Seu Jorge Played 'The Life Aquatic's Tribute to David Bowie' For Sold Out Gothic Theatre Last Friday

By: Claire Woodcock

Over the weekend, Seu Jorge reprised his role as Pelé dos Santos, the “safety expert” and Brazilian singer-songwriter who acted in and soundtracked the 2004 Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The classic red curtains of The Gothic Theatre in Denver opened on Jorge sporting the Team Zissou trademark uniform, ready to play acoustic hits from the late David Bowie. He launched into “Ziggy Stardust” while pastel pinks and aquatic shades of blue lit up the theatre. Jorge, a Brazilian pop samba revivalist, strummed his maple-shade guitar with intention as he sang the Portuguese translations of Bowie’s hits.

When Jorge first released his covers in coordination with Anderson’s cult film, Bowie praised Jorge’s renditions of his songs by saying, “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

Some of the electricity and rhythm of Bowie’s lyrics are lost in translation, but that’s not to say that Bowie songs are not translatable. During his lifetime, David Bowie released French, German, and Indonesian versions of his own songs. Because the Portuguese translations do not always sync up, in many instances Jorge changed lyrics to fit the covers. For those of us who haven’t had much exposure to the language, the English words sometimes stuck out at Friday’s show, like in Jorge’s cover of “Changes” where the chorus rang out in the familiar, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes” across the room.  

Yet for other tunes, the translation from English to Portuguese was seamless, like in “Rebel, Rebel,” which is arguably one of Jorge’s strongest covers. The crowd of the sold out show did their best to sing along not in English, but in Portuguese. The singing sailor’s setlist veered away from the film’s soundtrack sequence on “Astronauta de Mármore (Starman),” a song which presents a challenge for translation due to its preexisting rhythm. On Jorge’s covers of “Rock and Roll Suicide” and Suffragette City,” he embraced the unsettling and urgent discordant nature of the tunes as he reached for high notes with a grittiness that the late Bowie would have breezed through. On “Lady Stardust,” Jorge was able to settle back into his lower register, where his voice exhibited strength and poise.

Seu Jorge. Photo Credit:   Sierra Voss

Seu Jorge. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

The crowd at Friday's show consisted of an eclectic mix of Bowie lovers and Life Aquatic fans gracious for Jorge’s tribute. People reciprocated Seu Jorge’s enthusiasm, wearing red beanies popularized by Team Zissou, as they tried to stumble through the endings of phrases that they recognized and made their best attempts at several Portuguese sing-a-longs.

Life On Mars. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

Life On Mars. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Jorge took a moment during his set to talk about losing Bowie last January. Like so many others, Jorge drew much inspiration from the late artist. He told us that three days after Bowie passed away, Jorge lost his father as well. As a commemoration to them both, he then played “Life On Mars.” In the crux of this moment, it was clear who Jorge was singing for.

As his set closed for the night, the crowd erupted with shouts of “Volta!” which means “Come back!” in Portuguese. Jorge returned for an encore with a reprise of “Rebel, Rebel” while a farewell slideshow of psychedelic images, film clips, and animations played behind him. Finger-picking with elegance, Jorge’s cover of the classic Bowie hit became his own. It was worth listening to twice.

Rebel Rebel. Photo Credit:  Sierra Voss

Rebel Rebel. Photo Credit: Sierra Voss

Bowie’s spirit was surely getting freaky with us on Friday evening. So if you liked The Life Aquatic and miss David Bowie, I couldn’t recommend The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions featuring Seu Jorge (2005) more. It’s available on Spotify. And if you’re looking to catch the last leg of Seu Jorge’s tribute tour, grab details and tickets here.

-Claire

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/25 & 09/26

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s the weekend! Get out and jam with these bands:

Today (Friday, 09/25)

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

An illustration of Ben Hanna.

Ben Hanna Band at Still Cellars 630PM-Close

Rumor has it that Ben Hanna has been working on a followup album to his 2013 debut “We Were All Like Whatever” with local producer Robbie Stiefel. We’re hoping to hear some of those new tracks at this show! So come grab a brew and hang out!

