Thursday, February 24, 2011

update 2/24/11

D nation

For all of you Pisces and wanna be Pisces and friends of Pisces, we have put together a special show for you this Friday night at 7pm w/ Pearls 4 Breakfast, SoundRabbit and Greensleeves. It's a Pisces party, and Pisces are known to party. Pearls 4 Breakfast is new to us, but sound promising. SoundRabbit, playing at 8:30pm, is a killer pop band that should be world known by now since they are so infectious. Greensleeves is a deejay playing at 10pm and spinning disco, funk and old school hip hop. $5, Pisces get in FREE.

Saturday afternoon at 3pm we have a benefit show and silent auction for the West Arvada Dog Park, featuring the music of Open Range and Patty Jackson.

Saturday night we have a fundraiser for White Rabbit, an organization that is raising money for a youth center. The event starts at 7pm and will include a harpist, belly dancers and live drumming. There will be 30 artists on display, with sales of work going toward the youth center. A goth band called Beryl Beloved will play at 11pm. Donations accepted at door.

It will be a special weekend, benefiting youth, dogs and Pisces!


D Notary

Extra Credit: We found out this morning that our friend, the poet Akilah Oliver, died last night. Rest in peace Akilah. Here is a selection from her poem Corruptions.

from Corruptions
by Akilah Oliver

Both of us so shy and I attracted to her translucence on display beneath chaotic knitted cap offsetting a deadpan sky, what passed for winter, a screen that made me want to go around saying “Dakota”, those clear consonants holding us dear...

She wrote me a picture that made a personal pronoun nascent

I wrote her a street in return, a green one with leafy things massing

She eventually began to notate scripture

I learned to run, to gallop

So bright, it is hallucinatory in this room, fear breaking like distant bones

I’ve navigated this life, somehow on the run

Standing here as I am away from Ave A, styling a Kmart coat rabbit fur lined collar & my afro wig, [writing in pauses] trying to capture the text

In recalling the details, I may have forgotten the particulars, of say, for example, rain

May I imagine well enough to live forever as this gunner, as this diviner, at rest at this port

May I want, again and, then, moisten the language.

Pull out of the closet, my shy mistress, Desire.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

d note love letter 2/17/11

Hot D8,

This Saturday we celebr8 our 8 year anniversary. We've put together a gr8 show for you. First we have Brittany Williams at 7pm. Brittany is one of our servers and we predict a big career for this woman. She has one of the most subtle voices we've heard, and it is still developing. Plus her original songs are really something. At 8pm we have the legendary Angie Stevens. We are thrilled Angie has agreed to play for us on this special occasion. She's a remarkable musician and performer and we can't w8. Seriously, big crush rock and roll. At 10pm we have a killer reggae band called Coral Thief and we'll dance the night away. $8 cover, bring a friend (or D8) for FREE.

Friday night we have the return of 2:10 Special at 5pm for the free Friday afternoon concert. At 7pm we have the return of Mute Man's Microphone and Wheelchair Sports Camp. At 10pm we have a violin maestro and DJ Jeff Hughes. This guy has a long list of accolades, including playing at the Grammys in 2008. He plays a kind of hip hop violin over tracks he has produced himself. He comes to us highly recommended from a friend that said, "you gotta hear this guy this guy into the D Note".

Another way cool thing happening this weekend is O-Tone Brass Band playing for Music Train Family Concert at 4pm on Saturday. Bring the kids. They will be D lighted. (D lit?) $7 for adults/$3 for kids.

We have a guest teacher for Yoga this Sunday, Darcy Hagerman. Melissa Ivey, Adam Degraff, Brittany Williams and others will be playing meditative music to help support your peace and practice. Come join the community. Bring your own mat. Class starts at 10am sharp.

Next Weekend is a party we put together specifically for Pisces and all friends of Pisces. Pisces are in the door for free, so spread the word. Great Pisces bands on board too, Pearls 4 Breakfast, SoundRabbit and Greensleeves.

Zumba is also happening, as well as salsa lessons, blues swing lessons, mello cello brunch, baby boogie, open stage, and much more.

That's most of it. Google the rest.



Extra Credit: A short line for a long week:

"If music be the food of love, play on." W. Shakespeare.

We will take this opportunity to play on and unveil the best conspiracy theory of all time for YOUR eyes only. The best version of the bible is the King James in our opinion. Why? Because this version is the one (in the English language) that pays the most attention to sound and music. Think of the psalms, how beautiful the language is, "yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. " Well, the theory we propose is that Shakespeare translated the Psalms. King James invited the best writers of his kingdom to translate the bible. Shakespeare was a favorite of King James, having written Macbeth for him. (Now there's a morality tale fit for a King!) Here's the evidence. Shakespeare would have been 46 years old during the time the King James Version was translated. If you go to Psalms 46 and count 46 words down from the top of the psalm and 46 words up from the bottom you will see the words "shake" and "spear". My guess is that for some reason Shakespeare asked (or was asked) not to take credit for the translation. One can guess reasons. But Shakespeare, being the genius he is, found an improbable, possibly divine, link between Psalms 46 and his own age and used it to reach the clever person who first uncovered this fantastic literary Easter egg, whomever they may be. Pass it on.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Weekend update 2/10/11

D side,

This Friday night at 8pm we have a Flamenco dance performance by Cositas Buenas featuring Kevin Romero on guitar. $15/$12 students. One of the amazing benefits of the D Note has been the the immersion into different cultures, and Flamenco is perfect example. Who knew that there was such a strong contingent of Spanish music and dance in Colorado? We now know. By the way, if you want a Flamenco primer you can do no better than to start to with Garcia Lorca's essay on Duende. (google it)

After Flamenco we have the return of DJ Chonz at 10pm, definitely one of the best all around deejays in Colorado and we'll be dancing hard. Ladies free.

Saturday afternoon at 4pm we have Sentimental Sounds Big Band Jazz concert, which is a benefit for Sooper Credit Union Community Foundation. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday evening we have a big show featuring house favorites Stonebraker. Jon Boland will kick things off at 7pm, Zen Mustache at 8:30, Stonebraker at 10 and Broken Parts at 11:30pm. $5. Rock and roll!

Next Monday night is Valentine's Day and we encourage you all to come out and play a love song for your lover for open mic night. Add some D Note pasta and wine and could anything be more romantic? Sign up is at 6:30p and Jay Ryan will do his best to fit everybody in.

Next Tuesday at 7pm is an especially excellent songwriter showcase with Jason Vigil, Naor Nave, Jon Woodhead and Jay Ryan. You will swoon, guaranteed.

Next Saturday night is our 8 year anniversary party with Angie Stevens, Brittany Williams and Coral Thief, with a special poster art show by Matt Dougherty. Mark it down because we want you to be there to celebrate with us.


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Extra Credit: A wintery poem by Adam DeGraff, a local poet whose poetry we first discovered on the side of a train.

Delayed In Central Station

The poetry of liberty. Writing on walls when no one's around.
Reading your own words as if feeling the kind gesture of touch.
The warmth of the touch, brushing against the back of your neck, caressing your ear. "My language trembles with desire."

The words are now embedded, the bride and groom wed.

Delayed by a snowstorm and a momentary ellipse
inside of Central Station, the center of all known
worlds. The center of nothing, all has stopped.
There is only time for this. This is everything.
The pen takes advantage of the lull
between the trains and fills the wall.

As slow as the mind will go. The mind is
making connections to worlds unknown.

Who is there? What is on the wall of your train?
These words dissolve. A man full of nothing, happy,
stops to look...

Train tagging in a winter wonderland.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

D Note love letter, 2/3/11

D Flowers

If summer is for flowering, is winter for deflowering? We'll leave that question open ended.

Tonight, after trivia (which has been rocking lately), we have a picking circle lead by Martin Gilmore. Martin is entrenched in the Bluegrass scene of Colorado and you never know who you will find sitting in with him. But it is always a great mix.

Friday we are having a birthday party for our friend Bob Marley. He's still looking young at 66! An amazing new local reggae world band called Trichome is playing at 8pm. And Dr.U will be spinning reggae-tinged Dub Step at 10pm. $5.

Early evening Friday the fantastic Melissa Ivey will play for the FFAC (Free Friday Afternoon Concert). Because we are lucky.

Saturday at 11am we have a chocolate tasting as part of the Historic Olde Town Arvada Chocolate Affair. There will be events all over town. A no-brainer really.

Saturday at 5pm we have Serenade In Blue, a local Big Band with panache. $10 suggested donation.

Saturday at 7:30pm we have The Mitch Lehn Folk Trio (which isn't folk or a trio and this paranthetical qualification should just become part of their name). Then The Jake Leg Shakers, original rock and roll, returns to the D Note stage. Are they getting into double digits yet? And we end the evening with the Andy Hackbarth Band. This last band is new to the D Note, but we here they are super fun. $5.

Sunday morning at 10am our friend Laura Schallmoser is teaching yoga while Melissa Ivey, Brittany Williams, Adam DeGraff and others play meditative music. It is Laura's birthday too, so this is a party (of sorts) and YOU are invited.

It looks like next Monday there is a Punk-rock-off during the open stage. We're not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds fun. Next week for open stage, February 14, would be an excellent day to get up and sing a love song to the love of your life. What better gift?

We have a killer flamenco show next Friday at 7:30p, Stonebraker next Saturday night. And Angie Stevens w/ Coral Thief for our 8 year anniversary show Feb. 19th.

Okay, thanks for smelling so sweet,

D thorn

Extra credit: Last week we shared a poem by Anne Waldman, co-founder of Jack Kerouac Poetry School at Naropa in Boulder. Allen Ginsberg was the other founder. Allen got around, so some of you may know him. James Franco just played him in the movie "Howl". Here's a poem by Allen that reaches us through time and space.


The weight of the world
is love.
Under the burden
of solitude,
under the burden
of dissatisfaction

the weight,
the weight we carry
is love.

Who can deny?
In dreams
it touches
the body,
in thought
a miracle,
in imagination
till born
in human--
looks out of the heart
burning with purity--
for the burden of life
is love,

but we carry the weight
and so must rest
in the arms of love
at last,
must rest in the arms
of love.

No rest
without love,
no sleep
without dreams
of love--
be mad or chill
obsessed with angels
or machines,
the final wish
is love
--cannot be bitter,
cannot deny,
cannot withhold
if denied:

the weight is too heavy

--must give
for no return
as thought
is given
in solitude
in all the excellence
of its excess.

The warm bodies
shine together
in the darkness,
the hand moves
to the center
of the flesh,
the skin trembles
in happiness
and the soul comes
joyful to the eye--

yes, yes,
that's what
I wanted,
I always wanted,
I always wanted,
to return
to the body
where I was born.

San Jose, 1954