Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson at Chautauqua Auditorium, 6-21-13 (photos, review)

British singer- songwriter and guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson made his annual Colorado Front Range appearance on Friday at Boulder’s Chautauqua Auditorium. Such is Thompson’s versatility and popularity among other artists, that, in some other cities this summer, Thompson is playing as part of either Bob Dylan’s AmericanaramA, or Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus tours.

Live review: Richard Thompson @ the Boulder Theater

Long may Richard Thompson rule the six string. Perhaps no other artist can shift through so many musical styles as Thompson. Whereas his performance this past summer at the 2010 Folks Festival was all acoustic (and heavy on the English folk) his Tuesday night show at the Boulder Theater, backed by Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass) and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin), soared through pop stylings, country rave-ups, jazzy introspection, and straight rock.

Dax Riggs @ the Larimer Lounge

[photopress:dax06.jpg,full,pp_image] Dax Riggs brought his solo show to Denver for two shows at the Larimer Lounge on Friday and Saturday. Shown here on Friday, Riggs played a lively set that fell short of high expectations.