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Music To Hear 11/16 – 11/22: GLEN HANSARD, SOULIVE, POLYTOXIC & More…

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/16/15

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

DENVER AREA 11/16/15

Paramount Theatre*- Glen Hansard w/ Aiofe O’Donovan                7:30 p.m.
tickets starting @ $35

Quixote’s True Blue- Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)               9 p.m.           $5

BOULDER AREA 11/16/15

Boulder Theatre- Young The Giant w/ Wildling                         8 p.m.                     $26-30

Owsley’s Golden Road- ‘EDM Mondays’                           9 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/17/15

Avogadro’s Number-  ‘Open Mic’ feat. Charlie Stevens                  7:30 p.m.

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘EDM Tuesdays’               FREE!!!!

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

DENVER AREA 11/17/15

Ogden Theatre*- Minus The Bear performing “Menos El Oso” w/ Murder By Death + Aero Flynn                    8 p.m.                  $28.50

Quixote’s True Blue- ‘Open Stage/$2 Tuesday Dead’             8 p.m.                 FREE!!!!

Walnut Room- CU Denver Bluegrass Ensemble                  7 p.m.                    $8

BOULDER AREA 11/17/15

Boulder Theatre- Young The Giant w/ Wildling                    8 p.m.                      $26-30

Laughing Goat Coffee House*- Greg Harris Vibe Quintet              8 p.m.

Lazy Dog- ‘Open Jam’                   10 p.m.                  FREE!!!!

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/18/15

Aggie Theatre- Mike Relm w/ Two Scoops vs Jimeni + Ler                       $12-15

Avogadro’s Number- Mason Street Bluegrass               7 p.m.             FREE!!!!

Avogadro’s Number- ‘Open Bluegrass Jam’                     8:30 p.m.

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Doyle (formerly of Misfits)                    $15-20

DENVER AREA 11/18/15

Armoury- ‘FU^K: Armoury’s Weekly Wednesday Funk Jam’                     9:30 p.m.

BOULDER AREA 11/18/15

Boulder Theatre*- Skinny Puppy w/ Youth Code                       8:30 p.m.              $25-30

Owsley’s Golden Road- Flash Mountain Flood                  7 p.m.                   $10

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/19/18

Aggie Theatre*- Sunsquabi w/ Mikey Thunder + Kinetik Groove                   $8-10

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

Hodi’s Half Note*- Aqueous w/ Earth Like Twins                        $6-11

DENVER AREA 11/19/15

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Big Something w/ Lil’ Skoops + Sweet Lillies                    8 p.m.
Free-$10

Marquis Theatre- Doyle (formerly of Misfits) w/ Lotus Gait, Throttle Bomb + Straight Outta Luck                  $14-16

Ogden Theatre*- Greensky Bluegrass w/ Billy Strings                  8 p.m.                $25.75

BOULDER AREA 11/19/15

Boulder Theatre*- Richard Thompson Trio w/ (acoustic set to open)                8 p.m.
$29.50-39.50

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

Fox Theatre*- Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down feat. Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic) & Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) w/ American Babies                   9 p.m.                  $15-19

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- David Booker                  5:30-8:30 p.m.        FREE!!!!

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- ‘Open Jam’                  10 p.m.              FREE!!!!

St. Julien- Purple Squirrel                   6:30-9:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/20/15

Aggie Theatre- ‘Dean’s Big 40: A Birthday Celebration’ feat. Roots Massive, Rudie Clash, The Beatserver, Super 80’s tribute + FC Allstars                  Free-$5

Avogadro’s Number- Canyon Collected + Sweet Lillies            $10

Hodi’s Half Note*- The Yawpers ‘CD Release’               $10-17

DENVER AREA 11/20/15

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- Soulive feat. The Shady Horns w/ George Porter Jr & Runnin Pardners                 $22-25

Cervantes’ Otherside- TNERTLE ‘Album Release’ w/ Skydyed, Alixir + Sassfactory ///
Party Pants (Mikey Thunder & Project Aspect) (late set)                  8:30 p.m.
$8-12

Dazzle Jazz*- ‘Friday 10 p.m. Social’ feat. Greg Tanner Harris              10:30 p.m.          $5

Gothic Theatre*- Public Image Ltd. (PiL)                   9 p.m.                  $30

Larimer Lounge- ‘Holiday Honky Tonk’ feat. Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels                      $8-10

Ogden Theatre*- Greensky Bluegrass w/ Grant Farm               8 p.m.                   $25.75

