So when's the last time you've heard of a local band selling out the Black Sheep? Turns out Claymore Disco's CD release show this past Saturday was the first time it's happened since 2006, when the club, then still in its infancy, hosted a series of popular genre competitions (rap vs. metal, punk vs. hardcore, etc.), culminating in a final sell-out show featuring all the previous winners.
And how exactly did this year's Indy Music Awards "People's Choice" winners manage to do it?
"They promoted extremely hard, hit the streets and Internet with presale tickets, and got the other bands in the show [Bad Maps, Knight in Colors and Photo Noir] to work hard," says Black Sheep general manager Chris Huffine. The local rave-pop band even brought in extra light towers for the stage in order to heighten the evening's event status.
Claymore Disco also kept its local gigs to a minimum during the period between their early September Indy Music Awards performance and last Saturday's album release show. "Not over-saturating is key for good turnouts," says Chris. "Nothing kills a band's draw like playing too much."
While Claymore Disco has yet to book its next area date, you could always make a trek up to Evergreen, where the band will be playing a place called The Place on Nov. 12.
Closer to home, a new nightclub called Rawkus is opening this month, and the folks behind the venue have some pretty ambitious plans. In addition to more traditional Springs club fare — Jesse James Outlaw Whiskey Model Search, anyone? — the 3506 N. Academy Blvd. venue will, as Rawkus' Chris Copeland puts it, kick off its EDM side with a Nov. 21 opening celebration.
The event will be headlined by Dieselboy, who, according to Washington Post critic Richard Harrington, was the first drum 'n bass artist to crack Billboard's dance charts. Other acts on the bill include DJ Swamp, a former U.S. DMC tournament champion who spent four years as Beck's touring deejay back in the pop star's "two turntables and a microphone" days.
One of the club's goals is to book the kind of international electronic acts who play Beta up in Denver — British dance godfather Pete Tong, for instance, will be performing at the more established dance mecca Nov. 22 — and from the looks of it, Rawkus is off to a good start.
OK, a couple more upcoming shows you need to know about: First off, the Triple Nickel cancer benefit — which will feature the Nobodys, El Toro de la Muerte and a ton of other local favorites — has been moved from this coming weekend to Nov. 23 and 24. But you can still exercise your altruistic inclinations Saturday with a Sunshine Studios benefit featuring Mark's Midnight Carnival, Joey Not Home, Sonic Soma and the Hardway. Proceeds will help local charity PlayDate Behavioral Interventions assist children with autism and other disabilities; info at myplaydate.org.
Also this Saturday, if you missed all those Monsters of Mock Halloween shows last week, you can still relive the magic of David Lee Roth, the Beastie Boys and the Replacements — as channeled through Mike Stephens, Malakai and the Lo-Fi Cowboys, respectively — one last time at McCabe's.
And finally, mark your calendar for Front Range Barbeque's 13th Anniversary Party on Nov. 14, featuring live music from the Broken Spoke. For a preview, you can go to the alt-country group's bandcamp site and hear three new demos posted this past Monday. They were recorded up at Hideaway Studios, the rustic West Creek "compound" that's played host to artists ranging from the Silos to My Morning Jacket. Tom Skora's vocals sound better than ever, Josh DeSmidt's electric guitar is predictably haunting but with a sharper edge, and the whole thing bodes well for what's sure to be a great evening.