Denver indie-rock band Snake Rattle Rattle Snake slithers into Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School (401 S. Fourth St.) at 6:30 p.m. April 27. (Local act American Cream opens.) If the school seems an odd venue to host a free rock show, that’s because it is. How did it happen?
Turns out the Las Vegas Cultural Affairs department was awarded grant money from regional arts organization Western States Arts Federation to bring Snake Rattle Rattle Snake to Vegas. WESTAF launched a program this year called Independent Music on Tour, designed to send Colorado musicians into surrounding states to forge ties with nonprofit arts presenters. After winning the $2,500 grant, the city chose from six Colorado groups (ranging from hip-hop to chamber-pop) pre-selected by a national panel.
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake is an interesting choice. The band is moody and danceable, especially on its self-released debut, 2011’s Sineater. If you like rock delivered with a post-punk edge and a gothic-Southwest touch, this should do it for you. Singer Hayley Helmericks comes on like Siousxie and the Banshees crossed with the Dead Weather.
There’s also a free workshop earlier in the day. Professor Storm Gloor from the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado, Denver will present a seminar called “Effective Marketing for Artists in the Digital Age and Beyond.” The seminar runs from 1 to 5 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more info on the show, call 229-3515. To learn more about WESTAF’s program to inject Colorado rock into Vegas, visit IMTour.org.