Oriental Theatre- Mr. Majestik’s 8 Track Revival & His Calvalcade Of Allstars (a musical tribute to the 1970’s) + Van Wholen (Van Halen & The Who tributes)                   8 p.m.
$12

Walnut Room*- Danielle Ate The Sandwich + Patchy Sanders w/ The Lovebirds
7 p.m.                            $12-15

The 1Up*- Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down feat. Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Matt Lapham & Dave Watts (The Motet) w/ Aqueous
$2.50-20

BOULDER AREA 11/20/15

Boulder Theatre*- ‘The 11th Annual Last Waltz Revisited’ feat. Polytoxic, Denver Horns & 50 guest musicians                            9 p.m.                           $17.50-20

Chautauqua Auditorium- Paul Kimbris & The Dark Side Of Pearl                 7:30 p.m.

CHUBurger* (Longmont)- Danny Shafer                   6-8 p.m.

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- The Prairie Scholars                   7:30 p.m.

Fox Theatre*- The Magic Beans w/ Andy Frasco + The Un                         $15-19

Homemade Liquids & Solids8 (Longmont)- Arthur Lee Land                  8:30-11:30 p.m.            $5

Lazy Dog*- Big Something                     10 p.m.                FREE!!!!

Owsley’s Golden Road*- New Speedway Boogie                     7 p.m.           FREE!!!!

St. Julien- Intuit                6:30-9:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/21/15

Aggie Theatre*- Eminence Ensemble + Big Something w/ Big Medicine Gang                $5-10

Avogadro’s Number*- Danielle Ate The Sandwich + The Love Birds                8 p.m.           $12

DENVER AREA 11/21/15

Bluebird Theatre- Ben Sollee & Mother Falcon w/ Jonah Wisneski               9 p.m.
early-bird tickets $18

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom*- Soulive feat. The Shady Horns w/ George Porter Jr & Runnin Pardners                      $22-25

Daniels Hall- Eileen Jewel w/ The Lowest Pair                     8 p.m.                   $20-22

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

Gothic Theatre- The Queers w/ The Lillingtons ,  The Mr. T Experience  + Pears
8 p.m.                      $18

Hi Dive*- The Yawpers w/ Eldren + Dragondeer               9:30 p.m.                   $12-15

Ogden Theatre*- Greensky Bluegrass w/ American Babies                 8 p.m.                $25.75

Oriental Theatre- ‘The Music Train: Family Concert Series’ w/ Highland Ramblers
3:45 p.m.                  $3-7

Oriental Theatre*- Polytoxic ’10th Annual Last Show Ever’                 $5

Quixote’s True Blue*- Crazy Otto w/ Shakedown Street + Walsher Clemons
6 p.m.                        $10

Tuft Theatre- A.K.A. Laser Bunny                  8 p.m.                   $12-14

Walnut Room- Jimbo Darville & The Truckadours w/ Oak + Steel & Lightening
7 p.m.                    $8

The 1Up*-  Roosevelt Collier’s Colorado Get Down feat. Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), Matt Lapham & Dave Watts (The Motet) w/ Rastasaurus
$2.50-20

BOULDER AREA 11/21/15

Boulder Theatre- Desaparecidos feat. Connor Oberst                       CANCELLED!!!!

Etown Hall- Ottmar Liebert (solo)              7:30-9 p.m.                     $38

Fox Theatre*- Paper Bird w/ Swimm              $18-22

Lazy Dog*- Aqueous                    10 p.m.                     FREE!!!!

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Funkiphino                    7:30 p.m.               $12-14

Owsley’s Golden Road*- New Speedway Boogie                  7 p.m.             FREE!!!!

St. Julien- Dechen Hawk & A Murder Of Prose              6:30-9:30 p.m.

This is most, and certainly the best, of the live music to hear along the Front Range, next week. There are some national acts like Soulive, Glen Hansard and Greensky Bluegrass coming to the area, while local darlings Polytoxic, The Yawpers and Danielle Ate The Sandwich have been maintaining Colorado’s high level of music credibility, all over the place. As is the norm, I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the venue’s name. Though the weather is getting colder, it is hard to deny your ears the opportunity to catch some of the incredible music in the area, next week. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

BILLY & THE KIDS PLAYING 1990 GRATEFUL DEAD IN DENVER ON 4/20!!

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about an upcoming Billy & The Kids show in Denver. Well, that show is on Monday, 4/20. Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann started this project less than a year ago and their first show was at Warren Haynes’ “X-Mas Jam” in December. The next show they announced was the 4/20 show at the Ogden Theatre in Denver. The band has played a handful of shows since then and are scheduled for some more over the summer.

