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An Evening with King Sunny Adé

This solo musician draws inspiration from his homeland in his lively rhythms. He plays the talking drum, an hourglass shaped instrument from Nigeria, as well as the pedal steel guitar to create his own innovative sound influenced by jùjú, a style of pop music in his native country. Fri 8:30 p.m.

Grace Potter

After a night with this funky rocker, you'll be humming her bluesy tunes for weeks. The Vermont native’s debut solo album, Midnight, is somewhat similar to the songs she played with the Nocturnals, but the sultry vocalization is all her own. Fri 7:30 p.m. Visit gracepotter.com.

Leftapalooza

At this crowd-pleasing charitable concert, nine local cover bands will battle it out at the Mile High Tribute Band Competition. As you sip on a Milk Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company, enjoy the hard rock harmonies of VanWholen as well as pop melodies by REMember. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the…

Darius Rucker

This pop country artist topped Billboard's country albums chart with his 2013 album, True Believers, which features his platinum single, “Wagon Wheel.” The Charleston native’s newest record, Southern Style, represents an expansion of his vocal range and a move toward more personal lyrics. Thu 7 p.m. Visit dariusrucker.com.

A Mighty Fortress: The Reformation and Music

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St. Martin’s Chamber Choir travels to the past for this setlist in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The performance will focus on the Reformation’s influence on music, featuring arrangements from early Lutheran composers Johann Walther and Johann Crüger, and the Romantic era’s Mendelssohn and Brahms. The choir will perform consecutive days…

Klezfest

Enjoy different interpretations of klezmer, a Jewish musical tradition of celebratory instrumental folk music and dance tunes that assimilated elements of American jazz as Eastern European Jews emigrated to the U.S., at this exuberant cultural celebration. Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe will play their lively brand of klezmer fusion, which mixes traditional Jewish melodies…

Queen City Festival

Artists such as hip-hop mogul ESTA and rapper Michael Christmas are joining forces with some of the best local talent Colorado has to offer at this two-day soiree. From Turner Jackson’s pulsing party music to Denver-raised Kid Astronaut’s soulful R&B-meets-modern-hip-hop jams, the lineup consists of regional artists drawing on a wide variety of musical influences,…

Drums of the World

Take your kids on an aural multicultural journey as the Colorado Symphony master percussionists play rhythmic instruments from around the world. The afternoon’s program will cover historical works from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Arrive an hour early for Half Notes, a family-friendly program with a composition station and an area to introduce your kids…

MAKO

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After four years climbing the dance charts with collaborations and remixes, this L.A.-based electronic duo, composed of Alex Seaver and Logan Light, released its debut studio album Hours in December. The mix-masters brought their hybrid EDM-indie rock grooves to Coachella, TomorrowWorld, and Lollapalooza and climbed Sirius XM’s BPM station with the bouncy, piano-driven single “Smoke…

Elephant Revival

For ten years now, this neo-acoustic folk group from Nederland has been building a dedicated fan base for its self-proclaimed “transcendental folk” style. Hear the progressive blend of bluegrass, indie rock, and Celtic songcraft in tracks from the quintet’s April release, Petals. Bonus: Gipsy Moon opens the show with dance-worthy tunes of rhythmic indie folk.…

98 Degrees

Soulful vocals from this reformed quartet might remind you a little of the ’90s—but you shouldn't skip this throwback show. The boy band, which reunited in 2012 after a long hiatus, still delivers high-energy songs and well-tuned melodies. Sun 7:30 p.m. Visit 98degrees.com.

Maroon 5

This flashy pop-rock show will keep you dancing until daylight. The Los Angeles natives’ repertoire is as versatile as its members (from bad boy Adam Levine to hipster Micky Madden), featuring breezy upbeat songs like “Sunday Morning” alongside darker pop hits like “Animals.” Levine is sure to show off his talent for hitting high notes…

Pixies

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This late '80s alternative rock band is known for its inventive sound, which features intense guitar solos, male-female harmonies, and eccentric lyrics. The band’s music has influenced iconic artists such as Radiohead, the Strokes, and Nirvana, whose members famously admitted to copying the Pixies in its own songs. Decades later, members have come and gone,…

Trout Steak Revival

This Colorado-based quintet will deliver a lively set of blues songs featuring quick-strumming fiddle and banjo melodies. During this outdoor show, enjoy string-heavy tunes with tight instrumentation and heartfelt lyrics from the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition–winning group. Bonus: North Carolina band Steep Canyon Rangers will open with their bluegrass jams. Wed 6:30 p.m. Visit troutsteak.com.

Eli Young Band

This pop-country band from Texas is no stranger to the Billboard country charts. A blend of rock-tinged anthems and acoustic power ballads has propelled this foursome from a Red Dirt name into a mainstream success. Expect to hear tracks from their upcoming untitled fifth album as well as classic hits like “Crazy Girl” and “Even…

Spinphony Electric String Quartet and Costume Party

This self-proclaimed “Pop Baroque” group brings together four female string players and a DJ to perform their own arrangements of classical pieces fused with rock and pop hit covers. With added choreography, a light show, and frequent interaction with the audience, this Denver-based electric pop quartet will deliver a high-energy performance for all ages. Come…

Warpaint

This all-women quartet gives indie rock a psychedelic twist. During this tour, the Los Angeles–based group will play ethereal tunes from their 2010 debut album, The Fool, as well as their self-titled compilation from 2014, both of which feature silky smooth vocals and impressive harmonies. Wed 8 p.m. Visit warpaintwarpaint.com.

Dada

This California trio quickly garnered a steadfast fanbase at its start in the 1990s with its progressive rock sound, distinctive vocal harmonies, and psychedelic influences. Even after an extended hiatus in the early 2000s and frequent halts in touring and recording, the band has never struggled to retain devoted fans (the generous three-hour concerts might…

The Mowgli’s

Make the most of your last week of summer by soaking up some positive vibes at a concert featuring a sunny West Coast pop band. The Mowgli's will play tracks from their junior album, Where'd Your Weekend Go?, which features love-centric, uplifting lyrics—like those in their previous hit “San Francisco"—and folk-infused harmonies. Before the headliners…
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Flogging Molly

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At a crowd-pleasing concert, this seven-piece Celtic punk band will share songs from Life is Good, its first studio album since 2011. With the new release (which debuts in June), the group members uphold their reputation as the creators of socially conscious rock—the lyrics take a critical look at poverty and unemployment in America.

Guns ‘N’ Roses

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Now that original bandmates Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have reunited for the first time in two decades, the hard rockers will share their greatest hits from the late ’80s and ’90s on this throwback tour. Fans will love the chance to hear Slash’s signature guitar solos during the group’s soaring rock anthems.

Galactic

Groove to the sounds of the bayou with this soulful New Orleans jam band. With their mix of rock, funk, and classic jazz riffs, you’ll feel like you’re strolling down Bourbon Street. Known for their high energy live shows that often include special guests and surprise covers, the band brings more than 20 years worth…

Vince Staples

This Long Beach–based rapper first garnered critical acclaim for his work in hip-hop trio Cutthroat Boyz and his debut record, Summertime ’06. His latest album, Prima Donna, released in August, deals with the struggles of his sudden rise to fame and his battles with self-destructive demons on tracks like “Let it Shine” and “War Ready.”…

Apocolyptica

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For its 20th anniversary tour, this Finnish quartet will perform its 1996 debut album, Plays Metallica by Four Cellos—which was re-released last year—in its entirety. The record’s eight instrumental covers gracefully combine the band’s classical training with its love of heavy metal.

St. Matthew Passion

Inspired by chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew, Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” is considered a staple in the world of classical sacred music. The well-known piece will serve as the keynote of the Colorado Bach Ensemble’s orchestral performance, which will include vocals by the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Fri 7 p.m.;…

Kings of Leon and Deerhunter

After a summer of headlining festivals around the world, the Southern indie-turned-radio-rockers Kings of Leon released their seventh studio album, WALLS, an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs. These catchy arena singalongs follow the classic rock arc with a few sonic diversions in funk and drum-machine percussion. The more avant-garde tunes will be covered…

Greensky Bluegrass

The acoustic stomp of a string band and the rebellious enthusiasm of rock n’ roll come together with this five-piece ensemble from Michigan. They’ll be celebrating with tracks from their latest release, Shouted, Written Down, and Quoted, that continue the unique take on rock-infused bluegrass they’ve crafted for more than 15 years. You can expect…

Praang

These four improvisational musicians bring diverse backgrounds and skillsets to create some of the most distinctive musical innovation on stage today. The band layers ancient instruments, such as the hammered dulcimer, with modern technology to create a mix of electronic and jam-band styles. With members from the String Cheese Incident and EOTO, the band delivers…

Chris Stapleton

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This Grammy Award–winner is taking cues from country music predecessors Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and bringing his friends on the road for a cross-country mobile honky tonk. Featuring a rotating cast of Nashville hitmakers, these Morrison shows will also including performances by the Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas.

King Crimson

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These British classic rock icons are famous for incorporating improvisation into their guitar-driven psychedelic rock songs. (Since its debut in 1969, the group has released several albums of entirely improvised material.) During this exciting live performance, the members will show off their spontaneous playing style.

Five Points Jazz Festival

What better way to pay tribute to the history of the neighborhood that once hosted jazz legend Miles Davis than a festival honoring the genre? Watch performances by 41 local groups, many of which draw upon rhythms in Latin music, blues, and R&B to craft their signature sound. Don’t miss gypsy hits by Mile High…

Half Moon Run

Classical, indie, pop, and folk composition styles infuse the unique sound of this Canadian trio. The band’s debut album, Dark Eyes (released in March 2012), jumped immediately to the top of the Canadian music charts—a buzz that has lingered in part because of the haunting three-part vocal harmonies that permeate the group’s tracks. Sat 9…

Yonder Mountain String Band and Drive-By Truckers

Defined by a pioneering blend of bluegrass and progressive improvisations, Yonder Mountain String Band returns to its home state with alt-country rock group Drive-By Truckers for a night of genre-bending performances. Both groups balance fresh tunes from last year’s recent releases with favorite hits and innovative covers, mixing rock ’n’ roll, acoustic, and bluegrass with…

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers

Bruce Hornsby once played piano for the Grateful Dead, so it makes sense that he has a slightly psychedelic sound. His performance with the Noisemakers, however, is much more soulful and upbeat. Expect a blend of country, pop, and jazz at this exciting outdoor show. Mon 6:30 p.m. Visit brucehornsby.com.

Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival

Slip on your vans, fasten your chain wallet, and prepare to throw elbows in the pit: This punk rock music festival features a lineup that pulls no punches. The bowling festivities have already occurred, but between headliners such as the Buzzcocks, a four-decades old English punk group from Manchester, and Millencolin, a Swedish skate-punk quartet,…

The Avett Brothers

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The Avett Brothers bring their traditional folk and bluegrass sound to Red Rocks for the three-day performance. The tour follows the release of the ninth studio album, True Sadness, which earned a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. The band will be joined by folk duo Shovels & Rope, Dr. John & the Nite…

Mayer Hawthorne

On its surface, this Michigan-born singer’s newest album Man About Town (released in April) is a kitschy parody of ’90s funk, soul, and hip-hop. But the pop artist’s invocation of classic Motown sound belies serious musical talent that first emerged when his father taught him to play guitar at five years old. Fri 9 p.m.…

Sublime with Rome

Thanks to their musical partnership, California-based musician Rome Ramirez and bassist Eric Wilson have transformed the ska punk flavor of Sublime into a new, funky sound. At this innovative show, you can relive some of your old-school Sublime favorites and delight in new riffs from this unique collaboration. Mon 6 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Live…

’80s Dance Party: Classic Retro Hits

Celebrate the ’80s era with the tunes that defined the decade. Conductor Andres Lopera will lead vocalists Mister Tim and Hannah Judson in a Michael Jackson medley, themes from Dallas and Ghostbusters, and songs from Flashdance. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the flashiest look of the night. Thu 7:30 p.m. Visit…

Waka Flocka Flame

The Atlanta rapper, who launched to fame in 2010 with hits like “O Let’s Do It” and "No Hands," is back in business after a several-year hiatus. The long-awaited release of the Flockaveli 1.5 mixtape in 2015 set a new standard for Waka Flocka Flame’s electric and rowdy tracks of raw-energy trap hop. Expect rappers…

Local H

These Illinois natives will send you back to the ’90s with a series of guitar riffs and post-grunge lyrics about slacking off, à la their 1997 Billboard hit “Bound for the Floor.” The alternative buzz coming from the old-school punk rockers will progress backward through the high-powered duo’s history, starting with sandy vocals from their…
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RapidGrass Festival

The musical stylings of Idaho Springs–based ensemble RapidGrass combine traditional bluegrass with elements of pop, jazz, and swing. At this festival, which serves as a release party for the band’s third album, the quintet will play alongside Trout Steak Revival and other folksy groups from the Centennial State.

