The Hammer of Gods, Latin grass and $13 Buds

The Hammer of Gods, Latin grass and $13 Buds
Chris Aaland - 02/20/2020

We came. We saw. But the event kicked our ass. On Saturday, Uncle Steve and I took young Otto to his first-ever NHL game, nearly 40 years after I saw my first NHL game when the L.A. Kings skated against the Colorado Rockies at McNichols Arena in Denver.

The drive sucked (my buddy David Smith lives 5 miles away, but the drive home to his house was nearly two hours). The weather was cold (32 at opening faceoff, 25 by game’s end). The lines were long for both concessions and bathrooms. Beers cost $13 each (your choice, 24 oz. of Bud or Bud Light!) Two of our top players suffered injuries. And the Avs blew it against the worst team in the Western Conference, allowing the game-winning goal with 55 seconds remaining.

But it was worth it. We made new friends and rekindled old friendships. Sharing the day with my boy at the United States Air Force Academy was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

KSUT Presents opens its busy 2020 season with Grammy-nominated Che Apalache at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry Strater Theatre. Che Apalache has quickly become a festival favorite around the country for its fusion of Appalachian old-time and bluegrass with the Latin sounds of Argentina and Mexico. The group was started by North Carolina-born multi-instrumentalist and former Town Mountain fiddler Joe Troop, who moved to Argentina in 2010. There he taught bluegrass and old-time for a living and soon met Pau Barjau (a banjo player from Mexico), Franco Martino (guitarist from Argentina) and Martin Bobrik (mandolin, also from Argentina), who became three of his most dedicated students. They quickly became picking buddies, and in 2013 decided to form a band. The group dropped its debut album, “Latin Grass,” in 2017 and its follow-up, “Rearrange My Heart,” two years later. Béla Fleck produced the latter, which melds Uruguayan murga, candombe, flamenco and Spanish Sephardic Jewish music with mountain gospel, old-time string band music and Stanley Brothers-style bluegrass harmonies. They don’t shy from revolutionary lyrics, either, with tunes like “The Dreamer” and “The Wall” attacking Trumpian politics head-on.

Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience returns to the Animas City Theatre on Wednesday. Formed in 1995, Zoso is much more than a tribute. Its members touch a golden era in music, capturing the live energy of Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham. Each Zoso member was carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for those anxious to swing their own hammer of the gods early.

Magic Beans and special guest Cycles plays the ACT Sunday night. The Boulder-based group led by Scott Hachey (guitar, vocals), Chris Duffy (bass, vocals) and Casey Russell (keyboards, vocals) have burst onto the national scene in a remarkably short period of time. Their combination of funk, soul and rock quickly set them apart from the pack of Colorado jam bands, making their Red Rocks debut last April. Their latest record, “Off Leash,” dropped last June. Doors open at 7:30.

The Actor’s Gang Theatre stages a powerful production, “The New Colossus,” at the Community Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Directed by Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, the play reflects on America’s immigrant history as the ensemble of 12 tells its ancestors’ stories, struggles and journeys from oppression to freedom. “The New Colossus” celebrates the courage and character of the refugees who have come to this country over the last 300 years.

It must be unofficial songwriter’s week up in Telluride. Two legendary folkies – Shawn Colvin and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne – perform the second of two sold-out nights at 8 p.m. tonight (Thurs., Feb. 20) at the Sheridan Opera House. In what’s billed as “Sharing Songs and Stories,” expect two guitars and a combined eight decades of literate, moving lyrics and music. Tickets still remain, though, for Saturday’s Donavon Frankenreiter show, which begins at 9 p.m. His Record Player Tour finds Frankenreiter tapping into more than a dozen full-length records, hundreds of songs and 20 years on the road.

The Four Corners Musical Theatre Co. presents “DISASTER! A ’70s Disaster Movie Musical” at the Farmington Civic Center nightly through Sunday. Straight from Broadway and set in the wildest decade ever (sorry, Millennials), “DISASTER!” delivers earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and unforgettable ’70s hits like “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff.” Crowds and critics alike have gone wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Durango Celtic Festival (March 12-14) hosts a whiskey tasting fundraiser at 6 p.m. Friday at the Irish Embassy Pub. The $50 ticket includes six high-end whiskey samplings with appetizers.

San Juan Symphony’s Elegance & Intensity season continues with a Beethoven@250 program on Saturday (7:30 p.m. at the Henderson Performance Hall in Farmington) and Sunday (3 p.m. at the Community Concert Hall). The SJS will perform Beethoven’s monumental “Eroica” symphony, his Leonore Overture played side-by-side with student musicians, and the world premiere of “Something Deeply Hidden,” written by David Biedenbender to honor Ludwig on his 250th birthday.

Seasons hosts its annual Burning Down the House fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. Saturday. The annual event benefits Durango’s emergency responders through the 100 Club, which provides financial assistance to families of law enforcement and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. In February 2008, a fire in the 700 block of Main Avenue destroyed three businesses, including Seasons. One year later, Seasons reopened and owners Karen & Wayne Barger have hosted the anniversary fundraiser every year since 2010. Executive chef Shane Lovelady and his team will maintain the fire theme by creating a special smoky and spicy menu. Space is limited, and reservations can be made over the phone or through Seasons’ website.

Elsewhere: Robby Overfield strums and sings at Ska Brewing at 5 p.m. tonight; Sunny & the Whiskey Machine return to Durango Craft Spirits at 6 p.m. Friday; the Badly Bent trek over to Mancos Brewing at 7 p.m. Friday; the Smelter Mountain Boys play Ernie’s 11th Street Station at 7 p.m. Saturday; and the Dolores River Brewery celebrates its 18th anniversary at 7 p.m. Saturday with live music from Middle Ground.

 

They storm the crease like bumblebees? Email me at chrisa@gobrain storm.net.

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