Before we begin this week's service, sisters and brothers, I'd like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the more than 2,500 readers who cast their votes in our inaugural Indy Music Awards.
We'll unveil the winners in our Sept. 1 Local Music Issue. And a week later, you'll also be able to catch them live on three stages at the free Indy Music Awards Festival.
It's also worth noting that, while the number of ballots went well beyond our first-year expectations, your individual vote mattered more than you might think. As an example, one category drew about 1,250 votes, which were so closely distributed among the five nominees that the third-place winner edged out the next runner-up by a single vote.
And that one vote may well have been yours. Unless, of course, you never got around to voting, or were one of the fairness-challenged folks who ignored the prohibition against ballot-stuffing. (As promised, multiple votes from individuals were disqualified.)
Before moving on to the week ahead, let me also just mention how impressed I was by the turnout at Saturday's Blues Under the Bridge Festival, and the completely ecstatic response to the Holmes Brothers' electrifying set. If you missed our cover story interview with them last week, you can still find it online. They're amazing.
Right, then, what's next? Well, as mentioned last week, the City Auditorium is finally coming back to life after a steady run of psychic fairs, roller derbies, antique shows, and not much else. This Friday, you can catch the Iguanas, one of New Orleans' best bands, in a concert to benefit the historic venue that's played host to everyone from Little Richard to A Perfect Circle (who are headlining Red Rocks Aug. 2, in case you need reminding).
Fact is, the Iguanas' beguiling take on Latin-tinged R&B would be totally worth catching even if it weren't for a worthy cause. Go online to hear songs like "Oye Isabel" and "Latin Kings," which are more convincing than anything I could possibly say.
As for the rest of the week, Front Range Barbeque has a great menu of free music lined up, with West Coast folk-bluesman Willy Tea Taylor and local fave Grant Sabin on Saturday, John-Alex Mason on Sunday, and the return of the talented and wildly expressive Truckstop Honeymoon next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, if you're heading up to Denver, you can check out the 11th annual Underground Music Showcase. It runs Thursday through Sunday and features more than 300 performances by acts you've mostly never heard of, as well as some — Black Heart Procession, Gregory Alan Isakov, Royal Bangs, El Ten Eleven, the Photo Atlas, Danielle Ate the Sandwich — you probably have.
Also looking northward, there's a venue I've only just learned about called Astroland Boulder DIY. Turns out it played host to experimental hip-hop collagist DJ Spooky earlier this month, and not one of you let me know about it in advance. According to Denver saxman Paul Riola, about a hundred revelers packed the tiny DIY venue, and all I got is this DJ Spooky iPhone app (which isn't bad, actually). The website is astro-land.org, so keep an eye on it.
Riola, by the way, will return to Modbo this Saturday with his intriguing new Cellar Door project, an improvisational trio that sets out to create a live version of a "seamless downtempo DJ set." Riola's pretty phenomenal, so catch it if you can.