The Avett Brothers

Composed of brothers Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon, this indie folk rock band has refined its sounds over the last few years. Although the band's vibe has shifted from raw bluegrass and country to folk, the roots have always been—and remain—in blues. Expect to hear songs from the band's new album,…

Mary J. Blige

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The passion this R&B icon is known for in chart-topping hits such as “Be Without You” and “Family Affair” is equally present in her latest album, Strength of a Woman, which focuses on the demise of her 13-year marriage. Her tour highlights the soulful sounds of tracks such as “Love Yourself,” “Set Me Free,” and…

Josh Abbott Band

The Texas country rockers bring their red dirt covered cowboy boots to the Rockies for back-to-back Denver shows. Expect country radio favorites like “Wasn’t That Drunk” and “Amnesia"—cuts from the album Front Row Seat, which was inspired by frontman Abbot’s divorce. Fri 8 p.m. Visit joshabbottband.com.

Rock Against the TPP

At this politically charged concert, rocker Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, hip-hop star Talib Kweli, and Denver-based group the Flobots will unite in musical protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. They'll use their lyrics and thunderous chords to call attention to their negative views on the trade deal, which they see as a corporate…

Hell’s Belles

You might not be able to see AC/DC live, but you can still lose your voice screeching along to their greatest hits. This female-only tribute band to the Australian group will bring you their own glorious versions of "Thunderstruck" and "Highway to Hell." The Seattle natives have toured internationally and have been bringing a hearty…

Alice in Chains

These Seattle natives rose to international fame in the ’90s as part of the grunge movement. The heavy metal rockers have redefined their genre and developed a more mature sound over the past two decades. Expect to hear classics from their 1993 acoustic-based EP, Jar of Flies, as well as hits from their 2013 album…

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers

Mix crunching guitar riffs, Southern-tinged witty lyrics, unadulterated rock n’ roll, and plenty of tequila, and you’re at a live show by this Tempe-based quartet. The band formed in 1998 after several members left the Refreshments, known for the theme song to King of the Hill, but have since put out ten studio albums of…

Miles Ahead: The Miles Davis Legacy

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Since its release in 1959, Miles Davis’s landmark album Kind of Blue continues to hold a spot on the jazz charts each year. Hear songs from the record that inspired a generation of jazz lovers, plus other signature tunes by the mercurial trumpet master. Led by DU Professor Art Bouton, this tribute to the icon…

Lindsey Stirling

During a captivating performance, this American violinist will perform tunes from her new album Brave Enough, which is brimming with addictive silky melodies. This versatile dancer and musician brings ballerina-like elegance to her unique sound inspired by both classical and electronic music. Wed 7 p.m. Visit lindseystirling.com.

Clint Black

During this twangy performance, this Texan's country hits will take you back to the late ’80s with his distinctive baritone voice. The singer-songwriter will croon about love, loss, and coping with alcohol in hits such as "Killin' Time" and "A Better Man." Fri 7:30 p.m. Visit clintblack.com.

Modern English

The ’80s are trending on the cultural stage once again, and so are Modern English. After breaking up, reconciling, and breaking up again, the British new wave rockers reunited one more time in 2016 for Take Me to the Trees, their first album with the original lineup in three decades. Famous for its 1982 hit…

Katatonia

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These Swedish rockers are considered some of the forefathers of the death metal genre. But after adding new band members and releasing a new album, 2016’s The Fall of Hearts, the group’s sound has shifted toward progressive rock, a move that was praised by critics and fans alike. Hear the softer, more melodic side of…
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Women in Music Symposium & Concert

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Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin—have you ever noticed that the world's most famous composers are nearly all men? This program seeks to address that problem with panel discussions, keynote talks and performances highlighting the contributions of female musicians and a roster of Denver's finest musical ladies. Take in talks (from how to plan concerts around female…
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Colorado Symphony Free Season Preview

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From Prince tributes to guest appearances by Renee Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, the Colorado Symphony has all kinds of treats in store for the next year—but you can catch the highlights before you splurge for season tickets. Enjoy a 10-song concert featuring classical favorites, such as Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" and selections from Beethoven's…

Disclosure

Kick off another season of mind-blowing EDM shows at Red Rocks with this British duo. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence have been lauded for building a soulful world of sound around a beat you can't help but dance to. To wit: The pair's latest album, Caracal, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album.…

Sufjan Stevens

Part theologian, part anthropologist, this prolific folk singer has inspired a loyal following that's equally entranced by his somber acoustic albums and his expansive orchestral pieces. Steeped in metaphor, the lyrics of this singer-songwriter’s repertoire draw on autobiographical events as well as religious tradition, fantasy worlds, and historical events. Mon 7:30 p.m. Visit music.sufjan.com.
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Money Plays 8

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On Kentucky Derby day in 1997, a supergroup of Denver lounge musicians—including Jimmie Image, Mikey Dinero, and Sammy Keys—came together for their first show. Two decades later, the beloved swing band will reunite to give a lively performance at one of the city's finest old-school cocktail bars. Don your fedoras and saddle shoes to catch the…

Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour

Sirius XM’s alt-rock station is going beyond the airwaves with this fresh trio-led North American tour. You’ll be treated to a musical smorgasbord as you take in the indie pop rock of the Hunna, the heavy rock n’ roll of Los Angeles-based the Shelters, and the punk-tinged alt-rock of Night Riots. All three bands will…

Pelican

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Love metal but hate the scream-singing style favored by many performers in the genre? Drawing influences from punk and classical music, this quartet from Illinois delivers aggressive instrumental melodies and hardcore guitar licks—but without the wailing.

Band Against Cancer

Country artist Martina McBride has a cause to sing about at this charitable concert. The Tennessee-based artist will show off her loud belt in songs such as her new single “Just Around the Corner,” which gives hope to those struggling with terminal illness. Proceeds benefit the Sarah Cannon Fund at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society…
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Ben Folds

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At this unconventional musical performance, audience participation isn't limited to applause. After electro-folk duo Tall Heights takes the stage to play tracks combining soft vocal harmonies and cello-driven melodies, award-winning singer-songwriter Ben Folds will share piano-driven ballads and pop hits from his ten-plus-year-long career. If you're hoping to hear your favorite tune, you're in luck:…

JAY-Z

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At this hip-hop concert, musical icon Jay-Z will give fans a glimpse of the inner demons he’s been grappling with in what’s bound to be a highly personal show. After a four-year hiatus, the rapper released his 13th studio album, 4:44, in June, with lyrics addressing infidelity, and even the close relationship he has with…

Prophets of Rage

This American supergroup, which includes members of alternative bands Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy, formed to make a political statement. By drawing influences from genres such as punk, rap, and metal, they've created their own innovative sound to broadcast their liberal messages. During this politically charged show, expect to hear their self-titled breakout…

Purity Ring

This Canadian guy-girl duo puts a dark twist on futuristic dance pop with throbbing trap beats and dreamy vocals. Along with plenty of Top 40 pop remixes, the show will include the lyrically gut-wrenching, EDM-oscillating tracks off their second album, “Another Eternity,” released in March. Bonus: California-based noise rockers Health open with raw synth-laden electro-pop.…

Rusted Root

During an uplifting performance, these seasoned Pennsylvania rockers will blend African, Latin American, and Native American percussive rhythms into their own distinct acoustic beats. They'll play a set list featuring spiritual lyrics about love and healing after the Blues Music Award–winning Devon Allman Band opens with soul and blues tunes from its latest album, Ride…

Cold Cave

Wesley Eisold has been a propelling force in the electronic darkwave niche since he first started using this moniker in 2007. Although he’s partnered with several collaborators over the years, Eisold remains the all-black heart of his synth-laden, harsh-romantic sound. Sample his latest single, “The Idea of Love,” and you’ll be transfixed by the dark…

The B-52s

At this lively concert, this ’70s new wave band will perform their MTV Video Music Award–winning tunes. This throwback show will feature post-punk hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack.” Sun 7:30 p.m. Visit theb52s.com.

Magic Man

This five-piece pop rock group plays with the precision of practiced musicians and performs with the vigor of a punk garage band. The indie band's standout single (“Paris”) off its first full-length album (Before the Waves), released in 2014, has since become a staple of alternative rock radio. Thu 7:30 p.m. Visit magicmanmusic.com.

Linkin Park

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Serious fans might have initially balked when this hard rock group debuted a more pop-inspired sound in its recent singles, but the California rockers’ seventh studio album One More Light has since reached the number one spot on the Billboard 200 list earlier this year. At their Denver show, the band will show off its…

Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra

Shelve the overplayed holiday radio tunes in favor of the Centennial State's most interesting wintertime concert. Dozens of expert ukulele artists take to the stage for an unforgettable setlist of pop favorites, including Lady Gaga hits, as well as unique renditions of festive classics. Guests can refuel during intermission with Village Roaster sweets, coffee, and…

Angel Olsen

The retro grooves of the 1960s and ‘70s’ folk-rock era are ever-present in the music of this St. Louis singer-songwriter, who pairs dark, introspective lyrics with sparse indie-rock guitar and percussion. Collaborations with members from Cap'n Jazz and Wilco and the September release of her third solo album, My Woman, have officially earned her name…

The Head and the Heart

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Catch the members of this Seattle-based sextet during its transition from alternative darlings to pop-rock hitmakers. On stage, the group—which released a third studio album, Signs of Light, last September—will mix dreamy piano melodies and violin riffs with lush, three-part harmonies.

Talib Kweli

MC and activist Talib Kweli brings his thought-provoking brand of social commentary and political insight to the stage on The Seven Tour. One of hip-hop’s most prolific collaborators, and an avid promoter of new artists, Kweli’s fans include Jay-Z, Nelly, and Kanye West. Hear the Brooklyn rapper bust out solo hits like “Get By,” plus…

Eric Church

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The current hit single from this country music singer is called "Record Year," which is a fairly apt description of his last 12 months. On this tour, the North Carolina native will play a double set full of his signature snarl and spunk.

Music of Resistance

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Explore the intersection of art and politics at this powerful concert. Metropolitan Opera tenor Matthew Plenk and Boulder pianist David Korevaar will join the combined choirs of University of Colorado Boulder and Western Illinois University to perform Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 (which was considered a rejection of Stalin’s totalitarianism), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (which praises…

Dawes

Reinvention isn’t new to this dynamic rock quartet from California. Following its switch from post-punk to folk-rock just after they formed in 2009, Dawes once again shifted aesthetics with the September 2016 release, We’re All Gonna Die, which features a new R&B and funk sound teamed with upbeat lyrics. Fri 9 p.m. —Image courtesy of…

Modest Mouse

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After eight years without new music from this Washington-based alt-rock outfit, fans rejoiced when the group released its sixth studio album, Strangers to Ourselves, in 2015. At this concert, hear the new collection of quirky indie grooves, including single "Lampshades on Fire."

Snoop Dogg, Future, and Friends

This pop culture icon has been at the forefront of the hip-hop industry since the debut of his seminal album, Doggystyle, in 1993. In the spring of 2015, the rapper released his 13th studio record, entitled Bush, which features collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, and T.I. Wed 5 p.m. Visit snoopdogg.com.

Whiffenpoofs of Yale

Step aside Pitch Perfect, this 14-man college a cappella group is the real deal. The accomplished Yale seniors are touring the country performing vocal hits, such as the quintessential "Whiffenpoof Song" and a host of other Yale originals. Come out to support Denver natives Zak Kayal and Trey Pernell, who says he's given up singing…

Julien Baker

Expect minimalist acoustic melodies and raw emotions at this 20-year-old singer-songwriter's performance. Audience members might even feel a little voyeuristic listening to songs from Baker's Sprained Ankle, which are intimate and honest, revealing both her darkness and her resilience. Sun 8 p.m. Visit julienbaker.bandcamp.com.

