Ah, Memorial Day Weekend. Established to commemorate our brave fallen soldiers—but more likely to invoke imagery of beach BBQs, mountain getaways and the official kickoff to summertime as we know it. So if you’re not skipping town this weekend en masse to blaze the backpacking trails (that still may be crusty with snow), float down the river (that is still going to be frigid as hell) or to soak up that high altitude sun (because, base tan, dude), then perhaps I’ll see you at Red Rocks, for what is guaranteed to be one of the summer’s most memorable concerts: The Devil Makes Three will be headlining, with Shakey Graves and The Wood Brothers on Friday May 27.
The Devil Makes Three, in case you’ve been living under a rock, is a brooding bluegrass band—but they’re more than that, really. Their whiskey drinking, boot stomping, old-timey brand of tunage is simply timeless. The intensity of their tracks ranges from diabolical banjo pickin’ and festering bass lines to bluesy guitar strumming and the soulful crooning of lyrics. Even if you can’t stand bluegrass, but you love punk rock and/or rockabilly, The Devil Makes Three might still be up your alley. They were previously a 100% string band, but recently added a drummer and lap-steel player into the mix, creating a more textured and complex sound. Devil Makes Three is—well—they’re dark n’ dirty, both in subject matter and acoustics.
On a lighter note, Shakey Graves will also be playing at Friday’s show. If you Google Shakey Graves, the first fact that comes up proclaims that he is a “gentleman from Texas.” This Austin local plays a sort of hybrid of blues, folk and rock-n-roll—and how. He used to play as a one band band, but he’s since acquired some good friends to jam out with him. Check him out at NPR’s Tiny Desk here (he’s a bit of a chameleon, usually rocking a beard and cowboy hat—but is completely babyfaced here):
And make sure to show up early to catch The Wood Brothers’ opening set. The Wood Brothers’ music is bursting with pure joy. Their whimsical, Americana style music can range from heartbreakingly beautiful (The Muse is always a tear-jerker) to smooth and bluesy. Plus, they’re actually brothers! The sibling dynamic is a force to be reckoned with, especially when you’re oh-so musically inclined. Expect to hear lots of old favorites, plus new tracks off of The Wood Brothers’ recently released album Paradise (October 2015). Plus, I once saw them cover Fixin’ A Hole by the Beatles at a show in Boulder, which was arguably the best Beatles cover I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. Check it out:
This all-ages show starts at 7:30pm, with doors opening at 6pm. Ticket prices range from about $40-50, depending whether you purchase them in advance or at the door. See you there. Happy summer!