Sensible dance, world fusion and radio gaga

Sensible dance, world fusion and radio gaga
Chris Aaland - 03/05/2020

It’s Film Fest week here in D-Town, meaning the 15th annual Durango Independent Film Festival takes over many of the screens at the Animas City, Gaslight and Durango Stadium theatres for documentaries, features, shorts and more. Durangofilm.org is a great source for a full schedule, descriptions of films and more.

Perhaps you’re a newcomer to the festival and only want to see one particular movie or two. Please note that pass-holders have priority in seating. If you plan on seeing multiple films, consider purchasing a pass at Four Leaves Winery. Because pass-holders will be seated first, many of these folks will occupy all of the seats for any individual screening. Any remaining individual tickets to particular movies will be sold at the venues after pass-holders have been seated.

One film that I’m particularly interested in seeing is “Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road.” From the Australian outback to Music City, USA, the one-time child guitar prodigy dedicated his life to become the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist, even as revelations of dark family secrets sent him into a battle with addiction that threatened to destroy his career, his family and his life. I saw Emmanuel a few years ago on Reservoir Hill. He brought me to tears with both his playing (he’s truly one of the greatest guitarists to ever live) and his stories. This feature is screened at 8 p.m. tonight (Thurs., March 5) at the Gaslight 1 and at 6 p.m. Friday at the Animas City Theatre. If you like what you see, you can catch Emmanuel live this June at the 15th annual Pagosa Folk’n Bluegrass.

One of the most eclectic touring groups around, Toubab Krewe, brings its multi-cultural sound to the Animas City Theatre at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Based in Asheville, N.C., the instrumental quintet fuses rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more while carrying on the tradition of Ali Farka Toure, Orchestra Baobab and Salif Keita. They’ve taken it to major festivals, including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Wakarusa and more. Durango’s Profetic Calaveras opens the show with its Latin funk fusion.

A national institution with an international influence returns to the Community Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday when Pilobolus Dance Theatre presents “Come to Your Senses.” After nearly 50 years, Pilobolus retains its unique vision of modern dance by stretching the boundaries of human movement with a dazzling mix of humor, intelligence, physical invention and raw athleticism. “Come to Your Senses” combines dance, video and theatre to create a journey through diverse worlds.

Tonight (Thurs., March 5) is the night! KDUR’s annual Furniture as Art auction takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Durango Arts Center. Ticket price of $30 includes three drinks and heavy appetizers from Good on the Bun. Art browsing music will be provided by Durango High School student Aiden Hall, with more than 20 artists represented in the live auction. The live auction starts at 7 p.m., and a silent auction will take place throughout the evening. KDUR’s Bryant Liggett and Meryl Ramsey emcee the event.

There’s some cool free music from 6-9 p.m. tonight when Ryan Chrys & the Roughcuts play Ernie’s 11th Street Station. Chrys & Co. are a modern outlaw country group from Denver that have shared stages with Dwight Yoakam, Blackberry Smoke, Shooter Jennings, the Marshall Tucker Band and Junior Brown. They were also nominated for the Best Outlaw Group at the 2018 Ameripolitan Awards.

The Met: Live in HD continues at 10:55 a.m. Saturday in the Vallecito Room of the FLC Student union with Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Hollander.” The opera is a new production by Francois Girard, who sets the piece on the Norwegian coast. The cast, led by renowned bass-baritone Yevgeny Nikitin, performs on a rich, layered stage, reminiscent of a vast oil painting, embracing the worlds of nature and the supernatural. Run time is approximately 2 hours, 25 minutes.

KSUT’s on-air spring membership drive runs Monday through Friday (March 9-13) with daily prizes culminating in the big grand prize drawing at 6 p.m. next Friday for a trip for two to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. One lucky winner will receive two weekend passes to the festival’s first weekend (April 23-26), giving attendees the chance to see the Who, the Beach Boys, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Foo Fighters, Brandi Carlile and hundreds of other acts. Round trip airfare from Durango and five nights’ lodging in the French Quarter are included. Additionally, live bands will perform in special fund drive editions of KSUT Sessions all week long. Pledge online at ksut.org or call 970-563-0255 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day.

Because KSUT is so heavily involved in its live concert series and festival production, count on tickets to many upcoming events to be offered as prizes during the drives. Among those announced this week are the St. Louis bluegrass band Old Salt Union (Thurs., April 2, at the Wild Horse Saloon), West Virginia songwriter Sierra Ferrell (Mon., April 13, at the Durango Arts Center) and Americana icon Eliza Gilkyson (Wed., May 20, at the Henry Strater Theatre). Two big, outdoor Durango shows will be announced during the drive.

Jam band fans heading up to Telluride have two sold-out Sheridan Opera House shows they can pray to Jah and hope for miracles for. First, the Infamous Stringdusters return at 9 p.m. Saturday. These guys are longtime favorites of Four Corners bluegrass fans, won a Grammy award and are regulars at Telluride Bluegrass. Then, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, moe. rocks Telluride. With more than 20 years of touring and 20 albums under its belt, the quintet is a regular at Red Rocks during the summertime. Trust me, Telluride locals are notorious for buying too many tickets, only to have a friend back out at the last minute. If you’re friendly and patient, there’s a good chance you’ll find a way into those shows.

Also of note: the local, electric, psychedelic power trio, Dreem Machine, plays Ska Brewing at 5 p.m. tonight; the Badly Bent returns to Durango Craft Spirits at 6 p.m. Friday; and the Black Velvet trio travels Down the Rabbit Hole from 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

Kiss my ass, I bought a boat? Email me at chrisa@gobrainstorm.net.

 

 

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