Concert series to conclude Friday

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By Kirsten Laskey

The Band of Heathens are not afraid of taking a walk on the wild side, but no worries, they won’t meander far enough to get kicked out of town, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series organizer Russ Gordon said.

This is a real plus for Los Alamos residents because “I think they have damn good music,” Gordon said. “They’re exciting, good energy and good music.”

The band, which originated from Austin, Texas, will perform their music at 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond.

It’s the first time the band has traveled to Los Alamos. “We’re looking forward to the great views that you have,” Colin Brooks, a member of the band, said.

He added the audience can look forward to an evening of rock n’ roll. He said the band is pretty spontaneous but also a little predictable. For instance, there won’t be any stand-up comedy, Brooks joked.

The band members met each other while performing at the same club one night in 2006. Although there was a “sparkle” when they performed together, Brooks said they did not initially think about forming a band.

Now that The Band of Heathens is formed, “we definitely have this gel factor going on,” Brooks said. “It’s almost as if we can read each other’s minds sometimes.”

Plus, he joked, “We don’t get into as many fist fights anymore.”

It’s been a successful musical union. The Band of Heathens earned “Best New Band of 2006/2007” at the Austin Music Awards and they recently appeared on the “Austin City Limits” TV show along with Elvis Costello. Additionally, the Americana Music Association ranked The Band of Heathen’s last album eighth out of top 100 albums of the year.

The highlight for the band, Brooks added, is getting into the mountains and away from the Austin summer heat as well as being able to travel the world.

Even though eating from cans of Pringles, drinking a cold beer and watching Jerry Springer re-runs may run a close second, Brooks encourages people to come out and hear the band.

“(People) will be assured to see a rock n’ roll extravaganza, they wouldn’t be able to stream on their computer,” Brooks said.

This is the final Friday night concert of the summer. But the music will go on during the Los Alamos 60th Anniversary party from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at Rover Park. The Laminators will take the stage for the occasion.