Salutations, friends! For this edition of BBR I’ve chosen a record I recently picked up by a native of Colorado!
Mr Paul Whiteman, “The King of Jazz,” folks
I’ll admit, when I first bought this album, I was was really just interested in hearing the arrangement of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (the first recording of this song ever by the way), but after reading more about Mr, Whiteman on the back side of the album, I had found something much more special! Paul Whiteman was a prolific big band and Jazz composer, having written over 3000 arrangements for his band and others. During the 20s, he became the most popular band leader with an imposing group of up to 35 musicians. By 1922, he was in charge of over 28 ensembles on the east coast and was earning over a $1,000,000 a year. Damn!
So here is a trimmed version of Rhapsody from the movie “King Of Jazz”
Colorado has been so good to us, and we still have more show coming up. Today we’re in beautiful Bond at State Bridge! Showtime is 5:30pm! Come check us out y’all!
While I admit a certain attraction to the grimy, dirty, street art aesthetic we found when I last posted from Texas, there is no argument as to the beauty found within nature. Our current travels extend us across the great state of Colorado, and the streets here are crawling with gorgeous organic graffiti. Here’s some shots from the mean streets of Crestone, CO:
Tonight, the gig is up – literally – in Telluride, CO, where elevation comes second only to celebration. We play at Fly Me To The Moon at 10pm this evening and cannot wait to see you there. Until then..
As we continue our two-week pause for a worthy cause in Colorado, I could only wonder what artists might be from these parts. I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favorite singers, India Arie was born in Denver. One of my favorite songs by her is below.
We make our way to Crestone, Colorado today to play at The Cloud Station. Doors at 7, show at 8pm.
~ Sandra Love
Ladies and gentlemen,
Tonight we are proud to perform for the fine folks of Oskar Blues Brewing in Lyons, CO! These excellent artisans are responsible for some of our favorite brews, and we’re excited to be able to work with them. It’s an early one tonight, with things kicking off around 6 for an evening with yours truly. FREE SHOW and excellent food and beer! Come make the hang.
We are delighted to be playing ATOMGA’s first full length album release show! Denver’s own 10 piece afrobeat orchestra strives to make authentic, groovin’, socially conscious music that will keep your mind as busy as your hips. Also gracing the stage, Denver’s own Human Agency and Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda! Join us all at the Bluebird Theater in Denver for an night of music to remember. Show starts at 9.
Have you ever heard of Ms. Édith Piaf?
Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” was a French singer who became an icon of France during World War II. Born in 1915 on the streets near Belleville, she grew up in a bordello, eventually becoming a vaudevillian street performer in her teens with her acrobat father. It wasn’t until 1935, when she was finally discovered by a nightclub owner in Paris, that she began singing professionally and would shake up the world in the 40s with her voice. Her career, which lasted until her death in 63′, produced many hits, including her most well known “La Vie en Rose.”
For this edition of BBR, I’ve chosen my new Edith Piaf record,
Tonight! Why tonight we’re in beautiful Boulder, CO at the gorgeous Gold Hill Inn. Showtime is 9pm! See y’all there
Cannot wait to be in Colorado for 2 beautiful weeks! Playing in Boulder this Friday at the Gold Hill Inn & Denver this Saturday at the Bluebird Theater w/ Atomga!
Can’t wait till then? Catch us tonight in Lawrence, KS at the Bottleneck! 2 sets – show starts at 9pm.
Touring is lots of driving, y’all. Lots of sitting, and lots of passing time. One of my favorite ways to spend some van hours has to be (dorktastically enough) mental sight singing, and the throwback Shapenote gospel hymnals have some good old time tunes to keep the brain sharp on a long drive. Here’s one that jumped out at me just earlier – it’s an appropriate title for travelers like ourselves. Take a glance at “Anywhere is Home”:
ON MANNERS OF TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE:
Tonight, good people of this land, is the official DBRS debut in Nebraska! Thunder and blazes light the sky above Lincoln tonight as we party with the Bolzen Beer Band and the Rock Bottom String Band at Vega.
Doors at 8pm
Music starts at 9pm
$8 cover at the door, $6 advanced
350 Canopy Street, Suite 220
Lincoln, NE 68505
Until then, I’ll be brushing up on my 4 part! I encourage you to do the same.
Brass music comes in many forms, and the Youngblood Brass Band gives you a taste of their soul. They come from Madison, Wisconsin…and that’s where we are playing tonight. Join us at Frequency with the The David Hayes Project doors a 7:30, show at 8:30. Check out “Avalanche” by the Youngbloods below.
~ Sandra Love
Ladies and gentlemen,
It’s been a while! We’re in the midst of DBRS’s Summer Tour 2015, and it’s time to get back on the SlyCam wagon. Not gonna lie, I’ve been a bit lazy collecting footage until recently, so you’ll have to bear with me. A lot has happened since the last entry, so get ready for some random. More to come as our two-month adventure continues!
Also, tonight we debut at Berwyn, IL’s world-renowned FitzGerald’s! Come kick the night off with the Blackhawks/Ducks game on the big screen at 7, then put your dancing shoes on for a night with yours truly, starting around 9 pm. Can you think of a better way to spend your Saturday? I can’t… so come and get it!