Colorado Chamber Players with Harpist Emily Levin

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Dallas Symphony member Emily Levin is currently the youngest principal harpist of a major American orchestra. She joins the Colorado Chamber Players in an enchanting performance entitled Pure Serenity. Featured works include Mikhail Glinka’s “The Lark,” from his melancholy but beautiful composition Farewell to St. Petersburg and “Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp” from French…

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

This three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter and his 19-piece orchestra will arrive with plenty of hits to spread the retro holiday cheer. The group’s 16th annual Christmas tour with enthusiastic takes on seasonal classics like “Boogie Woogie Santa,” “Nutcracker Suite,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Take the night of fun as an early Christmas present—with guitar…

Music in the Galleries: Altius Quartet

The Fellowship String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Colorado at Boulder joins this gallery performance series honoring Clyfford Still’s lifelong appreciation for many genres of music. Violinists Joshua Ulrich and Andrew Giordano, violist Andrew Krimm, and cellist Zachary Reaves came together in 2011 at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, to perform some of…

Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag

These two powerhouses of the American punk music scene both celebrated 20-year anniversaries of their most iconic albums in 2016: Reel Big Fish’s Turn the Radio Off and Anti-Flag’s Die for the Government. At their co-headlining winter tour’s first stop, concertgoers will be treated to a hyperkinetic stage show, juvenile humor, and metallic shards of…

Upslope Get Down

Get your groove (and drink) on during American Craft Beer Week with this free music festival. Splurge for the VIP experience for all-you-can-drink Upslope Brewing Company beer, a meal ticket for a Moe's Original BBQ dinner, and a souvenir pint glass. Three stages will feature live performances by Eminence Ensemble, Lady and the Gentlemen, and…

Marc Anthony

At this unforgettable show, you have the opportunity to see the world’s top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. This two-time Grammy Award winner has plenty of Latin pop numbers and ballads to pull from different phases of his nearly three-decade career, and he promises to woo the audience with his signature operatic vocal control.…

Holiday Brass

Nothing captures the harmonious energy of the holiday season quite like an orchestra’s brass and percussion sections. Join the Colorado Symphony, led by guest conductor Brian Buerkle, for an evening brimming with holiday spirit. Enjoy renditions of traditional carols, classical favorites, jazz transcriptions, and music from holiday movies and TV specials that will make your…

Covenhoven and King Cardinal

Joel Van Horne, better known by his moniker Covenhoven, transforms his secret memories and reverent meditations on his Colorado childhood into indie-folk symphonic landscapes. Named after his grandfather’s Wyoming cabin, this soloist will share songs of poetic storytelling set against multi-instrumental compositions. Bonus: Denver-based alt-folk group King Cardinal opens with Americana tunes of haunting poignancy.…

One OK Rock

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Japanese band One OK Rock fuses emo, rock, and heavy metal to create their own sound that has gained popularity since the band got its start in 2005. The band is known for its live performances, and this tour will be the first chance for fans to enjoy music from One OK Rock’s second U.S.…

Freedom On Festival

Honor our nation’s veterans and fallen service members with a night of rock n' roll performances by Justin Jeansonne, All That Remains, Lewis Brice, Assuming We Survive, Brandon Saller, and the Drinkin’ Bros. Military apparel line Article 15 Clothing is pairing up with Girls for Gunslingers and Black Rifle Coffee to host this head-banging mix…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

These Seattle natives have become internationally known for the hip-hop hits heard on their Grammy Award–winning album, The Heist. Luckily, the rapper-DJ duo's infectious energy extends to their electronica-infused shows, which keep crowds dancing to ditties like “Can’t Hold Us,” crying to tear-jerking tunes like “Same Love,” and having a really, really, really good time…

Japandroids

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This Vancouver duo won over fans and critics alike with its new release Near to the Wild Heart of Life, which was inspired by James Joyce’s  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Five years after the career-defining album Celebration Rock, the group maintains its signature combination of classic rock and spitfire punk.…

Mitski

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A little more than a year after the release of her latest album, Puberty 2, this Japanese-American indie rocker will present her nuanced lyrics about heartbreak and racial identity during an intimate show. The singer-songwriter combines punk-style guitar with dreamy bass and drum arrangements for a unique record that was hailed by critics as one…

Darius Rucker

At this twangy concert, the Grammy Award-winning star and former singer for Hootie and the Blowfish is taking the stage with songs from his 2013 True Believers album such as the Platinum-certified rendition of “Wagon Wheel.” This North Carolina native will blow the crowd away with his R&B-turned-country tunes. Thu 7 p.m. Visit dariusrucker.com.

Tegan and Sara

This Grammy-nominated indie pop duo combines folk music and synthetic pop into their own unique sound. During this show, expect to hear the twins show off their signature sultry vocals with hits from their eighth studio album, Love You to Death. Wed 7:30 p.m. Visit teganandsara.com.

Devendra Banhart

This Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter’s languid ballads are just the cure for the winter blues. Banhart’s music draws on psychedelic and avant-garde influences crafted through the free associative form. Expect tracks from his September album, Ape in Pink Marble, along with other indie tunes spanning his 14-year career. Fri 8 p.m. Visit devendrabanhart.com.

La Bohème

Conductor Andrew Litton returns to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to stage this 120-year-old opera written by the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. The story, enhanced with vocal performances by the Colorado Symphony Chorus and the Colorado Children’s Chorale, follows the heartbreaking tale of two young lovers living in the Latin Quarter of Paris. Arrive an…

Streetlight Manifesto

This punk band has been bringing third wave ska tunes with a distinctly early 2000s feel to audiences around the world for more than a decade. The New Jersey natives sing about love, loss and remembrance in songs like "The Three of Us" and "Would You Be Impressed." Fri 8 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Streetlight…

Ingrid Michaelson

At at show, enjoy smooth vocals set against instrumental melodies featuring cellos and ukuleles. Since this indie pop artist is known for both folksy inspirational tunes and heartbreaking confessional ballads, you're sure to find an emotional outlet regardless of your mood. Fri 7:30 p.m. Visit ingridmichaelson.com.

Takács Quartet

In 1975, four students formed the original quartet in a classroom at Budapest’s Music Academy. Their intention? To reinterpret famous works by Bartók, Beethoven, Smetana, and Borodin with youthful energy and modern stylings. Now, the Boulder-based, award-winning ensemble enters its 42nd season with the same energetic approach to making traditional works feel radical. Fri 8…

Zhu

Experimental house beats and heavy bass contradict this Grammy Award–nominated electronic artist’s mysterious persona. (He eschews all social media and online presence.) The Korea-born DJ is equally known for his underground sound and remixes of radio hits like Odesza’s “Faded.” Thu 9 p.m. Visit zhumusic.com.

Ryan Adams

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Although he made headlines with an acoustic cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album in 2015, the prolific singer-songwriter will focus on his solo material at this show. Playing songs off his latest record, Prisoner, Adams will lend his lilting voice to emotional lyrics. Expect to also hear ’80s-inspired guitar riffs on tracks like “Do You Still Love Me?"

J Boog

J Boog mixes his love of reggae with his Samoan heritage to create a unique, island-inspired sound that crosses cultures and genres. Fresh off his new release “Wash House Ting,” the R&B-influenced singer says his goal is to spread positive messages through his music. Soak up the good vibes with hits like “Brighter Days” and…

Hurray for the Riff Raff

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Thanks to its honky-tonk-style steel pedal riffs and soulful vocals, this New Orleans trio falls into the Americana folk genre. But the blend of bluesy bass runs, heart-wrenching piano ballads, and pulsing synths on its latest release prove the group defies labels. At this politically charged show, frontwoman Alynda Segarra will show off her powerful pipes while singing…

The Spins: National Vinyl Listening Party

At this party, you don't have to choose between the gritty sound of a vinyl record and the thrill of a live performance. As you sip on a pineapple saison from Black Shirt Brewing Co., listen to the bright and poppy Glass Animals album How to Be a Human Being, which includes a collection of…

Dead & Company

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In 2015, deadheads around the world balked when pop guitarist and songwriter John Mayer announced he would join the still-living members of the Grateful Dead—Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart—for the band’s 50th anniversary tour. But after those successful performances, Mayer has become an honorary member of the psychedelic group. On this summer’s tour, he…

World Beat! Music of Mexico, Bali and India

Embark upon a melodic journey around the world when music from three different countries comes together on one stage. This installment of the Soundscape miniseries, which fuses different styles of music to celebrate cultures from around the globe, will feature tunes from the Denver-based Balinese Gamelan ensemble Tunas Mekar, as well as groups performing traditional…
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Flatirons Jazz Orchestra Big Band Swing Dance

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Swing dancing, live jazz, a swanky new club in the mountains—is it 2017 or 1927? Golden's Flatiron Jazz Orchestra will provide the tunes for this swinging evening (with help from local jazz chanteuse Deborah Stafford) while the Denver Swing Project facilitates the dancing. The troupe will give a few showcase performances throughout the evening, but the…

The Beach Boys

It may be snowing outside, but you can escape with the beach-themed “good vibrations” of this more than 50-year-old iconic rock band. Mike Love will lead in showcasing the group's decades-long repertoire of summery pop tunes like “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” The band continues to deliver the same bold…
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Copper Mountain Music Festival

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If there's a better place to hear bluegrass than smack-dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, we haven't found it yet. This fun-for-the-whole family festival features Americana greats such as Del McCoury and Town Mountain on three different stages, plus songwriting workshops, kids' activities, a cocktail party, and (of course) fireworks. This mountain celebration…

The Wailers

The legend of Bob Marley lives on when his famed backing band rolls through Denver as part of a statewide five-night-run on their wildly popular reunion tour. Original members of Marley’s band, including founder Aston “Family Man” Barrett, are joined by rising reggae stars to form a stronger-than-ever Wailers unit that will have you dreaming…

Chase Rice

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This country singer-songwriter is known for his bro-country sound, with songs dominated by partying, girls, and tailgates. Yet the North Carolina native’s latest album, Lions and Lambs, aims to change that image. After more than three years without a new record, the “Ready Set Roll” singer is back on stage and ready to share some…

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Few musical collectives have carried out a mission of love and self-healing as clear and dedicated as that of Nahko and Medicine for the People. The five-member group continues its message through a worldly mix of rock, hip-hop, and alternative folk with songs from the June release of its third studio album Hoka. Bonus: Colorado-native…

Jersey Boys

This Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of how four blue-collar kids in New Jersey became some of the greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Famers of all time. Follow Frankie Vallie, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi during the rise of their rock and pop band the Four Seasons in…

Home Free: A Country Christmas

This country a cappella band may have gotten its big break on NBC’s The Sing-Off in December 2013, but its five vocalists from Minnesota have had a long history of performing for audiences big and small. This year, the barbershop quartet shares its holiday-themed tunes from its 2014 album Full of Cheer—expect harmonious takes on…

Confluence: A Musical Journey

Honor the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service with an engaging film and musical performance inspired by nature. The documentary follows indie folk band the Infamous Flapjack Affair as its members travel through four national parks in the Colorado River basin (including our own Rocky Mountain National Park and Arches National Park near Moab)…

Joywave

This indie quintet has topped Billboard’s Alternative charts thanks to eerie vocalization and electronic instrumentals. The heavily mustached New York natives are influenced by an array of groups, from British alt hip-hop guru Damon Albarn to Kanye West, thought their beats reflect more of a Bastille-meets-St. Lucia sound. Mon 8 p.m. Visit joywavemusic.com.

Celtic Woman

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This angelic quartet brings the sounds of the Emerald Isle to the Mile High City, performing traditional Celtic songs featuring perfect harmonies and fiddle solos. During the show, which was directed by Riverdance's David Downe, the all-female ensemble will perform classics such as “The Water Is Wide” and “Green Grow the Rushes” along with timeless pop tracks like…

Make Music Denver

Each year on the summer solstice, more than 800 cities across the world—including Denver—host free concerts and musical workshops. The local lineup includes interactive activities such as a ukulele strum-along, a drum circle, and an introductory harmonica lesson. It all culminates in a nighttime concert featuring diverse musicians, including locals Dan Treanor & His Afrosippi…

Bryon Stripling What A Wonderful World: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong

Celebrate the sounds of one of America’s greatest musicians with this nationally renowned tribute from trumpet-master and vocalist Byron Stripling. You’ll be transported back to the golden age of music with classics like “What a Wonderful World” and “Hello Dolly.” Carnegie Hall alumnus Stripling will keep the sounds of the Big Easy rolling all night,…

American Kickoff

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One of the touchstones of classic American culture (football) meets another (country music) at this concert celebrating the start of college football season. The Voice coach Blake Shelton will headline followed by other famed artists such as Big & Rich, Oak Ridge Boys, David Ray, and Adley Stump.

Robert Earl Keen

One of the most prolific Americana musicians of our generation will bring his signature honky tonk tunes to Colorado at this show. Keen has charmed listeners for more than three decades with his country roots—he's a Texas native—his soulful storytelling, and his masterful skill with a guitar. The show will feature music from his recent…

Squirrel Nut Zippers

This staple of the Americana music scene has returned to touring just in time to mark the 20th anniversary of their most celebrated and commercially successful album, Hot. A new lineup of New Orleans musicians, including singer Ingrid Lucia of Flying Neutrino, will join the founding members as they perform their unique fusion of Delta…

Delta Rae

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Six North Carolina natives, three of whom are siblings, came together in 2009 to craft this alternative country group’s soulful sound. During the show, the band—which has played major festivals such as  Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza—will share fiddle-driven melodies as well as lyrics about country life in the United States.

