Well kids, I received some bad news from Jack Medicine, songwriter and manager of Ron English's Electric Illuminati. It appears he is pulling the "plug" on this particular incarnation of the exceedingly political and, perhaps, excessively intellectual group of merry musical miscreants. But he will continue to hone their studio album, three years in the making.
"With English's worldwide fame and hijinks," says Medicine, "the record will hopefully become one of legend in just a few years." As always, more of a "bang" than a "whimper" man, Medicine has arranged a final Illuminati performance opening for the Apples in Stereo (see interview here) at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall this Saturday, Oct. 23. For more information on this performance, the album (which Medicine says will "hit art markets and limited music outlets in the form of a specialty box set ... sometime in 2011"), or even the possible Broadway production inspired by the life and controversial works of Ron English, by all means, visit songsinenglish.com/?p=1012 and popaganda.com.
For those of us disappointed when comedian Richard Lewis canceled last month's appearance at Stargazers Theatre — thus also canceling an opening performance by Gregory Alan Isakov: There will be another opportunity to catch the intensely alluring singer/songwriter next Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Loft in Old Colorado City. Coming across as something along the lines of a slightly less morose Leonard Cohen (whose song, "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong," Isakov covers ably on his latest release, This Empty Northern Hemisphere), Isakov writes songs that, in an increasingly frustrating world, are timeless and effortless to listen to.
I know that may sound strange, but as someone who is professionally required to listen to countless hours of local recordings, I swear that "effortless" can be a pretty rare commodity! Opening the concert will be local country-pop rockers, the Genuwines.
Saturday marks the fourth annual "Thrill the World" charity "dance-a-thon-o-rama," hosted locally by our very own Peaks and Pasties, southern Colorado's "first and only burlesque, boylesque, vaudevillian variety troupe." Paying tribute to the now-deceased King of Pop (long live the King), Thrill the World is a simultaneous worldwide enactment of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance, and you can get in on the fun! Beginning at noon at Southside Johnny's, the P&P crew will be helping you with your moves, and your zombie makeup, and by 5 p.m. you should be ready to "thrill."
Participants are asked to throw down $3 for charity, and I have been assured that all ages and ability levels, even as low as mine, are welcome. For more information, including a helpful series of "Thriller" dance instructional videos, check out thrilltheworld.com.
Finally, there is still no official word on the fate of the Rocket Room, but from the looks of its calendar, Dave and Shalonda Cantrell do not intend to put it down quietly. Check it out: Thursday, the 21st, they have Headhum and Constellation of Cars. Friday is Lazy Spacemen, Vago and Tater Twat. Saturday, Matterhorn, Black Lamb and Smaug. And Sunday, they're throwing down a four-band grindfest with Ruining Seed, Dripfed, Motogrinder and No Thought. Damn, Rocket Room, why you gotta be playin' us like this?!
Smells you laters.
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