Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle Swings Into Rico Theater, Moon
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Lubriphonic Brings Chicago Funk to the Bubble Lounge THE GROOVIEW

TELLURIDE – Laissez les bon temps roulez! Yes, it's time for Mardi Gras madness, and the musical calendar is jam-packed, with Gay Ski Week ready to kick off and spring break mayhem about to ensue.

Indeed, things are about to get very lively, starting tonight, when Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle rolls into the Western Slope for a couple of romps.

The Jungle will jump at the Rico Theater tonight, with a second show on tap at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon on Friday. Go ape-y, and plan on attending both performances if possible, as the Jungle will be tearing it up with their steamy, jazz-laden funk grooves.

The Go-Go Jungle grew out of some of Dillon's other incarnations, including Billy Goat, where he teamed up with his buddies J.J. Jungle and Go-Go Ray. J.J. and Dillon also got down with their Hairy Apes project, and the combined prowess is phenomenal, as evident on the Go-Go Jungle's debut CD Battery Milk.

Dillon says the band has been back in the studio. “We finished and released the new CD, Rockstar Benchpress, so we’ve got some new stuff. We recorded in Norman, Oklahoma, with my friend Trent Bell, who used to mix the Flaming Lips. This record is more of a rock CD than we’ve done in the past,” he relays.

Dillon also notes the Jungle has a slight personnel change for this run. “We have Hairy Apes’ drummer John Speice filling in for Go Go Ray, because this tour is about the snow! Go Go doesn’t snowboard or ski, and Speice does. This way we can play a lot of the Go Go Stuff and a lot of Hairy Apex BMS songs too.”

Dillon's incredible vibraphone and percussion work is well known, as he often gets tapped by Les Claypool and Ani Difranco.

“Les Claypool has a new CD out which gets released next month, and I will be touring with him in March,” he notes. In fact, the busy percussionist has his fingers in a lot of pies these days. “I have been on the road for most this year already. I never get to spend anytime in my adopted home of New Orleans. However, when I am home, I get to play with my favorite bass player in the whole world, James Singleton. We are going in the studio at the end of March.”

Dillon adds that the band is looking forward to the local crowd.

“The Telluride freaks seem to appreciate a band with an electric doorbell machine and tons of drums! I am sure Ed O. will be heckling us to play something good,” he chuckles.

These guys took down the house at Las Montañas last year, and are hotter than the Amazon. Go bananas with Mike Dillon’s Go Go Jungle, tonight in Rico, and again Friday at the Moon. Sensational!

Saturday night, it's time for hard-driving Reggae, when Summit dub Squad returns to the Moon. The Flagstaff, Ariz. band grew out of the Greenhouse Fresh Produce project and evolved into their trademark High Elevation Sound Flavor, which is a joyous infusion of funk, punk, folk, and dub. The result is a deliciously organic symbiotic groove, and this band will make you sweat. What's the dub? Find out, Saturday night at the Moon.

At the Bubble Lounge, some of our favorite funksters return to rock the O2 bar, when Lubriphonic loops through Colorado this week.

With their big, brassy Chicago style and Giles Corey's scorching vocals, the band has been garnering rave reviews, and their tremendous CD Soul Solution is an absolute triumph.

“We've been out touring in support of the CD,” says Corey. ”We're doing a bunch of dates in Colorado, including opening for Michael Kang’s band Pangea at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. We're also opening for Kinetix at the Eldo in Crested Butte, so we're excited. Things are happening.”

The band's previous release, Super Mantra, captured the live feel of the tremendous group, which is a big outfit. Corey commands the stage with his soulful vocals and smoking guitar work, and he gets some help from heavy-hitting drummer and band co-founder Rick King, who drives the funk and sticks it in the pocket with Joewuan Scott's super funky bass work. You know it, Lubriphonic packs along those Chicago-style horns, with Jowesley Boston on sax and Johnny Cotton on trombone.

With all of this talent, the band barely fits on the Bubble Lounge stage. “It's going to be interesting,” laughs Corey. “Plus, I'm doing this tour with a broken ankle.”

The players in Lubriphonic have fast influences, with individual members boasting some bad-ass credits, like touring with Koko Taylor, Buddy Miles and Lenny Kravitz. “We have a wide range of ages and ethnicities in the band,” explains Corey. “The diversity is reflected in the music. This is a rock band, but we also have old-school soul, gospel and funk, which allows us to have a wide appeal.”

No doubt about it, Lubriphonic packed the joint last time they were in town, and it appears the band is poised for some big time action this summer. “We're still firming up our summer calendar, but there are a few festivals in the works. We'll be back through Colorado in June,” explains Corey, who adds that the band has some new material to lay on the crowd. “We're working on a new CD as we speak. So far, we have five new tunes in the live repertoire, so there's some new music in the set.”

