Downvalley hot spot
WOLCOTT – The Wolcott Yacht Club doesn’t charter yachts, but it’s a great place to sail into the weekend.The Yacht Club gets its name from an inside joke which may confuse visitors. Owner Jan Jouflas’ father stored a fishing boat in a barn on the property at one point, which he dubbed the Yacht Club. When Jouflas decided to open a restaurant, she realized it would make for an interesting name. The Yacht Club has been a myriad of different combinations of businesses for over 80 years, but this is not Jouflas’ vision. She plans to do away with the other commercial aspects of the place and continue expanding the Yacht Club’s business as a restaurant and music venue.One of the ways Jouflas does this is by booking local, underground and national acts while charging only a modest $3 cover on Friday nights. All the other shows are free, and patrons can eat a quality dinner for as low as $11-$12 an entree. The bar often offers drink specials on signture drinks, like the vodka lemondrop served in a glass with a sugared rim. The outdoor patio area itself feels relaxed. A canopy of trees adds to the spot’s cozy charm. One would feel perfectly at home sipping coffee during a Sunday brunch, or drinking and dancing the night away under the stars on a wild Friday night. The Yacht Club draws a diverse crowd. It’s a favorite spot for people all over the valley. “It gets packed. The mix is eclectic. It’s young people and older people,” said singer Tempa Jane of Tempa and the Tantrums. She explained that she had lots of fun playing for all ages and types of people who turned up for her previous shows at the Yacht Club.
Upcoming shows at the clubChicago blues band Nick Moss and the Flip Tops will play at the Wolcott Yacht Club Friday night. The lineup includes Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who used to play drums for Muddy Waters. Smith was one of Moss’ earlier influences, who he said helped give him the feel and timing of the blues.A Chicago native, Moss was drawn to the blues by classics such as B.B. King. He also heard many popular rock groups like Led Zeppelin aiming for a more original blues sound.”A lot of the rock ‘n’ roll guys were just trying to play the blues,” Moss said. Moss embraces the Chicago blues tradition – keeping it alive and fresh with mean guitar and a steady stream of creative new songs. He thrives during live performances. “I really enjoy playing live because the energy of the crowd fuels me,” he said. Nick Moss and the Flip Tops have won national and overseas acclaim with positive reviews in music publications including Downbeat, Guitar One and Blues Revue.”Nick Moss is one of the local favorites at my club, Legends. I always enjoy the way he plays and works hard to please our audience,” Waters said on the Flip Tops’ Web site.
Denver-based Tempa and the Tantrums come to the Wolcott Yacht Club Sept. 3. Tempa describes the sound as eclectic-blues-Americana, which incorporates blues, jazz, zydeco, R&B, Funk and soul into the mix.Tempa and the Tantrums have been a prominent fixture in Denver’s music scene for the past several years. Recognition includes multiple nominations for Westword’s Best Blues Band and The Denver Post’s Best Underground Band awards.Tempa Jane – a southern girl whose real name is Tempa – wields a dynamically soulful blues voice often compared to Janis Joplin’s. She loves writing songs as well. With her first at age 4, she says she, “can’t stop writing,” but promises to complete her new album sometime this December. Symbolic of her personality and live shows, her songs do not contain a lot of fluff. They are raw, emotional and even controversial. One song about evangelism and crack-whores elicited some fierce criticism from a few people.”I really like to connect with my band and the people who come to hear music. That’s my religion,” Tempa said.The Wolcott Yacht Club music lineupToday from 5-7 p.m. – Nick Moss and The Flip TopsSaturday from 2 -6 p.m. – Blue Crewe
Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Laughing BonesThursday from 6-10 p.m. – AirborneSept. 2 from 5 – 10 p.m. – Laughing BonesSept. 3 from 2-6 p.m. – Tempa and the TantrumsSept. 4 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Watermelon Slim Pete Fowler is a freelance writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgVail, ColoradoVail, Colorado
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