Thursday, December 31, 2009

NYE newsletter

D tastic,

This will be our last newsletter of the aughts. Best/worst name we've heard for the last decade? The naughties. Best/worst name we've heard for the next decade? The one-ders.

We put away the naughties and kick off the one-ders tonight, Thursday, Dec. 31, with all the oomph of Pete Townshend's signature guitar playing windmill maneuver. We've got the Phamaly (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artist's League) band Captain Quirk playing the entire soundtrack of the Who's Tommy from 10pm to midnight. This show is an encore of the show Phamaly put together as a fundraiser last year. So many people asked for a second show that they approached us about doing a show on NYE and we loved the idea. Captain Quirk will do a dance set before and after Tommy so come prepared. (For future note, Captain Quirk is also going to recreate Abbey Road at the D Note on April 30.) At 6pm we will have the Cameron Hicks quartet to start the night out right. $15

Tomorrow, Friday, day one of twenty ten, we have a CD release for Mono Verde. Mono Verde is one of our most favorite bands in the world, a latin reggae band influenced by many different cultures. The CD will be great, but this band is best heard live. Baila! Opening will be The Pawn Ticket Trio, another local favorite, doing lounge versions of everything from Abba to Zappa. $7.

Saturday we have After Babylon, an able cover band, playing at 4pm, bring the family. Free! At 7:30pm our friend Ptomaine Tommy put together an interestingly eclectic show.
He says, "The Everhopefuls for one set about 45 minutes starting around 7:30 pm. They are folk music. The big universe for one set of about 1 hour maybe a little longer starting around 8:30 pm, Jazz and Blues maybe some rock and roll.The Pan Handle Daddyz starting about 10 for about 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the crowd, country western swing band." Thanks Tommy, Sounds like fun. $7.

Next Tuesday we have a special fundraiser. Here's the deets: " Learn Salsa Dancing and Save Lives! Tuesday January 5th at 7:00pm join us for a fun evening including a salsa lesson for beginners, performances by skilled salsa couples, open dancing, door prizes, cash bar/food. Salsa Lesson: 7:30-8:30pm with Joseph Snowhawk. Open Dancing: until close with DJ Nelson. Donation: $25 requested donation per person for the evening and door prizes. Benefit Nonprofit: Kick Start My Heart is a local nonprofit foundation who raises funds to provide Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), emergency training and cardiovascular wellness education at local schools and sports facilities, specifically to benefit in the event of traumatic heart conditions. Nationwide, over 5,000 to 7,000 children and young adults die each year from cardiac issues. In most cases, their lives could have been saved by Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and a portable AED. Athletic children are particularly susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest, but people of all ages can experience traumatic, life-threatening heart events. 300,000 people die in the US from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) every year killing more than HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and lung cancer combined. Survival rates can jump from 5% to nearly 75% with availability of an Automated External Defibrillator." God bless good people.

Next Friday night we got the Paper Bird.

We're thinking about changing up Tuesdays, doing something regular like we do Sunday (salsa), Monday (open stage), Wed (blues jam) and Thurs (trivia). We've got some ideas, but thought we'd put the question out to you. Any of you creative geniuses out there got a good idea? Send them along. If you are inclined to help get behind an idea and make it work, even better!

Auld Lang Syne

D fine

Extra Credit: Because we cannot find decent translations of Mallarme (arggh!) we have recently taken to doing them ourselves. Here's our first Mallarme translation. More may or may not be coming.

The Faun

The nymphs I would keep forever.

So clear,
their light incarnate, that it hovers
in the air heavy with slumber.

Did I love a dream?

My doubt, a mass of ancient night, is finished
in many subtle branches, which, leaving
the true wood itself, proves, alas! that I offered
myself alone for the triumph of the perfect rose.

if the girls you speak of
figure in the desire of your fabulous senses.

Christmas 09

D compress,

Holiday stress getting to you? We recommend you try the trick of making every difficult thing mean something good. Like maybe if your flight gets delayed you use the extra day(s) to tie up loose ends. Maybe your uncle is boring you to death with one of his stories you can use the extra hour(s) to sleep. etc.

Another fantastic stress reliever is the magic elixer of wine mixed with good music. Tonight, Tuesday, December 22, we have a wine tasting hosted by local wine whiz Tony Chadwick at 6pm. Tony's a funny guy and a serious oenophile. $10. There will be music supplied by jazz pianist Brian Dean and soprano Evelyn Connors. Evelyn says they "also go by Ol' Fire Hands McGinty and the Contessa Vanilla Pipes. But probably not. I got into a bit of trouble in Austria by referring to myself as a Contessa, and I'm pretty sure Brian hates it when I call him Fire Hands."

Tomorrow there will be much magic in the hour in the hands and voices of the Clamdaddies. Best free night of humpday music on the front range.

Thursday we will be open, but only to Christmas spirits who aren't restricted by solid locked doors.

Friday we will be open to the flesh and blood public at 5pm. For entertainment MC Dozha (GM Andy Andurlakis) will host a DJ Hero tournament on the Wii. Local headlines read MC GM DJs Wii XMas. Free. Bring the family.

Saturday, 6:00pm, we a have Ryan Macpherson (from 2:10 Special) carrying his big voice softly. Then we have Cobalt Jack back to rock the heck out of the hall all decked with holly. Old school rock and rolly. $5

Next Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 8pm, we have the return of Jeremy Jones/ Serafin Sanchez quartet. These guys always blow the house up with their brash and subtle form of new jazz. $10.

Next Thursday we take it into the New Year with The Who's Tommy. There is a band called Captain Quirk made up of players from Phamaly, a phenomenally good theater ensemble made up of physically handicapped players. The band, in true thespian style, has perfected the rock opera and will be performing it at 10pm. They will also play a set before and after Tommy full of heavy dance songs. We are excited for this show. $15. A good idea to call for reservations if you wanna try to get a table. Opening the night at 6pm will be The Cameron Hicks Quartet, playing beautiful jazz for your dining pleasure. Free (until 7:45). Say goodbye to the aughts. Here come the one-ders.

Come the one-ders we have a CD release for Mono Verde, with Pawn Ticket Trio opening, Jan 1.

Need we tell you what kind of wonders 2010 will bring? We'll give you a hint. We host Paper Bird Jan 8.

Okay then,

D recompress

Extra Credit: How about some of Pete Townshend's lyrics from Tommy presented, here, as poems.

I'm Free

I'm Free I'm free
And freedom tastes of reality,
I'm free I'm free,
And I'm waiting for you to follow

If I told what it takes
to reach the highest high,
You'd laugh and say "nothings that simple"
But you've been told many times before
Messiahs pointed to the door
And no one had the guts to leave the temple!

I'm Free I'm free
And freedom tastes of reality,
I'm free I'm free,
And I'm waiting for you to follow

back to top


Come to my house
Be one of the comfortable people.
Come to this house
We're drinking all night
Never sleeping.

Milkman come in!
And you baker,
Little old lady welcome
And you shoe maker

Come to this house!
Into this house.

Come to this house
Be one of us.
Make this your house
Be one of us.

You can help
To collect some more in
Young and old people
Lets get them all in!

Come to this house!
Into this house.

Ask along that man who's wearing a carnation.
Bring every single person
from Victoria Station,
Go into that hospital
and bring nurses and patients,
Everybody go home and fetch their relations!

Come to this house
Be one of the comfortable people.
Lovely bright home
Drinking all night never sleeping.

We need more room
Build an extension
A colourful palace
Spare no expense now

Come to this house
Be one of us
Come into this house
Be one of us

Come to this house
Into this house


Thursday, December 10, 2009


D snuffaluffaguses,

December is upon us, a December to remember, a shivering cold December. A good thing to keep in mind about the cold is that it has an opposite. Opposites create contrast. Assuming we survive the cold, won't we appreciate the sun that much more when it comes back around? This is what we keep telling ourselves anyway. Vive la difference.

Heaters are on high at the D Note and there is plenty of warmth. Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 10, we start with Geeks Who Drink Trivia at 6:30pm. Check out the poem on the Geeks Who Drink D Note blog, our quizmaster's clever site-specific take on Night Before Christmas. If you have delicate sensibilities we suggest you skip the poem, which, like the quiz itself, is rated at least PG 13.

After the quiz, at 9pm, we have the conscious hip hop of Mind's Eye and Mr. Morning After. $5.

Friday night we host the annual Holiday party for our friends PeaceJam starting at 7pm. The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. You can show this great organization support in several ways, including coming to the Holiday party. Rudy Balles will be spinning tunes all night. $3. You can also help in another important way. From the website: "Help young leaders change the world with just a few clicks of a mouse! PeaceJam Foundation and our Affiliate Offices are participating in the Chase Giving Challenge, which is a competition on Facebook that will award a total of $5 million to the non-profit organizations that receive the most votes." The voting ends tomorrow! Go here and follow instructions. Finally, you could also help by buying a very special guitar. You can make a difference. Vive la difference.

Saturday at 3pm we have a Suzuki method violin recital. Then at 7pm we have Clusterfunk back in the house playing classic rock/R&B/Soul. Do you do you do you do you wanna dance? $5

Sunday we have a very special Christmas treat for kids of all ages at 3pm. Aden Harrell has just put out a brilliant Christmas CD "New Baby's In Town", filled to the brim with both his original songs and standards. We've heard the CD and if it won't melt the grinch in you we don't know what will. This is a free show and the kids love Aden so we highly recommend you bring the family.

Sunday night salsa, Monday night open stage, Tuesday night COMBO Christmas show with Steve Werges and Gristle Gals, Wednesday night Clamdaddys. Warm, warm, warm.

Hope to see you sooner than soon,

D icer

Extra Credit: The band Snowboots, featuring poet (and friend) Tyler Burba, has put out a great new CD, "Snowboots Greatest Hits". Here's some sample lyrics...

My Friends

Everything I've done
under this sun
has been fun

Yes it's true
I'm living in Haiku

And though you thought
that I'd walk away,
You notice how I've stayed?

Everything we make
Keeps our hearts awake

And yes it's true
I'm living in Haiku

With some take-out menus and a paper clip
I'm gonna build a ship and deliver you

My friends and me will be free
My friends and me are out to sea

Friday, December 4, 2009


D tune,

Ever try recording your own voice in auto-tune? We highly recommend it. You will sound very 2009. If you've never heard of auto-tune, then just stick to regular tuning as it will be coming back into style soon.

