The Blackouts

Live Wire Thursdays

The Blackouts

Demon Funkies, Gata Negra, Roqui and The Bull

Thu, November 15, 2012

9:00 pm

The Church

Denver, CO

$3.00 - $5.00

This event is 18 and over

2 rooms::Live Rock featuring Denver's best local bands + Indie/Electro/Retro w/DJ Tower & guests every Thursday in the basement at The Church Nightclub all for just $3 presale or $5 at the door!

The Blackouts
The Blackouts
The Blackouts are a Denver based all female hard rock band. They began as a garage punk band in 2008, organized by British guitar player Kate Innes. Innes is defined by her unrestrained, raw, and in your face guitar playing. She was introduced to native Denver guitar player Ali Frankfurt, who after two years replaced the original singer. Frankfurt's aggressive vocal style has been compared to Bon Scott of AC/DC, transforming The Blackouts sound. In late 2011, Susan Phelan joined the band on bass. Phelan has played in numerous projects, where she plays a multitude of styles. Her ability and experience has transcended The Blackouts to a new level. California drummer Hope Bertsch was discovered through an advertisement, whose style and experience became the solid backbone of this foursome. The chemistry is undeniable and the band continues to work relentlessly! Today they are rockin' harder than ever with an aggressive and driving sound, reminiscent of bands like Motorhead, L7, AC/DC, and Joan Jett.
Demon Funkies
Demon Funkies
Ryan Chrys – guitars, vocals.
Paul “Prom King” Lanier – bass, vocals.
Chris Murphy – drums.
Mike Chiesa – saxophone.
Burning Sensation – keys, organ, tables.

Based in Denver, Demon Funkies have been playing together since their formation in 2003. In 2005 they released their debut album, 5,280′ of Funk, which was greatly received by the public, leading them to successful shows throughout the region, from Colorado to Wyoming and Montana. In 2008 they released Punk Junkies, a collection of their more rock oriented material that garnered glowing reviews from Westword Magazine, Colorado Music Buzz and 4 out of 5 stars from the Vail Daily. In 2009, amid a steady stream of Colorado dates, Demon Funkies were awarded winner at 2009 Westword Music Showcase Awards for “Best Funk Band” category. In July 2011 via a contest by Channel 93.3, KTCL-FM, the band won a slot to perform at the 1st Annual Denver County Fair.

Their flair for delivering unique musical performances is unmatched, winning fans and critics alike. The Denver Daily News wrote, “Demon Funkies is an animated band that loves to interact with its audience jumping down on the floor, dancing, throwing out free stickers and Snickers, whatever it takes.”
Gata Negra
Gata Negra
Gata Negra was a three-piece band including Whitney Rehr who plays bass in I'm A Boy but plays a left-handed Telecaster in this band. Rehr doesn't just play that Telecaster, as with any guitar hero, or even burgeoning guitar hero, it's an extension of her body and psyche. No lie, to me a lot of Gata Negra's material was pretty straight forward guitar rock inspired by music that predates the '80s. But where this band parts company with other acts following that well-worn path is in writing a new version of it. At times they could sound punky and bluesy like The Gits and at others like The Pretenders but without the same level of desperation that band displayed on their first two records. Ultimately they didn't sound like they were trying to be another band. They did play like they really wanted to be The Who or Zeppelin or Jimi. But the musicianship was there. Rehr could probably solo with the best of them and sure did plenty of that across the band's set but none of it was boring and it all fit in with the mood of the song—something a lot of guitar wizards seem to forget, all-too impressed with their own ability. Rehr also seems to have intelligent, thoughtful lyrics that cut to the core of their subjects with incisiveness and sensitivity. The most impressive song of the set was "When I Was an Addict." The title says it all but few have articulated the lies, self-betrayal and detachment from reality that is the life of an addict as well as she does in this song. Musically it was haunting and sweeping like the best material on Jeff Buckely's Mystery White Boy. It was also a break from the sonic texture of the rest of the set and it sounded like a dream of times past and bordered on nostalgic except that it came off more like the narrator was looking honestly at a time of life that would be utterly alien had it not happened to her. I wasn't as similarly affected by the entire set but it was a solid, strong performance all around, the rhythm section was flawless, and images of Tommy Bolin and Galaxie 500 flashed into my mind throughout.
Roqui and The Bull
Roqui and The Bull
Roqui and the Bull is Graham and Joaquina from fire in the asylum with Luis Angel on vocals. Buteo Buteo is graham and justin (landgrabbers, bonnie situation). and i'm sure y'all already know who signs of malice is!
Venue Information:
The Church
1160 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO, 80203
http://www.coclubs.com/the-church/