If there is ever a time to want to be in many locations at one time it is New Year’s Eve. Forget the dropping of the ball in New York City or the wonderful fireworks in Sydney; we have more than enough fun set for the Denver, Boulder area.
The celebrations kick of tonight at Broomfield’s 1st Bank Center with three nights of Colorado’s own String Cheese Incident.
Starting on Tuesday, Dec. 30th, you have the additional options of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver. Also kicking off tomorrow eve is a very special, first time ever, Denver performance for the newly formed Golden Gate Wingmen at Quixotes True Blue in Denver. The Golden Gate Wingmen consist of former Furthur members John Kadlecik and Jeff Chimenti and joining them on stage are Jay Lane and Reed Mathis. According to Live Music and Reviews, “the GGW formed from musicians available on the first night of a recent John K Solo show at Terrapin Crossroads. “John Kadlecik (Furthur, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dark Star Orchestra, and more) on lead guitar and vocals, Jeff Chimenti (Furthur, Ratdog and more) on keyboards, Jay Lane (an original Furthur member, Primus, Ratdog) on drums and Reed Mathis on bass (Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey and most recently Tea Leaf Green.).”
Both bands plan to culminate their Denver visits with New Year’s Eve shows to celebrate 2015.
And if that weren’t enough to get your booty shaking, New Year’s Eve will find Boulder’s West Water Outlaws headlining the Fox Theatre in Boulder. From the bands website: “West Water Outlaws “Paranoid” New Years Eve at the Fox Theatre will feature 1 original set of material + the ENTIRE ALBUM of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”. The Yawpers and In the Whale join the NYE show as special guests for the evening.”
Once again there is just so many great options for entertainment this New Year’s Eve that it can leave a jam band fan not knowing which way to turn. First to kick off was Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater. They started their new year’s run on Friday with performances at the theater through New Year’s Eve. It should be noted that their performance at the Theater on Dec. 30th is a benefit for the Colorado Flood victims, good luck getting a ticket, the show has been sold out for weeks.
Here is a video of Kyle Hollingsworth prepping for the Broomfield shows:
Just take a look at all of the other options for NYE entertainment and see if it does not make your head spin:
December 31, 2013 Umphrey’s McGee, Fillmore, Denver Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Paramount, Denver The Sword, Bluebird, Denver Reverend Horton Heat, Reno Divorce, Old Man Markley, Gothic, Englewood Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush, Boulder Theater, Boulder String Cheese Incident, 1stBank Center, Broomfield The Oh Hellos, Ogden, Denver Flobots, Marquis Theater, Denver Hot Soup, Connor O’neills, Boulder New Orleans Suspects, Quixote’s True Blue, Denver Jefferson Starship, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride The Flaming Lips, Belly Up, Aspen Nina Storey, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver Tea Leaf Green, Cervantes Other Side, Denver The Magic Beans, Stage Stop, Rollinsville Brother Ali, The Reminders, Fox Theatre, Boulder Head for the Hills, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins West Water Outlaws, Durango Mountain Resort, Durango Euforequestra, 3PAC, Carbondale Wendy Woo, Next Door, Loveland
So whatever you do, where ever you end up celebrating, have fun and stay safe and remember that the law enforcement will be out in force to help keep everyone safe. Enjoy.
Dark Star Orchestra co-founder and Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik has brought his band, the John K. Band back to Denver for a set of three shows. The first one is tonight at Quixotes True Blue. Saturday and Sunday the John K. Band will perform for the Summer of Serendipity free concert series at Civic Center Park. Read about the last time the John K. Band came to town and we will see you at the shows!
National touring act and highly skilled Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is bringing it’s “eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers” to Colorado this week with a show Saturday at Quixotes True Blue in Denver and at the Southern Sun Brewery on Monday. While in town the band was kind enough to stop by our Second Story Garage studio and lay down some great video’s including an interview with entertainment reporter Quentin Young. Check it out.
I have seen UV Hippo on several occasions and they put on a fantastic show. Joining the band Saturday at Ouixotes is local favorite Jet Edison.
Dark Star Orchestra co-founder and Furthur guitarist/vocalist John Kadlecik brought his band the John K. Band the farthest west they have ever performed for a set of three shows at Denver’s Quixotes True Blue in June.
