- The Hillbilly Hellcats, who are not actually from hell, play the Rocket Room on Friday.
OK, so last week I totally jinxed the whole "Thanksgiving in the summertime" thing, but these things are to be expected. Also to be expected was the singular, but feisty backlash against my opinion of the latest Axl Rose "record." I should have expected he'd still have a fan or two. What does come as unexpected, though, as the weather turns against us, is this steamy stream of top-notch talent still flowing through here ...
Starting tonight even, Thursday, Dec. 4, there will be an acoustic solo set from Kepi Ghoulie, former lead singer of the cartoon-obsessed power trio the Groovie Ghoulies, at the Triple Nickel Tavern. Joining the horror-crazed garage punk minimalist will be a kid called Chuck Potashner, a rising indie/folk/glam "star" (yeah, I said it) from Boulder. Chuck recently released a "surprise" 43-song CD titled Inside the Jelly Donut: Demo Recordings 1999-2008 Vol. 1. And although I (and he) will warn you that this may not be for everybody, all the "cool kids" are doin' it! The show is free, but it is 21-plus. No kids allowed!
For those of you who prefer scorched sheds, there'll be a real barnburner Friday, Dec. 5, at the Rocket Room when the Hillbilly Hellcats make a special appearance with Jim Dalton of the Railbenders. The group has shared bills with Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and David Allan Coe, and has just finished up a tour with the Supersuckers. Not a bad rsum to throw around, eh?
The weekend continues Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Black Sheep, when the Dave Matthews-esque Andy Henningsen will perform another of his "intriguing" sets of acoustic alterna-rock. Also on the bill are Leftmore, Charlie Milo and company, the singular John Strelec and the totally unquantifiable Constants and Variables. Woah!
Also, on Saturday at Union Station, PolyJane who's profiled on p. 54 will be delivering her first set of highly combustible, piano-driven alternative rock in the Springs in more than three months. (She's made Denver her haunt as of late.) Later that evening, you can take in the pop-rockin' -itis.
On the global attack is Chris Bullock, aka DJ Juicebox, who's taking his Tall City show to New York City this week, after a "good riddance" send-off show at Shuga's (702 S. Cascade Ave.) on Monday, Dec. 8. Those "in the know" know that Tall City is the four-corner states' dominant "electro-acoustic" autoharp experience, and after this coming string of shows, including gigs on the 15th and 16th at the East Village's legendary Sidewalk Caf (94 Avenue A, sidewalkmusic.net), there's good reason to think he'll soon take over the NYC autoharp scene as well.
Of course, the big news of next week will be the etown live radio show taping at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The show will feature performances by Denver's breakout progressive hip-hop co-op, the Flobots, and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws, and of course will be aired on National Public Radio stations coast to coast, including our 91.5 KRCC-FM.
Smell you later!