Stay tuned. This coming weekend we got art and culture coming out the yin yang.

Friday, Dec. 4 we have an art opening for Christina Penn, Page Zekonis, John Putenenny, Lauri Anderson and Monica Sales, a very eclectic group of artists. Makes for a nice show. There are four great eclectic bands playing for the occasion too. First at 7pm we have Mute Man's Microphone. These guys sound like Sublime, if Sublime were CO instead of Cali (and not junkies.) Around 8:30 we have Wheelchair Sports Camp, a hip hoppish group with a twist. Around 9:30 we have Hot Damn And The Hell Yeahs, which sound like Tom Waits meets The Lounge Lizards (Down By Law). Fantastic new band. And batting clean up is Pawn Ticket Trio, a sextet which plays horny lounge funk from Abba to Zappa.

Saturday there is a big band orchestra called Sentimental Sounds playing 4-6.

Then at 7pm we have a flamenco performance, Pablo Rodarte's Dance Espana, feat. Steve Mullins, dancers Natalia Perez Del Villar and Lisa Trujillo. $15/$12 students. Always with duende. If you don't know what duende is please google Lorca's essay on the subject.

At 8:30pm we are thrilled to present Wadirum, a very talented local acoustic band that sounds a little like a mix of Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, Swell Season, Sigur Ros, Iron and Wine, Martin Sexton, Jeff Buckley, Tool, Neil Young, Brett Dennen, Lucinda Williams, Regina Spektor, Karsh Kale, Amadou and Mariam, Daniel Lanois, Talking Heads, The Police, Pink Floyd, Ben Harper, Andrew Bird, Ani DiFranco, Bob Dylan, Elliot Smith, Deep Forest, Jane's Addiction, Jonah Smith, Kaki King, Nick Drake, Nina Simone, Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Patty Griffin, Rufus Wainwright, Ryan Adams, Simon and Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits, Willy Porter, Primus, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Bionic Rhoda, The Wahoo Moment and Pete Novembre. $8

Batting cleanup at 10:30pm Saturday night is an interesting local band called Tethys Ocean. These guys have an orchestral rock sound which we will here dub "psychedelic pastoral". They whipped up a simple, but powerful graphic for this show too which you can check out on their myspace. $5.

That is a very D Noty weekend.

Baby Boogie and Salsa will top it off Sunday afternoon into Sunday night.


D light

P.S. The phenomenal Captain Quirk, the band of the excellent local theater group Phamaly, will perform a dance set which will include the whole of the soundtrack to the movie Tommy will play the D Note for New Year's Eve this year. We hope you come so you won't wish you had when 2010 comes around.

Extra Credit. Here's a poem by nobody in particular.

Nonsense Poem

Moving forward let me back up and tell you exactly what
I am trying to keep to myself. To begin with there will be
an ending, and further, I don't know if there is anything further
and one thing more, I don't know if there is anything more.

Outside of us all there is a lonely person inside
and inside of them is a big, wide open sky.
What everyone wants from you is for you to be yourself,
so forget about yourself and give the people what they want.

Exactly what to expect is not clear at the present moment,
but soon we shall see what the future has in store. Later.
For the sake of tradition we have done all of this before.
Each of us must make sure the light is not too heavy.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

thanksgiving 09

D cosmos

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." So says that space-age sage, Carl Sagan.

And we believe something incredible is waiting to be known tonight at the Clamdaddy jam. Bring your relatives and get into the Thanksgiving spirit with some of the most generous musicians we know. Also, who wants to cook tonight? Free.

Tomorrow we will be closed for family turkey/tofurkey time.

Friday we will be back with a vengeance. The Otone Brass Band plays at 7pm. Another great show to bring the inlaws to. As Aden Harrell of Otone Brass Band says, "if you start being thankful, I bet you'll be able to finish." Otone recently stole the show from Galactic at the Fox in Boulder. We knew they could. $8

After Otone at 9pm we have a showcase from Colorado Audio Group with solid local bands Stan Jones Band (blues pop) and Bobby Doran (sweet acoustic neo-soul). $5

Saturday we have Delphic Tone at 7:30, a very good, very young blues-rock band from Arvada. Then another local rock band takes the stage around 9pm, The Duke Street Kings. They will get you dancing. They always do. And after all that turkey/tofurkey, you'll need it. $5

How do you keep a turkey in suspense?

Tell you later.

D stuffing

Extra Credit: Classic turkey lyrics for you...

Turkey in the Straw

As I was a-goin'
On down the road
With a tired team
And a heavy load
I cracked my whip
And the leader sprung
I says day-day
To the wagon tongue

Went out to milk
And I didn't know how
I milked the goat
Instead of the cow
A monkey sittin'
On a pile of straw
A-winkin' at
His mother-in-law

I came to the river
And I couldn't get across
So I paid five dollars
For a big bay hoss
Well, he wouldn't go ahead
And he wouldn't stand still
So he went up and down
Like an old saw mill

Did you ever go fishin'
On a warm summer day
When all the fish
Were swimmin' in the bay
With their hands in their pockets
And their pockets in their pants
Did you ever see a fishie
Do the Hootchy-Kootchy Dance?

Turkey in the straw
Turkey in the straw
Roll 'em up and twist 'em up
A high tuck a-haw
And hit 'em up a tune called
Turkey in the Straw

Thursday, November 19, 2009


D to the D,

We read a beautiful line, in an essay by Rebecca Solnit, this morning... "I still think the revolution is to make the world safe for poetry, meandering, for the frail and vulnerable, the rare and obscure, the impractical and local and small." Or, as local poet Doo Crowder puts it in a song, "I'm as fragile as the law will allow."

Onto the weekend at hand.

Tonight, Thursday Nov. 19, 9pm, after trivia, we have a local indie rock band The Best Response. Myspace says they are influenced by Saosin, Lamb Of God, Iron Maiden, Mike Patton, Sparta, Incubus, Story of the Year, Muse, My American Heart, Rage, System of a Down, Qotsa, My Morning Jacket, Deftones, Bullet for My valentine, As I Lay Dying, All that Remains, Thrice, Fall of Troy, Meshuggah and Porcupine Tree. $5

Friday night we have a CD release for Ironwood Rain at 7pm, a local trio made with a pound CS&N, two ounces of EL&P and a dash of Jack Johnson. Ironwood Rain have enlisted the retro dance band The Jagtones to follow them at 9pm. Good times will be had. $5

Saturday day we have the new installment of the Music Train Family Concert series, featuring the latin music of Ricardo Pena. We like to start kids young on salsa around these parts. $7 adults/ $3 kids

Saturday night we have a special fundraiser for Family Tree featuring a really great line up of bands, starting with Aju and Molina at 7pm, then Mono Verde, followed by Speakeasy Tiger and finally Yerkish. Mono Verde is our favorite local world band. And Speakeasy Tiger killed it at Monolith this year. They are blowing up. Good bands and good cause. Since 1976, Family Tree has provided a continuum of services and shelter to families and youth of metro Denver to overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. $10 suggested donation.

Get back to where you once belonged,

D back

Extra Credit: And now, just because, here's a terrific little poem/essay by Brad Neely from the recent issue of Believer Magazine #65.

There Can Be No Pure History

It seems to me that in order for the past to survive at large it must be converted into an interesting story. There's just no avoiding it. Our minds can do no better. It's a horrifying thought to consider that our life might be larger than our ability to consider it, and even more awful to think that our concepts of life over time are incomplete, fictionalized outlines suffering from the conflict of subjective interest. So, in the meantime, I'll be happy with how we imagine it. Everyone in the 1970s said "groovy" and "far out." Well, everyone in the 1860s talked like this:

"Are you testing my mettle, you microbe?"
"You haven't any mettle to be tested. But if you did I would put it through a rigourous exam!"
"Forsooth, a squabble!"
"Fuzz his nuzz!"
"I shall fuzz thy nuzz, you coxcomb!"
"Tear his jacket!"
"Gads! Cram his soul far down!"
"Call of your man, you heathen!"

I can't remember where or when or by whom, but I am going to go ahead and just say the Ulysses S. Grant once said, "There can be no pure history." I see no way to disagree.


D La Soul,

This weekend fancy beards, moustaches, flamenco, funk, bands that start with W and more.

The weekend starts off with trivia tonight at 6:30pm. Then there is a CD release for Tommy Staudt. A rising star with a touch of Fray. $5

Friday night we have a Flamenco show at 7pm w/ Maria Vasquez, Kevin Romero and Vicente Griego "El Cartucho", a Flamenco singer, educational artist and traveler from Embudo, New Mexico who has devoted his life to the study of cante flamenco, the art of flamenco singing. “Vicente Griego ‘El Cartucho’ is striking for his deep sonorous wails that seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul…” -Anna Poplawska, Chicago Artist’s News. $10

After Flamenco at 8:15 pm we have The Neighbors, a jazz ensemble from North Denver, and then at 9:30p we have The Atomic Brass Project bringing The Tower Of Earth, Wind and Fire Power. $5

Saturday is our first annual Beard and Moustache Showdown and it's a doozie. Monica D was inspired to put on this event after witnessing the World Beard & Moustache Championship in Anchorage earlier this year and she's done a great job putting the first one together at the D Note. Proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver. Great music, awarding winning breweries, family friendly. (Kids free before 7:30) Advance tickets still available today and tomorrow for $12 or $15 at door for beer tasting and beard competition. $10 for The West and Wisebird (from Austin TX) after 7pm.

Support and Prizes provides by: Legends Salon, Rheinlander's Bakery, North Denver News, Knit Knack, Bliss Cafe, Vacation Rentals, Jack of Diamonds Tattoo and many more.

Times and Info:
3:00p - 5:00p - Registration and Beer Tasting ($12 Advanced/$15 Day of Event) Music by Clamdaddys
5:30p - 6:30p - Moustache and Beard competition
6:30p - 7:30p - Music by Wonderlic during voting/judging.
7:30p - 8:00p - Winners Announced
8:00p - 9:00p - The West (featuring members of The Reals) $10
9:30p - ????? - Wisebird (from Austin, TX)

Beer tasting provided by the following breweries: Dry Dock (winner of 2009 GABF Small Brewery of the Year), Left Hand, Avery, Stone and Alaskan.

