For less than the price of an actual movie ticket, you can yell things like “slut!” and throw condoms as the movie rolls, or do pretty much all the things frowned upon at “50 Shades” showings.
Of all the rebellious comedy horror musicals, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” takes the cake as the most entertaining movie watching experience, ever. For four decades, Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-n-Furter and Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s sexual abomination Rocky have entertained and shocked audiences with campy, over-the-top libidos and made for some of the most memorable movie characters of all time.
For example, watching Tim Curry strut the silver screen in black lingerie and singing “Sweet Transvestite” is a sight you cannot unsee.
As a Gothic transvestite scientist from Transsexual, Transylvania, Curry’s Frank-n-Furter is a glam rock nightmare and the character most recognizable from the film.
Curry’s role transformed “Rocky Horror” from a B-list flop to the cult phenomenon it is today, something unimaginable when the movie debuted in 1975.
The cult classic, which has entertained and confounded audiences for decades, only now has life because some wild New Yorkers turned a late night showing at the Waverly Theater into a controlled riot, adding lines to the script and throwing rice and toast across the theater.
Initially panned by both critics and audiences, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” didn’t take off until the counter culture latched onto the film and turned it into an experience reliant on audience participation.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” by itself is not what you’d call a great film, but it can be quite enjoyable mainly because of its total bizarreness: A stranded couple seeks help from freaky strangers holed up in an androgynous sex castle run by an alien transvestite.
With a plot like that, it’s amazing the film ever got made.
Watching the film at home is not the same as watching it in a theater packed full of freaky strangers, each dressed up as a favorite character and acting out scenes as the move plays. The experience isn’t remotely comparable.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” does have some nice moments like a young Susan Sarandon singing “Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me.” And the golden- voiced (but horribly named) Meat Loaf literally crashing the party on a motorcycle and quickly banging out a sax solo on “Hot Patootie — Bless My Soul,” only to be coolly disposed of by mad scientist Frank-n-Furter with an ice pick in the deep freeze, is perfect schlock horror.
It’s these select scenes and a soundtrack of rock ’n’ roll standards that are the real seducers of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
If you are a virgin to this whole “Rocky Horror” thing, “it’s just a jump to the left / and then a step to the right.” Everyone deserves the chance to dance to “Time Warp” at least once.
And if you’re worried about being the weirdest, strangest person there, don’t. Someone will undoubtedly slide into a pair of thigh-high black stockings and steal the spotlight.
Go on. Give yourself over to absolute ... pleasure.
Zolopht has been on a pretty good run of late. The immensely popular local outfit released its best album yet in “Ph Balanced,” played to packed Ale House patios, opened for Dirty Heads (at only the second sold-out show at the Mesa Theater and Club since new owner Eric Smith has taken over) and headlined last weekend’s grand opening music festival at The Local.
Zolopht is a band on the verge of conquering Grand Junction, if it hasn’t done it already.
The band dominates in all areas. It is loaded with great tunes, backed by a legion of dedicated fans, devoted to playing spectacular live shows, and, most importantly, its members are still hungry for more.
“Fortunately, we do feel a sense of accomplishment here in Grand Junction,” percussionist Greg Indivero said. “With our fans’ support, we will continue to play hometown shows to help us grow as a family and a band, as well as nurture our live art.”
Different bands have different skill sets. Some happen to be genius in the studio, others make a living on the stage. Zolopht happens to prosper on the latter, proving to be the feel-good antidepressant its name implies.
Zolopht’s signature tight live sound comes from touring the region and the West Coast, playing four to five nights a week.
Living on the road with six band members (Zolopht currently plays with eight members) and a sound engineer, the band forged the cohesive unit that recently has been crushing local shows.
“This past tour there were seven of us on the road and we all maintained our happiness, excitement and passion. Live music is what each of us lives for. Being given the opportunity to play 4-5 nights a week naturally charged us,” Indivero said.
