To most of Colorado Springs' music community, G.T. is known as the extremely knowledgeable and slightly geeky host of KRCC's long-running Vintage Voltage show. But he's also the lead vocalist — albeit an infrequent one — for the Psychedelegates, who'll be playing a Psychedelic Psock Hop this Saturday at Ivywild.
In what should come as no surprise to Vintage Voltage listeners, G.T. and his band favor garage-pop covers from the mid-to-late '60s. They range from the relatively well-known to the altogether obscure, all performed with what he likes to call "maximum dance-ability."
"The Psychedelegates have been playing intermittently for the past six or so years," says the Saturday night radio host, who also goes by the name Gary Tatel when he's not on the airwaves. Psock Hop No. 5 will also feature the "High-Steppin' Priestesses of the Hop," otherwise known as The Psychedollicats.
And while the singer may be reluctant to assess his own strengths and weaknesses as a frontman, there's absolutely no question that he knows the genre inside-out.
"I do think that having a strong knowledge and passion for whatever type of music you happen to be playing is a definite plus," says G.T. "It also doesn't hurt to have the backing, so to speak, of the dedicated, generous and talented people I'm fortunate enough to have in this band."
Among this year's accompanists is bass player Jacob Carver, who goes by the name Gabe from the Future when he's playing with his band 4 Moons. Carver radiates enthusiasm when asked about the event: "It'll be John Stone on guitar — the dude's a legend around this town— myself on bass, Donovan Freeman on drums, a whole slew of other great musicians. There'll be a ton of go-go dancers, a crazy light show, the works!"
As for his on-air exploits, G.T. feels just as enthusiastic and privileged about hosting the show as he did when Voltage started 15 years ago.
"My format's stayed basically the same: obscure, vaguely familiar, yet always downright unforgettable pop from the past five or so decades. Except that I don't play anywhere as much blues as I once did, figuring that Jeff [Bieri]'s Blue Plate Special more than fulfills that need, which gives me the opportunity to feature more vintage pop and R&B."
G.T.'s Psock Hop isn't the only show in what's turning out to be Ivywild's busiest week. The public-school-turned-cultural-mecca will also play host to Denver's much-loved Paper Bird on Friday, with Clouds and Mountains doing opening honors.
Then on Sunday, Portland, Oregon indie-folksters Horse Feathers will headline a bill with Spirits of the Red City and Sara Jackson-Holman. The following Friday, Ivywild will be playing host to Asheville, North Carolina, rock band Holy Ghost Tent Revival, with Chimney Choir opening.