R&R | Backing Up the Basics
by Adam E. Smith
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The Wesley Pruitt Band (Courtesy photo)
The Wesley Pruitt Band (Courtesy photo)
Phutureprimative (Courtesy photo)
Phutureprimative (Courtesy photo)

The Wesley Pruitt Band Comes to Colorado; Space Jams with Phutureprimative; Tasty Acoustics With Blue Fruit Snacks  


The Wesley Pruitt Band at Turn of the Century Saloon


This is that deep blues that has been missing for what seems like generations. The harmonica that leads the first minute of “Thief in the Night” off the Wesley Pruitt Band’s 2012 studio release Line ’em Up digs into the heart of the roadhouse quintessence that could only come from the Lone Star State. The young Wesley Pruitt Jr. calls Canton, Tex. home, but his ability to shift between slow-fi country hymns and upbeat soul rock truly affirms his regional sonic roots. Being adept at songwriting and scaling the frets of a six-string aren’t all that Pruitt Jr. brings to the stage along with bandmates Calvin Sheffield on bass and Chris Oliver on drums. 

With the ability to bust out Elvis deep cuts, slam down honky tonk anthems, shred through the Allman Brother’s classic or jam out uplifting blues, the Wesley Pruitt Band is everything that is great about young, impressionable musicians channeling their influences with dignity. While Americana undergoes what seems to be a progressive renaissance, genre-blending bands like this trio stay ahead of the curve by tailoring prototypical rock themes to fit an original sound that jumps off the record and thrives in the live setting. Montrose will host the threesome’s first appearance in Colorado Saturday at Turn of the Century Saloon. This might be one that you tell your grandkids you saw for 15 bucks in an intimate saloon.  

The Wesley Pruitt Band, Sat., Apr. 27, Turn of the Century Saloon, Montrose, 8 p.m., $15, turnofthecenturysaloon.com


 Blue Fruit Snacks Take It to the Summit  


A set of standard bongos and an acoustic guitar is all that duo Ahna and Bongojak of the humorously named band Blue Fruit Snacks need in this world. Well, at least that’s all they seem to need onstage, in order to produce their St. Louis-inspired acoustic folk rock. That description is limited, in that it doesn’t mention how swiftly the pair can take their minimalist blueprint and redraw soundscapes of grooving reggae, lite-funk and Spanish world beat. Other than the courage to be onstage with nothing other than the raw tones of their stripped-down instrument rigs, the band’s greatest asset is the distinctive voice of frontwoman Ahna. Falling somewhere between a Midwest Janis Joplin and a female Robert Plant, her subtle raspiness only enhances the pleasantly organic tone that is the Blue Fruit Snacks. Catch them tonight at The Summit as a precursor to what should be a bountiful music weekend in Durango. 

Blue Fruit Snacks, Thu., Apr. 25, The Summit, Durango, 9 p.m., 21+, FREE, durangosummit.com


Sub: Phutureprimitive, ill-ESHA and More at the Summit


Scholars at Fort Lewis College in Durango will be celebrating graduation weekend with an able lineup of producer/DJs on the decks every night. On Friday the Front Range traptronica supergroup OG Status (Clark Smith of Dynohunter, Julian Garland of Slimthugz, and Colby Buckler of Two Fresh) will headline the Summit with Azon and Dirrty Habitz providing warm-up support. One of the more energetic acts in the obscure pairing of modern electronic dance beats with the gritty hip-hop derivative known as trap, expect nothing less than the appropriate soundtrack for coeds ready to let loose on the dance floor. 

Night two doesn’t sacrifice any of the womp, but will change the speed of the wobble when Portland’s psychill producer Phutureprimitive teams up with electronica queen ill-ESHA for western Colorado’s date on their nationwide CD release tour. Phuture’s Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places was released in part on April 9, so expect new cuts that feature seductive vocalist Jillian Ann in the mix. Gravitating more towards slow-tempoed drums and cascading gated synthesizers, ill-ESHA and her tourmate aim to tap into conscious kinetic energy by layering psychedelic movements into introspective sonic journeys. If you’re an EDM fan on the Western Slope, then Durango is the place and the Summit is the venue for you Friday and Saturday. Get down. 

Phutureprimitive and ill-ESHA, Sat., Apr 27, The Summit, Durango, 9 p.m., 18+, $15/20, durangomassive.com

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