Too much of a good thing is just that: good. Often the mid-part of January will offer just about nothing in musical entertainment. That strange post-holiday time where you just want to stay home has offered nothing for me, except bad movies and bad TV.You can avoid that during the next week; there's plenty to do. Think of this as nothing more than a good warm-up for the debauchery of Snowdown, which lies a few short weeks ahead.
Kick things off tonight with rock 'n' roll at the Summit, featuring Jaki and the Joysticks, Oatie Paste and the Boycotts. Who says rock in town is dominated by dudes? Two of the bands on this bill are fronted by women. Jaki and the Joysticks is the band that used to be Pinhead, which plays rock music, and will release a CD soon. Oatie Paste is a ska and punk band that just put out a CD. The Boycotts is one of the newer punk bands on the scene.
If that's a bit much for you, try Neil Nelson and Steel Rodeo at the 8th Avenue Tavern. When you have "steel" in your name, I'm imagining you have pedal steel, or some form of lap/steel guitar in your band. Steel is the sound of western and country music.
It doesn't have to end there.
Saturday night offers the final Colorado show of the South Austin Jug Band (and second to last show ever) at the Abbey, in addition to world music and jazz.
Local jazz man Jeff Solon will perform with his big band at the VFW Solon keeps himself pretty busy teaching, leading duos, trios and the big band. The VFW boasts the biggest dance floor in town, so seasoned professionals and left-footed-only couples can jitterbug all over the place without fear of crashing into each other. Let's hope.
The Summit hosts Euforquestra, a world-beat band from Iowa. I was a bit skeptical about a world-music band coming out of the heartland of America, but it's pretty legitimate. This seven-piece jam band is aptly schooled in Afro-beat, reggae, calypso, samba and more.
It doesn't stop for Sunday. That afternoon you can indulge in culture in two places at Fort Lewis College, featuring Douglas Owens on woodwinds at the Roshong Recital Hall, or pianist Ian Hobson at the Community Concert Hall. Both of these performances are at 3 p.m. That night, songwriter Jerry Joseph and his band The Denmark Veseys play the Summit.
And if that's not nearly enough, don't forget about Sam Bush at the Concert Hall on Tuesday, and hip-hop's Guru at the Abbey on Thursday. Along with Guru are Solar, DJ Doo Wop, the 7-Grand Players, Distrakt and DJ Vajra.
Since the '90s, Guru has put out a series of jazz-influenced hip-hop records known as the Jazzmatazz series, and is considered one of the pioneers in fusing jazz with hip-hop. This is an all-ages show.
Liggettb@fortlewis.edu Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and program director of KDUR.