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Harriett Landrum and Lauren Ciborowski team up for Schmaltz Liquor show, and more for your radar

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Violinist Harriett Landrum and pianist Lauren Ciborowski will team up for an evening of classical music and “conversational eccentricities” at the Modbo. - BEN HARVEY
  • Ben Harvey
  • Violinist Harriett Landrum and pianist Lauren Ciborowski will team up for an evening of classical music and “conversational eccentricities” at the Modbo.
Remember last spring, when Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had to postpone their Red Rocks Amphitheatre show due to inclement weather? But now, with the snowpack in the mountains melting from unseasonably warm weather, music fans may already be fantasizing about the possibility of warm summer nights at the scenic venue, in which case, I have some good news!

Denver hometown heroes Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, who quickly sold out their Aug. 22 appearance at the venue, have just announced a second show, slated for Aug. 23. Tickets, which are on sale now, come with a digital download of the band’s Stax Records release, Tearing at the Seams, which won’t be available in physical form until March 9. To sweeten the deal even further, the Aug. 23 show will also feature Denver godfathers Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. (Russo’s band, by the way, will be returning to Red Rocks on Aug. 16.)

Speaking of Denver luminaries, here’s a show you’ll definitely want to mark on your calendar. The Colorado College Summer Music Festival will present a concert on April 25 featuring Grande Orquesta Navarre, a quartet featuring Tom Hagerman from DeVotchKa, the Colorado Symphony’s Susan Cahill, and former members of Extasis Tango Evan Orman and Sara Parkinson.

Turning to the weeks ahead, Stargazers Theatre is marking its nine-year anniversary and they’ll be kicking off the month with a solo performance by Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld, titled An Open Book, on Feb. 7. The so-described “one-man show” is said to be “a transparent look at his life, his mistakes, and his victories.” Furstenfeld released his live acoustic Open Book Winter Album last November.

And while it might not be common knowledge, two things that go together exceptionally well are classical music and getting wasted. (Just don’t tell any of my old college professors about this.) In that wonderful spirit of duality, the Modbo will present Schmaltz Liquor, a “short and sassy” performance on Feb. 11. Pianist Lauren Ciborowski — who will certainly be no stranger to Modbo aficionados, having founded the gallery in 2009 — will join violinist Harriett Landrum, whom many will recognize from the Hopeful Heroines and her solo project My Name is Harriett, to perform “most of” Johan Halvorsen’s Suite for Violin and Piano. Expect anecdotes, a little music history, and some “conversational eccentricities,” and get your tickets quickly, as there are only 40 available.

Meanwhile, fans of ska should dust off their checkered clothing and prepare for long-running New York City-based 2-Tone act The Toasters, who will hit the Black Sheep on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Autonomous and The Knock Blockers in support.

Speaking of the Black Sheep, the Indy would like to take a moment to thank longtime manager Jeremy Grobsmith, who announced that he will be moving to North Carolina with his family a few days after Feb. 13’s Shaggy 2 Dope show. You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician in Colorado Springs who hasn’t crossed paths with Grobsmith, not only through his running the Black Sheep, but also performing with his own bands, and generally acting as a fixture in the local music scene for a good 13 years. We wish him the best of luck; he will certainly be missed!

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