Tell your friends you’re going to Rehab this weekend. Then watch the expression on their faces as you explain it’s the name of an alternative hip-hop act.
Rehab’s bringing its southern-fried music party to Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver on Friday. The Georgia band will show off tunes from its latest CD, Welcome Home. The record’s sold more than 2 million downloads courtesy of the group’s loyal fans.
Who: Rehab, with Lola Black and P-Nuckle
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, 2637 Welton St., Denver
“We hit Denver at least once a year,” vocalist Demun Jones said. “Rehab symbolizes taking what’s good in hip-hop, rock and country, and putting the best of those elements into one genre.
“The band’s made up of guys with diverse musical influences, so we get together and see what happens. From an artistic standpoint we have a wider skill set, and that lets us play over 200 shows a year.”
Kid Rock and Uncle Cracker have been impressed with the band’s rocking sounds, and Rehab’s toured with both acts. The group earned its own radio play with the countrified hit “Bartender Song.”
“We didn’t even have a record deal and that song generated this word-of-mouth buzz,” Jones said. “Our new record is on Universal Republic. There’s a lot of rock ‘n’ roll guitars combined with hip-hop and southern rock on the album.
“Our live shows get pretty heavy duty. It’s loud, heavy metal, hip-hop and rock. There’s something for everybody.”
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are known for their kick-ass, south-of-the-border flavored rock tunes. The band’s shows are pretty raucous events — hell, this band just created it’s own brand of tequila.
Clyne likes to occasionally wind things down, so he’s flying solo for tonight’s Soiled Dove show. The Peacemakers’ guitarist Jim Dalton and Cracker’s Johnny Hickman open the concert.
“The Peacemakers will have a new album out in the spring,” Clyne revealed. “It’s gonna rock. It’s the first time I’ve had a definite counterpoint with Jim as guitarist and co-songwriter, and that made this record a rich experience.
“And we finally got our own brand of tequila! It’s called Mexican Moonshine. The liquor business is complicated, so we have to do this venue by venue. Hopefully, we’ll be able to share it with our audiences.”
The Soiled Dove show will be an acoustic experience, but Clyne promises to play all the Peacemaker favorites.
“I only do six solo shows a year,” Clyne said. “I’m going to play a cover or two and a few new songs from the album. Typically, I also play the basic Peacemaker songs.
“I write all the band stuff on acoustic guitar. It’s a different dynamic taking the solo approach — and I like the challenge.”
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers played more than 160 shows last year, and the band’s filling up its 2011 calendar.
Fans already are gearing up for the Peacemakers’ June 11 Circus Mexicus party in Rocky Point, Mexico. You know they’ll be serving up the band’s Mexican Moonshine.
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