The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 12/4, 12/5, & 12/6

By: Hannah Oreskovich

You sure have kept us busy this week Boulder! There have been so many performances and music happenings- and now it’s time for the weekend! Here are our picks:

Today (Friday, 12/04)

Derek Weiman and The Farmer Sister at The Laughing Goat 8PM-Close

For the ladies: Derek Weiman.

For the ladies: Derek Weiman.

Sometimes you just wanna ease into your weekend. We get that. But don’t Netflix and chill all night frand! Get out and check out Boulder’s Derek Weiman at The Laughing Goat tonight instead! You can sit down, drink some coffee, and enjoy Weiman and The Farmer Sisters bringing you sounds on vocals, guitar, and piano. Did we mention Weiman allegedly played Red Rocks at 12 years old with Santana? Yeah- that allegedly happened. This show is officially the perfect start to your evening.

Envy Alo at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Are you one of those music nerds who has to know what’s up with the newest of the new? Then tonight’s for you kid. Envy Alo, a supergroup comprised of members of Boulder’s Booster and Tenth Mountain Division, have joined together to bring you funk! And tonight is their debut show. So be that cool guy or gal telling everyone about the new group you just heard. Head to The No Name tonight.

Asalott at Bohemian Biergarten 11PM-Close

It’s hard to say whether or not it will be Asalott or das boot putting you in a trance tonight, but one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be a realllll good one. This Boulder-based trio will be breaking beats and hearts on stage while you bust a move on the Biergarten dance floor. They’ve got a sweet set planned, so pencil them into your Friday night holmes. See yah there.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 12/5)

The Midnight Strange at Taco Junky 8PM-Close

Allegedly some of the members of The Midnight Strange.

Allegedly some of the members of The Midnight Strange.

We told you to go to the first Midnight Strange show back on Halloweekend and there was a reason Boulder: we really dig these boys. The Midnight Strange (formerly The Almond Butters) are rumored to have a lot of awesome new music written under their new moniker and they’ll be playing a ton of it for you tomorrow night. You can have it all: tacos, margaritas, and Jean du le Monde yelling at you from his drum kit. It’s gonna be a good one. Stop by the Junky.

Cold River City with Lula Granji and Tenth Mountain Division at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

Yes please Cold River City.

Yes please Cold River City.

Boulder’s own Cold River City are headlining The Fox for their third time and it’s going to be amazing folks. CRC, “the lovechild of funky soul and dirty blues,” are pumped to be playing a show at home and we’re told their set is going to be one of “the heaviest and best to date.” Boulder trio Lula Granji will be blasting you with some psychedelic jam rock after Boulder bluegrass/rockin’ funk group Tenth Mountain Division opens the show. It’s going to be a serious party. And we might even be bringing you some press on the event. Stay tuned.

The Next Day (Sunday, 12/6)

Willy Porter and Dave Tamkin at Shine Gathering Place 7PM-Close

Willy Porter rockin' out.

Willy Porter rockin' out.

Did we mention we’re partnering with Homevibe Presents to bring you some seriously awesome shows over the next few months? Well it’s happening. And Sunday is the first of the series! Willy Porter, the Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter who has been touring internationally for 25 years with legends like Paul Simon and Jethro Tull, is playing Shine Sunday night. And Boulder-based musician Dave Tamkin, who will be playing some Chicago-fueled acoustic rock for your eardrums, is opening the show. Want more details? Then read our interview with these two here.

STACKED. This weekend is STACKED Boulder. Get out there!

-Hannah

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I Spent Saturday in a Storage Unit with Bareface & It Was Awesome.

By: Hannah Oreskovich

I spent my Saturday night in a storage unit with Boulder band Bareface and it was awesome.

Driving up, the venue appears to be part warehouse, part storage unit. It’s got a garage, it’s got a front door, and everything else around the unit it is dark and quiet. The location is secret, the vibe is relaxed, and I’m told that the music at this spot is always choice. Where am I? Paradime.

The Paradime Steps.

The Paradime Steps.

