March Fourth Marching Band at The Sheridan
Everything there is to love about performance art is executed perfectly by the gypsy-funk outfit March Fourth Marching Band. That may be a bold claim, but hear me out. If you like to dance to the pounding beat of bass drums blanketed by snug brass notes, this band is one of the best in the business. If you like such onstage theatrics as dexterous stilts walkers, twirlers and energetic choreography, no other band comes close. If you crave being sonically transported to the bounce of Bourbon Street, the hip-hop of the Southeast and the ancient rhythms of world beat music, the March Fourth Marching band does all this and more.
The kicker is that all of the above is often happening at the same time, and that kind of audio and aesthetic overload has marked the Portland crew as an instant Telluride favorite. Much like any band with that honorific, that means the group is often invited back. Having already played in Town Park, up on the mountain for the Sunset Concert Series and even in the streets of downtown Telluride, this time they will take the big show indoors for an intimate performance at the Sheridan Opera House next Wednesday. It will be worth it just to see how they fit the stilts and a truckload of instruments into the room.
March Fourth Marching Band, Wed., March 27, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, $22-27, sheridanoperahouse.com
Bad Weather California at The Mesa Theater
Much like their half-assed attempt at juxtaposition with a band name, Bad Weather California cuts into the remnants of the broken American dream with their lo-fi rock that wants to be as careless as first-wave punk, but can’t stop considering their surf guitar influences. If the Beach Boys toured in the desert along the border of Colorado and Utah thirty years ago, their illegitimate children from a one-night stand with groupies would be this disgruntled quartet.
Most likely raised on an unhealthy dose of early Flaming Lips and everything ever put out by The Ramones, Bad Weather California pretends to make apathetic music that, ironically, comes across as some of the most original and refreshing from any band in the state right now. Expect distortion, raw organs, speedy drums and the kind of songs that could instigate a mosh pit or a passive sing-a-long at the same time. Check out “I’ll Sing Along” off their 2012 release Sunkissed for an example of the latter, and “I Feel Like Dancing” to prove the former. They will bring along L.A.’s The Blank Tapes, Athen’s Dream Boat and Grand Junction’s own Bronco Country for opening support.
Bad Weather California with The Blank Tapes, Dream Boat and Bronco Country, Fri., March 22, Mesa Theater, Grand Junction, 8 p.m., mesatheater.com