Welcome to “The Goods,” the weekly entertainment
column that claims to know what’s happenin’ and
what’s not so happenin’. I scour the town and surrounding
area for fun-time ideas so you don’t have to. You can
thank me later.
The big entertainment event
of the week happens tonight, the 26th, at the Durango Arts Center.
Singer/Songwriter Todd Snider
will perform there at 8 p.m. His latest release on Oh Boy Records,
“New Connection,” is a folky affair with a great,
if sometimes subtle, sense of humor. My first experience with
Snider was a song called “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge
Blues,” a number that gently poked fun at flannel wearin’,
coffee drinkin’, freaks up north (a group I once lumped
myself into). The song got a ton of radio air play for about
two weeks, and while I doubt it earned him droves of new fans,
it did make one out of me. I’ve followed his career ever
since, and whether he’s rocking out (“Viva Satellite”)
or playing melancholy folk (“Glad to be Here”),
his songwriting is top notch, personal, wry and often comical.
Plus, he’s a darn good guitar player.
This is a Durango Society
of Performing Arts event, so that means no smoking, but I can
overlook that in the name of seeing a good show. Call the Durango
Arts Center for ticket information.
Get out your Spandex pants
and tease up your hair for a trip to the Journal Pavilion in
Albuquerque to see VH1 Presents (try not to laugh now) Loverboy,
Eddie Money and Survivor. Since I heard about this mega-event,
I’ve been asking everyone I know to name three Loverboy
or Eddie Money songs or even two Survivor songs. With rare exception,
no one can. I always thought these rock revival tours were about
nostalgia, but I must be wrong, since there’s absolutely
nothing to remember about these three acts.
Hearing “Eye of the
Tiger” should by no means take you back to your first
kiss. Oh, a show like this fills my head with questions, like:
Who headlines this blockbuster? Will they end the show with
an all-star jam? And, most importantly, who pays upwards of
$35 to go to a show like this? I realize that much of what VH1
does is tongue in cheek (they recently presented viewers with
a video diary of ex-Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee’s summer)
but this is plain silly. The big show is tonight (the 26th)
and if you are planning to go, I saw Aqua-net on sale at Rite-aid.
Journalpavilion.com can give
you all the details you might need.
Public Enemy is in da house,
ya’ll!!! OK, not really, but they are at least in the
state. On Oct. 2 the greatest rap group ever plays at the Fillmore
Auditorium in Denver. Chuck D, Flava Flav and Terminator X are
back together, (new album: “Revolverloution”) and
will, I’m sure, deliver a loud, angry show you can dance
to. I’ve always said that Public Enemy’s music is
as much punk rock as it is rap: a fast, defiant wall of sound
that offends some people. If you never got to see a Public Enemy
show and are at all interested, you should make the trek, this
may well be your last chance.
Public Enemy stands the test
of time and makes today’s superstar rappers (Eminem, Puff
Daddy or P. Diddy) pale in comparison.
If you are at all like me,
you got out of bed last Tuesday morning and hastily tuned your
radio to KDUR (91.9 and 93.9) in order to hear the “Useless
Information Show” followed by the “Know and Win”
show only to find that it wasn’t there. Again, if you
are at all like me, you spent the morning throwing rocks at
passing cars to vent your frustration. Fret no longer, though,
for it seems that Ted and Bryant have simply moved their big
music and trivia program to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
It’s one of the most entertaining programs on any radio
station in the Four Corners, even if those guys know way too
much about ’70s TV sitcoms.
All this live music and radio
is well and good, but the real entertainment starts Tuesday
with the beginning of the Major League baseball playoffs.
Now, I realize that many of
you are disgusted with the “overpaid crybabies”
that play pro baseball and wanted to have a strike over millions
of dollars. Believe me, I was right there with you. I was ready
to walk away from the game for good had the strike actually
happened. But it didn’t, and now the third-greatest sporting
event can happen. (The NCAA’s March Madness and Super
Bowl are the other two.)
This season’s fall classic
is shaping up to be a good one, even though there is the possibility
of yet another Braves/Yankees matchup. That won’t happen
though, neither team is good enough to get out of their respective
leagues. Buy yourself some Colorado Kool Aid, make some nachos
and watch what I think will be the best post season in a long
time. My World Series prediction? The Oakland A’s beat
the St. Louis Cardinals in six games.
Can YOU name three Loverboy
songs? mpsheahan@ yahoo.com.