Great American beer run, space rock and the Trocks

Great American beer run, space rock and the Trocks

Nappy Roots bring all-American Southern hip-hop to the ACT Sunday at 8 p.m.

Chris Aaland - 01/17/2019

Once again, I find myself in a stare-down with my own mortality. By the time you’ve read this, I’ll have already undergone my first-ever colonoscopy, something every man should do when they turn 50. I have history on my father’s side of the family tree. Papa Jake died of colon cancer in the 1980s; Dad has had polyps removed with each check-up.

What makes me different is the wacky genetic stuff happening on Mom’s side of the family tree. She had Marfan’s Syndrome, which is a disorder of connective tissue that she passed on to her kids. Those with Marfan’s suffer from bad knees, detached retinas and scoliosis, among other things. Most serious, though, is the susceptibility to aortic aneurysms. I had mine at age 44 and survived. Mom dropped dead in her tracks when she was 67. My little brother, Billy, died during surgery for his two years ago. He was only 32.

I now have a ceramic valve and a fancy fake aorta. I have to take Coumadin daily – 7.5 mg most evenings, and 10 mg three times a week. It keeps my blood thin and my valve constantly clicking. However, a routine procedure like a colonoscopy, where doctors remove polyps, presents some unique problems. Namely, my blood needs to be thick so I don’t bleed out. Thick blood is good for my colorectal tract; but it also increases my chances of a stroke. Having my valve seize up would be bad. I can’t imagine I’d last more than a few minutes if that were to happen.

So I’ll load up my three exit songs on my phone – the last three I want to hear in case I die. It’ll be Skynyrd’s “Freebird” (for gallows’ humor), the Dead Milkmens’ “Takin’ Retards to the Zoo” (for bad ’80s punk humor), and the Beat Farmers’ “Happy Boy” (my signature song). Then we’ll get nice and sedated and hopefully wake up in an hour. I survived my heart being outside my body in an ice chest six years ago. Anal probing should be no problem. I sure hope my editor gets to yell at me next week come deadline.

Yet I digress.

The Grammy-nominated hip-hop group Nappy Roots brings their “Great American Beer Run Tour” to the Animas City Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday. Nappy Roots has spent more than 20 years in the public eye, achieving instant success in 2002 when they were the best-selling hip-hop group of the year. They were signed by Atlantic Records and released the multiplatinum album, “Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz.” Singles like “Good Day,” “Po Folks” and “Awnaw” helped define all-American Southern hip-hop. Recently, they’ve expanded beyond music into projects that in- clude craft beer and television production with “40Akerz & a Brew.” They’ve mass-produced three craft beers, with two more in production that will become available later this year. Opening act Alex Blocker combines elements of the R&B, hip-hop and jazz influences of his Chicago roots.

It’s tough to define Papadosio. The five-piece act falls somewhere in the space rock territory in between rock, jazz and electronic music. Originally from Ohio, the quintet now calls Asheville, N.C., home, although they spend little time nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They spend most of the year on the road, performing more than 150 dates per year. Along for the ride is the Denver-based psychedelic rock fusion power trio, Cycles. Both bands play the ACT at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Russ Liquid fuses classic funk with the inventive sound design of electronic production at 9 p.m. tonight (Thurs., Jan. 17) at the ACT. Songwriter, producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based project, which evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses and moods. Funkstatik opens.

Comedic ballet, anyone? Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo brings exactly that to the Community Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Trocks, as they’re known, were formed in 1974, with dancers wooing audiences with an impeccable comic approach to ballet, while demonstrating that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without tumbling to the ground. The original concept of the troupe hasn’t changed through the years. Male dancers perform the full range of ballet and modern dance repertoire, achieving comedy by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles and accidents of serious dance. Part-time La Plata County resident Charlie Daniels drops by

the Toh-Atin Gallery at 2 p.m. Saturday for a book signing and CD release event. Yeah, that Charlie Daniels ... “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” guy. He’s one of country music’s original utility players who can shred on guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle. When he was starting out in the ’60s, he wrote songs for Elvis Presley and was a session musician on albums by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. He’s a little bit country and a little bit rock & roll. More recent decades have found him dabbling in bluegrass and gospel. His new book is Let’s All Make the Day Count and his new CD is “Beau Weevils: Songs in the Key of E.”

Lawn Chair Kings are the unofficial house band of, well, most establishments in Durango. They’ll hold court at 8:30 p.m. Friday at El Rancho, where they’ll host a Kickstarter party to raise funds to record a new album.

Back on Dec. 5, 2018, the folks from Monte Vista’s Proximity Malt visited Ska’s World Headquarters to craft a collaborative brew. Ska has long been committed to supporting suppliers from the region and is using quite a bit of barley malted from Proximity. The end result is Green Silo Saison, which will be canned and delivered to your favorite liquor store this week.

Also of note: Tim Sullivan croons at the Diamond Belle Saloon at 5 p.m. tonight; Robby Overfield entertains at Ska from 5-7 p.m. tonight and the Starlight from 6-9 p.m. Friday; Joel Racheff, best known as the funny guy slapping bass for the Bar D Wranglers, swaps his doghouse for a six-string at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Belle; the Black Velvet trio plays the Derailed Pour House at 7 p.m. Friday, while the duo works the Seven Rivers Steakhouse at the Sky Ute Casino Resort at 6 p.m. Saturday; and the Starlight also features dancing to Kaztro from 9 ’til close Friday and DJ Smog from 9 ’til close Saturday.

Hubba, hubba, hubba, hubba, hubba? Email me at chrisa@gobrain storm.net.

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