Enigma Bazaar is an incredible spot

Here's another show recap long after the fact. Ah, well. On Friday, May 27, I was fortunate enough to be part of a great (coincidentally all-Asian-led?) lineup of musicians at Enigma Bazaar on West 38th Avenue in Denver. It's described as a "mystical, immersive arts bar and performance venue, serving innovative, fresh, seasonal cocktails and a 100% from scratch Latin-inspired menu ... home to all kinds of artistic expressions from live music,...

Catching Up: Bobcat Club at the Skylark

I was really excited to learn earlier this year the the Skylark Lounge was reopening, and with Nathaniel Rateliff as part of the ownership group! I'd played there as a drummer in previous bands, and also enjoyed playing pool upstairs. And generally enjoyed the vintage decor. There's fewer billiard tables now, but the upstairs has been transformed into an amazing performance space -- the Bobcat Club. I had the pleasure May 6 of playing there...

Confession

I usually get a bit anxious when I perform. The day of a show, I'll wake up way too early (like 4 a.m.), feel sick and tired all day, ask why I keep doing this to myself, then recover just in time to get up on stage perform. Then, I love it. I have a great time up there. I feel even better afterward, just a bit euphoric if I feel like I played well. Anyway, I've been really terrible about updating the site. I recently played a couple of shows...

Another Mutiny …

show, I mean. This past Sunday, I had the absolute pleasure of listening to some great music and meeting some very lovely people: Fort Collins' Nathaniel Riley and Distance Walk, who on this evening were Barry Osborne on banjo, Niki Tredinnick on clarinet, and Olivia Shaw on fiddle. Some photos:

Show me the shows!

On August 7, I played an hourlong set at City Park Farmers Market in Denver. You might remember that the air quality was quite bad for several days there, which makes singing over a stretch of time quite rough. And I'm not a morning person to begin with Still, I had a great time! Even got some complimentary coffee and breakfast burritos out of the deal. View this post on Instagram A post shared by desert atlas (@desertatlasmusic) But I'm not...

More like Desert ARTlas

This past Friday, July 2, I had the pleasure of performing at the Denver Art Society as part of the Art District on Santa Fe's First Friday Art Walks. It seems so long ago now, but I'd attended my first First Friday back in 2018, I think. It was a lot of fun then, and even more fun now, just realizing all the things we've missed out on since the pandemic. Plus, I got to play music, which is always a plus. For me, anyway. And half the fun is...

New album now on Bandcamp + show news

The new (and so far only) album, "The Great Plains are an Ocean," can now be ordered on Bandcamp: The Great Plains are an Ocean by Desert Atlas Unfortunately, because of poor timing on my part, the thing may or may not be available on Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Apple Music / iTunes, etc., by the time of the album release show this Friday, June 4, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway, Denver. However, you can...

Coming back to live

Having been fully vaccinated, I finally ventured out for my first open mic in a year and a half—to the Corner Beet, one of my favorite places to play. Found myself incredibly chatty, catching up with folks I hadn't seen in a long time and meeting some new people as well. Gio is a great host, all the performers are entertaining and the audience is attentive. Also awesome is the fact that the whole thing gets streamed live on Facebook. I come...