Ever wonder why there are so many god-damned two-piece blues, rock and indie bands popping up all over the place? The White Stripes, the Black Keys, the Jack Trades (wait a minute ... Jack isn't a color!) What are they thinking? Who are they fooling? Where is the bass? Where is the flavor?
Well, let me tell you where the flavor is, at least on Saturday, April 25. It's at Sticks Billiards (4474 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.), where Jeremy Ruggles, whom I have affectionately dubbed the Les Claypool of Colorado, will host a Bass Players Convention. Starting at 2 p.m., Jeremy and his team will give a complete rundown of the inner and outer workings of a bass guitar, from tech specs to technique to band formation to the age-old question, "How do you get a bass player off your front porch?" He is also hoping that a few "bassless" bands might show up to adopt one of his strays.
The free, all-ages event (which still will require ID) will wrap up with a public jam session at 6. For more information, call Jeremy (Claypool) Ruggles at 651-9343 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your gear and a power strip! And, oh, to answer that question about the bass player on your porch ... just pay for the damn pizza, already!
The Electric Illuminati, that well-connected (socially, spiritually and musically) concoction of Ron English and Jack Medicine backed by Velvet Rut (Jack Kennedy, Michael Kimbrell and Craig Haughton), will be playing from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center's Studio Bee on Sunday, April 26. (The band's original show was postponed by the blizzard a few weeks back.) Part of the Indie Spirit Film Festival, the event will feature a special screening of Abraham Obama, the new documentary film about English's acclaimed painting that also features other street artists like Shepard Fairey. Yes, it's a "rare glimpse inside the insane lives of some of the most prolific artists in America today." There will also be a question-and-answer session with the film's director, Kevin Chapados. For more information on the band, the movie and the movement, just visit abrahamobama.net.
And since you're already in the 'hood, stick around for some sweet indie rock sugar, or should I say "shuga?" Yes, everyone's favorite first-named, bearded, smiling guy, Rence, has announced that his former band, Be Thou My Vision, is no more. Instead, he, along with longtime, first-named friend and musical collaborator Kenneth will henceforth be referred to by their rightful title, the Pachisi Champion.
Not to be confused with the bastardized American version, Parcheesi, or the popular German game Mensch ärgere dich nicht (which sounds way dirtier than it really is), Pachisi is the national game of India, and apparently, Rence and Kenneth are damn good at it. Championship good, bro! The pair make a pretty damn good experimental indie-gaze band as well, and they will be releasing their debut album at Shuga's (see, I got around to it!) on Sunday, April 26. The equally sweet, but totally inferior at Pachisi, Andy Tanner will be opening. As always, visit something along the lines of myspace.com/thepachisichampion for more information.
The Triple Nickel Tavern has once again bemuddled, or should I say remodeled, its back room, with a fab new layout that allows for far more music and boozing. To celebrate this grand re-opening, on Saturday, April 25, it will host a trinity of Denver's finest punk/and/or/abilly bands: Get Three Coffins Ready, Forth Yeer (no longer Freshmen) and Devil's Backbone Revival. More at myspace.com/555nickel.
Vaya con dios, amigos. Smell you later!