Extra July 3 music
Hello July. How’s it going? I feel the same way, but here we are anyway. Now give us the goods as we get the summer on with live music galore and then go find some more.
Since the paper comes out a day early this week with the Fourth being on our normal distribution day of Thursday, we’re blessed with an extra night of fun on Wednesday. Let us begin our bonus night with last week’s mention of the return of Doc Hollow, featuring the talents of longtime friends and players, Antone DeRocchi, Mark LeVault and Tom Beverly as an all-acoustic trio getting it going at Lucky Moon Saloon near Chatham. In Chatham proper at 3Sixteen Wine bar, the duo of Marty Morris and Tom Beverly (another one) known as Buckhart Road plays on from 4 to 7 with a night of mostly MM’s original tunes.
Back on the way to town, Remix mixes it up at Crows Mill Pub on Toronto Road, while on the other side of I-55, but still on Toronto Road, After Sunset roars into Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum (you really must see this place) knocking out the good time vibes. The Curve Inn presents The Collective, featuring the dynamic lead vocalist duo of Melanie Dennison and Kortney Leatherwood, plus several other top area musicians playing “good music that people can hear, feel and enjoy,” according to the band’s Facebook page. Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters stroll into the Blue Grouch for their one big long set of hard-driving party time music, proving once again why Geech is, and will be known as, one of the most popular area bands of our time.
For a downtown option, Obed & Isaac’s continues its summertime Wednesday night Tiny Deck Concerts in the beer garden. Generally well-attended anyway, the holiday eve night should be good for the Denver Burglar Alarm, a duo combining old-time instruments and modern day loops to make “harmonizing-indie-reggae-red dirt-alt country-pop-modern rock” music, all the way from Littleton, Colorado. Two other regular Wednesday gigs, Al Kitchen at Arlington’s, plus the open mic out at Weebles, should receive added boosts from the holiday effect as well. And then for a music show on the Fourth proper, cool country group NATU Band lands on the Crows Mill Pub outdoor stage for your listening pleasure.
The regular Friday and Saturday listings are chock full of a variety of live music acts, including Rogers & Nienhaus at Trails End, Black Queen at Crows Mill Pub and John McVey Band at Third Base, all on Friday night. Saturday unwraps the goodies to include The Pop! Art Show upstairs at Arlington’s by Staunzastic Art with three live music acts (Levi Tucker, Tom Irwin, Idle Oath), Midnight River Choir floating into Danenberger’s, Casper’s Kountry Kustoms killing it at Guitars & Cadillacs and LoneHollow, a Nashville-based duo act of Rylie Bourne and Damon Atkins, following the hollow into Buzz Bomb.
On Sunday (I’m so tired) Funday, The Curve Inn hosts a pleasantly peculiar show called Luxotica Lounge Cabaret that combines the talents of saxophonist band leader Dr. Rocktagon with dancers Vivacious Miss Audacious and Gurl Haggard (maybe not their birth names) in a burlesque event complete with “tassel twirling, hoop dance, fire eating, acrobatics and just enough audience participation.” There’s more than one way to celebrate Independence Day. At Trails End, Hipbone Sam along with his alias, Jack Flash, help our friend Tony Turasky celebrate a big birthday milestone in a marathon all-day jam and jive.
Watch out for the big finale, wherever you go.