- Never mind the bassist: Bad Touch doesnt want one. But it does want you to hear its improv jazz at Smokebrush Gallery on Friday evening.
One of my best memories from covering 12 Super Bowls is set in New Orleans, at a little welcome party in a tent outside the Superdome. I went for the shrimp and crawfish, then in came the Neville Brothers. They played for two hours in a corner of that tent, and I took it all in from just a few steps away, totally mesmerized. Their incredibly tight mix of hard-driving and smooth music was as good live as in recordings, and you can find out for yourself at 7:30 tonight when the Neville Brothers and Dr. John play the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets are $44 at the box office, 520-SHOW (7469) or ticketswest.com. RR
As inventive as jazz can be, even improvisational groups can have a problem mixing things up rhythmically. Brooklyn's Bad Touch has (perhaps inadvertently) discovered a solution with its lineup of sax, guitar, organ and drums. Since the drummer has no bassist to conspire with, the melodic majority can easily derail any straight-ahead groove well before it gets stagnant. Which is not to say that saxophonist Loren Stillman and cohorts who've played with folks like Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden and Chris Potter are as outside as, say, Ornette Coleman or Fred Frith. But they're getting there. At 8 tonight, they're at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 West Colorado Ave.) for an all-ages show. Tickets are available at the door and will cost you $15 or $10 with student ID; call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org for more. BF
Maybe you've caught our local b-boy crew, Soul Mechanics, at one of their many community performances. If so, you're aware that breakdance is alive and very well (or sick, depending on your vernacular). Case in point is Knucklehead Zoo, based out of Las Vegas. The group, which blends martial arts and acrobatics with more traditional breaking, will present Backspin at 7:30 tonight at CC's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.), with a live DJ providing a dose of Vegas glam. Tickets are $15, available now inside the Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave.); call 389-6607 for more. MS
For years, many people in the Colorado Springs area have thought of this weekend as the unofficial start to the Christmas season. Thats because the annual Holly Berry House Folk Art Festival at Rock Ledge Ranch (3202 Chambers Way) is much more than just a rite of autumn. It's also a gold mine for those who want to get an early jump on buying unusual holiday presents. The festival, from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, brings handcrafted work and folk art, antiques, furniture, quilts and more, along with live music. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for kids 6 to 12. For more, contact 578-6777 or visit rockledgeranch.com. RR
- Break it up on Saturday with Knucklehead Zoo at CC.
When I was in seventh grade, my parents sent me to ballroom dance lessons that took place in our junior high cafeteria. The tables were folded up against the wall, the girls were a mix of pretty and awkward (but all were intimidating), and most of us guys spent the time counting steps and eyeing possible escape routes. Not exactly the environment for retaining information. So I'm just the type of person who could benefit from a refresher at the new Movin & Groovin Mondays series, from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., weekly at the Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). Tonight's class is on swing dancing; $8 gets you in the back door, and no partner is necessary. Call 685-1861 for more. MS
I once got Korn to agree to be interviewed by Andrew Vachss, author and attorney/advocate for child abuse victims. It made sense at the time, given how frontman Jonathan Davis had used his own abuse as both songwriting fodder and a hook for media attention. At the last minute, however, Korn pulled the plug, insisting that a "normal" interviewer replace Vachss, because, I was told, "Jonathan isn't really into the child abuse thing anymore." Not long after, Vanilla Ice hooked up with Korn's producer/svengali and soon began talking about his own recovered child abuse memories. So draw your own conclusions. Or maybe ask ex-Korn guitarist about it all when he comes to Borders (2120 Southgate Road) at 7 tonight to sign copies of his born-again autobiography, Save Me From Myself. Call 632-6611 for more. BF
Local artist Laurel Swab didn't appreciate our Fall Arts Prevue cover, or the reasoning behind our decision to draw facial hair on Christo and Jeanne-Claude. "For Kirk Woundy to state that this image was conceived in "the same provocative spirit that moves these artists' illustrates a profound and willful misapprehension of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work and its cultural significance," she wrote. Fair enough. Tonight, we all can further develop our thoughts on their work not least, the Over the River project slated for the Arkansas River when the artists speak at 6 at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.). It's free, but seating is limited, so call 634-5583 to reserve a spot. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.