Monthly Archives: February 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IAN BROWN, JAKE BUGG & More…

1941- Marty Sanders (guitarist w/ Jay and the Americans)   74 yrs.

Marty Sanders from Jay and the

1942- Brian Jones (multi-instrumentalist + founding member of The Rolling Stones; died in 1969)

Brian Jones performing on tv

1942- Joe South (singer/songwriter; worked w/ Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, + Aretha Franklin; died in 2012)

Joe South (born Joe Souter

1943- Donnie Iris (singer + guitarist w/ Wild Cherry; “Play That Funky Music”)  72 yrs.

Donnie Iris Tickets

Wild Cherry w/ Donnie Iris “Play That Funky Music” live video link here.

1945- Ronnie Rosman (member of Tommy James & The Shondells)  70 yrs.

Ron Rosman

1952- Eddie Manion (saxophone w/ Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes)   63 yrs.

Eddie "Kingfish" Manion

1957- Cindy Wilson (singer, musician + founding member of B-52’s)         58 yrs.

B-52’s w/ Cindy Wilson “Rock Lobster” video link here.

1957- Ian Stanley (keyboards w/ Tears For Fears)    58 yrs.

Ian Stanley

Tears For Fears w/ Ian Stanley “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
live video link here

1957- Phil Gould (drummer w/ Level 42)   58 yrs.

brother Boon did then Phil

Level 42 w/ Phillip Gould “Something About You” video link here.

1966- Ian Brown (singer w/ The Stone Roses)    49 yrs.

Photo Gallery: Ian Brown

The Stone Roses w/ Ian Brown “Love Spreads” video link here.

1971- Nigel Godrich (Grammy winning recording engineer + producer; worked w/ Radiohead)    44 yrs.

Nigel Godrich

1994- Jake Edwin Kennedy a.k.a. Jake Bugg (singer/songwriter)   21 yrs.

Jake Bugg fans - Follow me!

Jake Bugg “Two Fingers” live video link here.

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

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE HEATS UP THE AGGIE!!

On Thursday night, despite snow and freezing temps., I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins. Karl Denson is a soul-funk singer and saxophone slinger, who also plays a pretty sweet flute. Besides his own band, Karl used to play with Lenny Kravitz, has been with Greyboy Allstars for two decades and most recently, toured internationally with the Rolling Stones. Karl’s Tiny Universe has been together for around fifteen years, with mimimal line-up changes. Besides having a bunch of original tunes, Karl D. is not above throwing his talents on some souped-up covers. In the past Karl and company have pulled-off tribute shows to the Beastie Boys, but on this night, the theme was ‘RUN DMC Remixed’ with the help of Roosevelt Collier and Vokab Kompany.  

When I arrived, around 9 p.m., the opener had finished and the place was close to a quarter full. When Karl D’s Tiny Universe hit the stage, they were dressed to the nines in matching suits, along with guest pedal steel player, Roosevelt Collier. I was a little surprised when they took-off with the classic sounds of “The Power Of Soul” that was only enhanced by Karl’s enthusiasm. They got funky for the ladies, before playing a DJ Williams original “Monk Strap” that had Karl on flute. Then the band went head-long into a smoking version of Traffic’s instrumental masterpiece “Glad”. Reggae music got a nod with “Mighty Rebel” and after one more funky number, the band left the stage, promising to come back.

They strolled back on stage, all dressed in red Adidas sweat suits, Kangol hats and, of course, Adidas sneakers. The band was joined by two guys in black Adidas suits, who made their presence known, as the set began with a natural flow on “Peter Piper”. Karl D. took over vocals for the old blues holiday number, “Backdoor Santa”, which found its way into RUN DMC’s a crowd pleasing “Christmas In Hollis”. The remix concept became more apparent when a fast “Tricky” was laid over top the music of “In Cars” by Gary Numan. There was no way that they could have gotten by without doing a bad-ass version of “King Of Rock”, with Karl lending some soul vocals. “Illin” was performed over the sounds of “Roxanne” by The Police. After a brief soulful vocal by Karl, the Vokab Kompany did the appropriate “My Adidas” that was set over a John Scofield-esque jazz jam and was followed by “It’s Like That”. The fun of “Mary Mary” was backed by the band and a sax led rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, which also included some scorching guitar by DJ and Roosevelt. The group ended their set with the rocking vibe of “Walk This Way”, which found bassist, Chris Stillwell, channeling his inner- Steven Tyler on vocals. After much cheering, the guys came back out and backed the Vokab Kompany on one of their originals.