Billy & The Kids consists of Bill Kreutzmann, Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Tom Hamilton (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead + American Babies) and Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green + 7 Walkers). When the Denver show was first announced, there wasn’t a theme, but since that time more information has been released. Bill wanted to recapture a little of the sound that the Grateful Dead had going on 25 years ago, in 1990. To do this he enlisted the saxophone wizardry of Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), which helps to bring the feel of the shows when Branford Marsalis sat in with the Grateful Dead. Kreutzmann also felt the desire to make something similar in sound on the percussive side of things. The best way to make the drums sound like two people are playing, is to have two people play. For that job, he has put Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident) in his co-pilot seat.

Bill and, fellow Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart sat in with the Disco Biscuits, last night at Red Rocks. They came out for the second of three sets, that was dedicated entirely to the music of the Grateful Dead. Tom Hamilton also joined the band on guitar for this portion of the cold and snowy night at the beloved venue. This was just another example of the tributes that are being done in honor of The Good Ol’ Grateful Dead and the 50th anniversary of when this jam scene of ours truly began.

Monday night at the Ogden, with Billy & The Kids will be another way to celebrate the timeless music of the Grateful Dead. After all, it is 4/20, and with such a storied history between Deadheads and the marijuana culture, it is an added reason to get festive in a place where you can. The show will probably sell-out, but currently there are still tickets available, so pick yours up now. In case you aren’t sold on Billy & The Kids, check-out this clip of them performing Phish’s “Chalkdust Torture” here. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: ELECTRON DRAWS A LARGE CROWD IN FORT COLLINS!!

Last night was the first of a four-night Colorado run for Philly’s super-jamband, Electron. The band consists of bassist/vocalist, Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits, alongside fellow Biscuit and keyboardist, Aron Magner. Tom Hamilton is the guitarist/singer and the other original member, and aside from being in Brothers Past back then, he has since been playing and touring with American Babies and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. In that time, Joe Russo and DJ left the line-up and Mike Greenfield has taken over drumming duties. The first show of this mini-tour was at the Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins.

When I arrived around 10 p.m. and could hear some pretty sweet jamming drifting out the door. By the time I got inside, I had figured out that The Magic Beans were on stage and despite a few songs I had seem them play a couple of years ago, they seemed much more like a jamband than the jamgrass I remembered. There was already a pretty fair crowd of at least 200 people, when I arrived. I must admit that once I started talking, The Magic Beans became background music, but good background music, at that.

Electron went on around 11, and opened with the Grateful Dead meets jamtronica sound of “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.”. They played an epic version of “Little Lai” and the jamtronic “Therapy” with the funky livetronica of “Confrontation” woven throughout. Hamilton and Brownstein traded-off vocals, but aside from some fleeting moments when the other members got to shine, it was mostly the Tom Hamilton guitar clinic. To emphasize the importance of Hamilton, the group went back into the Brothers Past catalog and pulled-out the superb jamtronica of “Simple Gift Of Man”. Tom remained on lead vocals for a twist on the Pink Floyd classic “Fearless”. The livetronic Led Zeppelin sound of “Triumph” is a superb blend of the two, and finished w/ a “Little Lai” reprise. The set ended with a pretty kick-ass version of Tom singing “Soul Is Shaking”. The band barely walked off stage, before turning around to perform the sweet jamming “Naeba”.

This was a crowded show for a Wednesday night during winter break at the college. While there were quite a few people at the show, who were huge Disco Biscuits’ fans, I was there more because of how impressed I have been with Tom Hamilton’s voice and phenomenal guitar playing. From my experience, many people were suprisingly blown-away by Hamilton’s playing and were asking about him. The next couple of nights will have the band playing two sets with The Magic Beans opening each show. If you are a Disco Biscuits’ fan or just love the sound of amazing guitar playing, then go see Electron, while you can. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

ELECTRON PLAYS COLORADO, STARTING AT THE AGGIE!!

Electron is a livetronic quintet that was started in 2000 by Marc Brownstein from the Disco Biscuits. The original line-up included Brownstein on bass, Tom Hamilton on guitar, Aron Magner on keys, Joe Russo on drums and DJ Stitch on turntables. Since then the line-up has become a quartet, with Brownstein, Hamilton and Magner adding Mike Greenfield as the drummer.

  Marc Brownstein

  The band includes Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner, who are both from the Disco Biscuits. Tom Hamilton was in Brothers Past, back then, but has since formed American Babies and has recently been performing with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Mike Greenfield is the drummer for the jamtronic Philly band, Lotus. This is easily a super-group from any jam-fan’s perspective.

