There are few bands currently touring that combine elements of jazz, blues, southern rock, and good ol’ Americana as effortlessly and beautifully as The Wood Brothers. With Oliver Wood’s pseudo-southern roots and bassist brother Chris Wood’s extensive free jazz experience in Medeski, Martin, and Wood, the group is undeniably one of the most raw, heartfelt, and genuine bands on the live music circuit today.Following a heavy, folky, punk-laced opening set from Indiana rockers (and Stanley Hotel legends), Murder By Death, the brothers took the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, joined by their other third, multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. The sun began to set on an unseasonably warm Friday night, and with a quiet hello and little fanfare, Oliver broke into the certifiable classic, “Postcards from Hell,” off of their 2008 release, Loaded. The song seems to be one of Oliver’s favorites, and tells the story of a man with a deep passion for the blues and for music. It’s not the first time the band has played this song at Red Rocks, yet it seems to strike a new chord each and every go around. In our current, rather unstable political climate, the song seems to speak to our beliefs and our commitments, serving as the perfect opening tune. The trio followed with “Tried and Tempted” off their debut album Ways Not to Lose. The stripped-down, bass-led groove got the crowd moving, and the band quickly slipped into another rocker, “This Is It,” from their latest release, One Drop of Truth.The group kept chugging along, playing the fan-favorite “Keep Me Around” off of 2013’s The Muse back-to-back with the classic “Mary Anna.” The chorus of “Mary Anna” featured a new, slightly faster, funkier arrangement that seemed to derive itself from many of the groovier, keyboard-led songs on One Drop of Truth. Perfectly transitioning into said new material, “Sparkling Wine” and the title track, “One Drop of Truth” came next, both keeping the crowd on their feet. Determined to keep the energy up, the brothers pulled out “Snake Eyes” from their 2015 album featuring Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Paradise. Oliver’s rhythmic strumming and Jano’s steady beat allowed the song to really open up, and giving Chris a chance to dance around with his bass, both musically and literally. Following “Snake Eyes,” they continued to criss-cross their catalog, playing “Loaded,” “Shoo Fly Pie,” “Happiness Jones,” and “That’s Where My Baby Might Be.”Near the end of the set, Oliver took a moment to point out that he saw “a show at Red Rocks” as a 19-year-old kid from Boulder, Colorado. He noted, “I didn’t really realize how important it was at the time,” or something along those lines. The band then dropped into a blistering, original rendition of the late Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me.” Bearing an eerie resemblance to Petty, Oliver played the part perfectly, both vocally and musically, mentioning afterward, “oh yeah, it was Tom Petty!” Following the tribute to a guy who has to be one of Wood’s southern heroes, the band wrapped up the set with a sing-along take on their hit single, “Luckiest Man” before ending the night with “Honey Jar.”Not to be forgotten, The Wood Brothers were followed by California’s own The Devil Makes Three. Playing their own pioneering blend of bluegrass, folk, gypsy jazz, and Appalachian hick-pop, the band played to an absolutely ecstatic crowd that was eager to see them after too much time away. Playing a set heavy with tunes off of their eponymous album, “All Hail” and a spacey, feedback-laden “Chained to the Couch” came early in the set. “Hallelu,” “Graveyard,” and the quintessential “Old No. 7” closed out the evening, leaving the fans with little left to desire.Generally, early season Red Rocks shows can always be hit or miss with the weather and the music, but Friday night proved to be an absolute barnburner. With an incredible summer calendar ahead, it’s looking to be another divine summer at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.Setlist: The Wood Brothers | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 5/25/18Postcards From Hell, Tried and Tempted, This Is It, Keep Me Around, Mary Anna, Sparkling Wine, One Drop of Truth, Snake Eyes, Loaded, Shoo Fly Pie, Happiness Jones, That’s Where My Baby Might Be, You Wreck Me*, Luckiest Man, Honey Jar* – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers cover Photo: Chris Klein The Wood Brothers, The Devil Makes Three | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO| 5/28/18 | Photos: Chris Klein Load remaining images
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Diana Dykstra Diana Dykstra is President and CEO of the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues, one of the largest credit union organization in the country. She has more than 40 years … Web: www.aacul.org Details For the past few years, large wildfires have ravaged and devasted California. Just since August of this year, there have been 8,200 fires throughout the state, burning through a record 4 million acres. More than 96,000 people have been evacuated and thousands of structures and communities have been lost.Credit union leagues exist to serve and support their member credit unions and in turn, their credit unions’ members. Therefore, each time a wildfire or a natural disaster strikes, the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues sets out to work, immediately reaching out to find out how it is impacting our credit unions and their members. We share information on resources available, such as the National Credit Union Foundation’s CUAid program. We also serve as a conduit of information for non-impacted credit unions to offer assistance, including donating to worthwhile causes.The CA/NV Credit Union Leagues’ Disaster Relief & Preparedness webpage features information on CUAid grants and an encouragement for credit unions to donate to the program. The page also features a business continuity plan template for sample content credit unions may wish to add to their emergency preparedness plan as it pertains to wildfires and other natural disasters. We provided similar sample content to help in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are not unique in our support of our member credit unions. Leagues nationwide continually step up to help their credit unions when a crisis occurs. For example, after a series of wildfires ravaged the region several weeks ago, the Northwest Credit Union Association’s foundation activated its disaster relief program. Within a matter of hours, they raised more than $100,000 to support credit unions that jumped into action to help their members and employees impacted by the devastation, even as they grappled with their own evacuations, branch closures, and property damage. The Louisiana Credit Union League has stepped up several times in the past few months after hurricane devastation affected several of their credit unions and tens of thousands of members. Among other assistance, LCUL’s Foundation offers disaster grants to credit union employees and support for small credit unions.These are just a small fraction of the many examples of the ways the League System supports credit unions in the face of adversity. Whether the impact is from a wildfire, pandemic, or economic crisis, the leagues are here to support our credit unions, so our credit unions can focus on their staff, serve their members, and support their communities’ rebuilding efforts.The California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues are proud members of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues (AACUL) and are committed to collaborating with leagues nationwide to foster the prosperity of the entire credit union movement.