New tricks for ’06
Your average bartender is a crafty character. I remember in my first job out here in the valley when I slaved as a day server for a whopping $2.34 an hour, the bartender – to whom I was expected to hand over a casual 10 percent of my earnings – would take nearly all morning (while i was vacuuming, sweeping, polishing and setting the entire restaurant) slicing lemons into a small metal container in order to easily facilitate throwing the majority of them away at the end of the day and thus setting up his workload for the following day. But perhaps I don’t give bartenders the credit they deserve. If you stop and think about it, they carry a heavy load upon their shoulders. Not just anyone could pop off bottle tops and sling them over the shoulder with such casual disregard for human safety. That ice doesn’t scoop itself. Liquor bottles don’t arrange themselves in such an asthetically pleasingly manner on the back rows. That takes a professional. Perhaps a bartenders greatest hour comes with the creation and subsequent naming of cocktails and shooters. It’s a demanding field, and not every bartender has the necessary qualifications to succeeed. What is needed is creativity melded with an enclycopeadic knowledge of liquor and a streak of rebellion to make a new lethal concoction of alcohol with a cool sounding name. The number of barmen and barwomen who have gone home thinking, “Slippery Elbow?” “Slippery Forehead?” “Slippery Ankle?” Or when looking at a Baileys quietly curdling in Guiness been thinking, “English Car Bomb?” “Scottish Bike Bomb?” “French Plane Bomb?” Think, think, think – dammit.In many ways bartenders are like the evil geniuses that form and name bands. How many substances do you think Metallica went through before settling on the one we all know and love? How many continents did Europe go through before settling on their final one and releasing wave after wave of softrock? And how many colors did Ozzy Osborne, a man who virtually sustained himself on hallucinogenic narcotics for decades, cycle through before settling on black as the most suitable partner for Sabbath? Turqoise Sabbath just doesn’t have the same ring to it.By which very tenuous linking we come to this weeks offering of live music and what an offering it is.Something fishy about Vince Herman TrioMany musicians claim to have been involved with music all their lives on press biographies, but Vince Herman is one of the few who can truly lay claim to having spent a lifetime in the industry and the music world. Founding member of Left Hand String Band, Salmonheads, Leftover Salmon and now the Vince Herman Trio, Herman has very few songs he doesn’t know on guitar and even fewer that he can’t pick up within a couple of minutes of intent listening.
Playing the cosy confines of Samana in Vail, Vince Herman Trio brings its experience and a genuine joy of playing music to the snow-loving people of the valley.Go with the Liquid Soul flowLiquid Soul is a band that can’t be accused of resting on its very comfortable laurels. Since bursting out of Chicago with a sound that evolved from hip-hop jams and acid jazz free-form sessions, the group’s members have solidly carved out a name for themselves on the national and international live circuit. Replete with musicians that ooze talent from every pore, lip and string-picking finger, the band boasts many things. From a large horn section that boosts out a wall of sound that allows you to sit up high and appreciate the musical soundscape, the group is creating to the 10 years of experience playing live. That means that each and every tune is set up with the sole purpose of rocking the house and setting off incendiary dance-riots. Don’t be surprised if you wake up after this gig to find the word ‘boogey’ branded on a body part somewhere and your entire muscular system still twitching from the Liquid Soul groove.Funk musicians sans frontieresGlobal Funk is a band that likes to start out with something familiar, but end up with a tune that has soared into pure freestyle improvisation and left the path of all familiarity a long time ago. Ostensibly a jazz band (a label that has seen them play the Montery Jazz Festival), Global Funk really likes to turn the amps up to 11 and hit the crowds with a blistering torrent of rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, funk, Latin beats all wrapped in a feelgood vibe.
Sandbar plays host to this musical ensemble on what promises to be a night of sweating, smiling and pulsating crowd moves.Anthony B drops Jamaican soundsSticking to his guns is what Anthony B is all about. Hailing from Jamaica, this reggae master stayed true to his ideals as reggae popularity moved from one sub-genre to the other, and his patience and idealism finally paid dividends when his music gained recognition and respect. Anthony B has a strong reggae voice and sings with a clarity that allows true appreciation of his lyrics. If you want a true slice of Jamaican music, then 8150 will be serving it up by the truckload on Friday.Live a little with One Time ExperienceColorado locals One Time Experience (OTE) know the Rockies and know what Rocky people like – that’s good music played with heart and soul. Taking influences from Widespread Panic and Grateful Dead and sprinkling its own personal ideas into the mix, OTE play as a three piece bent on bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the masses. These preachers of good times will be reading their sermons from six strings to the masses at the Sandbar on Friday.
Spinning back the clock with Latex LimousineHaving exhausted all my mullet jokes last time on ’80s revivalists Latex Limousine played 8150, I still find myself with plenty of abuse to hurl at the decade formerly known as the ’80s. Don’t get me wrong, some of my best friends are from the ’80s, but that doesn’t excuse the travesties that occurred in music, fashion and film that occurred during that decade. I would love to simply list them all, but I know it won’t make a difference to any of you. You love the ’80s. You love Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer movies. You love glam rock. You love the rock ‘n’ roll, but you love the sex and drugs even more. You love fluoroescent colored socks. You love perms and shoulder pads. You love Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas in Wall Street. You love oversized cell phones. You love doing brunch, and you’ll sure as hell love Latex Limousine.Lipstick rock with Lez ZeppelinLast month all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles has had the local populace in and uproar. It’s led to claims bounding around about it being one of the best shows ever and a run on vintage school uniforms in the surrounding shops. In short the show rocked. Hard.Lez Zeppelin promises to bring something very similar to 8150 on Sunday night, but substituting the axework of the metal giants for the ageless rock of Led Zeppelin. How many of the members of the band are actually practising lesbians is unclear at this point and probably has little relevance to the music they’ll play. This might be the closest you ever get to hearing the tunes you love played in a live fashion. Classic rock that’s genetically XX rated.
Wednesday – Vince Herman Trio at Samana at 9 p.m.Thursday – Liquid Soul at 8150 at 10 p.m. Global Funk at Sandbar at 10 p.m.Friday – Anthony B at 8150 at 10 p.m. One Time Experience at Sandbar at 10 p.m.Saturday -Latex Limosine at 8150 at 10 p.m.Sunday – Lez Zeppelin at 8150 at 10 p.m.Vail, Colorado