click to enlarge Peelander-Z never lets props overshadow its thoughtful music.
  • Peelander-Z never lets props overshadow its thoughtful music.

Anyone even remotely associated with the local folk and/or Americana scene should be quite pleased to hear one of our own, Cahalen David Morrison, will be back in town this weekend for an impressive series of shows. The former Springs resident, you should recall, plays a remarkably unique blend of American "roots" music, leaning heavily on conventional bluegrass and country blues but deeply steeped in enchantments of his native Northern New Mexico, as well as a humble Far Eastern elegance he must have picked up while studying sitar and tabla in Southern India.

Now, although he has re-rooted back into the dry soil of Tierra Amarilla, N.M., and has far too many miles under his belt to be considered a local act, we can show him he will always be welcome here in "Northern Northern New Mexico." Cahalen, performing both solo and with the lovely and talented Brianna Lane as the Harbor Collective, will be at the Black Forest Community Center for Black Rose Acoustic Society's Open Stage on Friday, April 10.

The duo will play at Kinfolks on Saturday, April 11, and will end its Colorado stretch at Shuga's on Monday, April 13, with special guests the Changing Colors. (Extra note: On April 12, Cahalen will perform with Charlie Milo at Kinfolks.) For information on these shows and more, visit cahalen.com.

Shifting gears (no pun intended), we now burn rubber to the Phil Long Expo Center (1515 Auto Mall Loop) on Saturday, April 11, for an all-day, all-ages, demolition derby of a festival concert event. Brought by the Monument-based promotion team No End For Tomorrow, Bash Fest 2009 is slated to expose the talents of many a local "core" band. As much as I would love to tell you much more about it, I'm going to hit my word count just typing the band names. Here goes ... Drive-In Massacre, Show Me the Sky, Defending the Pilot, the Appendages, Zombie Slumber Party, There Be Monsters, the Skyline Surrender, A Sonnet to Silence, Set Fire to Athens, A Fall to Rewind, Thanks to You, the Forgotten Secret, If I Were a Wizard, Rob Drabkin, Madison Gray, Sheridan, Cry of a Giant, Anchorage and more. Man, that's enough to make a schlub like me wish he was paid per word! For more information, please visit myspace.com/neft_mp.

My picks for this weekend? How about Leftmore, the Taylor Project, the Charlie Milo Trio and Jeb Burgess, all at the Black Sheep tonight, Thursday, April 9? Or Denver's Lords of Fuzz, plus the Nicotine Fits and Dr. Ustin & the Magical BLT at the Rocket Room on Friday, April 10? Or Gunnison's premier garage rock band U-47 at Pueblo's premier downtown bar, the Downtown Bar (103 Central Plaza) on Saturday, April 11?

No? Too tame for you? Well, if you're feeling really crazy Friday night, I mean really STUPID crazy, try Denver's hi-dive (7 S. Broadway) and soak up some "Japanese Action Comic Punk" with Peelander-Z, the Fire Drills and the Postman. Like a cross-pollination between Guitar Wolf, the Ramones and the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Peelander-Z are on a soda pop rocket of rock 'n roll destruction that will leave you breathlessly scratching your dizzy head! Don't believe me? See peelander-z.com. I DARE YOU!

That's that. Smell ya when I smell ya!

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