Monthly Archives: April 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COL. BRUCE HAMPTON, WAYNE KRAMER & More…

1929- Johnny Horton (singer; “The Battle Of New Orleans”; died in 1960)

Johnny Horton “North To Alaska” live video link here

1943- Bobby Vee (singer; “Take Good Care Of My Baby”)    72 yrs.

1966. Bobby Vee The Night

1947- Col. Bruce Hampton Ret. (vocals, musician w/ Aquarium Rescue Unit, Fiji Mariners, The Codetalkers, The Quark Alliance + more)         68 yrs.

Also, if you look at all the

Col. Bruce Hampton, Retired “So Glad” live video link here.

1948- Wayne Kramer (member of MC5; had 1969 album “Kick Out The Jams”)        67 yrs.

WAYNE KRAMER HIMSELF

MC5 w/ Wayne Kramer “Kick Out The Jams” video link here.

1967- Turbo B (member of Snap!; “The Power”)      48 yrs.

Ecccer volt hol nem volt,

1968- Ben Ayers (guitar + vocals w/ Cornershop)       47 yrs.

Ben Ayres (Cornershop): The

Cornershop w/ Ben Ayers “Brimful Of Asha” video link here.

1969- Paulo “Destructor” JR (member of Sepultura)     46 yrs.

Ο Paulo Jr εντάχθηκε στους

1971- Chris Henderson (guitarist w/ 3 Doors Down)   44 yrs.

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!!!! 😉

Album Review: ORGONE REMAINS FUNKY ON “BEYOND THE SUN”

This week’s new releases were full of good possibilities for an album review, but I was fairly set on one particular release before sampling any of the albums. Upon listening, there were some great pieces of music to choose from, but I did end up picking the album I had originally envisioned when I decided on “Beyond The Sun” by L.A.’s Orgone.

The opening cut is the soulful strut of “Don’t Push Your Luck”. Adryon De Leon tells the tale of not wanting to be tied down and not putting labels on things.

“Losin You” is a funky little number with an almost En Vogue vibe, especially with the background vocals.

Orgone gets a little more world-beat on “No Pain”, with Adryon delivering soulful vocals. It is kind of like Mary J. Blige in the studio with Zap Mama.

“Take You Higher” has a sexy soul vibe that reminds me of the early 80’s.

There is a funky little groove that calls attention to “Picture On The Wall”. Sergio Rios is subtle but stunning on guitar. After a nice build, Adryon rocks the vocals, which have the feel of someone talking about a higher power, but are vague enough, not to turn anyone off.

“When Someone’s Love Is Real” is a sassy soul-rock tune that leans a little more toward Alabama Shakes than anyone else I can think of.

“Interlude” is just a short instrumental piece that heads in the afro-beat direction.

“Meat Machine” has a funky afrobeat vibe, but also seems like it could have been from ‘Shaft’. I am so glad that they didn’t forget to throw in an instrumental or two on ‘Beyond The Sun’.

The 70’s disco-funk of “People Beyond The Sun” finds the horns getting some justly deserved attention. Easily, one of my favorite tracks on the album.

“Down, Down, Down” has more of that classic soul-funk sound, a little bit like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. I wasn’t a fan of this track right away, but by the third minute, I was down.

The soulful and strong nature of “I’m A Woman (I’m A Backbone)”, is where the organ finally gets to shine, at least a little.

“Sabi” ends the album with some serious afro-funk and minimal lyrics. The percussion and horns are stellar on this numer, especially the trumpet.

I have been a fan of Orgone for a few years and have listened to albums and have seen them live a few times. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy “Beyond The Sun” as much as I had some of their earlier works. I am surprised, but happy that Adryon De Leon is now the lead singer for the band.  At least one of the times, I saw them, she was fronting the band and it was a truly impressive experience. It turns out that I was wrong, and the new album is quite amazing. It even has instrumentals, for those, like myself, afraid of total change.  I would suggest this for anyone who likes soul, funk or world music. I would also, strongly suggest that those closest to Denver, check-out Orgone when they headline one of the stages for Denver’s Day Of Rock over Memorial Day weekend!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUKE ELLINGTON, WILLIE NELSON & More…

1899- Duke Ellington (composer/bandleader/pianist; worked w/ Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday; died in 1974)

Duke Ellington - Wikipedia

Duke Ellington “Take The A Train” video link here.

