Get set to dance the weekend away
I hope everybody had a lovely Valentine’s Day and enjoyed their time with someone special. Keep the magic going this weekend with some great music. Here are this weeks local music highlights.Forever groovin’Tonight, it’s your turn to groove at 8150. Since their arrival on the scene almost four years ago, Perpetual Groove has earned a large following of fans and a fair share of attention on the festival circuit. This super talented quartet from Savannah, Ga., has performed at Bonnaroo, The Blue Ridge Harvest Fest, and has been selling out decent sized venues across the country. They also have become another band on a growing list of bands that are hard to peg down as one certain style or genre. Bringing together elements of reggae, jazz, and funk, Groove’s heavily improvised shows are full of energy and sensory pleasure. Not afraid to get fans totally immersed in the music, they incorporate a stellar light show and surround sound into the production for the ultimate experience.
initformusicFriday night at 8150, it’s local space rockers initfortim: half Ziggy Stardust, half Smashing Pumpkins, one hundred percent rock ‘n’ roll. They get a lot of their inspiration from the mountains and have captured a large and growing following here in Vail. But just because they are locals does not mean that they don’t rock out on a universal level. This is a band bursting with potential, so you should check them out now before they get too big and move on. Also playing with initfortim is punk rockers from Crested Butte, Local Red. Do the right thing, get out and support Colorado music.
Got hope?Also Friday at the Rumpus Room in Edwards, 56 Hope Road brings its seven-piece “acoustic funk explosion” to the valley for an evening of great music. Dave Hamilton and Steve Goveia harmonize their vocals against a funky backdrop. It feels like Simon and Garfunkel meets Morphine, only more up-beat. Hope really is a slave to the grind, constantly touring and writing new songs, yet they still manage to shrug it all off and play a great show every time. The heart of rock is not always electric, these guys prove it over and over again.Go, MikeMike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle swings into the Sandbar Saturday night. This experimental band captures the essence of Zappa with an even crazier sound. The percussion lays the groundwork for the Jungle’s funk laden jazzy structure. Bassist JJ “Jungle” Richards and drummer Go-Go Ray Pollard basically play back-up to Mike Dillon’s vibraphone. There are few words to describe these guys, just go see them for your self. And in case you don’t know what a vibraphone is, it’s probably one of the least cool instruments in the world, but for some reason, I want to learn how to play it now. That’s how much Dillon rocks the thing out.
Move and listenIn the mood to dance? 8150 will be hosting DJ Jon Bishop Saturday night just in case you want to keep moving while you listen. Bishop has played everywhere. You name it, he’s done it. Warehouses, clubs, trade shows, and a long list of other venues basically makes him skilled in all areas. Getting his start in California almost two decades ago, he is a veteran DJ, and he has the beats to prove it. Specializing in techno and house beats, the party is sure to be raging with Bishop at the helm. Opening for DJ Jon Bishop is the Wild Blooms. The band consists of Carol Turner and Kevin Johnson. Turner’s soaring, velvety vocals play a very large part in the appeal of this band, but that’s not to take away from the solid musicianship and songwriting.Ageless showThe Passage Project wraps up Saturday night’s list of live music. They will be performing at the Dobson Ice Arena in Vail. The Project delivers a diverse collection of songs with rich melodies and intricate structures. Their sound is fused with jazz, rock, and rap, so you can expect a little bit of everything, and it’s an all ages show so you can bring the youngsters too.
Big bears, unique reggaeWelcome to reggae Sunday at the Rumpus Room. Featured artist Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad takes dub to a whole new level. And if their live show is half as interesting as their name, then it should be a killer night. GPGDS doesn’t just play reggae, they try to reinvent it with an experimental and hypnotic style.Ween’s Claude Coleman on the seenFinally, Amandla brings its progressive style to 8150. Amandla features Claude Coleman Jr. from the cult-favorite band Ween. Coleman has far exceeded any expectations by writing and performing an entire album by himself. Of course, while playing live he has a backing band, but it’s still an amazing accomplishment. Coleman’s songs are powerful, born out of a near-fatal car wreck which took him months to recover from. Shades of jazz and folk ad to the depth of this meaningful project.