For fans of all things "rootsy," it looks like all the action this weekend will be running up and down my favorite avenues ... Colorado and Manitou. We'll start on Friday night, Nov. 14, at the very end of the road, at Manitou's Ancient Mariner. This is where J. Miller and Friends will debut their brand-new name (the Genuwines) with their brand-new lineup (ex-Posis bassist Melissa Joy on upright, Jason Jackson on vocals and lead guitar, Nick Hureau on skins, and, of course, Jason Miller on lead vocals and guitar). Buddy up with them at myspace.com/genuwinetunes for more info and other shows, like Nov. 22 at Kinfolks.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, slide back on down to the corner of Colorado and Wahsatch and the Triple Nickel Tavern, where my dearly adored Haunted Windchimes, still glowing from a reportedly spectacular performance at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall, will light up the stage. Also appearing will be the whimsical and folksy Edith Makes a Paperchain (which also features the talented Melissa Joy on upright bass) and the rootsy twang-a-cana of Boston's remarkable Bean Pickers Union.
Also on Saturday night, just over the tracks at Benny's, you'll find another of the former femmes de Posis, Xanthe Alexis, with her new band, Xanthe and the Hopeful Heroines. If that isn't enough to get your attention, the bill is loaded with the heavy talent of Denver's Ian Cooke, the winner of three count 'em, three 2008 "Best Of" music awards from Denver's Westword (including "Best Recording," "Best Local Concert" and "Readers' Choice: Best Singer/Songwriter." He also won "Best Avant-Pop" at the 2008 Westword Music Showcase Awards, but who's counting? The point is, simply, this should be a spectacular show.
And, if you do nothing else this weekend, please take the time to soak up a healthy dose of our exclusive brand of C.Spgz culture during the eighth installment of Nocturnal Mockery at Cedars Jazz Club (located in Fillmore Crossing, 3125 Sinton Road). In addition to being "thee" pre-eminent local "proto-po-po-mo-a-go-go" (that's a pre-post post-modern art party, pal!) the Noc Moc event, which spans Friday through Sunday, is well known to showcase some of the region's finest musical talent.
This event will prove no exception, with live performances by the Nicotine Fits, Attorneys at Law, DJ Sewn, DJ Damage and DJ Tall City. Non-musical performers include the Soul Mechanics B-Boy Crew, Lola Spitfire's "Peaks and Pasties" Burlesque Troupe, belly dancer Neisa Salima and magician Evan Conver.
To finish, I want to wish my extraordinary wife and the love of my life, Heather (the Michelle to my Barack, so to speak), an unthinkably happy birthday. With great gratitude for the vast lengths you'd go to keep me and the boys fed, clean and clothed, thank you! I would be worthless without you. Well-wishers can join us, along with musical guests the ReMINDers, Adam Stone and the Haunted Windchimes at the Whitney Electric Warehouse, just south of Wooglin's Deli (823 N. Tejon St.) on Friday, Nov. 14, in celebration of this, her second 29th birthday.
That's it, smell you next time!