1928- Carl Gardner (member of The Coasters)           87 yrs.

Carl Gardner

1933- Willie Nelson (singer/songwriter/guitar; co-founder of Farm Aid; wrote “Crazy” for Patsy Cline)         82 yrs.

Willie Nelson is approaching

Willie Nelson “Whiskey River” live video link here.

1942- Klaus Voorman (bassist w/ Manfred Mann + Plastic Ono Band)        73 yrs.

Klaus Voormann has been

1945- Tammi Terrell (singer; had hits w/ Marvin Gaye; died in 1970)

With Gaye, Terrell scored 7

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” live video link here.

1947- Tommy James (member of The Shondells; “Hanky Panky”)       68 yrs.

TOMMY JAMES, hitmaker with his

Tommy James & The Shondells “Draggin The Line / Crystal Blue Persuasion”
video link here.

1953- Bill Drummond (producer/ A&R man/writer/musician; member of Big In Japan; formed KLF; “3 AM Eternal”)                62 yrs.

Bill Drummond

1960- Phil King (bassist w/ Lush)     55 yrs.

Phil King Needs Wheels

Lush w/ Phil King “Sweetness & Light” live video link here.

1968- Carnie Wilson (member of Wilson Phillips; daughter of Brian Wilson)     47 yrs.

 

1973- Mike Hogan (bassist w/ The Cranberries)      42 yrs.

Noel Hogan Mike Hogan from The

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 JOHN WOLTERS, KIM GORDON & More…

1945- John Wolters (drummer w/ Dr. Hook)      70 yrs.

drums, vocals & percussion

Dr. Hook w/ John Wolters “The Cover Of The Rolling Stone” live video link here.

1953- Kim Gordon (bassist, guitarist + vocalist w/ Sonic Youth; artist/record producer/ video director/ actress)      62 yrs.

FUCK YEAH, KIM GORDON

Sonic Youth w/ Kim Gordon “Kool Thing” live video link here.

1955- Eddie Jobson (violin w/ Curved Air + Roxy Music)   60 yrs.

Live 2008; Eddie Jobson

1968- Daisy Berkowitz (member of Marilyn Manson)    47 yrs.

Daisy Berkowitz

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

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Music To Hear 5/04 – 5/10: PRIMUS, THE ORB & More…

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/04/15

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

BOULDER AREA 5/04/15

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/05/15

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

DENVER AREA 5/05/15

Hi Dive- Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Rorey Carroll             $10-12

Ogden Theatre- Matt & Kim w/ Waters             SOLD OUT!!!!

Summit Music Hall- Buckcherry w/ Lola Black + Resonance            $20-25

BOULDER AREA 5/05/15

Fox Theatre*- ‘Bluegrass Tuesdays’ feat. Ragged Union Bluegrass, Tallgrass + Bonnie & Taylor Sims                    Free- $5

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

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Mic’          9 p.m.

St. Julien- Bill McKay                6:30-9:30 p.m.

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- ‘Open Stage’ w/ Danny Shafer           6-8 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/06/15

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Bluegrass Wednesday: Free Bluegrass Show’        7-8:30 p.m.
(open jam follows)

DENVER AREA 5/06/15

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

Marquis Theatre*- Gift Of Gab w/ Coolzey, Sole + Kontrast & Fo Chief         $14-16

BOULDER AREA 5/06/15

Fox Theatre- Bobby Bare Jr. w/ Rorey Carroll          8 p.m.       $10-14.50

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

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/07/15

Aggie Theatre*- New Mastersounds w/ Trichome + Dechen Hawk’s Jus’ Sayin       $10

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

Mishawaka Amphitheatre (Bellvue)- ‘Mish Open Jam’              8 p.m.