These guys are playing four shows in Colorado, starting with the Aggie Theatre, tomorrow night. They will be at the Fox Theatre on Thursday and in Frisco on Friday at the Barkley Ballroom. The run will finish up in the Denver area at the Gothic Theatre on Saturday. I haven’t seen them, but have listened to a bit and think that if you like the Disco Biscuits or Lotus, this is probably up your alley. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: AMERICAN BABIES FINISH COLORADO RUN IN EVERGREEN!!!!

American Babies are a jammericana (jam/americana) band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that has been around since 2007. Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Hamilton was part of millenial jam favorites, Brothers Past. The band is on a short tour that started in Aspen on Wednesday with Ghost Owl and continued in Boulder at the Lazy Dog on Thursday. On Friday, they played to a couple hundred people at Denver’s arcade/bar, The 1Up. American Babies finished up their Colorado run at The Little Bear Saloon in Evergreen. My wife and I made our way up to the mountain town on Saturday afternoon, looking forward to what would end up being an intimate show. The sign outside said the band would be performing from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., which promised for a full night of music. Before the band started their set I noticed that other than Tom Hamilton and keyboardist, Adam Flicker, the line-up had changed since I had seen them in March, and had added a second guitarist.

The show opened to about twenty-five people with a fantastic rendition of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”. It was followed by their late-night highway original, “Dance All Night”. After another song and a thick jam, the band played the cleverly written “Joeline”.  With a couple more crowd pleasing tunes in the bag, they played “Winter War Games” with the lyric “sitting still seems to be the new running”. The band went off on a jam that included a “West L.A. Fadeaway” tease before settling into a highly danceable cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “Harder They Come” and a reprise of any earlier tune to finish the first set.

The second set began with the perfectly blended triple threat of in “When I Build My Fortune”, “Dead Clowns” and “Old Fashioned”. The roof came off the place when they broke into one of the most intriguing versions of the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie”, I have ever heard, complete with a thunderous “Other One” jam, before dropping back to finish “New Speedway Boogie”. The rock of “FYKM” was followed by an electronic jam, that eventually became the Dylan classic “Tangled Up In Blue”. “They Sing Old Time Religion” had a great stompy groove, “Invite All Your Friends” made me want to call someone to catch this killer show, I was witnessing. “Streets Of Brooklyn” gave warning and “Bullseye Blues” drove a fast ending to the second set.

It was around midnight when the band went on for a third and final set, eventhough there were only a few of us left in the bar. It was a short set, that included a cool cover of War On Drugs “Red Eyes”. We couldn’t help but dance to their cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” and the show finale “Further On Up The Road”, which had that classic Clapton sound.

It was an amazing night of classic covers and well-crafted American Babies originals. The show ended up being over three hours, which was incredible and greatly appreciated. Though the crowd thinned out a little earlier than it would have in the city, I could tell that they did enjoy what they heard. The Bassist, Clay Parnell, was a treat to watch and hear. Tom Hamilton is an excellent guitarist, lyricist and vocalist, but he is no showboat or spotlight hog. The addition of a second guitarist was a nice bonus. I would highly suggest American Babies to anyone who has an appreciation for Dylan and Springsteen, and like jamming in their music. I Hope You Got To Catch Them On This Tour, But If Not, I’m Sure They’ll Be Back Again!!

TOM HAMILTON BRINGS AMERICAN BABIES BACK TO COLORADO, THIS WEEK!!!!

There is always talk about the hardest working person in show business, and for a long time, it seemed like Warren Haynes held the title, but there is a new man in that line. Tom Hamilton is a singer/songwriter/guitarist, who used to front the millenial jam band, Brothers Past.

                                                      

Over recent years, Tom has been leading a more Americana-directed band, appropriately called American Babies. About a year ago, the band added former Slip bassist, Marc Friedman to the mix. Marc is one of my favorite bassists and I was delighted to get to see the band for the first time, this past March in Fort Collins. I was quite impressed with the mix of covers, rootsy originals and even a rendition of a Brothers Past tune. Though there were only about 20 people at the Sunday night show, Tom was very humble and grateful for the folks, who showed up.

Tom played at the LoHi Music Festival in Denver, in mid-June. He played with Blake Mobley’s Tiger Party along-side Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and David Murphy (STS9). He also played with members of The Motet, Moe. and more, as an incarnation of Everyone Orchestra for LoHi late night. He played and did a short tour with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, which included Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, David Dreiwitz and Joe Russo. By the way, all of these projects were awesome, but Joe Russo’s Almost Dead at the Boulder Theatre was phenomenal.