Paradime is a local DIY venue that, according to one regular, hosts “primarily punk folk bands and solo artists.” When you enter, there’s an old wooden piano to your left and beyond that, a stage. There’s room for dancing and there’s a small kitchen that’s been crafted from scratch: a counter with bar stool seating, a refrigerator, and a back room with more seating and a cut-out window for show-viewing. On the far wall opposite the door, there are steps that take you to a lofted area, and beneath them is a little hallway with a library and a vinyl collection for anyone to peruse and use. The whole place is also dripping with art: canvases, drawings, scribbles. Paradime is wildly independent and beautiful, a true testament to the DIY community’s talent and passion for this space. But sadly, due to lease issues, Paradime is closing its doors soon.

Bareface Grooving Us On Stage.

Bareface Grooving Us On Stage.

Enter Bareface, who played the final Paradime gig last Saturday. Bareface is a Boulder band composed of Will Parkhill (vocals, guitar, and bass), Robert Collins (also vocals, guitar, bass), Rebecca Oliver (vocals, kazoo), Jean du la Monde (vocals, drums), Lee Garrett (banjo, guitar, lap steel), and Emma Mulholland (violin). Parkhill and Collins met in an alchemy class a couple of years ago, started playing music together, and slowly collected members for what is now the current Bareface lineup.

Dancing with Ghosts. 

Dancing with Ghosts. 

Before the five piece started their set Saturday, a couple of solo performers had played the Paradime stage. Neither were exactly dance-worthy and they had driven a good part of the crowd outside. But the minute Bareface opened their set with a couple of jazzy numbers, everyone wandered inside. And by the time they started into their cool rendition of Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Bluebird,” everyone was dancing and laughing. A girl with blue hair grabbed anyone who wasn’t moving and pulled them onto the floor to groove with her. Soon, the whole place was twirling along to Bareface. It was radical.

Balls to the Wind. 

Balls to the Wind. 

After watching Bareface electrify Paradime with their positive, groovy energy, I wanted to know what this doo-wop lounge-group was up to besides playing amazing DIY spots. Parkhill smiled, “Well, to keep on the DIY theme, we’re actually doing a lot of DIY recording- we’re working in the bedrooms and garages of good friends.” And their plans for release? “Sometime this fall!” shouted Jean du le Monde. Bareface also has an upcoming gig that they’re pretty excited about. “We’re playing the Boulder Outdoor Cinema on August 22nd,” Mullholland laughed, "and it’s for The Princess Bride so we’re dressing up!” Sweet.

Collins Kiling It.

Collins Kiling It.

So Boulder, although you might not have the chance anymore to peep a Paradime show, you should definitely check out Bareface. Listen to them here. And keep up with their upcoming events, including this weekend’s show, here.

-Hannah

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'Outlaw Indie, In-law Country': The Almond Butters

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Get out your best britches for The Almond Butters.

Daryl Almond is casually rocking a Brooks & Dunn t-shirt with a bandana. And his cousin Jebediah Almond is crooning into a retro 1950s mic in a prairie-Western button up. Behind them, Leo Garretti is strumming the banjo. And drummer Jean du Le Monde is yelling something hilariously unintelligible in the corner. The crowd is excitedly yelling back at Le Monde, the bartenders are pouring beers 'round the counter, and all the eyes in the place are on the band. This is the scene at an Almond Butters show.

Cousins Daryl & Jebediah Almond. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

Cousins Daryl & Jebediah Almond. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

The Almond Butters describe themselves as “outlaw indie, in-law country”. They play a variety of original country jams with a few covers sprinkled in, ranging from Pink Floyd to Willie Nelson. Daryl plays guitar and the keys, Jebediah is on bass, Leo strums the banjo and guitar, and good ‘ol Jean is on drums. The Almond cousins share vocals, and Jebediah is especially animated in his performance. They bring an entertaining honkey-tonk to the bar, but the best part of their show is their engagement with the crowd. They make you laugh, they make you dance, and they make you feel like you’re at their backyard country barbeque and Jean du Le Monde is your favorite drunk cousin. It’s great.

