What: Rob Drabkin's 6th Annual Birthday Bash
When: 8:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
More info: bluebirdtheater.net
Rob Drabkin is celebrating his sixth birthday by headlining the Bluebird Theater.
No, he's not a child prodigy. If you know Drabkin, you know that he (and possibly his hair) has been living and growing for much longer. But when asked, the Denver singer/songwriter counted his years in music terms.
"I started music in 2005, 2006, so maybe we'll just call myself 6 years old," he said. "I'm 6 years old in the music industry."
On Friday night, he'll celebrate with his 6th Annual Birthday Bash and the exclusive release of his Little Steps EP. The celebration and the EP are six years in the making, and not just because this is the sixth birthday party.
"'Little Steps' is this song that's been with me literally since day one. It was the first song I ever wrote," Drabkin said. "For some reason, it's just always been such a fun song. We really love playing it and it's one of these tunes that's really grown into different shapes and forms. I used to burn all these, like, real bad little demos, and that was one of the first demos. It's a song people definitely know and it's turned into a really cool version of it. We put power horns on it, as I like calling it, and it's a really funky rendition."
The release really is exclusive. Only 150 copies have been made, and they'll only be available at Friday's show. If you're wondering what you'll get, Drabkin said the collection includes two ballads, "two pretty hard core rockers" and "two in-between really happy songs." The EP serves as a teaser to a full album that's due out sometime this spring.
So, other than timely and sentimental releases, how does Drabkin party on his birthday?
"That's pretty much the gist of it all," he said, laughing. "No, we started the show six years ago. That's when I started to do open mics and we just found it was a great way to get a whole bunch of people together for a show. So it started as a small gathering and we just kept going with it. It's fun. We do one big epic show and have cool lights and last year we made a record out of it. Maybe we'll have some people parachuting from the sky or something, I don't know. Free cake is really the cool thing."
As of Thursday afternoon, Drabkin said there are 150-200 tickets left, so if you want some free cake and a copy of Little Steps, you can still get in on the sweet action. He'll make it worth it.
"I might even stage dive."