Community Music Night at eTown Hall 7PM-9PM

What cooler way to support Boulder’s music community than to head to eTown for a night of “every-day folk: scientists, educators, engineers and more” playing music? It’s a bunch of Boulderites with a passion for “full band soul, folk/bluegrass, pop, classical, and even on-the-spot comedic originals.” It’s only $10 so check it out!

Grupo Chegando Lá at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Last week, we mentioned Sambadende’s awesome show at the St. Julien. Tonight, some of the members of that group will be bringing samba sounds to The Laughing Goat under the name Grupo Chegando Lá. It’s definitely a show worth checking out, so go boogie!

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/26)

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit   per the author.

Whiskey Autumn AT THE MERC. Photo credit per the author.

Whiskey Autumn at The Merc 8PM-Close

Pardon me for my selfish ways, but TOMORROW IS MY BIRTHDAY! And I’ll be spending it at one of my all-time favorite Colorado joints, The Merc, with one of my all-time favorite Boulder bands, Whiskey Autumn! I’ll be snapping photos, dancing on tables with Matteo, and generally having an awesome night, so come join us all!

The Growlers at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

“Take five SoCal guys, mix in some surf, stone, and psychedelic, and throw them in a haunted mansion in West Ho Chi Minster and with a little luck, you might get a band like The Growlers.” Sounds like a good time to me! Check it out for less than $25 at the Fox tomorrow night.

PDMF.

PDMF.

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk at Conor O’Neill’s 10PM-Close

Punch Drunk Munkey Funk are making the drive from Fort Collins to dance with us tomorrow night at Conor’s. They’re a five piece who blend “funk, jazz, hip hop, R&B, rock, & soul.” Sounds like they got a jam for just about everyone, so go groove with these cool cats.

See you around! Xoxo

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 09/18 & 09/19

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Our weekend picks- get to ‘em:

Today (Friday, 09/18)

Sambadende.

Sambadende.

Sambadende at St. Julien Hotel and Spa 630PM-??

Sambadende are a Boulder-based samba reggae outfit who have been performing Brazilian music together since 2001. They will be breaking beats in the St. Julien lobby on the earlier-side of this evening, so stop in while you’re cruising Pearl for a dance or two.

The Big Brown Door.

The Big Brown Door.

Acoustic Ambush at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Sometimes it’s nice to head out for the night and discover surprisingly sweet sounds that you weren’t expecting. The No Name always provides this fix. Who will be in the acoustic ambush tonight? We don’t know, but we know it will be awesome. Go take a peek behind the big brown door.

the Bareface crew. Polaroid:   Hannah Oreskovich

the Bareface crew. Polaroid: Hannah Oreskovich

Bareface and Derang at The Deer Pile 830PM-???

We featured Bareface about a month ago here. We love their grooves, and they’re playing with their friends Derang tonight, who they told us have a “Persian psychedelic” sound. Bareface’s Robert Collins is heading to Ireland soon for a few months, so this is one of your last chances to catch this group before 2016! Don’t miss it! Get to the DP.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 09/19)

Jelly Bread.

Jelly Bread.

Jelly Bread at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grille 10PM-Close  

Jelly Bread are a band from Reno who “blend desert twang with the urban tones of funk and rock.” They’re touring the West this fall and are releasing their next studio album, Here, There, & Everywhere soon. You can preview their music here before you hit the LD.

It's Gonna Be a Late one.

It's Gonna Be a Late one.

Late Night Radio at The Fox Theatre 9PM-Close

Late Night Radio is a Denver-based electronic and hip-hop DJ. He’s jetting off on tour the next couple of weeks, but he’s stopping in Boulder before he heads to the Midwest. You can check out some of his tracks here and the show is only $12. Go shake yo hips with LRD.

Andrew Bonnis at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

Bonnis is a man of many talents. He can play just about every instrument around, and he will be bringing several with him to The No Name tomorrow night for a great performance. You can listen to some of his work here before you head to the show. We can guarantee people will be dancing.