DENVER AREA 5/07/15

Cervantes’ Otherside*- ‘Pickin On John Hartford’ feat. Stuttering Ducks & Chuck Morris (Lotus) w/ Caribou Mountain Collective + Coal Town Reunion ///  Silver Plume + Canyon Collected        on patio                Free- $10

Hi Dive*- John Moreland w/ Grayson County Burn Ban + Chris Dismuke         $8

Larimer Lounge- Young Fathers w/ Masysa + Input           $12

Ogden Theatre- James Bay w/ Elle King         8:30 p.m.        $25

Red Rocks Amphitheatre* (Morrison)- Primus & The Chocolate Factory feat. Fungi Ensemble w/ Beats Antique

Swallow Hill Music Cafe*- Bonnie & Taylor Sims              $10-12

BOULDER AREA 5/07/15

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

Fox Theatre- Waka Flocka Flame feat. DJ Whoo Kid w/ Ben G        8:30 p.m.
$25-27.50

Homemade Liquids & Solids* (Longmont)- Danny Shafer         4-7 p.m.

 FORT COLLINS AREA 5/08/15

Aggie Theatre- Waka Flocka Flame feat. DJ Whoo Kid w/ Ben G, Thin Air Crew, Starving Youth, YO, OG Swagg, St. Paul & DJ Real                  $22-25

Avogadro’s Number- T-Band Bluegrass Show              5:30-7:30 p.m.       FREE!!!!

Avogadro’s Number- Chain Station               8:30 p.m.                $10

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘The Dead Wood Saints Final Show; Farewell to Jeremy C Grant’ w/ Halden Wofford & The Hi Beams + Colony Funk                  FREE!!!!

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- The Burroughs (Live Album Recording)             $12-20

Swing Station (LaPorte)- Old Town Pickers w/ Derek Blake            9 p.m.       $5

 DENVER AREA 5/08/15

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- New Mastersounds w/ Sisters Of Soul feat. Kim Dawson, Christie ‘CC’ Chambers & members of Kyle Hollingsworth Band      $20-25

Cervantes’ Otherside*- ‘Rebel Alliance Jam’ feat. Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident, EOTO), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), David Murphy (Seven Arrows), Blake Mobley (Tiger Party), Jordan Linit (Analog Son), Jaden Carlson & Tiger w/ Filibusta + Xerephine            $10-20

Gothic Theatre*- The Orb w/ Govinda + MILK               $30

Tuft Theatre- Matt Flinner Trio               $17-19

The 1Up*- ‘Pickin On Cancer’ feat. Allie Kral’s Bluegrass Band w/ Oakhurst        
$15-20

BOULDER AREA 5/08/15

CHUBurger* (Longmont)- Bonnie & Taylor Sims            6-8 p.m.

Fox Theatre*- Shakedown Street perform 5/8/77             8:30 p.m.         $12.50-17

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Soul Sacrifice (tribute to Santana, WAR + more…)       7:30 p.m.
$12-14

FORT COLLINS AREA 5/09/15

Avogadro’s Number- Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line        7 p.m.       $10

Avogadro’s Number- Lunde Station + Dan Tedesco            9 p.m.      $5

Mishawaka Amphitheatre* (Bellvue)- Hog MaGundy w/ Deadwood Drifters + Cosmic Mesa           8 p.m.            $10

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

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- The Burroughs (live album recording)       $12-20

DENVER AREA 5/09/15

Bluebird Theatre- The Wombats w/ Life In Film + Cheerleader          SOLD OUT!!!!

