This week has it all. Make your plans to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday, see what’s next from an old indie favorite, party down at Red Rocks or just swing through some amazing shows at the smaller local venues around town. Rock your socks off Denver!
Monday, August 1, 2016
Recommended: Warren Haynes & the Colorado Symphony Orchestra @ Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
Warren Haynes and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will ring in Jerry Garcia’s (Grateful Dead) birthday this coming Monday at Red Rocks. Warren Haynes is best known for his work as lead guitarist for the Allman Brothers (1989-2014) as well as a founding member of famous jam-band Gov’t Mule. Haynes has a long time relationship with Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir (see video above of the two playing together) and has been partnering with symphonic orchestras across the country to pay homage to the Dead as well as everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor–Jerry Garcia.
Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Talent Among Us @ The Bluebird Theater – Read our Q&A with Vic Mensa here.
Martin Sexton @ The Denver Botanic Gardens
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Recommended: LCD Soundsystem @ Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
Early aughts oddballs LCD Soundsystem are on a whirlwind international tour to promote the highly anticipated release of their reunion album due sometime this year. Playing two sold out nights at Red Rocks is almost surprising considering the band has released only one single since breaking up in 2011, Christmas Will Break Your Heart in 2015. Fans eagerly await what lead singer and DFA label founder James Murphy will be bringing to the pop culture landscape through the LCD vehicle next, and these shows are an exciting first glimpse.
John Paul White, Sammy Brue @ The Bluebird
Bobby Shew @ Dazzle Lounge
Honne, Jones @ Larimer Lounge
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Recommended: Hayes Carll @ The Bluebird Theater
This quirky video starring comedian Brett Gelman with a cameo from America’s favorite bi-partisan couple James Carville and Mary Matalin perfectly compliments the the songs’ Grammy Nomination. Witty, refreshing and very funny, Texas, folk/country/rock singer and songwriter Hayes Carll may not be the most famous act from the lone star state but boy howdy the man’s got talent and creativity for days. Playing at the Bluebird Theater Carll’s tour is to promote his new studio album Lovers and Leavers.
LCD Soundsystem, Savages, Museum of Love @ Red Rocks Amphitheater – Get tickets here.
Deerhoof, Blank Spell, Decollage @ Hi Dive
Karma Kid @ Vinyl
Black Milk w. Nat Turner, Stay Tuned ft. Josh Lee, Kontrast & Fo’Cheif, Big J Beats, Deca @ Cervantes Other Side
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Recommended: HARD Red Rocks @ Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater
RL Grime, Savoy, Keys N Krates, Graves and Drezo will be giving it their all at this year’s Hard Red Rocks show. The bumping electronica lineup is giving this Thursday the much needed party-scene attention it so deserves. Party buses, DJ sets starting at 7 pm and mid-summer shenanigans, Oh My!
Botsoul, Andy Sydow, Hot Apostles, The Hollow @ The Bluebird
Chris Isaak, Brent Cowles @ The Denver Botanic Gardens
Disco Lemonade, Falcon Punch @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Friday, August 9, 2016
Recommended: Summer Slaughter Tour @ Summit Music Hall
Starting at 2:00 in the afternoon, Summit Music Hall will be hosting the Summer Slaughter Tour presented by American Satan–which I am assuming is a production moniker. The lineup will include Nile, After the Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail, Ingested, Enterprise Earth and cult-classic headliner, Cannibal Corpse. This miniature metal festival will surely be balm on the wound of Adult Swim’s recent cancellation of late night cartoon Metalocalypse.
Birch Street, Ryan Chrys, Jesse R. S @ The Bluebird Theater
Lonestar @ The Grizzly Rose
Laxx @ Beta
Lipgloss @ Lipgloss at Bar Standard
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, North Mississippi Allstars @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Saturday, August 6 2016
Recommended: Slightly Stoopid @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Slightly Stoopid has been bringing reggae influenced beach rock to the mile high city with fun fueled summer tours for about a decade (we all don’t remember the Blazed and Confused tour of 2009 with Snoop Dogg and Stephen Marley). Of course the band itself goes back much further forming in the mid 1990s. The group loves to tour and their laid back vibe and eighth studio albums provides all the material for a kick back at Red Rocks this Saturday that is not to be missed.
Something for Tomorrow, Fist Fight, Elete, Driven By Turmoil @ The Bluebird Theater
Dylan Earl and the Reason’s Why, High Plains Honky, Last of the Easy Riders @ Hi-Dive
No Way Back @ Beta Nightclub
Dick Dale, Kerry Pastine @ Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Recommended: Marilyn Manson @ Pepsi Center
Our Sunday night feature is epitomizing the phrase, last but not least. Marilyn Manson and Slipknot’s show at the Pepsi Center promises a good, old fashioned, shock rock and masked metal spectacle. Marilyn Manson (who is surprisingly not dead) and Slipknot have toured together in the past to roaring success. The show was originally slated for a June appearance at Red Rocks but had to be postponed due to an emergency spinal surgery undergone by Slipknot front man Corey Taylor. Of Mice and Men will be setting the tone for the evening as the openers and what happens next can only be speculated.
Culture Club, Groves @ The Paramount Theater
Michael Franti and the Spearheads, Zella Day @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy @ Fiddler’s Green