- All the sparkle of a boy band with none of the fizz Slow Gherkin at Industrial Nation Thursday
In honor of what would be his 100th birthday, the Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium students and faculty are performing a Tribute to Richard Rodgers. Rodgers, as you may well know, was one half of Rodgers & Hammerstein -- of The King & I, South Pacific and Ohhhhhhh-Klahoma! composing fame. Tickets to the performance are $10; call 389-6607. The show begins at 7 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre.
Sort-of-cranky Santa Cruz ska band Slow Gherkin doesn't suck. Therefore, fill your evening with their sound at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte. They play with The Huxtables around 9. It's 5 bucks. Call 520-0980.
Jay Hooks of the Jay Hooks Band is a serious student of the Vaughn style of rockin' Texas blues. Befriended by Texas greats Albert Collins, Billy Gibbons and Guitar Hughes, the Houston native was brought up on a steady diet of quality music, which he will use to full advantage when he performs tonight at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Avenue in Woodland Park (687-0695) and tomorrow at Southside Johnny's, 528 S. Tejon St. Be there or be ... somewhere else, I guess.
Maybe you'll be down in Westcliffe, where Jazz in the Sangres launches into its 19th year with performances by David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller, Pat Bianchi and many, many more. Tickets are $30 to $35. Call 719/783-3785 or check out
www.jazzinthesangres.com. The festival runs through Sunday.
- "I hold Stevie here in the A chord" Jay Hooks at Tres this Friday
The Colorado Springs Black Arts Festival takes place this year in Fountain Park next to the Hillside Community Center, on the corner of Fountain and Institute Street. Regional artists, vendors, musicians and performers are featured at this free kid-friendly festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 271-0415 for more.
The second annual poetry event at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) is called Voices, Words and Wine: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of a Clue. We're not super-clear on the clue search part, but we do know that the outdoor celebration features poetry readings by nationally known poets, an open mic for the public, light food and a cash bar. The afternoon of words is free and will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Call 634-5581.
One of the biggestselling female DJs in the country and longtime LA club fixture DJ Irene spins tonight at Shaks teen nightclub, 4388 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. There's no alcohol, but you can drink virgin daiquiris until you burst. Call 265-5587 for details.
The 62nd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is winding up, and if you haven't taken the time to check out the qualifying rounds, today is the day to head down to the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The finals -- the best of the best -- begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $9 to $25 and parking is $5. Call 576-2626 or visit www.ticketswest.com.
Acacia Park downtown is host to the first Front Range Music Gathering, a big love-in of regional bands playing original jam, rock and bluegrass-based music today from noon to 8 p.m. Best of all, admission is completely free.
Tres Hombres up the pass does something a little different with tonight's show -- California n-metal rockers Ding Mao get all angsty and Toolish at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625.
-- Kristen Sherwood
- Son of a gun, were gonna have big fun on the bayou brought to you by BeauSoleil this Saturday in Cripple Creek
Joie de Vivre
For 25 years, BeauSoleil
In 1755, brothers Joseph and Alexandre Broussard dit BeauSoleil helped lead the Acadian people to the swamps of Louisiana after their homes in Nova Scotia were taken by the English.
The Acadians had been run out of almost every place that they had held before they reached the Bay of Fundy, starving, freezing and facing massacre and murder along the way. As leaders of the resistance, the BeauSoleil brothers became folk heroes thanks to the efforts they made to protect the Acadian, or Cajun, people and their way of life.
In 1975, fiddle player and vocalist Michael Doucet embraced another form of cultural survival -- music. Aptly named after the tenacious brothers, BeauSoleil began not only playing but saving Cajun music and culture through their research and performances.
Composed of Doucet, his brother David on guitar and vocals, accordion player Jimmy Breaux (grandson of Cajun accordion legend Amadee Breaux), bassist and banjo picker Al Tharp, percussionist Billy Ware and drummer Tommy Alesi, the sextet has spent years, together and individually, seeking out recordings, documentation and, most importantly, the old-timers of Cajun music.