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- New Mastersounds w/ Analog Son + Adam Robinson & The Funky Monks           $20-25

Daniels Hall- Railsplitters + Front Country               $14-16

 Dazzle Jazz- ‘Blues Night’ w/ Delta Sonics           10:30 p.m.        $5

Quixote’s True Blue*- DEAD Zone (70’s Grateful Dead) w/ N’ann Stop + Coral Creek
7 p.m.                $10

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)- Gramatik w/ Cherub, Opiuo, Russ Liquid + Luxas
6 p.m.             $90.90

 Walnut Room- Adrienne O. + Wendy Woo w/ Dead End Drivers            7 p.m.
$10

BOULDER AREA 5/09/15

Etown Hall*- The Orb w/ Androcell           7-9:30 p.m.          $20-22

Fox Theatre*- The Drunken Hearts feat. Tim Carbone + Duane Trucks w/ Allie Krall + Andy Thorn             $15-20

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Message In A Bottle (tribute to The Police)         7:30 p.m.       
$10-12

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

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

DENVER AREA 5/10/15

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison)- Moody Blues               7:30 p.m.          $44.50

BOULDER AREA 5/10/15

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- Felonius Smith & Johnny Johnstone       7:30-10 p.m.

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

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Bonnie & Taylor Sims      6-9 p.m.

Nissi’s* (Lafayette)- ‘Mother’s Day Jazz & Blues Brunch’ feat. David Booker Band
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.          $10-20

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- Felonius Smith & Steve Shelton          3-5 p.m.

This is the list of the best of the live music to hear along the Front Range, next week. With Red Rocks hosting Primus, Gramatik and the Moody Blues and bands like The Orb and New Mastersounds in the area, many ears should be happy. Besides these, there are a lot of other great acts, both local and national, playing around. As usual, I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the venue’s name. For more music happening in the coming months, check-out the Festival Time and Coming Attractions pages. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: 2ND NIGHT FOCOMX 7!!

Though I am a little behind in writing this post and despite some trepidation over the crowds, I did go out for the second night of FoCoMX and caught a few acts in a couple of hours. I even dug two of the bands I saw that night.

I started the night around 9:15 at Compass Cider, which I have been curious about but had never been inside of. Nice place and a good vibe, but for the softer side of percussion delivered by More Than Physics, it perpetuated a fair amount of noise to drown out the beautiful music. I did hear a little bit and was truly soothed by and impressed with their earthy sound.

After other stops, I ended up at Hodi’s Half Note to see Wire Faces, which was not a band I had ever heard. The place was pretty full and remained that way during the trio’s set. With a lead singer on drums standing up and smack dab between the guitarist and bassist, from the first notes it was going to be something worth a listen. By the sound of their first song, they leaned toward bands like Jet and The Strokes. As their set continued, they started to incorporate something that was quite similar to the 80’s alternative punk of Fugazi. The band had great energy and the drummer really commanded the crowd.

After Wire Faces finished, I decided to call it a night and headed home. In general, i was a little disappointed that I didn’t see more of the awesome music there was to catch, but I did get to hear some live music that I hadn’t and would make an effort to see again. Hope everyone had fun at FoCoMX 7!! That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE PIERSON, ACE FREHLEY & More…

1932- Casey Kasem (radio personality on American Top 40; voice actor; voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo)     81 yrs.

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1947- Gordon Haskell (singer + songwriter w/ King Crimson; solo)  67 yrs.

Gordon Haskell - It Is And It

Gordon Haskell “How Wonderful You Are” video link here.

1947- Peter Ham (vocals + guitar w/ The Iveys + Badfinger; died in 1975)

Pete Ham

1948- Kate Pierson (vocals w/ B-52’s; “Rock Lobster”)    66 yrs.

Kate Pierson Edition

B-52’s w/ Kate Pierson “Love Shack” live video link

1949- Herb Murrell (vocals w/ The Stylistics)       65 yrs.

HERB MURRELL

1951- Paul ‘Ace’ Frehley (guitar + vocals w/ KISS)       63 yrs.

AceFrehley.jpg

KISS w/ Ace Frehley “Rock’n’Roll All Nite” live video link

1959- Marco Pirroni (guitar w/ Adam & The Ants)       55 yrs.

Popular Marco Pirroni videos

1959- Sheena Easton (singer; “You’ve Got The Look” w/ Prince)  55 yrs.

Labels: Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton “Telefone” live video link here.