Another weekend of sweet sounds Boulder! Get out there!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/14 & 08/15

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Friday and Saturday are finally here! Check out these Boulder shows the next two nights:

Today (Friday 08/14):

Ramaya and The Troubadours at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Ramaya is an LG regular. His sound has been described as “blending echoes of Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Wilco, and Jeff Buckley.” The last time we saw him, he brought the audience onstage for a Michael Jackson jam. Righteous. Roll to his show tonight and preview his music here.

ramaya.

ramaya.

The Goonies at The Bohemian Biergarten 9PM-Close

This iconic 80s film is also the name of one of Boulder’s most popular cover bands. They play a lot of 80s jams and will be rocking the Biergarten stage tonight. So if you want to get drunk on Das Boot and loudly sing along to Journey bro, this one’s for you.

the goonies.

the goonies.

Global Soul Experience at The Lazy Dog 10PM-Close

If you’re in the mood for some samba or sweet afrobeats, this show is a must. The GSE are from Boulder and blend a ton of genres together for an awesome listening experience. Go to this show if you’re in the mood for something funky and different. They will not disappoint.

GSE Keeping it classy.

GSE Keeping it classy.

James Thorpe at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

James Thorpe will be rocking out behind the big brown door this evening. Ironically, he’s played a number of shows with Ramaya and other members of The Troubadours Collective, but tonight you can see him shine solo. Head on over.

jt.

jt.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/15):

Monocle Stache at The Dark Horse 930PM-Close

We dig the name dudes. The Stache boys hail from Rollinsville, CO and are self-proclaimed “stoner rock”. They have a Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe happening- you can check out their EP Prairie Fire here. Grab a Dark Horse burger and peep the Stache set.

yes.

yes.

Salem at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids 830PM-Close

Salem blend R&B, soul, and jazz for some seriously smooth listening. Frontwoman Ashley Sterling has a rich, hypnotizing voice and Cat Ackermann keeps things groovin’ on the keys. Grab a brew and give this five-piece from Breckenridge, CO a listen.

cat on keys.

cat on keys.

There's our list! Xoxo Boulder!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 08/07 & 08/08

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Hey friends! We’ve been a bit absent on the scene this week working on some cool upcoming features, but you know we’re all about weekend shows, so here’s where to be the next two nights:

Today (Friday 08/07):

Augustus at Twisted Pine Brewing Co. 7PM-Close

We’ve got a piece hitting the site next week courtesy of Pete Laffin on these boys and their new EP Into Frames! Go peep this show, listen to their new tunes, and check back with us Monday to read Pete’s latest on Augustus!

Bateria Alegria at The Pearl Street Mall 730PM

The Colorado Brazil Fest is bringing some awesome Samba percussion to the Mall this evening. There will be music and dance performances by Boulder Samba School’s Bateria Alegria and Samba Colorado right in front of the Courthouse. Their drums will get your heart beating so stop by!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at The Fox Outdoor Stage 9PM-????

Rateliff has been a Denver-based singer-songwriter for many moons now. But recently, he has picked up mad steam with his group The Night Sweats (peep their performance on Jimmy Fallon this week here, for which they got a standing ovation). They have an amazing folk/rock/R&B thing happening, and believe us when we say that NR & The Night Sweats are one of the biggest bands to be watching out for right now. We have a feeling they are going to jet off into some serious fame here soon. Tonight’s performance is free. Come hang with the cool kids. 

NR dancing with Fallon.

NR dancing with Fallon.

The War on Drugs at The Fox Theatre 830PM-Close

Though they aren’t local, this is going to be an amazing Fox show. These Philly boys will be heartland-rocking you deep into the night, and though the show is a bit pricey, you won’t be disappointed. Start with Rateliff and end with Granduciel? Yes please.

Tomorrow (Saturday 08/08):

Foxfeather at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8PM-Close

Boulder folk outfit Foxfeather will be jamming at the LG tomorrow, and you should be too. Let this female-fronted band croon to you over a tasty latte! Emily Scott Robinson will also be performing at this event.

FF.

FF.

Sumilan at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill 10PM-Close

These progressive rock/trance dance dudes are going to be jumping around the stage at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night and they have a sound worth checking out! They’re from Athens, Georgia and are finishing up their summer tour. Listen to them here before the show. 

Sumi boys.

Sumi boys.

Get to it Boulder. Happy weekend.

-Hannah

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