Tom is part of Grateful Dead drummer,  Bill Kreutzman’s latest project, Billy & The Kids. Tom is also playing with Phil Lesh & Friends for New Year’s Eve, along with other members of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Besides all of that, a handful of shows have just been announced for Electron, which besides Hamilton, includes Marc Brownstein (Disco Biscuits), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus). This super-group is bringing their tour through Colorado in January, with shows in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver.

If that doesn’t sound like enough for a single person to do in a year, Tom is back on tour for the beginning of December. American Babies are on the road, right now. They start their four show Colorado stop in Aspen tonight, teaming up with Ghost Owl, which features members of Perpetual Groove. Tomorrow night, they are playing at the Lazy Dog in Boulder. They will be in Denver at The 1Up on Friday, December 5th and at the Little Bear in Evergreen on the 6th. 

Tom shows his skill as a musician everytime he takes the stage, but the American Babies are a different animal. This is a vehicle for Tom’s songwriting, which allows him to take the wheel more than many of the other acts, he is playing with these days. No matter who Tom Hamilton is playing with, I would highly suggest checking them out. On a personal note, it is really cool to see  how much Hamilton’s talents have been recognized by his peers over the last year. It is only a matter of time before his name is common-place among all facets of the jam scene.  Check-out these video links for Tom Hamilton. Enjoy!!

American Babies “Joeline” video link here.

American Babies “Dance All Night” video link here.

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead “Scarlet Begonias/ Fire On The Mountain” live video link here.

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Music To Hear 12/01 – 12/07: AMERICAN BABIES, GHOST OWL & More…

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/01/14

Hodi’s Half Note- Free Comedy @ 7 p.m. ; ‘Funk Jam’ presents ‘Best Of…’ @ 10 p.m.       FREE!!!!

Monroe’s Lounge (Loveland)- ‘Mingo Mondays: Music Trivia Bingo’         7:30 p.m.

DENVER AREA 12/01/14

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

 BOULDER AREA 12/01/14

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/02/14

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘First Tuesday Fiyah’ w/ Zion Souljahz Soundsystem       Free- $5

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Jazz Jam’ w/The Pourhouse Trio         7 p.m.

DENVER AREA 12/02/14

Ogden Theatre- Jenny Lewis w/ Orenda Fink              $23.75

Quixote’s True Blue- ‘Open Stage’        9 p.m.

BOULDER AREA 12/02/14

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

Fox Theatre*- ‘Bluegrass Tuesdays’ feat.  Deadwinter Carpenters w/ Silverplume,Groundscore + more…         Free- $5

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/03/14

 Aggie Theatre*- Uptown Toodeloo String Band feat. members of Great American Taxi, DeadPhish Orchestra, Coral Creek, Drunken Hearts & Whitewater Ramble w/ Derek Blake & Friends             FREE!!!!             21+

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Songwriter’s Showcase’ feat. Adam Thomas Brown (Mosey West), Jen Korte (Jen Korte & The Loss), Robin Lewis (Free Range Pickens), Steve Jones (Ba’er Fox’s One Man Band)                  $3-8

 DENVER AREA 12/03/14

Armoury- ‘Hump Day Funk Jam’            10:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.

Larimer Lounge- Roadkill Ghost Choir w/ The Yawpers + Von Stomper             $12

BOULDER AREA 12/03/14

Etown Hall*- Bruce Cockburn + Kat Edmonson (live radio show taping)         7-9 p.m.
SOLD OUT!!!!

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/04/14

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

Hodi’s Half Note*- Ghost Owl (feat. members of Perpetual Groove) w/ Bill Smith + JJ Evanoff Band           $10-17

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- ‘Talent Show + Open Mic’                 $5

Pourhouse (Loveland)- ‘Pourhouse Unplugged’          8 p.m.

DENVER AREA 12/04/14

Bluebird Theatre- Technicolor Tone Factory w/ Na’an Stop + Big Medicine Gang        $10

Cervantes’ Otherside*- ‘Grass For That Ass’ feat. Whitewater Ramble playing Grateful Dead feat. Jeremy Garrett (The Stringdusters) w/ Jeremy Garrett & Friends feat. Kane Collins, Nick Dunbar (Mountain Standard Time) + Bottom Dollar String Band         Free- $10

The 1Up- Animal Collective (DJ Set)                $15-20

BOULDER AREA 12/04/14

Boulder Theatre- Fitz & The Tantrums w/ Sunboy           8:30 p.m.          $32.50

Fox Theatre- Bluetech w/ Plantrae + Soulacybin           $14-18

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- David Booker              5:30-8:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/05/14

Aggie Theatre*- The Infamous Stringdusters w/ The Drunken Hearts             $25            21+

DENVER AREA 12/05/14

 Bluebird Theatre*- Pert ‘Near Sandstone w/ Dead Winter Carpenters                $13.50

Cervantes’ Otherside*- Jerry Joseph w/ Ignatius Reilly                $12-15

Oriental Theatre*- Del & Dawg ‘Songs & Stories From Del McCoury & David Grisman’     
SOLD OUT!!!!