Great Show!! Unbeknownst to me, I first saw Karl Denson backing Lenny Kravitz, over twenty years ago. I have seen him several times since then, in different capacities, and have always been blown away by his incredible talent. The first set was a little unexpected, but amazing and the addition of Roosevelt Collier on pedal steel was worth the price of admission alone. The second set, was a perfect mix of RUN DMC hits and a couple lesser known cuts. Vokab Kompany are quite impressive with their knowledge of the lyrics and their perfect flow, not to mention being clear and concise with their delivery of the material. This group is playing tonight at the Boulder Theatre and tomorrow night at the Belly Up in Aspen. If you are anywhere near these cities in the next two days, I would highly suggest that you check them out. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEAL SCHON, PAUL HUMPHREYS & More…

1948- Eddie Gray (guitar w/ Tommy James & The Shondells)          67 yrs.
No Photos Available.

1954- Neal Schon (guitarist w/ Journey; former member of Santana)       61 yrs.

Neal Schon

Journey w/ Neal Schon “Stone In Love” live video link here.

1957- Adrian Smith (member of Iron Maiden)     58 yrs.

Adrian Smith

Iron Maiden w/ Adrian Smith “Run To The Hills” live video link here.

1960- Paul Humphreys (half of Orchestral Manoeuvres  In The Dark)        55 yrs.

Paul Humphreys

O.M.D. w/ Paul Humphreys “If You Leave” video link here.

1964- Derek McKenzie (member of The Shamen)  51 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1971- Rozonda Thomas a.k.a. Chilli (singer w/ TLC)   44 yrs.

Chilli of TLC took action

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 3/03: BRANDI CARLILE, MODEST MOUSE & More…

There is a pretty extensive list of new releases coming out this Tuesday, but it was fairly simple to eliminate many mediocre releases. The list is a little shorter than the last couple of weeks, but it includes new albums from Brandi Carlile, Modest Mouse, Asleep At The Wheel, Of Montreal, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and more.

  • Andrew Combs- “All These Dreams”
  • Asleep At The Wheel- “Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills & His Playboys”
  • Ata Kak- “Obaa Sima”
  • Bala Brothers- “Bala Brothers Live”
  • Brandi Carlile- “The Fire Watcher’s Daughter”
  • Ecid- “Pheromone Heavy”
  • Gateway Drugs- “Magick Spells”
  • Kaki King- “The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body”
  • Lilly Hiatt- “Royal Blue”
  • Modest Mouse- “Strangers To Ourselves”
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds- “Chasing Yesterday”
  • Of Montreal- “Aureate Gloom”
  • Ryan Culwell- “Flatlands”
  • Swervedriver- “I Wasn’t Born To Lose You”
  • Tuxedo- “Tuxedo”
  • Various Artists- “Immortal Randy Rhoads- The Ultimate Tribute”
  • Young Buffalo- “House”

These are the new albums coming out this Tuesday. As usual, I will pick one of these new releases to review, so check back on Wednesday to read the review. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FATS DOMINO, JOHNNY CASH & More…

1928- Antoine “Fats” Domino (singer, songwriter, pianist, bandleader: “Blueberry Hill”)
87 yrs.

Fats Domino - Wikipedia

Fats Domino “Ain’t That A Shame” video link here.

1932- Johnny Cash (country singer/songwriter/ T.V. show host; died in 2003)

Johnny Cash Remixed

Johnny Cash “I Hung My Head” video link here.

1945- Bob “The Bear” Hite (vocalist, harmonica player w/ Canned Heat; died in 1981)

Bob Hite | Tumblr

Canned Heat w/ Bob Hite “On The Road Again” live video link here.

1950- Jonathan Cain (keyboard player w/ Journey)     65 yrs.

