If you've seen posters around town for Lindsay Weidmann and Jeremy Facknitz's CD release concert this coming Friday at Venue 515, you may have noticed that it's also a farewell show. The two singer-songwriters are getting back in touch with their Midwestern roots with an upcoming move to St. Louis.
"As we prepare for what we hope will be our child-bearing years, we've been feeling the pull to be closer to family," explains Jeremy. "So we're going to give it a shot. For now, we're hanging on to our Colorado Springs home, in case we find the humidity too much to handle."
Two of Colorado Springs' favorite singer-songwriters, the duo started playing out as Lindsay and Jeremy after becoming acquainted as nominees for the Pikes Peak Arts Council's "Best Solo Performer" award back in 2009. They fell in love, says Lindsay, after a six-week tour of the West Coast in the summer of 2010, got engaged the following year, and were married at Shove Chapel last September.
As fans would expect, the couple's first musical offspring, Small Lives, is an engaging collection of alternately whimsical and sentimental songs. This time around, Jeremy contributes more of the former on tunes like "Cup of Noodles," which finds him musing how "they keep you alive, even when you don't want to be."
Of course, Lindsay is no stranger to comical explorations, as evidenced by earlier songs like "Steve Martin and I," "Bill Murray, We Gotta Hurry," "Mr. Clooney, Won't You Excuse Me," and "Kevin Spacey, You Saved Me," which, while not nearly as ominous as Sandra Bernhard's character in King of Comedy, are still a bit on the stalky side.
"Well, you wouldn't know it from this album, but I can be just as ridiculous and crass as Jeremy," says Lindsay. "I compiled all my slapstick, outlandish songs onto an EP called Quasi-Erotic Dreams of Famous Middle Aged Actors in 2010, right when we started working together. Since the overall tone of that EP was humor, I left all my sweet, sensitive songs off it. So they ended up on this Lindsay and Jeremy album. But in general, I'm just as likely to write a song channeling Gilda Radner as I am Eva Cassidy."
Jeremy's past songwriting approach has been similarly checkered. "I really want to write songs like Dylan," he admits, "but every third or fourth song that I'm given by the muse seems to be a goofball. I'm becoming all right with that. I think Lindsay and I both just want our audience to connect to something, and if we connect through humor, so be it."
The couple also shares a significant number of musical affinities. "One big perk in getting together with Jeremy is he brought a record player into the relationship," says Lindsay. "So the typical Facknitz evening has a lot of continual playing of records from the '60s and '70s: Elton John, Billy Joel, Peter, Paul & Mary, Joan Baez. We're a bit of a throwback couple."
"We're not hip at all," adds Jeremy.
Also on the farewell-show front, local music devotees will be able to pay their last respects to the mighty Unikord, who'll be playing one final show Saturday at Zodiac before bassist Bill Kampfer returns to Michigan. (And no, I have no idea what this whole Call-of-the-Midwest thing is, either.) As the name implies, Unikord favors songs with just one chord, but when you have kill-metal tunes like "Third Wheel in the Tricycle of Doom" and "I'd Kill You If I Hadn't Killed You," does anyone really care?
Meanwhile, if it's still Wednesday when you're reading this, you can catch Chauncy Crandall and the Joe Johnson Band this evening at a Jack Quinn's fundraiser for the MeadowGrass Music Festival. The show is free, but a bunch of celebrity bartenders — including members of Peaks and Pasties and the Pikes Peak Derby Dames, plus FOX 21's Craig Coffey and Goose from 92.9 Peak FM — will be donating their tips to help pay for acts who'll be playing this year's Memorial Day weekend festival.
And finally, if you missed last year's MeadowGrass headliner, you'll be glad to know that Son Volt is heading back to town, this time to play the Black Sheep. (Would love to see the band members' expressions the moment they pull into the parking lot.) The July 16 show is bound to sell out quickly, so Americana fans should act now or prepare to live a life of regret.