1979- Will Boyd (bass w/ Evanescence; “Bring Me To Life”)           35 yrs.

(1999-2005) - Will Boyd/

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 BOBBY RYDELL, T-BOZ & More…

1942- Bobby Rydell (singer; “Wild One”)              73 yrs.

Bobby Rydell was a high school

1945- Tony Murray (member of The Troggs; “Wild Thing”)        70 yrs.
No Photo Available.

1945- Gary Wright (member of Spooky Tooth; solo artist; “Dream Weaver”)
70 yrs.

Gary Wright is not a name

1960- Roger Taylor (drummer w/ Duran Duran)              55 yrs.

Roger Taylor Roger Taylor

Duran Duran w/ Roger Taylor “Notorious” video link here.

1961- Chris Mars (drummer w/ The Replacements)          54 yrs.

Chris Mars

The Repacements w/ Chris Mars “Bastards Of Young” video link here.

1970- Tionne Watkins a.k.a. T-Boz (the T in TLC; “Scrubs”)  45 yrs.

T-BOZ photo | Tionne \T-Boz\

1975- Joey Jordison (drummer w/ Slipknot)      40 yrs.

Drummerworld: Joey Jordison

Slipknot! w/ Joey Jordison “Duality” video link here.

1976- Jose Antonio Pasillas II (drummer w/ Incubus)     39 yrs.

José Antonio Pasillas (Drum)

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

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review; 1ST NIGHT FOCOMX 7!!

My intention for last night, was to hear a handful of musical acts @ FoCoMX 7, before calling it a night. I started with the Dead Jam House Band at Avogadro’s Number around 8:30. The crowd wasn’t huge to start but after a couple songs, including “Feel Like A Stranger” and “The Other One”, it built up pretty good on the back patio. The band tore into versions of “The Music Never Stopped”, “Estimated Prophet” and Shakedown Street”, which took them almost a half hour over their time-frame. Fortunately, they were the last band at Equinox, so no one was concerned. My plan from there, was to head to the Aggie to check-out Mama Lenny & The Remedy at 10. There was a line to get in and there was a jam-packed crowd inside. The music had already started and it sounded pretty good, but not totally inspired. The next couple of songs were a little more energetic and horn-fiilled with more passion. Despite that, I was not feeling the large crowds and when I got outside, it appeared that their were huge crowds everywhere. As I walked by other venues, I reminded myself that I don’t go out on homecoming, St. Patty’s Day, Halloween because of the same huge crowds, so I throw in the towel on the first night of FoCoMX 7.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to deter anyone from going and thoroughly enjoying FoCoMX 7, but it just isn’t probably my thing, eventhough I will try to drag myself out for the second night of this year’s event. Check-back tomorrow to read my review of today’s experiment. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELLA FITZGERALD, ALBERT KING & More…

1918- Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer; died in 1996)

ella fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald “Mack The Knife” video link here.

1923- Albert King (blues guitarist/singer; died in 1992)

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Albert King “Born Under A Bad Sign” live video link here.

1933- Jerry Leiber (half of the songwriting team Leiber & Stoller; wrote + produced for Elvis, Buddy Holly + The Monkees; “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Kansas City” + more; died in 2011)

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer

1945- Bjorn Ulvaeus (guitar + vocals w/ ABBA)         70 yrs.

Bjorn Ulvaeus

1945- Stu Cook (bassist w/ Creedence Clearwater Revival)      70 yrs.

1950- Steve Ferrone (drummer w/ Average White Band)      65 yrs.

Steve Ferrone during a

1958- Derek Dick a.k.a. Fish (vocals w/ Marillion; solo)     57 yrs.

Marillion Fish from the band

1964- Andy Bell (singer w/ Erasure)                  51 yrs.

Erasure w/ Andy Bell “Oh L’Amour” video link here.

1965- Eric Avery (bassist w/ Jane’s Addiction)    50 yrs.

Eric Avery

Jane’s Addiction w/ Eric Avery “Stop!” video link here.

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

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