Whoa! I just checked the calendar and all of a sudden this week is jam packed full of concerts. If you are not ditching the Grand Valley for Snowball Music Festival here is what you need to plan around this week.
Young Dubliners at the Mesa Theater - It's Naggy McGee's birthday so celebrate with, what else, some Irish drinking music. The Wrong Impressions open for the Celtic rock icons this Thursday.
Greg Brown at the Mesa Theater - Folk singer and guitarist Greg Brown plays an intimate show this Friday at the Mesa Theater. Brown has recorded over two dozen albums, some of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards, and has been a frequent performer on A Prairie Home Companion. Check out a performance and interview below.
Chelsea Grin at the Mesa Theater - Are you ready for some Salt Lake City Death Core!? Ready or not, here comes Chelsea Grin, playing this Sunday at the Mesa Theater. Attila, Betraying the Martyrs, and Buried in Verona open.
While every music nerd in the galaxy has been geeking out over the new 15 second sound clip from some unreleased, unnamed Daft Punk song, I've been jamming to something that you can actually listen to. While the Daft Punk robots are upgrading to an new operating system, equally French house producer Kavinsky dropped "OutRun," a collection of heavy hitting vintage disco tunes. You may recognize Kavinsky as a key music contributor behind "Drive," the 2011 Ryan Gosling/Carey Mulligan movie. In fact, "Nightcall," the albums signature tune also appears on "OutRun."
The album is very 1980s, very synthy, and actually available. My guess is "OutRun" looks like and sounds like whatever new stuff Daft Punk will drop in May so the question is, why wait around when something equally good already exists?
The influx of Denver area DJs to Grand Junction continues as Fresh2Death make their Western Slope debut this Saturday. Fresh2Death is a two man collaboration between DJs Greg Fisk and Ben Samples. Each are legit performers in their own right and together they bring a live element to digital DJing. The duo makes live remixes on the fly, combining vocal samples with nearly all genres. Don't be surprised to hear samples from Glitch-Hop, PsypHop, and Crunk-Hop, to DownTempo, Electro, and Dubstep in their sets.
Predictability is a bad way to describe music. Fresh2Death is anything but (download their hour long mix below). Their approach to DJing is extremely creative and you are always on guard as a listener, waiting for that next killer sample. This should be a fun night. Fresh2Death play the Mesa Theater Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 9 p.m. Local DJs Daytona and Zionexx open.
Technically all you need to start a band is a couple people blending sounds together. That though is a bare bones effort that doesn't really mean anything. Being in a band is more than making noise. It's about relationships. There are relationships between sound, between band members, and between musicians and listeners. What makes a band special and transcendent is camaraderie.
Hot Buttered Rum is five best friends, five best friends who dreamed up the idea of starting a band on a backpacking trip to the High Sierra. Their 2002 dream is coming to the Mesa Theater for your benefit. Years of friendship and endless touring have made Hot Buttered Rum one of the most popular bluegrass bands around. They love music and clearly love performing. Touring with Allie Kral of Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum will play the main stage tomorrow night (Feb 26). Local band Jack and Jill open.
Last night at the 85th Academy Awards Adele took home an Oscar for "Skyfall" in the best original song category. Surprisingly, the theme to "Skyfall" was the first James Bond theme song to ever win an Academy Award. Even more surprisingly only three other Bond songs, "For Your Eyes Only," "Nobody Does It Better," and "Live and Let Die," have even been nominated for an Academy Award.
With this win Adele is now half way towards completing her EGOT or winning all four major annual American entertainment awards, the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. All that remains for Adele is an Emmy and Tony award. Piece of cake, right?
Now I have no idea if Adele will ever be competitive in the Emmy or Tony awards but if she were to win in the remaining two categories she would join an elite list of performers who have completed the EGOT. Mel Brooks, Audrey Hepburn, and Whoopi Goldberg are the most recognizable of only 11 people who have competitively won all four major awards.
Of active musicians Randy Newman is probably closest to joining that list. Newman only needs a Tony award. Don't count out Adele though. Everything she makes is award bait so it may just be a matter of time before her EGOT is complete.