Just back from playing an official showcase at South By Southwest, Black Sun Ensemble will perform a rare local show to celebrate the release of Live at KXCI Volume II (SlowBurn) this week. Led by near-legendary guitar virtuoso Jesus Acedo, the band these days also includes Sun Zoom Spark's Eric Johnson (banjo, drums, bass), Brian Maloney (tenor sax) and John Paul Marchand (percussion). The set documented here is from a Locals Only session which took place in March of last year, and it finds the band in typically fine form. Between Acedo's guitar work, which often sounds like a sitar (in the liner notes, Acedo is credited with playing "Eye of Horus Sitar Guitar"), Maloney's skronking sax playing, Johnson's banjo work (which provides an excellent foil to Acedo's guitar), and the various percussion sounds from Marchand, BSE are now an all-instrumental combo that merge Eastern influences, elements of folk and good ol' psychedelic rock to fantastic effect. Next time you want to bliss-out on some trance-tastic tunes, I highly recommend this over that Ibiza comp you always reach for. (One minor complaint: The disc is completely unedited, which means that in between the tunes, there are interview segments with Locals Only host Don Jennings. As much as I appreciate their shout-out to me in the first interview segment, I wish they'd tacked the talking onto the end of the CD, to not interrupt the musical flow.)
Black Sun Ensemble celebrate the release of Live at KXCI Volume II with an all-ages show at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1 at the Boardwalk Cafe, 47 N. Sixth Ave. Openers include Caliche Con Carne, Urban Legend and Michael Henderson; and bellydancing troupe Midriff Crisis will perform with BSE, as well. CDs will be available for sale at the show. Cover is $2. For more information, call 622-6996.
If you've seen Creosote listed in these pages recently, you might have assumed there's a new band under that name in town (and this town ain't big enough for two Creosotes)--but you would be mistaken. The country-rock band's singer/guitarist/songwriter, Jason Steed, has been performing under his own name lately, eschewing the Creosote moniker, but has more recently decided to call his band Creosote once again. Part of the reason is down to the fact that the band's only full-length album, Blacksmoke, which was initially recorded in 2001, and was once available only as a free download at their Web site (www.creosotemusic.com), is getting an official release this week. Dan Burke of Now Publishing Now had plans to release Steed's first solo album, but decided to put out Blacksmoke first, once he heard it. The CD differs from the (now unavailable) download version fairly significantly; the running order of the songs has been resequenced; there are some previously unreleased tracks; and best of all, it has been remixed and remastered. On the band's site, Steed writes that "the results are nothing short of amazing as far as I am concerned." That's mighty good news to those of us who were fans of the original version.
Creosote celebrate the release of Blacksmoke next Thursday, April 7 at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with opening sets by Cathy Rivers and Ken Andree. Copies of the revamped Blacksmoke will be available for $10. Cover is $3. For further details, call 798-1298.
If you haven't yet stopped into the Monkey Box, a relatively recent addition to downtown that serves as a combination restaurant/full bar/performance space, this week brings the perfect opportunity to do so. Local photographer Chod McClintock has been snapping photos of musicians performing at the Box over the last several months, while proprietor Bill Mackey has been recording the performances. This Saturday night, it all comes together, as McClintock unveils his black-and white-photographs, and the venue releases a CD of live performances captured there. Catalogue One--Live at the Monkey Box includes live tracks by Tom Walbank, Jimmy Carr, the Nick Luca Trio, Amor/Grubic Duo (with John Convertino), Maggie Golston, the Fashionistas, Jazz Trio, the Rosano Brothers, Jim Kuemmerle and others. Photos and CDs will be available to purchase at the opening, which will also include many of the performers on the disc playing songs in an open mic fashion.
It all goes down from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The Monkey Box is located at 100 N. Stone. Admission is free. The photos will be on display through May 14. For more info, call 623-3500.
The X-Old Ladies perform at Che's Lounge, 346 N. Fourth Ave., at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 7. As always, admission is free. For more information, call 623-2008.
Low perform at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., on Saturday, April 2. Loveland open at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $8 at the front desk of Hotel Congress or online at www.hotelcongress.com. They'll be $10 on the day of the show. Questions? Call 622-8848.