When we ran our interview with Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell prior to last May's Denver performance, no one expected the band would return to Colorado this summer, let alone play the Pikes Peak Center this coming Sunday.
Of course, you can still go back and read the original Indy story online (at tinyurl.com/indyjane), but I should also tell you about Big Black Delta, the extraordinary opening act fronted by Jonathan Bates. Best known for his work with M83 and Mellowdrone, Bates and his dueling drummers Amy Wood and Mahsa Zargaran turn out an intoxicating blend of industrial electronics, shimmery samples and hook-heavy vocals that should thrill fans of artists like NIN, Adrian Sherwood, Mark Stewart and mid-period The The.
Give a listen to the band's affectionately titled debut single "IFUCKINGLOVEYOU," and hear for yourself. If Bates and his Big Black Delta mates can come close to pulling this off live — which is always the big question — they just might blow Farrell and company off the stage.
Before we get to the rest of the coming week's standout shows, a few words about two of this past weekend's highlights.
First, hats off to Modbo owners Brett and Lauren Andrus for revitalizing the Acacia Park summer concert series since they took over booking it last year. The season went out on a high note Saturday with Denver's avant-jazz Bottesini Project. It was a more compact version of the group than the one that's played here in the past, due to Springs-based trumpeter Glen Whitehead doing shows in Holland with former Eric Dolphy sideman Han Bennink, and another bandmember going off on a Buddhist pilgrimage.
That left bandleader Paul Riola on sax, electronics and Jack Kerouac samples, and Thomas Chester Murray providing electric guitar drones that were equal parts Bill Frisell and Robert Fripp, all knitted together by the supple rhythms of bassist Kim Stone and drummer Jay Ellis. Riola's hauntingly elegiac solos served as a reminder of why avant-inclined artists like Wilco guitarist Nels Cline choose to play on his recordings, while the group's supremely melodic improvisations made a "difficult" genre both fresh and accessible.
And then there was the Creating a Newsense reunion, which packed the Silver Tongue Devil Saloon shoulder-to-shoulder with fans who reveled in two sets' worth of rootsy, funky, barnstompin' originals. It was a wonderful night, and Joe Johnson promises me that he and his bandmates won't wait so long for the next reunion. So be sure to hold him to that. (The same venue will also play host to indie rock icons Cracker on Sept. 2; look for an interview in our next issue.)
Coming up quicker, though, is a free J. Miller Band concert at Stargazers this Thursday to help raise donations for the Business of Art Center, whose historic building was recently vandalized to the tune of $100,000 in damages (see p. 16). Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7.
And finally, Reverb readers with functioning memories may recall our write-up on a rooftop concert back in May by Conor Bourgal and Briffaut at "The Charles Mansion," which is located next to Shuga's at 704 S. Cascade Ave. This Friday, history will repeat itself with another "Let It Be"-style event. The show will feature singer-songwriter Chauncy Crandall, who was much raved about in this column just last week, as well as SugarSounds, the relatively new band fronted by the Haunted Windchimes' Mike Clark. It'll be free, fun, and very Colorado Springs, so try not to forget, OK?