Perennial house-rockers Steele Diamond Louis & Hall will be celebrating their fifth anniversary with a weekend of getting down to the classics, this Friday and Saturday at their home away from home, the Back East Bar & Grill (9475 Briar Village Point). The group's classic-rock mastery has previously earned it recognition in Indy readers' voting for Best Cover Band, which is no accident given its collective résumé of now-defunct but no-less-badass bar bands.

John Michael Steele hails from the Riders, Doc Diamond from Contraband, Mike Louis from the Verdict, and Rikki Dee Hall from the VooDoo Hawks (who I hear are recording a new album and will be playing out again soon). Joined by Rosendo Rodriguez on the drums, they've earned a reputation for playing the hits "even better than the originals" (although the claim's made by folks who tend to slur their speech, reek of alcohol and appear exhausted from drinking and dancing for hours without rest).

Anyhow, if you're looking for the party where the ghosts of the Beatles, CSNY, CCR, the Eagles and the Doobie Brothers all show up and get down, then hit the Back East Bar! More info at sdlhband.com.

The weekend is looking to be mighty fine for the all-ages crowd as well, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Sunshine Studios crew, who have two full nights of mostly local rock and/or roll planned at their secret lair of all-ages awesome, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road. Firstly, Friday night kicks it in the pants with the über-funkified pop-rock stylings of Channel 27, the metallic alt.rock of Tattooed Grin, gnu-grunge from Fatal Memory, and a taste of a brand new hard rock band called Pyrrhic.

On Saturday night, they plan to serve up a hot and steamy, all-you-can-eat, heavy metal sample platter, featuring Colorado scream-oh purveyors Buried Across and death.metal band Warrington Station, with Life Not Our Own, Empire in Peril and Ghost Radio rounding out the bill. Both shows are just $6, and as always, are all-ages! More info on these, and lots of other shows, at sunshinestudioslive.com.

And just for good measure, I'll throw in a couple more options for you!

Flogging Molly's bass player, Nathen Maxwell, returns this Friday night to the Triple Nickel Tavern, where he and his Original Bunny Gang will have another fatty sack of their pure Rocky Mountain reggae. (That's right, they are not an Irish punk band!) Now, if you missed their full-tilt dance hall madness (repeat after me ... DANCE HALL MADNESS ...) the last time he was in town, please, do yourself a favor and go to this show!

And if you feel like hitting the Capital City, you can catch the Spgs' own "Johnny Thunders meets Jack Skellington," Dave Mansfield & the L.A.M.F.'s, opening for Denver's own "Joan Jett meets Katy Perry," Lola Back, at Denver's Gothic Theatre, on Saturday. Also on the bill are No Bueno and the Namesakes. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Well, kids, that's about it for now. Smell you later!

Don't forget to send your news, pix and whomever-meets-whatever descriptions of Colorado bands to adam@csindy.com.


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