Monthly Archives: January 2017

Photos: AFI sells out the Gothic Theatre

(Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

East Bay hardcore legends AFI brought their brand of goth punk to a sold out Gothic Theatre in Englewood on Saturday night. II
Love Like Winter
6 to 8
Greater Than 84
Clove Smoke Catharsis
The Days of the Phoenix
The Leaving Song
Snow Cats
Miss Murder
Encore I
I Hope You Suffer
Silver and Cold
Encore II
Totalimmortal DENVER, CO – JANUARY 28: The Chain Gang of 1974 performs at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, Colorado on January 28, 2017. The 70 minute set felt brief but hit all the high notes of the bands 26 year career including playing the deep cut Clove Smoke Catharsis from their 1999 album Black Sails in the Sunset. Set list
The Celluloid Dream
17 Crimes
Still a Stranger
Aurelia
Girl’s Not Grey
The Conductor
The Leaving Song Pt. Souvenirs and The Chain Gang of 1974 opened the show.

Watch: Ryan Adams shreds Red Rocks in “Do You Still Love Me?” video

The single is off of Adams’ upcoming sixteenth studio album, “Prisoner,” which is set to come out on Feb. Watch it above. Last summer, Ryan Adams capped his tour-ending Red Rocks concert by debuting a new song called “Do You Still Love Me?”
Adams released the video for the song on Monday, which cuts together footage of his 2016 Red Rocks performance with shots of him laying the track down in-studio. 17 via Pax Am.  

Documentary on renowned Colorado promoter Barry Fey in the works

Through his Feyline promotion company, Fey booked tens of thousands of concerts and events from the 1960s through his retirement in 1997, bringing the likes of the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Jimi Hendrix and many others to Colorado venues. Fey died by suicide in 2013. A prolific promoter, Fey is often credited with putting Colorado’s music scene on the map. Legendary Colorado concert promoter Barry Fey is the subject of an upcoming music history documentary. A documentary on Barry Fey, the colorful promoter who made Colorado a destination for the biggest names in music, is in the works.   The movie, which is still filming, doesn’t have a projected release date. For more information on “Rockfather Rockumentary – The Life and Times of Barry Fey,” check out MusicTracks Films’ website here. “Rockfather Rockumentary – The Life and Times of Barry Fey” is being produced by Denver-based multimedia corporation MusicTracks Films. Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post. In conjunction with the documentary, MusicTracks Films is raising money in hopes to erect a bronze statue of Fey at Red Rocks in 2018.

Ween announces first Red Rocks show in eight years

Yet another came when everyone sang along happily to “Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down).” If the thought of thousands of fans delighting in the throes of a debilitating disease isn’t the height of irony, then I don’t know what is. MST via axs.com. Another was a brilliantly executed version of “Buckingham Green” that perfectly encapsulated its Brit-psych origins. The Know’s Billy Thieme wrote this in a review of the band’s 2009 Red Rocks show:
The show reached a few clear apexes, one of which was the aforementioned “Zoloft,” during which the crowd sang lazily, as if all were on the drug. BROOMFIELD, CO – FEBRUARY 12: Gene Ween and Dean Ween of Ween perform at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado on February 12, 2016. Tickets are $49.95 – $54.95 and go on sale Feb. Ween last played Red Rocks in 2009, three years before they broke up, only to reunite again last year, launching a much-hyped reunion at Broomfield’s FirstBank Center. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Ween has announced a brief run of 2017 tour dates, including a show at Morrison’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. 3 at 10 a.m. Ween proved that they are masters of the manipulative powers of their sarcastic rock, and can easily entrance any audience. The cult rock legends will play Red Rocks on July 12. Check out photos from the first show of Ween’s 2016 reunion here.

Steve Miller Band to play Red Rocks with Peter Frampton

Miller, a 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (and subsequent critic), and Frampton will play the venue on July 31. See the full list of Steve Miller Band’s 2017 summer tour dates below. Steve Miller band at Red Rocks Amphitheater July 22, 2015. 3 via axs.com. Steve Miller Band 2017 summer tour dates

