Local punk rock fans are all-too-aware that gigs by longtime favorites The Nobodys are few and far between. So there's a good chance we'd be leading off this column with their upcoming show no matter what.
But what sealed the deal is the fact that the Nobodys performance is just part of a Zodiac showcase that's being promoted as "The Indy Awards Best Of Punk Category Nominees Concert." And yes, you would think we put them up to it, but we're not even involved. Honest.
Saturday night's show will also feature the Röxy Suicide and the Mostly Don'ts. This year's fourth punk nominee, 99 Bottles, won't be able to perform, but three out of four isn't bad. The show is well-timed, too, since Sunday will be the last day to go to csindy.com and fill out your Indy Music Awards ballot.
In other punk-rock news, Peak 31 — the newly renovated and rebranded incarnation of Union Station — will be hosting its first nationally known act Tuesday, July 15. Faster Pussycat got their start alongside Poison and Mötley Crüe in an '80s L.A. where bands couldn't play the Sunset Strip without big hair, garish makeup or leather military caps. Vocalist Taime Downe and his current incarnation of the band are skilled in all three, along with sing-along singles like "You're So Vain," "House of Pain," and the less-than-prophetic "Number 1 With a Bullet." Local rock stars Seven Days Lost, He Kill 3, and Lamb Bed open.
Switching gears as abruptly as possible, Ronald Clyde Crosby — better known by his stage name Jerry Jeff Walker — will be coming to Colorado this Thursday.
The Texas country singer-songwriter is best known for "Mr. Bojangles," a song which was inspired by a New Orleans street singer and is reason enough to consider Walker a legend. (Seriously, when it's come to pure poignancy, you really can't top a lyric like "He spoke with tears of fifteen years, how his dog and him, traveled about / His dog up and died, he up and died / After twenty years he still grieves.")
"Mr. Bojangles" went on to become a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, and has since been recorded by a wide range of artists that includes Bob Dylan, Whitney Houston and Todd Snider, who released a full album of Jerry Jeff Walker covers in 2012.
Walker, who turned 72 back in March, performs rarely these days — maybe a dozen shows in his native Texas and pretty much nowhere else — which means it's well worth considering the two-hour trek to Breckenridge to see him at the Riverwalk Center. It's a shorter drive than Texas, and there's no guarantee he'll be up this way anytime soon. Find more info at jerryjeff.com.
Meanwhile, the last time we wrote about Otis Mitchem, a crowdfunding campaign had just been set up to raise money for infusions of Neridronate, a new drug that's awaiting FDA approval and is currently only available in Italian hospitals. The drug is currently the best hope for Otis and other sufferers of reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a chronic neurological disease that, in advanced stages, can prove life-threatening.
While the online campaign continues, the local music industry is taking it a step further with a fundraising show Sunday at Zodiac, where Otis can often be found tending bar. The special event will feature enough performers to take up half the club's capacity just by themselves, including Cierra Hicks, Alphuh, My Name is Harriett, Ryan Flores, Floaty Raft, Strange Relics, Briffaut, Good Morning Accordion Terrorist, Out to Dry, 4-Moons, The A-Holes, Dustin Bones & the Body Stealers, Grindscape, and Zahar. In between sets, Chauncy Crandall will be hosting an open mic out on the patio.
Donation at the door is $10. You'll also be able to purchase food from local chefs, so you won't pass out from low blood sugar waiting for your favorite acts to perform. (Profits from food sales will also be donated to the cause.)
And, if all that isn't incentive enough, Peaks and Pasties will have an on-site kissing booth. You can also still donate online at gofundme.com/otis-quest-for-life.