So who's going up to Fort Collins for this weekend's Colorado Springs music festival? OK, that's kind of an exaggeration, but the Bohemian Nights fest lineup does start off pretty Springs-heavy on Saturday, with sets by The ReMINDers, Joe Johnson, and Grant Sabin & the Full Moon Band.
"It's going to be our last show as a band for a while," says Sabin of his collective, which includes Sam Erickson from We Are Not a Glum Lot, as well as Alex Koshak from Briffaut and Charioteer. "We're all going to be doing more solo stuff, and of course continue to be just as supportive towards each other in our own individual endeavors. "
After the Fort Collins show, the blues-steeped singer-songwriter will be going into Mark Benning's Hideaway Studios to work on his follow-up to his late 2012 Anthromusicology album. Sabin says he'll be working with producers Benning, Conor Bourgal and "really any of my friends that would like to be a part of it, or offer their creative opinion."
While the Full Moon musicians will no doubt be working together in the future, Sabin's looking forward to shifting his energies in a more inward direction.
"It's really easy to forget your individuality — or the individuality of your partners — when you're so immersed in a collective mentality," says Sabin. "It's a beautiful thing, but I think it's just as beautiful to take a step back and really look at the people with whom you're playing music, and appreciate them for who they are and what they do."
The Springs contingent's Bohemian Nights sets will kick off Saturday with Sabin & the Full Moon Band at 11:35 a.m. on the Linden Street Stage, The ReMINDers at 1:10 p.m. on the Mountain Avenue Stage, and Joe Johnson at 3 p.m. on the Singer-Songwriters Stage. The free three-day event will also feature Denver favorites DeVotchKa, Chimney Choir and Slim Cessna's Auto Club, as well as some seriously retro repertoire from War and Pat Benatar. Fans of proto-Americana, meanwhile, will want to catch the Richie Furay Band, led by the former Buffalo Springfield and Poco cofounder who now pastors Cavalry Chapel up in Broomfield.
The coming week will also find Jason Miller taking to the stage at the recently reopened Kinfolks in Manitou on Saturday, while Molly Boyles will be turning the resurrected Little Market at 749 E. Willamette Ave. into a weekend hangout with music, coffee, pastries and a "children's creativity zone." Visit her Facebook page (and Side Dish on p. 21) for more information.
Last but not least, Ryan Flores of the currently-on-hiatus Moonhoney is in the process of launching his own indie label, Heart Shaped Records, on which he'll be releasing albums by himself and others.
"The first two releases are already recorded and getting airtime on KRCC," Flores explained in a recent email. "The next two are already written, and I'm planning a Tom Waits tribute record backed by Grant Sabin and Alex Koshak. We've played a couple sets of Waits out live and will begin recording this fall. I'm also planning an album of classical music with several musicians in the area, as well as a host of Latin music."
Flores feels his label will bring diversity to a local scene dominated by indie rock and Americana. "Not to disparage any genre or artist," he adds, "as all are making important contributions. However, being Latino, I feel as though our music is mournfully underrepresented here."