Quixote’s True Blue*- Ghost Owl (feat. former members of Perpetual Groove) + Ekoostik Hookah w/ Aliver Hall            $10

Soiled Dove*- Hazel Miller ‘Christmas Show’             8 p.m.            $15-20

Walnut Room- Wendy Woo w/ Shaley Scott                 8 p.m.          $10

The 1Up*- American Babies w/ Eminence Ensemble + Trevor Jones Band              $8-12

BOULDER AREA 12/05/14

CHUBurger (Longmont)- Jamie Lunde Duo            6-8 p.m.

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- Ash Ganley Duo             7:30-10 p.m.

First Bank Center (Broomfield)- Cage The Elephant + Fitz & The Tantrums w/ Vance Joy, Half Moon Run + Modern Suspects              6 p.m.               tickets starting @ $29.95

Fox Theatre- North American Scum present The Music Of LCD Soundsystem w/ Falcon Punch                $10-14

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

FORT COLLINS AREA 12/06/14

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

Everyday Joe’s- Nathaniel Rateliff          7 p.m.                $12-15

Hodi’s Half Note*- Pert ‘Near Sandstone w/ Dead Winter Carpenters           $8-17

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

Swing Station (LaPorte)- Lineage Music Project            9 p.m.            $5

DENVER AREA 12/06/14

Bluebird Theatre*- Rebirth Brass Band w/ Springdale Quartet + Face Man      
$20.75

Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom- 2 CHAINZ w/ Red Dot, Splyt, The Chroniklez, RIMES, The Famm Crew + J-Krupt                $45-65

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

Quixote’s True Blue*- Ghost Owl (feat. members of Perpetual Groove) + Ekoostik Hookah + Aliver Hall             $10

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- Cheryl Wheeler w/ Kenny White                 8 p.m.             $30-32

Walnut Room- Lost Dog Ensemble (Tom Waits  tribute) w/ Roger Green       8 p.m.          $10

BOULDER AREA 12/06/14

CyclHOPS (Longmont)- Bonnie & Taylor Sims        7:30 – 10 p.m.

First Bank Center* (Broomfield)- ‘Winter Wonder Jam’ feat. Zapp, The Ohio Players, Slave, Sugar Hill Gang, Freestyle, Whodini, Newcleus + Ready For The World           7:30 p.m.
$35.50

Fox Theatre- Dilated Peoples w/ The Reminders               $23-27

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Danny Shafer & 21st Century            8- 11:30 p.m.

Oskar Blues Grill & Brew* (Lyons)- Young Ancients           8:30-11:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 11/07/14

Hodi’s Half Note- ‘Qbala’s EP release/birthday party’ w/ 3Two, The Chroniklez, Sabotage, DJ Deadbeat, DJ SYNc3re, Kind Dub, Kosha Dillz + MC Evolution              $5-10

DENVER AREA 11/07/14

Ogden Theatre- Alex Clare w/ Taylor Berrett              9 p.m.              $21

Summit Music Hall*- The Original Wailers w/ The Dendrites            $22-25

BOULDER AREA 12/07/14

Fox Theatre- Spoon                   SOLD OUT!!!!

Tasty Weasel (Longmont)- Pete Kartsounes               3-5 p.m.

This is the list of most of the shows worth checking-out next week. There are lots of great shows from bands like Ghost Owl, American Babies, Ekoostik Hookah, The Infamous String Dusters and more. As usual, I have marked the shows I recommend with an * after the venue name. No matter what, everyone should get out and hear some of the incredible live music coming to the Front Range during the first week of December. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉

Review: JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD, SELLS-OUT BOULDER!!!!

