But both group’s legacies continue to live on — especially this coming Saturday, when local musicians will pay tribute to them with a free all-ages show at the Black Sheep.
Brass Monkey, the Beastie Boys tribute band, features members of local metal bands Malakai, Tree of Woe and Grindscape, while the role of Pantera will be played by Goya, the shape-shifting cover band whose past repertoire has ranged from Carl Douglas’s “Kung Fu Fighting” to Cee-Lo’s “FU,” with AC/DC, New Order and Lady Gaga along the way.
The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m. with A Sin Thing opening.
From the listings desk: Things are changing here in the event-posting realm. Just today, we've rolled out a new submission format.
Until now, listings have been assembled by staff members who pull information from fliers, emails and events submitted through the website — the latter of which were converted to emails that would appear in the email@example.com inbox. Now, those website submissions will go straight into our database (which serves both the print and online editions), where staff members can tweak and edit content.
As before, submissions WILL NOT automatically go live; they will be edited for content and clarity first. Also like before, most events will not appear in the paper until the week that the event occurs. We will include events scheduled for later as space and time permit.
We expect there will be some bugginess and weirdness at first, so if you encounter any issues, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with event information and/or questions. We'll still accept listings this way, and questions written out in email will make it easier for us to track common issues and fix them. Thanks, everyone.
Unless, that is, you’ve already cast your ballot for your favorite local musicians. If you still haven't gotten around to it, the voting deadline is this Friday at 11:59 p.m.
Seriously, it takes all of five minutes. After which, in addition to knowing their fans care, winners will perform live at this year’s free Indy Music Festival.
So click on this link, make your selections, and know that you’ve done your part to keep Colorado Springs' music scene alive and kicking.
Obviously we can’t. Especially when it’s a half-hour long “newscast” anchored by Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope themselves.
The ICP duo are as charming as ever, chortling enthusiastically about 2013 acts like Swollen Members, Vanilla Ice (!), Blaze, Tech N9ne (of course), Brotha Lynch Hung, and Twisted — who will be appearing, promises Shaggy, in all their “white-faced, black-eyed splendorness.”
There will also be Dark Carnival tarot readings, a medical tent, and four, um, “love trains.”
The 14th annual gathering, which takes place August 4-11 in Illinois’s scenic Cave-In-Rock Stat Park, is sure to be an unforgettable experience. And in the meantime, this extended video is the next best thing — or, for some, the next worst thing — to being there.
In fact, here’s the last five years worth of Gathering of the Juggalos infomercials. Hours of fun await, so grab yourself a case of grape Faygo and start watching.
The Springs’ favorite alt-metal band Inelements — who happen to be this focus of this week's Indy cover story — will be playing a CD release show for their excellent new collection, The Warning, at the Black Sheep this Saturday.
Meanwhile, fans of smart-ass punk with odd songs and odder theatrics can catch the Mostly Don’ts that same evening at Zodiac, where they’ll be shooting a concert video.
Moving into more singer-songwriterly terrain, look for Tom Skora and his new Many Machines project, featuring Grant Sabin, Alex Koshak and Andres Romero, at the Lon Chaney Theater Friday. Edith Makes a Paper Chain and Chauncy Crandall & the Rocket Flies open.
And finally, don’t forget popular out-of-towners Lucero, who will be bringing their Americana-inclined rock back to the Black Sheep on Sunday. The recently announced opener for them will be Denver's Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
The city has made amends with the Classic, and per an article in today's Gazette, is going to pony up the extra $6,800 to pay for police and traffic barriers. Buchwald told the Indy via e-mail: "Looking better for all of us."
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It's easy to take some things for granted, and after 37 years, it's easy to expect the Colorado Balloon Classic will keep occurring every Labor Day weekend.
But not so fast. The Balloon Classic is a business, and one that needs to make money. It isn't cheap to host the state's largest airshow and roughly 200,000 visitors every year.
