Nick Davey began his musical pursuits in Derbyshire, England, in the 1970s, playing guitar with a cheeky little acoustic prog-rock outfit called Quince. In the 1980s, he took up vocals and harmonica duties with a London group called the Catford Dogs, before spending nine years in Poland developing his richly crafted brand of classic acoustic pop/rock through solo pub and tavern performances similar to the ones he's becoming so well-known for here in the Springs. (In the interest of "full disclosure," I should tell you that this man, whom I revere as if he were my own cousin, is actually married to my own cousin. But I assure you, had she not already, I probably would have made a go for him myself!)
Davey, whose delivery and clever observations could easily be likened to those of a proverbial Billy Bragg / Neil Young love child, has been gigging locally since 2006 with another talented local songwriter, Jeremy Facknitz, as Cool for Cats. He's also built himself a nice little home recording studio (yourownsongs.net), and will release his first solo disc, a delightfully well-produced cache of "happiness and heartache" by the name of Knockout on Friday, Feb. 12, at a free kick-off party at Rico's Cafe and Wine Bar (324 N. Tejon St.).
Joining Nick live, as well as on disc, will be the "recently discovered" vocal talent of Erin Smelser as well as that of Facknitz, who will also help Nick knock out songs from Knockout, which will be available for $10 (or two for $15 if you're in need of any last-minute Valentine's gifts), before wrapping up the evening with a set of Cool for Cats material.
And if Friday just won't do, there'll be repeat performances the following night at the Cucuru Gallery Cafe (2332 W. Colorado Ave.), and on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Benny's (517 W. Colorado Ave.). For more info and free sample tracks (including the massively divergent but nonetheless excellent "Cockney Bastards," the bloody greatest track of pop-tronica Little London has ever produced), visit myspace.com/njdavey.
And speaking of Little London, the Brixton Automatics, hands-down my favorite of all the impressive local high school bands, will be doing what all great high school bands do ... break up! But not before one last go on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Black Sheep, opening for the Toasters!?! Congratulations and consolations the same ... it's a heck of a way to go out, eh boys?
A closer look around town this week offers plenty of entertainment options for the musically minded individual. Should you find yourself in need of more good vibrations after Bob Marley's big birthday, California's Mystic Roots will be at Union Station tonight, Thursday the 11th. On Monday, the 15th, Redmond, Ore.'s six-man 'billy-punk banjo band, Larry and His Flask, are really going to "tie one on" at the Ancient Mariner (962 Manitou Ave.) with local hero/promoter Shitty's band, Unikord, with Grant Sabin and the Revelators also on the bill. Lastly, celebrate this Tuesday, this Fat Tuesday, as it were, at a free Mardi Gras jam with Creating a Newsense at the infallible Front Range Barbeque.
Mmm mmm mmm, smell you later, alligator!
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