Gabriel Derby, 303 magazine Whether you’re already a fan of that funky soul music that has been popping up throughout Denver, are just searching for a swingin’ good time, or are simply expanding your musical horizons, look no further than Rowdy Shadehouse. This Denver funk band has become quite popular throughout Colorado and they hold the number one spot in REVERBNATION’s Funk category.
Rowdy Shadehouse is something new and different, bringing older but classical melodies into a convergence with original material that is designed to make you groove. And boy, do those tunes get the job done. The heavy beats of their drums and bass quickly set a tempo that will have you stomping and clapping along. Their silky smooth guitar riffs flow into one another and blend to create those soulful vibes the Funk community is accustomed to. Then come the saxes, tooting like horns of victory announcing the return of a king. Surely these men feel like conquering heroes when performing before their fans. But the aim of Rowdy Shadehouse is to bring those funkadelic feelings and atmosphere to the people they love most: their fans. The men of Rowdy Shadehouse had this to say on the matter: “We at the Shadehouse believe that it isn’t always about the art, or the money or the chicks. But, mainly it’s about letting go, and having fun with the music. So grab the person to the right of you, grab the person to the left of you, or if you ain’t got nobody, grab yourself and get rowdy! Funk Music!”
“West Words Critiques Choice We’ve all seen guys who play funk with a high level of technical proficiency but then end up making music that comes off as listless. But Rowdy Shadehouse actually lives up to its outlandish name. With this band, you end up being part of the show whether you like it or not. Frontman Jon Thursday is an intensely enthusiastic, confrontational and even transgressive figure whose visceral performance is matched by the rest of the band. Chances are these guys listened to a lot of the real thing, saw some of it, and also saw enough of the bogus variety of funk to conceive an act that puts out the exact opposite. Rowdy Shadehouse is definitely a party band, but one whose energetic performances are refreshingly startling. — By Tom Murphy”