And it gets even more difficult when sudden costs come up, as they seem to every five to eight years, says Balloon Classic president Patsy Buchwald. Those costs come courtesy the city of Colorado Springs, which, although it sponsors the event, charges the Balloon Classic thousands annually.
This year Buchwald feels pushed to her limit. For one thing, the Colorado Springs Police Department is now mandating closure of Pikes Peak and Union boulevards around Memorial Park during festival hours. Although there have been no incidents in years past, and officers have helped crossing pedestrians with no problems, Buchwald says, she'd be fine with that decision — except that the city's handing the cost of the barricades and other fees to the Balloon Classic.
There are other new related costs, too: One is a $1,000 city communications fee — to alert neighboring residents and businesses of road blockages — even though Buchwald says the city put the onus of communicating with those folks on the Balloon Classic itself.
Money-wise, it breaks down this way: It costs about
$32,000 half a million dollars to put on the event (which is free to the public). It costs the city $32,000 in police and fire support, among other fees. The city sponsors $21,000, leaving the Balloon Classic to make up the rest. And in the last two years, additional permits and other fees have increased more than $6,000.
That gives Buchwald and her staff few choices, she says. If the CSPD puts up barricades and sends the Balloon Classic the bill, she says, “This will be our last year, because I don’t know how we would pay for it.”
We asked CSPD for comment, and city senior communications specialist Julie Smith wrote via e-mail:
"The proposed street closures planned for the Labor Day Balloon Classic are to help ensure pedestrian safety of the citizens enjoying this event. There are hundreds of pedestrians trying to cross both Pikes Peak Ave. and Union Blvd during the Balloon Classic's activities. In addition, officers are posted at many intersections to monitor and assist people in safely crossing the streets."
Buchwald wants to keep the business in Colorado Springs — it's home to her as well as to the festival — but the Balloon Classic also organizes airshows outside Colorado, in cities and states that not only cover all the costs of the festival, but pay her organization, too.
"We cannot afford to keep paying the city these dollars, thousands and thousands of dollars to do business here when there are other states that have hired us and paid us to come put on their balloon festivals,” she says.
Buchwald is also concerned that she cannot talk to the people behind these decisions. Both Police Chief Pete Carey and Mayor Steve Bach sent her to economic vitality staffer Donna Nelson, who, although supportive and sympathetic, Buchwald says, really couldn't help.
Given that Mayor Bach has spoken numerous times about making Colorado Springs business-friendly, and bringing in tourism dollars, Buchwald was disappointed that her 37-year-old organization couldn't get any face time. She did, however, meet with eight of the nine City Council members individually for help. They promised their support, but can only do so much under the strong-mayor form of government.
Now Buchwald is turning to citizens to alert them of the new barricades and the Balloon Classic's problems. A community meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 6, at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave. (Open the pdf for a full list of discussion topics and contact information. No RSVP is required.)
“Colorado Springs doesn’t pay us, and we’re not asking them to," Buchwald says, "but they’re charging us so much, particularly if we have to pay for the barricades, we will not be able to financially stay here. It’s just simply a business decision, dollar-wise.
"We’re a small business, and how can we raise $32,000 to give to the City so we can put on an event for the city that’s recognized worldwide? So it just doesn’t make good business sense.
But if the city wants us — and we’re very grateful, I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for what the city does do as far as sponsoring us — but all these surprises are very taxing. And we go through this every five to eight years, we have to go back and make sure we’re wanted here.”
With that many musicians coming from around the world to play the event, you'd think that at least a handful of Colorado Springs artists would have made this year's roster. But in fact there were none.
It's time to change all that. Local musicians should know that, as of today, SXSW has begun accepting applications for its 2014 music festival, which runs from March 11-16. True, you'll have until Oct. 11 to apply, but the fee does go up along the way. So pay a visit to sxsw.com, and get the full details.
Meanwhile, here's a little something to inspire you.
