Monthly Archives: March 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERB ALPERT, ANGUS YOUNG & More…

1934- Shirley Jones (singer, actress on The Partridge Family)   80 yrs.

Family”- Shirley Jones

The Partridge Family w/ Shirley Jones “Summer Days” video link

1937- Herb Alpert (trumpet + vocals w/ Tijuana Brass; co-founder of A&M Records)         77 yrs.

Alpert Herb - Herb Alpert

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass “Spanish Flea” video link

1946- Al Nichol (member of The Turtles)    68 yrs.  (no photo available)

1948- Mick Ralphs (guitarist w/ Mott The Hopple; “All The Young Dudes”) 66 yrs.

Mick Ralphs

1953- Sean Hopper (member of Huey Lewis & The News)       61 yrs.

Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis and

1955- Angus Young (guitarist w/ AC/DC; “Back In Black”)     59 yrs.

to start with Angus Young,

AC/DC w/ Angus Young “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Want To Rock N Roll)” video link

1958- Paul Ferguson (drummer w/ Killing Joke)         56 yrs.

File:Killing joke paris 02.jpg

Killing Joke w/ Paul Ferguson “Eighties” video link

1984- Jack Antonoff (guitarist w/ Fun.)       30 yrs.

Jack Antonoff has been working

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIC CLAPTON, TRACY CHAPMAN & More…

1942- Graeme Edge (drummer w/ Moody Blues)        72 yrs.

Graeme Edge of the Moody Blues

1945- Eric Clapton (guitarist, singer, songwriter; member of Cream + Derek & The Dominoes; solo artist)     69 yrs.

Prototypes "Eric Clapton"

The Allman Brothers w/ Eric Clapton “Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?” live video link from Crossroads 2013

1948- Jim Dandy Mangrum (singer w/ Black Oak Arkansas)      66 yrs.

singer Jim Dandy Mangrum,

Black Oak Arkansas w/ Jim Dandy “Hey Ya’ll” live video link from 1974

1950- Dave Ball (guitar w/ Procol Harum)       64 yrs.

Dave Ball in retirement (and

1950- Re Styles (guitar + vocals w/ The Tubes)      64 yrs.

Re Styles, The Tubes, 1971

1955- Randy VanWarmer (singer/songwriter; “Just When I Needed You Most”; died in 2004)

You Left Me Just When I Needed

1962- Stanley Kirk Burrell a.k.a. MC Hammer (hip-hop artist)  52 yrs.

How MC Hammer Went Bankrupt

1964- Tracy Chapman (singer/songwriter/guitarist)      50 yrs.

Tracy Chapman was born in

Tracy Chapman “Crossroads” video link

1968- Celine Dion (singer)        46 yrs.

Celine Dion Cancels Shows,

1973- Adam Goldstein a.k.a. DJ AM (worked w/ Blink 182, Madonna + Will Smith; died in 2009)

DJ AM. Details. Career

1976- Mark McClelland (co-founder + bassist w/ Snow Patrol; quit in 2005)         38 yrs.

bassist Mark McClelland

1979- Norah Jones (singer/pianist/guitarist/songwriter; daughter of Ravi Shankar)  35 yrs.

Picture of Norah Jones

Norah Jones “Long Way Home” live video link

These are today’s birthdays, as well as video links to a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Music To Hear: BOOKER T. JONES, THE WERKS & More…3/31-4/06

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/31/14

Hodi’s Halfnote- Free Comedy @ 7 p.m. ;’Funk Jam’ presents Pink Floyd @ 9:30 p.m.    Free-$5

Lincoln Center- An Evening with Garrison Keillor     7 p.m.  $45-120

BOULDER AREA 3/31/14

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Electric Blues Jam       7:30- 10 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/01/14

Avogadro’s Number- Open Mic feat. Charlie Milo Trio

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Guttermouth w/ In The Whale, Nasty Bunch Of Bitches, Potato Pirates      $10-15

DENVER AREA 4/01/14

Walnut Room- Dan Bern w/ Gregory DeGroat    7 p.m.    $10-13

BOULDER AREA 4/01/14

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Tuesday Open Mic’     7 p.m.

