Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The New Mastersounds, Trichome & Dechen Hawk’s Jus Sayin 5.7.15

Aggie Theatre
Fort Collins, CO

Words & Photos By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)

There is no other band that is as elegantly funky as The New Mastersounds. Their approach is unique, clean and ridiculously tight. Their brand of jazz-infused funk flows freely with unmatched fury from this four-headed beast. The New Mastersounds are made up of Eddie Roberts on guitar, Simon Allen on drums, Pete Shand on bass, and Joe Tatton on keys. Each member is a true genius at their chosen instrument and together they are profound. This concert was the Official Pre-Party for ARISE Music Festival, which will again take place at Sunrise Ranch in Loveland, Colorado on August 7th through the 9th. The night began with Dechen Hawk’s Jus Sayin.

Hawk is a member of the ‘neo-soul’ movement. As a singer/songwriter and piano man his style draws a lot of comparison. Names like Jeff Buckley, Ray Charles, and Steely Dan are easily drawn out of the hat. His band, Jus Sayin is a rotating cast of musicians who are all strong players in their own right. Along with Mirco Attenbach on sax, Hawk has also enlisted Fort Collins local Eric Imbrosciano on drums. Colin Robison on guitar and Ben Rubin on bass fill out the rest of the group. Jus Sayin has been honing their soulful funk sound for a while now with stops at FoCoMX and up and down the Front Range. Musically their show was fresh and full of life. Their songs were filled with passion and their chops were on point. If you are looking for something new and exciting, Jus Sayin is ready to entertain.

Trichome marked their final show at the Moxi Theater in August of 2013. Like many bands formed in college, kids graduate, and go on to be grownups. A cryptic message on their Facebook wall in January that simply said, “We sure miss playing music for you guys!” Then rather unexpectedly, Trichome announced a reunion show at this year’s FoCoMX. They kept the party going with another stop at the Moxi and now with an opening spot at the Aggie for The NMS show. It appears that Trichome could actually be back for some limited local performances. Their set at the Aggie showed a band that was still playing incredibly well together. It felt like a flashback to two years prior when Trichome was still slaying it on the local scene. They even invited sax star Leah Concialdi up to join in on the festivities. It looks like Trichome will keep the ball rolling with a supporting spot for Bill Smith’s album release in Denver next month.

It being an all ages show, the cage was up at the Aggie Theater. For those that don’t know, alcohol consumption is restricted to the bar area and first level down because of an invasive agreement with the city. This means that there is no booze allowed on the dance floor. When The New Mastersounds came to the stage they asked the audience to come down front. Someone told them about the predicament.

“Okay let’s compromise, how about half of you come down.” – Simon.

After the first song and as the floor slowly filled in, Eddie quipped, ‘…we now know who the alcoholics are.” The New Mastersounds proceeded to treat fans to two hours of unparalleled funk and stunning musicianship. Throughout their set they invited the West Coast Horns to add their brass to the mix. Roberts’ guitar was absolutely on fire as Shand held down the rhythm perfectly. It was just a great night of instrumental music. Their set at the Aggie was the first of a three-night run. They would head down to Cervantes for the next two days to play with the Sisters Of Soul and Analog Sun respectively. Mike Dillon sat in on Friday with Scott Messersmith playing percussion on the last night of the run. The New Mastersounds are one of the tightest instrumental funk outfits touring today. They never cease to impress me with their attention to detail and constant drive to play at a higher level. NMS is playing at the top of their game, make it a point to see them live.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Head For The Hills & Caribou Mountain Collective 5.16.15

Mishawaka Amphitheatre
Bellvue, CO

Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)

Every year as the spring blooms into fruition, The Mishawaka Amphitheatre opens their legendary stage with a show from Head For The Hills. This yearly event once known as the Waterfront Music Festival, has now become ‘Pickin’ On The Poudre.’ This year was a special one with Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez assembling a small band to support along with Caribou Mountain Collective. As is the custom, massive charter busses wheeled around town picking up music fans before making the turn up scenic Colorado State Highway 14 towards The Mish. For those that don’t know, The Mishawaka Amphitheater is a little slice of heaven situated on the banks of the Cache La Poudre. It is a full service restaurant that moonlights as one of the most intimate and unique venues in the country. Everyone from Joan Baez to moe. have performed here, and despite only having room for around 800 ticketholders, it has a serious reputation as an unparalleled venue.

