If you go
What: Matt Flaherty Album Release Show and Birthday Celebration
With: Part & Parcel and Midnight Strange
When: 9 p.m. today
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
More info: foxtheatre.com
Etc.: Donate to Flaherty's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at facebook.com/donate/277859262918254/
Musician Matt Flaherty has graced many a Boulder stage in his 12 years lighting up the Front Range with his innovative guitar playing and comedic timing.
Most know him as the guitarist and singer of Hot Soup — a group who serves up an appetizing blend of funk fusion. Formed in 2007, the band continues to gain a bigger following with each gig they play. Sharing the stage with The Disco Biscuits and the Funky Meters, Hot Soup consistently delivers sets that provide a dizzying blend of top-notch musicianship with the incentive to get down. Today, Flaherty will celebrate his 36th birthday with an album release party at the Fox Theatre — a venue he's both performed at and been in the crowd, front in center, for countless shows. We caught up with Flaherty to find out what fans can expect from his first solo record "Just the Right Amount of Crazy," what he's asking for his birthday in lieu of gifts and what bands he currently can't get enough of.
Daily Camera: You're originally from Connecticut. How did you come to land in Boulder and do you credit this city with influencing your musical journey?
Matt Flaherty: My brother used to live in Boulder in the late-'90s and I really liked it. I definitely played at least 1,000 gigs in Boulder, so it helped shape me for sure.
DC: Most know you as the guitarist and singer from Hot Soup. What inspired you to release a solo album, and what can fans expect from your latest offering?
MF: I have had a problem keeping a solid lineup in a band because everyone is so busy. That led me to really just focus on my own thing. Many of the songs on the album have been performed by Hot Soup. One of the songs "Empty Picture Frames" has been performed by Hot Soup since 2007. The genres are all over the place on the album, very much like Hot Soup. There's country, reggae, jazz, jam and metal influences.
DC: How pumped are you to play an album release show at the Fox? I imagine you've been attending shows at this venue for years. I understand it's your birthday celebration as well.
MF: Yeah, I'm super stoked to be able to have this show on my birthday. There isn't a place I'd rather be.
DC: I understand you are raising funds online, in honor of your birthday, for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. What prompted you to want to give back to this organization?
MF: I had a bandmate take his own life this year. We were unaware until he didn't show up to our gig one night. It was a very heavy night and a reminder of the reality of the world. David Claire will be in my thoughts that night. Also, had another friend take his life after this. He was a friend who had reached out to me when I myself was going through some serious depression. I'm lucky to have so many people donate.
DC: Lastly, what are you currently listening to these days? Any music recommendations, local or not, that should be on our radar?
MF: I've been obsessed with the Wood Brothers for the last couple years — the best band going for sure and they're from Boulder. Some local bands that are crushing it would be the Magic Beans, Eminence Ensemble, Part & Parcel, Jessica Jones and a whole lot more.
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