Reverb is saddened to report that longtime and renowned local guitarist Bob Thompson (pictured above), 55, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3. Thompson, most recently a member of the VooDoo Hawks, played with such notable acts as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Sam the Sham. "He could get up on stage with anybody," says Hawks frontman Rikki Dee Hall, citing Thompson's genre-crossing (country, bluegrass, rock, classical, metal) skills.
Springs rockers Harrison Bergeron may be one of the best bands ever to reference Kurt Vonnegut. The group is celebrating the release of their self-titled album Sunday, Dec. 11 at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). HB is opening for A Wilhelm Scream, along with The Blackout Pact and Love Me Destroyer, all while peddling their new CD at a mere $10. Not able to make it to the show, but still need a fix of melodic hardcore? Hit up Independent Records, The Leechpit or interpunk.com.
What's better than a blazing hot hip-hop show in the middle of winter? Why, a blazing hot hip-hop show featuring the best locals and benefiting needy children, of course. With acts like Black Pegasus, Samir, King Tecnyc, Pair-A-Dice, Drastik1, Hilight, Free-A-G-Ent. West and DJs like Prominent, Skip Ripkin, Sevamatic and Cooley, the Hip-Hop Live Christmas Toy Drive is a great value at $10 (ages 18-20) or $5 (21+). The doors to the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.) open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, and the show starts at 9. Proceeds benefit Christmas Unlimited. Call J Dawg at 491-6705 for more.
In town: Redraw the Farm, Bristol Brewing (1647 S. Tejon St.), Dec. 8; The Mezcal Brothers, Thunder & Buttons II (2415 W. Colorado Ave.), Dec. 9; Rasputina, The Black Sheep, Dec. 10; The Remotes, Rum Bay (20 N. Tejon St.), Dec. 10.
Go north: P-Nuckle, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Dec. 16; Yonder Mountain String Band, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 30; Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Dec. 30; Cross Canadian Ragweed, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Jan. 10.
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