The Beautiful Boulder Theater was home to some excellent music Friday March 1st.
The evening started out with the Deep Soul Project (Boulder) with Scott Stoughton from Sucker running the show with DJ Psychonaut. I didn't get there in time to see them but heard it was very cool with lots of interesting sounds and Scott freestyling over it. Scott has sat in with Leftover Salmon and JIVE many times and adds his own positive touch the music.
Carlos Washington's Giant People took the stage next, this four-piece including trumpet, saxophone, bass (bassist also played guitar with some bass loops) and an amazing young drummer. Their grooves were smooth and energetic which really got the crowd into it. When these guys get a full-time bass player, and the bassist can switch to guitar full-time, watch out!
JIVE took the stage around 11:30 and the party really got started. These guys continue to improve their song writing ability and get tighter every time I see them. I am not good at remembering song titles and because they do all instrumentals it makes it even harder to remember. They did do an awesome "Grottos Boogie" from their CD that the crowd recognized right away and another favorite "Freshly Baked" which is one of the first songs ever written by the group. Somehow in the middle of "Freshly Baked" they managed to weave in out of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" that brought out the head-banging in all of us, everyone was talking about this outside after the show. As groovy and funky as the guys continue to get, they bring a raw rock-n-roll sound to the scene that not a lot of other bands can do. They once again caught us off guard with an encore of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band" into an original entitled "Lunch Box" (a groupie told me). If things keep going the way they have for this band they will be a the top of the heap in a year or so.
Guitarist Dave Henry has to be one of the best in Colorado with his ability to take the jams higher and higher. Dave Chiorini busted the stand up bass keeping us surprised once again with their ability to add new elements. Tyler Bender on the drums continues to mature at the young age of 20. Greg Warren doubles on sax and flute adding great texture, while Lance Smith on guitar adds that heavy Rock feel. Beck Burger on keys who is sitting in with the band until they can find a permanent member did a great job of adding some layers and nice solos.
Carlos Washington came out and played an original with the band that was great, the sax and trumpet make for some wonderful harmonies. A couple of covers I recognized were The Commodore's "Machine Gun" and Grover Washington's "Funkfoot." Catch these guys when you can and get ready to have a great time, they bring the party.
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