Club Notes: Pepper shakes it up for New Year’s at Boulder’s Fox Theatre (VIDEO)

New Year’s Eve entertainment needed some spicing up in Boulder, so the Fox Theatre booked Pepper to play two nights at the Hill venue.

Wednesday night’s Pepper show already is sold out, but you can still score New Year’s Eve tickets for Thursday’s concert. The band then heads up to Aspen to play two shows at the Belly Up on Jan. 1 and 2.

If you go

Who: Pepper, with Passafire

When: 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder

Cost: Wednesday is SOLD OUT. Thursday is $50

No matter where the band plays, Pepper always serves up a healthy dose of powerhouse rock and reggae tunes. The group’s had a very busy touring year and released the live album, Kona Gold, that was recorded at the Fox in 2008.

“The Fox is one of those venues that really feels like home to us,” drummer Yesod Williams said. “It has a very special place in our hearts.

“Colorado is one of the first places that showed us love. We always have a great time playing there and the shows are always over the top. That’s why we’re doing four dates there.”

Pepper’s touring behind its live album, but the group’s already working on a new studio CD for 2010.

The popular band operates its own Law Records, so Pepper now has artistic reign over its music projects.

“Having our own label lets us make all the decisions and take the risks,” Williams said. “It’s a calculated risk, but this is the first record that we didn’t work on with a producer. We know our stuff and we know how to do the music the best.

“Sonically, this record takes us back to our roots. It let us go back to where we started from, and it let us shine and polish the music. The record still has the Pepper sound, but it has more of the island vibe — where we came from.”

Pepper got its start in Hawaii, but the band’s lived on the mainland for several years. The band started reminiscing about its past, so the island’s musical call will be making an appearance on the new CD.

“Our biggest musical influence is Hawaii,” Williams said. “We’re going to integrate our old and new influences on this record, and put the two together. It’s always good to have variety and stay fresh with the music.”

Williams said the band had been in “creative mode” and working on the new CD when the Fox called. The group was ready to take a break and spend New Year’s in the Rockies.

“We’re ready to have a good time with everyone that’s coming to party with us,” Williams said. “Both nights at the Fox will be different and we promise to give 150 percent.

“We want to make this the best New Year’s party we’ve ever been to!”

Pepper fans should check out these shows, because the band won’t be coming back to Colorado for awhile.

Here’s to a rocking New Year’s and a great 2010.

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