You Me & Apollo to Serenade a Pub in Junction
Jerry Joseph is a working man’s musician with a rigorous touring schedule to prove it. His stop in Telluride on Saturday will be a part of a Colorado run of seven shows in nine days, and the last before playing five nights in a row all over the state. That kind of work ethic does not stop there for the acoustic singer-songwriter. Joseph has churned out an album a year since the mid 90s, and toured internationally in noteworthy bands like Little Women, Jackmormons, and Stockholm Syndrome. His determined music career has always navigated a path that surrounded him with elite musicians like famed guitarist Steve Kimock in Little Women, and Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools in Stockholm Syndrome.
When he isn’t in Mexico pumping out new material, Joseph can be found in Harlem, New York doing intensive listening research into everything from conscious hip-hop to Jamaican roots music. Although he wears his influences on his sleeve, there are so many happening simultaneously it becomes an entirely fresh sound that manifests his progression as an aging writing getting better with time. Joseph is currently touring with former Jackmormon’s drummer Steve Drizos, and the master percussionist will offer the rhythmic backdrop for Joseph’s intimate one-on-one with the patrons at the Sheridan Opera House. The show is scheduled as a seated affair, but expect him to use soothing vocals and minimalist rock expertise to get you up and singing along to his deep catalog of lyrically thoughtful tunes.
Jerry Joseph, Sat., Dec. 8, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, 9 p.m., $22, sheridanoperahouse.com
Two Fresh, Mosis, Gvnkst & Treazon at The Summit Durango
Maybe it can be attributed to the peculiar connection of being twins, but when 1320 Records signees Kendrick and Sherwyn Nicholls combine forces with percussionist Colby Buckler to form the producer-drummer trio Two Fresh, dance music magic happens. Armed with MacBooks chock-full of an array of sound effects, loops, and electronic progressions, Two Fresh has been taking their hype music to clubs around the country even before the brothers were of legal drinking age. Although sprinkled with bits of genre diversity, the roots of Two Fresh are firmly planted in the heavy bass of hip-hop and the flighty synthesizers of house music. That emphasis on hip-hop has even caught the attention of buzzing rappers like Mac Miller, who then featured them on his record Macadelic. The addition of live drums from Buckler allows for freely shifting tempo changes and intensified peaks that enhance the spirit of tension and release in the live setting. Now based out of Denver by way of Asheville, the trio will be supported by Colorado’s lo-fi ambi-dance gurus Mosis, Gvnkst and Treazon at The Summit in Durango on Saturday.
Two Fresh, Mosis, Gvnkst & Treazon, Fri., Dec. 7, The Summit, Durango, durangosummit.com
You Me & Apollo at Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub Grand Junction
Sharing your band name with a novel penned by a community activist that triumphantly recovered from bipolar disorder immediately emphasizes the unusually enigmatic presence of You Me & Apollo. Other than a short biography and a handful of tunes in the social sphere, there is really very little information on the backstory of this band. After streaming through the half dozen cuts they actually do offer, it seems that they may be doing this on purpose to let the music speak for itself. You Me & Apollo’s soulful vocalist Brent Cowles has the uncanny ability of grabbing your ear from the first few lines of serenading on tracks like “We Got A Roof.” The serenity of his words on that particular tune are then fiercely shattered when the rest of the band explodes with raw indie rock sentiments over the heartfelt lyrics. This formula is applied in varying degrees on the rest of the tracks, sometimes more melodic and other times less chaotic, but the end result of slowly falling in love with this band’s indie rock love songs dynamic seems to be the same. Judging from the limited live performance captures they have posted, no quality is lost in the concert format. Catch them at Naggy McGee’s in Grand Junction on Saturday for what I expect is one of their last times playing a free show at a pub.
You Me & Apollo, Fri., Dec. 7, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, Free, Grand Junction