Oo-wee! Have you looked at the Fox Theatre's upcoming schedule lately? The Fox, one of Boulder's largest and most iconic music venues, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this March, and it has pulled out all the stops in booking just about the best musical month I can remember seeing in a long time.
I mean, they just added Robert Randolph and the Family Band for March 24. Have mercy. The hard partying starts March 2 with local big timers 3OH!3 kicking off the 25th anniversary festivities. What follows includes two nights of String Cheese, Greyboy Allstars, G-Love, The Motet and more. Big Gigantic's show on the 16th is already sold out!
Just do yourself a favor and run over to the Fox Theatre website, foxtheatre.com, and see who they've been scheduling. Now might be the right time to snag your tickets if you don't want to miss out on shows during this epic month.
March will be off the chain at the Fox, but don't overlook what's happening in February.
One of the Boulder area's best bands that boasts a fervent following is releasing their new album on Valentine's Day at the Fox. The Gasoline Lollipops sound like "Johnny Cash on steroids," their fans would say. That's the best genre descriptor I've ever heard. Not "They sound Americana, kind of," or "Uh, they have this rock/country mashup thing going on." It's "You'll feel like you're listening to a Johnny Cash concert after Johnny's had a hit of acid and a hit of ecstasy and done 100 pushups backstage." Or whatever. The message is that the singer's voice reminds you of Cash — the heart and soul of his type of music is there, but the energy is also huge and sometimes takes control of the band and the audience at the same time.
The GasPops, as fans call them, will be releasing the last album in a trilogy — this one is called "Resurrection." The first two were seven-song EPs named "Dawn" and "Death" respectively. Underlying the wonderful story of our local bands recording and producing albums is the fact that, like Boulder's Monocle Band (my column subject two weeks ago), the Gasoline Lollipops just successfully concluded a crowdfunding campaign online. This campaign allowed the finishing touches to be put on "Resurrection," and you can hear the result and get a taste for that GasPops energy at the Fox on Feb. 14.
Other shows I wouldn't miss in February include Boulder "livetronica" legends and national rising stars Sunsquabi on the 4th at the Fox. On Feb. 18, the drum and electro badasses of Break Science will tear the room up. Break's drummer, Adam Deitch, is also the drummer of funk/soul sensation Lettuce, and I hear Deitch recently moved to Denver. Break Science playing here more often is great for our scene.
Soon after that show, on Feb. 22, a fellow named Billy Strings is coming to visit. Your future self will thank you for snagging those tickets and witnessing this virtuoso in action.
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