WOVENHAND @ ORIENTAL THEATER In his early bands, Bloodflower and The Denver Gentlemen, David Eugene Edwards was developing an aesthetic that some consider synonymous with all the significant music to have come out of Denver. But really, Edwards's ideas about music just gelled into a sound that embraced traditional American music while infusing it with an air of hazy mystery and raw emotional intensity when he formed 16 Horsepower in the early 1990s. Horsepower's immediacy and musical intimacy struck an immediate chord with audiences in Denver and further afield, to the point where the band enjoyed great popularity in parts of Europe. Equal parts folk and country but informed by the darkness of post-punk and the more haunting end of the blues, 16 Horsepower was an arresting live band. In the early part of the past decade, the band split, and Edwards formed Wovenhand, sometimes performing without accompaniment but often with side players to help flesh out the next phase of his songwriting.
THE HIVE DWELLERS @ YELLOW FEATHER COFFEE If you haven't heard of K Records, you should seek it out immediately. The label's founder, Calvin Johnson, has embraced the idea of the eternal teenager in all of us as articulated by filmmaker John Cassavetes and run with it from the beginning. The history and catalogues of his bands, Beat Happening and Dub Narcotic Soundsystem, bear that out. So does his latest project, the Hive Dwellers. An unabashed celebration of minimalist rock and roll woven into bouncy electro pop, Johnson and his many collaborators have reinvented and kept relevant a spirit of artless creativity. The most recent Hive Dwellers release featured Karl Blau and LAKE's Andrew Dorsett, and it may turn out that both support Johnson on his ongoing song-and-dance-fueled revolt against the corporate ogre.
- Joey Porter's Shady Business Featuring The Shady Horns (Soulive / Lettuce), Nigel Hall (Warren Haynes Band / Lettuce), Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What?!), Dave Watts (The Motet / Juno What?!), Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Ryan Jalbert (The Motet) at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom