Selasee & Fafa Band at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
Conscious West African world music meets roots reggae tonight in Telluride with Selasee & Fafa Band. The frontman Selasee is a transplant to Boulder, by way of Ghana. Channeling formative inspiration from Nat King Cole and Bob Marley, his training started while he was enrolled at the performing arts school at the University of Ghana in Legon. After graduation, he relocated to Utah and then Southern California, where he embraced the life of a struggling artist.
Working odd jobs filled the gaps between playing coffeeshops and composing his first record in 2003. Band building and linking with 70s era hit singer Shaun Cassidy as his manager came with residency in Colorado’s Front Range, and that final move propelled him to the front of the Boulder music scene – and then the world.
The title track off Selasee’s debut album Run took first place in the World Music genre at the International Songwriters Competition, leading to his follow-up effort, African Gate, in 2010, showcasing Selasee’s intelligent pop-soul vocals and fleshing out strong instrumental influences from the Fafa Band. If you haven’t seen the newly renovated Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, this is your chance to scope it out.
Selasee & Fafa Band, Thu., Jun. 6, Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, 8 p.m., $5, flymetothemoonsaloon.com
Lord Huron and Hell’s Belles at the Sheridan Opera House
Before heading East to perform at the first Snowmass Mammoth Festival this weekend, the Los Angeles-based indie folk band Lord Huron will play a free show at the Sheridan Opera House as part of the Wild West Festival. Coming onto the scene last year with their buzzing debut, Lonesome Dreams, the band immediately rose to fame by catching the attention of the late night talk show circuit. Blogs and hipster critics certified the hype, and it’s been festival appearances and touring ever since for the five piece.
Its beginnings as a pure solo project by founding member Ben Schneider accounts for the band’s strong songwriting foundation, and it has grown, with Schneider slowly adding childhood friends over time, when it fit. Early EPs Into the Sun and Mighty should have been early indicators of the success Lord Huron would inevitably find on the indie-rock festival and touring circuits, and now Telluride will find out why, firsthand. Grab free tickets in advance online.
Also on the Wild West Festival ticket is the all-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles. The female five-piece are fans first, but put that energy into paying tribute to the band they consider the best in rock history. That work ethic caught the attention of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, who has given them his blessing. Using the music as a symbol of their empowerment, this is not what they describe as down-your-throat feminism, but rather a proactive support towards balancing gender scales. Ladies, do not miss this one.
Lurd Huron, Fri., Jun. 7, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, 8 p.m., Free; Hell’s Belles, Sat., Jun. 8, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, 8 p.m., $23, sheridanoperahouse.com
The Brian Jordan Band at The Chance In Gunnison
It is rarely that an artist can only be sold by the laundry list of collaborations claimed on a recording and performance resume. Brian Jordan’s work in the studio with DJ Logic, Willie Waldman, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Ziggaboo Modeliste of The Meters, Greg Errico of Sly and the Family Stone, and Bernie Worrell of the Talking Heads makes him one of those exceptional musicians. As extensive as it is eclectic, Jordan’s impressive career does not stop there.
For 12 years, Jordan held down guitar duty onstage in Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, but he has also shared the stage with James Brown, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravits, Bob Weir, the Allman Brothers and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Truly defined by his early influences and the artists he has encountered along the way, Jordan’s solo band blends his classical background from studies at U.C. Santa Barbara, and modern American music elements.
The Brian Jordan Band, Fri., Jun. 7, Last Chance, Gunnison, 10 p.m., $5, thelastchancegunnison.com