If you've been paying attention to fliers posted on bulletin boards across town, you've probably noticed there has been a bumper crop of shows during the last few months.
Posting spaces from the Steaming Bean to Carver Brewing Co. have been littered with show bills hung over show bills hung over show bills. They boast everything from tributes to reggae shows happening on the same night.
It's been great.
Making choices about who to see on a particular night is a great problem to have.
Since the change in ownership at the Abbey Theatre, the owners doubled their number of shows, and this weekend, Front Range bands play Saturday and Sunday.
The original blues rockers of Colorado Springs, the Jake Loggins Band, will play Saturday. Sunday will feature Fort Collins' alterna-country band Motorhome, along with Durango's south-side, suburban rockers The Lawn Chair Kings.
The Jake Loggins Band is a blues-based power trio featuring young prodigy Loggins on guitar and vocals, Art Noble on drums and Noel McFarland on bass. It was voted best local band in Colorado Springs in 2006. This will be its first Durango show.
The Lawn Chair Kings (still hard at work on its second release, being recorded in its basement studio) will open for Motorhome.
Motorhome comes from Fort Collins, which is one of the more underappreciated music scenes in the state. That place is loaded with musicians, including jam, reggae, full-blown rocks, and alterna-country. Fort Collins also boasts one of the finer recording studios in the country, The Blasting Room.
Back to Motorhome: This five-piece rock band was formed in 2006 and play rock and country music.
It is Matt Thornton on guitar and vocals, P-Mann on guitar and vocals, Darren Radach on mandolin, accordion and several other instruments that may be lying around, Ben Prytherch on bass and John Motley on drums.
I'd liken the band to Slobberbone on the sound and songwriting front, although its Web site said that it defines any type of labeling or classification.
The supporting band credits are impressive, too, sharing the bills with such bands as Junior Brown and the Mothertruckers, Front Range favorites the Railbenders or Split Lip Rayfield.
There are scores of bands that play regularly on the Front Range, stretching from Fort Collins down to Colorado Springs but never set foot in Durango.
It would be great if this was the start of a change.
Liggettb@fortlewis.eduBryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager.