Jazz/Blues

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Bluebird Theater, 6-15-13 (photos, review)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion plays The Bluebird Theater on 6/15/13.

Returning to play Denver for the first time in who knows how long, New York’s City’s Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (JBSE) blew up the Bluebird Theater on Saturday night.



Johnny Smith, “Walk, Don’t Run” guitarist, has died at 90

Legendary jazz guitarist Johnny Smith plays the guitar at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has played with the likes of Stan Getz and Charlie Parker. Photo by Kirk Speer special to the Denver Post.

Johnny Smith, the legendary jazz guitarist famous for the standard “Walk, Don’t Run,” died Tuesday in his Colorado Springs home at 91.



Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at the Hi-Dive, 6-1-13 (photos, review)

Nathaniel Rateliff & Night Sweats @ Hi-Dive

For just less than 45 minutes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats pounded out soul songs one after another.



Album review: Thundercat, “Apocalypse”

Thundercat, "Apocalypse"

Thundercat’s “Apocalypse” is a soulful tribute to the memory of Austin Peralta from one of his closest friends.



Bombino at the Fox Theatre, 5-30-13 (review)

North African blues guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar performed at the Fox Theatre on Thursday. Photo courtesy of the artist's website.

North African blues guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar blew up the Fox Theatre Thursday night with his dazzling finger picking and penchant for ambling jams.



Five don’t-misses at the Five Points Jazz Festival

Lee Konitz Trio @ Dazzle

The event has long been a signal of summer’s start, and here are our five don’t-misses for this year’s Five Points Jazz Festival.



The Meter Men at the Ogden Theatre, 5-10-13 (review)

Photo of the Meters courtesy of the band's website.

The sold out Ogden Theatre throbbed with sweaty revelers as the Meter Men rooted through funk’s most definitive catalogue.



Jason Moran at Dazzle Jazz, 5-10-13 (review)

Photo of Jason Moran courtesy of the artists website.

Toward the end of his set at Dazzle Jazz on Friday night, pianist Jason Moran recounted a story from his days as a music teacher.



A guide to 2013 Colorado music festivals: Telluride Bluegrass, UMS and more

UMS 2012 Friday

Colorado music festivals cover the spectrum in 2013. They range from the traditional (Telluride Bluegrass) to the neighborhoody (our own Underground Music Showcase); from the national touring kind (Warped Tour) to the mountain rave-y kind (Sonic Bloom); from the down-home country kind (Greeley Stampede) to the hoity industry kind (FMQB Triple A Conference).



The 2013 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival lineup: Jim James, the Black Crowes and more

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival

Organizers of the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival have shared with us the 2013 lineup for the 20th annual celebration of music and beer. This year Jim James, the Black Crowes and Mellissa Etheridge make their way up to the San Juan Mountains to headline the festival.