Chris Stapleton

The 2015 Country Music Awards' New Artist of the Year released his first solo album, Traveller, last year to critical and commercial acclaim. In addition to two other CMA awards, the former lead vocalist for the bluegrass ensemble the SteelDrivers has also written songs for artists such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley.…

Queen of Jazz: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald’s spirit may have left the Earth, but her legendary vocals never will. On what would have been the jazz singer’s 100th birthday, the Colorado Symphony pays tribute to her legacy with renditions of her most famous hits, including “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) and “Blue Skies.” Several…

Purple Rain: The Music of Prince

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Prince was one of the many influential artists to pass away in 2016, but the iconic singer-songwriter will forever live on through his music. This summer he was honored with the reissue of his seminal album, Purple Rain, which featured previously unreleased music. Now, the Colorado Symphony will join the tribute, performing “Raspberry Beret,” “Purple…

On Tap: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

At this brewery show, denizens of the Mile High City can enjoy two of their favorite pastimes: listening to local music and sipping on craft beer. As you kick back an Agave Wheat from Breckenridge Brewery, this Denver-based folk-rock group will play their songs that blend gospel, folk, and rock influences. Sat 1:30 p.m. Visit…
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Diggin’ On Miles Davis

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The smooth tunes of one of jazz's biggest names come to life in this show courtesy of University of Colorado Boulder alum and current jazz great Dr. Josh D. Reed. Reed and his band will perform numbers from Davis' 1950s Prestige Quintet recordings, which featured Davis and John Coltrane jamming to numbers such as "When…

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

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Experience the music of psychedelic prog-rockers Pink Floyd set to a mind-bending swirl of colorful laser projections.  This longtime fan favorite show creates a visual and sonic tribute to one of rock’s most respected musical acts. The first half of the spectacle spotlights the entire Dark Side of the Moon album, while the second half takes…

Blue Öyster Cult

Head outside for a summer concert series that kicks off with tunes from this 44-year-old hard rock outfit. Bring a blanket and prepare to sing along to hits like “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Godzilla” like it’s the ’70s. A selection of food trucks will serve bites on site—no word yet on whether they’re serving…

Channel 93.3’s Not So Silent Night

Australian electro-dance duo Empire of the Sun will be headlining this powerhouse night of international acts spanning diverse sub-genres of modern rock. The night will be packed with opening sets from Icelandic alt-rock group Kaleo, Canadian folk rock band the Strumbellas, indie pop duo JR JR from Detroit, and Denver-based, alt-electro ensemble 888. With new…
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Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday Featuring Mary Louise Lee

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First Lady of Song, meet the First Lady of Denver. Decorated performer Mary Louise Lee has sung for U.S. troops on three continents and taken star turns in regional productions of The Wiz and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill—and she just happens to be married to Mayor Michael Hancock. During this special program,…

Dance Party Spectacular

Experience Nathan Carter’s solo exhibition, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet the Dramastics,” as it’s taken to a higher level of sensory immersion for one-night only. Join the dance party and sing-along as the soundtrack to the artist’s accompanying film, The Dramastics Are Loud AF, is played along with dirty club tracks from DJ Mike Disco. Explore…
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Levitt Pavilion Denver Opening Concert

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Levitt Pavilion Denver, a new outdoor amphitheater funded by the Levitt Foundation opens this month in Ruby Hill Park. Don’t miss the venue’s first performance by three Denver-based outfits: rock group Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, country band Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, and Americana ensemble Andy Thomas’ Dust Heart.

PJ Harvey

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This British singer-songwriter, who shared strong opinions on her 2011 record Let England Shake, will direct her ire across the pond for this performance. She’ll play tracks off of her political new release, The Hope Six Demolition Project, in which she criticizes America’s interference in foreign conflicts.

Randy Newman

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Singer-songwriter Randy Newman is well known for his Oscar-nominated song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” but his musical impact began decades before his Toy Story fame. Newman was an anomaly among his early-’70s counterparts for his choice to invent stories and characters in his songs, rather than mimicking his peers’ confessional songwriting. The unique style…

Drink RiNo Battle of the Bands

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Employees from Denver-based breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries will form bands and battle it out with live music at this concert hosted by the nonprofit Drink RiNo Collective. The bands will perform three songs of their choosing, while local judges critique their performances and pick a winner. You can cast your vote alongside them and…

City and Colour

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Despite the two-part name, this Canadian alt-rock artist is actually just one man: Ontario native Dallas Green. Green’s early work was largely influenced by acoustic folk, but the focus of this performance is his later releases (most recently 2015’s If I Should Go Before You), which incorporate bluesy guitar and percussion for a richer, more…

Eli Young Band

This three-time Billboard chart–topping quartet will send you to country heaven with their tricked-out Southern sounds at this saloon show. As the Texas natives sing popular ditties such as "Drunk Last Night" and the Grammy Award-nominated “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” you and your friends can line dance the night away. Fri 8:30 p.m.…

The Fray

These rockers will celebrate the release of their greatest hits compilation album in their home state at this retrospective show. Enjoy past hits, including "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save A Life," in addition to newly written tracks. Diehard fans even have the chance to attend a meet-and-greet session with the band…

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow recorded "Mandy," his first Billboard No. 1 hit, 41 years ago—and it's on the setlist for the 72-year-old's final tour. Fanilows rest assured, the three-time American Music Award–winning, two-time Emmy Award–winning, Grammy Award–winning vocalist will perform all the classics, including "Copacabana" and "Weekend in New England." He writes the songs that make the…

Donavon Frankenreiter

Donavon Frankenreiter takes the term “surf rock” to another level: The California guitarist and frequent Jack Johnson collaborator is also a professional surfer. When he’s not cresting the currents, he croons about the sea on songs like “Big Wave.” Thu 8 p.m. Visit donavonf.com.

Foxygen with Gabriella Cohen

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These psychedelic indie rockers sent fans into a frenzy when they tweeted that their 2015 tour would be their last. Fortunately, the break was short-lived: The duo kicked off a new tour and released Hang, an album full of bouncy glam rock jams, this past January. Known for electric stage performances, the band brings its theatrical,…

Take Note: The Concert

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Thanks to this concert, you can hear Colorado performers and support music education. Local soul-rockers Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats headline the benefit show, which will also feature performances from pop group OneRepublic and Denver native Isaac Slade from the Fray. Proceeds from the star-studded event will benefit Take Note Colorado, an organization that provides…

Selena Gomez

This starlet and former Disney sweetheart might describe her show as metaphorical gin and juice. But the two-time Billboard Music Award Finalist has left her Mickey Mouse ears on the set and is making bold moves on her fifth studio album, Revival. Get drunk off of the Texas native’s personal lyrics and sultry tones about…
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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades with the Sweet Lillies

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After taking third place at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, these college-friends-turned-bandmates have continued to build a name for themselves in the Americana music scene. During this show, the five-man ensemble will play tunes off of its most recent release, Middle Western, as well as their two previous albums. Bonus: They'll share the stage with Front Range natives the Sweet…

Sting and Peter Gabriel

These two English musicians met while on an Amnesty International benefit tour in the ’80s and have remained close ever since. The iconic lead singer of the Police and the unforgettable singer-songwriter have now teamed up for a summer tour, in which they'll riff on old hits and perform solo as well as collaboratively. Tue…

Deorro

Electro-house DJ Deorro started making music in his teens. Now, he’s among Spotify’s top streaming electronic artists. The Los Angeles native has produced hits with Chris Brown and fellow EDM mix masters Steve Aoki and Diplo. He brings his beats to the Mile High City as one of the first stops on his Panda Funk…

Micky and the Motorcars

This alternative country band is bringing true-blue Texas twang to the Centennial State at this lively show. The Austin-based outfit will compel you to dance along to the playful lyrics and drawling outlaw odysseys including “Lawyers, Guns, and Money.” Sat 8 p.m. Visit mickyandthemotorcars.com.

Marc Cohn

As part of his 25th anniversary concert tour, this soulful singer-songwriter will play his eponymous debut album circa 1991 in its entirety, including his hit single, “Walking In Memphis.” The Grammy Award–winning musician’s sound is inspired by the folk rock tradition of singers such as Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.…

Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars is one of the most dynamic performers alive. After releasing his first full-length record in 2010, featuring the number one single, “Just the Way You Are,” Mars has dropped countless chart-toppers, performed at a Super Bowl, and won several prestigious awards—the most notable being BET’s Best Male R&B/Pop Artist this year.

Streetlight Manifesto

The seven New Jersey natives in this ska band blend rock, jazz, latin, folk, and klezmer musical traditions to produce the group’s eclectic sound. Since its debut release of Everything Goes Numb in 2012, the ensemble has produced three full-length studio albums that are rife with energy and expert instrumentation. Fri 8 p.m. Visit streetlightmanifesto.com.

Ed Sheeran

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As a singer/songwriter, beat boxer, and guitarist, Ed Sheeran creates a unique full bodied sound as a solo act. This tour follows the release of Divide, which fans waited patiently for after the pop, folk, and hip-hop artists’ year-long hiatus. Sheeran’s third album featuring hit singles “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You” has…

Conor Oberst with Tim Kasher

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Conor Oberst’s trembling voice, acoustic guitar, and honest approach to lyricism shaped indie rock’s intimate side from the late ‘90s to today. He is known best for founding the band Bright Eyes but will be performing solo at this concert with opening act, Tim Kasher, whose rock music rounds out the powerful performance. Oberst partnered…

Time for Three

Classic meets modern when this string trio takes to the stage with their signature genre-bending style. Well-known pieces are influenced by bluegrass and folk arrangements by Charles Yang and Nick Kendall on violin and Ranaan Meyer on double bass. Expect everything from Bach and Brahms to Kanye and The Beatles. Sat 7:30 p.m. Visit tf3.com.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

On its 20th anniversary tour, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is sure to deliver a powerhouse blend of progressive rock opera and electrifying storytelling. At this extravagant show, the band will play “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," a collection of songs with narrative lyrics that tell the story of a runaway taken in by the caretaker of…

Elle King

Catch this singer-songwriter's edgy vocals and tough-girl attitude during an unforgettable performance. Whether she's showing off her sultry alto voice in blues-inspired tunes like "Ain't Gonna Drown" or belting out folk rock anthems such as single "America's Sweetheart," the emotional depth in her music will inspire you to sing along. Sat 9 p.m. Visit elleking.com.

Riot Fest

You're sure to find the sound that matches your style at this massive music festival, which features alternative, indie, and psychedelic rock bands. Jam at a performance by Los Angeles–based rockers Jane's Addiction, sway along to sad lyrics and soft melodies by post-punk group Death Cab for Cutie, or head bang your way through a…

Mike Doughty

Since leaving the jazz group Soul Coughing in 2000, this Memphis writer and musician has released a total of 18 studio albums, live albums, and EPs. His unique style blends alternative rock with beats from the hip-hop, downtempo, and breakbeat percussion genres, plus quirkily humorous lyrics. The October release of The Heart Watches While the…

Drive-By Truckers

After 20 years and 11 studio albums, these alternative country rockers have become one of the most well-respected Southern acts to come out of the early aughts. The expansive ensemble led by Patterson Hood has been guided by gutsy, twangy tunes delivered with three guitars and a distinctive Alabama soul sound. Expect to hear protest…

Fresh Jazz and Crisp Vinyl Series: Orenda

If you're a fan of jazz, Latin, and funk, come to Orenda's five-piece instrumental set to hear all your favorite genres combined into one unique sound. The Denver-based group draws influences from Afro-Cuban rhythms and blends drum, conga, guitar, and saxophone melodies with funky synthesizer beats to create its own style of improvisational dance music.…

Harlem Quartet: Free Community Concert

The Harlem Quartet is on a mission to make classical music more diverse and to introduce the genre to new ears. These four New York natives have performed at the White House and alongside famed artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman and classical pianist Misha Dichter. Their lively performance in Denver will feature compositions by…

The Wood Brothers

Boulder brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, joined by multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, craft an ever-evolving approach to soulful American folk. Expect to hear gripping vocals and melody-driven bass lines on tracks from their latest release, Paradise, plus favorites from their breakthrough hit album, The Muse. The tight-knit trio is sure to bring their family chemistry and…

Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams Tour

A night with these veteran British pop rockers is dreamlike, thanks to an array of sleek sounds from their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams. Songs from the U.K. chart–topping record are much more uplifting than those from their previous Ghost Stories, so you'll also be able to dance between ballads. Mon 7…

Sound of Brazil: Paula Santoro, Ian Faquini & Quartet

The vibrant sounds of Brazil come to life at this posh listening lounge as vocalist Paula Santoro and guitarist and vocalist Ian Faquini take the stage for this lively performance. The Brazilian musicians engage in traditional rhythms such as Maracatu, Frevo, Baião, Xote and Toada, while experimenting with modern melodic and harmonic tones. Broaden your…

Poet’s Row

As your enjoy a red ale on the patio, this Denver-based indie band will play a set of twangy folk tunes. Expect to hear catchy melodies from their recent EPs, Armadillo and Artichoke, as well as a opening performance from Delaney Davis, an acoustic singer-songwriter from New Mexico. Tue 7 p.m. Visit poetsrow.bandcamp.com.

