Just as it's satisfying, albeit bittersweet, to see the late David Bowie finally hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts with Blackstar, it's also great to hear that one of Colorado Springs' best-loved musicians will soon be receiving his due.
Preeminent local metal band Malakai lost Chris Forsythe, the group's frontman and friend to basically everyone in the local music scene, to heart issues last October. However, the band will be celebrating the release of its new album, Cleanse the Destroyers — which was recorded before Chris' death— at his old home base, the Black Sheep, on Feb. 27. The surviving members of Malakai will perform with special guests, along with fellow thrash-minded acts Another Shade of Hate, Grindscape and Worry.
Judging by the overwhelming response to Forsythe's memorial events last year, this record release show has the potential to pack the venue once again, so I'd recommend securing your tickets as soon as possible.
Incidentally, briefly returning to Bowie, Denver's Colorado Symphony is the latest throwing in to celebrate the Thin White Duke. Last Wednesday, the orchestra announced that, on May 28 at Boettcher Concert Hall, it will be presenting "Let's Dance: Celebration of David Bowie" in conjunction with rock ensemble Jeans n' Classics.
You didn't think the tributes to Bowie would stop after a week or so, did you? If classical-pop crossover is really your thing, you can catch the Colorado Symphony's "'80s Mixtape" concert on April 21, as well.
Meanwhile, another future show of note at the Black Sheep: On March 24, Oakland-based hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics will grace the stage. The critically acclaimed group, led by emcee Del the Funky Homosapien, will be supported by a slew of notable local talent, including hip-hop trio Mad Trees, a to-be-determined incarnation of Charlie Milo, and collective Company 8, consisting of Kevin Mitchell, Frank G, Stoney Bertz, Lord Damage, Reflecshaun, MILOGIC, Naji Harrison and Emily Strange. Basically, if you want to catch one local hip-hop showcase this year, this might be the one to see.
In the more immediate future, for fans of rock, there are two opportunities to catch showcases of local talent coming up this weekend. On Friday, Jan. 29, a new version of The Brainless Horde Presents, a music/art showcase arranged by local music blog The Redheaded Zombie Show, begins at The Coffee Exchange. In addition to displays by local artists CK Melk and Nikki Knepp, you can look forward to sets by The Epic Weatherman, Chan Luv, Rough Age and Knight in Colors.
The following night, Saturday, Jan. 30, the Black Sheep hosts 103.9 RXP's "Colorado Native" showcase, featuring talented local acts Hydrogen Skyline, We Are Not a Glum Lot, GhostRADIO and Sound Studies.
Closing out the weekend on a gentler note, Minnesotan old-time folksinger Martha Scanlan plays Manitou's Kinfolks on Sunday, Jan. 31, joined by Joe Johnson and Jason Jackson. Scanlan was featured on the soundtrack to the film Cold Mountain as a member of the Reeltime Travelers, and her solo career, featured on NPR and Mountain Stage, has led her to collaborations with The Band's Levon Helm, The Decemberists and Dolorean.
If that isn't enough for you, there are plenty of other live music opportunities this week:
On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Dallas metal outfit Seeker hits the stage at Sunshine Studios, along with West Virginia's Left Behind, Boston's Great American Ghost and locals Stavesail.
The same night at the Black Sheep, you can catch Californian reggae/dub act Stick Figure with Fortunate Youth and Katastro.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, San Diego-based Johnny Cash tribute band Cash'd Out appears at Stargazers Theatre.
On Friday, Jan. 29, local hardcore act Roots Like Mountains leads the way at another Sunshine Studio showcase, joined by Ilia, Iridium and October Skies.
Finally, on Sunday, Jan. 31, Rikki Dee Hall & The VooDoo Hawks celebrate the release of their album, Heartbreaks & Celebrations, with a show at Stargazers Theatre.
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