Get up and dance
This week I’m feeling funky. I want to dance. No seriously. It’s in the air, in the snow, in the sun, it’s just funky. Why, if I didn’t just get up this morning and near shimmy over to the bathroom to brush my teeth before funking up the stairs to boogey with a bagel and cream cheese then I’ve been having some pretty unusual dreams. When the funk calls I obey, I groove and I’m not ashamed of it. Which is why this week’s music lineup is so good, it’s positively brimming with energy, passion, invention and lashings of fun. Vinyl raises the tempo Wednesday at 8150 When seven members take to the stage you know you’re in for something slightly different and instrumental ensemble Vinyl are just that. The San Franciscan’s throw sax, flutes, drums, congas, Cuban drums, guitars and years of experience playing together produces an adventurous style of music that reaches deep down inside. Oh and I forgot to mention the Hammond organ, keys, harp and a level of musicianship and dexterity that would boggle the mind of any mere mortal.Supported by fellow Californian’s Mission Players who play funk pure and simple, Wednesday is a night likely to leave you with dance induced paralysis, a fixed grin and a foot that’ll continue tapping, slaved to a remembered beat, well into next week. The Last Bus stop to jam Thursday @ SandbarThere’s nothing The Last Bus like doing more than leaning back and letting the music flow. Noted for the laidback stage presence yet intense, tight jam sessions that slide between jazz and bluegrass while remaining identifiably their own.
Willis go all out Thursday at The Sundance SaloonYou know where you are with Willis and that’s on the dance floor grooving away to their brand of jazz, funk and rock and anything else they deign to drop into their bouncy sets. These Boulder boys’ original material will have you asking when they’re coming back and why it’s not sooner.Reid Genauer gets intimate Friday at FritesReid Genauer’s music isn’t hard to pin down and even easier to appreciate. Heavy on the lyrics, Genauer’s music will tug at the emotional strings as it swings between Motown, jazz and country while the words remain resolutely searching and sometimes painful they’re always honest.Soul Reclusion throw down Rocky Mountain hip hop Friday @ SandbarRocky Mountain hip hop eh? Didn’t see that particular genre on my ipod playlists but even those ultra-hip Apple designers can’t keep up with everything and it sounds like these three musicians and two MCs know their crowd and know their tunes. The Nederland, CO based quintet return after their November show ready to spread positive vibes and throw you headfirst into the weekend.
Everton Blender raises the reggae vibe Saturday at 8150Jamaican Everton Blender is the real deal, a true reggae artist, a deep thinker and writer. His music is acknowledged by those in the industry as bridging the gap between roots and dancehall reggae and delivering powerful anthems. Reggae Angels support. Tiffany Christoper Band Warms the Crowd Saturday @ SandbarTiffany Christopher is an exciting young jazz singer and musician who lends her voice to an electric rock sound with her band on Saturday. High energy and with half the band made up by women TCB are like to stick in the mind. Bongo Love strikes a rhythm Sunday at SandbarSandbar’s Sunday night reggae and dub nights have been quite the revelation this season, a worthwhile rival to drink-all-you-cans and aimless wanderings around the village. A Boulder resident but Zimbabwean by birth, Bongo Love brings African roots reggae music to West Vail. Performing music from a tender age and steeped in the traditions of his home, lead singer Bongo plans to take you far away from the snow and cold of Colorado.RAQ defies convention Tuesday at 8150
Imagine being a music journalist before 1992. Imagine how bloody easy it would have been. Have you ever tried to define a style of music? In the sixties a journalist could probably list the different genres on one tobacco stained hand, picture the moment heavy metal made an entrance, or techno; the furrowed brows worn by concerned editors for approximately eight seconds before inventing a new class right off the bat. Eight seconds, a new genre of music, crisis over, where’s the spliff? 2005 and things are a little different, take RAQ for instance, it would be easy for me to label them an electrifying rock band and go run a bath but it wouldn’t sit easy with my journalistic integrity. No sir. RAQ are an electrifying rock band, but they’re also a band who will wander off classic guitar riffs to explore the limits of their instruments, speeding up to booming electric jams, they’ll suddenly drop into a wild sounding mix of patterns, rhythms and experiments that are, if not continually harmonious, certainly exhilarating.Global Funk mixes it up Tuesday @ SandbarClosing the week out for Bandscene is Global Funk whose original sound takes elements of improvisational rock, free flowing instrumentals and classic jazz to create a sound designed to get your on your feet and keep your body moving all night. Extensive tourers, Global Funk feel like this is clearly the beginning of a long musical journey for them that has already seen them open for Spearhead, Ozmatli and Liquid Soul among others. Bandscene caught bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff waking up at home in California and cautiously optimistic about the band’s future:”The scene started in the 60s with bands with Herbie Hancock and then The Grateful Dead and Phish. These bands had something intangible about their music and when they passed away or broke up there was a mad rush to fill the void. The thing is the scene might not go back to that for that for thirty years. People go to see shows when there’s quality and at the moment there’s no big touring act to see.”I believe that Global Funk has that intangible quality but we’re struggling right now with the saturation of the jamband scene. Take Om Trio, they were a good band who split citing catastrophic financial difficulties so everyone is struggling but I believe the market is reaching a critical mass, it will crash and then find its own equilibrium.”As a band we want to be touring a lot, playing to a lot bigger audiences, you know selling out large venues and playing at Red Rocks. We might be struggling but our scene is different to the mainstream, it takes time but then we do have complete creative control, we can get up and improvise and that’s what keeps me doing it.”Vail Colorado