Last Night was the first show performed by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, west of the Mississippi. For anyone who doesn’t know about Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, don’t worry it is a fairly new act that hasn’t played many shows. How lucky for Grateful Dead fans that during the year that Furthur has taken off, that their drummer has decided to continue the legacy of the music that began almost fifty years ago. Joe Russo along with Duo and Bustle In Your Hedgerow pianist/organist Marco Benevento, Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz and guitarist and vocalist Scott Metzger, from Rana, Soulive, Particle, Stanton Moore Trio and more, re-interpret the Grateful Dead cannon.  The quintet is rounded out  by Tom Hamilton, singer, songwriter and guitarist with Brothers Past and American Babies, as well as recently having played a few shows with Phil Lesh and being given the nod by Bill Kreutzman for his new band Billy & The Kids. These five had mostly played sporatically around the Northeast before the two shows in Chicago, last month, but they have gotten rave reviews. On my way into the Boulder Theatre around 8:20 p.m., there was a large crowd in front of the theatre with several fingers pointed for the sky, since the show had sold out in the afternoon.

The show began promptly at 9:30 with the band doing their first ever version of “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” with Tom Hamilton singing and the entire band on fire for the first of what would become several premieres throught the night, including the second number, “Crazy Fingers”. They got into a fast jam that became an intense version of “Mr. Charlie” that heard Scott Metzger delivering convincing vocals.  Then they premiered “He’s Gone” with emphasis on the right lyrical cues, which was followed by a nice psychedelic jam which included teases of both “Slipknot!” and “The Eleven”, to build some serious anticpation before heading into another first with an amazing version of “Loser” with Marco on a baby grand. Marco remained on piano for a solo, which found its way into their first-time version of “Sugaree”. The first set ended with one of the best renditions I’ve ever heard of “Viola Lee Blues” by anyone, with Hamilton, Metzger and Russo handling the harmonies like champs.

The second set started pretty abruptly with the ominously fun “Alligator”, which turned into a beautiful “Eyes Of The World” that resonated wonderfully with the crowd.  After a huge jam that teased “The Wheel”, the band busted out the premiere of the huge instrumental “King Solomon’s Marbles”, which got pretty tripped-out in the middle. Some serious space followed and sent them into another first with the first verse of “Dark Star”. The crowd was worked into a frenzy with the vintage pairing of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire On The Mountain” with Benevento tearing up the keys on piano. After slowing the pace and teasing “Stella Blue”, the band finished “Fire On The Mountain” and the set.  After a few minutes off stage, the band came back for the melodic sing-along “Ripple”, which left the audience floating out of the theatre.

I can’t say enough good things about this group of musicians and the way they are playing these classic tunes. As someone who has seen and listened to The Grateful Dead and most of their side-projects over the last twenty years, as well as about a dozen Dead cover bands, I’d like to think I know the music very well. Much like The Dead breathed new life into the music back in 2003 and 2004, and how Furthur did the same in 2010, this group is taking the music in a fresh direction, which keeps the crowd dancing during each tune and on the edge with anticipation for the next. The teases were fabulous and really drove the excitement. Tom and Scott were both fantastic on vocals and guitar with very even abilities. The magic that occurs between Joe Russo and Marco Benevento is almost indescribable, except to say its breathtaking and smile-inspiring. I know this is a newer project and that most of these musicians have other things going on, but hopefully they will do some longer touring over the next little while, or at least until Furthur hits the road again. If you love the Grateful Dead, then don’t hesitate to get tickets for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead if they come around again. They are playing tonight at the Ogden Theatre, but it may be sold out by now. Hope You Were There, Last Night!!

JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD 10/10/14

Set I: Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion) > Crazy Fingers > Mr. Charlie > He’s Gone* > Loser > piano solo > Sugaree, Viola Lee Blues

Set II: Alligator > Eyes Of The World # > King Solomon’s Marbles^ > Dark Star (verse 1) >  Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain+

Encore: Ripple

* w/ “Slipknot!” + “The Eleven” tease
# w/ “The Wheel” tease
^ w/ space
+ w/ Stella Blue tease

MUSIC TO HEAR 2/24 -3/02: MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME, THE PHARCYDE & More..

FORT COLLINS AREA 2/24/14

Hodi’s Halfnote- Free Comedy @ 7 p.m.; ‘Funk Jam’ presents Phish @ 9:30

DENVER AREA 2/24/14

Ogden Theatre- Skinny Puppy w/ Army Of The Universe      8 p.m.         $30.99-35

BOULDER AREA 2/24/14

Homemade Liquids & Solids (Longmont)- Electric Blues Jam   7:30-10 pm

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

DENVER AREA 2/25/14

Soiled Dove- Noah Gundersen w/ Arnnon Jay   8 p.m.     $12

BOULDER AREA 2/25/14

Etown Hall*- Elephant Revival + Leyla McCalla   7 p.m.   (live radio show taping)     $27.37

Lauging Goat Coffee House- Soul Explosion    8 p.m.

