PICK OF THE WEEK: Assembly of Dust & Honkytonk Homeslice – Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 22nd, 23rd, & 24th – Various Front Range Venues, CO

Why You Should Go: This is a great opportunity to catch two songwriters that are revered in the Jamband scene (Billy Nershi and Reid Genauer) on the same night in the same venue. They will even share the stage with their bands for a short set of originals and covers at the end of the evening.

Billy Nershi is a founding member of the electro/bluegrass/funk powerhouse String Cheese Incident. To the dismay of many loyal SCI fans he has recently announced his departure from the band after summer 2007 to pursue his new project Honkytonk Homeslice full time. In addition to Nershi, HTHS features his wife Jillian and ex-Hanuman multi-instrumentalist Scott Law. Their sound is rooted in the bluegrass and americana traditions that are close to Nershi’s heart. Stellar flat picking and tight harmonies dominate the originals the group will offer off of their recent self titled record. I even understand that there are some new tunes that will show their faces on this run of shows. HH performs around 2 large diaphragm microphones. This setup gives them a delicate old-timey-with-a-sexy-modern-twist sound, which works best if the audience is quiet (the microphones pick up crowd chatter & project it along with the music).

Reid Genauer became known to many in the music world as one of the founders of East Coast jam songsmiths Strangefolk during the 90’s. Genauer left Strangefolk in 2000 to pursue his MBA from Cornell University and upon graduating promptly returned to making music. His current project, The Assembly of Dust, showcases his talents as a songwriter and frontman. AOD’s sound is reminiscent of The Band or Workingman’s Dead era Greatful Dead. They have been touring the country for the past 4 years and their upcoming release Recollection is already getting airtime on major radio stations.

These 3 front range shows fall at the end of a 8 night tour of the Western US and should feature fully warmed up bands. Honkytonk Homeslice will start off each evening with a 75 minute set followed by Assembly of Dust with a 75 minute set of their own. The collaborative set will be at least 5 songs, although they’ve been stretching that out the last couple nights so who knows what’ll happen in Colorado. They have had a chance to play several dates together already and I’m sure they have gotten to know each other’s styles, so the closing set of the evening should be something to witness.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch HTMS and AOD – Alone and Together.

Venues:
Thursday: Aggie Theatre, 204 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524 – (970) 482-8300

Friday: Cervantes, 2637 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 – (303) 297-1772

Saturday: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 – (303) 443-3399

Doors:
Thursday: 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 PM

*Approximate Set Times:
Honkytonk Homeslice – 9:15 PM
Assembly of Dust – 10:45 PM
Joint Set – 12:15 AM

*Price:
Thursday:
$17.00 (ADV)
$15.00 (DOS)
PURCHASE THURSDAY

Friday:
$13.00 (ADV)
$15.00 (DOS)
PURCHASE FRIDAY

Saturday:
$12.00 (ADV)
$14.00 (DOS)
PURCHASE SATURDAY

*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.

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Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!