Get ready for tribute band weekend in Colorado, as two factions of local acts rock album nights dedicated to Ween and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Tonight, members of Rose Hill Drive, the Flobots, Hello Kavita and Achille Lauro tackle the Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik at Denver’s hi-dive. Saturday, Boulder’s Hot Soup and Harmonious Junk take on some of Ween’s best tunes at the Fox Theatre.
It’s no easy feat pulling off these complex rock classics, but all the players feel confident in taking on the challenge.
Who: Hot Soup and Harmonious Junk play Ween
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
Matt Flaherty plays guitar with Hot Soup, and his band’s paying tribute to Ween’s Quebec album at the Fox.
“Hot Soup has been around for three years,” Flaherty said. “We’re a Boulder band that started off playing more jazz and funk. Now we’re more into rock and funk music, and we’re a little heavier.
“This will be the third time we’ve played the Fox. We’re planning on branching out to play Denver.”
Hot Soup originally geared up its Ween tribute for a Halloween concert. The band played its Quebec show at the Mountain Sun and word about the event spread to the Fox.
“We wanted to do a cover set for Halloween, so I suggested Ween,” Flaherty said. “We had listened to this record on some road trips. It’s a really cool album and it goes to a lot of places.
“The record starts out heavier and gets psychedelic. It’s a well-written album and it was fun to learn. We’re going to bring the songs to the Fox and make them fresher — it would be boring to play them note for note.”
Hot Soup will be taking some liberties with the Ween tunes, so look for longer improvs and jams on the classic songs.
Harmonious Junk opens the show with a “Best of Ween” set.
Chili Peppers night
Denver’s also getting into this weekend’s band tribute frenzy.
Members of Rose Hill Drive, the Flobots, Achille Lauro and Hello Kavita are joining forces to pay tribute to Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The players will cover the Chili Peppers’ hit CD Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The record featured the radio-friendly songs “Give It Away” and “Under the Bridge,” and it made the band a mainstream staple.
Jimmy Stofer is still getting his feet wet as Rose Hill Drive’s new bassist, but he’s ready to take part in the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tribute.
“It’s been awesome to be part of Rose Hill Drive,” Stofer said. “The guys are great and the music’s incredible. It feels like a great fit and a family.
“We’re just writing demos now and we’ll figure things out in the upcoming months. We’re also getting ready for our New Year’s shows at the Fox. We wanted to pick a modern album to cover, so we’re doing the White Stripes’ Elephant — we’re excited about taking it in a cool direction.”
Stofer and the Denver players are equally excited about paying homage to the Chili Peppers.
“I was talking to some of the people in the other bands and we thought it would be really fun to cover this album,” Stofer said. “This was an album we all grew up on and we knew it well.
“We started out with guitar, bass and drums, and then we brought in a bunch of guest singers. We have Jake (Sproul) from Rose Hill Drive, and singers from Achille Lauro, Hello Kavita, the Dualistics, Science Partner and Pirate Signal.”
The local players planned to create a fun evening for friends, but the buzz is spreading about this show.
“We’re getting great feedback,” Stofer said. “People are excited and it’s going to be interesting to see who shows up. This crowd will reveal all the closet Chili Pepper fans.
“We’ll see if we do more tribute shows together. I think it’s a lot of fun to play something so close to all of us. I imagine it will happen again.”
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