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...
—Photo courtesy of Voicebox RiNo
Known as nori bang—which loosely translates to “singing room”—South Korean karaoke is done in closed-door spaces where the only witnesses to your screeching version of “Bohemian Rhapsody” are your friends. That same kind of party privacy comes to Colorado this summer with the Denver debut of...
Colorado band Elephant Revival will play Red Rocks on May 22 with Josh Ritter and Rising Appalachia
—Photo by Dylan Langille
May has arrived and it's finally starting to feel like summer. And in Colorado, summer means music at Red Rocks. The legendary venue's season kicks off this Friday with an acoustic-based performance featuring jammy bluegrass quintet The Infamous Stringdusters with Florida rock '...
May 5 2016, 9:00 AM
—Illustrations by John Ueland
John Brisben Walker should have fired his real estate agent. The original owner of the land where Red Rocks Amphitheatre sits handed over the world’s only outdoor venue with perfect acoustics—which celebrates its 75th anniversary this season—for a paltry $54,155, or roughly $750,000 in today’s...
—Photo courtesy of Martha Hertzberg
One of my first memories is at a Peter, Paul and Mary concert. I was four or five years old, and my mom had toted me along to see one of her favorite groups. I know I clapped and danced to the folk tunes, spinning around to the delight of everyone in the vicinity. I don’t really remember the music...
April 7 2016, 10:55 AM