BoDeans at the Bluebird Theater, 5/30/12 (photos and review) - Reverb

BoDeans at the Bluebird Theater, 5/30/12 (photos and review)

Still touring after 25-plus years, BoDeans will release their 11th album in June. At the Bluebird Wednesday night, the reconfigured band played a high-energy, strong set of music both old and new.

They opened with “Stay On,” one of several tunes they played from their album “Go Slow Down.”

The band debuted songs from the new record, “American Made.” The album makes political statements, which frontman Kurt Neumann also did at the concert. “Don’t listen to the extremists on both sides,” he said. “America has always been a country that worked together.”

Neumann, 50, delivers songs with passion and fury, his voice strong and clear and plaintive.

The crowd danced and sang along to “Idaho,” “Good Things,” “Paradise” and “Fadeaway.” The encore included “You Don’t Get Much” and, finally, BoDeans’ hallmark anthem “Closer to Free.”

Along with bandana-clad Neumann, the other remaining original band member, Michael Ramos, wailed on keyboards, accordion and trumpet.

The newest and youngest BoDean, Warren Hood, opened the show with his band the Goods. With Hood fiddling around, BoDeans sound even more down home. Hood’s fresh face and get-down fiddle give BoDeans a rich new twist, helping to fill the void left by Sam Llanas, an original band member who quit last August.

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Colleen Smith, a longtime freelancer at The Denver Post, is the author of the novel “Glass Halo” and the gift book “Laid-Back Skier.”

Nathan Iverson is a Denver photographer and regular contributor to Reverb.

  • Ssmolthop58

    It’s a pity Sam left, but it looks like Warren’s up to the task. Kurt’s comments are right on the money. Time for the extremists to exit the stage. We CAN work it out, as the Beatles once said.

    • Stone Bodean

      The Powerful sound of Kurt and Sammy’s voices to me was the Bodeans. Should be ‘The Kurt Nuemann Band’ without Sam The BoDeans are no more….Having said that….I have nothing but Love and Respect for Kurt…carry on