Halloween brings influx of music

Since Labor Day weekend, the Buena Vista music scene has faded like fall aspen leaves after the first freeze, but Halloween festivities bring a welcome influx of live music. Highlights include funk band SuperMagick Saturday at The Lariat, two performances by local rockers KellyAnne Conway Stole My Bike and the return of Afrobeat band Atomga. Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect for the next two weeks.

As usual, The Lariat’s open mic night gets things going at 7 p.m. today. Wednesdays at The Rope always bring out plenty of local talent to satisfy that mid-week jones for a live music fix.

Next up, folk musician Jacob Metcalf will play at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at The Lariat. The Texas singer-songwriter was nominated for several awards including best songwriter and best live act in the most recent Dallas Observer Music Awards. His debut album, Fjord, was nominated for the best album award and received write-ups in The AtlanticPaste Magazine and The Bluegrass Situation.

The pace of performances picks up Saturday, Oct. 28, beginning at p.m. 6 p.m. at The Lariat with Denver-based singer-songwriter David Burchfield. Burchfields’s Americana inspiration comes from musicians like Woody Guthrie, Jeff Tweedy and Jason Isbell. Burchfield weaves these influences together to create a rich, deeply rooted folk sound that still sounds fresh and original.

The music continues Saturday at the Jailhouse Halloween Party when KellyAnne Conway Stole My Bike takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Watershed stage. These local rockers bring a high-energy punk sound to BV ‒ the perfect complement to Saturday’s Halloween festivities.

For a funkier Halloween celebration, look no further than the Funky Halloween Dance Party at The Lariat, where SuperMagick will perform at 9:30 p.m. Formerly known as Filthy Children, SuperMagick is sure to pack the dance floor with their funk, soul and disco stylings. Fronted by Jenny Anderson’s smokin’ vocals, SuperMagick combines three horns, a rock steady rhythm section, guitar and analog synth. Performing together since 2003, the musicians of SuperMagick know how to get your body moving, and any band funky enough to perform with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic is well worth a listen.

Tuesday brings Halloween day and a special show by Oddjob Ensemble from 7 to 10 p.m. at Deerhammer Distilling Co. Led by Kalei Yamanoha, the Sonoma County trio features drum, bass and accordion and performs music in wide-ranging styles from early jazz to ethereal folk music.

Wednesday, Nov. 1, brings another installment of open mic performances at The Lariat from 7 to 10 p.m.

At 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, You Knew Me When will take the stage at The Lariat. Performing with an array of instruments, this husband-wife duo produces an indie folk-rock sound that could easily be mistaken for a full band. Touring full-time since 2012, You Knew Me When has made Ouray its home base after relocating from Nashville and is currently touring in support of their its third studio album, Into the Looking Glass.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, KellyAnne Conway Stole my Bike will perform again, this time at The Beach at South Main, as part of Muerte ’Cross.

Finally, Afrobeat band Atomga will return to The Lariat Saturday, Nov. 4, for a show featuring horns, drums and plenty of funky music to groove to. The band employs complex drum rhythms to create its highly dance-able Afrobeat music. Frank Roddy, Atomga’s tenor sax player, said the band members come from an interesting mix of musical backgrounds, “jazz, funk, progressive rock, rock ’n’ roll … . We came together because of a love for Afrobeat music.”

It quickly becomes obvious to anyone reading rave reviews of Atomga’s shows or streaming the band’s music that these musicians are raising the bar in Colorado’s music scene.