Textiles feat. Steve Molitz & Ryan Burnett

Highland Tap & Burger
Denver, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock
Audio By Ed Simon

I had already witnessed two awesome days of live music and got to throw three rounds of disc golf, but I had one more stop before heading home. The smell of sizzling burgers and gastropub cuisine filled the air as I entered The Highland Tap & Burger on Sunday. Textiles featuring Pete Wall were setting up with special guests Steve Molitz, John Albright and Ryan Burnett. I saw J-man at the soundboard and he looked weary from three nonstop days of rage and his weekend was only half over at that point. I found a seat and settled in for the show. The room was dotted with friendly faces, several of which I had become acquainted with over the weekend. Solid beer selections complimented by a great looking brunch, were both options, but I decided a cup of coffee and a brownie a la mode was in order. Pete and company got started as I dug into to my dessert.

Textiles Live at Highland Tap & Burger on May 6, 2012.

SET I: Return To Forever> Trip Hop Test> Return To Forever, Feather 26, Spearhead, Grapplejack> Signed Sealed Delivered

SET II: Fire Walk With Me, Aesthetic Hypnosis, Latina Jam, National Anthem, Decepticon, Roads, Bistro Outro

Textiles consisting of Pete Wall on saxophone, flute and bells, Doug Tapia on keyboards, and Brook Mouland (D-minus) on programming aka Colossus, with a cacophony of textured rhythms. Along the lines of bands like Tortoise, they create a rhythmic musical vibe that percolated the room like a brewing pot of coffee. The fact that they were joined by an amazing array of talent made it all the more interesting.

Little girls in flower patterned dressed ran around the room giving the room a very family feel. People munched on their food as the band played on. For those that don’t know , Colossus is a massive board of lit up dials and switches that modify the sounds coming out of Mouland’s computer. The interplay between Tapia and Molitz’s keys was something I found myself focusing on throughout the show. Musical highlights from the show include sick versions of Steve Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered” and the Twin Peaks theme entitled “Fire Walk With Me.” They also did a great version of Radiohead’s “National Anthem.”

All in all it was a great afternoon of live music at The Highland Tap. There seems to be a great little scene cropping up around the Tap. Good music, good beer, and great food have brought in the crowds. Wednesday nights in particular give people an oasis in the middle of the workweek with Garrett Sayers Trio. I highly recommend checking out this spot, grabbing a burger, and settling in for some great tunes.

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