Etown Hall- Blitzen Trapper + Sea Wolf (live radio show taping)  7 p.m.  $22.09

Laughing Goat- AZTeC     8 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Bluegrass Pick    8-11 p.m.

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’      10 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/02/14

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Bluegrass Jam’     8 p.m.

Hodi’s Halfnote*- Jimkata w/ Punch Drunk Munky Funk     $5-10

DENVER AREA 4/02/14

Armoury- ‘Hump Day Funk Jam’     10 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Bluebird Theatre- The Black Lips w/ The Coathangers  8 p.m.  $15.75

Cervante’s Otherside- Pnuckle w/ Jet West + Kindsight    $5-10

BOULDER AREA 4/02/14

Fox Theatre- Meat Puppets + Moist Boyz w/ special guests   $15-19

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Blues Jam’    10 p.m.

St. Julien Hotel- Kort McCumber    6:30-9:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/03/14

Aggie Theatre*- The Werks w/ Jet Edison + Genetics    $10

Avogadro’s Number- Matt Flinner Trio + Taarka     8 p.m.     $10

Hodi’s Halfnote- Pnuckle w/ Jet West    $5-10

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Leghounds w/ Mike Ring & The Connection + Primary People     $5-10

Cervantes’ Otherside- “Grass For That Ass” feat. Mallet Brothers Band w/ Ragged Union + Sweet Lillies      Free-$10

Fillmore Auditorium- Volbeat     7 p.m.   tickets starting @ $55

The 1 Up*– ‘Un-official Snowball Pre-Party’ feat. Jimkata w/ Sunsquabi (DJ set) + TNERTLE     $8-10

BOULDER AREA 4/03/14

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- ‘Thursday Open Mic      7 p.m.

St. Julien Hotel- Perpetual Motion    6:30-9:30 p.m.

 FORT COLLINS AREA 4/04/14

Avogadro’s Number- Poudre High Dixie Band + Poudre River Irregulars       3-7 p.m.     $10

Avogadro’s Number- Finnders & Youngberg    8:30 p.m.    $12

Road 34- The Matt Skinner Band w/ Blind Alley Troubadours

DENVER AREA 4/04/14

Bluebird Theatre*- Head For The Hills/ Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds       $21

Gothic Theatre- Gary Numan w/ Big Black Delta + Roman Remains          8 p.m.      $25.75- 75

Oriental Theatre- Frogs Gone Fishin’/ Selasee & The Fafa Family         8:30 p.m.       $8

Quixote’s True Blue*- Sam Holt Band/ Workshy/ Punch Drunk Munky Funk           $10

Soiled Dove*- Booker T. Jones      7 p.m.     $40-45

Soiled Dove*- Booker T. Jones      10 p.m.       $30-40

BOULDER AREA 4/04/14

Chataqua Auditorium- Rob Drabkin      7:30 p.m.     $12

CHUBurger (Longmont)- The Prarie Scholars      6-8 p.m.

Fox Theatre*- The Werks w/ Jet Edison      $13-17

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Bonnie & The Clydes         8:30- 11:30 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Troutsteak Revival              8:30- 11:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/05/14

Aggie Theatre*- Tycho w/ Real Magic + Christoper Willits       $15

Avogadro’s Number- Archie Funker      8 p.m.     $10

DENVER AREA 4/05/14

Bluebird Theatre- The Congress w/ Science Partner    $12-15

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- The Werks w/ Jet Edison +  Vine Street Vibes     $12-15

Gothic Theatre- Del The Funky Homosapien w/ Catch Lungs, Delasian + Russell Grande     $20

Herman’s Hideaway- Whiskey Tango w/ Digg, In Due Time, The Tickle Maya      8 p.m.        $7-20

Soiled Dove- Rush Archives + Zeppephilia    8 p.m.     $10

BOULDER AREA 4/05/14

Fox Theatre- Blue October w/ Architects    8 p.m.    $30-32

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- The Delta Sonics         8-11:30 p.m.