The Quixotes event was a three day party with bands both inside and outside on the porch called “Owsley’s.”
For the first two nights inside the club the band Imagine, featuring Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band and Ray White of the “Mothers of Invention,” warmed up the audience with some fantastic jams and grooves. It was a real joy to watch the rock veterans Seals and White play with the band and if you weren’t careful you would wander out side to Owsley’s and soon find yourself grooving to the tunes of Larkin Poe. This Atlanta, Georgia folk rock, acoustic R&B band fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell is fun and captivating. Another band, Spoonfed Tribe followed Larkin Poe on the outside stage. It was great to have a mini festival all in one place. Once the John K. Band hit the stage however, it was the focus of most of the club attendees.
Back east the John K. Band, created shortly after Kadlecik left DSO and began touring with Furthur, has a good following. A quick search on You Tube will reveal a number of videos of those shows and now of the Quixotes’ concerts also. If you watch any of these videos you will soon realize that a John K. Band show is a treat and loaded with fun. The Quixotes shows June 8th-10th, were just those type of shows maybe even elevated a bit. The band had traveled all the way to Denver and only the dedicated fans of Kadleck or the regular fans of Quixotes were the wiser. The event felt like a private party that you had invited all of your friends and rainbow family to attend. Everyone was smiling, dancing and enjoying the great jams.
The three day trip culminated with Sunday’s performance by the John K. Band on the outdoor stage at Owsley’s. This show seemed even more like a private show with the band spending breaks with the audience posing for photographs and signing autographs. The outside at Quixotes is unique in offering a cool variety of hangouts, an outdoor grill and cash bar in a relatively small area. You could dance in the sun, eat in the shade all while grooving to songs like; Bird Song, Hey Pocky Way and Not Fade Away.
The experience of seeing the John K. Band in action at Quixotes has solidifed my resolve. I plan to check out JKB anytime they are in town.
On another note: if your are looking for a fun 4 of July you are in luck. Quixotes True Blue is hosting a 2 day music festival. The venue is planing a 3 & 4th of July festival called “Dancin in the streets” with the addition of an outdoor stage and a bunch of bands, patrons will be treated to over 20 performances by bands like: Smooth Money Gesture, the Grant Farm, Poor Mans Whiskey, the Jerry Garcia Band with Melvin Seals, Imagine and Cornmeal, who will play both nights. For more information visit www.quixotes.com.
Setlist courtesy of John Kadlecik’s Facebook page:
John K. Band setlist 6/8/12 Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
1: Nobody Told Me, What’s Become of Mary, Seen Love, TWLWMYD*, TLEO*, American Spring> It’s Alright, Everybody’s Tryin’*
2: Second That Emotion*>The Wedge*, Sister Smiles, Desert Trance, Way to Go Home, Mama Help Me, Walking in Your Footsteps>YMMV>Page 43, Will It Go Round In Circles
E: Good Night Irene
* – with Paul Murin on guitar
John K. Band setlist 6/9/12 Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
w/ special guest Pete Wall on saxophone entire show
1: Life is a Carnival, Givin’ Me the Business*, Sister Smiles*, After Midnight%, How Sweet It Is%, Wot’s… uh the Deal, Dream #11@, Man Smart Woman Smarter
2: Feel Like Dynamite, Bean-O, What’s Become of Mary, Stir It Up, New Physics Rant>Outa Space>Free>So Many Roads, Complicated
E: Three Little Birds>Sisters & Brothers
* – w/ Melvin Seals on Hammond organ
% – w/ Melvin Seals on Hammond organ & Ray White on guitar
@ – w/ Indi Riverflow poetry reading
John K. Band setlist 6/10/12 Quixote’s True Blue Denver, CO
1: One Too Many Mornings, Harder They Come*, Seen Love*, Bird Song*, Dweller on the Threshold*, Fast Enough for You*, Any Road>Fire on the Mountain>Any Road*
2: Good Guys & Bad Guys*, Also Sprach Zarathustra*, Cleaning Windows*, Russian Lullaby, Get Out of My Life*, Lazy River Road*, Desert Trance, Hey Pocky Way*, It’s Alright, Walls of Time*, Not Fade Away*
E: Sing Me Back Home
* w/ Justin Jones on saxophone
Check out this great grab of Also Sprach Zarathustra* by wspanicbrad: