Ready to get rowdy
Arts and Entertainment Contributor
CARBONDALE — After playing the Carbondale Mountain Fair this summer, Denver’s Rowdy Shadehouse had nothing but nice things to say about its host town.
The people and the food made an impression on the band, according to Rowdy frontman Jon Thursday.
“Also the girls are very beautiful,” he said. “How very lucky of your town.”
The five-piece funk band was a favorite with the spirited crowd at Mountain Fair, prepping the dancers for the closing act on Saturday night of the festival. Tonight, they are the main act.
And the band is really ready to get rowdy this time.
Expect more “raunchy goodness” than the family-friendly Mountain Fair venue prefers.
“Oh, and expect more songs, too,” Thursday said.
The band hopes the crowd at the Black Nugget today at 9 p.m. comes out ready to dance from the first song. Donning brightly colored leggings and big hats, the Rowdy Shadehouse band members had to play a few songs to get the Mountain Fair audience moving. Once the funk filled Sopris Park, there wasn’t a body not moving to the rhythm in sight.
“We were worried at first, that there weren’t too many people dancing,” Thursday said. “We are tenacious if anything, and it really paid off.”
Thursday said he noticed a shift in the party atmosphere when the skies opened up over the park.
“It started raining, and everyone was getting into it,” he said. “That was a magical moment that I’ll never forget.”
The groove band is known for its get-down-and-get-funky stage presence. Although they also look to the musical stylings of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Rick James, Prince, Beastie Boys and Led Zeppelin as inspirations, Thursday referenced one of the band’s funk idols to help describe the band’s sound.
“We have to say ‘James Brown-style funk’ so people won’t think we are just another hippy jam band claiming funk,” he said. “Seems to happen quite a bit. Until they hear us play and realize we are all funk-bone, baby.”
The Rowdy Shadehouse show is one of two live music performances on tap at the Black Nugget this weekend. The Tankerays, Grand Junction’s popular rockabilly, surf, punk and swing band, returns for a rocking show that could rival, or top, Friday night’s festivities.
The band will play from its most recent CD, “The Big Whiskey,” available through Tate Music Group.
This year’s theme is “Marble Mash” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial, which was built from marble mined in the nearby Crystal River Valley town of Marble. Among the day’s events is a statue contest.
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