Bassist Jerry Krenzer on His Time in Colorado's Last Great Soul/Funk Band

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Courtesy of Jerry Krenzer
Krenzer played bass in the Freddi-Henchi Band for three decades.
Colorado's last great soul-funk band was formed in 1966 in Phoenix, Arizona, where it was known as Freddi-Henchi and the Soulsetters.

In 1968, founding members Freddy Gowdy and Marvin "Henchi" Graves decided to move the band to California in hopes of engaging a national audience and obtaining a record deal. While in La La Land, they recorded an LP called Dance. Originally released on the Tower Records imprint, it was later reissued through Reprise Records. The band gained some notoriety and toured the West, making a stop in Fort Collins. A two-week stint turned into six weeks, and soon Gowdy and Graves had permanently relocated to Boulder, which is where they met a young bassist named Jerry Krenzer.

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Denver Punk Band SPELLS on Bigfoot and Mexican Slang

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Crystal Allen
SPELLS will release a seven-inch and cassette this weekend.
The members of good-times punk band SPELLS will happily share their opinions on any number of things. Mythical creatures, for example: "I think Bigfoot is just John Lithgow in a costume," says Peter "P" Bohner. "That's where he vacations. Some people go to Vail or Aspen..."A band that isn't short on either humor or serious material, SPELLS is releasing both a new seven-inch and a new cassette this Saturday at the hi-dive. And if you go to the release show and pay eight dollars instead of the standard six-dollar cover, you'll get a copy of each.

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P.O.S. Brings a Passion for Punk Rock to Hip-Hop

Categories: Interviews

Kelly Loverud
"Denver is tight," says P.O.S with a chuckle when asked about the music scene here. The rapper, producer, part-time punk-rocker and founding member of Doomtree will be heading here at the end of this week. He'll be playing the Bluebird Thursday night, and Friday night he will be heading to the non-profit Youth on Record -- which works with at-risk youth in Denver -- to talk to the community about music education, youth and whatever else comes to mind. "I'm passionate about a lot of topics," he told us earlier this week.

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Globeville Staple Crash 45 Is Closing This Week

Brandon Marshall. Full slideshow here.
Crash 45 hosted everything from bands to fire festivals to dating games.
More changes are coming to Globeville's nightlife scene. Just a few weeks after the Sidewinder Tavern went on the market, Crash 45 announced last night that this would be its last few days in operation. The bar, which was the Portulaca Cafe and then the White Owl before metal artist Shane Evans took over and transformed the place into a home for art and music, posted its goodbye on Facebook, saying, "The support for this little dive bar in the middle of nowhere has been incredible, and I thank each and every person who ever stepped foot through its doors."

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Grammy-Winning Songwriter Wil Guice on Why Denver Inspires Him and What R&B Needs

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Wil Guice/Facebook
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wil Guice launched his Love Money Music tour from the Roxy Theater late last week. Welcome to Guiceland was the start of the next step for a vocalist who wants to bring back the roots of R&B -- he feels that talent is now trumped by image and perception.

"I want to give the fans raw unfiltered soul music, not R&B the way it is, the way it has been presented in the last fifteen years or so. I want to give them something that soul music used to be," says Guice. "What they think R&B is, is not what it is. It's what it has become."

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Four Things You Should Know About Opening for Famous Bands

Categories: Commentary

Photo by Clever Cupcakes via Flickr
As close as a typical opening band might get to meeting KISS.
By Chris Lane

Your band has been playing shows for a while and seems to be getting popular. Perhaps you're still just rising stars on the hometown circuit or have hit the road a few times to try your luck at touring. Eventually, the day comes when you get a dream gig opening up for a big national act -- a band with a certain amount of fame and success that you've always looked up to, or at least respected.

Does this gig mean Death Hippie has finally made it and superstardom is around the corner? Can you and your bass player finally quit your jobs cleaning up "accidents" at the porno theater where you both work? Will you at least make industry connections and become friends with your rock & roll heroes after your band opens the show?

Probably not. But as with most things involving the music biz, you'll probably learn some lessons along the way. I certainly did.

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Iggy Azalea, Avett Brothers, Alkaline Trio Shows on Sale This Weekend

Categories: Mile Highlights

Eric Gruneisen
Iggy Azalea returns to Denver this spring.
Iggy Azalea brings The Great Escape Tour to the Pepsi Center on Monday, April 27 with Nick Jonas as special guest and Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd as support acts. Tickets for the public go on sale on Friday, December 19 at 9 a.m.

The Avett Brothers return to Red Rocks for a three-night stand on Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 12. Lake Street Drive opens on July 10, Sturgill Simpson opens July 11 and John Prine opens on July 12. General admission and reserved tickets ($49.95-$59.95) go on sale on Friday, December 19 at 10 a.m.

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Denver Metal Musicians on Stage Security and Violence at Shows

In The Company Of Serpents thinks the Dimebag Darrell shooting should highlight the need to treat mental health. Album release show Friday January 16th at the Marquis Theater.
Stage security has been a contentious issue in the decade since the death of Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Lamb Of God vocalist Randy Blythe was famously cleared of manslaughter in Czech Republic after a fan died from complications of a stage diving injury in 2010. More recently, NOFX vocalist Fat Mike made amends for kicking a fan in the face when he was startled by the fan's friendly embrace on stage. Every Time I Die offered no such sympathy to a fan who tried to take a selfie on stage, mid-song. Guitarist Jordan Buckley kicked the phone out of his hand and stood by his action on Twitter. Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn denounced moshing as a form of bullying earlier this week. Westword caught up with six Denver bands for their thoughts about fan on-stage antics, mosh pits and post-Dimebag stage security.

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The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Week

Categories: Best Concerts

Aaron Thackeray
P.O.S. on stage at the Westword Music Showcase in 2013. He'll play the Bluebird this week.
It's another big week for live music in Denver. Be sure to catch Esme Patterson at the Bluebird on Wednesday, and head back the next night for Minneapolis rapper P.O.S. The rest of our picks follow.

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Don't Look at These Photos From Skinny Puppy's Denver Show While Eating

Categories: Last Night

Tom Murphy
Skinny Puppy | Ogden Theater | December 12, 2014
Kicking off early with relatively short sets from Youth Code, Haujobb and Front Line Assembly, this weekend's Skinny Puppy show at the Ogden Theater seemed refreshingly succinct. And everyone, crowd and performers alike, seemed in good spirits. It was mostly electronic music, but what sets these particular artists apart from a lot of modern electronic music is the showmanship and the physicality, not just in the raw sound but also in the visual impact of the performers. This was epitomized by Skinny Puppy's content and color rich projected visuals as well as the costume and minor set changes throughout its beautifully nightmarish performance.

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