No, it's not every day you wake up to find your picture on Snoop Dogg's homepage. But that's the position in which Aja Black and Antoine "Big Samir" Zamundu of Colorado Springs' favorite hip-hop duo, the ReMINDers, found themselves this past Sunday morning.
As you can see from the screen capture below, the avuncular rap godfather has taken the two local musicians under his wings, and with good reason. Anyone who's heard the ReMINDers live can vouch for the fact that they're seriously talented, which is why they were opening for Snoop in Aspen the night before.
While we await the perpetually touring duo's next album, you can check out a new ReMINDers video, shot during the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival, on our blog at bit.ly/mYaWno.
So have you all recovered from last week's amazing Indy Music Awards Festival? (See story, here.) Then it's time to celebrate the last weekend of summer with a couple more outdoor fests.
On Saturday, the big event is the Mountain of the Sun Music Festival at Aspen Valley Ranch, located about a mile outside downtown Woodland Park. The lineup for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation-sponsored event includes touring acts Crooked Still, Steel Wheels, Amy Speace and more. According to PPCF's Michael Hannigan, it will also showcase the ranch's central meadow as the potential site for a permanent amphitheater, sort of our version of Red Rocks. Should be fun.
Then on Sunday, you can stop by the Leechpit, where proprietor and former Indy writer Adam Leech will host a summer barbecue with music by Mike Clark, Dear Rabbit, Haunted Windchimes and the Flumps. It's pretty much a condensed version of the lineup that played Lofty's two weeks ago. So if you missed that, consider this your makeup exam.
And if you want to make your weekend all music, all the time, hit the V Bar on Sunday evening. There, Kiowa Sessions ringleader Ishhod Collins is promising sets by Inaiah Lujan (of the above-mentioned Windchimes) as well as, in Ishhod's words, "adorable talented organist" Juliet Kerlin. Chauncy Crandall and Anthony Action are also on the bill, but not Collins' band the Heartless, which, sadly, has called it a day.
Then again, folks were saying the same thing about Loverleigh, and as we noted a couple weeks back, the Springs' much-loved "sexy hatecore" band has incontrovertibly returned to the land of the living. The band goes public with its first big reunion gig this coming Monday at the Black Sheep, opening for the Joy Formidable, who happen to be interviewed here.
Also, if you haven't caught Oregon hellraisers Larry & His Flask on previous trips through town, you'll get another chance Tuesday at the Ancient Mariner. Since I have somehow gotten this far into the column without an egregiously strained musical analogy, let me just say that the Flask's folk-punk excursions operate on a similar level to those of the Pogues, except that Larry's band sticks to acoustic instruments and doesn't do all that Irish stuff.
By the way, Grant Sabin and Joe Johnson are both doing opening honors, so you'll want to make a night of it. And while you're there, be sure to pick up Grant's new Homesick EP, which finds the whiskey-voiced blues prodigy coming into his own as a serious artist. Play it alongside his earlier album, Listen and Learn, and you'll realize that he's been doing a whole lot of both.