BOULDER, Colo. -
The Wednesday night music party gets in full gear with shows by Zion I and the Toadies.
DJ/producer AmpLive and MC Zumbi are the brains behind the alternative hip-hop act Zion I.
The group has a large Colorado following, but this time AmpLive and MC Zumbi have added a full band to the dance party. Zion I's already known for its experimental sounds, but this new outfit should give Wednesday's b.side lounge show some extra punch.
"We are an alternative hip-hop act because we put everything that we listen to into the mix," MC Zumbi said. "There's rock, punk, house and drum'n'bass elements in our music. We like to keep it exciting and we like to challenge ourselves."
AmpLive and MC Zumbi are really excited about their latest CD, The TakeOver.
"This record's like an interesting combination of all our other records," MC Zumbi said. "It's classic hip-hop and our experimental side all mushed into one record. People are starting to vibe to it.
"The lyrics talk about all the changes the world's going through. We address the state things are in, but how you still have to enjoy yourself and have fun. Have faith -- it will be OK."
Locals will get a special Zion I treat at the b.side. The Boulder show marks the debut of the band's full line-up.
"This is the first time we've taken the band out on tour," MC Zumbi said. "Our fans say it's the best show ever!"
The Toadies took some time off from the music world.
The alternative rock band has gone through several line-up changes, but the group's core players are still intact and they're ready to rock clubs around the country.
"We had broken up between 2001 and 2008," vocalist/guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis said. "The die-hard fans stayed around and new people are showing up. We've had lots of exposure through 'Guitar Hero II,' and the radio play never stopped."
The Toadies are touring behind their 2008 CD, No Deliverance, and Lewis says this record takes the band "back to basics."
"We got back to the big sounds on this record," Lewis said. "This record is gritty and nasty. We realized these songs sounded like the old-school Toadies -- and the reaction has been amazing!
"Even though the economy's been tough, we're still having really good crowds at the shows. Our live show is harder, louder and more in your face. We play a good chunk of all our records."
Catch the Toadies at Englewood's Gothic Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Wendy Kale keeps tab on the local music scene daily on her Club Notes blog at www.coloradodaily.com.