Russian pianist Natasha Paremski pays tribute a classical music great, Sergei Rachmaninoff. Listen to the piano concertos and symphonic dances of Ranchmaninoff, a man who perservered in the face of poverty to become one of the most famous early 20th century Russian composers. Thu 7:30 p.m.
Self-described as "flower punk," this group of four Atlanta-born hell raisers have a history of provocative live performances. The garage-rockers' past on-stage antics include nudity, fireworks, and flaming guitars. Hear rowdy tracks from the band's 2011 album, Arabia Mountain. Wed 8 p.m.
When life lays waste to your best laid schemes, you can wallow in your grief and pain, or you can build anew. SoCal metal quintet Of Mice & Men does just that with a growling, rumbling vengeance on Restoring Force, their latest release. Beneath the snarls, though, hides an emotional side at times softer than a Vaseline hand. Thu 7 p.m.
Spend date night at the Colorado Symphony listening to Felix Mendlessohn's Concerto in E Minor and music from Richard Wagner's dramatic libretto, "Tristan and Isolde." Mendlessohn is considered one of the greatest violin concertos of all time and the Wagner was one of the most influential compositions of the 19th century.
Members of jazz-grass quartet MilkDrive met while competing in the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest, and their sound reflects it. The Austin-based band's emphasis on stringed instruments shines in its timeless acoustic tunes. The Jon Stickley Trio, also of the jazz-grass genre, constant press its picking pace with wildly energetic fiddle and guitar riffs. Fri 8 p.m.
There is nothing prim and proper about this prom. Dig out your nicest nerdy outfit (think: Batman, Harry Potter, and Princess Leia). If it's geek chic, you can't go wrong. Don't be shy about your dance moves as you enjoy the farewell performance by pop-rock band Bop Skizzum. Founded by former Flobots guitarist Andy Guerreo, the band brings a bright blend of funk, dance, and hip-hop influences.
Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz isn't likely to change your conceptions of modern hip-hop. He chases women, smokes weed and yes, rocks gold necklaces at all times. But, he's in on the joke: Whether bragging about putting cheese on his broccoli or nickels in his penny loafers, he can't help one-upping his own outrageous rhymes. Grab a V.I.P. ticket to meet 2 Chainz in person.
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