If you go
What: Pimps of Joytime / Dirty Dozen Brass Band
When: 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Where: Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
More info: bluebirdtheater.net
If the name Pimps of Joytime doesn't entice you to see a band...
Well, it's hard to say what would. Bandleader Brian J had this today about the band's shows tonight and tomorrow at the Bluebird Theatre:
"It's gonna be fun and exciting, and it's gonna be a funky good time."
Funky is a good umbrella term for what Pimps of Joytime do. Their music is born of the Brooklyn live music scene and its DJ culture, but it draws on afro-beat, salsa, rock and electronica. Take their latest single for example. The rhythm section on "Booty Text" grooves like traditional funk, but it's peppered with synth bleeps and screeches.
And, yes, it's about exactly what the title suggests.
Or take the title track off the quintet's last record, "Janxta Funk!" It's a horn-driven ass-shaker. And once again, it's pretty literal.
"Well janxta sort of just a general situation of the way we were rolling at that time," Brian J said. "My living situation and everything was just a little bit janky. But you gotta keep it gangsta at the same time. Combine janky with gangsta and you get janxta."
"Booty Text" is the band's first single in two years, and the first sample of Pimps of Joytime's upcoming album, Jukestone Paradise. Brian J feels like this record is more focused. Though he gets "a lifetime of influences" from the music of the '50s and '60s, he's found more and more that it's easier to connect with a vast world of music, or even the depths of the New York City music scene.
"There's always so much going on that you don't know about. Now it's easier with the internet," he said. "Certainly modern music and being able to connect and hear what people are doing, yeah, it's exciting. It's certainly a motivating factor. I hear some other people doing great shit."
Pimps of Joytime keep doing their own great shit, as they have been since 2005. The band's two-night run at the Bluebird Theatre is one you won't want to miss, especially since they're co-headlining with New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Brian J called them "originators" who "modernized the brass band style."
Both shows start at 9 p.m., but Friday night's tickets are running $2 more expensive at the door, so if you're feeling frugal, get there Thursday night for $23.
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: twitter.com/AshaleyJill.