Sound like fun?

Next Tuesday at 4:30pm we have celebration of the life of the great bassist and luthier Bob Monroney, with lots of good music. Then around 9pm we have Doo Crowder (of Pee Pee) and friends.

Fancy follicles,

D face

Extra Credit: Several people guessed correctly on the first riddle last week, but the fastest was Robin Degrassi James. Michelle Jungbauer was the only to get number 2. Congrats. Nobody got the third.

1. In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.


2. A bright red flower he wears on his head;
His beautiful coat needs no thimble nor thread;
And though he's fearsome, I'll have you know
Ten thousand doors open when he says no!


3. What is that which goes up the hill
And down the hill,
And of all yet standeth still?


And finally, in honor of the hairy event this Saturday, a very romantic poem to a beard by J.R. Solonche

To My Beard

What can I say but I am sorry,
I apologize for what I do to you,
my daily ruthlessness and cruelty.
What can I do but ask for your forgiveness
and your patience. For someday,
I promise you, someday I swear
on the beards of the prophets
and on the beard of the poet Whitman and
on the beard of the president Lincoln,
I will not stop you any longer,
I will let you go free, I will take down
the fence around you made of sharp blades.
For someday, I promise you, I will let
you run wild through the valleys
of my face like a stallion, I will let you
wander over the desert of my face
like a holy man in his vision of heaven
and hell, I will let you grow, blossom
and flourish, and I will stroke you
and comb you and keep you orderly
and free of knots and tangles,
and you in turn will make me look
distinguished, a wise old man as I stroke
you looking serious, looking as though
I were thinking deep thoughts about
life and death. But I will be thinking
only about you, my beard, my second face,
and this will be our secret.

J.R. Solonche

Thursday, November 5, 2009

D Note letter, 11/5/9

D notary

Hey there. How are you? We hope you feel as incredibly fantastic as we know you actually are.

This a beautiful weekend coming up, full of new art, music, a fundraiser and a focus on diverse community. Check it out:

Tonight, Thursday November 5, 9pm, after trivia, we have a couple local bands, Fighting for the Universe, acoustic rock trio with sounds of Jimmy Eat World, John Mayer, Foo Fighters, & Counting Crows. The Bottom Line - Denver/Colorado Springs, CO - Featuring Phil Taylor (of American Idol), up front and vocally flawless, backed by a rock solid band that plays everything from Maroon 5 to Jack Johnson. $5

Friday night we have our annual fundraiser for Intercambio de Comunidades. This is a non-profit organization that offers English as a Second Language classes to adult students in Denver. The mission is to build respectful communities and broaden opportunities for immigrants through language education, cultural exchange, and friendship. There will be lots of dancing so if you are looking for some Salsa mixed with some Merengue, Bachata and Reggaeton then you are in luck. DJ Diablo will be spinning all night. There will be a latin dance lesson at 9p. There will also be a silent auction. $12 suggested donation. It is also Monica D's birthday and she will be there and would enjoy a birthday spanking from you!

Saturday night at 6pm we have the second installment of Telling Stories. Hard to describe this series, but, from our perspective, it is phenomenal. Basically several talented classical musicians perform with local writers. The theme for this installment is something old, something new. Here's the program: The “old”: Alaunde Copley-Woods, flute, plays “Les Folies d’Espagne” by Marin Marias. More “old”: Leah Biber clarinet, and the Meo String Quartet perform Mozart’s Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, first movement. The “new”: Luke Wachter and Dean Hirschfield play “Three Moods of Two Percussionists” by David Mancini, 1st movement. And some more “new”: Jennie Dorris, marimba, Leah Biber, clarinet, and Chris Jusell, violin, play “When the Smoke clears” by Barbara White. Essays read by Dave Burdick, Megan Quinn, and Jeanine Fritz. I've read Burdick and always dig his humor. And Megan Quinn just so happens to write for Arvada Mile High News. $10

At 8:30pm we have an art opening for Benjamin Coleman w/ Pawn Ticket Trio, Junk Drawer and After The War. First time for Pawn Ticket Trio at D Note. It's more than a trio and they are cool, loungy and horny, with influences from Abba to Zappa. Junk Drawer is a local band we've had before and dig, the bluesier side of Ween. After The War is a new band with members from The Pinkoes.

Next Friday night we have Flamenco at 7pm and next Saturday we have The Beard and Mustache Showdown with The Clamdaddys, Wonderlic, The West and Wisebird. Start waxing your stash now.


D man

Extra credit: We recently found a great little book of riddles. There is a long tradition of riddles as poems. We'll buy a drink for the first to get any of the following riddles (without cheating!) We'll give the answers next week.

1. In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

2. A bright red flower he wears on his head;
His beautiful coat needs no thimble nor thread;
And though he's fearsome, I'll have you know
Ten thousand doors open when he says no!

2. What is that which goes up the hill
And down the hill,
And of all yet standeth still?

Halloween, 09

D vill,

That time of year again. No, not talking about the snow. But there is that. We're talking about halloween. Halloween has pretty much become the official D Note holiday, which makes sense when you consider that it is the most creative of the holidays. If you haven't been in this October yet, then you're missing an incredible display masterminded by Diandra, including thousands of home made spiders, crazy webs, halloween paintings by Nicko and creepy cool surprises.

We are proud to present two halloween shows for you this weekend...

Friday night: DEAD CELEBRITY DANCE PARTY. Starts with Slo Children at 6:30 doing an entire set-list of original Halloween songs. Slo Children features Adam and Jeremy DeGraff, Adam Ferrill, Alejandro Castano and Jax Delaguerre. Then at 8pm we have Stonebraker back in the house, a rockin' band who always get the room jumping. At 9:30pm there is a Thriller dance lesson led by Roberta Farley of Shut Up And Dance (in homage to the biggest of the recent slew of dead celebrities.) At 10pm we have the infectious funk of Ten Pound Elephant. $5

Saturday night the theme is PSYCHOZOMBIE and we have some great psychobilly bands, Hillbilly Hellcats (9:30pm), Hellbound Billy (11pm), Redline Rockets (8pm). Starting the night off at 7pm is The Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory, spooky theramin and synthesizers. $8

You can see the fantastic posters Matt Dougherty did for this weekend on the homepage of

Tonight, Thursday Oct 29, we will be open, and we'll have the world series on, but no trivia or band. Come out for a hot toddy.

Next Tuesday there are two great bands, one from St. Louis MO at 8pm called Fundamental Elements. These guys have come through before and knocked us out. Just some of the best R&B style music we've ever had. Then at 9:30pm we have Electric Tickle Machine. ETM is a great psychedelic garage band from E. Ville New York. It is amazing to have two bands this great "randomly" playing on a Tuesday night in Arvada, an embarrassment of riches. We hope you will come out and be part of it. Really, it'll be worth the extra effort. Those few who show up will be saying "BEST. SHOW. EVER!" $5. Also on Tuesday we have Game Night, so the board games will be out. And Downtown Toys and Games will host guitarhero, the full band version, on the big screen starting at 5:30pm. free.

Next Wednesday there's a free swing lesson at 7:30pm before the clamdaddys come out.

We hope you are working on your beards and mustaches for The Beard And Mustache Showdown happening Nov. 14. Tell all your friends, especially the ones with the fascinating facial hair.

Over and out,

D fenestrator

Extra Credit: The lyrics to a Slo Children song, so you can sing along this Friday night.

I Feel Tractor

Over the fields I go

Seed by seed I sow

Row by row I hoe

Watch the garden grow

Watch out SCARECROW!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


D nature,

So bluegrass, reggae, jazz, hip hop, salsa and rock and roll walk into a bar. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

Tonight, Thursday Oct. 22, after trivia, is a reggaebilly band called The Way Low Down. Reggaebilly is a genre first explored to fine effect by bluegrass musician Peter Rowan. This band makes it sound even more natural. They also have a banjo player named Peter Cogan, which sounds strangely similar to Peter Rowan. $5.

Tomorrow night we start at 6:30pm with the jazz trombone of Darren Kramer, one of the finest around. He's playing with special guest LA guitarist Brian Monroney. LIve looping w/ electric trombone, electric guitar, virtual synths, vocoder and lemur! $5

Then at 9pm we'll have a halloween show by House of Waxx w/ Boombox Saints, Casuals, Dj Curly and Emcee Ocelot (from Steamboat), Casuals. House of Waxx have put on some great hip hop flavored shows at the D Note over the years and this will be no exception. $5

Saturday from noon to 4pm Pro Drum Studio Presents: The Cavalcade of Stars...Drum Solo Competition. Head to Head contests of drum solo technique featuring the top young drummers in the area, and the debut of the newest progressive rock band in Denver. "Marlo Narwhal," w/ special guests "Heart Beat." free

Then, starting at 7pm on Saturday we have 7even Days Till Sunrise, Ryan Macpherson and Illuminate. Indie rock bands eager to party at the D Note. $6

This Sunday night is our 6th annual Salsa Halloween bash. (6th annual!) There will be a costume contest for cash at 10pm! Check out the gorgeous hand drawn poster Matt Dougherty did for this one on our myspace. If you blow it up you can see that the fingers of the middle dancing skeleton echo the branches of the tree.

Next Tuesday we have Martin Gilmore trio playing at 7pm and a new improvisatory composition group called Manhorse (feat. Matt Dougherty and Geoff LaPlant) playing at 8:30pm, free.

Thanks for being you,

D natural

Extra Credit: We always read the poems in the New Yorker, even though we don't usually like them. Why is that? Because sometimes you find a good one, one that resonates, perhaps even enlightens. Maybe you feel the same way about the poems in this newsletter? Here's one from a recent New Yorker we liked and hope you do too.


How strange would it be if you met yourself on the street?
How strange if you liked yourself,
took yourself in your arms, married your own self,
propagated by techniques known only to you,
and then populated the world? Replicas of you are everywhere.
Some are Arabs. Some are Jews. Some live in yurts. It is
an abomination, but better that your
sweet and scrupulously neat self
emerges at many points on the earth to watch the horned moon rise
than all those dolts out there,
turning into pillars of salt wherever we look.
If we have to have people, let them be you,
spritzing your geraniums, driving yourself to the haberdashery,
killing your supper with a blowgun.
Yes, only in the forest do you feel at peace,
up in the branches and down in the terrific gorges,
but you've seen through everything else.
You've fled in terror across the frozen lake,
you've found yourslef in the sand, the palace,
the prison, the dockside stews;
and long ago, on this same planet, you came home
to an empty house, poured a Scotch-and-soda,
and sat in a recliner in the unlit rumpus room,
puzzled at what became of you.

