So where was the place to be last week??? It was the Raven Café on Thursday night. And to think I almost didn't go out because it was a "work night"! I would have missed out on the most phenomenal band I have seen in forever. And believe me, when you get a chance to see this band, don't hesitate, no matter what day it is, because you will come to regret it if you don't.
Rose's Pawnshop combines some of the most diverse elements of the musical spectrum with grace, confidence, and spectacular results. Comprising singer/songwriter Paul Givant (vox, guitar, banjo), John Kraus (banjo, electric guitar, vox), Tim Weed (fiddle, mandolin, vox), Stephen Andrews (upright and electric bass), and Christian Hogan (drums, vox), this band quickly and competently weaves a musical yarn around its audience and keeps the listener completely spellbound.
I admit to being skeptical at first, because I couldn't fathom a band coming all the way from L.A. to play here on a Thursday night really being anything to potentially miss sleep over. Man, was I wrong. And apparently a lot of other people knew, because the Raven Café was completely packed.
The first few notes these guys played caught me seriously off-guard. Their magical mix of foot-stomping folk music, some punk, some rock, and everything in between - mixed up and re-formatted into something so very different - makes for a sound that keeps one on the dance floor for hours on end. Combined with some amazingly deep and heartfelt lyrics, this is the one-of-a-kind musical endeavor that promises greatness and longevity in a business in which five minutes of fame usually count as a lifetime.
Rose's Pawnshop has been touring the United States extensively since 2006. With two albums ("The Arsonist," 2006, and "Dancing on the Gallows," 2010) under their collective belt, and after winning the grand prize in Billboard Magazine and Discmaker's Independent Music World Series, the guys have managed to build a solid foundation and an increasingly huge fan base, establishing themselves as serious contenders in the music world.
This is certainly one of the most exciting new (to me) bands I have seen in a very long time. On stage they fused passion, fun, and superior craftsmanship into a dynamic blend of unsurpassed quality. Irresistibly danceable tunes, thought-provoking lyrics, immense stage presence... Rose's Pawnshop is definitely my number one pick for the New Year so far. Find their albums on Amazon.com, and keep up with the band on Facebook or at rosespawnshop.com.
Saturday night will find me at Lyzzard's Lounge, where our esteemed Sir Harrison will grace us with his presence and entertain us with his astonishing guitar skill. I am always excited to see him perform and I hope to see you all out and about. Come dance with me, or just stop by to say hi. And a quick reminder, Open Mic with Don and Dallas happens every Wednesday night from 7 until 10 at El Charro's on Montezuma. It's a great way for all you musicians to get your stuff showcased in front of an appreciative audience in 20-minute increments! Until then, ciao!