Say what you will about the current state of local affairs, but this Friday, Aug. 22, is a perfect example of why Colorado Springs will someday be recognized, perhaps not as an international mecca of underground music culture, but surely as a place that cultivates and appreciates and is worthy of such an ample variety of original live music endeavors.
We will start the evening at the Rocket Room, with our multifaceted hometown indie rock visionaries, Be Thou My Vision, who will be debuting their new lineup at a show that will also include departing members Jake Reck and Joshua Dawn. Those two will soon be venturing on to the proverbially greener pastures that have plagued this fair scene. Happy trails, gentlemen, we wish you the best.
Joining this one-night-only incarnation of BTMV will be Albuquerque, N.M.'s Cherry Tempo, a potent group effectively layering power pop, Casiotone indie and melodic rock into a dangerously hooky audible treat ... OK, fine, you caught me. It's emo. It's emo, but it's OK! Wrapping the evening up in a nice little package will be the honorable DJ Juicebox, aka Chris Bullock, whom you may remember from such bands as Tall City and the Nicotine Fits. Chris has been known to throw a pretty dang fierce neo-post-New-Wave dance party.
For all you gutter punks, skankies and crusties (you know who you are), the Triple Nickel Tavern will be the place, as local gutter dwellers Stab Crew will pull it together just long enough to bash out another hardcore set of in-your-face, blood-and-guts punk rock action. To kick it all off, Denver's horniest ska/punk beat droppers (pick it up, pick it up!) the A-OKs, will blow out some of their frantic Operation Ivy/Leftover Crack-inspired noise.
Next, we have a short jump west, over the I-25, to Benny's Restaurant and Lounge, where there will be some major acoustic solo sets from some major scene-makers: namely, Inaiah Lujan of Haunted Windchimes notoriety, and Xanthe Alexis of the recently de-vaginated Poesis (more on that story another day). Always a fine time when these two scenes meet, you can expect powerful originals mixed with inventive arrangements of cherished traditional blues and folk.
Now, all that is left is a stop by the trusty old Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.) for another round of legendary Colorado Springs hard rock and metal. Taking the stage at what has repeatedly been reported to me to be the best-sounding venue in town will be the full range of gold metal talent, including the pounding metal thunder of Habitual, the black-as-death metal of Frozen Eternity, the progressive alternative rock of Lucid and last, but not least, the searing metal blade of the Hayman Fire. Hot damn, that's some spicy metal!
And there you have it folks, another action-packed night on the CS scene. So, circle your favorite, maybe pick two, and get out there! The scene only sucks as much as we do.
Keep the dial tuned to Reverb, and I will smell you next week.