--Vijay Seshadri

Thursday, October 15, 2009


D holler,

Here's a riddle for you. What's comes at the end of the end? We'll tell you the answer at the end of this newsletter.

Let us get started. Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 15, after trivia, we have Conscious Elliot. Solid local band. Check out the cute poster on their myspace.

Tomorrow night is a typical D Note potpourri. First, at 7pm, are bands Convergence and Fervor, acoustic indie pop from Chicago and Atlanta. Then at 9pm we have The Jake-Leg Shakers, a band from Denver w/ a classic rock sound. Then around 10:30pm we have Waffle House Funk, a fun(k) band out of Boulder. $5

Saturday at 2pm we have the Music Train Family Concert Series featuring The Hobo Nickels. We love this band. And not just because their songs are all about landmarks. Listen to "Weaubleau Well" on their myspace page to get the flavor. $7 adults, $3 kids.

At 7pm Saturday we have the Topsy Turvy Halloween Spooktacular Show & Hafla w/ Phoenix, Yallah! & The Sultry Emberz plus DJ Slave 1. The Halloween Hafla (or "Haflaween" as we like to call it) is always off the hook. Check out the website for the entire agenda for the night. Costumes are encouraged. $8 adults/ $5 kids.

We have a few more halloween shows coming up this month, 6th annual salsa halloween bash on 25th, Without Trees sings Misfits on 29th; Thriller dance lessons, Slo Children, Stonebraker and 10 lb Elephant on 30th (dead celebrity theme); Redline Rockets, Hillbilly Hellcats and Hellbound Billies on 31st.

The answer to the riddle is the letter D. It also happens to be what comes in the middle of the middle.


D lirious

Extra Credit: Somebody mysteriously left a book of Langston Hughes poems at the D Note, which we found and devoured. Langston Hughes was born in Joplin MO in 1902, which also happens to be the hometown of Ma and Pa DeGraff. Here's a favorite poem from the book.


Last night I dreamt
This most strange dream.
Everywhere I saw
What did not seem could ever be:

You were not there with me!

I turned
And touched you
Face to the wall.

I said,
How dreams
Can lie!

But you were not there at all!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

D ants,

First this Sesame Street D D D Dance Video.

Then, as per usual, there is a lot going on this weekend. Party!

Tonight, Thurs, Oct 8, after trivia, we have The Green Screen Effect, a Beastie Boy influenced hip hop/electronica group from Denver. Fun stuff. 9pm. $5.

Friday night we have a fundraiser for Colorado Cross Disabilities Coalition. Starts early with the Clamdaddys at 5pm, then moves into the OC Varmitz, followed by The Flyte Guys. Around 8:30pm there's Sammy Dee Morton, a gifted blues guitarist with a long history, including touring with the great Doug Kershaw for a few years. $10 suggested donation.

At 11pm Friday night we'll have a band called Captain Quirk and The Cosmic Rangers. The nice bit of accidental kismet here is that this band is tied into the phenomenal Phamaly (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League) so it dovetails perfectly with the CCDC benefit. Captain Quirk is working on putting together the entirety of Abby Road and will feature several songs from the Beatle's classic Friday night late. $5

Saturday we have one of those unique shows at 4pm which we are so proud to be able to offer. Mohommed Alidu & The Bizung Family from Ghana with special guests from Afro-Fiesta from Congo. Kids will love it. $8 adults, kids free. Come support these musicians and enjoy a great show.

At 7:30pm we have the return of The Lovely & Talented, a great local band with a touch of devotchka, a touch of latin, a bit of tin pan alley and a little tap dancing. $7.

Then at 9:30 we'll have some young cute boy indie bands doing a free show, Regret Night, TShirts For Tomorrow and One Too Many. Free. Fun.

For all you football fans with kids? Come watch the game at the D Note on Sunday while your kids do the Baby Boogie.

Thought I'd give a heads up for Halloween so you can start making plans. On the 17th we'll have a halloween Hafla. Please dress circus/burlesque/goth etc. On the 25th we'll have our annual Salsa Halloween party, with $100 going to best costume. On the 29 we'll have Halloween trivia followed by Without Trees playing Misfits songs. On 30th we have Slo Children, Stonebreaker and Ten Pound Elephant, a thriller dance lesson. The dress code is Dead Celebrities (choose your favorite and come as). On the 31st is Psychozombie Night Of the Dead w/ Redline Rockets, Hillbilly Hellcats and the Hellbound Billies, so polish off your best zombie wear.

See you often,

D pants

Extra Credit: Since we're on a roll lately, let us drop another of the great shining poems. This is a fall classic by John Keats, often considered the perfect embodiment of poetic form, intent and effect.



SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.


Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.


Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


D tanglers,

Top of the month to you all.

We're trying some new things out at the D Note that we're excited about.

First is a series called Telling Stories which starts up this Saturday night at 6pm. Telling Stories pairs writers up with classical musicians for some laid back refinement. If it goes well they will do more, so if you're a fan of this kind of thing then we're hoping you'll come out and support so we can keep doing it. Just so happens that the first show at D Note, aptly titled PILOTS, features 3 of our favorite composers, Britten, Paganini and Cage. Music: Luke Wachter plays John Cage’s One4, Chris Jusell plays two Caprices from Paganini’s Opus 1, the Telling Stories string quartet plays the first movement from Britten’s string quartet, and a performance of Anne Guzzo’s “Two Pieces for Clarinet.” Words: Essays from Jennie Dorris, Sharon Glassman, and Jeff Becker. 6pm, $10. Perfect for an impressive dinner date.

And, next Tuesday, Oct 6, we are starting a Game Night first Tuesday of every month. At 6pm Downtown Toys and Games will host a Guitar Hero band competition, especially designed for all levels of play, with some fantastic prizes, including gift cards. Then at 7:30pm we will start the sign up for all of your favorite board games (Twister anyone? Monopoly?) for prizes and fun. There will be two Wiis on hand thanks to Scott Genke and Gamestop! DJ Not So Much will spin tunes.. Come by yourself and meet some friends or bring a crew. FUN. FREE.

So many reasons to get your date on!

Another one is the free blues swing dance lesson at 7:30pm next Wednesday night before the Clamdaddys.

As for the rest of the line up. Tonight, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 9pm (after trivia) we will have The Mighty High Band. These guys are not a Grateful Dead tribute band, but a Jerry Garcia Band tribute band. There is, surprisingly, a difference. $5.

Friday night we have a CD release for Bret Sloan (of Soul Rabbit) at 7pm ($5) and then the 9 piece horn driven Arvada band The Spin will keep the crowd dancing. $10.

At 8:30pm on Saturday night we feature four up and coming metal-ish bands playing an acoustic unplugged show; 8:30p Four to Go, 9:15p Cypher, 10p Random Hero, 11p Glyphic. Glyphic will be playing live on KPBI Friday night. $5.

Time to get your game on,

D face

Extra Credit: We've been touching up on Perce Bysshe Shelley, trying to memorize his famous Hymn to Intellectual Beauty. We've only got the first stanza down, so we'll leave you with that. The rest will follow in the unforseen future.

The awful shadow of some unseen Power
Floats through unseen among us,-visiting
This various world with as inconstant wing
As summer winds that creep from flower to flower,-
Like moonbeams that behind some piny mountain shower,
It visits with inconstant glance
Each human heart and countenance;
Like hues and harmonies of evening,-
Like clouds in starlight widely spread,-
Like memory of music fled,-
Like aught that for its grace may be
Dear, and yet dearer for its mystery.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


D light of the world,


There's a lot of really great things happening, beginning with tonight, Thursday, Sept. 24. After Trivia, at 9pm, we have a CD release for Molina Soleil and Aju. Because their bio is so interesting we're gonna quote it here for you...

"Molina Soleil & Aju’s genre-bending style is pure fusion. The bold and eclectic duo blends cultures, languages, and artistic styles, pairing masculine and feminine energies, water and fire. Molina Soleil is a nationally acclaimed poet, emcee and performance artist from a blue-collar Mexicano/Chicano background. Molina’s savvy, streetwise lyrics reflect his sense of social responsibility. Molina is a first-generation college student who graduated from law school in 2006. He chose to forgo a career in law and follow his passion, working tirelessly as an artist, educator, and youth advocate. Molina has performed at hundreds of events in clubs, cafes, parks, community centers, universities and public schools. Molina has shared the stage with artists like Saul Williams and the Flobots./ Aju is a human bridge, gypsy traveler, poet, dancer, and vocalist who spent the first half of her life in Japan. Aju weaves her verbal repertoire of five languages into soulful verses that reflect her hybrid cultural upbringing and distinct artistic flare. As a poet and presenter, Aju is a candid divine feminine voice; her emerging body of work focuses on her experiences as an Asian-American woman, as well as her concerns for human rights and the global environment. "

Tomorrow night we have benefit for Elana Rogers, a local musician very much tied into the scene. Those ties will be apparent on Friday night as Something Underground, Tempa and The Tantrums, The Demon Funkies, Naor Nave and the Melanie Susuras Band come to rock the D Note to help raise funds for Elana's medical bills. That's a lot of incredible music coming together for a beautiful reason. We love this community. If you need an uplift in your life you will get it at the D Note on Friday night. $10 suggested donation. Also, check out the elegantly beautiful poster Matt Dougherty put together for this show on Elana's website.

Saturday we have the return of Paul Green's School Of Rock and this time the kids are doing all Rolling Stones. There is a show at 1pm and 5pm. $8. These kids make the classics feel young again. Time is on their sides.

Starting at 8pm on Saturday we have an alternative country vibe for the night, first with ramshackle freak folk out from Seattle WA, The Foghorns, then with country rock of local veterans Tequila Mockingbird and ending the night the psychobilly surf music of Whiskey Throttle. $5.