The Skatalites

This Jamaican ska group is known for its reggae feel and upbeat rhythms. The reformed ’60s ensemble’s performance will includes tracks from their 2012 album, Walk With Me, which is full of optimistic tunes like “Dessert Ska” and “Hot Flash.” Tue 8:30 p.m. Visit skatalites.com.

John Michael Montgomery

This Kentucky-born country artist will send you back to the mid-’90s as he sings about break-ups, true loves, and nights at the bar. During the intimate show, Montgomery will lend his rich baritone to lively staccato rhythms in songs such as “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and to slow, heartwarming melodies in ballads like…

Tori Amos

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Tori Amos’ newest music caters not only to the piano and alternative rock fans, but also the socially aware and active. Inspired by the tense energy and mixed emotions following last year’s presidential election—as well as the heartbreak she felt after her mother’s recent stroke—the classically trained singer and pianist addresses trauma both personal and…

Courtney Barnett

With her debut release, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, this Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist made a name for herself in mainstream indie rock last year. Whether she's singing about relationships, anxiety, or mortality, Barnett lends her dreamy voice to lyrics full of poignant observations as well as deadpan humor. Tue…

Colorado Symphony: All Beethoven Feat. Symphony No. 7

Spend an evening basking in the musical power and passion of one of the world’s most revered composers: Ludwig van Beethoven. This year’s annual weekend celebration features the overture for Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s Coriolan, followed by Piano Concerto No. 3 with British soloist Stephen Hough and Symphony No. 7. Arrive an hour early to…

OK Go

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The band known for its wild music videos—remember seeing its members dance on moving treadmills in “Here It Goes Again" in 2005?—showcased another stunning slowed clip when it released an empowering new single, “The One Moment,” in November. At this high-energy show, catch the Grammy-winning alt-rockers experimenting with synth and disco sounds as they play the new song and other tracks…

Tiny Library Concert: The Still Tide

These former New Yorkers traded the gritty East Coast city for the clean air and rolling mountain views of Colorado—a sans-regret move they address on their latest EP, Half Empty Rooms. Enjoy the soothing vocals of Anna Morsett and the doting guitar lines of Jacob Miller, the band’s two cornerstone members. Keep an ear open…

Global Dance Festival

Weeks before the stands of Sports Authority Field at Mile High are filled with Broncos fans, the legendary field will transform into an electronic music circus. From EDM duo Louis the Child to bassmaster Excision and remix artist Kaskade, more than 20 artists will perform during the two-day event. Between shows, keep dancing at the…

Shawn Mendes

The Canada-born singer of the hit single “Stitches” first rose to fame when his Vines of song covers went viral. The sentimental tracks on the 17-year-old’s debut studio album, Handwritten, tell predictably romantic stories but also showcase a serious vocal talent and ear for catchy melodies. Sun 7:30 p.m. Visit shawnmendesofficial.com.

High Elevation Rock Festival

Show off your head banging skills at this hardcore music festival. Sixteen heavy metal and alternative rock bands, including metal mainstay Avenged Sevenfold and Grammy-nominated metalcore band Killswitch Engage, will shred throughout the day on two different stages. Make sure you have the energy to mosh for hours by refueling at food trucks such as…

Modern Baseball

An indie band with a familiar story to tell, this pop punk group has spun relatable lyrics, covering everything from unrequited crushes to drinking underage, since 2011. The emo-esque outfit is touring to plug its third studio album Holy Ghost. Sat 7:30 p.m. Visit modernbaseballpa.limitedrun.com.

Sebastian Bach

Heavy metal tunes with titles like “All My Friends Are Dead” have been longtime staples at this Canadian headbanger's concerts. Recently, though, the former front man of metal glam band Skid Row has revamped his live shows to include stripped-down sets featuring acoustic guitars and drums followed by a series on the electric guitar. Thu…

Big Head Blues Club

If you don’t know Willie Dixon by name, you can still probably recognize the prolific rhythm-and-blues songwriter’s work in tunes made popular by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. During this jive concert, Colorado-based blues rock band Big Head Todd and the Monsters will celebrate Dixon by playing covers of his immortal hits, including “You…

A Night at the Trocadero

This benefit celebration will give you a taste of the boisterous atmosphere that once made the Trocadero Ballroom a hot spot for mid-20th century dance parties. Shimmy the night away underneath a carousel shell as Denver-based Hazel Miller, an award winning jazz musician, croons and the Sentimental Sounds Swing Band plays their old-fashioned tunes. Bonus:…

Jeep on the Rocks: Bastille

This electro-driven British indie pop quartet returns to Colorado just a month after the release of its second studio album, Wild World. Dance to their hook-heavy track list, which includes vintage movie samples and layered vocal harmonies. Bonus: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the solo moniker for the singer-songwriter of Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin,…

Drums of the World

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March to the beat of the Colorado Symphony’s drums at this family-friendly concert. Rhythm-happy percussionists will show off their skills on the marimba, bongos, bass drums, woodblocks, and dozens of other international instruments. Arrive an hour early for some pre-concert activities including an instrument petting zoo and a composition station.

Beethoven and Brews

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Dressing to the nines is not a requirement at this concert by a Colorado Symphony ensemble. As the instrumentalists perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (you’ll recognize its finale, “Ode to Joy”), sip on flight of four-ounce tasters from Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing Company.

Ben Folds: Masterwork with the Colorado Symphony

Alt rocker Ben Folds wowed the crowd at Red Rocks when he performed there with the Colorado Symphony in the summer of 2015. Now, Folds is once again teaming up with our fair city’s symphony to perform his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (yes, Folds actually wrote it). We bet you never thought violins, french…
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St. Olaf Orchestra

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Before it was co-opted by the snowman from Frozen, the name Olaf was more commonly associated with world-class college musicians. In this performance, the touring orchestra of Minnesota's renowned St. Olaf College comes to town to perform Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, Bartok's Dance Suite, and Brahms' Hungarian Dance No. 6. Alongside the award-winning ensemble, catch performers from…

Goo Goo Dolls

They might be known for “Iris” and “Slide,” but this pop rock group has much more to share than their late ’90s chart toppers. The seasoned pop rock veterans have embraced their middle age with self-reflective lyrics and power ballads on their eleventh, most recent release, Boxes. Before the alternative duo shares its new songs,…

Spread the Word Festival

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String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth and his band will play on the main stage during this four-day downtown festival celebrating musical talent from the Centennial State. In addition, more than 60 Colorado musicians—including wunderkind guitarist Jaden Carlson and her band as well as bluegrass rock group Whitewater Ramble—will play at six venues across the Mile High City.

Colorado Symphony Ball

A traditional battle of the bands would feature exclusively rock ’n’ roll groups—but this extravaganza adds symphonic music to the mix. Denver's premiere orchestra takes on rock bands Tracksuit Wedding and DaVita Blues All Stars in this epic musical competition, during which attendees will text their votes in real time (each vote costs $1). Vote…

Primus

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Les Claypool’s experimental rock outfit promises nothing short of a wacky carnival ride with a pair of Front Range shows. The South Park alums are still touring behind their 2014 Willy Wonka–themed psychedelic album Primus & the Chocolate Factory, the first record with the band’s original lineup since 1995. Though it’s impossible to predict what…

Friday Night Jazz: Phröntrange

This group of Denver jazz artists led by trombonist Steve Wiest is known for its fusion of funk and jazz music. With members culled from esteemed outfits Trombone Shorty and the Yellowjackets, the group’s melodic frontline of trombone, guitar, and an electronic wind instrument melds with a soulful rhythm section for lively shows. Expect tracks…

Takács Quartet

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This Grammy Award–winning string quartet has sold out concerts in Boulder for three decades, performing everything from Mozart to Carl Vine and Mendelssohn. And the four renowned musicians have given back to the community that’s supported them all these years, by helping to develop a chamber music program at the University of Colorado Boulder to…

Natalie Merchant: Three Decades of Song

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At this outdoor concert, alt-folk rocker and former lead singer of ’80s rock band 10,000 Maniacs will perform songs from her three decade–long career. Her solo material, which features sparse instrumentation and thought-provoking lyrics, reflects her liberal political views. A portion of the proceeds from this concert benefits Food & Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.–based…

Jacob Banks

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England-based, Nigerian-born artist Jacob Banks only started singing and playing the guitar five years ago at open mic nights, but he’s already gained a following thanks to his unusual African-inspired beats and intimate songwriting. Don’t miss his electrifying vocal delivery and soulful sound as he stops in Denver on his first world tour.

Music in the Galleries: Felonius Smith

In honor of Clyfford Still’s lifelong appreciation for music, this live performance by the Boulder-based Felonius Smith trio will pay tribute to the artist’s aural sources of inspiration. The historically authentic band’s use of a slide-resonator guitar, double bass, and harmonica will have you toe-tapping to the best of the last century’s acoustic, ragtime, gospel,…

The 1975

Influences as diverse as My Bloody Valentine and Michael Jackson provide inspiration for these self-proclaimed post-modern rockers. The UK–based group released its second full length album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, in February to critical acclaim—and the number one spot on the UK Albums…

The Disco Biscuits

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This Philadelphia jam band known for its entrancing laser-filled shows will take a break from the festival circuit for a pair of intimate Mile High performances. Known for its funky brand of electronica, which includes live tracks stretching up to 30 minutes long, the far-out group will appeal to fans of Phish and Umphrey’s McGee.

Boulder Blues Quartet

This local band features nationally recognized vocalist Robert Johnson, who has performed with icons like Stevie Wonder throughout his career. You'll also enjoy listening to Steele Blues Band, another local group that plays a range of blues and rock covers, who will open for the quartet while you play cornhole and sip a Mojo IPA…

Sting

Let the smooth voice of England’s most iconic new wave vocalist set the mood for your Valentine’s Day celebrations. His 2016 album, 57th & 9th, features rock-heavy tracks and collaborations with Diego Navaira of the Last Bandoleros, who, along with singer-songwriter Joe Sumner, will join Sting on his global tour. Tue 8 p.m. Visit sting.com…

Bleachers

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Jack Antonoff (the guitarist from the band Fun) brings his love of all things retro to his solo project by writing music full of synths and upbeat melodies straight out of a John Hughes movie. At this show, the pop mastermind who contributed to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album will play songs from his New Wave-inspired second album,…

Purnell Steen & Le Jazz Machine Juneteenth Celebration

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Decades ago, the Five Points neighborhood was such a hot spot for jazz music that it attracted the likes of Miles Davis and Billie Holliday, earning the moniker "Harlem of the West." While the area has since traded saxophones for sour suds, Denver native and pianist Purnell Steen has kept the historic area's musical legacy alive with his…

Maddie & Tae

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This Nashville duo earned their fame after calling out sexism in country music in their 2014 hit “Girl in a Country Song.” During their high-energy concert, the spunky twenty-something songwriters will provide insightful commentary on modern womanhood by sharing tongue-in-cheek tunes such as “Fly” and “Shut Up and Fish” off their debut studio album Start…

Life Aquatic’s Tribute to David Bowie: Seu Jorge

Wes Anderson fans will recognize this Brazilian pop samba singer-songwriter as the dominant voice behind the The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou soundtrack. Wearing the film protagonist's iconic red cap, Jorge will perform Portuguese-language covers of David Bowie songs from the movie, including "Starman" and "Rebel Rebel," in front of a series of projected movie…

African Children’s Choir from Uganda

Fill your ears with the vocals and drums of passionate young people as they transport you to their native East African culture. These children auditioned to join the 45th African Children's Choir while still in Uganda; now they're touring the United States for an entire year, raising money for their own middle and high school…

Bon Jovi

Fresh off a number one album on the Billboard charts, This House is Not For Sale, ‘80s legend Bon Jovi is hitting the road for its tour of the same name. After forays into country and pop rock, the band returned to its classic rock roots for a tribute to nostalgia. But with a Tidal…

STRFKR

Nine years in the making, this synth-happy indie rock band has perfected a unique neo-psychedelic sound. But don’t let the title of their latest album release, Being No One, Going Nowhere, fool you. The uplifting indie-pop hooks layered with cosmic-disco electronica and astral synths will have you dancing through the night. Thu, 8 p.m. —Image…

Betty Who

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Three years after her debut, this Australian-born singer is back with a new album, The Valley, which was released in March. During this show, the electronic-pop songwriter will share tracks from her sophomore record, which combines soul-baring lyrics about overcoming heartache with ’80s-inspired synths and catchy melodies.

