Get Your Groove On: Music to Chase the Winter-less Blues Away
From coffee-house acoustic jams to ravishing, live-streamed operas, Durango is buzzing with a full spectrum of musical entertainment this month. Colorado favorites, like Leftover Salmon and The Motet, will take the Community Concert Hall by storm, while Reverend Horton Heat and Nappy Roots sizzle the stage at the Animas City Theatre. For a quick rundown, check out a few of January’s most-anticipated, soul-stirring, foot-stomping earfuls:
January 9: Reverend Horton Heat at the Animas City Theatre, 7:30 p.m. till 10:30 p.m. This Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio has been spreading the gospel of electric guitar since 1985. Their Winter Wonderland Extravaganza features the Reverend Horton Heat himself, Mr. James C. Heath, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass and Scott Churilla on the drums. Opening act: Big Sandy, Dreem Machine. Ages 21 and over. To purchase $35 tickets, click here.
January 10: The Floozies at the Animas City Theatre, 8:30 p.m. till 2:00 a.m. The Powder Rangers Tour is upon us as electronic duo and Kansas-bred brothers, Matt and Mark Hill, share their musical brain during this night of raw scenery, palm-muted chugs, searing solos and wobbling bass lines. No setlist keeps this experience fresh and guaranteed to surprise. Opening act: Daily Bread. Ages 18 and over. For tickets, click here. $25 advance/$30 day of show.
January 12: The Motet with Special guest, DJ Naysayers, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. This beloved seven-piece Denver-based band brings their fiery funk, simmering soul and high-altitude inventiveness to Durango to celebrate over 20 years of really hard work paying off. They sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater this year, so get your $22.50-$35.00 tickets by clicking here. For a taste of what to expect, check out this video.
January 16: Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. The longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band definitely means the dance floor is open tonight! Tickets from $26. Purchase online by clicking here.
January 19: Los Lobos with special guest, Garrett Lebeau, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m.Though they’re mostly known for "La Bamba," Los Lobos has been grooming their traditional acoustic sound for over 40 years to incorporate a bit more electricity with hints of blues, R&B, Latin, jazz and rock. The dance floor is open for this show. Tickets range from $35.10-$54. Click here to purchase.
January 20: Nappy Roots at the Animas City Theatre, 9:00 p.m. till 12:30 a.m. You know you want to hear some underrated American alternative Southern rap. Come see what all the hip-hop hype is about as this band gives the live performance of their lives with a catalog of over 11 full-length albums and mixtapes to choose from. Yep. Mixtapes. Ages 21 and over. Tickets: $27-$30.
January 24: Music in the Mountains Scholarship Awards Reception at the Bank of Colorado (119 Main Ave), 4:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. Nothing will get you more excited for the future of tunes in the Valley than recognizing the up-and-coming musical talent of local students. This reception celebrates the 2018 scholarship recipients and features entertainment from last year’s scholarship recipients. Scholarship winnings pay up to half the cost of each private music lesson on the winner’s instrument of choice. Refreshments and snacks available. The public is encouraged to attend!
January 26: An Evening with Leftover Salmon with special guest, Head for the Hills, at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, 7:30 p.m. till 9:30 p.m. This Colorado-based Americana band boasts over 25 years of making people want to dance. For a quick taste, check out this video from the Solshine Festival. Dance floor open (duh). Tickets: $31.50-$45.00
January 27: The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD presents Puccini's Tosca at the Fort Lewis College Student Union Vallecito Room, 10:55 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. Sir David McVicar's ravishing new production features a splendid backdrop and the extraordinary singing of people you may or may not have heard of. But, if opera is your thing, please note that Sonya Yoncheva has replaced Kristine Opolais as Tosca, Vittorio Grigolo replaced Jonas Kauffman as Cavaradosii, and James Levine has replaced Andris Nelsons as Conductor. Runtime: 3 hours, 3 minutes with two intermissions. Tickets $20-$23. Click here to purchase ahead of time.
January 27: KDUR Cover Night: The Music of Tom Petty at the Animas City Theatre, 7:00 p.m. till 1:30 a.m. The classic sounds of the late, great and entirely unforgettable, inimitable Tom Petty will be performed by local Durango musicians and bands. Hosted by KDUR Community Radio. Ages 18 and older. $15-$20. Tickets available at KDUR Community Radio and here. BYO Kleenex.
Tuesday's & Wednesday's throughout the month: Acoustic Jam at Steaming Bean, 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Tuesdays feature Folk music, while Wednesdays are for Bluegrass. All are welcome!