Sunday at 4pm we have a special Baby Boogie treat, Aden Harrell and friends are going to do a free show for the kids. Aden is working a bunch of amazing new kids songs that are gonna sweep the nation. Aden Harrell will undoubtedly delight your child.

Finally, we want to remind you to work on your beard and mustache design and execution for the first annual Beard And Mustache Showdown coming November 14.

Who could ask for more?

D ark,

Extra Credit: The poet Jim Carroll died a few weeks ago. They made Jim's autobiographical novel "The Basketball Diaries" into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. And Jim's also famous for a song he recorded in the seventies, "People Who Died". And now Jim himself is a person who has died. Jim wrote some great poetry. Here's two. The Frank mentioned in the second is the poet Frank O'hara, Jim's favorite poet.


even the



can't match

the perfect


for insight

into the



from "8 Fragments For Kurt Cobain"


If only you hadn't swallowed yourself into a coma in Roma...
You could have gone to Florence

And looked into the eyes of Bellinni or Rafael's Portraits

Perhaps inside them
You could have found a threshold back to beauty's arms
Where it all began...

No matter that you felt betrayed by her

That is always the cost
As Frank said,
Of a young artist's remorseless passion

Which starts out as a kiss
And follows like a curse

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


D finest

Big night Friday night. Starts at
5:30p w/ Slo Children who are playing a special set of requests for Adam DeGraff's birthday. After Slo Children Adam says he will be dancing all night long and would like you to join him. The Saurus plays their jazzy hip hop at 7pm, Then at 8:30p will be a new hip hop group on the scene, Thinking Kap, from Idledale. Ivan from PeaceJam turned us on to this group. He tipped us off that Dr Ching King, who received a grammy for producing Eminem, was recently in town to produce Thinking Kap's new record. Around 10pm we'll have local hip hop rock sensation UmConscious. We've been trying to get these guys for a long time and are stoked for this show. At midnight we have a drum&bass set with Dozha, Relyt and Detox, which will blow up. Then at 1am we have Lionel Young playing Bach's Chaconne. The Chaconne is one of the most challening and beautiful pieces of music in existence and only a handful of violinists in the world have mastered it. This is a very special performance which Lionel agreed to perform for Adam's birthday because he lost a bet. A rare opportunity. $8

Saturday at 4pm we the Music Train Family Concert Series with The Milky Hayes Project, a local Denver band fronted by Eric McLennan, formerly of Switchgrass and currently with The Propane Daisies. A former Highlands resident, he is the father of three and founder of HIghlandpalooza! Come with your family and check out his great rockin' originals as well as some high energy danceable tunes the whole family will know, he will be channeling The Beatles, Elvis and The Ramones. $7 adults/ $3 kids

Saturday night at 7:30pm we have our third annual benefit/ dance party for Friendship Bridge, featuring classic rock and roll by Big Universe. Friendship Bridge is a non-profit organization that provides microcredit and educational programs in rural Guatamala so women and their families can create their own solutions to poverty. $10 suggested donation at door. So you can have fun dancing and give to a worthy cause all at once.

Tonight, Thurs, Sept. 17, we have trivia at 6:30pm, and then at 9pm Jonny Woodrose and The Broken-hearted Woodpeckers. Think comedy in an indie folk rock vein. $5

Next Tuesday night we have a special benefit for Wheatridge High School's ailing music program starting at 7pm, featuring groovy groove band Wonderlic and players from the school. $5-$10 suggested donation.

up and away,

D fender

Extra Credit: Our friend Jeff Chester recently put out a beautiful anthology of local poems called Nevada State Line, which includes the following gem-like poem of Jeff's.


What I wanted
to say I've never

known, or grown
used to.

On the way home
the stars were still

overhead like
a poem

read in Chinese
to a dog.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Cirque D,

This coming weekend will be Arvada's 84th annual Harvest Festival, the second longest running annual event in the state of Colorado. This will be the D Note's seventh Harvest festival. You could say the D Note is a seven year old child and the festival as a kindly 84 year old grandparent. Last year was the festival's best year ever. This year should be even better. Cirque De Soliel will be marching in this year's parade, the first time this troupe has ever marched in a parade.

Friday night we have a cool line up in the country western vein; The Hollyfelds, Marty Jones and the Great Unknowns and Martin Gilmore. Our friend Martin Gilmore, of the golden voice, has just released a beautifully produced new solo CD and so we are having a CD party to celebrate at 7pm. Then around 8:30pm Marty Jones and his new band The Great Unknowns. Marty used to play with the Pork Boilin Poor Boys and is something of a legend in these parts. Great country swing music to dance to. The Hollyfelds are one of our favorite bands. In fact, on the D Note homepage you can see Eryn from the Hollyfelds playing the autoharp. We're also showcasing some new art work by artist Tommy Nahulu on Friday, the guy behind Johnny Cash mural on the side of Benders. $7.

Saturday day we have Matt Dougherty and Ken Karnisky playing at noon, Aden Harrell and friends playing at 2pm, Michael Delalla playing at 3:30 and Blue Avenue playing at 5:30.

Then at 8:30 we have the return of Serafin Sanchez/ Jeremy Jones Quartet. These guys always pack the house and give us big beautiful jazz. $10.

On Sunday we are not having Baby Boogie due to the Harvest Festival. But we do have Jax Delaguerre at 11, Michael Engberg at 12:30, Sentimental Sound Big Band Orchestra at 2pm and Wonderlic (w/ special guest Adam DeGraff) at 4:30pm. Then of course, SALSA lesson at 8pm followed by La Candela.

Next Tuesday, 9/15, we have Tony Medina back in the house playing for the monthly COMBO artist showcase. Tony use to run our open stage and is one of the best musical spirits we know. Also playing will be David Tipton (gifted Chapman Stick artist) and Kate Leroux Project.

Almost more than we can handle,

D nada

Extra Credit: Here's a classic poem by the 17th century ur-poet John Milton, musing on his own blindness.

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide,
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Thursday, September 3, 2009

update, 9/3/09

D hive,

How is each of you? Full of being yourself we take it?

If that self so happens to like art, music and pizza, then we know a perfect place for you to come and enjoy it all.

Tonight, Thursday, September 3, come enjoy trivia at 6:30pm. Free, prizes. Then Zyzzyx Road, a local blues rock band, at 9pm. $5

Friday night is tuned to an indie-alternative rock and roll spirit:

7pm we'll have Trees And People. Hard to describe the music, but it usually involves toy instruments. Fun, free-spirited, with a touch of heartbreak.

8pm. We have Firebird 4000 Project. Check out the beautiful poster for the night on the myspace. And listen to "Another's Dreams". FB4K is influenced by black rebel motorcycle club, Brian Jonestown, Chris Broach, Blackouts/Living blue/Village, Ian curtis, The Doors, Pixies, Joan Jet, Bowie, Pavement, Nirvana, Braid, Bright Eyes, Born in the Flood.

9:30pm. The return of Lions The Brave. This band impressed us the last time they were in and we're looking forward to checking them out again. They play epic pastoral rock instrumentals. Phil compared them to Godspeed You Black Emperor. Symphonic stoner rock?

Finally, near the witching hour, we have the debut of Zombie Survival Guide. Radiohead strained through some metal. D Note trivia: one of the players in this band is the roommate of our cook Houston. $5

Saturday night we tune into a New Orleans vibe:

7pm Otone Brass Band. Just great original brass band tunes played by an exuberant bunch of fellas and lead by the most charismatic front man on the front range, Aden Harrell. $8.

9pm Dwight Carrier, of the legendary Zydeco Carrier family is gonna give us some good old Zydeco music to lose our blues to. The Colorado Friends of Cajun and Zydeco do a great job of bringing out the bands and the dancers. $10.

Heads up. Nov. 14 we are hosting our first annual Beard And Mustache Showdown at the D Note. There will be grand prizes, great music and more. We are giving you this early warning because, if you are game and able, we want to give you plenty of time to work on your magnificent stash and beard.

L8r D8er

Extra Credit: This week we present a poem by Adam DeGraff, a minor poet still alive and living in the middle of America.

My Great Contribution To Society

The thing I am most proud of
in this life is a joke.

Actually two jokes.

I now pass these jokes along
to you, posthumously.

The first joke is applicable any time
you find yourself eating Asian food
with a group of strangers.

This situation arises more than
you might expect.

You can use this joke while ordering.
The waiter usually asks,
"Would you prefer brown or white rice?"

To which you reply,
"Either one is fine, sir. I'm not a ricest!"

This joke will kill two birds with one stone.

Actually, killing birds is too violent a metaphor.
I am hereby changing this tired saying forever.
From now on people shall say instead,
"feed two birds with one grain of rice."

That sounds much nicer.

Anyway, if your guests lack a refined sense of humor
and your first joke doesn't do the trick, don't give up!
Simply wait until the main dish is served and try the second joke,

"Did you hear about the new wok they've invented?
It cooks twice as fast. It's called a run."

The ice will now be broken for good
and everybody will be glad to know you.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

love letter, 8/ 27 09

D noms,

There is another super weekend coming up, with some flamenco, some hawaiin music, some surf punk spaghetti western and more. We are always amazed to see the unique shape and scope each week presents at the D Note.

Tonight, Thurs, Aug 27, after trivia, we have the return of a local band called Little Dead Things. Opening for LDT is Jason Horodyski at 9pm. You know you gotta love a guy who lists only these three influences on his myspace page; Leonard Cohen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Charlie Kaufman. Also under "sounds like" Jason's got a Chagall painting. Check out the striking poster for this show on both Myspace pages. $5

Friday night we have a benefit for Colorado Trout Unlimited, an organization dedicated to conserving, protecting, and restoring Colorado's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. The band is Big Universe, old gold rock and roll. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday we have a crazy beautiful jumble...

First, 4-7pm, we have a Hawaiin celebration. Hawaii, as a state, just turned 50. The statehood of Hawaii is the big five-Oh. Hawaii five-oh! That's younger than your grandma. We have two Hawaiin bands playing, Hawaiin Harmony and Island Blaze (your going to love these guys from Colorado Springs). The truly beautiful thing about Hawaiin music is IT SOUNDS LIKE WHERE IT CAME FROM. $4. Bring the family.

