'Bout to get funky
November's music lineup has a little bit of everything

'Bout to get funky

Cary Morin is headed to Durango on Nov. 10./ Courtesy photo

Stephen Sellers - 11/02/2023

Greetings, dear readers! I hope that your spooky season is transitioning gently into the reality that it’s going to be quite colder and darker for the next five months or so. That your next actual “party” might involve some cable news-informed, geo-political discussions with that special relative (bonus points for sprinkling in religion with the cranberries!)

Yes, my sweet dirtbag, it’s time to switch gears out of Cedar Mesa and The Creek into the library, the Dharma Center or those healing hot springs. Let’s keep dancing through it all!

The last month of music was incredibly epic in Durango, and I hope you got a good taste of the power of community, movement and the kind space we are more than capable of holding for each other and our out town guests.

For a town of 20,000, we’ve got it so dang good here thanks to the hard work of the promoters, barstaff, door folk, venue owners, musicians and people mopping up at the end of the night. Be sure to give them the love and respect they deserve when you’re out this next month. The industry is not for the faint of heart and a kind word really does go a long way. So does buying tickets and showing up to support the things you love and are merely curious about. Without further ado, here’s five surefire hits for November. See you on the dance floor (or the hot springs!)

Dirty Chords, People We Know, Alex Graf’s Bluegrass Super PAC at The Wildhorse Saloon, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. – The annual fundraiser for the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown is back, baby! I’ve heard some whispers of the lineup for the actual festival in spring 2024, and is it going to be oh-so-sweet. This fundraiser is really important to keeping the whole Bluegrass Meltdown machine churning, so consider stopping by for a late-fall warmup. Alex Graff’s Bluegrass Super PAC is worth the price of admission alone. With the Dirty Chords and People We Know sharing the bill, it’s sure to be a stellar time with Durango’s strongest musical community.

Cary Morin & Ghost Dog at the Community Concert Hall, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. – Fort Collins-based Americana artist Cary Morin’s career began in the 1970s and took him to international acclaim with his band The Atoll in the late 1990s. With a career in the arts that spans dancing, writing plays and relentless touring, and now with his band Ghost Dog, this is a night of music with a treasure trove of a human being.

Jade Oracle and Nu Bass Theory at iAM Music’s iNDIGO Room, Nov. 11, 8 p.m. – The iAM Music family is back from a very vibey fall music festival with a more intimate offering at the iNDIGO Room this month. Continuing to carry the torch of soulful music in town, iAM welcomes Jade Oracle with local favs Nu Bass Theory ready to funk.

The Librarian at Animas City Theatre, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m. – There’s a legend in electronic music coming to town and her name is Andrea Graham aka The Librarian. Her past performance highlights include small little ditties like Coachella, Electric Forest and Lightning in a Bottle, all while touring the entire freaking world relentlessly. Now, maybe you love bass music. Or, maybe something like “The Harlem Shake” ruined it for you. Or maybe like me, you’re a little bass-curious … Regardless of where you’re coming from, you should buy a ticket to this. It will be quite a memorable experience, to say the least.

Did I mention they’re bringing in a high-falutin’ Hennessey sound system for this? Duh. See you there!

Bonnie and Taylor Sims at Animas City Theatre, Nov. 16, 8 p.m. – It’s not often we have shows in Durango with artists who have garnered hundreds of millions of streams, but here we are with Bonnie and Taylor Sims coming to town. The duo is known for their unique approach to Western-tinged folk music, and has a record deal with Columbia and extensive list of past performances around the world to back it up.

Opening this show is the local wunderkind Julianne Marqua (my former student! You rock, Jules! You’re doing it!)

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