Fourth festivities, astroturf and last call at SW Sound

Fourth festivities, astroturf and last call at SW Sound

The Noms play tonight's (Thurs., June 28) free Concert @ The Park from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Buckley Park.

Chris Aaland - 06/28/2018

In a normal year, the Fourth of July is the day when everyone roasts weenies, waves sparklers, gets shitfaced on Budweiser and watches fireworks with their cross-eyed beer goggles on. This ain’t no ordinary year. If you grill those dogs, make sure it’s not over charcoal. Sparklers, well I’m not sure they’re ever legal, especially in these drought-ridden parts. And, for the se ond year in a row, the City of Durango’s fireworks display is shut down.

But all is not lost. The City of Durango still has a big ol’ celebration planned, starting with the All-American Gourmet Breakfast at Rotary Park from 7:30-10:30 a.m. A free 5k fun run/walk begins at 9 a.m. (make sure to register by 8:45). A patriotic performance by the Southwest Civic Winds and a reading of historical documents will also be held at Rotary Park that morning. The whole shindig moves to Buckley Park from noon ‘til 4:30, with a Family Fun Picnic. Listen to live music from the Cannondolls and Pete Giuliani and more historical readings, then enjoy food and beverages available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting Building Homes for Heroes. The parade starts at 5 p.m. on Main from College Drive to 12th Street.

The highlight is the Street Dance, which moves from Main to the Durango Transit Center parking lot (between 7th & 8th streets on Camino Del Rio) immediately following the parade and continuing until 9 p.m. The High Rollers, Durango’s favorite country band, will again play an extended show in lieu of no fireworks. They stretched out to include classic rock and disco covers last year, in addition to their own original material and country staples. KSUT will once again sponsor a Ska beer booth, raising money for public radio in the Four Corners.

In one of the coolest things to hit Durango in ages, Ramblin’ Deano will perform a house concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at 786 E. 6th Ave. Dean Schlabowske is best known for his work with two of Chicago’s groundbreaking alt-country bands, the Waco Brothers and Dollar Store. Deano has a pair of solo albums available for download on his website: “America’s Favorite Folk Singer” and “Soundtrack to the Next IPO.” They’re pretty politically charged, perfect for anyone suffering from the 45 blues. It’ll be a night of insurgent folk, roots punk and alternative country, all in a beer-drenched, Astroturf backyard. It ain’t free, but rumor has it that the host will donate proceeds to KDUR.

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Mancos Brewing Co. with Lawn Chair Kings from 6-9 p.m. The Kings always sound better after a tasty brew or three, and the brewery has a solid selection plus fabulous views of the Mancos Valley.

The Noms play tonight’s (Thurs., June 28) free Concert @ The Park from 5:30-7:30 in Buckley Park. This sextet formed in 2009 in Albuquerque and has a unique brand of harmonic rock that incorporates such influences as Dave Mathews, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Paul McCartney, Selena and One Republic.

Fresh off their main stage mini-set at Telluride Bluegrass, the StillHouse Junkies perform at the Colorado Trail Days benefit at the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden from 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday. The $10 tickets include a Ska beer ticket. Proceeds benefit Trails 2000 and the upcoming need to rehabilitate trails affected by the 416 Fire. Kids 12 and under are free.

The Afrobeatniks headline the latest Mancos Grand Summer Night from 5-8 p.m. Saturday in downtown M-ville. The monthly block party includes a gallery crawl, kids’ activities, food and more. The free event includes a special performance from the Mancos Creative Movement Kids Dance Troupe. You can keep your evening going by attending the Mancos Valley Resources’ 2nd annual Mancos Valley River Film Fest at the Mancos Opera House.

Larry Carver’s longtime rock band from San Francisco, Void Where Prohibited, returns to Durango for three shows on their 2018 Into the Void tour, with local guitar hero Ben Gibson in tow for all three shows. Sunday finds them at the Rusty Shovel Saloon at Vallecito from 1-5 p.m., Tuesday has them at the Derailed Pour House from 8 ‘til midnight, while the 4th of July holiday sees them rocking the Balcony Bar & Grill from 6-10 p.m. Void plays the music of classic rockers like ZZ Top, Tom Petty, the Stones and many others.

Elsewhere: Sunny & the Whiskey Machine belts out blue-grass at tonight’s Ska-B-Q from 5-8 p.m. at the World Headquarters in Bodo Park; get your blues, brews and BBQ at Serious Texas South from 5-8 p.m. Friday when Kirk James plays solo and acoustic; the Black Velvet duo with Dave Rust performs from 5-9 Friday and Saturday at the Animas River Beer Garden at the Doubletree Hotel; and the Jeff Solon Jazz Duo grooves at 6:30 p.m. at the 11th Street Station.

Finally, the end is here for Southwest Sound. The store shutters its doors on July 7. Southwest Sound has been in business since 1977. I started shopping there as a freshman college student in ’86. Throughout my college career, I’d drop by on an almost weekly basis to buy a new CD. The old owner, Hal McLean, steered me away from my hair metal fascination on many occasions, recommending such alternatives as The Radiators, Robbie Robertson and George Harrison. In more recent years, Robert Stapleton owned the business and continued Southwest Sound’s legacy as a place to purchase concert tickets, sample new music and even pick up long-lost used vinyl treasures. I’m still trying to wrap my head around a town that doesn’t have an independent record store. Thank you, Robert, Hal and the staff at Southwest Sound past and present for keeping the groove alive.

The best thing I heard this week wasn’t an album, but rather seeing St. Paul & the Broken Bones at Telluride Bluegrass. Technically, they appeared twice – first, on Chris Thile’s “Live from Here” broadcast from Town Park (which was worth the price of admission all by itself), and then in a raucous set afterwards. This Alabama band brings the vintage funk and soul like nobody else. Their 2014 record, “Half the City,” is the only album of theirs I own. I’ll see if Southwest Sound has others, saying goodbye to Robert in the process.

Mr. Record Man I’m looking for a song I heard today? Email me at chrisa@gobrainstorm.net.

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