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

Pioneer Inn (Nederland)- Open Mic   8 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 2/26/14

Hodi’s Halfnote*- Afro Zep (performing the music of Led Zeppelin) w/ Rudie Clash       $5-10

Moxi Theatre (Greeley)- Bill Smith + Star Count      FREE!!!!  (21+)

DENVER AREA 2/26/14

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

Hi Dive*- ‘On The Cover #7’; Fugazi’s “Repeater” by Mako1972 w/ Joy Subtraction     $5

The 1Up- VibeSquaD w/ Marcelo Moxy + The Digital Connection   $5

BOULDER AREA 2/26/14

Laughing Goat Coffee House- Soul Explosion     8 p.m.

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Nelson Rangell

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

St. Julien- Adam Bodine Trio    6:30-9:30 p.m.

FORT COLLINS AREA 2/27/14

Avogadro’s Number- Jon Stickley Trio w/ Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon)  $12

Hodi’s Halfnote*- Juno What? w/ Garrett Sayers Trio   $10-17

DENVER AREA 2/27/14

Bluebird Theatre*- The Dirty Dozen Brass Band/ Pimps Of Joytime     $18

Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom- Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem) + Sweater Beats (Symbols) w/ Ginger Perry + Marcelo Moxy   $15-20

Cervante’s Otherside- “Grass For That Ass” ft. Jared & The Mill w/ Afro Zep (acoustic) + The Appleseed Collective    Free- $10

BOULDER AREA 2/27/14

Boulder Theatre*- Preservation Hall Jazz Band w/ Greg Harris Vibe Quintet    8 p.m.    $20-30

Etown Hall- Deadly Gentlemen + Danny Barnes   7 p.m.  (live radio show taping)    $22.09

Fox Theatre- The Pharcyde w/ Wheelchair Sports Camp + Eddie Knolls    $20-24

FORT COLLINS AREA 2/28/14

Aggie Theatre- English Beat w/ Mama Lenny & The Remedy    $17

Hodi’s Halfnote- Grant Farm w/ Westwater Outlaws, Jeremy C. Grant of Deadwood Saints      $6-13

DENVER AREA 2/28/14

Bluebird Theatre*- Pimps Of Joytime/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band    $18

Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom- The Pharcyde w/ DJ Mike Relm, Proximity + Babah Fly (of The High Tops)    $5-15

Cervante’s Otherside- The Deadly Gentlemen + The Henhouse Prowlers w/ Chicago Farmer    $12-15

Gothic Theatre*- Hot Buttered Rum w/ special guest Billy Nershi (String Cheese Incident)    $20

Soiled Dove- Wendy Woo w/ Adrienne O. + Rachel & The Kings      8 p.m.   $10

Swallow Hill (@ Tuft Theatre)- Young Ancients    8 p.m.    $10-12

BOULDER AREA 2/28/14

Boulder Theatre- Steep Canyon Rangers     8:30 p.m.    $17

Fox Theatre*- Mountain Standard Time feat. Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) w/ Euforquestra     $13-18

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/01/14

Aggie Theatre- Paper Bird w/ The Widow’s Bane    $12

DENVER AREA 3/01/14

Bluebird Theatre- “Mardi Grass 2014” feat. Mountain Standard Time & Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) w/ special guests Euforquestra  $14

Herman’s Hideaway- James & The Devil w/ Birch Street, Goodwater, Benson The Dog, Stu Miller & His Moderately Sized Orchestra     7:30 p.m. $7-10

Paramount Theatre- The Fab Four      7:30 p.m.  tickets starting @ $29

Summit Music Hall- The English Beat w/ The Dendrites + Denver Vintage Reggae Society    $20-24

BOULDER AREA 3/01/14

Boulder Theatre*- Keb’ Mo’    8 p.m.     $30-40

Fox Theatre- Magic Beans w/ American Babies   $13-17

Nissi’s (Lafayette)- Chris Daniels & The Kings    7:30 p.m.     $10

FORT COLLINS AREA 3/02/14

Avogadro’s Number*- American Babies     $5

Hodi’s Halfnote*- Mountain Standard Time feat. Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)    $12-20

DENVER AREA 3/02/14

Swallow Hill (@ Daniels Hall)- Bonnie & The Clydes    3 p.m.    $15-20

BOULDER AREA 3/02/14

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

That’s who’s playing around this week. Some great bluegrass and funk, as well as some tour veterans coming to Colorado over the next seven days. Get out and hear some live music!! Enjoy!!

HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