Lawn Concert: Pandas & People

After releasing a self-titled EP in 2014, this Colorado-based folk band was voted Best New Artist by the Colorado Sound. Frontmen vocalist Joshua Scheer and guitarist Johnny Day deliver quick-strumming melodies inspired by alternative rock to create a sound all their own. At this lively show, expect to hear catchy tunes such as "Out to…

2nd Annual Passion4Arts Music Showcase

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Denver’s music scene is booming, and you have the chance to catch this line-up of jazz and R&B artists early on in their promising careers. Performances by jazz artist Tony Exum, Jr., hip-hop husband and wife duo The Reminders, and singer/songwriter Kayla Rae, among others, make for a soulful evening by local artists on the…

Jamey Johnson

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After years of writing songs for fellow Nashville crooners such as George Strait and Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson is finally stepping into the spotlight himself with tunes inspired by his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama. At this show, the Grammy Award–winner will forego a setlist and choose songs while on stage, making the performance a spontaneous experience for the audience.

LCD Soundsystem

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Six years after this disco-electro-indie-rock band played what was supposed to be a farewell concert, the group is making a comeback, starting the newly released album American Dream. You’ll hear the same mish-mash of vocal harmonies and guitar riffs that defined the outfit’s early hits, along with some new electronic beats.

Angus and Julia Stone

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Although this brother-sister duo have played together off and on for more than a decade, they had never made any original songs together. Now, the Australian siblings have produced an album written entirely together. Get ready for their emotional sounds and mesmerizing melodies as they show off their new record, titled Snow.

History Lessons

At this playful show, local musician Reed Weimer and his band, the Flat Out Five, will school you in modern folk music—and history. Their dynamic new album History Sounds takes you back in time with 10 songs that tell the stories of the band's ancestors. Don't miss the string-heavy tune, "The General's Coffee Pot (A…

Schoolboy Q

A night spent listening to this artist is like a crash course in contemporary gangster rap. The California native, who has been influenced by artists such as 50 Cent and the Notorious B.I.G., will show off catchy beats, strong hooks, and socially conscious lyrics during this dark, engaging show. Sun 7 p.m. Visit schoolboyq.com.
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International Bob Dylan Tribute Festival

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Between his 2016 Nobel Prize win and his equally newsworthy decision to skip out on the awards ceremony, Bob Dylan has spent the past year making headlines. Celebrate the enigmatic legend during a Denver-born festival in his honor, which features a Dylan-themed art show as well as cover performances from Denver Americana group the Dewey Paul Band and blues artist Michael Hornbuckle as…

F. U. ALS

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At this charity performance, guitarist and keyboard player Luke Miller of Denver-based electro-funk band Lotus will man the DJ booth under his stage name Luke the Knife. To achieve his goal of bringing funk and disco to the world of EDM, the composer incorporates live drums, guitars, and saxophone into his remixes. At this show, he'll…

The Ultimate Voyage

This 50th anniversary concert tour celebrates the iconic Star Trek franchise that has lived long and prospered. Composer Jay Chattaway’s favorite episode, “The Inner Light,” which explores reincarnation and the intersection of past and future lives, features prominently in this orchestral performance showcasing original arrangements of soundtrack classics. Thu 8 p.m.

Blues From The Top

This summer festival unites backcountry blues with philanthropy. Sway along to the music as a variety of acts, including Canadian swamp blues band MonkeyJunk and modern blues group Austin Young Band, belt out their anthems. Proceeds benefit Blue Star Connection, a nonprofit working to supply over 50 national children’s hospitals with instruments for music therapy.…

Pandas & People

Colorado duo Pandas & People bring their high-energy alt-folk to Denver for this one-night-only show. Voted “Best New Artist” by The Colorado Sound, the pair first linked up in basement in 2013. Since then, they have released a self-titled debut and the single “On My Way” and have opened for acts such as The Doobie…

Ella and Sarah: The Great Ladies of Jazz

Step back in time to the big band era of jazz with the classic syncopated sounds of its true divas. Vocalist and Denverite Heidi Schmidt joins the 18-piece orchestra to capture the tunes of legendary singers Ella Fitzgerald and Sara Vaughan, plus other famous jazz artists like Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, and Rosemary Clooney. It…

Five Points Jazz Festival

Get groovy with Latin, blues, funk, and jazz beats at this musical celebration of the neighborhood once known as the Harlem of the West. A New Orleans–style parade down Welton Street will kick off the day followed by more than 30 live bands playing on eight stages, an art and food marketplace, and a bounce…

John Paul White

Formerly a member of the Grammy-winning folk duo The Civil Wars, White is embarking on a tour to promote his recent album, Beulah. His first solo effort in nearly a decade, the self-reflective album brings White’s Muscle Shoals folk roots together with his Nashville songwriting precision. Thu 8 p.m. Visit johnpaulwhite.com.

The Divide Music Festival

The A-list lineup for this three-day festival will feature national acts such as Kid Cudi, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Passion Pit, and the Fray. Get the full festivarian experience by camping, enjoying craft brews, and hiking and biking in the surrounding area throughout the weekend. Fri 3 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon. Visit dividemusicfestival.com.

Plaid

Whether through their remixes or original tracks, this duo from London knows how to set the standard for intelligent dance music. Andy Turner and Ed Handley have been collaborating since 1991, and their ninth studio album, The Digging Remedy, continues their trademark warm and playful tone. Before you go, check out the interactive website for…

Leftover Salmon

Since the late ’80s, this group of Boulder natives has played its self-created genre of “polyethnic Cajun slamgrass" across the Centennial State. At this crowd-pleasing show, the jam band will play tunes from their most recent album, 25, as well as fan favorites from as long ago as the early 1990s, all of which have…

Børns

This pop rocker's first studio album, Dopamine, represents a drastic change in tone from the melancholic, quiet songs he produced while living in New York City. His sound has shifted to Beach Boys–inspired harmonies and feel-good lyrics inspired by the Southern California region to which he recently moved. Mon 8 p.m. Visit bornsmusic.com.

Lawn Concert: Paa Kow

This self-proclaimed “groove master” boasts beats worth bobbing along to. You’ll find the Ghana native at the confluence of soft jazz and African pop (or on a museum lawn, if you want to get technical). Wherever you stumble upon this soulful percussionist, you’re sure to find yourself swaying along to his vibrant rhythmic refrains. Fri…

René Marie

It took nearly two decades for this songwriter and jazz vocalist to release her first all-original album, Sound of Red, in April. Her clever arrangements and sensual vocal delivery has defined her work—inspired by her idols Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington—from the start. Tue-Wed 6, 8 p.m. Visit renemarie.com.

The Blues Brothers Bootleg Road Show

Be transported to the Windy City as Doug Root and Wes Cornwell of swing-blues outfit The Bluzinators don Joliet Jake and Elmwood's iconic black suits and shades for this high-energy tribute show to the ultimate men of soul. Root and Cornwell, who will be accompanied by a 13-piece horn band, will round out their set…

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie

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The members of Fleetwood Mac have broken up and gotten back together in several permutations; during this tour, audiences will have the chance to see two of its original members. Guitar savant and chief arranger Lindsey Buckingham as well as keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie plan to share duets from their solo album, Buckingham McVie,…
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Trumpet Summit: Generations

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You've heard of a meeting of the minds, but how about a huddle of the horns? Three local trumpeters with big national names form the roster for this all-brass evening, representing where the instrument has been and where it's going. Enjoy jazz tunes from Grammy nominee Shane Endsley, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alum Greg Gisbert,…

Virtuosity & Grace: Soheil Nasseri

It’s been two years since global piano phenom Soheil Nasseri last played in the Boulder valley. Now, the virtuoso is back, to perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G-minor, K. 550 and Bhrams’ Concerto: for Piano No. 2, Op. 83. Lauded as a prolific and pioneering talent, Nasseri has played at Carnegie Hall and theatres…

Train with O.A.R and Natasha Bedingfield

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Party like it’s 2009 with this ensemble of hitmakers from the previous decade. Headlining band Train will prove its gift for making catchy soft-rock hits hasn’t faded by sharing tracks off its newest album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat. Before the well-known group takes the stage, British pop-rocker  Natasha Bedingfield will play summery anthems, and…

Blues and Brews Festival

Enjoy an afternoon sipping on soulful bass lines, then chase the harmonica-heavy jams with a cold peach pale ale from Lone Tree Brewing Company at this summery street fair. Soak up the sun as you catch acts including bluesy band the Roustabouts, the jazzy Lionel Young Band, and Fort Collins–based folk group Young Ancients. Sat…

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

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Nathaniel Rateliff’s band performs stage-quaking shows around the U.S., but the group has a home stage advantage in Denver. Rateliff began as a solo act, but when he began writing songs that required a band, he formed the Night Sweats—based here in the Mile High City. This tour follows the band’s 2016 EP, A Little…

Portugal. The Man and Glass Animals

English rock band Glass Animals will play their unique sound alongside indie group Portugal.The Man at this hip show. The U.K. group brings their signature blend of intricate beats and odd lyrics, while the Alaska natives are delivering groovy tracks off their 2013 album Evil Friends. Wed 7 p.m. Visit portugaltheman.com and glassanimals.eu.
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Pandas & People with Chimney Choir

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If you haven't gotten a chance to see Ruby Hill Park's new music venue yet, this concert featuring two Colorado headliners is the ideal opportunity. Expect to hear some electronic influences as well as banjo and mandolin arrangements when folk group Chimney Choir takes the stage to play their genre-defying songs. Indie band Pandas &…

The Bad Plus

These aren't the jazzy tunes your grandfather listened to. The Bad Plus, an indie rock trio that Rolling Stone called "beautiful noise," shreds the notion of smooth jazz during this live performance by playing loud, fearless covers of Nirvana, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, as well as a host of booming original tracks. Mon 7 p.m.…

Boston

If you've turned on your car radio sometime since the 1970s, you've almost certainly heard a hit from this American classic rock legend. The Massachusetts natives have sold over 74 million records worldwide with lyrically progressive tracks like “More than a Feeling” and “Peace of Mind.” Expect a concert lineup full of throwback classics with…

8th Annual Jazz in the Park

North of downtown, the vibrant community of Sunnyside values bringing residents together, and this evening of soulful jazz aims to do just that. Live music from Denver Municipal Band’s leading professional players will be accompanied by food truck bites, such as po’boys from Mile High Cajun and fajitas from Sokare. So grab your chairs and…

Rachmaninoff performed by Olga Kern

The Colorado Symphony presents world-renowned Rachmaninoff master Olga Kern conducted by Andrew Litton. Hear the composer’s classic “Piano Concerto No. 1,” written when he was just a teenager. Kern will also perform the work of another Russian composer, closing the show with Shostakovich's WWII-inspired Symphony No. 7. Fri-Sat 7:30 p.m. Visit olgakern.com.

Danú

Get a head start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with traditional Irish music from this energetic Celtic folk band. The seven-piece set formed in the Emerald Isle in 1995 and has brought their mix of ancient and contemporary Irish tunes to venues around the world for more than 20 years. Sat 7:30 p.m. Visit…

LANY

Fall is officially underway, but it’s not too late to indulge in some breezy pop tunes from sunny California. LANY, a three-piece dream pop band who named themselves after Los Angeles and New York, combines the sound of 1980s pop, early 1990s R&B, and new-wave electronica with lyrics focused on euphoric, romantic yearning. Bonus: Los…

Swingin’ Jass Jam-Boree

Introduce yourself to the world of Swing Era jazz from top dancers in town for the after-party to the Teacher Training Workshop with Sylwia Bielec, an expert in lindy hop dance. Boulder-based jazz ensemble Jeremy Mohney & His Big Four will keep the tunes coming during the event, which includes a free swing lesson and…

Switchfoot and Relient K: Looking for America Tour

Two alternative rock bands coming together on stage means twice as many riffs and gut-wrenching lyrics. The collaborative show will include songs from Switchfoot's new record, Where the Light Shines Through, which features lively tunes such as "Bull in a China Shop," as well as older slow jams from both groups such as “Your Love…

Gregory Alan Isakov

Hear the contemporary indie folk harmonies of Gregory Alan Isakov accompanied by the sounds of a full symphony orchestra during this collaborative concert. To celebrate their recent joint project—an 11-track album—the singer will perform his South African's travel-inspired melodies alongside the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Bonus: Feminist folk singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco is set to open with…

Amos Lee with SHEL

Over 11 years, this Philadelphia teacher-turned-singer-songwriter has crafted a synthesis of folk rock and rustic soul sounds tinged with elements of blues, country, and funk. His latest album, Spirit, adds plenty of R&B and gospel-heavy tracks for you to move to. Bonus: Virtuoso indie-folk quartet SHEL opens with classically inspired arrangements amplified by electronic ambience.…

Stevie Nicks

This multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning queen of rock n’ roll stops in Denver on her 24 Karat Gold Tour, named after her eponymous 2014 album of unreleased demos. Nicks, an iconic singer-songwriter and the vocalist for Fleetwood Mac, is one of the highest-selling artists of all time. Bonus: The English-American Pretenders open with its classic blend…

Chris Tomlin

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Your church band has most likely played Chris Tomlin’s songs “Holy Is the Lord” and “How Great Is Our God” at services. Hear the Grammy-award winning artist play those hits and more as he takes over one of Colorado’s most beautiful venues for a night of worship.