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- My Blue Sky (tribute to the Allman Brothers)       7:30 p.m.      $10

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Long Road Home   8:30- 11:30 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- The Prarie Scholars   4:30-6:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 4/06/14

Avogadro’s Number- “(In) Courage For Ann” w/ Liz Barnes + Hilary Scott      SOLD OUT!!!!

DENVER AREA 4/06/14

Bluebird Theatre- !!! w/ Rose Quartz (formerly Flash/ Lights), Rubedo    $20

Quixote’s True Blue*- Kung Fu w/ Malai LLama       $15

BOULDER AREA 4/06/14

CHUBurger (Longmont)- The McKay Brothers     5- 7 p.m.

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont) – Bluegrass Pick  12- 3 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Giddyup Kitty        6-9 p.m.

These are your shows for the week. There isn’t anything too exciting coming up over the next seven days, but there is plenty of good live music to hear this week. As usual, I have put an * behind the venue name for the shows I recommend. Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PERRY FARRELL, JOHN POPPER & More…

1943- Chad Allan (member of the Guess Who)      71 yrs.

Chad Allan Today

1943- Evangelos Papthanassiou a.k.a. Vangelis (“Chariots Of Fire”)          71 yrs.

Vangelis şarkı sözleri

Vangelis “Chariots Of Fire” video link

1946- Terry Jacks (singer/songwriter; “Seasons In The Sun”)      68 yrs.

Artist: Terry Jacks

1947- Bobby Kimball (vocals w/ Toto)      67 yrs.

Photo essay: Bobby Kimball,

Toto w/ Bobby Kimball “Africa” video link

1949- Michael Brecker (jazz saxophonist/composer)        65 yrs.

Michael Brecker

1956- Patty Donahue (singer w/ The Waitresses; died in 1996)

Patty Donahue of the American

The Waitresses w/ Patty Donahue “I Know What Boys Like” video link

1959- Perry Farrell (frontman w/ Jane’s Addiction + Porno For Pyros; mind behind Lollapalooza)        55 yrs.

Perry Farrell Merchandise

Jane’s Addiction w/ Perry Farrell “One Percent” live video link

1967- John Popper (singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player w/ Blues Traveler + John Popper Project)         47 yrs.

John Popper Born: 29-Mar-1967

Blues Traveler w/ John Popper “Most Precarious” video link

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

New Releases: LEON RUSSELL, THIEVERY CORPORATION & More… 4/01

I have to say that I am pretty pleased with several of the new releases for this week, I only wish they could have been spread over a few weeks, so I could review more than one. On Tuesday, there will be a healthy helping of bluegrass, tributes and music that is hard to explain, but certainly worth a listen.

  • Chevelle- “La Gargola”
  • Cloud Nothings- “Here & Nowhere Else”
  • Kaiser Chiefs- “Education, Education & War”
  • Leon Russell- “Life’s Journey”
  • Manchester Orchestra- “Cope”
  • Mike Dillon- “Band Of Outsiders”
  • Nickel Creek- “A Dotted Line”
  • Robert Cray- “In My Soul” (limited edition)
  • The Infamous Stringdusters- “Let It Go”
  • Thievery Corportation- “Saudade”
  • Timbre- “Hot Dreams”
  • Various Artists- “Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne”   (2 disks)
  • Various Artists- “This Is Your Life: A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio”

This is an impressive list of new releases set to come out on Tuesday. I have a pretty good idea of which one I will review, but know that there are more than a few that would be awesome choices. Check back on Wednesday to read my review of one of these new albums. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBA MCENTIRE, SALT & More…

1945- Chuck Portz (member of The Turtles)          69 yrs.

Chuck Portz came to Britain on

1948- John Evans (keyboards w/ Jethro Tull)       66yrs.

John Evan

1948- Milan Williams (keys, brass + guitar w/ The Commodores)  66 yrs.

Milan Williams

The Commodores w/ Milan Williams “Nightshift” video link

1954- Reba McEntire (country singer/actress)    60 yrs.

