It's been about two months now since I joined the privileged and elite society of "professional rock 'n roll journalists," so I was bound to screw up something sooner or later. It just so turns out that my screw-up was exactly the excuse I needed to write more about all of the skilled, motivated and hardworking people involved in the local blues scene.
Last week, I had reported on the Pikes Peak Blues Community, and the abundance of talent it's promoting throughout the region. Well, this is true the PPBC is even hosting a memorial benefit for the late Mike Pittman of Pitt's Drum Shop with Working Stiffs, The Wheel, Chuck Snow & the Fremont Street Preachers,Ricky D Hall, The Voodoo Hawks and The Jake Loggins Band at the Navajo Hogan from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. But their work apparently isn't the full story.
Last Thursday, as I was kicking back in my golden crown (they give you one when you become a "professional rock 'n roll journalist"), congratulating myself on another fine submission, I received a phone call. It was a woman by the name of Amy Whitesell.
Amy used to head up the PPBC, but has since left to start A Music Company, Inc. , promoting her own events across the Front Range. Whitesell still works on projects alongside the PPBC, but also promotes concerts independently.
She's the one bringing in shows like "Ladies Sing the Blues" at Castaways (107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) on Oct. 6; Big Sandy with Los Straightjackets at The Thirsty Parrot on Oct. 18; and Tab Benoit at the Parrot on Oct. 30. The PPBC is helping out, but Amy deserves the big thanks. You can get the full rundown of her schedule at amusiccompanyinc.com.
Also helping to promote many of these events are Delaney Utterback and Co. over at KRCC-FM 91.5, who are becoming increasingly active in bringing significant national talent here. Sadly, they are mourning the loss of longtime station manager, mentor and radio guru Mario Valdes. Mario's contributions to our community are incalculable, and he will be missed dearly. Services were held last Friday at Shove Chapel, but contributions may still be made to the Mario Valdes Memorial Fund, c/o American National Bank, 102 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Now, another reason why I'm a screw-up. I was so busy polishing my crown, all the way through last weekend, that I missed enough shows to make me want to puke. I missed all the bands and chili and gyrating ladies at the Rocket Room. I missed Brother Malcolm's set at Wooglin's Deli (823 N. Tejon St.). I even missed The Melvins and Big Business at The Black Sheep on Sunday! No wonder I keep getting called a "poseur" in nasty e-mails from anonymous scene-agers!
Anyhow, at least I still get love from my old-school homies (and grind-punk legends) Catheter, who will be playing a freebie down in P-town on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the American Legion Post 203 (2420 Santa Fe Drive, Pueblo). This show kicks off a world tour that includes a stop in Chicago for the Apocalypticrust Festival and a half-dozen shows south of the border, down Mexico way! Vaya sin dios, amigos!
And that concludes this week's entry; I'll catch you on the flipside!
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