|Big Head Todd and the Monsters|
Two days after I turned twenty-one-years-old, I saw Big Head Todd and the Monsters at a small Denver bar named Herman’s Hideaway. I was drawn to their blues based sound with Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired guitar licks. The Colorado band’s music became the sound track of my life when I transformed from a college student to a “responsible” adult. I have their 1991 album Midnight Radio etched in my brain. I can even be seen dancing … badly in the audience in their 2008 concert video filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Now they are about to release their latest studio album New World Arisin’ and they have never sounded better.
|Todd Park Mohr and his pants|
On Saturday at Breckenridge Brewery, Big Head Todd and the Monsters starting off strong with Sister Sweetly. Their live version has gotten much funkier over the years compared to their 1993 studio version from the platinum album of the same name. The fifty-one year old front man Todd Park Mohr appeared in white pants with a aqua-blue shirt. He’s a rock star so he can break the no white pants after Labor Day fashion rule. Drummer Brian Nevin never missed a beat as the sun heated things up making his shirt soaked in sweat. Keyboardist and petal steel guitarist Jeremy Lawton got into the spirit of the venue by wearing a Breckenridge Brewery staff shirt. He played beautiful refrains and provided impressive backing vocals. Bass player Rob Squires smiled the entire time while producing bass lines that held the band together. Todd Park Mohr channeled his inner Elvis during Rock Steady by shaking his hips (a little something for the ladies). Crowd favorites Bittersweet, Please Don’t Tell Her, Moose Song, and Circle were played to the delight of their devoted fans. Returning for the encore, Todd Park Mohr took the stage alone to pay tribute to the recently departed Tom Petty by singing I Won’t Back Down. An extremely inebriated woman in a Tom Petty shirt pushed her way through the crowd to show Todd Park Mohr her shirt. Security told the American Girl … Don’t Come Around Here No More and moved her Into the Great Wide Open. R.I.P. Tom Petty.
|The North Mississippi Allstars|
I thought I never saw Dickinson Brothers band The North Mississippi Allstars before Saturday. I didn’t realize that I have previously seen the brothers perform in other bands. Luther Dickinson was once the lead guitarist in The Black Crowes. Both brothers were in the super group The Word led by Robert Randolph. Cody Dickinson gave a new definition for multi-instrumalist. He played the drums, keyboards, bass, and sang (sometimes at the same time). Bass player Rob Walbourne snuck behind a drum kit when Cody Dickinson picked up his bass. But Luther Dickinson was lazy and only played the guitar and sang (slacker). Many of the songs flowed together so nicely it was hard to realize when one song ended and another began. But Luther Dickinson gave the peace sign letting the audience know it officially ended.
|Anderson East – All photos by The
Rock and Roll Princess
The day at the brewery started with soul singer Anderson East. I saw him last year open for Chris Stapleton. In that short period of time, he went from singing mostly cover songs to a set that was mainly his own material. The opening song Quit You co-written by Stapleton won the crowd over immediately with his soulful voice backed by a powerful horn section. One of the highlights was the ballad All I’ll Ever Need – “You could steal the stars from heaven/And all the water from the deep blue seas/Oh, cause your love, your love, darling/It’s all I’ll ever need.” As the sun got warmer, he took off his jacket to reveal a camouflage shirt. I would like to describe more of East’s performance, but since he was in camouflage he disappeared.
See you at the next show. I’ll be the one not wearing white pants after Labor Day. I’m not Todd Park Mohr. I can’t get away with it.