The energy generated from its live shows is an addicting agent for both the band and its fans. As Indivero says, “(It’s) a huge positive musical energy that moves us forward and genuinely makes us feel good about life.”
He’s not wrong. Watching the band play live you can almost see the energy Indivero talks about and how both the musicians and audience flourish. What the band gives in playful staccato guitar riffs, the audience sends back with loving carefree vibes.
At any given show, you may hear the crowd sing back the lyrics to the more popular songs. There is a certain ebb and flow that takes place between the band and its fans, which makes each show a unique experience.
It’s easy to see why Zolopht has become a favorite among college students and music fans alike.
“The energy we receive from our fans motivates us in a huge way. The energy our fans continually give us is going to keep us pushing forward to spread our music as far as possible. We have a great time if they are having a good time. Being able to genuinely connect with a large fan base is honestly very humbling,” Indivero said. If recent events are any indication of what’s to come, Zolopht is on trajectory to push its music well beyond the boarders of Mesa County.
The band is working on a follow-up to “Ph Balanced” and it continues to court new fans through a string of live shows and good old-fashioned street teamwork.
For the past five years the band has hit the pavement doing whatever it takes to get people to come out for live shows.
That early hard work is paying dividends as word is clearly getting out: Zolopht is not a normal run-of-the mill local bar band.
It is a band oozing with more style than Grand Junction knows what to do with and gives a hell of a good show.
With another fun bill planned Saturday night, Feb. 21, at Barons with the excellently named Salt Lake City folk/ punk band Folk Hogan, you can see for yourself why Grand Junction is addicted to Zolopht.
For the third consecutive year Colorado musicians are well represented at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. This year Colorado will send over 120 bands to take part in the Colorado Music Party, happening March 17-21. Bands that have recently played shows in Grand Junction like the Yawpers, Rubedo, and In the Whale will take part in the unofficial party as well as Grand Junction's own Jack+Jill and Tight Thump.
Here is the complete list of announced performers:
3Two, Albny, Altas, AMZY, Andy Sydow, Aspen Hourglass, Babah Fly, Ben Marshal, Better Than Bacon, Birch Street, Branded Bandits, Brett Jarnagin, Bud Bronson & The Good Timers, Calder’s Revolvers, Caramel Carmela, Carson Block, Cobary Jam, Cold River City, C ōvergeist, CRL CRRLL, Disguise the Silence, DOUBLEWIDE, Dr. Death + Mr. Vile, Edison, Eldren, Elise Wunder, Facing West, Filthy T, From Thin Air, Grim&Darling, High Five Hip Hop, Indigenous Robot, iZCALLi, Jack+Jill, Jesse Manley and His Band, Jilly.fm, JiM ChieF, Jordan Igoe, Kind Dub, Lisa Bell Band, Lissa Hanner, Matt Mahern and Constitution, Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers), Montoneros, No Fair Fights, OKO TYGRA, Open Space, Palace Brands, Poor Me, Post Paradise, Professor Fox’s One Man Band, Qbala, Red Fox Run, RipRats, Robert Cline Jr., Rocktin Grove, Rootbeer & Mermentau, Rumours Follow, Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts, Rubedo, Sarah & the Meanies, SarCa$t*, Sexy Ester, Shaley Scott Band, Shatterproof, Shelby Britton, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Slow Caves, Sound of Ceres, Steele & Colfax, Stella Luce, Stephen Langstaff, Strawberry Runners, The 14ers, the B.A.B.E.S., The Covz, The Cumberland Collective, The Echo Chamber, The FAMM, The Left Ready, The Lindsey Saunders Band, The LoLos, The Patti Fiasco, The Railsplitters, The Rayo Brothers, The Robby Wicks Band, The Royal, The Seers, The Sweet Lillies, The Wendy Woo Band, Thunderthief, Tight Thump, Tommy Metz, Travellers Music, Von Stomper, Wandering Monks, Wasteland Hop, We Are Not a Glum Lot, Wild Wombat, Wiredogs, Write Minded.