Not content merely to write about it or, for that matter, to make it up as I go, I actually managed to attend a show last weekend. See, I had already boned out on a few shows Friday night, and all day on Saturday it was, Are you going to the show? Will I see you at the show? So you'll be at the show, right? Even the Canadians were all like, "You better go to the show, eh!" Most unprecedented, indeed!
I thought to myself, Well damn, I guess I had better try to make it to the show. And sho' 'nuff, there I was, at the show.
First up at The Black Sheep was the brother-and-sister duo of Jon and Katie Orr in their ominous, old-timey, American Gothic-style bluegrass outfit, Stone Lions, who sing and strum, all along, while the devil hums. Coincidentally, Mr. Orr (alongside many other extremely talented local artists) has some extraordinary sculpture work on display at the hip new downtown gallery, Edifice. Fans of the dark arts, lurking somewhere in the twisted, skeletal traditions of Jos Posada, Salvador Dali, Tim Burton or even Kurt Cobain, would be hard-pressed to find a better way to spend an hour.
Up next was Thruster, the driving force in Colorado stoner metal, and this would mark the second time I had been thrust that day. Earlier, just as my poor, sweet 52 Chevy pickup (Bessie, if you must know) broke down in the middle of the road, there they were: Thrusters Mike Nipp and Aaron Retka, bass/vox and git, respectively. Along with an unknown Samaritan, and, with a good shove from behind, they quickly thrust me to safety! Three cheers for Thruster: hip, hip, hooray!
Eyes Caught Fire followed with as compelling a set as ever, highlighted by powerful vocals and concrete percussion. Then came an excellent performance by the band of the evening, Abracastabya, which deserves at least one more congratulatory remark on a fine debut release. Huzzah!
Now, I should serve myself well, and you'd do the same to try and hit up one or two of this week's offerings. Here's just a smattering:
When it comes to legitimate Oakland rap and hip-hop, one name stands out as too legit to quit, and it certainly isn't MC Hammer. No, it would have to be Hieroglyphics, the underground rap collective founded by Del tha Funkee Homosapien, along with his schoolyard chums Casual, Tajai and the Souls of Mischief. Catch Del and Co. along with Blue Scholars on Friday at The Black Sheep.
Stick with The Black Sheep through Sunday, and you can catch infamous Huntington Beach flu-spreaders Guttermouth, and the return of the venerated Godfathers of Colorado Springs power/pop punk, The Nobodys! Also on the bill are Civet and the hometown gore-core stylings of Stab Crew.
Lastly, Monday, Feb. 25, Michigan's own Greensky Bluegrass, winners of the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, will be delivering a finger-lickin set of strummin and pickin at Front Range Barbeque. This rare Monday night jam is $5 at the door and is first-come, first-served, literally! Get there early and sink your teeth into something juicy, and I ain't talking brisket, baby! Dig!?!
Godspeed chilins', smell thee later!