Living in the 303 has many perks. We have a phenomenal fashion culture, delicious food and of course incredible views. But of course there’s Denver’s awesome live music culture breathing even more life into this lively city. So let’s dive in and find out what’s going on for concerts in Denver this week.
Monday, September 5
Recommended: Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ A Taste of Colorado/Denver’s Civic Center Park
Playing the last set for A Taste of Colorado, Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be performing on the main stage at 5 p.m. presented by 103.5 The Fox. This blues rock band has helped give life back to a worldwide interest in blues rock. There is a marriage in the sound between past-to-modern blues, making them a highly in-demand act. The band created a presence on radio for blues rock, which had not been popularly done before. The latest album from the band is 2014’s “Goin’ Home,” which features a lot of collaboration with artists in the rock industry, including Warren Haynes.
This event is free to the public.
Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony, Vic Johnson @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Owsley’s ACID Jazz Trip feat. Paul Murin of DPO and Edwin Hurwitz of Shakedown Street @ Quixote’s True Blue
Vinyl Mondays Punk/Goth Night w/ DJs Bunny Stratton and Katie Marie @ Hi-Dive
Tuesday, September 6
Recommended: Jalbatross feat. Ryan Jalbert of Motet @ Quixote’s True Blue
Ryan Jalbert is the guitarist for Denver’s iconic funk band The Motet. This week he will be playing with Jalbatross at the Quixote’s True Blue, a venue well-known for hosting jam music inspired by Jerry Garcia. Jalbatross is an experimental band for funk music, messing with a lot of sounds like funk, dub, jazz and psychedelia. They are known for putting pep in your step and getting that funk flow feeling. Ryan Jalbert will be joined on the stage with Paul McDaniel on bass, Johnny Jyemo and Stephen Thurston.
Monolord, Beastmaker @ Lost Lake Lounge
Belle Noire, False Report, You Never Were @ Moon Room
Whale Bones @ Seventh Circle Music Collective
Kinesics, Gentle Spirit @ Larimer Lounge
Charla Bevan @ Dazzle Jazz
Wednesday, September 7
Recommended: Prophets of Rage, AWOLNATION @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Based out of LA, this newly formed rap-metal group got started just this year. The band is complied of Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of Rage against the Machine, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and DJ Lord and B Real of Cypress Hill. This supergroup united in their similar interest to create music that speaks to the issues arising in 2016. Their tour, titled “Make America Rage Again,” speaks to this message. The combining elements from their influences of the different bands they played in provides listeners with a unique sound, speaking up about the problems of 2016. They play a mix of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill songs, along with their own track called “Prophets of Rage” released in 2016, shortly after the decision to tour together.
Blind Pilot, River Whyless @ Ogden Theater
Mirah @ Larimer Lounge
Black Joe Lewis @ Bluebird Theater
Russian Circles, Cloakroom @ Gothic Theater
Raul Midon @ Soiled Dove Underground
Brain Dead, Bad Engrish, Anger Flares, The Uncouth @ Moon Room
Thursday, September 8
Recommended: Gringo Star @ Lost Lake Lounge
Gringo Star is made up of brothers Nick and Peter Furgiuele, as well as Pete Delorenzo and Matt McCalvin. The band just released their latest studio album titled “The Sides and in Between” in late August. The album features some new sounds for the band, sure to be debuted at their show at Lost Lake Lounge. Their beachy music provides listeners with an oasis of sound, melodic harmonies, surf guitar riffs and great vocals. Some of their biggest hits to come off their earlier album include “Shadow,” “Rotten” and “Heading South.” They will be accompanied by the Boat Drinks and the Lollygags.
Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Paper Bird @ Twist & Shout – Read our Q&A with Paper Bird here.
Cult of the Lost Cause, Muscle Beach, Church Fire @ Gothic Theater
Nobodys, Thunderosa, Coverboy @ 3 Kings Tavern
Tritonal @ Beta Nightclub
Caustic Casanova, Meet the Giant, Joy Subtraction @ Lion’s Lair
Native Sun @ Ophelia’s
FL of the Foodchain, AP, Ray Reed & more @ Bluebird Theater
Canyon Collected, Texas Pete, Dave Halchak, Daniella Katzir & more @ Cervantes’ Other Side
Before the Bulb, The Born Readies, West Side Saints, Cutthroat Drifters @ Hi-Dive
Friday, September 9
Recommended: STS9 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Playing at Red Rocks for the 13th consecutive year, STS9 provides listeners with a musical jam experience, going from the depths of electronic-jam into some disco-funk. This Santa Cruz based band creates dance parties, and always brings a lot of energy playing at Red Rocks–especially coming back for their 13th consecutive year. STS9 band brought on a new bassist, Alana Rockin, in 2014, which has helped compliment and expand STS9’s sound. Just this month, they released a new album titled “The Universe Inside” which highlights a lot of the versatility in the band’s sound. Their live shows are always unique as they entail a lot of improvisational jams, with a lot of group rhythms and some instrumental solos.
Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
SHIBA SAN, Worthy, Landis Lapace @ Ogden Theater
Avatar, Painted Wives, Astreya @ Marquis Theater
Euge Groove @ Soiled Dove Underground
Hydraform, Necropanther, Pile of Priests, Bronze @ Moon Room
Polyphia @ Lost Lake Lounge
William Topley @ Gothic Theater
Fishbone, Judge Roughneck, The Angle, The Plates @ Cervantes’ Other Side
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts @ The Walnut Room
Andy Frasco, The U.N. @ Larimer Lounge
Saturday, September 10
Recommended: Ludacris, Galatic, Soulive, Mikey Thunder @ Punching Mule Music Festival
This eclectic and talented line-up is expected to get a lot of people up and swinging their hips at Punching Mule Music Festival. Ludacris is one of the spearheading artists for Southern rap out of Atlanta. Galatic is a soulful, jazz/funk ensemble out of New Orleans that gets your blood pumping. Soulive is a soul/jazz band originated out of Buffalo, New York, featuring brothers Alan and Neal Evans, as well as Eric Krasno, who helped found the funk band Lettuce. Mikey Thunder is a Denver-based DJ who mixes soul, jazz, blues and a lot of other sounds. All of these acts together may sound random, but are ensured to bring about a night of very good and unique music.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, Kolars & more @ New Belgium’s Tour de Fat – City Park
Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Volbeat & more @ High Elevation Festival – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Pierce the Vail @ High Elevation Festival
Kolars @ Tour de Fat Denver – City Park
STS9 @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
Joe Hertler @ The Walnut Room
Sunday, September 11
Recommended: O.A.R. @ Red Rocks Amphitheater
O.A.R. will be headlining Red Rocks touring their new album XX. Their melodies and lyrics draw fans in and keep them intrigued. The O.A.R. show at Red Rocks will be one of the last stops on their U.S. tour. The band is out of Rockville, Maryland and is currently signed with Vanguard Records/Black Rock Recorded Music. The members are Marc Roberge – singer/guitarist, Richard On – lead guitarist, Benj Gershman – bassist, Chris Culos – drummer and Jerry DePizzo – saxophonist. 97.3 KBCO will be hosting the concert, with an accompanying act by The Hunts.
Ben Sollee @ The Bluebird
Leaded @ Local 46
MysteryINK @ Cervantes’
Family Gang @ Herman’s Hideaway
Canyon Collected @ Larimer Lounge