John Mellencamp

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At this rock concert, Grammy Award winner John Mellencamp (who launched his career more than four decades ago) will play tracks off his 23rd album, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies. The 2017 record’s bluesy tracks feature rich vocals and thoughtful lyrics addressing timely topics like inequality. Bonus: The show also includes performances by Americana artist Emmylou Harris, country singer Carlene Carter, and folk-pop duo…

Colorado Springs Jazz Party

This three-day musical party will feature sets ranging from smooth classic jazz to New Orleans–based Dixieland jazz. Talented instrumentalists from across the country, including saxophonist Barry Allen and bassist Nicki Parrott, will give solo performances as well as collaborative shows blending their personal styles into a new sound. Since the musicians rely heavily on improvisation…

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

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Get rid of your pain with this one-of-a-kind drug: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers’ soul-shaking rock music. The San José singer-songwriter and his three bandmates return to the stage for the tour of their new album, Stompin’ Ground, released in September. The band’s bluesy, soulful rock will shine through as they play some new originals…
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Double Feature: Cabildo & Gallantry

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Why stop at one opera when you can watch two? These one-act shows, featuring young casts drawn from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program, both offer a contemporary American take on the medium. The first (the sole opera by 20th-century composer Amy Beach) is a New Orleans–set tale of forbidden love between a noblewoman and a pirate,…

The String Cheese Incident

Telluride’s and Crested Butte’s own six-part bluegrass group has become a leader in grassroots band development since its formation in 1993. Known for elements of rock, electronica, calypso, country, reggae, and jazz, SCI pairs its original music with equally impressive stage productions and effects, including psychedelic light shows and videos. Check out the band’s ongoing…

Gabrielle Louise CD Release Concert

This former Boulder resident combines elements of folk, bluegrass, and jazz to create an eclectic mix of styles on her latest album, If the Static Clears. The singer-songwriter's distinctive tracks draw from personal experience and shared history alike, one recounting the love affair between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; another painting a summer scene in…

Denver Uke Fest

In a celebration of all things ukulele, guest artists will host workshops, concerts, and masters classes such as “Strums of a Different Color” (to perfect your strumming technique). Don't miss Friday evening's performance featuring Daniel Ho, whose 2010 solo ukulele album Polani (Pure) was the first ukulele record in history to be nominated for a…

Mountain Town Music Festival

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Soak up the last days of summer in the Centennial State by heading to Keystone for the Mountain Town Music Festival. Performances by alternative band Ages and Ages, bluegrass band Mipso, and rock band Strange Americans set the stage for Charleston-based indie folk duo Shovels & Rope. The headliners are sure to shine even brighter…

Highly Suspect

This Cape Cod–born rock trio came crashing onto the music scene in 2015 with Mister Asylum. The hard-charging style of the group’s tracks makes you want to head bang, and also (perhaps surprisingly) sing along with their catchy and often emotional lyrics. Thu 8 p.m. Visit highlysuspect.net.

Sara Watkins

You may know her from the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek or indie folk band the Decembrists, but this singer-songwriter and fiddler has her own body of work to share. Following her June release of Young In All the Wrong Ways, she will be performing tracks that progress from wistful guitar pickings to pop-rock tantrums…

BADBADNOTGOOD

This Toronto-based jazz quartet uses rap and funk influences to create a multi-dimensional sound both old-school and cutting-edge. Songs such as “In Your Eyes” and “Speaking Gently,” from their latest album IV, reflect a musical juxtaposition that experiments with every genre and draws listeners from all over the world. Fri 8 p.m. visit http://badbadnotgood.com/.

Ben Folds: Master Work with the Colorado Symphony

Though this North Carolina musician is probably more well known for the pop music he produced, both as a solo artist and a member of Ben Folds Five, this concert will highlight his talents in classical composing. Alongside the Colorado Symphony, he'll perform his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, a three-movement concerto that features lively…

James McCartney

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The second generation of the British Invasion comes to the Mile High City with the arrival of Sir Paul’s only son. With a sound that’s more “Come As You Are” than “Come Together,” the London-born lad shows he’s not out to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. Catch him playing tracks from his 2016 album…

Spinphony

The women in this classical pop fusion quartet bring symphonic music into the 21st century with original arrangements for electric violins and cello. A DJ accompanies the high-energy group’s sets as they seamlessly weave Vivaldi in with Lady Gaga’s tracks and Beethoven with Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love [in a Hopeless Place].” Tue…

Zac Brown Band

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These Georgia country rockers played their first major concert at Coors Field two years ago. Now the group is back to share their songs on the Rockies home field. The eight-man band famous for “Colder Weather,” their wistful song about a lost love in Colorado, will show off its signature harmonies and fiddle solos to…

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

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If you prefer gifts to candy, you’re in luck: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas brings the winter holiday early this year. The full feature film will be projected onto the big screen with extra dialogue, singing, and music from the Colorado Symphony. Hear composer Danny Elfman’s dark and enticing score live at this spooktacular…

Solshine Music Festival

During this concert series, Centennial State bluegrass lovers can hear all their local favorites. Boulder-based band Leftover Salmon expertly blends rock and country influences into its folksy melodies, while Telluride Bluegrass Ban Competition–winning group Trout Steak Revival plays their signature banjo-heavy tunes. Bonus: Deadheads can enjoy a performance by Colorado-based DeadPhish Orchestra, a Grateful Dead…

The Weeknd

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The smooth, sensual voice and captivating beats of this alternative R&B artist transformed him into a star. Between the mixtapes he released at the start of his career to recent chart-topping hits such as “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills,” his music is representative of his name—it helps listeners escape reality.

Golden Music Festival

Colorado’s grass has never seemed so blue. From the pop-meets-folk fusion of the Railsplitters to the modern-country roar of Thunder and Rain, this string-heavy smorgasbord of sounds has something for anyone with a Western ear. Don’t worry if you’ve got a hankering for classic grass—the vintage sounds of Dr. Harlan’s Amazing Bluegrass Tonic are the…

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

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Belgian composer Joseph Jongen is renowned for his jubilant organ compositions. Hear his Mass for Choir, Brass, and Organ along with six pieces by Austrian Romanticist Anton Bruckner and accompaniment from St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, one of Colorado’s oldest professional choruses.

European Vacation

The Sinfonietta, a small selection of Arapahoe Philharmonic musicians, invites listeners to experience an evening of soaring classical masterpieces. Joined by concertmaster Tracy LaGuardia and violist Heidi Snyder, the chamber orchestra will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major. Arrive early at 6:45 p.m. for a pre-concert…

Richard Goode: Bach and Chopin

This Grammy Award–winning pianist will add his one-of-a-kind expressiveness and emotional depth to works by two legendary composers. During his striking performance, the New York native will perform dream-like versions of Chopin's waltzes and fugues by Bach. Fri 7:30 p.m. Visit richardgoodepiano.com.

Louis the Child

Chicago-based duo Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett, better known as Louis the Child, made waves in the electronic music scene in 2015 when their heady single “It’s Strange” caught the attention of Taylor Swift. Since then, they’ve taken on Coachella and Lollapalooza. This month, the DJs bring their airy future bass sounds to The Centennial…

Mastodon

Catch the Atlanta-based heavy metal band as they perform songs from their seventh studio album, Emperor of Sand. Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles will open this night of heavy metal music.

Hans Zimmer

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You may not recognize this German composer’s name, but you’ve heard his music in well-known films such as The Lion King, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Inception. At his mesmerizing show, the Academy Award winner and his orchestra will perform versions of his most popular cinematic compositions, accompanied by dazzling light displays.

The Ride Festival

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The 13-band lineup at this music festival proves Telluride is worth a visit in the off-season. Performers from all over the world, including British heavyweight singer-songwriter Beck and Australian psychedelic rockers the John Butler Trio, will play pop anthems and jam band tunes at the scenic mountain venue. Don’t miss Icelandic alternative-rock group Kaleo’s set…

Bob Dylan and His Band

This folksy Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will tug at heartstrings (and guitar strings) as he merges old hits with new. Blues singer Mavis Staples will open up for the ‘60s-era singer songwriter, as he fuses tunes from his recent Fallen Angels album with ageless acoustic hits such as "Blowin' in the Wind"…

Old Crow Medicine Show

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Since their breakout success in 2004, these Virginia-born pickers have been at the forefront of Americana revival. During this tour, they’ll pay tribute to one of their inspirations, Bob Dylan, by playing his entire iconic album Blonde on Blonde to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

California Guitar Trio

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Combining rock, jazz, classical, and world music, this innovative trio takes guitar playing to new heights of technical prowess and entertainment. The exciting performance features original music as well as inventive covers of classics from the Beatles to Beethoven. The band has come a long way from recording its first album Yamanashi Blues in a…

La Fanciulla Del West

The famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini reportedly believed this opera to be his best work. Now spun in a new direction, this retelling of Girl of The Golden West places the story's heroine, Millie, in the middle of an 1850s Gold Rush town—right here in Colorado. Fun-loving, saloon-owning Millie, played by soprano Melissa Citro, still…

Maná: Latino Power Tour

This Guadalajaran rock band will deliver jubilant jams and rhythmic refrains during this energetic performance. The Grammy– and Billboard Award–winning quartet, which has previously been called "the U2 of Spanish rock," is known for its unique reggae-inspired sound. Wed 8 p.m. Visit mana.com.mx.

Colorado Remembers 9/11 Tribute Concert

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, help commemorate our nation's first responders and service members during this memorial and live concert. The starting ceremony will feature a procession led by the Colorado National Guard and a special display of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. After watching the parade, meet local police and fire…

The xx

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This London indie pop band is known for its minimalistic sound, which features stark bass lines, reverb-heavy guitar and whispery vocals. Producer-drummer Jamie Smith (a.k.a Jamie xx), who also has his own solo act, works with dual vocalists Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim to expand that sound in the band’s third album, I See…

Amos Lee with the Colorado Symphony

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What better way to perform the 2015 album Live at Red Rocks (with the Colorado Symphony) than live at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony? This tour also follows the 2016 release of Spirit the first record Amos Lee solely produced. The latest album’s tracks are a testament to Amos’ growth as an artist, expanding…
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Sun Drenched Music Fest

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There may be a few clouds in the forecast, but with a seasonal brew in hand, it'll still feel like summer at this fiesta. Along with Denver Beer Co. brews and snacks from Little Man Ice Cream and Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, this festival features a music lineup that includes Brooklyn soul quintet Pimps of Joytime and California…

Gladys Knight

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Although her heydey took place in the ’60s and ’70s, the Empress of Soul proves she still has an impressive set of pipes. The Atlanta-born singer will draw on more than six decades of R&B, Gospel, and funk for her solo performance; dedicated fans should listen for her signature hit, “Midnight Train to Georgia” as…

Korn and Breaking Benjamin: Nocturnal Underground Tour

During this two-band tour, a post-grunge rock group and a new metal alternative band will come together for a night of head banging. Songs such as “Freak on a Leash” and “Believe” are sure to be electric guitar–laden crowd pleasers at this massive show. Wed 6 p.m. Visit official.korn.com and breakingbenjamin.com.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Red Rocks brings two musical legends together for one night of classic folk-country. Headliner Lyle Lovett made a name for himself in the ‘80s as a singer-songwriter, and the tour follows the release of his Greatest Hits album. Opening for Lovett, is the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Fifty years is an impressive run for…

Alice Cooper

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School’s out for summer—and the shock rocker who made those lyrics famous will hit the road to celebrate. During this cross-country tour, the 69-year-old musician will lend his signature raspy voice to his greatest hits while showing off outlandish costumes.

Mary Beth Cross

The National Traditional Country Music Association named this Wisconsin-born Americana folk singer’s 2014 album, Beyond Good and Evil, the Folk-Country CD of the Year. A meet-and-greet with the singer-songwriter will precede the concert, which showcases her latest EP, a compilation of original tracks as well as covers of Paul Simon and Van Morrison. Sun 3…

Ariel Quartet and Orion Weiss

Pianist Orion Weiss will join this young Israeli quartet, which was recently awarded the Cleveland Quartet Award, for a night of profound and energetic interpretations of famous works. Unlike the instrumentalists in most strings ensembles, the two versatile violinists in the Ariel Quartet frequently switch parts during their skillful covers of classic pieces from composers…

High Elevation Rock Festival

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This high-energy festival has expanded to two days, with a slate of more than 20 metal bands bands. Your head might get tired of banging through 18 hours of music, but it’s worth it to hear top-notch hardcore rock bands such as Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, and A Day to Remember.