Reba McEntire on the set of

Reba McEntire “Fancy” video link

1965- Steve Turner (guitarist w/ Mudhoney)        49 yrs.

Steve Turner.jpg

Mudhoney w/ Steve Turner “Good Enough” video link

1969- Cheryl James a.k.a. Salt (Salt-n-Pepa)         45 yrs.

Tarsha Marshall - Hairstylist

1969- James Atkin (member of EMF; “Unbelievable”)   45 yrs.

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1976- Dave Keuning (guitarist w/ The Killers)       38 yrs.

The Killers Dave Keuning

The Killers w/ Dave Keuning “When You Were Young” video link

1986- Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta a.k.a. Lady Gaga (pop singer/ songwriter)     28 yrs.

Stefani Joanne Angelina

These are the birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH VAUGHAN, FERGIE & More…

1934- Sarah Vaughan (jazz singer; died in 1990)

File:Sarah Vaughan 1946

Sarah Vaughan “Tenderly” video link from 1958

1950- Tony Banks (keyboards w/ Genesis)     64 yrs.

Tony Banks

Genesis w/ Tony Banks “Invisible Touch” live video link

1953- Walter Stocker (member of Air Supply; “All Out Of Love”)  61 yrs. (No photos available)

1956- Paul Wickens (singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist; worked with Paul McCartney, Styx, David Gilmour & more…)               58 yrs.

paul wickens

1959- Andrew Farriss (multi-instrumenalist w/ INXS)      55 yrs.

Andrew Farriss

INXS w/ Andrew Farriss “Mystify” video link

1962- Derrick McKenzie (drummer w/ Jamiroquai)     52 yrs.

duo Derrick McKenzie and

1965- Johnny April (bassist w/ Staind)     49 yrs.

Johnny April of Staind during

Staind w/ Johnny April “Eyes Wide Open” live video link

1970- Mariah Carey (singer; 12 U.S. #1 singles)    44 yrs.

Pop star Mariah Carey,

1975- Fergie (singer/songwriter; vocalist w/ The Black Eyed Peas)      39 yrs.

Black Eyed Peas Singer Fergie

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for a few of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Album Review: EUFORQUESTRA Puts Out “FIRE” !!!

Euforquestra is a world beat band that has always had a penchant for music dwelling on the funk side. They were originally from Iowa City, IA., but relocated to Fort Collins a few years ago. I was a fan from day one and also had a deep appreciation for their love of The Talking Heads, not to mention their ability to do stellar renditions of those songs. After having listened to Euforquestra for the last few, the band is changing direction with the addition of Kyle Hollingsworth in the production room for “Fire”. Kyle, is the keyboardist for The String Cheese Incident and is no stranger to the studio. I have a feeling that Kyle’s influence will have some affect on the music and I am eager to find out what and how much.

The album opens with “The Price Is Right”, which has an immediately infectious groove. Lyrically, it is a little elementary, but the chorus inspires the party vibe, with some 70’s funk flavor.

The title track starts with typical bar sounds (talking, glasses, etc.) with a slower funky horn-infused sound. There is something that whispers toward Deep Banana Blackout.

“Instant Coffee” featuring Kyle Hollingsworth on keys, is a fun funky instrumental. Kyle picks his moments, but doesn’t overshadow the music.

“Road Funk” is another funky tune with a sound that is a little Stevie Wonder, a little Michael Jackson and a lot of jam. Yeah, it’s still white guys singing, but white guys with soul. 😉

“Moment #1” is a dubbish interlude that lasts less than a minute.

The band goes back to its roots with the reggae vibe of “Solutions”. It is a positive story with an encouraging message. Elliot Martin guests on this track with a reggae rap, which isn’t necessary and actually throws the flow that is already solid.

“Wasted” begins with more of a mellow afrobeat groove. The music is still promoting the dance party concept, that is evident throughout the album.

There is something about “Free” that is more of a funky jam than pure funk. The lyrics are okay, but again the chorus makes up for anything the song is lacking. The guitar work is exceptional on this cut.

“Moment #2” is a soulful break with a little guitar.

