J. Wail Brings Blissful Bumpin’ Grooves to the Moon
by Rebecca Thoreson
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Get Funky With Equaleyes on Saturday night THE GROOVIEW

TELLURIDE – As January winds down, the music scene revs up, and look for the energy and the number of shows to intensify in the coming weeks, heading into February and spring break.

The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon is ready to rock, as usual, and this weekend it’s time for some blissful bumping with the return of J. Wail and his live club-funk DJ dub sound, which utilizes his innovative techniques of looping with guitar, bass, synths, and live electronica.

J. Wail has been out on his Tour de Bliss for a while now, and you may recall that he made a swing through Telluride last fall. “Since the KOTO Halloween Bash I have made another run to the East Coast,” he relays from the road. “In the past month I have settled down from the extensive touring to work on some fresh material and exploring some new technology for my set up. In 2008 I played approximately 150 shows.”

He says all of his touring is paying off. “I have some big shows coming up including an event called Hamptonite!, which will be a late night event coinciding with Phish's reunion in March. EOTO, BoomBox and Pretty Lights will also be performing at the event.”

J. Wail notes that the crowd can expect some sweet additions to his energetic show. “I do have a few new tracks that I have been working on, and a new album to be released with my spring and summer tour,” he says.

He also adds that’s he’s ready for the Telluride audience. “After the epic events at the KOTO Bash, I have been looking forward to returning to Telluride. Hopefully everyone will be as freaky and funky as they were on Halloween!”

Get your freak on and get down with the bumpin’ funktronic sounds of J. Wail, Friday night at the Moon.

Saturday night, another hot act returns to town, with Equaleyes out of Idaho bringing their infectious infusion of rock, reggae, electronica, funk, and bluegrass. The band released their tremendous sophomore album While I’m Alive last year, and has been hitting it hard in support of the project, opening for big time acts like The Wailers, The Jerry Garcia Band and Melvin Seals.

Singer and guitarist Jeff Crosby says the young band is picking up steam. “Equaleyes came together about three years ago playing local gigs around Idaho as a power trio. Since we started we’ve added a keyboard player and had a bass player switch, and with them hopping on board we've definitely found something special that won't be fading away anytime soon.”

Crosby adds that the new CD has vaulted the group to the next level. “We took a very different approach to recording than we had done in the past and it took a good year but we couldn't be happier with the finished product.”

He notes that the band is paying their dues, and expanding their touring radius. “We've been exploring new territory throughout California, Oregon and Washington where we've been very well received. We plan on touring heavy this spring and summer throughout the beautiful Western U.S., so you can expect to see a lot of us in Colorado throughout the summer.”

Bottom line: Is Equaleyes ready to rock the Moon? “Uh, Yeeaaah! This is our first time playin’ Telluride during the busy ski season, so were gonna bring it! Were excited to get some turns in also,” he beams, and extends an invitation for new fans. “Anybody who hasn't seen or heard of us yet and likes shakin’ their groove thang to good music come on down!”

Get a taste of funky rocking vibe of Equaleyes on their website, equaleyeslive.com, and get ready to shake it with them Saturday night at the Moon.

Next week, the Moon continues the momentum bringing in some big guns, with Smooth Money Gesture and EOTO both on tap. You know it’s gonna rage right into February at the Moon!

At the historic Sheridan Opera House this weekend the lady rockers have their time to shine, with the Telluride Rock and Roll Academy’s Ladies Rock Concert on Saturday night, featuring Machshau and Untracked. The girls have been polishing up their acts for the Opera House stage, and there’ll be non-stop music throughout the night with DJ Darryl Dade spinning tunes to keep things hopping. Support your local female rockers!

On the way at the Opera House, get your act together for KOTO Lip Synch next week, and the hilarious Todd Snider rolls in for a romp at the end of the month.

The Bubble Lounge is bopping along, and you can get a jump on the weekend with Amy Taylor and Mike Pale, who play the O2 bar on Thursday and Friday afternoons, après ski. The dynamic duo also hits the Noir Bar on Thursday nights, and appears on the mountain at Gorrono Ranch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Pale is a busy dude this ski season, and you can find him jamming out with his solo acoustic act at Gorrono Ranch and at the Peaks Great Room several days a week. Look for Pale’s funky soul-jazz trio, BluOrbit, which returns to the Bubble Lounge next weekend.

Pale, of course, is also a member of the terrific Turkey Creek Ramblers, and keep your eyes out for the local pickers at Heritage Plaza next weekend. The word is TCR is gearing up to do some recording, and the guys are getting stoked for the 2nd Annual Hillbilly Hodown at the Moon on Feb. 7. Yee-haw!

Another favorite performer on the mountain, Tony Rosario, will be tearing it up at Gorrono on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and you can catch Rosario’s latest project, Trutone and The Pour Boyz, at Tommy’s tonight, with their classic rockin’ blues sound perfect for dancing.

In Ridgway this weekend, the Switchback Tavern will be jumping on Friday night with the groovin’ indie-rock sounds of Fall Baby. The band rolls down to the Dolores Brewery on Saturday night for what’s sure to be a rockin’ show.

Jazz fans will be in for a treat next week, as The Telluride Society for Jazz is presenting Karrin Allyson in concert at the Palm. She’s sensational.

And then there’s bluegrass. Ah yes, last week’s announcement from Planet Bluegrass promises another stellar line-up for the 36th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June, with 12-time Grammy award winner Jerry Douglas set to mark his 25th year at the festival, an honor he shares with an elite group of beloved festival favorites, including Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, Tim O'Brien, and Bela Fleck – all of whom are slated to return in June.

Douglas will join Elvis Costello for an all-star acoustic set. A frequent collaborator of Costello, Emmylou Harris returns as well, a year after her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Yonder Mountain, Kasey Chambers and Railroad Earth are among the hot acts set to hit the Town Park stage in June. Get your pass soon, and get the scoop at bluegrass.com.

Bliss? You bet.

BEATSHEET Thursday, Jan 22

Amy Taylor and Mike Pale at the Bubble Lounge (afternoon)

Amy Taylor and Mike Pale at the Noir Bar (night)

Trutone and The Pour Boyz at Tommy’s

Friday, Jan. 23

J. Wail at The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon.

Amy Taylor and Mike Pale at the Bubble Lounge (afternoon)

Fall Baby at the Switchback Tavern

Saturday, Jan. 24

Equaleyes at The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon

Amy Taylor and Mike Pale at the Gorrono Ranch (afternoon)

Machshau and Untracked at the Sheridan Opera House

Fall Baby at the Dolores Brewery,

Sunday, Jan. 25

Amy Taylor and Mike Pale at the Gorrono Ranch (afternoon)
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