Then at 8pm we have a special flamenco performance. Flamenco Denver presents: "Tablao" w/ Maria Vazquez, Bina Martinez & Geannette Trujillo al baile, Even Romero al toque & Veronica Medina al cante. $15

Then at 9:30pm we have two killer rock bands, first, at 9:30pm, Bluebelle, a psychedelic fuzz pop band, influenced by Billy Childish
The Gories, Fran├žoise Hardy, The Pleasure Seekers, The What Four, Ludella Black, The Hectics, Dressy Bessy, Breezy Porticos, Roger Corman, Carole King, The Rondelles, Howlin' Wolf, The Apples in Stereo, The Seeds, The Drags, The Ramones and Mary Jayne. So if you like any of those bands!

Around 10:30 we'll finally have Get Three Coffins Ready in the house. Even though the guitar player's sister Bobby works at the D Note, it still took us awhile to get these guys to come rock the house, pychobilly surf punk style. Influences: THE VENTURES, THE SHADOWS, MAN..OR ASTRO-MAN?, DAIKAIJU, SATAN'S PILGRIMS, THE GHASTLY ONES, FUGAZI, REFUSED, DEADBOLT, THE SPACE COSSACKS, THE MUMMIES, THE PHANTOM SURFERS, THE FILM SKATERDATE. $5

Stoked about this Saturday night.

D Note's Baby Boogie got a rave review in the new 5280. Check it out on the newstands. Or bring your kids on Sunday, 2-6pm. We'll have a copy for you to read on hand.

Salsa has been off the hook lately. As per usual? This Sunday we have a situation for you to take advantage of: if you come before 7:30pm and eat dinner you get $2 off cover. Lesson 8pm, La Candela 9:30pm.

Next tuesday Jay Ryan will host three SURPRISE song writers in a witty musical conversation. 7pm, $5. After Jay and co we'll try to do something secret.

Next Wedneday, before the Clams, there's a free Drag Blues dance lesson at 7:30pm by Scott Plummer. Drag Blues is such a hot dance. You should learn it. Then the Clamdaddys will get freaky with the dancers. Free. Great date night. Darling, can we go ; )?

Whew, and we're out. Almost.

-D nugget

Extra Credit: Presenting the central six stanzas of William Shakespeare's metaphysical love poem, The Turtle and the Phoenix, the two lovers being him, the mourning (turtle) dove, and her, his Phoenix (Queen Elizabeth? You?). We've been contemplating Shakespeare's use of space... "but in them it were a wonder." Check out the negative capability. New favorite word: concordant.

So they lov'd, as love in twain
Had the essence but in one;
Two distincts, division none:
Number there in love was slain.

Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
Distance, and no space was seen
'Twixt the turtle and his queen;
But in them it were a wonder.

So between them love did shine,
That the turtle saw his right
Flaming in the phoenix' sight:
Either was the other's mine.

Property was thus appall'd,
That the self was not the same;
Single nature's double name
Neither two nor one was call'd.

Reason, in itself confounded,
Saw division grow together;
To themselves yet either-neither,
Simple were so well compounded
That it cried how true a twain
Seemeth this concordant one!
Love hath reason, reason none
If what parts can so remain.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

mid to late Aug, 09

D signs,

We had a dream a few nights ago in which we were staring up and saw the words "by destiny" written in neon across the ceiling. The "destiny" flickered out, leaving only the "by". After awhile the word "design" lit up where "destiny" had been. It was a kind of art installation. From destiny to design. This is a dream we will contemplate for a thousand years.

Destiny or design? One or the other, maybe both, is bringing Quillion to the D Note this Friday night for a CD release party. The members of Quillion are all good friends of the D Note and we are proud that they have chosen to release their first CD here. Check out the article about the show in the Milehigh News. Playing before Quillion will be Cody Crump and The Stigmas and after will be Mechanical Dan. $5.

Saturday night we have the popular Hafla, with belly dance performances starting at 7pm and then the neo-middle eastern band Yallah! playing around 8:30pm. The theme for this hafla will be seasons and elements. $6 adults/$5 kids. After the hafla at 10pm one of our favorite local bands, Mono Verde, is playing their high energy version of latin reggae. Dance, dance, dance. $6.

Tonight, Thursday, Aug. 20, we have Chris McGarry doing his old time new songs and Lisa Genee playing after trivia. Check out the cool poster on Lisa's myspace. $5.

Next Tuesday night at 8pm we have the return of Violent Hippie, a band from South Dakota neither violent nor hippie, but rather minimalist experimental rock. $5.

Written on ether,

D stiny

Extra Credit: We've featured the early 20th century poet Edna St. Vincent Millay here before. Here's another great poem by her we've just discovered.

Modern Declaration

I, having loved ever since I was a child a few things, never having
In these affections; never through shyness in the houses of the
rich on in the presence of clergymen having denied these
Never when worked upon by cynics like chiropractors having
grunted or clicked a vertebra to the discredit of these loves;
Never when anxious to land a job having diminished them by a
conniving smile; or when befuddled by drink
Jeered at them through heartache or lazily fondled the fingers of
their alert enemies; declare

That I shall love you always.
No matter what party is in power;
No matter what temporarily expedient combination of allied
interests wins the war;
Shall love you always.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

mid August, 09

D nigh and far,

An early d-mail this week because we forgot to mention last week a very interesting gypsy band from Austin Texas playing tonight, Tuesday, Aug 11, at 8pm, called WinoVino. From their myspace, "From the cobbled streets of Paris (circa 1920) to a dusty wagon train across Romania. From peril on the high seas, to the seedy underbelly of prohibition era cabaret, we've hitched our way across a century and more. We have brought back with us an acoustic revelry of uproarious instrumentals, swooning ballads, and an intoxicating live performance for young and old alike." $5.

Tomorrow night, Wed, Aug 12, we'll have a FREE lindy hop lesson at 7:30pm before the Clamdaddys play at 8pm!

After Trivia (6:30pm) on Thursday we'll have a psychedelic experimental rock band from Dallas, TX called SPiVEY at 9pm. $5.

Friday, Aug 14, we have Sound Rabbit back doing their poptastic tunes at 8pm, followed by the Police tribute band Message In A Bottle. $10. Opening the night at 6pm will be Drew Schofield.

Saturday, Aug 15, we have a FREE big band show with Sentimental Sounds at 5pm. Then we have a couple of Irish bands starting at 7:30pm. First is Cellar Door and at 9pm is Big Paddy. Cellar Door have charmed us before with their gaelic sound, but this is a first appearance for Big Paddy. If you like the Irish footstomp onslought of The Pogues, then you'll love these guys. Rounding out the night at 10:30pm will be Junk Drawer, a unique indie blues rock band with a fabulous hit song, "Gold Beard". $5.

For our Sunday night salsa we have a special promotion for those of you that have never tried salsa before. Let them know at the door that you are a first timer and cover is half price. So for $4 you'll get a salsa lesson (8pm) followed by an 11 piece salsa orchestra (La Candela). There will also be a drink special that night, 2 for 1 Cuba Libres. If you've been wanting to try salsa dancing, now's the time.

Next Tuesday we start up a new series, an artist showcase put together every third Tuesday of every month by COMBO (Colorado Music Business Organization). The first show will feature an interesting all girl electro-folk band SHEL. In the same vein and also playing will be a celtic girl folk duo The Gristle Gals. Also playing will be John Kappler. An impressive debut for COMBO's artist showcase at D Note. 7pm. FREE.

More beautiful music than you can shake a stick at,

D Scribe

Extra Credit: In honor of the gypsy spirit making it's appearance at the D Note tonight, a gypsy romance by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by William Logan.

Romance Sonambulo

Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea
and the horse on the mountain.
With the shade around her waist
she dreams on her balcony,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver.
Green, how I want you green.
Under the gypsy moon,
all things are watching her
and she cannot see them.

Green, how I want you green.
Big hoarfrost stars
come with the fish of shadow
that opens the road of dawn.
The fig tree rubs its wind
with the sandpaper of its branches,
and the forest, cunning cat,
bristles its brittle fibers.
But who will come? And from where?
She is still on her balcony
green flesh, her hair green,
dreaming in the bitter sea.

--My friend, I want to trade
my horse for her house,
my saddle for her mirror,
my knife for her blanket.
My friend, I come bleeding
from the gates of Cabra.
--If it were possible, my boy,
I'd help you fix that trade.
But now I am not I,
nor is my house now my house.
--My friend, I want to die
decently in my bed.
Of iron, if that's possible,
with blankets of fine chambray.
Don't you see the wound I have
from my chest up to my throat?
--Your white shirt has grown
thirsy dark brown roses.
Your blood oozes and flees a
round the corners of your sash.
But now I am not I,
nor is my house now my house.
--Let me climb up, at least,
up to the high balconies;
Let me climb up! Let me,
up to the green balconies.
Railings of the moon
through which the water rumbles.

Now the two friends climb up,
up to the high balconies.
Leaving a trail of blood.
Leaving a trail of teardrops.
Tin bell vines
were trembling on the roofs.
A thousand crystal tambourines
struck at the dawn light.

Green, how I want you green,
green wind, green branches.
The two friends climbed up.
The stiff wind left
in their mouths, a strange taste
of bile, of mint, and of basil
My friend, where is she--tell me--
where is your bitter girl?
How many times she waited for you!
How many times would she wait for you,
cool face, black hair,
on this green balcony!
Over the mouth of the cistern
the gypsy girl was swinging,
green flesh, her hair green,
with eyes of cold silver.
An icicle of moon
holds her up above the water.
The night became intimate
like a little plaza.
Drunken "Guardias Civiles"
were pounding on the door.
Green, how I want you green.
Green wind. Green branches.
The ship out on the sea.
And the horse on the mountain.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

early to mid August, 09

D stablishment,

A couple of things to pass along:

1. We're gonna start doing a free blues swing dance lesson once a month before the Clamdaddys start at 7:30pm. The first one will be next Wednesday and will feature Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Subsequent lessons will be on the first Wednesday of every month starting September 2. Yes!

2. We have now joined the addictive twitter universe. If you are in a fellow twit then follow us at DNOTETWEETS and we'll follow you back. If you haven't tried it, check it out. It's fun. We are also on Facebook now too and would love to have you there as a friend. You can see our Facebook page here and check out the oh so clever poster that Matt Dougherty did for the show this coming Friday, Aug 7.

