First Friday rocks in the new year |

First Friday rocks in the new year

April E. Clark
Arts and entertainment contributor
John Carlin, Guy Welles, Brad Manosevitz, Tom Sherlock and Ryan Grow comprise valley bluegrass, funk and jam band Spore Favore. The five-piece electric ensemble plays at 9 p.m. today at the Black Nugget for the First Friday celebration in Carbondale.
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CARBONDALE — The sounds of meditation, rock ’n’ roll, funk and bluegrass can be heard, all in one night, at Carbondale’s first First Friday today.

That could be a first in itself.

First Friday has continuously been a popular draw in the small mountain town that plays hosts to everything from small to large musical events. From national headliners at Mountain Fair to intimate shows featuring local artists at Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale continues its well-established tradition of live music with a First Friday art walk and musical accompaniment. This month’s celebration is especially diverse, starting with True Nature Healing Arts’ First Friday Gong and Singing Bowl Meditation. The soothing event, taking place at True Arts’ new center at 100 N. Third St., may help welcome the new year with balance and peace. The monthly musical event features David Avalos and Pam Davis singing and playing the gong starting at 7:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $20 is welcome.

Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., hosts Big Dog and the Midnight Badgers, featuring members of the young Carbondale band the No Joes. Matthew Palomino, on lead vocals and electric bass, drummer and vocalist Lyle Luckett and guitarist Kimbrell Larouche will play hard rock funk and will be taking the stage for the first time for First Friday at 8:30 p.m. today.

“Dan, Marc and I are the original members, so Tjaar stands for two Jews and a redneck. Can you guess who is the redneck?”
Pam Rosenthal

The Black Nugget hosts Spore Favore’s popular jam, bluegrass, funk and rock music for First Friday at 9 p.m..

At the Carbondale Beer Works, 647 Main St., Roaring Fork Valley foursome Tjaar will play mostly originals, and a few covers of folk, country, rock and grooving jam-band style music at 8:30 p.m. today.

“The Beer Works has an awesome vibe,” said Pam Rosenthal, the band’s vocalist and bassist. “We always get a fun crowd. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year.”

The band includes Pam Rosenthal’s husband, Dan Rosenthal on vocals and drums.

“He writes many of our songs,” she said.

Tjaar musicians also include Marc Bruell and Kendall Spyker helping out with vocals and guitar. Pam Rosenthal said about 80 percent of the band’s show features original music.

“We play some fun covers as well,” Rosenthal said. “I love this band.”

Tjaar was formed in 2007 and has been adapting over the last several years as it plays throughout the valley.

Tjaar has been growing and changing to its current rendition,” Rosenthal said. “2013 saw a return of Tjaar following a few quiet years, and the addition of Kendall Spyker on guitar. He adds an excellent feel and ripping lead guitar to Tjaar.”

The story behind the band’s name is personalized to its members, Rosenthal said.

“Dan, Marc and I are the original members, so Tjaar stands for two Jews and a redneck,” she joked. “Can you guess who is the redneck?”

Rosenthal said the band has big plans for 2014 in continuing to adapt its sound to the Roaring Fork Valley music scene, and beyond.

“Tjaar hopes to grow its fan base in the valley and play a lot more shows,” she said. “We plan to do a recording project this spring and possibly play outside of the valley this summer.”

More information on Tjaar can be found at

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