Most weeks, I review more DVDs than the Indy can fit into print. You can look for extra write-ups here, on the IndyBlog.
Beetlejuice … Beetlejuice … Beetlejuice! Sure, the 1988 Tim Burton movie is a lot of fun, but it definitely has a devious streak to it that, while comical, is probably too edgy for kids. Still, the cut-rate exorcist Beetlejuice was forever endeared to Saturday-morning proto-Goths all over America with a popular animated translation that ran for three years on ABC. This DVD collection features all 94 episodes and all of them hold up so well, proving just as funny and entertaining as they were when they first ran in the early ’90s. Perhaps even more surprising is just how devilish and macabre the story lines actually are, going to some very dark places that remain very true to the spirit of the movie. Beetlejuice is morphed into more of a magical prankster, with former foe Lydia now his best friend, and tags along on various adventures into the world of the undead and beyond. So say the name three times and pop in all three volumes before you need an exorcist yourself.
Ask any comedian who inspired — or continues to inspire — them, and they’ll more often than not say Richard Pryor. Shout! Factory’s exhaustive box-set No Pryor Restraint is the complete history of his stand-up acts, and will leave even the most jaded comedy fans walking away agreeing he was the best. The box-set includes 7 CDs full of Pryor’s best bits, as well as some deep cuts and hidden gems, but the true piece de résistance of the set is the inclusion of Pryor’s three concert films on DVD, including 1979’s Live in Concert, 1982’s Live on the Sunset Strip, and the movie that turned me into a fan when it was played constantly on HBO when I was a kid, 1983’s Here and Now. Watching these films again is such a revelation, because the viewer begins to see how much of his style and format is copied and imitated even today. Show no Restraint whatsoever and pick up this box set immediately.
As a dog-obsessive, when the original commercial for the FX series Wilfred came on, I think I was expecting a more light-hearted take on canine-human interactions, with the title dog, Wilfred (played by comedian Jason Gann, in a dog suit) lobbing hilarious one-liners about the life of a dog in relation to his human counterpart (a sleepy Elijah Wood). Instead, I got a third-rate, live-action variation of a crude Family Guy gag. The series was based on a far-more funny, far-more satirical Australian series, which Shout! Factory has finally released on DVD. It’s a marked improvement over the American version, far more exciting and inventive mostly because it just all seems so much fresher. Gann still portrays the dog-suited Wilfred, who only his next-door neighbor can see is a man, and the gags are still down and dirty, but they are also actually funny this time, mostly because they have the balls to go a bit further with the jokes. The Australian version is far superior, and far more what I was looking for the first time around the block. Good boy!
The early 1970s was one of the most fertile eras of American film, spurred on by the counter-cultural revolution of Easy Rider. It was a time in film when blind patriotism, total authority and the gray area between good and bad was not only questioned, but demolished in an effort to achieve full cinematic expression. Best described as the anti-Easy Rider, the underrated, mostly forgotten masterpiece Electra Glide in Blue stars future alleged murderer Robert Blake as an Arizona desert motorcycle cop with a Napoleon complex who wants nothing more than to ditch the bike and get promoted to a homicide detective. While investigating a possible suicide, he gets his chance, swapping out his leather duds for a redneck Stetson and suit combo, finding only how much corruption he can take before he calls it quits. Electra Glide is a complicated morality tale that features a beautifully devastating ending, as nihilistic as it is honest.
Colorado Springs native Emily Earle — who talks about competing on The Voice and writing with her uncle (aka Steve Earle) in an Indy interview this issue — will be playing the first of two homecoming shows tonight at the Back East Bar & Grill. (She'll also be at the Mountain of the Sun Music Festival on Saturday.)
Meanwhile, Nosh continues its Patio Concert Series with performances by El Toro de la Muerte as well as Grant Sabin & the Full Moon.
So here's a new El Toro video, as well as a recent Emily Earle video (not from The Voice), to help get you inspired.