The Ride festival in Telluride.
—Photo courtesy of Brett Schreckengost
There are exactly 11 weekends left this summer, and you could cram a local music festival into each one. But if you have, say, a job, a family, or a budget, you’ll need to make some difficult choices. To help, we’ve narrowed Colorado’s nearly two dozen remaining music festivals down to...
—Courtesy of Grand Jury Music
Esme Patterson’s Facebook page describes her musical style as “soulful dream-rock,” and her latest release underlines how spot-on that rather esoteric description is.
Although the longtime Denverite, a co-founder of the old-timey collective Paper Bird, has decamped to Portland,...
June 10 2016, 10:15 AM
—Photos courtesy of The Mishawaka
Red Rocks may be Colorado's most iconic venue (rightfully so), but what it offers in world-class acoustics and endless views it lacks in intimacy and actual nature. The Mishawaka Amphitheatre, a short drive from Fort Collins up the Poudre River Canyon, offers both in spades. The area itself is...
June 7 2016, 12:45 PM
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as seen from a distance.
—Photo credit: Jesse Borrell / NOCOAST
Summer is here in all her glory and thus, it's officially time to transition your show-going outside. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is always a sure bet, with great shows lined up for June, but there are also Colorado festivals to be had, smaller outdoor venues to visit, and even mountain town squares to...
June 2 2016, 4:20 PM
The Lumineers play Red Rocks June 7-8
This article could have easily listed the “Best Folk Concerts of Summer,” but that would have ignored the funk and electronic acts playing across the state during the warmer months. Still, I like that it skews folk, because by definition, it's music that taps into the pulse of our country (and is...
May 25 2016, 9:00 AM
—Photo by Derek Truninger / Unsplash
We at 5280 get so many pitches from local and regional musicians, it can be hard to know what to do with all of them. But two arrived this week that deserve our—and your—immediate attention.
The first one is Youth on Record's Sessions, Volume 1. YoR isn't a band, per se, but an organization that...
May 23 2016, 11:58 AM
—Photo courtesy of Jimmy Fontaine
Singer-songwriter Brett Dennen returns to Colorado to play the Gothic Theatre on Tuesday, May 24, as part of a national tour that coincides with the release of his sixth studio album, Por Favor. The feel-good tracks merge his alternative folk style with beach calypso, a tonal departure from his...
May 19 2016, 10:00 AM
Nirvana in the early '90s
The Gothic Theatre sound guy figured he had a few minutes to wire the stage for the next band, some Seattle trio. Then he looked up and saw the group’s scruffy lead singer striding toward him, strapping on his electric guitar, and sending screechy feedback blasts through the amplifiers. The audio...