The Music of Star Wars

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In a galaxy far, far away—well Breckenridge to be specific—The National Repertory Orchestra and conductor Carl Topilow want the force, and the music, to be with you. Performing “Imperial March,” “The Battle of the Ewoks,” and a variety of other songs from the beloved films, the world of Star Wars comes to life in Colorado.

Bach-in-Longmont

The third performance in this classical music series will feature pieces by Johannes Brahms played on instruments built during his lifetime—pianist Mina Gajic will perform on her historic blue-and-gold Parisian ‘Erard grand piano constructed in 1895. Also featured will be Thomas Jostlein of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra along with soprano Amanda Balestrieri and the…

The Splendor Of Schubert

Jeffrey Siegel brings the music of famed composer Franz Schubert to life in a vibrant performance. Siegel’s “Keyboard Conversations” have been broadcast nationwide on the Dr. Oz Show. At this concert and master class, expect Schubert classics such as “Ave Maria” and “Serenade” accompanied by lively commentary and a Q&A session. Wed 7:30 p.m. Visit…

Arts for a Better Tomorrow

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During this concert, embark upon a musical journey across Colorado. The Aurora Symphony will play Aaron Copland's joyful “Prairie Journal” and Colorado composer Jonathan Peters’ peaceful three-part “Rocky Mountain Suite,” both of which were inspired by the landscape of the Centennial State. Conducted by Norman Gamboa, this musical tribute will also feature a flute solo by this…

Mykal Rose

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Jamaican artist Mykal Rose will bring decades of experience (he’s worked with Kingston reggae legends the Wailers as well as rhythm duo Sly and Robbie) to the stage at this concert for diehard reggae fans. The former lead singer of the Grammy Award–winning group Black Uhuru will impress audiences with his signature scat vocal style.…

Project Pabst

An all-American block party in RiNo wouldn't be complete without a great American beer—and this ale-infused music festival has plenty of cans and jams to go around. Crack open a high-energy Friday night of music at various Denver venues: See the Giraffes at Lost Lake; toe-tap to Doom Tree at the Marquis Theater; and hold…

Fitz and the Tantrums

There are three truths in life: death, taxes, and toe-tapping at the Fitz and the Tantrums concert. The catchiest indie pop and neo soul band in the game comes to Denver to deliver rhythmic hits such as "HandClap," "The Walker," and more. Arrive early to catch Gavin DeGraw, a multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter famous for the…
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An Evening with Idina Menzel

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Couldn't get a ticket to the local world premiere of the Frozen musical? Try this night with the original Elsa. The star of stage and screen—known for her starring turns in Rent, Wicked, and yes, Frozen—comes to the Centennial State in support of her latest album, 2016's Idina. Online ticket purchases come with a free…

Green Day with Against Me!

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After nearly three decades in the business, the Green Day guys have established themselves as the kings of modern punk rock. Their new album, Revolution Radio, critiques the chaos of modern American society, from the culture of social media to mass shootings. Expect no shortage of political commentary from frontman Billie Joe Armstrong at this high-voltage show…

The Spill Canvas: Requestour

During an interactive tour, this alternative, acoustic rock band will let their audiences select a set of hypnotic harmonies for them. The group, which was influenced by early 2000s rock bands Buckcherry and Jimmy Eat World, is sure to play fan favorite "Our Song," which focuses on movie-themed clichés and relationships. Sun 8 p.m. Visit…

Bass Center 2016

Renowned electronic artist Bassnectar will produce and headline this star-studded EDM showcase. Others sets will come from Flux Pavilion, Wu-Tang Clan, Flying Lotus, and Porter Robinson. The festival will also offer two campgrounds adjacent to the venue for guests as well as offsite after-party shows at several venues in Denver. Fri-Sat, times vary. Visit bassnectar.net.

The Wooks

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Hailing from the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, this bluegrass quintet won the 2016 RockyGrass competition at the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Described as “postmodern grass” by producer Alison Brown of Nashville’s Compass Records Studio, the group combines traditional mountain picking styles and harmonies with the lush instrumentation of modern country. At this lively show, the…

Wye Oak

Shriek, these alternative rockers’ fourth and newest album, took their sound in a new direction—the songs depart from acoustic-guitar-driven melodies, evolving into raw vocals punctuated by synth and bass. The Baltimore natives’ thunderous live shows display their expert instrumentation and vocal skill. Fri 9 p.m. Visit wyeoakmusic.com.

Music District Grand Opening

Come celebrate the opening of Fort Collins' newest musical contribution to its growing music scene. The 57,000-square-foot complex will house everything from cheap-to-rent practice rooms and performance areas to music-related stores and apartments for resident musicians. During the grand opening, take tours of the inventive new campus, nosh on refreshments, and dance as local DJs…

The Fray

The world-famous hometown act returns to the Mile High City before the release of their new album, "Greatest Hits." From the industry-changing "How to Save A Life" to recent hits such as "Singing Low" and "Break Your Plans," this stadium pop rock group is a toe-tapping time for all. Fans in attendance also receive a…

I Prevail

This metalcore ensemble rose to fame after playing an edgy cover of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space" for a volume of Pop Goes Punk at the end of 2014. The Michigan natives produce pop-punk, metal medleys with a touch of screamo. Fri 8 p.m. Visit iprevailband.com.

Son Volt

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An offshoot of ’90s alt-country group Uncle Tupelo, these Americana rockers will explore the sounds of the Deep South as they play songs from their February release, Notes of Blue. The quintet draws inspiration from legend Skip James to craft an homage to traditional Delta blues.

SHEL

During this innovative concert, four sisters from Fort Collins will show off their peculiar blend of ethereal vocal harmonies and electronic rhythms. With influences from a wide variety of genres, including ’60s rock and classical symphonies from the 18th century, their tracks are an experiment in self-exploration, both lyrically and musically. Thanks to their family…

Bassnectar

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San Francisco–-based artist Lorin Ashton is better known by his stage name, which hints at the heavy bass in his dubstep and electronica beats. During two experimental dance parties, the long-haired mixmaster will blend throwback hip-hop jams with psychedelic acid-rock and other genres.

Shawn Mendes: Illuminate World Tour

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We have Canada to thank for yet another inspiring talent—Shawn Mendes. The pop singer became a household name in 2015 when his single “Stitches” flooded airwaves, and his latest album, Illuminate, which includes hits “Mercy” and “Treat You Better,” earned him his first world tour. To top it off, Charlie Puth, another chart-topper known for…

The Script

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In 2001, guitarist Mark Sheehan and vocalist Danny O’Donoghue recruited Glen Power as their drummer to form a self-proclaimed “Celtic soul trio.” The band drew inspiration from a diverse range of artists including the Neptunes, Timbaland, and Van Morrison to produce global hits, open for Paul McCartney and U2, and perform across the United States.…

Denver Day of Rock

Take advantage of your three-day weekend by checking out this block party concert featuring five stages of rockin' music acts. The free festival features 25 bands and solo performers, including Denver blues rockers Taylor Scott Band and country singer Cam. Proceeds from VIP tickets benefit Amp the Cause, an organization that supports 50 youth-focused nonprofits in the…

The Neighborhood

Dream of soon-to-come summer days with the beachy tunes from this Southern California alt-pop group. You might remember the band's double-platinum breakout hit “Sweater Weather,” a Top 40 hit as sweet as bubblegum, from its frequent radio play in 2013. The Neighborhood’s sophomore album, Wiped Out, is just as dreamy and lyric-driven, but the group…

JJ Grey & Mofro and the Infamous Stringdusters

These Northern Florida soulful swamp rockers join the ambassadors of New Grass for an early season show. Equal parts dusty-road bluegrass musicians and modern innovators, the acoustic Stringduster quintet thrives on live performances that showcase the agile harmonies and expert instrumentation that propelled the group to its 2011 Grammy Award nomination. Fri 6:30 p.m. Visit…

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Dubbed a local “folk-pop hero” of the Denver music scene in 2013, this Missouri singer-songwriter enhances his popular folk-based tunes with a septet of soulful R&B musicians. After a best-selling album and season of touring, the group’s November EP release of A Little Something More adds eight tracks of album outtakes and other unreleased material…

Mozart Performed by Jason Shafer

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Principal clarinetist Jason Shafer presents Mozart’s classic Clarinet Concerto in his solo debut with the Colorado Symphony. In this performance, the University of Northern Colorado faculty member will also play Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov's Scheherazade, which based on the historic story collection “One Thousand and One Nights.”

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park and nowadays juxtaposes a devout Western aesthetic with flat screen televisions and jacuzzis—authentic yet polished. That's the theme of its next musical guest: Five-time Grammy Award–winning country singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter performs her latest album, The Things That We Are Made…

Lupe Fiasco

Given that this Chicago-based hip-hop artist announced in 2015 that his three recent releases would be his last, there’s no better time to see him perform than now. He’ll have plenty of material to pull from his 16-year career, but most will stem from his trio of 2016 albums, DROGAS Light, DROGAS, and SKULLS. It…

Madeleine Peyroux

A singer­-songwriter with a voice that’s been compared to Billie Holliday, this jazz vocalist began her professional career at 15 as a busker on the streets of Paris. She recorded her first album, Careless Love, in 2004 with renowned producer Larry Klein and in 2013 released The Blue Room, an homage to Ray Charles' 1962…

Ukulele at the Movies

The Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra will present a concert featuring theme songs from motion picture favorites such as Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Pink Panther. Expect a classic campfire sing-a-long, giveaways, and a high-energy, family-friendly performance. Wed 7 p.m. Visit lakewood.showare.com.

Emo Nite

Resurrect your black guyliner and old band T-shirts and get ready to rock your way back to early 2000s angst. This pop punk and emo dance party will feature a lineup played by a mystery guest DJ as well as a surprise acoustic performance by a local band. Be sure to request your favorite tunes…

Yael Naim

This Parisian indie folk goddess is known for her acoustic melodies and profound lyrics about finding joy in a strange world. During this intimate show, the Victoires de la Musique–award winner will delight you with songs such as her 2008 hit single "New Soul," a lighthearted tune about discovering your path in life. Fri 8…

Golden Fine Arts Festival

More than 130 award-winning artists from 20 states will show off their skills during this two-day celebration. If you're looking for more traditional art, don't miss Golden-based painter Janet Nunn, who will show off her watercolor landscapes, or sculptor Kent Kraus's desert-inspired pieces. Then check out practical art, such as rings and bracelets from jeweler…

Merry & Gay

Join the 35th anniversary celebration of the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus during the holiday spectacular concert as old as the group itself. The show’s selection of seasonal songs will span everything from traditional carols to nonsensical antics at Santa’s workshop. Get into the holiday spirit with this community-building extravaganza. Thu-Fri 7:30 p.m., Sat 2 &…

Queen and Adam Lambert

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American Idol alumnus Adam Lambert will take on a new vocal challenge at this throwback show: hitting Freddie Mercury’s iconic high notes. During the tour, he’ll take on the role of the flashy frontman alongside Brian May and Roger Taylor, two of the surviving members of the ’70s glam rock group, Queen.

Yekwon Sunwoo

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This past June, South Korean pianist Yekwon Sunwoo proved he could make the keys sing more beautifully than any other young musician in the world when he won the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. (The 17-day clash of musical geniuses, ages 18 to 30, takes place every four years in Texas, and is considered the…

Spread The Word Music Festival

Support Colorado's best up-and-coming artists at this triple-venue, 51-band, multi-genre musical extravaganza. Quixote's True Blue hosts bands such as fusion group the Jive Tribe on Friday and Saturday, and Owsley's Golden Road and Sancho's Boulder Arrow split hosting duties on Sunday, when you can expect to see funk outfit Technicolor Tone Factory and bluegrass-Americana hybrid…

Acapellooza

The Sounds of the Rockies a cappella group combines the innovation of collaboration with the thrill of competition. This 100-man chorus is celebrating vocal groups in Colorado by asking acts to register, perform, and challenge the best groups in the area to an awesome sing-off. Celebrity judges such as local entertainer Lannie Garrett will take…

Cut Copy

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Lighthearted disco-inspired tunes from the famous electro-pop Australian quartet are sure to keep you grooving at this concert. The band—famous for hit singles such as “Lights and Music” and “Hearts on Fire”—released a new album in September called Haiku from Zero. During the show, enter psychedelic bliss as lead vocalist Dan Whitford’s rhythmic vocals are…

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