There are THREE places I want to be on Friday night. All with impeccable music. There is music going on right this second that I don’t want to be missing at the Ancient Mariner in Manitou Springs- local Inaiah Lujan’s solo act (which, gloriously, I’ve already caught a few times), and Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship from Omaha, Nebraska. Thankfully, I’ll be able to catch the touring band Saturday at the Triple Nickle, along with my bestie Jake’s new band, Melting Temple. I can’t wait to hear their new digs, as they have no recordings released yet. So tonight, I am saving up my energy after an exhausting, yet refreshing, 21-miles on the bike, with a temperature of 93 degrees, a 20 mph headwind/crosswind, and 35 mph gusts. I’m way too pooped to leave this chair, and I need to hydrate in preparation for the festivities to come.
ONE- the Modbo’s 2nd birthday party.
I already know I shouldn’t go, even though my co-worker’s son Andy Tanner is playing, and I always love his music. Also, my friends in The Changing Colors will be playing. Both sets of musicians will be playing special arrangements of their songs, accompanied by orchestra students. I know it will be a great event, this is the Modbo we’re talking about. But there will be people there to avoid, if they stick to their Facebook invite RSVP’s, and since there are TWO more places to be, why ruin my night?
My friends’ band The Ghost of Michael Clark is playing, and two of my friend’s from his other band, The Haunted Windchimes are sitting in. Aaron Fanning, part of both the Ghost of Michael Clark and The Changing Colors, is playing with Solagget at LIVFest in Wichita, Kansas this weekend, so I’ll catch those two acts next round when he’s back on the scene. The Ghosts are playing before Hymn For Her at the Zodiac, which is just 4 blocks away from the number THREE place I want to be, so I’ll probably be able to catch at least part of their set.
The 4onthefloor and The Evening Rig are playing at the Triple Nickel. They are friends with my pals in The Color Pharmacy and when they recommend a band, I listen. I checked out 4 on the Floor’s Facebook page, and guitar sound on the song “Workin’ Man Zombie” grabs me right off. It sounds a lot like the guitar sound on the Black Keys Brothers album, which, who doesn’t love that album? I hear a dobro on “Bricklayer” favorite instrument of local Grant Sabin. This show is sounding like it will be a boot stompin’ good time.
On to The Evening Rig. The first song that hooks me opens with a strong banjo and slide guitar on “In Spite of All That’s Happened”, a slower song. The singer’s voice on another song, “A Girl Important” reminds me of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Howl album, until the female singer’s voice pokes through, sharp like a violin solo. With titles like “Playing House” and “Goddamn I Could Use a Drink,” I think I’ll get along mighty fine with these boys.