Hallloween Weekend in Boulder Music Round-Up: DeVotchka, Gogol Bordello + The Motet. Plus News on New DeVotchKa Album “100 Lovers”

DeVotchKa went Bollywood for Halloween weekend in Boulder

Everybody in Boulder’s coming down from their Halloween music party buzz. Yes, this was a prime year for Halloween concerts, as Thurs . through Sun. was jam-packed with shows.

OK, Boulderites lacked more than a little imagination when it came up to creating innovative costumes. Sorry, prom dresses and mechanics suits — I don’t care what hat you wear with them —  don’t make the Halloween costume grade.

However, the energized bands more than made up for that fact. So, here’s the rundown on the shows Club Notes visited Halloween weekend.

Gogol Bordello was the concert to check out on Thursday night. The band had Wednesday’s Boulder Theater show to warm up and get used to the altitude, so the group was primed for the second night at the venue.

I don’t know where Gogol Bordello gets its energy, but this band put on a powerhouse, non-stop concert that showed off the group’s diverse and ever-expanding repertoire of tunes. This go round, front man Eugene Hutz shared the front of the stage glory with other band members that showed off their rapping, singing and dancing talents. Sharing the spotlight just gave each of the group members the chance to rev up their parts and amp up the concert.

Gogol Bordello also added to its genre mix, by throwing in some hip-hop raps and grooves, plus the South American influences Hutz discovered living in Brazil. The audience was moshing, dancing and sweaty — and loving every minute of it.

DeVotchKa night one was another Club Notes pick of the week. This year, the band decided to go into a Bollywood theme and gave the stage setting a proper Indian backdrop. The band also dressed in Indian garb and brought out belly dancers to enhance the far eastern feel of the show.

Front man Nick Urata had his crew were very laid back compared to Thursday’s Gogo Bordello show, but DeVotchKa did show some sure signs of musical maturity at the gig.  The band’s creating a much fuller sound that makes this band sound much larger than a four-piece outfit. Plus, Urata’s really developed his singing  style and songwriting — and his spot-on vocalizations make him a frontman to be reckoned with. I would have liked to have seen a little more energy on stage for a Halloween party, but this was a great sit-down kind of concert.

In DeVotchKa news: the band announced that its new CD 100 Lovers will be released on Feb. 15 via Anti-Records. Can’t wait to hear it! And  –you know there’s going to be some Valentine’s Day concerts to go along with the release, so stay tuned to Club Notes.

Finally, The Motet played its annual Halloween show at the Fox on the official Oct. 31 Halloween night. The venue was so packed that it took over an half-hour to get in!!!

This year The Motet channeled 70’s funk, soul and disco band Earth, Wind & Fire  — and the band nailed the vintage sounds. Hope they bring the show back again, soon! And  – this was the one Halloween concert where a good chunk of the crowd made the effort to come up with some clever Halloween costumes.

Now, everyone gets to recover from an overload of good concerts– and lots of Halloween candy.

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