The best jam-band shows in January
DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25
Pioneers of the jamtronica genre, Philly's Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists; they invert portions of jams into each other, surprising the crowd again and again while shining a mega ton of lasers in your face for an overstimulation extravaganza. They'll be taking over the Ogden for two nights and then expanding for a big finale on Saturday night at 1STBANK Center. The Biscuits always show Colorado tons of love even when their touring schedules decrease to give them time to work on other projects.
FRI & SAT | STS9 at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/31/14-2/1/14
What a month for jamtronica in Denver! The month ends with one of the greats of the genre, STS9 setting up shop for two nights at the Fillmore. STS9 takes its instrumental jamming to trance like levels; moments of euphoria are certain while highly regarded lighting director Saxton Waller turns the stage into swirling patterns of colors that ebb and flow with the music. No surprise at all that there is a Facebook fan page called "The Church of STS9," as the act's shows can be downright spiritual.
FRI & SAT | RAILROAD EARTH at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/17-1/18
Roots Americana newgrass sextet Railroad Earth from Stillwater, New Jersey, continues touring heavily and building a strong fan base here, this time taking over the Fillmore for a night of acoustic genre blending; jazz, rock, bluegrass and even Celtic music all come into play in the group's sound. The live shows are full of improvisation and instrumental prowess, and openers Head for the Hills from Fort Collins holds its own with upbeat, fast-paced bluegrass originals and covers like Talking Head's "Life During Wartime."
TUES & WEDS | TREY ANASTASIO BAND at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28-1/29
This past NYE at the Phish Madison Square Garden show, Trey Anastasio showed that he still had his chops from thirty years ago, executing a series of elaborate and obviously practiced Gamehendge compositions to a jubilant and grateful crowd. When playing with his side project, he is able to explore the smaller intricacies of song crafting, often using it as a launchpad for future Phish jam vehicles. The stage is filled with wildly talented musicians, in which horns blare and a focused set and light design create a flow that is almost theatrical in nature.
SAT | THE MOTET at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/25/14
The Motet is ubiquitous in the state of Colorado, with a show at the Fillmore being extra special because it's also the band's new album release party. While Motet shows that cover other bands are fun, the outfit's real talent lies in the original funk it creates and the psychedelic improvisations. The night will be jam packed with new material sure to have the dance floor bumping and bringing something different and new to its hardcore fan base.