With their sweet horns, fat funk and soulful vocals, Lubriphonic rages, and you’ll want to get down with them at the Bubble Lounge for Saturday night’s Gay Ski Week kick off bash. “It’s gonna get rowdy,” laughs Corey. “We’re absolutely looking forward to it.”

The Bubble Lounge is also a great place to chill après ski, and you can catch Taylor Pale – that's Amy Taylor and Mike Pale – a sassy duo act, Thursday through Sunday afternoons. The prolific Pale is one busy dude, and Taylor drops by on occasion at his solo gigs at Goronno Saturdays through Tuesdays.

Also, Pale's soul jazz trio BluOrbit will be back at the Bubble Lounge next weekend for the TAB Fashion Show “Model's Night Out.” Uh-huh.

Tommy's will be hopping starting tonight, with Bridget's annual birthday party, featuring musical guests Sorbitol. Don’t tell her. It’s a surprise!

Friday night, get with the rocking Lane Rider Experience, and don't miss Karaoke Night on Sunday at Tommy's, sure to be raging this weekend.

Tommy's will undoubtedly be packed for Gay Ski Week events, especially with the “Fly Naked Party” on Feb. 24. Yes it will be a crazy week, as the GSW features Oscar parties, the infamous White Night, and tons of on-mountain events.

Take a break after a few runs, and catch DJ Daryll Dade and his “Playing on the Plaza” events in Mountain Village. Dade spins up ultra-hip mixes several days a week, and he taps Telluride talent for the afternoon shows. The rambling songsmith, James O. Patterson will be dropping in this weekend for some picking with Adam Pace of Turkey Creek Ramblers fame. Also, check out the phenomenal flat-pickin’ Patterson Friday night at Two Candles in Norwood.

By the way, Mountain Village events are about to heat up, with some big names on the way for spring break concerts. Mark your calendar for Charlie Hunter on March 5, with the Subdudes on March 12, and Porter Batiste and Stoltz on March 19.

The Sheridan Opera House will be busy heading into TAB next week. Beyond that, look for fat spring shows at the SOH, including the return of Donavon Frankenreiter on March 10. Get the skinny and secure tickets soon at sheridanoperahouse.com.

In Ridgway this weekend, catch Steve Felberg solo at the Switchback Tavern on Friday night. Saturday night, it’s Christina Callicott. Ridgway's own singer-songwriter extraordinaire is taking her fresh folk and bluegrass sound on a winter loop, with shows booked Crested Butte, Gunnison, Cortez, Dolores, and Montrose.

Known by String Cheese Incident fans for penning a number of lyrics to popular tunes like “Cottonmouth,” “Desert Dawn” and “Cedar,” Callicott's solo performances feature her original tunes mixed with covers of artists ranging from Gillian Welch to Janis Joplin, Old Crow Medicine Show to John Lennon.

Callicott was recently awarded the “Write Here Right Now” grant by the Telluride Writers' Guild to write a song cycle about the seasons, and the songwriter says she's looking forward to the challenge. “We're at an unprecedented turning point in world history,” she muses. “There's no guidebook for what's coming. I love the old music and the old ways, but what I really love is taking those old forms and themes and transforming them into something relevant, fun and hopefully even inspirational for what's happening today.”

Callicott performs at the Switchback Tavern, Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m.

Down the road, the Dolores River Brewery has been going off lately, and Friday night, the brew pub celebrates their seventh anniversary with a 70s themed throw-down, featuring the jamming bluegrass funk sounds of Last To Know. Dress in your weirdest 70s garb, and party with the people in Dolores Friday night!

In Durango, Queen fans will want to check out One Night of Queen next week at the Community concert Hall at Ft. Lewis College. Freddie Mercury lives on through Garry Mullen and the Works, who lay down classic covers of the legendary band. They will rock you, Feb. 25.

Have a fabulous week – and Happy Mardi Gras!

THE BEAT SHEET Thursday, Feb. 19

Sorbitol, Tommy’s

Taylor-Pale in the afternoon, Bubble Lounge

Friday, Feb. 20

Taylor-Pale in the afternoon, Bubble Lounge

Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, Rico Theater

Lane Rider Experience, Tommy’s

James O. Patterson, Two Candles, Norwood

Saturday, Feb. 21

Taylor-Pale in the afternoon, Bubble Lounge

Summit dub Squad, Fly Me to the Moon Saloon

Lubriphonic, Bubble Lounge

Sunday, Feb. 22

Taylor-Pale in the afternoon, Bubble Lounge
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