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Ceschi, an army of special guests come to the Black Sheep 

click to enlarge Factor and Ceschi bring the eclectic, virtuosic and vibrant songs of their new, collaborative LP to The Black Sheep on May 4. - RILEY DEACON
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  • Factor and Ceschi bring the eclectic, virtuosic and vibrant songs of their new, collaborative LP to The Black Sheep on May 4.

New Haven, Connecticut-based emcee and singer Ceschi is becoming a rather familiar face here in Colorado Springs, thanks to multiple stops at the Triple Nickel Tavern and old Flux Capacitor over the years. The emcee’s next return to the Springs looks to be an especially triumphant one, as his May 4 stop at The Black Sheep celebrates the release of a new LP, Sad, Fat Luck, recorded in collaboration with Saskatchewan-based producer Factor Chandelier.

Fans were able to get a preview of the new LP’s stylings with three Factor-produced singles preceding it on Ceschi’s Bandcamp over the past three months: “Say No More,” “The Gospel” and “Sad, Fat Luck.” 

While Ceschi’s style is often described as “folk-rap,” that label may understate both the eclecticism and virtuosity at play in his vibrant songwriting and skills on the microphone. Sad, Fat Luck, released through Ceschi’s own label, Fake Four Inc., is certainly no exception on either count.

The dense production of the title track features all manner of horns, violins and percussion, and the song’s anthemic hooks will likely inspire listeners to want to sing along — until you hit Ceschi’s rapid-fire rapped verses, and then, well, good luck keeping up. Tracks like “Jobs” and “Say No More” are equally sonically intricate in their production, though implemented in a way that makes them feel stark and appropriately haunted. “The Gospel,” a timely lament for those lost to the opioid epidemic, matches a soaring vocal performance from Ceschi with swirling, surreal organ loops, crisp beats and cinematic horn flourishes.

Along with Ceschi, Factor and a full band configuration for their Black Sheep appearance, the night will also feature performances from an array of special guests: experimental Venezuelan act Zeta (themselves making a welcome return to Colorado Springs), local punk quartet Cheap Perfume, Nashville-based emcee Spoken Nerd, one-man looping maniac Saustro and the Fruity Loops and Factor’s indie-pop duo with Gregory Pepper, Common Grackle.

Meanwhile, on April 30, the Pikes Peak Center will play host to a name familiar to roughly everyone who’s experienced pop culture since 1982 — George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Now, yes, we’ve all heard “Bad to the Bone” way too many times, but the multi-platinum-certified Thorogood’s guitar skills and crowd-pleasing showmanship honestly far outweigh any “overplayed” factor — check out the band’s 1985 Live Aid performance (with Chicago blues legend Albert Collins sitting in, no less) for a reminder of their capabilities.

Another blast from the past appears in the form of long-running rockers Styx, who play Pueblo’s Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 27. While the rest of the band has yet to make good on the long-speculated reunion with founding singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung, the flame has been kept alive by J.Y. Young, Tommy Shaw and company since 1996. They have consistently toured and released a fair amount of new material under the Styx banner, most recently the 2017 concept album The Mission.

Finally, rounding out the coming week are two benefit shows, featuring a diverse display of talent and causes absolutely worthy of local support.

This Saturday, April 27, the Triple Nickel Tavern is holding a fundraiser for Ryan DuBois, who was badly injured in a hit-and-run accident in Black Forest last December. Musical performances come courtesy of Atlanta-based punk metal act Cloak, who recently released the two-track 2 Hits From Hell, featuring an appropriately fiendish cover of the Misfits’ “London Dungeon”; local death metal band Crotalus; the “name says it all” local legend Good Morning Accordion Terrorist; as well as Dust Lord and Saustro and the Fruity Loops, who have been keeping plenty busy of late. There is also an ongoing GoFundMe campaign in support of DuBois, if you can’t make the show or would like to contribute more.

The following Friday, May 3, The Black Sheep hosts a benefit for the family of Amy Shrieves, featuring performances from Autumn Creatures, ourfather, ULTRAVIOLET, Hayden Trobee from Tigerwine, and Pit Viper. Autumn Creatures released an excellent, atmospheric LP, Funeral Garden, in August 2018.

Send news, photos, and music to collin@csindy.com.

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