Keyboardist, Jonathan Cain

Journey w/ Jonathan Cain “Don’t Stop Believin” live video link here.

1953- Michael Bolton (singer; “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”)
62 yrs.

That's why.

1968- Tim Commerford (bassist w/ Rage Against The Machine; member of Audioslave)      46 yrs.

Tim-Commerford-3.jpg

Rage Against The Machine w/ Tim Commerford “Bulls On Parade”
live video link here.

1971- Erykah Badu (R&B singer)     44 yrs.

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu “Tyrone” live video link here.

1979- Corrine Baily Rae (singer/songwriter)       36 yrs.

Main article: Corinne Bailey

Corinne Bailey Rae “Closer” live video link here.

1982- Nate Ruess (singer, songwriter, lead vocalist w/ Fun.)     33 yrs.

Nate Ruess of Fun.740

FUN w/ Nate Ruess “Some Nights” live video link here.

These are your birthdays for today, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE ELSE, WHO WAS BORN TODAY!!!! ENJOY!!!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!!!! ;-D

Album Review: JJ GREY & MOFRO RELEASE “OL’ GLORY”

There were a bunch of new releases worth careful consideration for review this week, but after sampling most of them, I came to one conclusion. JJ Grey & Mofro, always make soulful swamp rock that is soaked in bacon grease with a side of collard greens, so I figured it was a sure thing. I decided to check-out their latest album “Ol’ Glory” on Provogue Records, and find-out if my presumption about their music is correct.

There is something, classic soul about “Everything Is A Song”, which is only perpetuated by the ‘Hercules Horns’. It is a light-hearted walk down the sunny side of the street, with Grey’s vocals sounding more refined than in the past.

“The Island” has a distant porch sound, that permeates every note from the guitar. It is a pretty song about JJ Grey’s love for his home.

The music goes from the hopefullness of a sunbeam on your shoulder, to being drenched in sunlight, on “Every Minute”. The guitar made me think that Derek Trucks was playing on this one, if that is any indication of how impressive it is.

“A Night To Remember” has a swagger, like a night on Beale Street. There is some great organ work in there and some fatty bass lines. The lyrics are worth a close listen, too.

The southern soul of “Light A Candle”, includes some nice full harmonies. I love the lyric “is anybody out there, full of shit as me” and the deeply reflective nature of a comment like that.

“Turn Loose” is JJ Grey & Mofro at their funky best. This one reminds me of a few of their earlier dirt funk cuts from a decade ago.

There is some social consciousness on “Brave Lil’ Fighter” with its driving beat and classic sound. More great key playing makes this a stand-out in my book.

The band goes for some slower swamp soul on “Home In The Sky”. It is a good song, but doesn’t stand out above the others on this album.

“Hold On Tight” sounds like D’Angelo singing southern soul rock, with a lot of innuendos. The horns, the lyrics and scorching guitar send this track over the edge.

The poignance of “Tic Tac Toe” is apparent in every word that JJ sings, then belts out in the last minute.

The title cut, “Ol’ Glory” has a freshness of today and a timelessness that becons the idea of pairing Wilson Pickett and Archie Bell.

“The Hurricane” is stripped down with some bare well-controlled vocals. It has a slight build towards the end of the tune, but is generally, about JJ Grey’s voice and lyrics.

The bonus track is titled “Santa Claus, True Love & Freedom”, but don’t be fooled about the contents of this track. It is not a holiday, feel good song, but it is more about things that were easy to believe in, before….

 

 

KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE PERFORMING RUN DMC IN COLORADO!!!!

This weekend the super-funk and soul of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is bringing the old school sounds of Run DMC to the Rocky Mountain State. Karl Denson has been wowing crowds for over two decades with his prowess on the saxophone and with his soulful vocals. He began back in the early 90’s, playing with Lenny Kravitz on his first couple of albums. Karl was also a founding member of the soul-jazz outfit, Greyboy Allstars. Besides his three-piece jazz group and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, he has played with a who’s who of different bands. Most recently, Karl played internationally with the Rolling Stones. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has been able to put their spin on Beastie Boys, in the past, so with the help of Roosevelt Collier and Vokab Kompany, Karl D. should have no problem pulling off the Kings Of Rock, Run DMC. Check ’em out tomorrow night at the Aggie Theatre, Saturday at the Boulder Theatre, and Sunday night in Aspen. The band is also playing in Frisco on Friday, along with Roosevelt Collier.

