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Telluride Blues & Brews 2014: Violent Femmes, George Clinton and more (review)

A view of the crowd at Telluride Blues & Brews 2013. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.

Telluride Blues and Brews is a musical stew. While the sounds that shook the stony walls of the dead-end canyon last weekend were decidedly varied, all revolved around a pervasive groove. The Violent Femmes and Parliament Funkadelic may seem odd partners on a bill. Stir aging rocker Peter Frampton, a host of bayou funk masters, blues legends and a swelling contingent of eager up-and-coming rockers into the mix and the weekend festival ascended into a beery cradle of groove.



PHOTOS: Phish at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park day three review

Phish at Dick's Night Three

Phish played a tight, predictable second frame Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, wrapping up its fourth three-night stand on the Commerce City pitch with expected plays that roamed in unanticipated directions.



PHOTOS: Phish Dick’s Sporting Goods Park day two review

Phish at Dick's 2014 Night Two

Amid a swirling wind of manure, marijuana and rain, Phish found greatness on Colorado’s plains Saturday with a show for the ages.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park = Phish’s home.



PHOTOS: Phish Dick’s Sporting Goods Park day one review

Phish at Dick's 2014 Night One

Phish’s fourth Labor Day weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park saw the Vermont quartet continue its first-night roguery.



Phish at Dick’s: Will its return to Colorado become the stuff of legend?

Phish - Day 2 @ Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Phish returns to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park this weekend for a fourth Labor Day run, stepping into a venue that has emerged as a celebrated turning point in the Vermont quartet’s storied history.



Snarky Puppy at the Ogden theatre, 8-3-14 (review)

Snarky Puppy performed at the Ogden Theatre on Aug. 3, 2014.

Weaving its jazz-influenced, worldly funk melodies into dense tiers of booty-shaking rhythm, the Snarky Puppy collective captured the Ogden Theatre Sunday with a symphonic spectacle.



Jimmy Cliff at Denver Botanic Gardens, 7-28-14 (photos, review)

Jimmy Cliff @ Denver Botanic Gardens, 7/28/14

Jimmy Cliff unleashed his reggae revival on a surprisingly boisterous Denver Botanic Gardens crowd Monday night.



Tedeschi Trucks Band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 7-25-14 (review)

Tedeschi Trucks Band @ Red Rocks 7/15/2013

The double rainbow arcing over the stage lingered for 40 minutes, dazzling an already captivated crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.



Jurassic 5 at the Ogden Theatre, 7-22-14 (photos, review)

Jurrasic 5 - Ogden | 07/22/14

The venerable Jurassic 5 shook the Ogden Theatre Tuesday night in the final show of a two-night stand celebrating the hip hop pioneers reunion after a lengthy break.



Merle Haggard at the Paramount Theater, 6-25-14 (photos, review)

Merle Haggard @ Paramount 6/25/14

The legendary Merle Haggard led a melancholic amble down memory lane Wednesday at the Paramount Theater, sharing his wistful, timeworn tales.