Bands to make Dolores Saturday nights lively

Two Saturday evenings full of music are scheduled to happen at the Dolores River Brewery. The music starts Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, a self described blues, jazz, folk, rock band out of St. Louis, MO. Tickets cost $5.

Singer Songwriter Ramsay Midwood, from Austin Texas and his band the 13 33's will be performing at the Dolores River Brewery on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Ramsay's a self proclaimed make-believe cowboy who has started his own space program. Tickets are $15 at the door. More information available at www.doloresriverbrewery.com

Texas singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood's music is at once highly idiosyncratic but also as familiar as a bad habit. His bluesy, rootsy romps instantly start your head bobbing as his bizarre lyrics full of rich, Southern Gothic visuals set your imagination flowing. His style and lyric-making ability will excite and confuse you in the way that good poetry can. His music is bright with surprise, sultry beat, and innovative comparative operators. One can liken his sound and style to a potpourri of incense and smoky vapors complicated by the thick heat of a swamp and spiced with healthy dashes of salt, sandpaper, and beer foam. A strong sense of plain-stated, Southern Gothic surrealism helps buoy the themes of loss and redemption infused throughout his work. You've not heard another musician like him. Two albums are out now: Shootout at the OK Chinese Restaurant and Popular Delusions & the Madness of Cows. A third album is due soon. The best intro to Ramsay Midwood is one he wrote himself though: "I was always an admirer of Woody Guthrie's seemingly heroic undertakings. I vowed to fight his same righteous fight. I immediately broke this vow by chasing an actress to Hollywood and many songs later I chased a stripper from Wisconsin to LA, realizing that I was simply a make-believe cowboy unconsciously herding women of questionable virtue into a corral in my head, where I could engage in long periods of self-loathing. This was when I decided to start my own space program. The initial fund-raising has been difficult, but I'm certain once I get my driver's license things will pick up."