Why is the poster so clever? Because it depicts King Friday from Mr. Rogers, who was a king named after a day, and playing THIS Friday is a great local band called King For A Day. The mind reels. Playing with KFAD is Chella Negro (starting the show at 7pm), The Dave Boylan Band and The Hot Robots. If you check out myspace pages for KFAD and THR you'll see two more cool posters done for this show. $5

Saturday we have a benefit for the Denver Family Institute, which helps provide mental health care to low income families. A "surprise" reggae band will be opening up (because of contractual agreements elsewhere we can't formally advertise their name) and a dance groove band called Clusterfunk will play around 9pm. $10 suggested donation. We love nothing more than nights we can dance and help those in need out at the same time.

Tonight, Thurs, Aug. 6, at 6:30pm we have Trivia. Have you tried the Geeks Who Drink Trivia yet at the D Note? It's addictive and lots of fun. For those of you with young kids keep in mind that is PG 13. After GWD we have a local band called Mohney and The Groove Machine making their first appearance at the D Note. $5


D Ploy

Extra Credit: It's been awhile since we had any Rainer Maria Rilke in this newsletter and we miss him. How about one if his classics then, superbly translated by Stephen Mitchell.

The Sonnets to Orpheus: XIII

Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were
behind you, like the winter that has just gone by.
For among these winters there is one so endlessly winter
that only by wintering through it all will your heart survive.

Be forever dead in Eurydice-more gladly arise
into the seamless life proclaimed in your song.
Here, in the realm of decline, among momentary days,
be the crystal cup that shattered even as it rang.

Be-and yet know the great void where all things begin,
the infinite source of your own most intense vibration,
so that, this once, you may give it your perfect assent.

To all that is used-up, and to all the muffled and dumb
creatures in the world's full reserve, the unsayable sums,
joyfully add yourself, and cancel the count.

early August, 09

D Train,

This last Tuesday night we had a benefit show for D Note server Jay Gonzales and many of you showed up. It was a good thing to see so much support and hear so much music. When our GM Andy and cook Tyler (MC Dozha and ReLyte) got up to do their drum and bass rap over the funk of Wonderlic the crowd went wild and it seemed to be a kind of summation of musicians and listeners banding together over a matter of the heart. A community with an open mind and heart is a beautiful thing.

Tonight, Thurs July 30th, The Spin is back in the house at 9pm (after trivia). The Spin has added a horn section so the sound should be even bigger and more dance-able than ever. $10.

Tomorrow night, Friday July 31st starts off with a Flamenco performance at 6:30pm, featuring Steve Mullins and Polka Dot dance troupe. We are so privileged to have these amazing performances at the D Note. Ole. $15. Here's a great review of the last time they were in.

After Flamenco, at 8:30pm we have Churchill and Strange Condition, both great up and coming indie bands from Colorado. Strange Condition just signed on with a major label. A few bands have come through the D Note and then gotten huge, The Fray, Meese, The Flobots. Here's a chance to see a band on their way up. Churchill is fantastic too. $5.

Saturday night, Aug 1, starts off with a CD release party from our friend Jimi Hank, from the Hankstirs. Been a long time since we've had Jimi's unique sound in and we're looking forward to hearing the new material.

At 8:30pm on Saturday we have Fizakat, an interesting jazz fusion rock band from Boulder and Jumping At Shadows, a local prodigy blues rock band. $5

Extra Credit: For this week we tantalize you with the first part of Wallace Steven's epic poem based off and named after the Picasso painting "The Man With The Blue Guitar".


The man bent over his guitar,

A shearsman of sorts. The day was green.

They said, "You have a blue guitar,

You do not play things as they are."

The man replied, "Things as they are

Are changed upon the blue guitar."

And they said then, "But play, you must,

A tune beyond us, yet ourselves,

A tune upon the blue guitar

Of things exactly as they are."

late July, 09

D verse,

Pretty serious weather around these parts on Monday. Hope everyone is okay. The winds were severe enough to fell a 150 yr old pine tree in brother Jeremy D's front yard in Wheatridge. Fortunately the tree fell toward the street and not the house.

And speaking of natural forces, Lionel Young is coming back to rock the D Note this Friday, July at 9pm. There was a time, a glorious time, when we had Lionel every Friday night. Some of you will remember. Then Lionel won the prestigious 2008 International Blues Challenge (much deserved) and was suddenly gone, touring around the world. Our local secret was out. We're excite to have him back for a rare show. If you haven't heard him before you'll be wowed. He always gets the crowd dancing hard. Opening for Lionel at 7pm is Steve Edmonson. Steve is a friend of the D Note and a killer blues player in his own right. $5.

Saturday night we have an "acoustic" showcase for the Denver Art Rock Collective (DARC) starting at 8:30pm and featuring Lions The Brave, The Limbs and Yerkish. "...A complex, cerebral, thinking man's rock that could never be labeled predictable. Yerkish's songs veered close to the dark, metal edge of Jane's Addiction and at times resembled the multifaceted eclectic style of The Mars Volta." Kevin Galaba - Westword. $5

At 5:30pm Saturday we have a student belly dance show put together by Phoenix. Free.

At 2pm Saturday we'll have our Pint Club with samples from The Victory Brewing Company.

At noon Saturday we have a wedding reception open to the public for an old friend of the D Note, Turtle. Paying Tuition, Cellar Door and others will play. Free.

On Sunday the Baby Boogie will be back in full swing from 2-6pm and then salsa at 8pm. For you salsa fans our apologies about the heat last week. The air conditioner is fixed and ready to cool you down!

Next Tuesday we have a benefit for our server Jay Gonzales who had a bad accident and is laid out for several weeks with mad medical bills and no incoming salary to pay rent. Slo Children, Aden Harrell and friends, The Clamdaddys, Wonderlic and Mint Novacaine will all play this benefit for Jay starting at 6:30pm. Please come by and donate whatever you can afford to help Jay out!


D liver

Extra Credit: A quote from the philosopher Martin Heidegger makes the poem for this week.

Celebration is attentiveness,
is questioning, is meditating, is awaiting,
is the step over into the more wakeful
glimpse of the wonder -- the wonder
that a world is worlding around us at all,
that there are beings rather than nothing,
that things are and we ourselves are in their midst,
that we ourselves are and yet barely know who we are,
and barely know that we do not know this.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

mid July, 09

D flowers

What is "soul"? In this week's New Yorker the actor Paul Giamatti says he pictures his own soul as a decorative garden toad. Similarly, he sees Willie Nelson's soul as a cob of corn, Dolly Parton's as a hummingbird, Merle Haggard's as a rusty engine block, Sigmund Freud's as a Babylonian statue of a half lion with beard and wings, Donald Trump's as a nice set of whitewall tires, Jessica Simpson's as a tape measure, Slash's as a blood orange left on a window-sill, all dried out and leathery and Kim Jong Il's as a crazy box of crabs. How do you see your soul?

However you see your soul, if you are in need of a bit more of it, and who isn't? then we highly recommend you come down to the D Note on Saturday night, July 18, to hear Denver's queen of soul, Hazel Miller, sing her heart out. 8pm. $12. After Hazel, at 10:30pm we have the rock band Ephesus, a "...turbulent, emotional blend of hard charging guitar strewn rock and roll with a dash of americana...a constant bombardment of heartfelt lyrics and mind blowing guitar riffs."-Colorado Music Buzz. $5

Friday night at 9pm we have the return of Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble at 9pm, presented by Colorado Friends of Zydeco and Cajun. These guys always bring great bands to the D Note from Louisiana. Curley Taylor is the Usher of the Zydeco set. $12. Before Curley Taylor we have our friends Crowboy back and starting at 7pm. Crowboy is a one of those sleeper bands that sneaks up on you like a lynchburg lemonade on a hot day. $5.

Sunday, July 19, we have the first annual Blues-n-BBQ festival in Olde Town Arvada to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The D Note will host a RockBand competition, Pete McKay from The Mountain and a silent auction. And right out our front door will be 20 great local blues acts. Baby Boogie won't be in normal mode, but feel free to bring in the babies anyway.

And tonight, Thursday July 16, after Trivia, we have a band from St. Louis, MO called Fundamental Elements, a very smooth R&B band with a retro 70's sound. Good stuff. No cover.

word up,

D scribe

Extra Credit: Since "soul" is the subject this week, then let us have the last two stanzas of William Butler Yeats "A Dialogue Of Self And Soul"...

I am content to live it all again
And yet again, if it be life to pitch
Into the frog-spawn of a blind man's ditch,
A blind man battering blind men;
Or into that most fecund ditch of all,
The folly that man does
Or must suffer, if he woos
A proud woman not kindred of his soul.

I am content to follow to its source
Every event in action or in thought;
Measure the lot; forgive myself the lot!
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest.

early to mid july

D light,

Sometimes we get the most interesting surprises. A few months ago we were offered a night with the Blues legend Lazy Lester. At the time we weren't familiar with him. But then a few weeks later we were reading in the New Yorker about the Ponderosa Stomp, a popular roots festival that takes place in New Orleans every year, and read that the festival was named after a song by Lazy Lester. And then we were in Boston for a wedding a few weeks later and were reading the Boston newspaper. You know how there is always a section in a paper listing the famous people who were born on that day? It said Lazy Lester was 76. We began to realize we had a more momentous show booked than we realized. He'll be playing at 7pm this coming Saturday, July 11. Check out his rich history on his website. And we hear he's a very entertaining performer too. After Lester we have Lion Vibes, a nine piece reggae band. We love these guys and have all their songs memorized by heart. Only $10 for the night.

Friday night, July 10, we have the return of The Dick Ramada Band at 8pm, a high energy rock and roll band. Here's a note from them, "The renowned Steve Jenkins (original Bassist/Dick and the Chicks) and rocker Jerry Jerome (Defined Print and The Capitol Hillbilly's) will be joining us on stage. Star watchers will not be disappointed, as
Lenny Sita (The Heartbeats), Jay Charles Wetzler (The Heartbeats), Richard Bryans (Bad Finger), Art Carlson (Comedian), Karen, Glen and Mason (The Firewalkers), Carl Trowbridge (Songwriter of the Year in 1984) and "Steely"Stan (Steely Dan Manager) are rumored to be appearing at this party!" Whoa. $5. After DRB, at 10pm we switch directions and feature an indie power pop band called Six Months To Live. Hard to describe their sound. Give a listen to their myspace and tell us what you think. Flaming Lips crossed with Big Star? $5.

