Tag: The Meadowlark
Oh the subjectivity! Trying to decide on my favorite shows from the last few years is truly a difficult proposition. For this post I’m just going to talk about shows that were not a part of bigger festivals. These shows serve as a sampling of events that had such an impact that I can still remember them today.
Hot IQs – Farewell show at The Bluebird – June 19, 2009: The first Denver band I ever got in to was Hot IQs. I would listen to them on KCSU in Fort Collins when I was in high school. I saw them a few times before their farewell show, and every time was something special. Their at-capacity grand finale at the Bluebird was no exception: burlesque dancers, a Cookie Monster costume, and some of the catchiest pop-rock this city has ever known.
Hot Congress Prevue – Patrick Kelly’s Apartment – October 16, 2009: Pulling up to the ill-kept apartment building on Pearl St. had me second-guessing my choice to go downtown until I got inside and experienced the wild house party thrown by Hot Congress. That night introduced me to a bunch of great acts: Old Radio (now Amazing Twin), Night of Joy, the Jim Jims, and Fissure Mystic.
Everything Absent or Distorted – Farewell show at the Bluebird – October 24, 2009: I cannot remember a more raucous, energetic, and ultimately melancholy show than EAoD’s last big gig. Playing through every song they had ever written (and then some), the 11+ members of EAoD kept going until nearly 3 am.
Brand New – The Fillmore – January 30, 2010: Another throw back to my high school years, Brand New has always had a special place in my music library. As I grew up my tastes changed and Brand New changed along with them. No longer an emo-troupe, they brought their newer style of manic Lonesome Crowded West-inspired music to the Fillmore in a set that celebrated the new while appreciating the old.
Tjutjuna & Fissure Mystic – 7″ Split release at Meadowlark – February 5, 2010: Apart from Dick Dale (king of the surf guitar), the loudest show I have ever been to was Tjutjuna at the Meadowlark. With Woodsman and Fissure Mystic opening, it was certainly a night of intense psych the likes of which I have seldom seen replicated.
Julian Lynch – The Low Key – May 20, 2010: On an unassuming street in north Fort Collins sat a rather normal looking house. This was no ordinary house, it was the residence of Matt Sage who had dubbed it “The Lowkey.” During his time there Matt hosted shows for the underground and experimental alike. I happened to be in Ft. Collins one summer when Julian Lynch came through for a set of experimental tunes. I still remember sitting in that basement taking in the sound and color.
Denver Does Denver 2010 – August 28, 2010: It was fitting that my return from Chicago was marked by a showcase of Denver music and art. Hearing Safe Boating is No Accident take on Pee Pee, Pink Hawks doing Bad Weather California, and the Flobots performing Hot IQs made this an unforgettable event.
Sufjan Stevens – The Paramount – November 2, 2010: Last fall was undoubtedly the hardest academic semester I ever undertook. This had me feeling down on most things, concerts included. Fortunately I was lifted out of my funk by the prolific Sufjan Stevens. This performance helped me realize how magnificent The Age of Adz really is.
Hello Kavita – Farewell show at the Hi-Dive – December 28, 2010: Of all the times I saw Hello Kavita, this one was my favorite. Not only did Roger, Roll open (it was their farewell show too), but Hello Kavita played one of the fullest sets I can recall. From old and new originals, to Steely Dan covers, and a mash-up of “Colorado” with Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al,” it was Hello Kavita at their best.
Bad Weather California – Rhinoceropolis – February 18, 2011: I will close with this show, because it stands as a harbinger of things to come. While I only went to the Rhinoceropolis a few times during the life of SLS, I was always impressed by the nature of the place: it is a venue that encourages innovation. Bad Weather California has played the warehouse space more times than most, and as the group prepares for the release of their new full-length I can’t help but wonder where they’ll go and what kind of audience they’ll reach.
Well everyone, this is it: The Something Like Sound Graduation Party & Farewell Showcase. An event to celebrate ends and beginnings. Come down to the Meadowlark on Friday May 13th for a night of music and revelry as Fellow Citizens, Red Fox Run, PANAL S.A. DE C.V., and Thrifty Astronaut provide the tunes. Mines students get in for free and it’s just $7 for everyone else. Don’t miss this event! Click the poster above for the Facebook invitation.
It was a couple weeks ago that I spent the day with the guys from The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. I helped with the last few details of production on their new record and got to sit in on their rehearsal. Later, I followed them to the Meadowlark for the first in a series of concerts curated by Speaker Snacks. Gem Trails and Thundercade also played… then the venue flooded and I went home.
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, rehearsal
The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, performance
Last weekend had me at the Meadowlark for the Love146 benefit show. Here are some of the better shots I got that evening.
Red Fox Run
Every so often I get to talk about the people and causes near-and-dear to me. In particular, I’d like to take a few moments to highlight a group called Love146, an organization dedicated to ending child sex-slavery and exploitation. By partnering with like-minded local groups, Love146 has worked toward eliminating human-trafficking in Denver and around the world. Their work is supported in a variety of ways including occasional benefit concerts in our city. This Friday (starting at 7pm) they will be hosting a show at the Meadowlark featuring a few of my friends and other fantastic acts (see the lineup after the jump). Tickets are just $5, with all proceeds benefiting Love146.
It would be hard to imagine music in Denver without the constant stream of fresh projects and musicians who refuse to stay tied to a single group. Friday night’s show at the Meadowlark served as a showcase for three new bands full of Denver-music veterans.
Jimmy Stofer, former touring bassist for The Fray, current member of Hello Kavita, John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light, and Dualistics released the debut album from his new project Weather Maps earlier this summer. Employing a few friends from other bands, Stofer played through a handful of often-soft, always-melodic tunes as the space began to fill for the evening. A few of the tunes reminded me of Bon Iver with less emphasis on falsetto and more weight on song structure.
When Meese broke up earlier this year it was unclear what would happen to the Meese brothers. A few months later it was announced that there would be a slight revival: The Centennial was created; moodier and more matured than what had been. While this was only the group’s second show, they still managed to fill the Meadowlark to capacity.
Adam Halferty’s gratitude was apparent as his close friends and family gathered to celebrate the release of Contradictions, Generalities, and Future Criminals, the debut album from American Tomahawk (expect a full review in the near future). Halferty, drummer for Young Coyotes (current), 3OH!3 (touring), and Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree (former), enlisted six other musicians to help American Tomahawk see a proper live lineup. The sheer musicianship of the entire group was impressive and the quality of songwriting made me wish they had more songs in their repertoire.