The Band of Heathens will celebrate the success of their current album Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son with a weekend of music in Denver on Fri.-Sat., October 7–8. The shows, which will be taped for a forthcoming live CD and DVD, will take place at Cervante’s Other Side.
Anticipating that fans from all over the nation will regard the weekend as an opportunity to hang out and meet one another, the band will offer special travel packages. The Double Down Travel Package for two includes two nights at Denver’s four-star Renaissance Hotel, a pair of tickets for both shows, a signed Double Down in Denver poster and sticker, one CD from the band’s catalog, two souvenir T-shirts, an mp3 download of the live recording upon being mixed and mastered, an invitation to a private acoustic show on Saturday afternoon, and a drawing for special prizes to be announced. Additional information may be found here.
2011 has proven a big year for the Band of Heathens. Coming off an appearance on PBS’ Austin City Limits on a bill with Elvis Costello, Top Hat Crown & the Clapmaster’s Son was released in March and immediately shot to the Top 5 on the Americana airplay chart (the band is no stranger to such altitudes — its preceding albums each topped the chart).
Relix magazine, in its review of the new album, said, “The Band of Heathens triumph, not so much because it captures the Americana spirit, but because it reminds us what it’s like to be human.” The New York Times called the band’s Big Apple show “hungry, unflagging and lean.” M Music & Musicians magazine noted, “The Heathens survey a broad musical terrain on the album, far wider than the Americana tag with which the band is often pinned.”
According to band member Ed Jurdi, “This past year, recording Top Hat Crown and the subsequent tours of the U.S. and Europe has been the most productive, positive time for the band. I feel like we're really starting to find our groove as a musical unit.”
“We’re looking forward to bringing our commune of Heathens to Denver and sharing in a couple of nights of music, friends and weirdness. Ultimately we want to create a unique weekend of music for our fans, they have given us the space to do our thing, and we are incredibly thankful for that.”