It's going to be another real bad week for all the "this town sucks" curmudgeons, what with all the wicked fun stuff going on. Let me start you out this fine day by congratulating the Rocket Room on its big one-year anniversary! Good show, or should I say "shows," old chap! Keep up the good work!
In celebrating this momentous occasion, we'll get a full weekend of the sins and salvations we've come to expect on Pueblo Avenue. Friday evening will showcase the spectacular, quasi-traditional country blues of the Haunted Windchimes, along with the fiery sermonizing of Denver's Reverend Deadeye, a curious, revival-tent, tin-can, one-man-band whose twang 'n stomp gospel recoils with the searing aroma of Hasil Adkins, Screamin'; Jay Hawkins and anyone who starts his name with "Mississippi."
Then, Saturday night, the Rocket Room's going to do it all over again, this time with the "top secret" neo-Devo power pop of Minnesota's International Espionage (on Day 7 of a 400-bar tour). Also slated to appear are the Birdwatchers, who feature Dr. Beater, drummer from some of Denver's most infamous punk bands, including Lyin'; Bitch and the Restraining Orders, Four and the Familymen. Add in a bit of the nostalgic kind of naughty with the scintillating gyrations of Denver City, Denver's Fannie Spankings.
This is all well and good, presuming you are of the legal sinning age. For those of you who are just old enough to kill and vote, but still not old enough to hang out in a bar, well, you'll have to get your Friday night kicks with the Nicotine Fits downtown at Louie's Pizza (333 N. Tejon St.). The Fits are getting ready to hit the road for a few weeks, and with the help of Denver's Two Strikes, are putting on a free, all-ages blowout to get into the proper spirit.
Also this Friday, The Black Sheep, along with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, will throw a massive Man and Woman of the Year benefit. The musical lineup includes Springs favorites the Jack Trades and Be Thou My Vision, as well as Denver's the Rouge and the Epilogues. Now, I can hardly think of a better way to spend an evening than "partying for the cause," and I can hardly think of a cause worth partying for more than blood cancer, so even if you have to just make an appearance, please do so.
Otherwise, you'll end up at more events like the one Saturday at the Sheep, where the Mansfields will present their eighth annual birthday tribute to the late Jeffrey (Joey Ramone) Hyman, who, ironically enough, died of lymphoma in 2001. In addition to their usual set of Ramones classics, the Mansfields will be joined by our good friends Reno Divorce and the blood-and-guts "burlescapades" of the Go Go Gore Girls.
Also getting back in the saddle for the summer is the Piano Warehouse, which on Thursday the 15th will host ... Who Calls So Loud, Pueblo's RunsFasterScared and Crusher Destroyer. Featuring members of the legendary DIY/screamo outfit the Funeral Diner, ... Who Calls So Loud is getting ready to blow up the U.S. and Europe (not literally, but with their explosive music). Be sure to buy plenty of their homemade DIY merch. In three months, that shit will be eBay gold!
So there it is. Smell you when I smell you.