MUSIC BOX: Screen Door settles in

By on February 10, 2015

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – With the release of their third album, Modern Settler, Screen Door Porch has attained the sonic comfort of something as familiar as a perfectly worn pair of leather boots. With 10 distinctive tracks, it’s as if the imperfections have been walked off through the years but the quality of the original product still remains.

This would make sense for a band that has, since 2007, worked incessantly to develop a unique sound made of original music, shape that sound with a four-piece band led by Aaron Davis and Seadar Rose, and take that soundscape to festivals and clubs across the Western U.S. However, before they wear out their own shoes on their upcoming tour they will enjoy a release party for Modern Settler in hometown comfort at Dornan’s in Moose.

Unlike most shows at Dornan’s, a distinctive and historic acoustic venue, you can expect the amplifiers to remain on and the full sound of SDP to be on display. With songs like A “Little More,” where a rolling electric guitar intertwines with perfectly laid drum work, an acoustic approach might not aptly capture the sound that SDP had worked so hard to achieve in the studio.

Davis admits, “There will be a challenge working with the space.” However, challenges will always be present with a new approach and, as is evident with their newest album, Screen Door Porch will succeed in piecing the old with the new and settling in for what will most likely be a very special evening.

Screen Door Porch’s Modern Settler CD Release Party, 8 p.m., Thursday at Dornan’s in Moose. $15. 

Screen Door Porch debuts their latest album with a party at Dornan’s. (Photo credit: Stephen Williams)

Screen Door Porch debuts their latest album with a party at Dornan’s. (Photo credit: Stephen Williams)

Escovedo is for lovers

By Aaron Davis

Multi-faceted musical artist Alejandro Escovedo recently played his hometown’s biggest stage, Austin City Limits, for the third year in a row. However, this time it was different. During a recent honeymoon trip to Mexico with his wife, the couple endured a category-four storm in which they had a long, terrifying night.

“There was nothing more profound that I’ve experienced to write about,” Escovedo told Austin Chronicle last month.

During ACL, Escovedo and his “orchestra” simulated gusts of wind and ocean swells via strings, horns, keys and drums while theater lighting produced the lightning strobes. The dramatic piece of music is exactly the type of adventurous theatrical diversion that has defined much of Escovedo’s career, who first performed in the San Francisco punk group The Nuns in the late ‘70s.

The 63-year-old cancelled his recent winter tour due to fatigue, though his 2015 schedule is just as hectic. While this alone wouldn’t explain that he is one of those possessed creators with uncompromising determination and integrity, his music stands tall and strong, often eloquently, and too often without the accolades it deserves. For reference, take in a listening session to his country-tinged Americana via 1999’s Bourbonitis Blues, or 2001’s A Man Under the Influence.

All ticket holders will receive a complimentary champagne toast, sweets provided by Persephone Bakery, and a long-stemmed rose for all the ladies. PJH

Alejandro Escovedo, 7 p.m. on Saturday at Center Theater. $45 to $55. JHCenterForTheArts.org, 733-4900.

Alejandro Escovedo, the ideal vibe for Valentine’s Day. (Photo credit: Alejandro Escovedo)

Alejandro Escovedo, the ideal vibe for Valentine’s Day. (Photo credit: Alejandro Escovedo)

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