303 Magazine‘s Get Down has seen many musical veterans, but this week brings two very different, very established names to Denver. If anyone was hoping for a teenage-years throwback, clear the evening schedule because we’ve got the golden tickets. For those who can’t bare the thought of revisiting the past, no worries, this week also provides very new-on-the-scene artists. Enjoy our picks for top concerts this week.
Enrique Iglesias @ Pepsi Center – Tuesday February 17
Everyone’s favorite “Hero” is in town this week. With origins in Madrid, Spain, Enrique Iglesias will grace Denver with emotional lyrics, Spanish-influenced rhythms and a passionate disposition. With Julio Iglesias as a father, it’s really not surprising that this pop-infused artist was destined to bring sweet, popular melodies to the states. Although this high-profile singer seems to spill all of his secrets within his lyrics, there are some things his fans may not know about him. Iglesias began his singing career when he first moved to miami to live with his father. His first public singing experience? A part in the production of Hello, Dolly. Since then, he has produced multiple hits including “Hero” and “Bailamos.” Listen to “El Perdedor” below.
Hozier @ Ogden – Wednesday February 18
For those of you who can’t seem to find a buddy for church this Sunday, don’t worry–Hozier will go. Born in Ireland on Saint Patrick’s Day, Andrew Hozier-Byrne was the son of a blues musician, influenced by the genre from a young age. Hozier’s soulful sound can be contributed to his inveterate love for gospel, R&B and of course, blues. His rich sultry vocals emphasize his heartfelt lyrics. After studying at Trinity College Dublin, Hozier left school to record demos for Universal Music. In 2013, “Take Me to Church” was released, drastically increasing this artist’s popularity. His full, debut, self-titled album was released in 2014. Listen to some of his music below and don’t forget to get your tickets.
Odesza @ Belly Up Aspen – Friday February 20
Looking for something more along the lines of electronic music? Odesza will provide an interactive experience through a series of movement-inviting mixes. With an amalgamation of textures and effects, Odesza creates clear, dance-worthy beats. The Seattle duo first began producing their indie electronica music in 2012 when members Catacombkid, nee Harrison Mills and Beaches Beaches, nee Clayton Knight, decided to join forces their senior year at Western Washington University. Now, the duo has released their latest 2014 album, In Return, which for the electronica fan, is a must-see this week.
Motion City Soundtrack @ Gothic – Saturday February 21
For all Denver Millenials, attending this concert may be the perfect way to pay homage to past high school jams. As we were all graduating elementary school, Motion City Soundtrack was taking their first steps toward stardom. Formed in 1999, the initial two-man band gradually gathered members and released their debut album, I Am the Movie, in 2003. Eventually they had a huge break while touring Europe and Japan with blink-182; Mark Hoppus, bassist of blink-182, agreed to produce their next album. The music world began to take notice as the band gained high-profile status. In 2012, their most recent album, Go, was released, proving that Motion City Soundtrack has some serious staying-power in such a competitive industry.