                                            

To help hype the shows, I have included some links to video clips for Run DMC. Hope To See You There!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

“King Of Rock” here.

“Sucker MC’s” here.

“Beats To The Rhyme” here.

“Rock Box” here.

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. RALPH STANLEY, GEORGE HARRISON & More…

1927- Dr. Ralph Edmund Stanley (singer+banjoist w/ The Clinch Mountain Boys; received honorary doctorate of Music)        88 yrs.

Ralph Stanley.

Dr. Ralph Stanley live video link here.

1943- George Harrison (vocals + guitar w/ The Beatles; solo artist; member of Traveling Wilbury’s; died in 2001)

George Harrison

Traveling Wilburys w/ George Harrison “End Of The Line”
video link here.

1957- Stuart Wood (member of Bay City Rollers; “Saturday Night” + Bye Bye Baby”)                        58 yrs.

Bay City Rollers, Stuart Woody

1959- Mike Peters (guitar + vocals w/ The Alarm)       56 yrs.

Mike Peters of The Alarm.jpg

The Alarm w/ Mike Peters “Rain In The Summertime” video link here.

1971- Daniel Powter (singer/ songwriter)       44 yrs.

Daniel Powter

These are today’s birthdays, along with video links for some of the artists. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EVERYONE BORN TODAY!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICKY HOPKINS, MICHELLE SHOCKED & More…

1942- Paul Jones (singer, harmonica player, actor, radio presenter; member of Manfred Mann + The Blues Band)     73 yrs.

Paul Jones, front man from

Manfred Mann w/ Paul Jones “Do Wah Diddy” live video link here.

1944- Nicky Hopkins (session piano player; worked w/ Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who & more..; died in 1994)

Nicky and I were hardly bosom

1947- Lonnie Turner (bassist w/ Steve Miller Band)      68 yrs.

Steve Miller and Lonnie Turner

1959- Colin Farley (bassist w/ The Cutting Crew)      56 yrs.

Friday, November 20, 2009 Colin Farley 2nd from right

Cutting Crew w/ Colin Farley “One For The Mockingbird” live video link here.

1962- Michelle Shocked (singer/ songwriter)       53 yrs.

Michelle Shocked performs in

Michelle Shocked “Memories Of East Texas” live video link here.

1974- Chad Hugo (half of the music production/ writing duo The Neptunes)       41 yrs.

NEW YORK – Chad Hugo is

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!!!! 😉

Music To Hear 3/02 – 3/08: LARRY KEEL, BANYAN & More…

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/02/15

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Stand-Up Comedy’ @ 7 p.m. ; ‘Funk Jam’
@ 10 p.m.               FREE!!!!

Quixote’s True Blue*- Joey Porter’s Vital Organ         9 p.m.               $5

BOULDER AREA 3/02/15

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

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- ‘Open Stage’ w/ The Prairie Scholars
6-8 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/03/15

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Open Jazz Jam’ feat. The Pourhouse Jazz Trio            7:30 p.m.

DENVER AREA 3/03/15

Gothic Theatre*- The Church                 8 p.m.            $25.75-50

Quixote’s True Blue- ‘Open Stage’             8 p.m.

BOULDER AREA 3/03/15

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- ‘Bluegrass Pick’        8:30-11:30 p.m.

BOULDER AREA 3/04/15

Laughing Goat Coffee House- Purple Squirrel                 8 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/05/15

Avogadro’s Number*- ‘Grand Slam Dead Jam’        9 p.m.       FREE!!!!

DENVER AREA 3/05/15

Cervantes’ Otherside*- ‘Grass For That Ass’ feat. Whitewater Ramble ‘Pickin’ On Paul Simon’ w/ Chain Station + Lil Skoops feat. members of The Congress & Fox Street                  Free-$10

Ogden Theatre- Gregory Alan Isakov w/ Mandolin Orange          8 p.m.
SOLD OUT!!!!

