Joan Jett to headline Bike Week

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Joan Jett may be the only 1980s holdover whose music remains worthy of my jaded ears.

Her anthem “I Love Rock and Roll” may be how she’s most remembered on classic rock radio, at sports events and at karaoke bars nationwide, but she also has managed a decent career loaded with interesting music that goes well beyond her overplayed hit.

I was in seventh grade when that single dropped on rock radio, and I’m glad it has gotten the longevity it deserves over songs by Duran Duran, Dexy’s Midnight Runners or something Starship was pushing as music in 1982. Lately, Jett also has seen a rise in interest in her career after the release of a film documenting her time in the ’70s female rock outfit The Runaways.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will play Saturday night at the Sky Ute Casino Resort for Ignacio Bike Week. The Blackhearts are Tommy Price on drums, Kenny Laguna on bass and Dougie Needles on guitar.

Opening the show will be local rock trio Fuzzy Killing Machine.

From her start in the aforementioned quartet that also featured Lita Ford to records such as “The Sinner” in 2006, Jett has remained a solid guitar player, decent songwriter and comfortable band leader who consistently puts out some OK records. Since the ’80s, she’s managed to maintain her career without doing any kind of silly duets with the likes of Justin Timberlake or Elton John for a Disney film.

Aside from her handful of ’80s hits, she has performed with random punk bands, rockers like Motorhead, Alice Cooper and others; hosted a satellite radio show; played on the Vans Warped tour; and even released an album of covers honoring The Modern Lovers, The Sex Pistols, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. She also produced records by The Germs and Bikini Kill.

If I can find one disappointment in the résumé of this legend, aside from her role in “Light of Day” with Michael J. Fox, it was her blatant refusal of an interview for this column. Emails to the publicists and management were ignored and unanswered. She simply doesn’t do interviews. But that’s fine. She’s better off without my questions asking what it was like to be in a band with Ford or what it was like to work with the guy who played Alex P. Keaton.

However, last year Jett worked with Bayfield resident and former Ramones engineer Ed Stasium on a Joey Ramone solo record that has yet to be released. The late punk icon had been working on unfinished songs until the time of his death. I would have liked to ask her more about that.

If a trip to Ignacio isn’t in the cards, Sunday night at The Summit will feature The Black, a quartet from Austin, Texas. The Black’s 2010 release “Sun in the Day, Moon at Night” was one of my top releases of last year. The rock band plays country rock vocally reminiscent of Deer Tick with plenty of jangly rock guitars in the vein of The Jayhawks. The Black’s visit is because of a scheduling quirk on its tour; take advantage of our good fortune and check it out.

Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager. Reach him at Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu.

Joan Jett may be the only 1980s holdover whose music remains worthy of my jaded ears.

Her anthem “I Love Rock and Roll” may be how she’s most remembered on classic rock radio, at sports events and at karaoke bars nationwide, but she also has managed a decent career loaded with interesting music that goes well beyond her overplayed hit.

I was in seventh grade when that single dropped on rock radio, and I’m glad it has gotten the longevity it deserves over songs by Duran Duran, Dexy’s Midnight Runners or something Starship was pushing as music in 1982. Lately, Jett also has seen a rise in interest in her career after the release of a film documenting her time in the ’70s female rock outfit The Runaways.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will play Saturday night at the Sky Ute Casino Resort for Ignacio Bike Week. The Blackhearts are Tommy Price on drums, Kenny Laguna on bass and Dougie Needles on guitar.

Opening the show will be local rock trio Fuzzy Killing Machine.

From her start in the aforementioned quartet that also featured Lita Ford to records such as “The Sinner” in 2006, Jett has remained a solid guitar player, decent songwriter and comfortable band leader who consistently puts out some OK records. Since the ’80s, she’s managed to maintain her career without doing any kind of silly duets with the likes of Justin Timberlake or Elton John for a Disney film.

Aside from her handful of ’80s hits, she has performed with random punk bands, rockers like Motorhead, Alice Cooper and others; hosted a satellite radio show; played on the Vans Warped tour; and even released an album of covers honoring The Modern Lovers, The Sex Pistols, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more. She also produced records by The Germs and Bikini Kill.

If I can find one disappointment in the résumé of this legend, aside from her role in “Light of Day” with Michael J. Fox, it was her blatant refusal of an interview for this column. Emails to the publicists and management were ignored and unanswered. She simply doesn’t do interviews. But that’s fine. She’s better off without my questions asking what it was like to be in a band with Ford or what it was like to work with the guy who played Alex P. Keaton.

However, last year Jett worked with Bayfield resident and former Ramones engineer Ed Stasium on a Joey Ramone solo record that has yet to be released. The late punk icon had been working on unfinished songs until the time of his death. I would have liked to ask her more about that.

If a trip to Ignacio isn’t in the cards, Sunday night at The Summit will feature The Black, a quartet from Austin, Texas. The Black’s 2010 release “Sun in the Day, Moon at Night” was one of my top releases of last year. The rock band plays country rock vocally reminiscent of Deer Tick with plenty of jangly rock guitars in the vein of The Jayhawks. The Black’s visit is because of a scheduling quirk on its tour; take advantage of our good fortune and check it out.

Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and KDUR station manager. Reach him at Liggett_b@fortlewis.edu.