Fishheads to wiggle at Copper |

Fishheads to wiggle at Copper

Kimberly Nicoletti

COPPER MOUNTAIN – “Cast off your big brown shoes, get squishy and wiggle for all you’re worth.”

That’s just part of the Fishhead Manifesto the Radiators will flood the Burning Stones Plaza with at a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The New Orleans-based band serves up a gumbo of musical styles, throwing in tastes of blues, rhythm-and-blues and roots-rock.

“Everyone in the band listens to a lot of different things, and it comes out in the music,” bassist Reggie Scanlan said. “(The band members) are expected to bring (their) part. If someone has a country-western approach and another has a reggae thing, (they) just dump it in and see what happens. The approach is very conversational.”

The whole fishhead tidal wave began 24 years ago when members of the Radiators found themselves floundering around, trying to describe their original tunes.

“I started saying, “It’s fishhead music. If you want to know what it sounds like, you gotta come to see the show,'” Scanlan said. Since then, a sea of fishheads has consistently washed up on whatever dry land the Radiators play.

“All sorts of jammin’, dancin’ madness going on,” Golden fishhead Chris Davis, who has followed the band for 20 years, posted on the Radiators’ site. “This (Boulder) show was molecular jamming, pure rocky mountain bliss and jaw-dropping intensity.”

In the vein of the Grateful Dead, the Radiators approach every show as an original.

“Every show’s going to be different,” Scanlan said. “After this many years, you kind of develop a certain intuitive instinct on stage, so it’s a lot easier to navigate. There’s a certain spontaneity to it. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t jump off this cliff and see if everyone lands on their feet. You want to bring a little bit of the unknown on stage. It’s just a big experiment. We’re always expanding and trying to look at something from a different angle.”

So far, the creative groove of the band has kept all of the original members together for almost 25 years.

“I’m playing ’til I drop,” Scanlan said. “If I retire, I’d probably just sit around and play anyway.”

Sunday’s free-for-all starts at 1 p.m. with the opening act, Global Funk Council, and its unique style of urban dance music combined with jazz, Latin and reggae rhythms. For more information, call (800) 458-8386, ext. 44636.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

The Radiators

– When: 2:30 p.m., with opening act, 1 p.m. Sunday

– Where: Burning Stones Plaza, Copper Mountain

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