Spring has sprung…or something like that. March is chock-full of highly anticipated concerts at renowned venues around the city, with musical endeavors to quell your thirst for bass thumping, guitar slaying or melody crushing tunes. The music desk at 303 Magazine is serving up our choices for March shows you should attend. Check out our writers’ picks and get ready for a head-bobbin’, eardrum-blaring good time.

Vince Staples @ The Bluebird Theater – March 5

Tickets: $20

After the release of his critically acclaimed album Summertime ‘06, Vince Staples looks to tell his emotionally charged story to The Bluebird on Saturday. Along with his unique yet heavy beats, this show will beg for your attention as soon as you walk into the room. (Will Sheehan)

‘Pert Near Sandstone @ Bluebird Theater – March 10

Tickets: $20

Minnesota Bluegrass scene favorite Pert Near Sandstone will grace the Bluebird on Thursday, March 10th. The group has produced six full length albums since 2004, with their latest album, The Hardest Part of Leaving, having been one of the most anticipated Bluegrass albums of 2014. They will be joined by Pennsylvania’s own bluegrass favorite, Cabinet. (Denby Gardiner) 

Joey Porter @ Cervantes – March 12 & 13

Tickets: $20 Advance/ $25 DOS

The Motet’s Joey Porter is a staple in our local live music scene and this weekend he’s bringing the funk with yet another side project, Joey Porter’s Shady Business. The two-night lineup includes members of Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Trey Anastasio Band and fellow Motet member Garrett Sayers. Friday and Saturday night at Cervantes. (Emma Polachek)

August Burns Red @ The Summit Music Hall – March 14

Tickets: $29

Longtime metalcore trailblazers August Burns Red take Summit Music Hall by storm with an accompaniment from the ever-masterful Between The Buried & Me. August Burns Red return to Denver in support of their 7th album release, Found In Far Away Places. Between The Buried & Me, in similar fashion, are currently supporting their 8th record, Coma Ecliptic. Be prepared for a night of guitar and vocal-shredding, high-octane performances that their respective albums simply don’t do justice.

The Faceless and Good Tiger will be opening support. (Samuel Lang)

Jose Gonzalez @ Paramount Theater – March 17

Tickets: $30.75

If you’re lucky, you could spend your St. Patrick’s Day feasting your ears on this talented crooner, rather than filling up to your neck in green beer. But hey, you can do that too. This Swedish folk-rock singer songwriter is sure to make you experience all the feels on this most sloppy of holidays. Join Gonzalez, with special guests, contemporary-classical group yMusic, for some aching melodies, soothing instrumental prowess and undeniable big-room orchestra sounds. So leave the mug at home and experience a classy St. Patty’s evening with these talented musicians. (Alex Faubel)

Marco Benevento @ Cervantes’ Other Side – March 19

Tickets: $15 advance/$20 DOS

Marco Benevento is returning to Denver and bringing piano forward, high energy psychedelic dance-rock with him. He’s celebrating the release of his new album The Story of Fred Short that comes out April 1. Synthesizers and drum machine grooves infuse Marco’s music with a an edge that — as Brooklyn Vegan so accurately put it — “could appeal to Damon Albarn fans as much as (or more than) Jerry Garcia fans.” Check out his new video for Dropkick, featuring Marco himself as a tiger headed man in a pinstriped zoot suite, dancing around a bonfire and drinking champagne in the bathtub. This guy’s clearly no fun. (Allison Cohn)

Dyrty Byrds CD Release Party @ Oriental Theater – March 19

Tickets: $10

The Dyrty Byrds are a four-piece rock and roll band straight outta the Mile High. They’re celebrating the release of their third album Failure is Feedback, which debuts on March 18. Failure is Feedback combines the Dyrty Byrds’ signature Southern Rock sound with some outlaw country riffs, plus a bit of grungy punk rock for good measure. The first fifty people to the show will receive free download cards for the new album, so show up early. The Dyrty Byrds set begins at 10pm. If you can’t make this show (because there’s always so many concerts going on at the same time around here #denverproblems), you can catch them playing again at Cervantes’ Other Side on April 14. (Allison Cohn)

Bag Raiders @ Larimer Lounge – March 21

Tickets: $20

Lend your ears to the funky, dance grooves of Australian synth-pop duo Bag Raiders. Just try and stand still as the electronic melodies course through your ears and beg your feet to start moving. Their alternative brand of electronic dance jams is both fresh and fun. Their 2009 single “Shooting Stars” garnered love on the charts, though the band has only released a few short EPs  since their debut album in 2010. They can be seen remixing the work of other artists, but we’re hoping this fine-tuned duo breaks out some more singles before their Larimer Lounge appearance on March 21. Regardless, this will be a crazy fun show and one not to miss! (Alex Faubel)

Kontrast & Fo’ Chief @ Marquis Theater – March 24

Tickets: $10

Denver natives Kontrast & Fo’ Chief have been sustaining the consistent vibe of hip-hop in Denver individually for quite some time, however they have also been releasing projects under the name “Cannonball Soup” together. At the end of the month, the duo will put on an album release party for their album “Cannonball Soup: The Last Supper” at the Marquis. The show starts at 8 PM on the 23rd, and will only cost you $10.00 to enter. (Denby Gardiner)

Santigold @ Ogden Theatre – March 24

Tickets: $30.50 Advanced/ $35 dos

She’s back, folks! The unmistakeable voice of the talented, beautiful Santigold will grace the Mile High City this month. She will be touring on her new album entitled 99¢. Her infectious hits like “L.E.S Artists” and “Creator” dug their way into our brains in an unforgettable, melodious manner. These earworms received positive attention from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and more. The tracks off her new album are noticeably sunnier and more positive, undoubtedly a byproduct of becoming a new mother. Don’t miss her upbeat live performance this month at the Ogden! (Alex Faubel)

FKJ @ Cervantes’ Other Side – March 25

Tickets: $15

Parisian instrumentalist French Kiwi Juice (FKJ) will bring a dance filled night to Cervantes on March 25th. With groovy melodies and soothing voice samples, this one man band will undoubtedly impress anyone who catches his show. (Will Sheehan) 

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