I mean, why mess with building a fort of speakers, when you can have your favorite musicians playing live right in your own house?
Enter the Everyday House, a venue-of-sorts located in the basement of house in downtown Colorado Springs. Five roommates share the place, and they've opened their home to local acts and a surprising number of touring national acts. It all started when one of the residents, Arlo, began hosting live music in his bedroom. (Note: This will not typically get you more chicks, as touring bands tend to leave a distinct odor.)
Eventually, he was able to move the shows into the basement. With the closure of High Life House, another local house venue, Everyday House became one of the few places in Colorado Springs to catch live punk and underground acts.
Arlo says he and his roommates share booking responsibilities, relying mainly on Web sites like myspace.com and the DIY booking site byofl.org, as well as word-of-mouth. It's earned him the opportunity to see and hang out with some of his favorite bands, like California indie-prog group Tera Melos.
But, of course, there is a dark side to allowing 50 strangers into your home. "The house gets trashed every time, so that sucks," he says. "Some people come over and don't get what we're trying to do it's a serious thing to us. But I guess that comes with the territory."
Catch The Overnight as they play with They Murdered Miracles at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at the house. Visit myspace.com/everydayhouse for show listings.
In west-side news, local nonprofit organization The EarthSeeds Project is sponsoring a big hullabaloo in Old Colorado City on Saturday, when fans of the big hair of yesteryear can enjoy Jefferson Starship. "We Built This City" not your favorite song? Then stick around for Country Joe McDonald, Due West, Cross-Eyed Mary and locals Little Ricky and the Roosters. It's taking place from noon to 9 p.m., between 24th and 27th streets, and is blessedly free.
In town: Milo, Malloy & Moffit, Rico's Caf and Wine Bar (322 N. Tejon St.) May 5; Pale Room, Jack Quinn's Irish Ale House & Pub (21 S. Tejon St.), May 5; Don Dooley, Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road), May 9.
Go north: Tech N9NE, Ogden Theatre, Denver, May 4; Bright Channel, Fox Theatre, Boulder, May 5; Dick Dale, Bluebird Theater, Denver, May 6; Imogene Heap with Zoe Keating, Fox Theatre, May 8; The Aquabats, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, May 8.