Louie & The Lizards parting ways after nine years – and another New Year’s gig
RIFLE – Exactly nine years after their first performance in the valley, Louie & The Lizards will go out with a bang.The eclectic rock band, which lead singer Louis Girardot claims plays everything from Tracy Chapman to Jane’s Addiction, made its first appearance as Louie & The Lizards at the Black Nugget in Carbondale on New Years Eve in 1996.The band won the Local’s Choice best band award in 1999 and since has played all over the west from Aspen to Moab. They have an album of their own songs, many which have a funk flavor. It’s called “Tastes Just Like Chicken.”This weekend, the band will give its last performance on the same weekend it gave its first. Louie & The Lizards will give its farewell concert at the Brickyard Square in Rifle.”Timing,” Louis said, explaining why the band is breaking up. “This is just how it worked out. My brother has met a girl who lives in Utah and he’s going to move there to be closer to her.”Mike Girardot said he’s been kicking around the idea of moving to be closer to the woman he loves, Billie Jean Davis, who lives in St. George, Utah. They met on e-harmony.com. He’s decided it’s time to go, he said.”I’m very happy for him,” said Craig Curry, the band’s bass player. “Everyone deserves to have someone like that.”Curry decided, after Mike announced that he was leaving, to shift gears himself. Curry also has a duo with his wife of three years, Lorraine, and the couple performs in a four-piece band called Acoustic Mayhem. Curry plays guitar in those groups and bass for Louie & The Lizards.”My interest is really in playing with my wife,” Curry said. That’s why he’s decided to move on.Louis said he plans to keep singing, though he’s happy to take a break for a while.”I’ve thought about putting together a horn band or something completely different,” Louis said. “I definitely want to do something else. For now, I’ll just wait for the universe to give me a sign.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 625-3245 ext. email@example.com
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