A new music store dedicated exclusively to local bands and labels is slated to open Saturday, June 27. Randy Ketterer, president of K.A.B.O. (Kolorado Artist and Bands Organized), the local band support network that's hosted benefit shows for various youth programs for a year-plus now, has announced the grand opening of the K.A.B.O. Music Store, located in a donated room within Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.).
It'll be offering downloads, CDs (remember them?), T-shirts and such from any local band who wishes to consign them. In addition, K.A.B.O. intends to donate its 20 percent consignment fee to a chosen charity every six months. So, bands, I am talking to you: It sounds like this store is only as cool as you make it, so get over there with some sweet-ass merch already. And music fans (I assume that would be the rest of my readers): Why not put a little money where your ears are?! While you're at it, stick around for an evening of bone-rattling local metal with State of Insomnia, Bohemian Grave, Vital Malice and Marriage of Convenience. For more info, or to see how you can get involved, give Randy a shout at 271-9577.
I have to admit I'm pretty gosh darn excited about this weekend's fourth annual blues'grass festival at Happy Ass Ranch, just up old Ute Pass in Lake George. No, I'm gonna go right out and say it, I am damn excited! Starting on Friday, June 26, and running through late Sunday afternoon, Happy Ass will be transformed into the proverbial "big rock candy mountain" for three days and two nights of live music, camping, and old-timey-style fun.
Pack up your bindle with some food, drinks and your favorite whittling knife, 'cause this "BYOE" (the E is for "Everything") event will feature little in the way of physical sustenance, but for just $40 (kids 12 and under free), you'll be privy to all the ranch's camping "facilities," not to mention the nutrient-rich sounds of more than a dozen of Colorado's finest Americana-style musical endeavors. They include, but are not limited to, the Ackermans, Edith Makes a Paperchain, the Changing Colors, the Genuwines, the Mike Clark (of Jack Trades infamy) Band, the Haunted Windchimes, Creating A Newsense, Grass It Up, Marianne Louise, the OTC Varmintz, Florissant Fossils, and an "all hands on deck" jamboree currently being billed as the "Creating a Genuwine Trade Wind All Star Band," or Creagen Trawin Alstaban, if you prefer. For the complete lineup and directions, visit happyassranch.com.
Lastly, as part of my new "stuff we didn't tell you about" trend, the debut print from the Post Neo Explosionism collective (Justin Hampton, Emek and Jermaine Rogers), sold out within minutes at pne3.com. Titled "The 27 Club," the print features the skeletal remains of Brian Jones, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain, with the bedeviled Robert Johnson overhead. Now, although the prints are officially sold out online (T-shirts are still available), I have it from a "higher authority" that an extremely limited number may be available at Jermaine's gallery, Dero 72 (934 Manitou Ave., #103, jermainerogers.com), but you had best hop to. Like most of Jermaine's work, this poster is simply too cool to not sell out!
I guess that's that. Smell you later.