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The Beatdown

A long day's journey into the Wild Divine.

Smith found those resources in the medical field. Working as a biomedical engineer, he launched numerous companies and used the profits from them to realize his dream of creating something entertaining that also contributed to the betterment of people.

While I'm still not sure how wild or divine Smith's Wild Divine Band is, I know that after spending almost an hour in the Crucible, I'd never felt more relaxed. Smith credited some of that feeling to the studio's design: The building, constructed over six years, consists of sacred geometrical shapes.

And Smith pays the same attention to detail in everything he does. The band's been rehearsing for weeks in preparation for this Saturday's event, which he described as an "immersive listening and visual experience that most people haven't experienced." While most bands rehearse before gigs, this particular show will be presented in quadraphonic sound -- something only Herbie Hancock has done in Colorado, Smith thinks -- so the act has been working feverishly to get a handle on the finite details. Because of the complexity of quadrophonic, the mixer must be set in advance, leaving little margin for error. The show will be mixed entirely in surround sound. Those curious about the game will have a chance to take the video journey themselves; demos will on hand at the venue. After the Boulder date, Smith is taking his show on the road.

That sounds all well and good, I said. But what about all this dance for peace malarkey?

"The way you achieve world peace is through inner peace," Smith replied. "The Earthdance is more a celebration of people coming together. Does that do anything for what's going on in the cosmos? Who knows? Who cares, really? It's having a common brotherhood. A common intent for a worldview that has a sense of unity to it. A respect of diversity and recognizing unity."

In other words, even if you're like me and don't subscribe to the new-agey spiritualism that surrounds the Wild Divine project, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

"You may hate the music I'm into," Smith concluded. "But you're going to say, 'That's cool; I know where this person is coming from. I'm going to respect it in the way I need to.' Which may mean you say, 'I don't associate with that.' And that's fine, but that doesn't mean you go in and piss all over it."

Not even if you're a devil without a cause.

Upbeats and beatdowns: The Swayback is currently drummerless. According to Eric Halborg, last weekend the group's most recent timekeeper, Nolan Aldridge, pulled a Ricky Williams and quit -- via text message, no less -- the night before a gig. Needless to say, the band is anxious to move forward and fill the slot. Interested beatkeepers can contact Halborg at www.theswayback.com.

The Roadside Profits' renowned DJ, Musa Bailey, is back in Mootown to help launch a brand-new studio. Bailey, who relocated to London a while back after being part of Saul Williams's touring band, will host an open house this weekend to show off the new digs at 1430 Delgany Street, in the space formerly occupied by 5280 Records and LoDo studios. Bailey and his partners, fellow Roadside luminaries Ra Bailey (his brother) and Derrick Brown, say that their goal was to create more than just another recording facility. They want to foster an environment where artists can hang out, vibe off each other and network -- not to mention give back to the community. Musa is currently working on the financing to provide a recording vehicle that would allow kids from the Spot, an inner-city youth program, to record their material for free. The Roadside Studio open house gets going this Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, July 29, River returns from the road for a gig with Filthy Children at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. On Friday, July 30, Ain-Matter drops its new disc at the Gothic with Assisted Suicide Assembly, Blissful Beating Spree (which released a new album earlier this month) and Out for Blood; Bright Channel, the Symptoms and Oblique Addict check into the Lion's Lair; Wendy Woo, Xiren, Liz Clark, the Trampolines, Todd Lieberman and Devonhit the Soiled Dove; ESP and 802 join the Mercury Projectat Herman's Hideaway; and Brethren Fast celebrates its ten-year anniversary at the Blue Mule with Buford T. Justice. Then on Saturday, July 31, Slim Cessna's Auto Club drives back into the Larimer Lounge for a gig with Nashville's No Justice and Local 33; the Last Seen issues its debut album with the Treatment and Carolyn's Mother at Herman's Hideaway; the Soiled Dove will host its annual Summer Rockfest, featuring performances by Step Short, My Sick Friends, More Than Medium, Sad Star Cafe, Love .45 (the band's last local appearance for a while), Drug Under and Alien Pimp; the Swingin' Neckbreakers, Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee and the Foggy Mountain Fuckers drop by the Bluebird for the Vespa-centric Mile High Mayhem; and Marcy Baruch, the Melanie Susuras Band and Danya River leap over to the Toad Tavern.

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