Who: Bad Weather California with Hot White, School Nights and Pacific Pride
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St.
It’s a holiday week and venues are ready to kick off their summer schedules.
Rain or shine, you can check out shows with Denver’s Bad Weather California and rocking electro act Celldweller. Plus, there’s lots of free music at the Boulder Creek Festival.
Bad Weather California
Bad Weather California’s starting to attract national attention. Could this be the next act to put Colorado on the map?
The Denver band’s a hot commodity on the local scene, but now national groups are joining the fanbase. The Meat Puppets asked the Denver band to open their latest tour. Plus, Akron/Family just produced a record for the psychedelic rockers.
Tonight, Bad Weather California plays its debut headlining show at the Fox. Hot White, School Knights and Pacific Pride open the show.
“We came upon our musical style by accident,” band leader Chris Adolf said. “We never set out to do anything but play what feels good. We have one rule — the songs have to write themselves.
“People call us a psychedelic band. We’re nostalgic, but we also look to the future. We want people to connect to the music.”
Bad Weather California started out playing house parties. The band’s career is taking off, but this outfit still appreciates its roots.
“We’re a punk band. That’s where our hearts are from,” Adolf said. “We started out playing punk warehouses. Now we’re playing the Fox, but we’re not trying to outgrow our roots.
“We’ll never quit playing underground places.”
Bad Weather California may not have to play DIY clubs for long.
The band’s been opening shows for the legendary Meat Puppets, and Akron/Family took the Denver act under its wing.
Too add to the excitement, Bad California’s releasing three separate projects.
“One comes out on May 24,” Adolf said. “It’s limited vinyl, and has re-mixes and live takes. We’re doing it for fans.
“We’ll also have a seven-inch on Fire Talk and the full-length record we did with Akron/Family. We’re in the process of putting it together right now.”
Tonight, Boulder gets a sneak peak of the new music.
“This is the first time we’re headlining the Fox,” Adolph said. “Every band on this bill is street level music. We have School Knights and Pacific Pride opening the show.”
Electronic music wiz Scott Albert spends a lot of time locked away to perfect his art. That’s why his friends and family call him Celldweller.
The name stuck and now Celldweller’s rising up the ranks of the electronic music world. If you’ve heard the theme song to Criss Angel’s “Mindfreak,” then you’ve experienced his brand of electro rock.
Tuesday, Celldweller plays his first Denver show at the Marquis.
“My roots are in metal, and I grew up listening to Metallica and Slayer,” Albert said. “I played drums in rock bands. That’s why my live show is a hybrid between a DJ set and a live band.
“I do a blend of rock and electronic. It’s a good blend of both. I learned through years of trial and error. This isn’t easy – I’ve been working on my new album for five years.”
Albert also spent time building up his music empire.
“I own a record label, and I do film and TV licensing,” Albert said. “I also have an on-line store called fixtonline.com and it’s become a community.
“I’ve done trailers for ‘Spiderman’ and ‘Ironman’ movies, the ‘Real Steel’ Hugh Jackman trailer and the music for Criss Angel’s show.”
Albert says he’s discussing a future project with Angel.
For now, Albert’s promoting his new album and playing select Celldweller shows.
“I’ve been such a road dog, that touring is more special,” Albert said. “I’m being more selective about where and when I play. This will be the first time I’m playing Denver.
“This show is going to be very visual. It’s driven by videos and they’re synched to the entire show. This isn’t rave eye candy — this is very specific in nature.”
Boulder Creek Festival
The Boulder Creek Festival’s taking place Saturday through Monday in downtown Boulder. This is a great way to discover local bands.
Club Notes music pick for the festival is the Green Light Radio Pirate Party. Saturday’s session takes place on the Festival Stage at 8:30 p.m., and features Mr. Anonymous’ radio set.
Sunday’s Green Light party takes place at the same time and place, but this set features DJ Ayrex’s radio set.