Steven Tyler shatters expectations at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
[caption id="attachment_119625" align="aligncenter" width="570"] File: Vocalist Steven Tyler of the rock band Aerosmith performs at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in this June 10, 2009 file photo taken in Maryland Heights, Mo.
Weezer woos new generation of “Buddy Holly”s at Fiddler’s Green
By far the best trending tweet from Weezer's show last night at Fiddler’s Green was from a 30-something-year-old fan who probably didn’t expect it to be read to a crowd of nearly 18,000 people.
Rob Zombie and Korn haunt Fiddler’s Green with strong double-header
Everyone has their own musical time machine, one that transports the listener back to the most beautiful and ugliest moments of high school, the height of one’s teenage angst, their first crush and first major heartache.
Joe Bonamassa rains down licks on Red Rocks
[caption id="attachment_119523" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Joe Bonamassa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater on July 19, 2016 . Photos by Michael McGrath, heyreverb.com.[/caption] Our nation’s news narrative of racism, prejudice and division has spilled over into the music world.
KISS reliably rock Colorado Spring’s Broadmoor Arena
To say my fascination with KISS goes back a ways is a bit of an understatement. By kindergarten I had already hopped in the band's merch bandwagon, proudly toting my KISS lunchbox and thermos to school.
String Cheese Incident and Hot Rize make Hot Cheese Rising at Red Rocks
Sunday night at Red Rocks, Hot Rize and String Cheese Incident, two Colorado-based bands, collaborated on something of a Centennial State music salute. Michael Kang of SCI dubbed their blend the "Hot Cheese Rising” set before all 10 players opened the second part of the concert with Willy Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” Bill Nershi announced that when SCI was getting started as a more acoustic band, Hot Rize was a big influence.
Red Rocks presents: The amazing, Day-Glo Sufjan Stevens
You can’t blame Sufjan Stevens for wanting to lighten the mood a bit. In 2015, the singer-songwriter with the angelic voice released a heart-wrenching autobiographical album about death, loss and yearning that landed on nearly every critic’s top 10 list.
String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks, night two (photos)
String Cheese Incident returned to Red Rocks for the second night of their three-night stand on Saturday. The improv bluegrass-rock band featured saxophone player and Brainfeeder label artist Kamasi Washington as the opener.
A distant Mitski doesn’t move the Larimer Lounge
[caption id="attachment_119422" align="aligncenter" width="3264"] Mitski performs at the Larimer Lounge on July 16. Photo by Bethany Ao. [/caption] As much as the Larimer Lounge crowd loved Mitski’s drummer (and his dog tattoo), the strongest moments of her hour-long set Saturday night came when she loosened up after he left the stage.
String Cheese Incident shows off SCI Sound Lab at Red Rocks (night one)
String Cheese Incident has been jamming their way into eager Colorado ears since 1993, and with the release of their new SCI Sound Lab project fans were eager and skeptical about last night’s Red Rocks show.
Denver finds an old friend in Adele at the Pepsi Center
[caption id="attachment_119386" align="alignnone" width="3000"] FILE: Adele performs "All I Ask" at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. The singer played two sold-out shows at the Pepsi Center this weekend.
Twenty One Pilots rile up first of two sold-out Red Rocks shows
Every five minutes or so, chants of “T.O.P.” overcame the sold-out crowd last night at Red Rocks as fans tried to find a way to release their excitement ahead of the show.
Peter Gabriel bests Sting in Rock Paper Scissors at the Pepsi Center
[caption id="attachment_119157" align="aligncenter" width="579"] FILE: "Sting performs during his Back to Bass Tour stop in Denver. Sting is celebrating his 25th anniversary of his solo career with a tour throughout North America this fall.
Long lines and high temps mar KTCL’s Big Gig 2016
[caption id="attachment_104398" align="aligncenter" width="800"] FILE: Cage the Elephant performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 1, 2015. Photo by Evan Semon, heyreverb.com.[/caption] Saturday at Englewood’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater, the sweltering air was filled with the sound of local music, the thick scent of sunscreen and a general frustration at a wait time three hours longer than expected at Channel 93.3’s 2016 Big Gig.
Afrobeat maestro Femi Kuti boogies against the machine at Boulder Theater
Maybe it’s too ethnocentric to compare Femi Kuti’s Nigerian cultural background with politics in the U.S. right now, but it’s tough to overlook. Kuti and his 11-piece band wailed Wednesday night with the sounds of corruption, greed and poverty.
Flight of the Concords revive the variety show at Red Rocks
In the comic universe there are many funny stand ups who also happen to sing. Think Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, Jack Black. When thinking about great duos in comedy, Key & Peele, Tina Fey & Amy Poehler and the classic Laurel and Hardy come to mind.
How one act almost ruined the “I love the 90s” show at Fiddler’s Green
[caption id="attachment_118590" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] FILE: Vanilla Ice performs at Twentieth Century Fox 2016 CinemaCon Presentation on Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)[/caption] There's only one reason anyone buys a ticket to the "I Love the 90s Tour" — to hear the songs you used to play over and over again on your Walkman growing up.
Umphrey’s McGee rings in July 4 with dynamic, two-night Red Rocks run
[caption id="attachment_111975" align="aligncenter" width="1016"] FILE: Umphrey's McGee performs at Fillmore Auditorium on Jan. 2, 2016. Photos by Adam Good, heyreverb.com.[/caption] Dead & Company brought music back to Boulder’s Folsom field for the first time in decades, but they weren’t the only (or best) jamband in town this past weekend.
Selena Gomez tosses Disney to the curb
[caption id="attachment_118526" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Selena Gomez performs at Pepsi Center during her Revival Tour stop July 2, 2016 in Denver. Opening acts Bahari and DNCE also took he stage.
Non-stop dancefest for Dead & Company’s second night at Folsom
[caption id="attachment_118520" align="aligncenter" width="3000"] Bob Weir performs with Dead & Company at the University of Colorado's Folsom Field in Boulder on July 2, 2016. PHoto by Autumn Parry, Daily Camera.[/caption] Bob Weir’s Dead and Company cast their rainbow across CU’s sandstoned Folsom Field Sunday, capping an historic two-night stand with a near flawless display.
Dead & Company kick off historic weekend at Folsom Field
[caption id="attachment_118454" align="alignnone" width="300"] You can catch Dead and Company's Folsom Field show via nugs.net. Photo: Danny Clinch.[/caption] It was a historical moment, the first music at Folsom Field in 15 years, and maybe Bob Weir knew it.
Brand New and Modest Mouse collide on bittersweet Red Rocks bill
On Wednesday night at Red Rocks Amphitheater, a sold-out crowd of optimistic post-millennials and misanthropic misfits from the lost generation got groovy with Modest Mouse and moody with Brand New.
At Red Rocks’ “musical church,” Ben Harper bears the dark and sheds light
With almost 25 years under the spotlight, 47-year-old Ben Harper has become the poetic sensei of funky roots rock, stirring countless souls with his emotive lyrics and searing guitar work.
Weird highlights from this year’s Westword Music Showcase
[caption id="attachment_87280" align="aligncenter" width="598"] FILE: The crowd at Lollapalooza in 2014. Photo by Seth McConnell[/caption] It’s not easy to hit sixteen stages and see over one hundred bands, but there’s nothing that will keep us from trying.