Last week, we wrote about the resurrected Last Supper, and this week we've got another unexpected reunion.
Modbo co-owner Brett Andrus — who's also the guy with the Hofner Beatle bass in Men of Deep Throat — will rejoin fellow Rampart High grads Jason Chlebus, Jason Eaton and Joe Turner for a one-off Soulfood reunion this coming Saturday.
For those who, like me, weren't around to experience the magic back in the day, Soulfood was a local band that spread the funk-blues-punk gospel from 1994 to 1997. Search YouTube for "Easy Chair Livin' Housewife," a track from the band's 1995 Can You Dig It album, and you'll be reminded of a kinder, gentler and smoother hybrid of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Then again, maybe you'll be reminded of something else entirely.
The point is that you can catch the reformed version Saturday at Ivywild School. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the nonprofit ModboCo art school as well as the family of the recently deceased Jonathan Wheeler, who was the original band's rhythm guitarist, saxophonist and harmonica player.
Shifting from punk-funk over to the blues-rock side of the equation, this is an especially good week to catch up with Justus League, the fast-rising local band featuring Austin Johnson, Jake Loggins, Sean Pyrtle, Matthew Taylor and Dean Woodward.
On Friday, Loggins and Justus League will be playing consecutive sets at a free Stargazers show celebrating Jake's birthday as well as the release of the band's debut CD. The band will also be live-in-the-studio on KRCC at noon this Thursday, followed by a 5:30-to-7:30 performance at Bancroft Park's Paint the Town Blue concert series.
Elsewhere on your local radio dial — as well as online, for those of us who have no idea what a local radio dial is — Stray Suns will be doing an interview and playing a couple tracks from their Dizzier Da Sheikh Dawn EP on KRXP during its Sunday night Artist Spotlight show.
This is also a good week for music fans who believe their performers should be wearing three-quart Stetsons at all times. On Saturday, the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo will play host to Dwight Yoakam, whose 2012 album 3 Pears was his highest-charting in a quarter-century recording career.
Meanwhile, you'll find less cattle, but more hats, as the Sons of the Pioneers pay a visit to our fair town this week. Both a band and a tradition, the Pioneer legacy extends back to the early '30s, when a certain Leonard Slye was invited to join a cowboy singing group called the Rocky Mountaineers. A couple years later, Slye changed his name to Roy Rogers, while the Rocky Mountaineers changed their name to the Sons of the Pioneers, who would go on to appear in close to 100 cowboy flicks. They also recorded nearly as many albums, more than a few of which include their biggest hit, "Cool Water."
While tons of Sons are out roaming that big range in the sky, the current incarnation will be playing at Stargazers this Thursday.
And finally, if you've only seen Black P's more, um, humorous videos like "Snicker Licker" and "Bitches Wanna Fuck," the Colorado Springs rapper's brand new "Anatomy of Black P" may come as a surprise.
Uploaded to the artist's YouTube site last week, the song and video dispense with all things gratuitous in favor of more serious subject matter, with visually striking imagery to match.
"Yeah, I kind of took it back to my F.O.S. style," says the emcee, referring to his early Fusion of Syllables project. "I like to write what I feel, and this one just took a direction of its own."
The song, which uses intricate wordplay to address everything from gun confiscation to record-industry exploitation, is from Black P's new YMP album. CDs have so far been available only at shows, but the album will be officially released to iTunes and record shops in mid-September.