This week in Denver’s music scene features many different concerts ranging over a variety of genres. It’s weeks like this that makes us music lovers feel like feel kids–or me still–at an ice cream shop. Which flavor do I want and which ice cream shop should I visit? Let’s check out what’s going on in the Mile High City, notorious for amazing live music and vibrant venues.
Monday, August 22
Recommended: Beach House w/ Entrance @ The Ogden Theater
Beach House’s debut self-titled album launched the Baltimore duo into the hearts of listeners with their hypnotic melodies and their indolent lyrics. Since then they’ve created dark, soul touching music through their five other albums. Two of their latest albums, “Depression Cherry” & “Thank Your Lucky Stars”, released in 2015. Members Victoria Legrand (vocals, organ) and Alex Scally (guitar, keyboards) provide an oasis of sound in their live performances, continually grasping the souls of their fanbase. Legrand has music composition in her blood, being the niece of the French composer Michael Legrand. Entrance is opening up for Beach House at the Ogden–a perfect marriage for audiences craving some Baltimore dream-pop.
Jackson Browne @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Kyle Craft @ Lost Lake Lounge
Afroman @ Larimer Lounge
Wabakinoset @ Cervantes Other Side
Owsley’s Acid Jazz trip feat: Paul Murin of DPO @ Quixotes True Blue
Digisaurs @ Seventh Circle Music
Tuesday, August 23
Recommended: Civil Youth, Miguel Dakota, Thunderthief, Courier GT @ Marquis Theater
Philadelphia based Civil Youth’s exciting sounds and poetic vocals evokes listeners with quite the live performances. This includes insane drum solos, chanting inspirational lyrics and heavy dancing. The atmosphere creates a collective journey between the band and their audiences to encourage those to accept and define feelings that are sometimes unexplainable. With a packed line-up including Miguel Dakota, Thunderthief and Courier GT, this show is guaranteed to be filled with powerful, inspiring lyrics and a high energy stage presence.
Oh, Jeremiah, Holly Lovell, Shelly Rollison Music @ Lost Lake Lounge
Ind33p, Pleasure @ Cervantes’ Other Side
Rich the kid, J-Krupt, Planes! @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
Ace Frehley, Simo @ The Oriental Theater
Sputnik Slovenia @ Summit Music Hall
Sam Pace, The Gilded Grit @ 3 Kings Tavern
Wednesday, August 24
Recommended: The Outer Vibe, Not Quite Kings @ Herman’s Hideaway
With more than a 100 shows a year, The Outer Vibe is an energizing, young, educated band bringing vibrant and unforgettable performances. With eight degrees between the five members , the musical composition behind their music is well-thought-out and touching. Formed in Western Michigan, the band’s live performances captures the attention of many listeners with a powerful stage energy–and ultimately happy-go-lucky vibe reflecting the band’s friendship and collaborative teamwork. Their latest album “Full Circle” brought many of their biggest hits, including “Shining Like a Diamond”, “Full Circle” and “Rose Colored Shades”. The show is 21+ , with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and music expecting to start at 7 p.m.
5 Seconds of Summer, Hey Violet @ The Pepsi Center
Eric Johnson @ The Bluebird Theater
Eddie Roberts @ Ophelia’s
Illustrations @ Seventh Circle Music Collective
Nathan Fox, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs @ Lost Lake Lounge
Lord Dying, Child Bite, Joel Grind @ Marquis Theater
J.WAIL, Steve Molitz, Chris Littlefold, Space Race, Sundae Service @ Cervantes’ Other Side
The Jive Tribe @ Larimer Lounge
Thursday, August 25
Recommended: Gov’t Mule w/ moe., Blackberry Smoke @ Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
Gov’t Mule and long time-friends moe. will bring the rock’n’roll to Red Rocks. Original leaders Warren Haynes and Allen Woody created Gov’t Mule as a side project to the Allman Brother Band, brining the southern rock influence captured with the impact of the Allman Brothers. Gov’t Mule encompasses a psychedelic-bluesy feel, allowing Mule to curate a sound of their own. Their influences range from all over the rock world, including a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, with their own take called “The Dark Side of the Mule”. Moe. is a phenomenal addition to this line-up. Not only are the two long time friends, but the fierce guitar riffs from both bands is ensured to provide audiences with a captivating rock show at the notorious Red Rocks Amphitheater, which has hosted many of Rock’n’Rolls greatest.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Bluebird Theater
Khemmis @ Larimer Lounge
The Coast is Ours, Charlie Siren, We Are Sharks, Always On My Mind @ Moon Room
UZ, Aazar @ Beta Nightclub
Master @ Black Sky Brewery
P-Nuckle, Resinated, Tunnel Vision, Mind State @ Gothic Theater
Samantha Crain, Brandie Posey, Erika Ryann, Matthew Milia @ Lion’s Lair
Frogs Gone Fishin’, Von Stomper, Saltwater String Band, Diffracto, Ginny Muler @ Cervantes’ Other Side
Friday, August 26
Recommended: 888 @ RiNo Music Festival
Denver based 888 create a sound unique to themselves. Playing at RiNo Music Festival, located at 3715 Chestnut Place. The band will accompany The Silversun Pickups. 888 originated out of Denver, and as a collective have been creating and playing music together for the past 10 years. Members Danny Stills, Aaron Rothe and Danny Cooper launched the band in 2015. Their hits include “Critical Mistakes,” “Seattle Rain” and “Decades.” RiNo Music Festival will be a phenomenal platform to show Denver music fans the bands resilience and “unwillingness to rest easy”, constantly striving for more.
Bishop Briggs, A Silent Film @ RiNo Music Festival
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Flaurel, Cullen Omori @ Ogden Theater
Rayland Baxter, Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir @ Bluebird Theater
I Prevail, The White Noise, My Enemies & I, Bad Seed Rising, My Enemies @ Gothic Theater
Eric Paslay @ Grizzly Rose
Carter Sampson @ Park Burger
Bob Schneider Music @ Soiled Dove Underground
Slow Caves, The Ghoulies, Roommates, The Architects @ The Marquis Theater
Saturday, August 27
Recommended: Reggae On the Rocks w/ 311, Iration, Steel Pulse, The Werks & more @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Red Rock’s annual Reggae on the Rocks features a power packed line-up this year of 311, Iration, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Werks and Judge Roughneck. Reggae on the Rocks is considered as one of the premier reggae festivals in the world. 311 has been rocking the reggae scene for over 15 years, combining musical elements that give them their unique sound. Iration definitely compliments this line-up. The influence of their sound can be traced back to their warm-weather, beach-y roots. With a line-up including these two and many more it’s easy to see how Reggae on the Rocks can be globally considered as one of the most premier reggae festivals.
Garfunkel & Oates @ Paramount Theater
DJ QBert @ Bar Standard
The Giraffes @ Bull & Bush Brewery
Monophobics @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
Five iron Frenzy, MU330, Pilfers, Sorry Sweetheart @ Gothic Theater
Corsicana @ Stella’s Coffee
Sunday, August 28
Recommended: The Head & The Heart, The Tallest Man on Earth @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Seattle-based indie folk band The Head & The Heart met in 2009 thanks to an open-mic night. The band gained a lot of traction touring in the Pacific Northwest during 2010, before gaining national attention. After a creative break, 2016 has been a big year for the band with the release of their latest album “Signs of Light“. The bands’s biggest hits include-“Lost in my Mind” and “All We Ever Knew” – which can be heard on many radio stations across the nation. This feel-good band will be accompanied by The Tallest Man on Earth, which features heart-felt, poetic lyrics by lyricist and songwriter Kristian Matsson.