Tejon Street Corner Thieves: “We have your back” 

click to enlarge DANIA OWEN
  • Dania Owen
Tejon Street Corner Thieves have been nothing if not prolific in their live schedule. The band averages over 250 shows a year, and it’s easy to see why with even a cursory glance at their schedule: The local band’s efforts in November alone include dates in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota... well, you get the idea.

So when the group, who have clearly earned their reputation as hardworking showmen, cut their encore short at an Oct. 12 date at Mother Muff’s, they had to have good reason, which the band addressed the following night with a post on their Facebook page:

“We cut our encore short. Why? Because we stand up to rapists, homophobes, transphobes, body shamers, misogynists, racists, apologists and any other piece of shit that represents evil in our society. This isn’t a political statement. This is a moral statement.”

The band added: “Our shows will always be a safe space for all walks of life. We have your back and we are not afraid.”

The incident precipitating the band’s statement was an altercation involving a group using slurs at the show.

“I guess we’re getting more and more attention, but not all of it is from quality people,” explains banjoist/vocalist Connor O’Neal. “Basically, [an individual] showed up at our show to start shit, was kicked out once, and came back with a group, trying to intimidate us. We have a very large and diverse fanbase, and it didn’t fly.”

The band posted a further update following a meeting with Mother Muff’s staff, praising the venue for its accountability in the situation:

“Mother Muff’s has been one of the best bars and venues in Colorado Springs to us throughout our career, and we are proud to call them allies! They are dedicated to creating a safe and fun environment for everyone. The positivity and accountability in our community is amazing, and deserves to be celebrated.”

You can catch the band this week at Oskar Blues on Oct. 26 and at a benefit at the Triple Nickel Tavern on Oct. 27. The latter will also feature performances from New York’s Machine Girl, Kentucky’s Ford Theatre Reunion, New Mexico’s 99 Jakes and Idaho’s Lloyd and Saviour.

Elsewhere, if the fates see fit, we’ll all meet again in Valhalla. But until then, we’ve got Denver-based Nordic Daughter’s unique brand of “Violin Viking Alternative Folk.” Tonally, the band hits a compelling spot between symphonic metal and North Sea folk, and their violin-led Valkyrie rock will arrive at the Zodiac on Saturday, Oct. 27. Nordic Daughter’s new CD release, The Path, launches on Nov. 23 with a show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater. In the meantime, you can still pick up their EP Forgotten and one of their very own Viking drinking horns with which to enjoy your mead, cider and praises to Odin.

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