Buena Vista venue ropes in another stellar lineup
With the height of summer upon us, The Lariat in Buena Vista has turned the volume up to 11 with a two-week music lineup that runs the gamut from blues, funk and rock to country, folk and Americana.
Colorado singer-songwriter Dave Mensch takes the Lariat stage at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, with his genre-crossing repertoire of rock-country originals and covers. Performing over 200 shows a year, Mensch is always on tour but has still managed to release three albums and is working on a fourth. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels, Dan Fogelberg, Kansas, Dwight Yoakam and other top talent.
The band formerly known as KellyAnne Conway Stole my Bike now calls itself Airing of Grievances and remains the Ark Valley’s premier ’90s alternative and punk rock cover band. Get a healthy dose of punk rock at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
The A.J. Fullerton Band returns to The Lariat at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 20. Still riding the wave of winning an unprecedented eight Colorado Blues Society awards in 2017, Fullerton is breaking into the national scene with upcoming shows at the Big Blues Bender Sept. 6-9 in Las Vegas. The organizers for the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival once dubbed A.J. Fullerton “The Future of the Blues,” and that future is here now.
Winter, graduating from open mic nights, will perform classic rock tunes at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 21, warming the crowd up for rockers Bonnie Blue at 9:30 p.m. A mainstay of the Southeast music scene, the Bonnie Blue delivers tasty Southern rock seasoned with jam, blues, soul and country. Fans of The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic and Government Mule will eat up Bonnie Blue’s rocking sound.
Chris Arelleno will play The Lariat at 6 p.m. for three consecutive nights, Sunday-Tuesday, July 22-24. Arellano’s version of Americana encompasses the Norteño music of his northern New Mexico upbringing, weaving in alternative country and blues.
At 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, The Lariat hosts a bevy of youthful talent in the Rok Skool Showcase. Under the tutelage of Ark Valley music icon Trever “Bones” Davis, Rok Skool took root when Bones taught and managed Red Bandana, a band of his students that performed statewide, released an album and produced five videos during their four-year run. The Salida-based music school now boasts four rocks bands and an acoustic folk school made up of local music students who will perform for the Rok Skool Showcase.
Kevin Danzig will reunite with Faith Crawford at 6 p.m. Friday, July 27. The popular Colorado folk rock duo parted ways when Crawford moved to Ohio to be closer to family. But Crawford is back in town, rejoining the award-winning Danzing, who still resides in Breckenridge. Danzig has released nine albums and has performed with musicians like John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Dar Williams, Leon Russell, Edgar Winter, David Wilcox, Leo Kottke, John Hammond, Chuck Pyle, Mary Gauthier and many others.
Following Kevin and Faith, Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams will return to The Lariat at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. Wofford grew up in Texas, where he absorbed the country music that permeates the culture and airwaves of the Lone Star State. But Wofford eventually “fell in love with Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground.”
While Wofford is a serious fan of classic country musicians like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, he kept wondering, “How do you get from Johnny Cash to The Velvet Underground?” He finally discovered the musical connection while listening to music on Hi*Beams guitar player Greg Schochet’s iPod. “It was Link Wray’s album Three Track Shack. … When I heard that music, I realized that’s the link between Johnny Cash and The Velvet Underground. It kinda blew my mind.”
“No one leaves a Roxy Roca show dissatisfied,” so if you can see only one show this weekend, make it Roxy Roca, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The Austin-based band brings its Southern soul and funk to The Lariat for a return engagement. The band recently completed recording its second studio album with plans for its imminent release ahead of the band’s first ever Japanese tour.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29, Christopher Worth begins a residency that will bring bohemian blues to The Lariat through Aug. 3. Worth developed his unique style of blues over time, describing it as “soulful” and “from the heart. … A lot of creation comes from sadness and lack and needing to process things. … When you write a song, you evolve to a new place. That’s how I identify with writing songs, and the blues spiritually relates to that.”
Worth said the “bohemian” describes “a free-flowing element, a really essential part that is poetic and literary. … I’m really interested in the songwriting process. I’m a real fan of great lyricists in general, which is a lost art among mainstream artists today.”
So Worth finds influences and inspiration among the old Delta blues musicians and classic musicians like Sam Cook, Frank Sinatra and Etta James – at “the intersection of great vocalists and great writers.”
Worth is touring in support of his third album, Pardon Me, which completes The (Id)Entity Triptych, a musical trilogy influenced by literature and philosophy that riffs on Worth’s name. “The essence is an artistic goal to use music to remind people about philosophical value. I want to remind people of the goodness and value within themselves … remind people of their true beauty and facilitate greater evolution of consciousness. I hope I can play a part in reminding people that being of worth feels good.”