So, upon completion of this week's issue, it will have been a full year of you all having to decipher my incoherent and tense-confused rants and rambles, and I think now would be as good a time as any for a bit of collective "scene" reflection. Take a moment.
See, it could be worse. It has been worse, and it seems to be getting better. All the time. Get-ting-so-much-bet-ter ... ah, crud. You can blame my dad for that!
But it really is getting better. Even the quality of bar bands is simply stellar. Tommy Gallagher's Incredible Friends will be performing tonight (Thursday, July 31) at Southside Johnny's, and I've got to admit, Tommy Gallagher, in addition to being a fairly impressive performer and songwriter, has some pretty incredible friends.
First, he's got his buddy, the guitar virtuoso Michael Reese (Los Angeles Music Awards '95 "Guitarist of the Year"), on guitar and vocals. Then his pal Kim Stone, from Spyro Gyra and the Rippingtons, jumping in on bass and vocals. And then, if that wasn't enough, his comrade Lenny Campanaro, who has hit the drums for both Badfinger and Iron Butterfly, will be keeping the beat going strong all night long.
Incidentally, I baby-sat Lenny's kids a few times a dozen years or so ago, and still to this day, whenever I need to sound cooler than I really am, I tell people, "You know, I used to baby-sit for the drummer of Badfinger and Iron Butterfly." It totally blows their minds.
Speaking of incredible friends, I've gotten to make quite a few in the last year. I've met hundreds of musicians and bands from near to far (and not just on MySpace). I even hung out with Daniel Johnston and Kimya Dawson, and got to talk on the phone with my hero, Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hutz, for 15 minutes. But honestly, I can't think of anything more incredible than befriending the Haunted Windchimes, who have just returned home to Pueblo from their extensive national summer tour.
If you have yet to experience the mysterious allure of the Windchimes, please, for the love of God, I beseech you, make the effort to do so. Never in this life (but maybe in a past) have I heard such brilliant and authentic folk blues recorded and performed by such determined, interesting, genuine, modest and just plain nice kids. In fact, although they just covered many a mile, they will be performing a series of concerts across Low'rado, including a Colorado Culture Cast session at Smokebrush (218 W. Colorado Ave.) on Friday, Aug. 1; a couple shows at Pueblo's Downtown Bar (103 Central Plaza, Pueblo) on Saturday, Aug. 2, and Tuesday, Aug. 5 (the latter with Nashville's Happybox); and one on Monday, Aug. 4, at WeUsOur Artist's Market (10 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs). Finally, they'll play Alamosa's Cole Park, Sunday, Aug. 10. For more info, visit myspace.com/thehauntedwindchimes. You shan't regret it.
Looking for some rockin' family fun this Saturday, Aug. 2, from noon to 4 p.m.? Then look no further than the Pikes Peak Library District's Battle of the Bands at Acacia Park. Get out there and cheer for your favorite local high school bands, and never doubt for even a moment that a battle of the bands can, and has, rocked hard enough to save the entire universe.
Wyld Stallyns rule, smell you later!