TELLURIDE – Ah-oooo! With Halloween falling on Friday night this year, spooky revelries abound in Telluride and across the Western Slope, so don your most ghoulish attire and prepare to party like a goth rock star!
The 33rd Annual KOTO Halloween Bash highlights the busy weekend, with not one but two great acts on the bill to keep the oh-so-haunted Historic Sheridan Opera House hopping tonight.
The Rockodiles will rip as usual with their classic rock sound perfect to get the party rolling. Always a good time, dance your pants – or your cape – off with the raging Rockodiles at the SOH.
KOTO is also presenting J. Wail, out of Phoenix, who brings his freaky live club funk sound to the table, with his innovative technique utilizing guitar, bass, vocals, synthesizers and live electronics. J. Wail is making big waves across the country, and his improvisational skills have led him to share the stage with such diverse acts as EOTO, Dean Ween and Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove, Grateful Dead).
J. Wail has been out on the road with his Tour de Bliss, and says it’s been a wild ride. “It’s been busy and fun,” he relays. “I started the tour in April in southern California and have not stopped! I think some of the most memorable shows were in Alaska where I flew on this little plane to play two nights on Kodiak Island. It’s not every day I get to see backcountry Alaskans dancing to freaky funktronica tunes!” No doubt Telluride locals will be getting their freak on with J. Wail tonight, who says he’s got some new stuff to lay on the crowd. “I’m getting ready to release my album Sledgepopper in the coming months, and I am very excited for March 2009. As many know, Phish announced some tour dates and I will be playing some late night gigs after their shows. For one of the shows, EOTO will be on the bill, so these should be some epic events. Like EOTO, J. Wail uses live looping to create his high-energy vibe. “All the music is created one-man band style. I play live instruments such as guitar with a synthesizer attached to it, bass, keys, and mix it in with live electronics and beats. I also have live vocals and a loop pedal. I jump from one to the other creating the music,” he explains. “The music can hit different moods but I mostly keep it super funky. The show also has a strong live feel as I like to rock it on the guitar.” J. Wail rocked the Bubble Lounge last time he was in town, and says he’ll be jamming to get here for the concert. “I'm thrilled to be a part of this! I'm playing the late night show after Sound Tribe Sector 9 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then driving 15 hours to rock it out and funk it up in Colorado! I can’t wait!” Prepare for blast off, with the bumpin’ blissful freaky funktronic action of J. Wail.
“I’ll be there to provide the lubrication and the stimulation,” he exclaims. By the way, J. Wail will also hit The Summit in Durango Saturday night. Get with the funk!
The spirits will be haunting The Fly Me to the Moon Saloon tonight as well, where DJ Krittah’s Halloween Bash and Costume Contest will rage late-night. The Moon guys say they’re also getting freaky at the Moon and throwing down for Halloween, with prizes, drink specials and “nasty beats by DJ Krittah!”
Yes, it will be thumpin’ and pumpin’ until the wee hours at the downtown club. No cover at the Moon tonight.
In Ridgway this weekend, a couple of Halloween parties are on tap, including the highly anticipated show with Sons of the Addicted at the Switchback Tavern tonight.
Formerly Fractalia, Sons of the Addicted are getting set to release their debut studio CD. “We’re hoping it will be out for the weekend,” says keyboardist Michael Scherr. Titled Fractal World, the project has been in the works for a while. “We’ve been working on it for about two years,” explains Scherr. “We spent several weeks in L.A., working with some of the best engineers in the country. Lately we’ve been at the studio in Hotchkiss overdubbing with our producer, Dik Darnell. The album is really a fine piece of art, that’s why it’s taken so long,” continues Scherr.
The CD contains polished versions of long-time fractal favorites. “One of the tunes is ‘I Thought You Were It,’ an emotional song that Stosch (Dembitsky) wrote about a life experience. The title track, ‘Fractal World,’ is kind of our anthem, its metal with a reggae twist.”
Sons of the Addicted are like no other band, largely due to incredible guitar wiz Dembitsky, who takes modal exploration to a whole new dimension. “We’ve got a unique sound, there are not many bands like us,” laughs Scherr. “We have a certain quirkiness and song originality, and it’s music from the heart. The musical integrity of the players really showcases the virtuosity of Stosch’s guitar work,” he adds.
The band has evolved from a loose group of players into a tight four-piece machine, and the amazing Dembitsky has surrounded himself with talent, including his long-time friend Bailey Vince who sticks it in the pocket on drums, with the tremendous Scherr on keys and Joel Waller gluing it down on bass.
The result is a high-octane ride that takes audiences on a journey through inner- galactic space. “We’ve fine-tuned our performance into a flawless show so that the energy is not conflicting. We’ve learned to give and take in this symbiotic relationship, and that only occurs with years of practice,” muses Scherr.
You know it, the Sons will be shredding tonight in Ridgway, and Scherr says the band has more in store for fans on the Western Slope. “We’re actually doing three shows this weekend. We have the Halloween show at the Switchback, and then we’re in Norwood for two nights at the Livery. Saturday night is the all-ages Halloween Party, and then on Sunday, we’ll do an early show at 7 o’clock. We’re going to record both shows for a live DVD, and we really want people to come out for the Sunday shoot, as we’re bringing in a lighting crew from Denver, and three cameramen with high-end digital cameras, so it’s a big production. We want to get the place packed with screaming fans! Tell everybody that it’s a free, all-ages show on Sunday!”
Scherr also notes that the rapidly ascending Sons of the Addicted are throwing up a big fatty website this week.
“The new album will be available for sale on-line, and there are digital downloads, photo galleries and a place to sign up for street teams,” says Scherr. “We want to get folks involved and show the world what kind of music we can make. So tell your friends, and come out on Sunday to Norwood for the DVD recording!”
Check out sonsoftheaddicted.com, and get thy booty to at least one of these shows this weekend. Funky, fractal fun!
Another hot Halloween happening is on the line-up in Ridgway this weekend, with the Sherbino Theatre hosting The Rhythm of the Dons on Saturday night. Highly danceable, The Rhythm of the Dons is a group of Paonia-based players, with the lovely Ellen Yvonne on lead vocals, flute, sax, and percussion. Ken Wallace adds tasty guitar work, with Sean Mobley on bass, Bob McNair on drums and Joe Gogenola on keys, congas and more. The band gleefully mixes up their spicy blend of jazzy funk, and will have the goblins and ghosts grooving, Saturday night at the Sherbino.
Of course, there’s the time-change factor this weekend, so vampires can catch up on that much-needed beauty rest on Sunday!
And, without getting too political, get ready to rock the vote next week. Props to all of the musicians who have used their energies to ignite voters across the country.
Yes, it could get freaky. Have a rocking Halloween!