The forbidding terrain of the bayous and the somewhat reclusive nature of the Acadians kept the music from leaving the swamps. Like Appalachian mountain songs, Cajun music was preserved largely by being passed down aurally from generation to generation. When Doucet undertook his project, he spent long hours with musicians like fiddlers Varise Connors and Rodney Balfa culling ancient songs from their memories. By combining these traditional folk melodies with their not-too-polished, fais-do-do brand of infectious energy on stage, BeauSoleil managed to bring the music of the Acadian people to a whole new group of listeners, and in the process became the most popular Cajun band in the nation.
Now, BeauSoleil is more than a traditional folk band. Their music has been heard on major motion pictures, all over the radio, and even during the Superbowl with Mary Chapin-Carpenter, performing on her Zydeco-infused hit song "Down at the Twist and Shout." The band has recorded 25 albums, garnering numerous Grammy Award nominations and one win for 1997's L'amour ou la Folie, but its biggest accomplishment is bringing Cajun culture from its hiding place deep in southwest Louisiana to the forefront of American popular music.
As new bands like Keith Frank and Lil' Brian and the Zydeco Travelers take the Cajun influence to heart, BeauSoleil still stands as the high-water mark of Cajun humor, perseverance and art, evolving and adapting like their ancestors, years ago.
-- Kristen Sherwood
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
- Dolly she knows what youre thinking
At the Gold Rush Palladium
209 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek.
Sat., Aug. 10, noon to 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20. Call 800/965-4827.
At the Crestone Music Festival
Challenger Golf Club, Crestone, Colo.
Sun., Aug. 11, 5 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$20 per day or $35 for a weekend pass.
800/53-MUSIC or www.crestone.org/cmf
Outta Town in August
Music worth the drive to Denver
If you were counting on Morrissey to make it to the Colorado Music Hall last Saturday and just can't wait until he actually arrives on the 28th to get your blockbuster summer music fix, get ready to tailgate your way to the Mile High City for some of the biggest acts in show-biz.
If you're still one of the dim-witted few who never saw beyond her boobs, then you probably don't even deserve to know about Dolly Parton's show at the Paramount Theater on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Between her last album, the bluegrass Little Sparrow, and her latest gospel-inspired effort Halos and Horns, the show should be a downright spiritchul expuriunce. Tickets are $38, $45 and $50. Doors open at 7 p.m. Go to
www.hob.com/dollparton for more.
If Dolly just isn't quite hard enough for you, maybe Eminem can touch that quiet place in your soul when he brings the Anger Management Tour featuring Ludacris, Xzibit, The X-Ecutioners and D-12 to Fiddler's Green on Thursday, Aug. 22. Tickets, available at all Ticketmaster outlets, are $35 for general lawn, and $47.50 reserved. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Call 520-9090.
If Eminem et. al. just aren't smart enough for you, Sonic Youth will bring their grad school grind and didactic dischord to the Ogden Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Sure they're gettin' old, but Kim Gordon's still hotter, smarter and more pissed off than you'll ever be. Feel her fury. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 520-9090.
If you're looking for that smart 'n' mild flavor you can only get from a folk festival, the 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival will feature one of the world's greatest songwriters who also happens to be one of the worst singers (next to Bob Dylan): Randy Newman. Also slated are Shawn Colvin, John Prine (one of the few keepin'-it-real country acts left), the always gruff Greg Brown, and seldom shocking Michelle Shocked. The festival will be held August 16-18 at the Planet Bluegrass ranch in Lyons, Colo. Tickets vary widely in price. Go to
www.bluegrass.com or call 800/624-2422.
If you're looking for a mixture of all the above that's hip enough for the teenie-boppers and just packaged enough for their parents, the Area 2 festival featuring David Bowie, Moby, Blue Man Group and Busta Rhymes will land at the Pepsi Center on Saturday, August 10. Tickets are $44.50 to $79.50. Doors open at 2 p.m. Call 520-9090.
And if you're a metalhead: Find Judas Priest at the Ogden, on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Tickets are $26 and doors open at 7 p.m. Call 520-9090.
Drive safe. Don't tailgate. And don't hate.
-- Noel Black