On the "feast or famine" continuum that can be used to describe musical goings-on, this week is one of the more stacked ones I've seen in recent memory. I hope all local music fans have wisely invested in cloning or teleportation technology, because you'll be able to make abundant use of it with all these festivals and shows. Then again, if the Republican and Democratic conventions were any indication, it will probably all be outlawed or destroyed soon, anyway.
If you're up for a road trip, some big names are headed to Buena Vista for the Vertex Festival, which takes place Aug. 5-7. Featured acts include Seattle electronic music duo Odesza, critically lauded blues-rockers Alabama Shakes, two sets from the Phish and Grateful Dead guitar-slinger Trey Anastasio, venerable singer-songwriter Graham Nash, and Les Claypool and Sean Lennon's psychedelic project, the Claypool Lennon Delirium (see this week's interview.)
Meanwhile, down south, Pueblo's Sareth-Fest Music and Comedy Festival is set to run Aug. 3-5. The festival, founded by polymath Sareth Ney, began in 2010 and has enjoyed a wide variety of musical acts, comedians and short films in its annual iterations. This year offers too many performers to list them all, but with just a cursory glance at the genres represented, alongside the stalwart indie-rock, punk and hip-hop acts, it appears attendees can look forward to some artnoisethrash, Nintendocore, psychobilly, and visual kei. The full lineup and venue information can be found at aqdpi.com.
For jazz aficionados, Telluride will be the place to be from Aug. 5-7. This year's Telluride Jazz Festival "guest of honor" is New Orleans-based keyboardist/guitarist Jon Cleary and his band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. Also among those performing are multi-instrumentalist and former Miles Davis sideman Marcus Miller, experimental sextet Galactic, legendary guitarist John Scofield, and Ms. Lisa Fischer, who has worked with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan and Nine Inch Nails.
Back in town, you won't want to miss first Friday at the Fine Arts Center, as our own local indie-rock standouts Eros and the Eschaton will play on Aug. 5 and prepare to launch their sophomore album on Bar/None Records, Weight of Matter, on Aug. 19. I'd also advise fans to see them at the Flux Capacitor on Aug. 26 — you never know when a local band on the rise might become a little more difficult to catch live.
On that note, here's a further look at the local live music opportunities for the week:
Wednesday, Aug. 3, brings rock crooner Chris Isaak to the Pikes Peak Center. If you weren't already excited about the upcoming new season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, this concert should do the trick.
The same night will see the first of two rare live appearances from local band the Psychedelegates, who bring the '60s-inspired psychedelic sounds their name implies to Hillside Gardens on Aug. 3. The band also hits Southside Johnny's on Aug. 5.
Also on Aug. 3, San Diego noise-pop act Wavves plays the Black Sheep, along with Steep Leans and Partybaby.
On Aug. 4, you can catch folk singer and humorist Loudon Wainwright III at Stargazers Theatre.
Meanwhile, at the Flux Capacitor, Aug. 4 is a night of California hardcore featuring Earth Down, Decades In and With Wolves.
Aug. 5 brings psychobilly mainstay the Reverend Horton Heat to the Black Sheep, joined by Reno Divorce and Greeley's In the Whale.
At Sunshine Studios on Aug. 5, look for a full evening of nu metal, featuring Tantric and Trapt, with the Randy Bennett Project, He Kill 3, and The Endless Line as support.
Also on Aug. 5 at the Navajo Hogan, you can catch the debut show of local rock and Americana standout Chuck Snow's new trio, For the Country, which also features bassist Kevin Waybright and drummer Steve Schaarschmidt.
Finally, rounding out a busy Aug. 5, a record release show that fans of jazz, funk and all things fusion won't want to miss: Jazz bassist Colin Trusedell, who was profiled in the seminal jazz magazine Downbeat last year and hosts a weekly "Jazz Jam" radio program on 93.9 KCMJ, is celebrating the release of the second album with his Quartet of Jazz Death at Stargazers Theatre.
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