We took the bus up early in order to enjoy a nice meal and the surrounding sights. The weather had been rainy all week long, but in Bellvue we only got a light sprinkle. The sky was overcast, but for the most part the rain held off. Around 8:00 PM Caribou Mountain Collective took the stage. You may remember their bassist, Curly Collins, from his time with Mountain Standard Time. They got their set going strong with a rendition of Mickey Newbury’s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” of the Big Lebowski fame. The Caribou Mountain Collective sounds like they are at home picking on a porch or playing around a campfire. There is an inherent comfort in their performance that is contagious. As they played for just under an hour, would-be revelers made their way inside and slowly filled in on the cement floor. Originals like “Big Bill’s Gang” were narratively intriguing and musically infatuating. Caribou Mountain Collective is another one to watch on the Front Range.

As the night began to fall over the crowd, Bonnie Paine and Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival took their turn on the stage. They brought along guitarist, Arthur Lee Land, and Bonnie’s sister, Annie Paine, on bass to fill out their sound. This grouping was an utter surprise. Front and center was Bonnie’s angelic voice that commands attention. She is a fairy who blesses us with her music. Obviously they didn’t hesitate to treat the crowd to a slew of Elephant Revival classics including the fan favorite, “Grace Of A Woman.” They invited “Sloppy” Joe Lessard up to join in on “Truth Is.” Musically, this was an absolute joy that broke up the festivities nicely. If Bonnie and Daniel manage to put this group together again, go see them live.

Head For The Hills continues to be one of the most dynamic and powerful bluegrass bands in Colorado today. They are on the heels of their latest album Blue Ruin, which came out last year and have continued to tour prodigiously. Few bands maintain the attention to songwriting that H4TH does with each new tune. They are absolutely at the top of their game right now. They treated fans to two full sets of music with lots of friends and random carousing. They, of course, brought along master of the keys, James Thomas, to lend a hand. Songs like “Up On The Mountain” and a sublime “Light The Way” dotted the first set. The second set was simply magical. They opened set two with a version of Ween’s “Buckingham Green.” They wished bassist Matt Loewen a happy birthday before continuing with a rendition of Japanese Cowboy, also by Ween. They invited up Bonnie Paine to sing an Elephant Revival song before also bringing up Daniel Rodriguez and Arthur Lee Land. The newly formed super group went into a B.B. King tribute with “Call Me The Breeze” and “The Thrill Is Gone.” As the night cooled fans scattered for the bus. The audience dwindled a bit, but those that stayed got to watch Head For The Hills play until 1:30 AM. Head For The Hills is not just another local bluegrass band. They are incredibly talented and unafraid to write exceptional songs. Their yearly pilgrimage to The Mishawaka is one of your best opportunities to see H4TH throw down in front of a hometown crowd. I’ll see you there next year.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

PREVIEW: Bernie Worrell, Oteil Burbridge, Brian Jordan, Ian Neville & Dave Watts 5.29 & 5.30.15

The 1up - Colfax
Denver, CO

Join us on Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30 for The 1up - Colfax and MusicMarauders Presents: Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic, Talking Heads), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Brian Jordan, Ian Neville (Dumpstaphunk) & Dave Watts with The Vox Squad performing the music of The Gap Band (Friday) and Jaik Willis (Saturday)!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Peter Rowan w/ Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen 5.7.15 (Photos)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trout Steak Revival & The Student Loan 4.30.15 (Photos)