TELLURIDE – Prepare to party like it’s 2012 when the Mothership lands in Telluride’s Town Park on Saturday night! Yes, KOTO Community Radio is pulling out the stops for the annual Doo-Dah, with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic set to warp in and captivate the entire town. No stranger to Telluride, Clinton has performed here before, and so has Funkadelic, but together, they’re one huge funk machine bound to blast the audience into another dimension. The reigning King of Funk, Clinton is a master with a command of the genre like no other. From his early days with the Parliaments to becoming a world-renowned innovator of funk as we know it, Clinton is continually evolving, delving into the far reaches of musical galaxies. Heck, he even ventured into the country realm, with last year’s Gone Country reality show, which in turn inspired him to write his country hit, Time Is. Now he’s back in true funkified form with his full cosmic entourage, and fans can expect to be vaulted into the stratosphere on Saturday night with the Funkadelic experience. Yeah, baby, this is the real deal! And, as if that weren’t enough, the Doo-Dah kicks off at 6 p.m., with Rusted Root opening the show. This tremendous jam band has just released its first studio album, the Stereo Rodeo masterwork, in seven years. “We named our record Stereo Rodeo after a song that I started writing back when we were recording our last studio record. It’s really just a great name,” says bandleader Michael Glabicki.
“We were all just so into the music,” adds percussionist Liz Berlin. “The synergy and excitement on this album is so fresh and energizing. We are definitely heading in a lot of different directions with this new CD.” With one foot firmly planted in Americana, Rusted Root ventures off the beaten track and wanders into new terrain, with their incendiary jams, Latin rhythms and excellent song crafting. Of course, fans know that RR also pulls out a unique cover now and again, and the new CD features their popular version of Suspicious Minds.
Glabicki says the band doesn’t want to be confined to one style. “Labeling is dangerous and limiting,” he says. “We are a band made up of individual musicians who come together collectively to create music, call it what you want but we are simply creating music that has a message.”
This is a sensational double bill for the KOTO Doo-Dah this weekend. Get the message, and get the funk!
Indeed, the weekend may get a little wild, and you can get in the swing of things at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon starting Thursday night, when DJ Essential will be spinning hip-hop. Friday at the Moon, its Aphrodesia, out on the road in support of its latest effort, Precious Commodity. The San Francisco-based 11-piece powerhouse packs a punch, leaning heavily on horn-laden polyrhythmic funk which Global Rhythm Magazine called “a Pan-African mash-up.” The group has opened for such heavies as Maceo Parker, Steel Pulse and the String Cheese Incident and this will be cooking show. Consciously cool, and deliciously grooving, get a taste of Aphrodesia, Friday night at the Moon.
Saturday, it’s the P-funk After Party at the Moon with the return of Citrus Sauthoff and the Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band.
Sauthoff has performed recently at the Moon with another Denver band, U.S. Pipe, and now is kicking it down with his latest project the Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band. Could there be a special guest? “Possibly,” says Sauthoff. “We could have a few friends from the P-funk since they’re gonna be in town!”
You know it, funk is the word of the weekend, and Sauthoff has learned at the feet of the funk legends, playing shows with P-Funk all over the world including appearances the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Fuji Rock Fest, the Greek Theatre and the Apollo Theater, among others.
Look for the Moon to be packed and pumping after the Doo-Dah!
While you’re out and about, bop by the Bubble Lounge where you can strut your stuff at Open Mic night on Thursdays, then drop by for Happy Hour with Taylor Pale on Friday afternoon. Friday and Saturday nights, it’s the Dewey Paul Band at the O2 Bar.
The Denver-based Americana outfit features guitarist, concert promoter and former Sonia Dada sound engineer Dewey Paul Moffitt, bassist Tim Steele and drummer Ben E. King. The trio gleefully mixes up soulful funky folk with jamming blues and edgy rock to create their unique sound.
The Dewey Paul Band released its first CD, On The Devil's Highway, last year, although you may recall that Moffitt released a pile of CDs with an earlier project called the Dewey Decibel System.
The DPB was back in the studio earlier this year to record their sophomore effort, the terrific Ancient Heart. The band called on Leftover Salmon’s Bill McKay for some tasty keyboard work, and guitarist Arnie J. Green also appears on the new disc.
The Dewey Paul Band is tremendous. Be sure to catch at least one of their shows at the Bubble Lounge this weekend.
At Tommy’s, look for Lane Rider and Carrie Lynn to rock the joint on Friday night. You may also know the duo from the band High Plains, and you can hear the pair at O’Brien’s in Ouray this weekend too. Rider says the duo has some irons in the fire. “Carrie and I plan on recording later this summer. We’re mostly working on original songs, and yes, we’re ready to rock!”
You know it, that’s what it’s all about around here this summer.
Next week, the Mountain Village Sunset Concert Series continues with the fabulous alt-country rockers, Old 97’s.
Presenters Town of Mountain Village Owners Assn. sent out a correction this week to clarify a couple of upcoming dates. James McMurtry is on tap July 22, and guitar guru Coco Montoya slated for July 28 at these free Sunset Concert Series on Wednesday evenings.
Prepare for blast off, and have a funk-filled weekend!