“Take Me Dancing” features Kim Dawson (The Motet) on vocals. Kim has a great voice and the song has a disco feel about it.

“Momo Lolo” automatically made me think of The Meters “Hey Pocky Way”, with its New Orleans drum-line sound, Dixieland swing and some bayou boogie to round things out. This is an impressive instrumental and really is a stand out on the album.

Once the lyrics planted themselves in my ears, I got a big grin from “64-18”. It is a reggae-ish tune with a topic that hits home with carborated impact. It refers to Fort Collins ban on medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits and then the big vote in November 2012 that got recreational marijuana legalized in Colorado. There is a little poke at opponents with the line “is funding your schools”.

“Moment #3” is another interlude with a psychedelic something.

“All The Light I Need” is an island song that has a little pinch of Jack Johnson tossed in. Slower love song for a beautiful coastal sunset.

Overall, “Fire” is a well-made piece of studio magic. The one difference is that Euforquestra seems to have become more of a funk band that throws world-beat influences in here and there. This isn’t necessarily bad or good, but it is different. The choice to have Kyle work on this album, seems to have been a good one. I think the guests were wise decisions, except for using Elliot Martin’s rap. Sometimes more is too much. I am looking forward to seeing them in Fort Collins @ Hodi’s on Friday 3/28. Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIANA ROSS, STEVEN TYLER & More…

1917- Rufus Thomas (R&B singer; “Do The Funky Chicken”; died in 2001)

Rufus Thomas

Rufus Thomas “Walking The Dog” live video link

1944- Diane Earle a.k.a. Diana Ross (singer w/ The Supremes; solo)        70 yrs.

diana-ross

1948- Richard Tandy (keyboards + vocals w/ Electric Light Orchestra)      66 yrs.

Picture - Richard Tandy

Electric Light Orchestra w/ Richard Tandy “Hold On Tight” video link

1948- Steven Tyler (multi-instrumentalist, singer w/ Aerosmith)  66 yrs.

Steven Tyler pic #305688

1949- Fran Sheehan (bassist w/ Boston)        65 yrs.

#BOS2190, Fran Sheehan on bass

1950- Teddy Pendergrass (soul singer; one time member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes; died in 2010)

Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass “Love TKO” live video link from London 1982

1957- Paul Morley (member of Art Of Noise; music journalist)  57 yrs.

Paul Morley (left) in 1980,Morley w/ Jerry

1968- James Jonas Iha (guitarist w/ Smashing Pumpkins)         46 yrs.

View Full Version: James Iha

Smashing Pumpkins “Rhinoceros” video link

1968- Kenny Chesney (country singer/songwriter)     46 yrs.

Kenny Chesney performs live in

These are the birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARETHA FRANKLIN, ELTON JOHN & More…

1938- Hoyt Axton (singer/songwriter/actor; wrote songs for Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, John Denver + more…; had his own hits; died in 1999)

actor Hoyt Axton - not her

1942- Aretha Franklin (“THE QUEEN OF SOUL”; had a hit w/ “Respect”)   72 yrs.

my first Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” video link

1947- Jack Hall (bassist w/ Charlie Daniels Band)      67 yrs.

Jack Hall (Wet

1947- Reginald Dwight a.k.a. Elton John (singer/songwriter/pianist; had biggest selling single of all time w/ “Candle In The Wind”)   67 yrs.

That show was Elton John,

Elton John “Country Comfort” live video link from 1971

1949- Nick Lowe (singer/songwriter/producer/solo artist; “Cruel To Be Kind”)         65 yrs.

Nick Lowe headlined the L2 on

Nick Lowe “So It Goes” video link

1960- Steve Norman (guitar + sax w/ Spandau Ballet)      54 yrs.

Steve Norman

1966- Jeff Healey (blind singer + guitarist; “Angel Eyes”; died in 2008)

Photo Gallery - Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey Band “All Along The Watchtower” live video link

1988- Ryan Lewis (producer/musician/ DJ)         26 yrs.

Ryan Lewis

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN ON THIS DAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