While it would have been that much weirder if I'd made it over to see Cattle Decapitation at the Black Sheep, this past weekend was still a pretty unusual one in the land of local music.
It all kicked off with the Zodiac debut of Heavy Gravity, a trio featuring two-thirds of the Charlie Milo Trio plus V Bar turntablist extraordinaire DJ Gravity. Actually, three-thirds of CM3 ended up coming along for the ride, as drummer Chris Combs sat in with bandmates Milo and Eric Blackmore during Heavy Gravity's opening set.
In addition to the band's instrumental hip-hop offerings — which sonically suggested early Material combined with latter-day trip-hop — the set also featured guest raps from Stoney Bertz, Big Ro and Fidel RedStar's Ahmad Hassan Mitchell, plus additional sound-collage textures courtesy of Animus Invidious' Ableton software and video-game-controller setup.
Afterward, the Charlie Milo Trio took the stage for the final performance of its current lineup, mixing characteristically complicated originals with a cover of the Meters' "Hey Pocky A-Way" and a reggaefied take on Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee."
Chris tells me the decision to part ways with his bandmates, while difficult, was necessitated by his starting a full-time pro-audio job. He says he'll continue to do session work, plus his own studio project inspired by the electronic and free jazz explorations currently being pioneered by musicians like Jojo Mayer and Mark Guiliana.
Meanwhile, Paul Kaiser will make his debut as the trio's drummer May 31 at Ziggies, a Denver venue that bills itself as "Colorado's oldest blues club." CM3 will play closer-to-home gigs June 16, both on the main stage at Springs Spree and later that night at the Silver Tongue Devil Saloon. Heavy Gravity, meanwhile, plays the Triple Nickel this coming Sunday with Fidel Redstar and Portland, Ore., alt-funk band Otis Heat.
And the rest of last weekend? Well, on Sunday, Nashville hitmakers the Lost Trailers found their way to Colorado Springs to perform a set of contemporary country originals on a flatbed trailer parked on a closed-off block of Tejon Street. The occasion was a video shoot sponsored by local country station Y96.9, whose program director, Adam Burnes, was hailed by the band as one of "the great minds in radio." The Lost Trailers also offered up numerous shout-outs to God and country, and performed a country-rap fusion — "When I say COUNTRY, you say MUSIC!" — that made me want to kill myself. (Not really, I love that shit.)
After a frankly disappointing solar eclipse, I also managed to catch a great set by Conor Bourgal of Changing Colors, accompanied by Joe Johnson, who along with Briffaut put on a Let It Be-style concert on the rooftop of a house next door to Shuga's. You can watch my patented hold-the-iPhone-up-over-a-fence video of the duo's performance, complete with Jack Kirby-style superhero backdrop, on our blog (URL at end of column).
So what's next, you may ask. Well, if you can't make it out to see the recently resurrected Chuck Snow & the Lo-Fi Cowboys on Sunday at MeadowGrass (see story, p. 36), you can still catch them this Thursday at SouthSide Johnny's. In fact, get an early start on the evening with what promises to be one of the Pikes Peak Center's best Showcase at Studio Bee triple-bills: Kopesetik Soul, We Are Not a Glum Lot and the Inman Brothers Band. No cover at either show, so really, you can't afford NOT to go, right?