March 1st was busy for us: not only were we shooting Scarlet Canary at the Marquis with Averse to the End, Resonance, Blacklite District, and Saving Abel, but we did that while sprinting, in between sets, to the Summit Music Hall two blocks away to capture The Dendrites and The English Beat.
Revolver’s Hottest Chicks of Rock tour is coming through Denver. As you know, us here at Bluestribute.net like to promote the local scene. Local rockers Glass Delirium are opening up this show, and what an opportunity for them! They’re gonna be sharing the stage with Sick Puppies, Lacuna Coil, Eyes Set To Kill, and up-and-coming rockers Cilver at the Summit Music Hall March 10th. And they’re about as pumped as we are!
February 22, 2014. The date of the first annual Mile High Ska Fest. Featuring local bands The Brixton Guns, The A-OKs, Synthetic Elements, Alpha Schoolmarm Orchestra, Judge Roughneck, and P-Nuckle, the first of hopefully many Ska Fests was a hit. The show didn’t start off that great for us; miscommunication and an un-updated website found us to be in quite a pickle trying to get in, but once we did get in, and waited the hour and a half before the show started (because, you know, miscommunication and an un-updated website), it turned into quite the pleasant, sophisticated treat (yes, pleasant and sophisticated . . . ).
World Famous Johnsons are an original band that are best known for groove and hook oriented music. They are also known to cover songs from Dogs of Pleasure, Jimmy Hendrix, Rob Zombie, and even Van Halen in live settings. Their roster of players runs deep in local and national music history. Ace Johnson and Julian Anderson played in numerous original bands, culminating in the founding of World Famous Johnsons. Scott Parker, who played with Rob Squires and Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters, likes to joke and say he “was eventually replaced by the gifted Todd Park Mohr.” Matthew Johnson who has written, recorded and played with Jack Russell and Great White for over a decade adds a new level of credibility and professional qualifications to the WFJ mix. Jimmy Strickler is a long time friend and professional partner of the band engineering and helping produce previous and current CD projects.
Recently, I got a hold of The Indulgers album “Whiskey Tonight”. It’s like soft celtic rock, complete with bagpipes, fiddles, all the instruments you’d assume of a genre with “celtic” in the name. At first listen, it’s like a calmer Dropkick Murphy’s; it has the feel and flair of the toe-tapping, dance filled style, but they aren’t punk, and therefore they aren’t going for speed and simple progressions which is popular in punk, but rather going for the softer rock, which contains both electric and acoustic components. It rocks.
Friday the 31st, local bands Sanity’s Edge, Beyond Influence, NDAAZ, and Cellador played a benefit to support young cancer patient Lexi. With the Roxy as the host, the bands let loose in hopes to raise enough money for Lexi’s treatments. And here’s the pictures from that successful night!
NDAAZ is a down-to-earth and approachable band who loves to mingle with the crowd and have been working hard on building a fan base throughout the Americas. Although well known in the Native community, the word is starting to spread amongst the worldwide mainstream that you will definitely get your money’s worth when you witness their musical “ceremony.”
On Saturday, Futurebirds came to town and shared the stage with local acts Dragondeer and Ark Life. Tending to gravitate towards metal, I obviously knew these bands very well, with their dance, bluegrass, pick up your mando type of music. When I go to local shows, I expect crowds to go crazy; to get involved with the performers. Not disappointing, the Bluebird Theater, packed with people, was full of life, thanks to all these bands. All, including touring band Futurebirds, did great down in the swamps of the Bluebird.