- Koko Taylor knows what you did last night ... OK, maybe she doesnt. But she knows you should see her in June.
So there I was, perched atop my throne, ankle-deep in John McAlley's cover story in May's Spin magazine about hillbilly rockers My Morning Jacket, and just as I was about to flush "my morning confession" down the pipe to our boys at Homeland Security (don't think they aren't watching you), something caught my eye that, had I not already, would have made me totally crap myself.
Right there, in black and white, I read, the songs for Evil Urges were rehearsed by the band to a high polish in the shadows of Colorado's Pikes Peak. Wait a minute, that's our Pikes Peak!
It goes on to talk about the month the band spent at Hideaway Studio, a reclusive cabin studio more accurately placed in Sedalia. The band braved the thin air and clockwork lightning; sayeth the band's drummer, Patrick Hallahan, "Oh, it was horrible and magical." He was talking about a close encounter with a rare mountain tornado, but I think everyone in the 719 can relate to his sentiments.
So, a national music magazine talks about the Spgz without a single breath of God, sprawl, war, meth or hot man-love. Man, we're like a gall-dang Virginia Slims cigarette we've come a long way, baby!
But, oh, the places we will go thanks, in part, to KRCC, which has announced the lineup for this years Blues Under the Bridge festival. Due to the massive success last year, it's been split into two nights.
Saturday, June 21, features the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, along with Jeff Felonius Smith, Jim Adam Blues Band, Patrick Sweany, The Informants, The Jack Trades and Tribe.
A month later on Saturday, July 26, you get The Wheel, Todd Tijerina, Jack Hadley with Dan Treanor, George Whitesell & His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, Ken Saydak Band, Gina Sicilia, and headliner Coco Montoya, the ex-Bluesbreaker.
Tickets, which will surely sell out (last year, 800-plus attended!) are available at KRCC or bluesunderthebridge.com.
A bit more proximate, this Friday catch the darling Stephanie J getting the crowd all pumped up at The Black Sheep for Syracuse, N.Y.s string-heavy indie rompers Ra Ra Riot, Denver's prog-a-mental Solar Bear, and local acoustic guit-rocker David Wagner performing as I Talk to Robots.
They're serving heaping helpings of country-fried punk 'n roll at the Triple Nickel Tavern that same Friday, with the thumping beats of Los Angeles' Telephone & Telegraph. Fans of sloppy, drunken garage rock in the vein of the Supersuckers, Mudhoney, Lucero, everything ever recorded on Crypt Records, etc., take note. I said TAKE NOTE! This is good shit! And if you like a little gravy on your biscuits, look no further than Crow Flies, a little sour mash of a side project from The Jack Trades' Mike Clark.
Also at the Nickel, but not until Monday, Seattle's Neutralboy and Dynamite 8 out of San Francisco will join the lords of the Wahsatch bar punk scene, Hussy, for an evening of honest-to-gawd punk "rawk." Not pop-punk, or indie-punk, or glam-punk, but classic, good ol' fashioned punk-punk. Who are you to resist?
Well, I guess that's that. Smell you next time!