The Avett Brothers hold a sweet place in their heart for Colorado. When word trickled down about the multiple fires burning large parts of the Centennial State, the brothers Avett made their contribution. Tickets for both recent Red Rocks shows were donated and auctioned off on KBCO for a meet and greet with the guys and Gov. John Hickenlooper. The donations went a step further when a fireman’s boot was passed around the venue both nights — raising $50,000 for the relief efforts. Head over here in case you missed Reverb’s coverage of the shows.
Petals of Spain is offering its latest Queen-inspired single, “I Gotta Know,” as a free download. Lucky for you guys, you can catch the octet at the UMS coming up in a couple of weeks. Consider yourselves on notice.
Wildfire benefits galore
Last week we shared information about the Wildfire Benefit taking place at the Larimer Lounge, and since then, a few more benefits have popped up.The magnitude of the fire was so severe that POTUS (President Obama) even made a visit at the Waldo Canyon scene to catch a glimpse of the destruction. Details on the benefits below. Photo via Carolyn Kaster.
Fri July 13 | WILDFIRE BENEFIT (Help Us Raise Funds For Fire Relief In Colo)
NEW BEN FRANKLINS
THE GREYS OF GOLD
BOB & TAY (From The Robby Wicks Band)
Doors open at 3pm | Show starts at 4pm | Suggested Donation: $10 Adv | $10 Day Of
Sun July 22 | Stop, Drop, & Rock-and-Roll | The Oriental Theater
The Denver entertainment community comes together with comedy, music and more!
Featuring: Hazel Miller, Louis Johnson, Highway 50 feat. Al Laughlin, Chris Voth, Mike Maurer, Glass Delirium, Brent the Great, Sean Kelly, Lori Callahan, Angie Stevens, Rick De Simone, Matthew Moon, Arnold Cardon, The Pharoahs, The Clamdaddys, La Vela, Kristina Ingham & Michael Reese, The Eskimo Brothers, Erica Brown, Chris Carlton, Rich Ross, Elizabeth Rose, Rick McGregor, The Rev. Matt Stutz, Terri Barton-Gregg, Jess DeNicola, & Vagiant, The Tightest Band in the World.
All ages 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | Suggested Donation: non-perishable food items, blankets, clothing, sundries and $.
Visit the event page here.
Peter Black’s last dance
If you have lived and partied in Denver over the last 22 years, chances are you have seen Peter Black in one capacity or another. Mr. Noir will be celebrating his “retirement” party at the Compound later this month (details below) as part of the UMS. BTW, if you haven’t picked up your tickets for the UMS, go do so over here. Reverb caught up with the ringmaster of Analog Space before he bids us adieu. Photo via Peter Black.
Compound Basix 07/20 9pm
How has the Denver music scene changed in the last 20 years?
“It’s exploded in a way that it’s lot more centered around town. Across the board and it’s such a big industry. Everything (the music) has become overground. We always wanted more exposure, but Denver has exploded. I feel comfortable stepping out when I am. The time has come where everything we were doing is mainstream. Much like in the way Eddie Vedder went mainstream ’90s and now we’re living in a time where the electronic scene is headlining Red Rocks.”
What do you want your legacy to be?
“I want my positivity to have helped somebody. I hope I’ve been able to show these young and upcoming artists something they didn’t know before. Most importantly, being able to get artists paid has been important for me as a promoter because they’re artists. I see the importance in that. I’ve been on the scene for over twenty-two years and the other vital thing for me was trying to get artists coming through ranks from the bottom to get recognized.”
Planted Tapes is ready to harvest a new crop
DIY labels are no stranger to the whole “split release on a cassette tape” thing. Enter Planted Tapes. All around Denver music man Crawford Philleo and Fingers of the Sun organist Jamie Bryant have combined their creative efforts behind a new specialty cassette ring that wrangles experimental artists from around the globe. The first split release comes from Val Franz’s (Night of Joy guitarist) project, Last Eyes, and Chicago shredder These Wonderful Evils (Zak Boerger). Yellow Feather will be hosting the release party this Sunday, July 15 (purchase the release here if you can’t make the show). Reverb had a chance to talk to Philleo (a former contributor) about the new endeavor, and why cassettes aren’t dead.
What inspired you and Jamie to do this?
“Well, I get a lot of tapes in the mail and many of the labels I follow produce tapes. We’re most inspired by labels like Digitalis, Hooker Vision, Field Hymns, Crash Symbols, Debacle — DIY folks. Tapes are cheap and collectable and cool, and in many cases contain the best music out there today.”
I guess what we’re trying to get at is, do you own a tape player? And, more importantly, do you own a tape player in you whip?
“Yes, we have a tape deck. I have a Walkman I use quite often.”
Who do you have slated for future releases?
“Lake Mary (Salt Lake City) has some music he’s already sent to us. We hope to release a tape of our own project (yet to be named). Probably a Breakfastes tape. Also Former Selves (Bay Area).”
Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb.