The 10 best summer concerts in ColoradoBy Dylan Owens | May 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
Colorado’s summer concert season is almost here. It’s the time when Red Rocks’ doors swing open to the masses like a long sealed sanctuary and the people stumble up the stairs to pay tribute to that evening’s music gods. Or we can ditch our jackets and walk down to the Bluebird Theater for a beer-drenched night that will dry in the warm late-night air.
With hundreds of shows to choose from, we picked the 10 best summer concerts in Colorado for the 2014 season, taking into account their live show, how frequently they perform, other bands they’re booked with and the venue they’re playing.
10) Potty Mouth + Perfect Pussy, May 19 @ The Hi Dive — Tickets
Perfect Pussy burst onto the hardcore scene with a raw debut album that succeeded in part because it captured their pressure-cooker live show. Their poppier spiritual siblings Potty Mouth will join them for a night guaranteed to spatter the Hi-Dive floor with sweat and cheap beer.
9) A. Tom Collins + Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, May 25 @ The Bluebird Theatre — Tickets
A. Tom Collins are in the conversation for Denver’s premiere live band. Fall evening, winter morning, whenever, their sound — a mix of parlor jazz and hiccup’d ballads — can find a tune to fit the mood. Maybe it’s the bayou-brass connection, but more than any other time, those horns moan summer evening. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake are a darker shade of awesome, with a prominent rhythm section that’s effortless to get into live. Together, it promises to be a hell of a show.
8) Nick Cave, June 24 @ The Buell Theatre — Tickets
Nick Cave spares no expense for his tours. On his last U.S. tour — which sold out in its entirety — he brought a small choir and string section along to flesh out the rough blues and murder ballads of his 15 studio albums. While the Buell suggests it’ll be a restrained experience for the audience, don’t let that dissuade you: Cave will find a way to shake it up. Regardless, his music demands the focused attention the space provides.
7) Avett Brothers, July 11-13 @ Red Rocks — Tickets
With one boot in folk and another in punk, the Avett Brothers’ live shows can turn from head-banging frolic to somber sway-along at the drop of a cigarette butt. Really, it’s a show that’d be worth seeing in a skating rink during business hours, but Red Rocks? This is a no-brainer. They’ll play three nights at the hallowed Colorado venue, with different openers for each show: Friday, Bob Weir and Ratdog; Saturday, Lucero; and Sunday, Shovels and Rope.
6) Lauryn Hill, July 13 @ The Ogden Theatre
Remember back in the day when Lauryn Hill used to harmonize? After a short string of East Coast dates late last year, she’s back with a full U.S. campaign. While her show at the Belly Up sold out fast, tickets for this show go on sale this Saturday (05/10) at 10 a.m. Get ‘em while they last: Judging by her spotty tour history, it’s hard to say when—if?—she’ll be coming back.
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