A Week With Family Funktion & The Sitar Jams On Their Colorado Tour
Words By J-man
Photos By J-man & Carly Marthis
Audio By Naryan Padmanabha
The Jeep flew towards the Denver airport at a high rate of speed on Monday morning. Aneal Padmanabha sat in the passenger seat, communicating with his brothers Naryan and Ravi Padmanabha on the progress of collecting their bags. The Motet's Herbie Hancock tribute seeped out of the open doors of the car that sat idle in passenger pick up. Once the passengers were secured and loaded up, it was back to Denver to acclimate before the opening night of Sitar Jams' Colorado Tour! It had been a handful of years since our paths first crossed in Upstate, New York and here we were, half way across the country in Denver, CO, ready for yet another adventure together! A lot of planning, correspondence, time and energy went into putting the six day run of dates together and here we were staring down the barrel of the band's second Colorado tour that would take us from the Front Range up into the mountains and back!
8.5.13 Quixote's True Blue- Denver, CO:
Family Funktion and The Sitar Jams Live at Quixote's True Blue on August 5, 2013.
Full Concert Video From Quixote's True Blue
Photo Gallery From Quixote's True Blue
8.6.13 Shakedown Bar- Vail, CO:
Family Funktion and The Sitar Jams Live at Shakedown Bar on August 6, 2013.
Full Concert Video From Shakedown Bar
Photo Gallery From Shakedown Bar
8.7.13 Hodi's Half Note- Fort Collins, CO:
Family Funktion and The Sitar Jams Live at Hodi's Half Note on August 7, 2013.
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Full Concert Video From Hodi's Half Note
Photo Gallery From Hodi's Half Note
8.8.13 Whistler's Cafe- Nederland, CO (#MagicPotatoes):
With another setbreak in the bag, it seemed our jokes about a three set evening were coming true. Sitar Jams began their third set with with an electronic tabla jam that captivated the room and as the evening grew later, intoxicated folks danced harder and harder. The show concluded and new fans made their way towards the stage to thank the band and find out more about their instruments and backgrounds. With the venue cleared out, the staff expressed wanting to make sure that they paid us fairly considering it was a rainy Thursday. The amount that Sitar Jams was compensated reflected an absolute kindness on the part of the bar. The bartenders hugged us, thanked us for coming out, extended an open invite and gave us some Coca Colas to go for our trip back down the mountain. It was exactly the sort of evening the band needed and as we passed through Boulder back to Denver, we smiled and reflected on the best night of the tour up to that point. Due to the venue's lack of a sound system, the trio was forced to use all of their gear to output the evening's sound, in turn sacrificing the typical show recording. The show would come to be know as "#Magicpotatoes."
Full Concert Video From Whistler's Cafe
Photo Gallery From Whistler's Cafe
8.9.13 Three20South- Breckenridge, CO:
Family Funktion and The Sitar Jams Live at Three20South on August 9, 2013.
Full Concert Video From Three20South
Photo Gallery From Three20South
8.10.13 Armoury- Denver, CO:
Family Funktion and The Sitar Jams Live at Armory on August 10, 2013.
Full Concert Video From Armoury
Photo Gallery From Armoury
As we loaded out of the venue at 2:00 AM, the band invited Faisal to record on their upcoming album. That moment was the icing on the cake for what was a fantastic show. That evening Carly's mom came out to Armoury and while we were loading out, Carly and her mom went to the grocery store to pick up a bunch of fruit and salad items. And while we would down from the tour we were served a fantastic meal that was rounded off by a couple of pizzas. The next morning our hangovers were limited. Aneal departed first by vehicle for the long drive back to Buffalo, NY and a short time later I drove Ravi and Naryan back to the airport. As I dropped them off we discussed the possibility of Carly and I swinging out their way, the option of next year and a future winter run, once their kiddos have grown up a bit. The next evening I sat on my couch recovering when I realized that night was the first in a week that I had not seen Sitar Jams and I was going through Sitar Jams withdrawals...