So how did these Butter boys connect to bring Boulder such an amusing country spectacle? We asked Daryl, who told us that, “Jebediah needed a platform for his songwriting, and at the time [he] and I were listening to a lot of outlaw country music. Meanwhile I was getting to know Jean du le Monde and knew that he had the perfect drumming style for the band. Jean then brought in Leo, who had the style and personality we were looking for.” And so the Butter boys were born.

For the West. Photo Credit:   Hannah Oreskovich

For the West. Photo Credit: Hannah Oreskovich

But things have been quiet this year for the Butters. They went on hiatus at the end of 2014 as their members formed and joined other projects. Luckily, their absence from the scene is about to change. The Almond Butters have plans to record in the fall, and will follow that with a few winter shows. So if you didn’t catch their tunes “Un Beso Mas” or “Ed Sentcha” at The No Name Bar this past weekend, something tells us y’all will have the chance to put on your best britches for an Almond Butters show real soon.

Keep up with the Butter boys here.

-Hannah

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The No Name Bar Has Live Music Almost Every Night

By: Hannah Oreskovich

There are always new tunes behind the big brown door.

Like we mentioned in our Laughing Goat feature yesterday, this week we’re trying to bring you local venues where you can find a performance any night of the week. Today, we want to talk to you about a place with no name. I’ve heard people refer to it as “the brown door” or “the secret bar”. It’s a place of many names and none at all: The No Name Bar.

The Door.

The Door.

The No Name is one of our most favorite of all Boulder hangouts. It’s where musicians go to support and be inspired by other musicians. It’s where you go to sip a great glass of whiskey while chatting with other creatives; or sit in silence enjoying the sounds. It’s atmosphere is unlike anywhere else we’ve been in good ‘ol Boulder. It’s arguably the beating heart of the local music scene.

The No Name Bar has three nights of themed music every week. Mondays are Bluegrass, Tuesdays are Swing, and Wednesdays are Jazz. The Boulder Swing Collective often performs on Tuesdays, Fleedami or a cluster of jazz musicians perform Wednesdays, & Mondays are also a variation of skilled instrumentalists bringing you dancey bluegrass jams. So drop in to check one of these out, or pick a night to religiously attend every week. Either way, you’ll always be impressed by the talent here.

Lovin' dat bass Mangrovers.

Lovin' dat bass Mangrovers.

The rest of the week, various bands play the bar. This Thursday is Mitchel Evan and The Mangrove, a folk-rock-americana trio from Boulder. They promise “tasteful harmonies” and “powerful lyrics.” They’re a band we haven’t had the chance to see live yet, but they definitely sound worth checking out.

Friday is the reunion show of Boulder’s Almond Butters band. The Almond Butters are a supergroup of sorts. Their members are all involved in other projects (Moonwavve, Natural Motives, and Bareface), but perform under aliases for this band. So frontman Jebediah Almond will be on bass, Daryl Almond will be tickling the keys, Leo Garetti will hold down lead guitar, and Jean du le Monde will be on drums. Come to the show to uncover their true identities and listen to them bring “outlaw indie, in-law country” and a seriously good time to the bar. Though their shows are few and far between, they always put on a wildly energetic live performance. We’ll be covering their event on Friday and snapping pics, so come dance with us!

The Butter Boys.

The Butter Boys.

Saturday is still TBA, so we will update this article accordingly once announced.

Sundays rarely have music. However, Matty Schelling of Whiskey Autumn bartends Sundays and a conversation with him is as awesome as any band you would roll in to check out. He’s extremely knowledgeable on all things music (truly it’s astonishing), he books all of The No Name music, and he’ll pour you an awesome IPA to sip on while you talk hip-hop influences. Skip church and pay Matty a Sunday visit.

That’s The No Name for the week! We’re featuring a video launch tomorrow, but Thursday we’ll bring you another Nightly Music Venue Feature. Keep groovin’ Boulder.

-Hannah

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