colorado

Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, CO

The architect John D. Kelley designed Joe Cocker’s 16,000 square feet home situated on 243 acres. The property sold in 2017 for $3.875 million

I’ve been a fan of Joe Cocker’s music since Leon Russell produced  “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” in 1970, so this assignment from Colorado Expression magazine to write about the late singer’s Colorado estate was a high note.

“We can safely assume that the British Blues-rocker Joe Cocker sang in the shower at Mad Dog Ranch,” I wrote. “Yet the home was intentionally designed without a music studio, according to the gritty-voiced Grammy-winner’s widow, Pam Cocker. Her favorite place in the mansion was the library.

The architect John D. Kelley’s primary influence was Glencraig, an estate in Newport Rhode Island, designed in 1926, by Harrie Lindenberg.

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Mile High City ups ante on corporate events: new venues, creative menus

Denver Business Journal's Corporate Events Guide

Denver Business Journal assigned me to write articles for their Corporate Events Guide, and I was impressed by the creative venues and menus.

Denver is stepping up the corporate party in the Mile High City with entertaining new venues and fresh menus. For my article “Throw a better party” in the Denver Business Journal’s Corporate Events Guide, I reported on five unusual venues including a repurposed airplane hangar and rooftop patios. I wrote, “In corporate events planning — as in real estate — one aspect prevails: location, location, location.”

I also reported on caterers with mouth-watering options for the multitudes, including people with dietary restrictions. My article “Dietary redistricting: Feeding the masses in a hot culinary market” emphasizes that Denver has shed its former cow-town meat-and-potatoes image in favor of a foodie destination. “Rubber chicken breast no longer cuts the mustard at corporate banquets,” I wrote, “and at business cocktail parties, predictable canapés are toast.”

 

 

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Chuck Morris: Colorado’s music man is a rock star of concert promotion

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Gregory Alan Isakov, one of hundreds of artists promoted by AEG Presents, performs at Red Rocks.    — Photo by Colleen Smith

 

Chuck Morris’s half-century career in the music industry is well documented.

So is his signature look with a laid-back wardrobe akin to Neil Young’s and a collection of eyeglasses to rival Elton John’s. A native New Yorker, Morris perhaps more than any other individual has struck chords in Denver’s live music scene, growing the concert market into one of the most vibrant in the nation.

I reported on Morris, who heads up AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, for the Denver Business Journal. For my article, I interviewed the former governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, and the founder/CEO of MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts) which owns Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, the largest outdoor concert venue in the region.

Having reported on live music for many years, I was interested to learn more about how the music business runs. “It’s not a science,” Morris said.

 

 

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Rob Decker’s posters feature national parks

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Rob Decker’s goal is to design posters honoring all the national parks of the United States of America, and he has an excellent start. I reported on Decker’s art for Colorado Expression magazine. If you enjoy the outdoors and Arts and Crafts era designs, you’ll appreciate his work.

To learn more about Rob Decker’s national parks posters, visit his website.

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Upping the ante on Mile High City corporate events

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Denver is stepping up the corporate party in the Mile High City with marvelous new venues and fresh approaches to catering. For the Denver Business Journal’s Corporate Events Guide, I reported on some unusual venues including a repurposed airplane hangar and rooftop patios. I also reported on caterers with mouth-watering options for the multitudes, including people with dietary restrictions.

To read the articles, click the links below:

Throw a better party: 5 unique events spaces in the Denver area

Dietary redistricting: Caterers up their game as Denver becomes a foodie destination

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Honored CEOs work hard and workout hard, too

When I interviewed three outstanding CEOs honored by the Denver Business Journal, I asked each about their work life, and also his or her workouts. Though these business leaders put in lots of hours at their jobs, they also make time to exercise, proving the old adage “sound body, sound mind.”

To read about these three CEO’s click the links below:

Maureen Hewitt leads InnovAge gracefully

 Dave DuPont’s TeamSnap has competitive edge

BlueSky aims high with CEO Kent Stemper  

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Outstanding women leaders honored by Denver Business Journal

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For the Denver Business Journal, I interviewed two women honored as Outstanding Women in Business. These inspirational woman manage to balance their personal and professional lives: one in tech and one in tea.

To read the articles, click the links below:

Sha Ma: Defining her own leadership style, one success at a time

Linda Appel Lipsius: Teed up for success through good works and savvy

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