Atomga (Album Release)

Afrobeat / World / Ska / Hip Hop

Atomga (Album Release)

The Dendrites, Jericho Son Of None

Fri, February 16, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $23.00

This event is 21 and over

“Once you witness the major dosage of authentic Afrobeat the band drops into their body of danceable wonderment, there is no turning back.” - Colorado Music Buzz

"The songs that Atomga performed were intricate and detailed and the band’s stage presence was loose and flowing. You cannot help but have fun when you see these 11 musicians energetically rock the stage."
-Brian Turk, Listen Up Denver

"Atomga specializes in positive vibes, authentic Nigerian Afrobeat and funk/soul sounds ideal for dancing your ass off."
-Ru Johnson, Westword

"The sound, anything but pedestrian, was an inspiring find. Definitely a band to watch for the fusion/Afrobeat crowd."
-Billy Thieme, Reverb

"Watch out Denver, cause your newest party band is just getting warmed up. These guys are poised to take this town by storm!"
-Timothy Dwenger, Listen Up Denver
The Dendrites
The Dendrites
In 2003, Denver's music scene was changing. The lack of all ages and DIY venues had broken apart the spirit of the undergound ska scene. Andrew McClellan, once the drummer of pop-ska out fit Dateless Wonder and the Disasterbators, and Keith Turner, guitarist of the Disasterbators, started a band to keep their love of ska music alive. Andrew and Keith soon recruited fellow band mates Kyle Gollob, Alex Wynn (both of Disasterbators), and Phil Yoo (Dateless Wonder). The rhythm section quintet began arranging pieces focusing on the fundamentals of early Jamaican Ska. By 2004, all of their other bands had fallen by the wayside and the group then called Krispy Bulbs became their main project.

In 2005, the group now called Alpha School played its first proper show. The group opened for ska legend King Django and Chicago dub outfit, the Drastics on a Friday afternoon at the Climax Lounge. The show led to many more with the likes of the Right Aways and 12 Cents for Marvin. The band again changed its name to the Deciders. In 2006, while opening for Monkey, the band met trumpeter Squidds Madden. Squidds was attending the show and asked if he could improvise during the set. He was a natural fit, and Squidds, formerly of Action Shot, was soon a full time member.

With the help of Squidds, the band was finally able to assemble the horn section it had so desperately desired. Keith Larsen, trombone, was the second member of the horn section to join. The band quickly began playing more shows. The band changed its name to the Dendrites one day while discussing psychology at rehearsal. The name stuck and the band began carving out their niche.

The band continued playing shows at the Climax Lounge with the Repercussions, the Potato Pirates, and the A-OKs all of which are now Denver ska staples. An opening slot for The Slackers put the Dendrites on the Denver ska map. The band was soon a regular at Denver bars the Skylark Lounge and Café Cero. Known for their all night parties, the Dendrites became one of Denver’s most exciting bands.

By 2008, the band added saxophonists Matt King (Chronophoic, 3 Squared) and Mont Brown (Fabulous Boogienauts) to the fold. The Dendrites became a powerful live band. While playing a Skatalites tribute night, the band garnered the attention of Megalith Records' Jeremy Patton. In 2009, Megalith (co-founded by the Toasters Robert "Bucket" Hingley) released the band’s debut Mountain Standard Time. The release led to a tour of the West Coast and the band shared the stage the Debonaires, Suburban Legends, and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

In 2010, Yoo left the band to teach in Korea. Yoo’s last show was recorded live and put out in 2011. The self-titled album, a mixture of Yoo’s final show and other studio tracks, was put out independently. The band briefly replaced Yoo with keyboard sensation Mike Smith. The band earned it’s first of many shows on Denver’s Underground Music Showcase (The UMS) and embarked on a three show run with the Slackers. The UMS show marked McClellan’s final show as he moved to Chicago pursuing his art career. Nick Dolan of the Repercussions immediately replaced him. Dolan had been with the band since their 2009 tour as an auxiliary percussionist. John Olsenn of Pink Hawks took over Dolan’s auxiliary duties. Late in the year, the band opened for Fishbone and the Toasters.

By 2012, Wynn, Larsen, and Brown had all left the band. Contraband bassist Luis Morales replaced Wynn. Mark Kinz of Ska Skank Redemption and Contraband took over for Larsen, and Doug Blease took over Baritione Sax duties for Mont Brown. The band took several months off from performing shows in order to get the new members up to speed. By 2013, the band was writing new music. Yoo rejoined the band and later that year they released the EP Fly Casual. The band played a number of larger gigs opening for the Aggrolites, the English Beat, the Pietasters and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Fly Casual’s release show was Gollob's final show with the band. The release garnered more attention than ever for the group. Neil Mitchell of Champagne Charlie took over for Gollob on Guitar. In 2014, the band was named Denver’s “Best Reggae” band by Westword Magazine. Larsen rejoined the band making the Dendrites an eleven-piece powerhouse. In the fall of 2014, the Dendrites were one of seven local bands to be invited to Riot Fest. The bill featured a monster lineup that included the Cure, Weezer, and Wu Tang Clan. The Dendrites are currently writing new music and continue to be a staple in the American ska scene.
Jericho Son Of None
Jericho Son Of None
Jericho Sonofnone (High School Teacher, Producer, Dj, Emcee) originally from DFW, TX now based in Denver, CO is best known for his work as lead emcee in Denver based hip hop group called Educated Figures which was also comprised of Xperiment, and Dj Notch from 2004-2009. Sonofnone has had the opportunity to open for such acts as: The Beatnuts, Akrobatik, Playdough, Lifesavas, Lyrics Born, Braille, Prozak Turner, Sage Francis, Zion I, L.A. Symphony, Pep Love & Casual of Hieroglyphics, Mackelmore, \ Pharoahe Monch, Jeru the Damaja, Grouch N'Eligh of Living Legends, C-rayz Walz, Strange Fruit Project, and The Visionaries. He has also had the privilage to play at some of Colorado's premiere venues, and take multiple out-of-state tours, and work with sponsors such as; Monster Energy,,, NeverSummer, Oakley, Akomplice, Neff, & Skull Candy to name a few. Jericho Sonofnone's music is authentic. Its the type of music that makes you remember why you started listening to hip hop in the first place.
Venue Information:
Ophelia's Electric Soapbox
1215 20th Street
Denver, CO, 80202