Bisco Inferno

Review: Disco Biscuits Inferno Weekend

Words: Alexander Wolff
Images: Jason Woodside

Disco Biscuits – Bisco Inferno Weekend: May 26 – 28

For some Disco Biscuits fans, there is no greater treat in the world than to watch the group perform at Red Rocks. Arguably the best outdoor amphitheatre in the country,  Red Rocks is a venue that brings a magic all its own to each show. Along with the natural beauty of the venue, the Biscuits have been putting in extra effort to make this weekend as special for their fans as possible and they are finally beginning to succeed.

[All photos by Jason Woodside]

Like most bands, the Biscuits are at their best when touring heavily, so with only 12 tDB shows in 2011 leading up to Bisco Inferno weekend, there was some skepticism and apprehension about whether they would play well. Fans hoped it wouldn’t take too long for the group to start firing on all cylinders. With two shows at the Ogden leading up to the finale at Red Rocks, there wound up being plenty of time for the band get their groove back.

May 26 – Ogden Theatre

Unfortunately, the first show of the weekend on Thursday night was a bit of a letdown. The first set was uneventful save for a slick segue into Shem-Rah Boo, which featured a neat jam out of the middle before returning to Voices Insane. The Overture was a treat, but oddly placed. The second set was somewhat redeeming, with a highly exploratory Orch Theme that featured several beautiful themes and peaked more than once. Tricycle > Mr. Don also featured some excellent playing, most notably from keyboardist Aron Magner.

Set 1: The Very Moon > Voices Insane > Shem-Rah Boo1 > Voices Insane, Neck Romancer, The Overture

Set 2: Park Ave. > Vassillios > Orch Theme > Tricycle > Mr. Don, Shelby Rose

Encore: Mulberry’s Dream


[All setlists via PT Bisco]

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Announcement: Bisco Inferno 2011

Jamtronica faves the Disco Biscuits will return to Red Rocks for Bisco Inferno 2011 on Saturday, May 28th. The Biscuits will be joined by Rusko, Big Boi, BoomBox and Emancipator

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Review: Bisco Inferno Weekend

Disco Biscuits – Bisco Inferno Weekend, May 27 – 30

Words: Alexander Wolff
Images: Jason Woodside

Colorado is a funny place for music these days. This beautiful area has been taking the rest of the country’s bands and turning The Centennial State into their biggest market. The Disco Biscuits appear to be to be the latest victim of what is surely one of the more pleasurable trends of the last few years to develop in this scene. Late May’s Bisco Inferno Weekend would indeed make this point clear to all of those in attendance. While many were nervous about Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig’s guitar playing, as he has been absent from live performance for some time due to a fractured wrist, by the end of the weekend it was as though he’d never broken the damned thing.

With little warning, a fair number of would-be attendees for Thursday’s show at the Boulder Theater found themselves observing a strange phenomenon: Marc Brownstein, responsible for the low end rumble of The Disco Biscuits’ electric pulse, announced to the world via Twitter that the band would play an acoustic set at the Pearl St. Mall, across the way from the theater. Several hundred gathered to watch: I say watch because very few were able to hear the performance, with the exception of a few lucky photographers and the rest of us who could hear Allen Aucoin’s dynamic dance drum beat. Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig’s voice could certainly be heard, but his guitar as well as Brownstein’s bass were both drowned out by the conversations of the crowd. Alas, fun was had by all. The best part for those in attendance seemed to be that the Biscuits themselves were having a ball.

Boulder Theater proved to be the weakest of the three Bisco shows this weekend, but it wasn’t without its moments. The first set was relatively uneventful, with Rivers seeing the first exploration of the night; a short, rocking jam that never got going quite as well as it could have. The Story Of The World segment would have been far more interesting if Aceetobee didn’t have the wet blanket of a Boom Shanker dropped in the middle. The second set was a big improvement, with great improvisations showing up in both Save The Robots and Digital Buddha, and Lunar Pursuit was well placed in the Buddha sandwich. The Spy encore got the crowd going, and was a good choice, displaying several angles of the Biscuits’ sound before wrapping up a night that could have been a better showing.

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Last Week’s Sauce: May 24th – 30th

In the world of live music, you may as well call Memorial Day Weekend the official opening of Festival Season. With our glance back at the previous week via audio and video we will be featuring tracks from Delfest in Maryland, Colorado’s Bisco Inferno, Furthur Festival in California, and Summercamp which hails from Chillicothe, IL.

[Thanks to willndmb for this week’s photo]

And we continue to take all the selected tracks, normalize them, create some simple fades and put it into one easy to download MP3 for you.

Click here to download the Last Week’s Sauce Podcast

Artist & Title: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience – Dog Bite Your Hide, Down in the Willow Garden, I’ll Love Nobody But You
Date & Venue: 2010-05-30 Delfest – Cumberland, MD
Taper & Show Download: Timothy Brown

Not to be confused with the David Grisman Quintet, this lineup featured: David Grisman (mandolin & vocals), Keith Little (banjo, guitar & vocals), Jim Nunally (guitar & vocals), Chad Manning (fiddle), and Samson Grisman (bass). In addition to that, the ensemble welcomed three different McCoury’s and Darol Anger during their lively set. The three tunes selected for the audio all feature Del McCoury, for whom the festival is named. The David Grisman Quintet next plays June 18th at Napa Opera House in Napa, CA.


Video from the set with guests Darol Anger plus Del & Ronnie McCoury:

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Video: Disco Biscuits – Home Again

The Disco Biscuits’ Bisco Inferno Weekend started early with an impromptu set on Pearl Street in Boulder on Thursday and continued until Sunday when Jon Gutwillig played a rare acoustic show at the Fox. In between, the Biscuits delivered six varied sets, a few of which were picked by fans as part of the Planet Anthem pre-order. To whet your appetite for our coming Inferno coverage, here’s a look at the Home Again encore from Red Rocks…

Disco Biscuits – Home Again (Live at Red Rocks)

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Video: Barber’s Back at Bisco Inferno

You couldn’t blame Disco Biscuits fans for thinking the worst when the news came out that Jon “Barber” Gutwillig broke his wrist back in March, but two months later the

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