Summit Music Hall- Kongos w/ Sir Sly + Colony House           $22.50-25

BOULDER AREA 3/05/15

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/06/15

Aggie Theatre*- Dead Floyd w/ Rocktin Grove                    $10           21+

Avogadro’s Number- No Fences, Waylon Willies + Matt Skinner Band
$7

Hodi’s Half Note- Moon Hooch w/ James & The Devil           $10-17

DENVER AREA 3/06/15

Bluebird Theatre*- Yamn w/ Dynohunter + Home        $5-12

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- Animal Collective (DJ Set)       $15-20

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Larry Keel’s String Mountain Revival feat. Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band), Ben Kaufman (Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon) & Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) w/ Gipsy Moon                 $10-18

Ogden Theatre- Datsik w/ Etc! Etc!, Fox Stevenson + Twine
$20.75-26

Oriental Theatre*- Banyan feat. Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Willie Waldman (Snoop Dogg), Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal) & Tony Franklin w/ Chance Trio       $20

Quixote’s True Blue*- California Voodoo (Widespread Panic tribute)
9 p.m.                $15

Summit Music Hall- Kongos w/ Sir Sly + Colony House          $22.50-25

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- David Wilcox           8 p.m.         $30-32

BOULDER AREA 3/06/15

Dickens Opera House (Longmont)- Lola Black w/ Smack Factor + Scar Light          8 p.m.               $11

Fox Theatre- Zion I  w/ Los Rakas + Locksmith          $18-22

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Makeshift Funk Band
8-11:30 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Gasoline & Lollipops           8-11 p.m.

St. Julien*- Whitewater Ramble        6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tasty Weasel* (Longmont)- Lionel Young           4:30-6:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/07/15

Aggie Theatre*- Gipsy Moon w/ Lineage Music Project          FREE!!!!   21+

Avogadro’s Number- Spellbinder Reggae & Roots Massive         $5

Everyday Joe’s- ‘fortUke’           9:30 a.m.

Monroe’s Lounge (Loveland)- ‘Piano Bar Saturdays’              8 p.m.

Swing Station (LaPorte)- Tyler T               9 p.m.                   $5

DENVER AREA 3/07/15

Bluebird Theatre*- Analog Son ‘Album Release’ w/ Nigel Hall (Nth Power) & Jason Hann w/ Atomga + Abstract Collective        $12-15

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- Zion I w/ Los Rakas, Locksmith, Proximity, Jack Flash + Babah Fly              $17-20

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Larry Keel’s String Mountain Revival feat. Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band), Ben Kaufman (Yonder Mountain String Band), Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon) & Bridget Law (Elephant Revival) w/ Caribou Mountain Collective                 $10-18

Gothic Theatre*- Robert Randolph & The Family Band w/ Fox Street
9 p.m.             $19.98-30

Herman’s Hideaway*- Otis Taylor Band w/ Hornbuckle, Mile High Express + Buckner Funken Jazz             $15

Larimer Lounge- Moon Hooch w/ Crystal Ghost + Today’s Paramount
$10

Ogden Theatre- Datsik w/ Etc! Etc!, Fox Stevenson + Twine         9 p.m.
$20.75-26

Quixote’s True Blue*- California Voodoo (Widespread Panic tribute)       9 p.m.              $15

Soiled Dove- Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) w/ Flamenco Underground                  8 p.m.               $23-26

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- David Wilcox             8 p.m.          $30-32

BOULDER AREA 3/07/15

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- Danny Shafer & Chris Ramey          7:30-10 p.m.

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Rocktin Grove
8-11:30 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew* (Lyons)- New Family Dog feat. Sally Van Meter                  8:30-11:30 p.m.

DENVER AREA 3/08/15

Quixote’s True Blue*- California Voodoo (Widespread Panic tribute)
4 p.m.            $15

BOULDER AREA 3/08/15

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

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Kort McCumber       6-9 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew (Lyons)- Tiffany Christopher Band
6-9 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- The Prairie Scholars         3-5 p.m.

The list of shows around the area is not as long for the first week of March, as several of the weeks prior, but there is still some great music to hear along the Front Range. Now that winter is here, for real, you may have to be a little more picky about the shows you get out for, but still, get out!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