Making the effort for music
It’s not as easy as they say. No way. Running a bath? Boiling an egg? Sure they look simple, but aren’t we just believing the hype? I have personally managed to flood an entire floor of a student hall by leaving a bath running for over a half an hour. I have also left an egg to boil for so long that I only remembered it was on the stove when I heard a sound not unlike that of a car crashing into the front of my house and my subsequent investigation revealed an egg-veneer coating 9 percent of my kitchen and a saucepan suspiciously lacking both water and egg.Conversely, difficult objectives are more attainable than we’ve been led to believe and the very act of achieving these objectives leads to a deeper sense of satisfaction than if we had simply taken the easy option. For example, making spaghetti bolognaise is more satisfying than boiling an egg and spinning a 360 is much more satisfying than launching a straight air off a jump.It should be clear that the easy way is not always that easy, and the hard way can lead to great reward. Sitting at home and watching sitcom reruns while eating food from cans is the easy way. Getting up from the sofa and venturing out to see a live band can be both tricky and risky, but it may well ultimately pay off in the satisfaction stakes. You’ll be the one kicking yourself when your roommates come home with big shiny smiles and happy glows after seeing a new band while you decided a bunch of neurotic New Yorkers attempting to have sex with each other and drink coffee (with all too often hilarious consequences) was more pressing.Here are the tasty little treats tempting you out for this week.Judge Roughneck presides over some outdoor funIf you’re going to organize a concert outside in December, you better decide on a band that’s going to keep your audience moving. Judge Roughneck fits the bill perfectly. A high energy pop-reggae outfit from Denver who promises to be loud, cheeky and fun, they are the ideal band to get the Street Beat festivities really rolling now that everyone’s back in town. The group plays today at 6 p.m.
Young Dubliners leave luck out of itCeltic rock is unleashed on unsuspecting masses by Irish-American band Young Dubliners at 8150 tonight. Channeling guitars, drums and strings into original material, the group are bounding on over from L.A. LA. to entertain us with a range of material that runs from full on rock to beer-fuelled pub-rock. Electric Side Dish create tasty buzzElectric Side Dish is a six man mission to get the dance floor jumping and the audience grooving. Whether they are playing classic covers from the their wide repertoire of blues, rock, funk, folk and country or some rootsy rock originals, their single-minded ambition to get you on the dance floor is rarely unfulfilled. Electric Side Dish plays Thursday to jump start the weekend at the Sandbar at 10 p.m.Free Sol set to combust
Burning a path from Memphis, Tenn., Free Sol is a hip-hop collective who diversify its sound with elements of soul, rock, funk and jazz to produce a sound that is both the group’s own and wholly intoxicating. The band is garnering attention and respect from all ends of the spectrum from fans, to press to record labels and as the saying goes, “there’s no smoke without fire,” and Free Sol are definitely on fire and blazing the stage at the Sandbar on Friday at 10 p.m.Dumpsta Phunk funk while it dumpsWhen I heard the Neville brothers were playing funk in Vail I was intrigued. At the time I left England, the Neville brothers were two established English international soccer players. Versatile defenders, they had seemed comfortable with their sporting life. Little did I know they were concealing an ambition to roam the world playing big, funky tunes. I knew even less when I realized it was actually the legendary Neville brothers from New Orleans not two gnarly, hard-tackling defenders. Still when Dumpsta Funk picked up the Big Easy award for best funk band 2005 after only nine shows, my disappointment was tempered and turned to unbridled joy. The super-group rips it up at 8150 at 10 p.m. Friday. See a longer feature story in Friday’s Vail Daily.FYI: Soccer player’s Gary Neville and Phil Neville’s father first name is, wait for it, Neville. You can’t make this stuff up.Agent Orange lay waste to the massesSaturday sees Californian surfpunk band Agent Orange return to Vail for some of its trademark moshpit-inducing thrashing guitars and energetic bouncing tunes. This is no rookie band, and the last few years have seen Agent Orange fine tune its live sets into one perfect, irresistible musical movement that sees energy flow in a positive feedback loop from band to audience and back again until fans begin to spontaneously combust, and the band is hosed off the stage with the sort of high pressure water cannons used to quell out of control fires and protesting hippies alike. See a longer feature about the punk extraganza happening at the Sandbar in Saturday’s Vail Daily.
Kimock and plays with friendsSteve Kimock, the famous Bay Area guitarist, heads into Vail to play 8150 on Sunday with friends in tow with what’s sure to be a great show. Kimock is bringing friends Robert Walter, Reed Mathis and Rodney Holmes to flesh out the lineup into a full fledged band with the slightly unimaginative name – Steve Kimock Band. Take a ride with Great American TaxiInitially a band that formed for a benefit gig, Great American Taxi combines musical hard-hitters Vince Herman and Reed Foehl. The chemistry was so good that they have made the band a full time entity. If you want to hear classic slices of Americana, bluegrass, funk and rock then the imminent arrival of Great American Taxi at Vail’s stomping ground 8150 on Tuesday is a must see.Vail, Colorado