So, my dear Reverbites, you all know how much I like to keep the majority of my ramblings focused on our deceptively talent-laden and flagrantly underrated local scene, leaving my man Bill-Fo and his band of merry musical miscreants to cover the "BIG" stuff. Well, this week is just too much for me to keep my fool mouth shut on. No, this is not the week for tooting one's own horn — this is the week to shut up, sit up, and observe the tutelage of the masters.
Firstly, on Saturday, May 1, the Rocket Room is going to go completely "orbital" with the intergalactic talent of Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys! There is very little to say about this show that fans of the rockabilly legend don't already know:
He is one of the world's most adept practitioners of traditional American rock 'n roll music (encompassing elements of country, rockabilly, western swing, R&B, and recently, a touch of Memphis soul and even a dash of bossa nova!). He has performed on countless stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and the only Late Night show worth watching (with Conan O'Brien). And, essentially, Mr. Sandy is the living incarnation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. And now he's coming here, for us, to our humble little rock dive? Thank you, good sir, I hope we don't let you down!
We're facing absolutely no risk of letdown (except for my son, Johnny, who won't get to go unless he gets his grades up!) with a show that sold out completely in a matter of days: international Celt-punk superstars, Flogging Molly, making a monumental appearance at the Black Sheep on Wednesday, el Cinco de Mayo. (That's May 5, Gringo.) Again, not much that needs saying here, except that the Riverboat Gamblers are opening, and if you don't have tickets ... you are screwed, because the last time I looked people were asking as much as $200 per ticket on Craigslist. Damn, Johnny, you'd better get that homework done!
Finally, just one day after Flogging Molly, if you can still stand up, get back to the Black (Sheep, that is) and put your fist in the air for the furious punk rock rebellion known as Against Me! Love 'em or 'ate 'em, you know who they are, you know how they sound, and you know how they make you feel. If not, well, you probably wouldn't like them anyway. Opening up will be ex-members of One Man Army (try to figure that one out!) Dead to Me and the Menzingers.
And before I go, I do want to mention that the Pikes Peak Blues Community is currently in the thick of its spring membership drive. The group responsible for such wonderful programs as the Paint the Town Blue summer concert series and Our Next Generation students' blues jams has set a goal of raising $10,000 by May 15 in order to support its mission of "enhancing the vitality of blues and American roots music by supporting live performances and education." To learn more about this hardworking organization, or to make your own generous, tax-deductible donation, please visit pikespeakblues.org.
All right, baby, that's a wrap. Smell you at the show!
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