And tonight, Thurs, July 9, after trivia, at 9pm, we have another hard to describe band called Violent Hippie, from Spearfish South Dakota. Kinda pop, kinda punk, kinda electronica, kinda prog rock, kinda none of these. Come hear for yourself. $5.

Killer weekend. Hope to see you here.


D ark

Extra Credit: Here's a blues poem by Emily Dickinson, dedicated to Lazy Lester...

There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
'Tis the seal, despair,-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, 't is like the distance
On the look of death.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

early July, 09


The preamble today was sent over from Matthew D: "About two hundred thirty three years ago, we, the fine citizens of the United States, fed up with Britain's tweedy aloofness and insistence on calling pants "trousers" and underwear "pants," decided to get our Independence on. So Thomas Jefferson took a break from having awesome hair and wrote the Declaration, effectively telling Britain to take a dirt nap because the uncouth colonies were in charge of themselves now, thank you very much. Then, you know: the fighting, muskets, the French, Indians, Paul Revere, et al. After that: This land is our land, you monarch-lovers. Keep your trousers on."

On Saturday July 4th we have a couple local bands starting at 2pm to help celebrate the independence; Ironwood Rain and Wastin' Daylight. Ironwood Rain is like Crosby Stills and Nash meet Jack Johnson and Wastin' Daylight is good old southern rock. $5 And if you want to you can order pizza with BBQ sauce and consider this an afternoon BBQ. Have you tried our new BBQ sauce on the pizza yet? Awesome, truly.

After the afternoon bands we'll take a break for fireworks. After the fireworks, at 10pm, we'll branch out of the country with Bridgers, a Russian band playing American blues rock. Bridgers lead singer is something to behold. Quite entertaining, almost surreal. $5.

Friday night, July 3, we have a birthday party for brother Jeremy D and our old friend Rico. Jeremy and Rico are both big fans of the man Jerry Garcia, and so we'll have The Mighty High Band, a Jerry Garcia Band tribute band. The Mighty High Band is made up of members of Purple Buddha, a band we miss around the D Note and it'll be good to have them back in a different form. Opening will be John Waite And Southern Flavor at 8pm, featuring the killer mandolin playing of Nick Amodeo. And the beautiful Liz Clark will play a dinner set at 6pm. $5. Check out the sweet poster Matt Dougherty made for this show on our myspace. Happy birthday Jeremy and Rico.

Thursday night, July 2, at 9pm, after Trivia, we have Bad Chicken playing classic rock with a ragged verve. $5

Next Tuesday will be some killer jazz with Andrew Trim Quartet, featuring Alejandro Castano on drums. 7pm. And then a cool duo playing at 8:45pm, Baby and The Badger. Give them a quick listen and you may get as hooked on them as we are. free.

Also worth noting on your calendars: blues legend Lazy Lester will be playing before local favorites Lion Vibes next Saturday, July 11 at 7pm. $10. Yeeaah!


D merican

Extra credit: Frank O'hara is one of our favorite American poets, so we include a very American poem of his from an old copy of The Paris Review we found in a bookstore in Boston.

My Heart

I'm not going to cry all the time
nor shall I laugh all the time,
I don't prefer one "strain" to another.
I'd have the immediacy of a bad movie,
not just a sleeper, but also the big,
overproduced first-run kind. I want to be
at least as alive as the vulgar. And if
some aficionado of my mess says "That's
not like Frank!", all to the good! I
don't wear brown and grey suits all the time,
do I? No. I wear workshirts to the opera,
often. I want my feet to be bare,
I want my face to be shaven, and my heart--
you can't plan on the heart, but
the better part of it, my poetry, is open.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Late June, 09

D face,

What is it about music? Hard to figure. Some kind of fancy use of sound. Makes us feel good though, some kind of complex transference of vibrations or something. Huh. Weird.

We'll try out some of this so called music Thursday night, June 25, after trivia, with a band that call themselves The Moment and are chock full of hippy hop brio and Jazzy Jeff rap. $5.

Friday night begins we couple of songwriters at 7pm, Susie Ransom Wood and Eric Forsythe. $5. Then around 9ish we have Wisebird in the house. This grungy, stony blues band is making waves. We caught them up in Boulder last month and dug them. Check out a couple tunes on their Myspace and see how you feel. Help us welcome them to the D Note. $5.

Saturday night we have a going away party for our beautiful bartender Athena. Athena's been amazing these last 4 years at the D, but she's moving on to Chicago and so we're going to see her off in an appropriate style. Opening the night at 7pm is the groovy hip hop jazz vibe of The Saurus. Then we have special band from New York City called The Volunteers, an epic rock band. Thanks to Ivan Suvanjieff for helping direct them our way. They had a song on a recent MTV Real World episode, but that hardly recommends them. But how about this blurb from The Onion's critic Noel Murray, "The Volunteers' self-released, self-titled album serves up sleazy, indisputably wrong scuzz-rock." Perfect fanfare to send Athena off into the wild world. $5.

Start warming up for Jeremy D and Rico's Birthday Party next Friday night featuring a Jerry Garcia tribute by the excellent Mighty High Band.

catch you on the backside,

D tail

Extra Credit: We came across a beautiful little handmade book by the poet Kenneth Patchen called "Because It Is" in a used bookstore on Cape Cod recently. The poems inside all seemed like nonsense at first. But then a deeper look yielded some unexpected truth and beauty. Here's a sample, saved from obscurity and reproduced here especially for you.


Something in the climate of a hammer
Struck him when young. Call a
Sparrow a lamp, you'll still need
The liking of chairs to settle
What is at bottom only painted over
Cloth; and that flat cunning of plates,
How little it speaks above the soup's
So roundly directional bravura. Count the sky
A pan, you'll still be hard put to find
A flash in its like. But ah, alas, alas,
Lottipo...the mushy marshes, those tree-lined woods,
The so-small journeying, and the trivial occupants thereof...
These, too, and all else, alas, are only real. So may we
Remember once again how the grasses cause the wind to move...
Ah, alas, dear Toppilo, what then is this realm that seems
So like a cell, without jailer or judge, or witness even...?
And that we love! is this not a proof of something!
No, I admit--not necessarily of heaven...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

mid to late June, 09

D forest,

Good gosh, there's a lot going on this weekend. So let us just get started...

Thursday, June 18, at 9pm, after trivia, we have the return of Chella Negro. Chella Negro is the moniker of a beautiful singer/songwriter in the vein of melodramatic popular song who is hip and folksy at once. $5.

Friday we start early, 4pm, with a concert for the kids by Emmy award winner Farmer Jason from Tennessee. $7 adults/$3 kids. Presented by Music Train. Bring the family!

At 6:30pm Friday we have our old friends Stonebraker back to do an acoustic set. High energy acoustic music. free. Then at 8:30pm we have Archetype back in the house playing their high quality jazz/funk/hip hop sound. They really wowed the crowd last time. And at 10:30pm we have the funk band Ten Pound Elephant back doing their funky thing. $5

Saturday begins Arvada's Gold Strike Festival. Danielle Hastings did a great job of putting together music for the festival so come check it out. And there will be good music in the D Note too: 11:30 JD Cordle, 1pm Dylan Sneed (great songwriter that happens to be coming through town from Texas, recommended to us by Jack Redell), 3pm Cody Crump, 4pm Wonderlic and 5:30pm is 2:10 Special.

Then Saturday night we have The Velvet Elvis at 7:30pm followed by the powerhouse rockabilly sound of The Brent Loveday Band at 9:30pm. $7. If you love Elvis, especially the rockabilly Elvis, you will love this night.

Sunday for the Goldstrike line up we have 11am Jax Delaguerre, noon: Rock-a-phonics, 2 pm Alltunators, 4 pm Wild Mountain Honey.

Then, if that wasn't enough we have a special salsa/mambo band from L.A. called Lucky 7 in for our Sunday night salsa. A great way to spend the evening of the summer equinox. $12.

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Extra Credit: We just finished reading Woody Guthrie's great autobiography "Bound For Glory", which we highly recommend. Here's a beatiful poem by Guthrie which Wilco put music to on the album "Mermaid Avenue II".

Remember the Mountain Bed

Do you still sing of the mountain bed we made of limbs and leaves?
Do you still sigh there near the sky where the holly berry bleeds?
You laughed as I covered you over with leaves, face, breast, hips, and thighs
You smiled when I said the leaves were just the color of your eyes

Rosin smells and turpentine smells from eucalyptus and pine
Bitter tastes of twigs we chewed where tangled wood vines twine
Trees held us in on all four sides so thick we could not see
I could not see any wrong in you, and you saw none in me

Your arm was brown against the ground, your cheeks part of the sky
Your fingers played with grassy moss, as limber you did lie
Your stomach moved beneath your shirt and your knees were in the air
Your feet played games with mountain roots as you lay thinking there

Below us the trees grew clumps of trees, raised families of trees, and they
As proud as we tossed their heads in the wind and flung good seeds away
The sun was hot and the sun was bright down in the valley below
Where people starved and hungry for life so empty come and go

There in the shade and hid from the sun we freed our minds and learned
Our greatest reason for being here, our bodies moved and burned
There on our mountain bed of leaves we learned life's reason why
The people laugh and love and dream, they fight, they hate to die

The smell of your hair I know is still there, if most of our leaves are blown
Our words still ring in the brush and the trees where singing seeds are sown
Your shape and form is dim but plain, there on our mountain bed
I see my life was brightest where you laughed and laid your head...

I learned the reason why man must work and how to dream big dreams
To conquer time and space and fight the rivers and the seas
I stand here filled with my emptiness now and look at city and land
And I know why farms and cities are built by hot, warm, nervous hands

I crossed many states just to stand here now, my face all hot with tears
I crossed city, and valley, desert, and stream, to bring my body here
My history and future blaze bright in me and all my joy and pain
Go through my head on our mountain bed where I smell your hair again

All this day long I linger here and on in through the night
My greeds, desires, my cravings, hopes, my dreams inside me fight:
My loneliness healed, my emptiness filled, I walk above all pain
Back to the breast of my woman and child to scatter my seeds again