Talking Dreads, nifty at 50 and Skalapalooza

Talking Dreads, nifty at 50 and Skalapalooza
Chris Aaland - 09/07/2017

Yay! The Broncos signed Brock Osweiler as their backup QB! They tried a year ago at somewhere in the $15-million range and failed... thanks, Houston Texans! Now we get the Cleveland Browns castoff for the NFL veteran minimum of $750,000 for a one-year deal. If it’s brown, flush it down! That being said, there are many reasons to welcome the return of the NFL. Namely, Sunday afternoons will be filled with cuss words, cheap beer and
cold pizza.

Now that I’ve fulfilled my contractual obligations as a lifelong football fan, let’s fry up some bigger fish – those of the guaranteed fun variety.

One of the most unique tribute bands around – Talking Dreads – plays just what their name implies to the Animas City Theatre at 9 p.m. Sunday. If you guessed a reggae tribute to the Talking Heads, you’re spot on. The group’s brainchild is its Head Dread, Mystic Bowie, who is a Jamaican artist with a long history with Chris Franz and
Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads. Bowie joined the Franz & Weymouth outfit, the Tom Tom Club, back in 1996 and played with them for 20 years. Opening the show is local reggae performer Gracie Bassie.

Seattle rapper Grieves brings his Running Wild Tour with Reason the Citizen to the ACT at 9 p.m. Monday. Grieves recently created his fourth studio album, “Winter & the Wolves,” a 14-track collection that combines organic pianos and guitars with boisterous synthesizers to form the musical backing to his unique blend of singing and rapping.

Purgatory owner James Coleman turns 50 today (Thurs., Sept. 7), and the ski area is celebrating in epic style. From 4-8 p.m., Purg will have free food, Ska beer, cake, mountain bike rentals and summer activities, including the Alpine Slide. Everyone in attendance will receive a free lift ticket for March 10, 2018, and there will be prize giveaways like a Stihl 441 chainsaw (James is rumored to be a fan of cutting trails himself). Giveaways will happen at 6:15 p.m. when everyone comes together to wish James a happy birthday.

The inaugural Bash at the Buttes takes place from 4-7 p.m. Friday at Twin Buttes, just a couple of miles west of downtown off of US Highway 160. This free, family friendly event includes live music from the Badly Bent, tours of the Twin Buttes farms and first homes in the community, bike demos from Second Avenue Sports and more. The whole shindig is thrown as a dedication of the historic Tram Park to the City of Durango.

If you’re among the lucky few, you’ll be grooving to Less than Jake at the 22nd annual Ska Anniversary Party & Brewer’s Invitational on Saturday at the World Headquarters in Bodo Park. As always, there’s a slew of good music. But mostly, it’s a collection of Ska’s favorite brewing friends from near and far. The Bodo crew encourages you to walk, skip, bike or shuttle ... just don’t drink and drive. Shuttles will run from Ska to the Transit Center from 3:30-10 p.m. Proceeds this year benefit the La Plata Open Space Conservancy.

Speaking of Ska, there’s yet another canned offering for your drinking pleasure. BHC DIPA is a double India pale ale that has an interesting back story. Rudie Session IPA was just getting ready for release in 2014 and it required some special hops. Rudie, as you may recall, has an aggressive, hop-forward character but is low in ABV – so that you can have a few and “still keep your shit together,” as Ska’s Dave Thibodeau famously said. “Rudie Can’t Fail,” or so the Clash sang. Well, he did. Sessions quickly went out of vogue. The contract with the providers of the Galaxy and El Dorado hops was of the five-year variety. Making lemonade out of lemons, Ska came up with another ale from the excess hops – BHC DIPA. BHC, of course, stands for Bad Hops Contract.

If you were shut out on the Ska anniversary, head to Cortez’s Parque de Vida from 4-9 p.m. Saturday for the Montezuma Land Conservancy Harvest Beer Festival. The $35 entry includes unlimited tastings, a souvenir glass, plus music from the Lindells and the

Afrobeatniks. Many area brewers will be there, including Durango suds slingers, Bottom Shelf, Riff Raff, Dolores River and Moab.

Turn your useless knowledge into beer, bud, concert tickets and more! Super Ted’s Super Trivia got rolling for another year earlier this week and there are changes in the air. Namely, a new venue – the ACT – which allows Super Ted to incorporate more audio/visual into his five-round head-scratcher. But some things never change: super buddy Bryant Liggett is on board for a music trivia round, and the start time remains the oddly precise 6:12 p.m. (most) Tuesdays. Holtar the Great is quirky like that.

It’s another fun Friday overlooking the intersection of College & Main. First, Sunny & the Whiskey Machine bring their inventive mix of bluegrass, Americana and blues to the Balcony Backstage at 5:30 p.m. The trio is fronted by vocalist/violinist/mandolin player Sunny Gable and includes Guy Ewing on bass and Jeff Moorehead on dobro. Later, Red Eyed Djinn plays psychedelic jam inside at the Balcony at 9.

The Sheridan Opera House in Telluride presents a unique twin bill Friday night if you plan on driving north. Nth Power, a funky, jazzy ensemble that’s played Telluride Jazz before, shares the stage with Ghost-Note, a side project of Snarky Puppy’s percussionists that features Prince’s last bassist, MonoNeon. Nth Power draws its strength from Nikki Glaspie, Beyonce’s former drummer, plus a slew of other impressive musicians who’ve played with such bands as Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and John Brown’s Body. It’ll be a big night of funk, soul and drumming.

Elsewhere: Four Leaves Winery hosts Wine for the Wolves at 5 p.m. this afternoon; the Black Velvet duo performs at Fox Fire Farms Winery near Ignacio at 6 p.m. Friday; Robinson & Toolan tool about Durango Craft Spirits at 7 p.m. Friday; the Lawn Chair Kings play western garage tunes at the Balcony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and Jeff Hibshman & Ted Brumm play the Balcony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Stick ’em up front in the offensive line? Email me at chrisa@gobrainstorm.net 

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