Slim Cessna's Auto Club at The Oriental
OpenAir hosted two New Year's Eve concerts with Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Oriental Theater this week. The event featured a. tom collins, Munly & the Lupercalians, and MC Sid Pink who rung in 2014 with a bang!
Featuring renowned Denver musicians Jay Munly and frontman Slim Cessna, the Auto Club has been open for business since 1992 churning out alt-country mayhem and have established themselves as a formidable veteran act in their two decade-plus career.
Monday night, Opener a. tom collins proved to be a more than worthy warm-up for the mayhem soon to follow, courtesy of the Auto Club. Known throughout Denver and beyond for being a bit of a hellraiser, bandleader Aaron Collins possessed a manic energy that ensnared not only his bandmates, but all those in a 50 foot radius from the Oriental's stage. Collins and his band are adamant subscribers to that old adage "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing": each song forced hips to shake with belting horns and clarinet solos, heroic bass rhythm, and Collin's train-hopper croon. "We're gonna be swinging from the rafters tomorrow night," promised Collins, an enticing proposition for all those in attendance to re-up for Tuesday night tickets.
Slim Cessna's Auto Club has a reputation for putting on a live show that doubles as a cardio workout as well. Jello Biafra once deemed them "the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world." By combining doom-and-gloom lyrics with a country-rock wail, Slim Cessna and co-frontman Jay Munly filled the room with apocalyptic dread backed by unmistakably groovy alt-country. Slim and his band occupied the stage with the confidence owed to 20-plus years in the performing circuit, with each move decidedly resolute without seeming choreographed.
Check out pictures from the show above.