Greetings, and welcome to a special "On the Road" edition of Reverb, live(ish) from the middle of South Dakota! Yessiree, it's the time of the year for National Leechpoon's Family Vacation, and after 13 hours on the road with wife, kids and dogs in tow (not to mention a few "close encounters" with some wild buffalo, suicidal deer and cops), I find myself, wearily and reluctantly, clacking away at my keyboard. By the time you read this, however, I will be sitting by a lake in Minnesota, just drinking beer and whittling. I bet you didn't know I whittle. Well, I do.
But for now, it looks like I am going to be typing for a while. As Brian Parton says in his song "Long Hard Night," track deuce off Saturday Night & Sunday Morning Blues, "I must confess to a long hard night."
Thank the sweet lord baby Jebus I brought along Brian's retro-billy romper, or I would really be in for it. Brian is a recent Springs transplant, having chosen our pastures over those in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla. His signature style, a blend of traditional and modern country, ahem, walks the line between Jimmie Rodgers/Bill Monroe and Hasil Adkins/The Cramps. Get a taste this Friday, July 11, at Front Range Barbeque, or hit him up for a matinee Sunday at Benny's.
Not only is this Friday Free Slurpee Day at participating 7-Elevens, it is also the return of Denver's most excellent one-eyed, none-horned, flying purple-spandex rocker, Magic Cyclops, to the Triple Nickel Tavern. In addition to playing actual "music," Magic Cyclops is also quite the badass when it come to the invisible geetar, and he will be representing Colorado at the National Finals for the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, Aug. 8, at the Regency Center in San Francisco. Rounding out the bill will be local shit-hop gurus Double Baloney. For more info on all of these monumental events, check out slurpee.com, or MG's new band site, genesimmonsisadouche.com. Ha ... it's funny because it's true!
Saturday the 12th, the Rocket Room will throw a birthday bash for some major "scene" makers, namely Dave Mansfield, Marcea (Motor Mouth) Flowers and the Rocket Room's Queen Bee herself, Shalonda Cantrell. Complete with the near-nekidness of femme fatale Vivienne VaVoom, in-house horror from the Evilettes, the hyperintense rock 'n roll of the Nicotine Fits and the raucous surf-a-billy punk of Denver's Get Three Coffins Ready, there's a little something for everyone.
A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n roll, and a helluva lot better than the f'n Osmonds, San Francisco's Birds & Batteries will return to the Rocket Room on Wednesday, July 16. Joined by local pretty-pleasers Loverleigh, B&B will play a live set that's received rave reviews from "legitimate" rock 'n roll journalists, including Mother Jones, the Onion A.V. Club, spin.com and npr.org.
Sorry for the sloppy prose, amigos, but I am on vacation ... smell you when I smell you!