June 15 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 17 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 18 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam Festival
June 20 – Toronto, ONT – Budweiiser Stage
June 21 – Canadaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin PAC
June 23 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 24 – Mashantucket, CT – The Grand Theater At Foxwoods Casino
June 25 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
June 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center PAC
June 30 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort and Casino
July 1 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Theater at Freedom Hill
July 14 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
July 15 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena
July 16 – Alpharetta , GA – Verizon Wireless Amp
July 18 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Amp
July 19 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
July 20 – Aurora, IL – River Edge Park
July 22 – Walker, MN – Moondance Jam
July 23 – Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino
July 25 – Park City, KS – Hartman Arena
July 28 – Tulsa, OK – River Spirit Casino
July 29 – Thackerville, OK – WinStar World Casino
July 31 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
August 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amp
August 4 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amp
August 5 – Auburn, WA – White River Amp
August 6 – Troutdale, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
August 8 – Las Vegas, NV – The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
August 9 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amp
August 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
August 12 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amp
August 13 – Murphys, CA – Ironstone Amp Tickets are $49.50-$99.50 and go on sale Feb. Photos by Evan Semón for Reverb
Steve Miller Band has announced a 2017 summer tour with fellow classic rock hero Peter Frampton, including a date at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Aspen marks John Denver anniversary with weekend concert series

12-14, the weekend of Denver’s death 20 years prior. Each night, noted Denver collaborators like Bill Danoff, Jim Horn and Chris Nole will perform the artist’s music and share personal stories about his life. On Oct. FILE: John Denver and Kermit the Frog laugh during the taping of a Muppet Christmas special in Los Angeles in a Nov. 12-14, Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House will hold a weekend of events to mark the 20th anniversary of Denver’s death. Tickets to the weekend’s events go on sale Feb. There will also be a screening of the 2013 documentary “Great Voices Sing John Denver,” which showcases opera singers singing Denver’s most popular songs, followed by a Q+A with Kenneth Shapiro, the film’s director, as well as one of its co-producers and its composer. 16, 1979, file photo. (AP Photo/File)
This October, it will have been 20 years since Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., also known as John Denver, died. 8 via wheeleroperahouse.com. To celebrate his music, Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House is hosting a series of events from Oct. The author of “Rocky Mountain High,” the singer-songwriter was beloved in Colorado, and lived in Aspen throughout his later life.

Denver sits in on (another) rebirth of jazz’s cool

A student will inevitably come to him with a “new” sound, only to find out its a dead ringer for Herbie Hancock in 1967. The 1,100-capacity room, packed with Denver’s hip and with-it twentysomethings, roared in approval, toasting his effort with expensive cans of cheap beer. Films like “La La Land” and “Whiplash” before it have not only brought jazz in front of young audiences, but have also made it look cool again. (Michael McGrath, Special to The Denver Post)
“The music I make is all about putting things together that (people) don’t believe belong together and challenging certain notions of categories of how things should be,” Lamar said. As venues like Dazzle Jazz and the Meadowlark open their stages to informal jazz jam sessions every week, acts like BadBadNotGood and bassist Thundercat (who plays the Bluebird Theater next month) have leveraged their cross-generational appeal into top billing at rock rooms and massive music festivals. “In the case of ‘Whiplash’ and more recently ‘La La Land’ … that kind of awareness of jazz being hinted at being popular nowadays makes a huge difference.”
But it’s the players — not the media — who are responsible for the genre’s concert renaissance. Watch: Jimmy Fallon parodies “La La Land” with the help of Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake. “In Denver,” Bouton said, pointing at weekly jazz jam sessions at local bars like Syntax Physic Opera and the Meadowlark, “it’s mainly all younger people sitting in.”
If you’re envisioning a clattering mess of amateurs tripping over one another’s cords and chord changes, think again. As is common practice for businesses on social media, Dazzle targets a young demographic in its online advertising for acts like The Bad Plus and Danny McCaslin, bands Schreier described as “rabbit holes” into the genre’s deep expanse. I could get used to this.’ ”
As with so many fashionable trends, Ryan Gosling may also be partly to thank for jazz’s larger-scale youth revolution. A jazz instructor for nearly 30 years, Wiest referenced the well of talent he’s seen during stints as the director of the University of North Texas’ renowned One O’Clock Jazz Band and a recent judge for a 25-and-under competition put on by the International Trombone Association. The films’ misunderstood protagonists grouse at a world that’s forgotten the high-fiber virtues jazz can wring out of us: passion from pain, harmony out of conflict, and minutely tousled bangs from a sweaty solo. But Whitty was tangling with a flute, not a guitar, and BadBadNotGood isn’t a wiry rock band — it’s a wiry jazz quartet. Rap groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul have been rhyming over jazz for the last two decades. “You’ve almost had to go to jazz in the past,” Schreier said. In Denver, it’s not just that jazz fans are getting younger; the players are getting younger, too. “The supply has never been better in the jazz world in terms of young students of the music,” said Steve Wiest, the co-chair of jazz studies at the University of Denver and a Grammy-nominated trombonist, composer and arranger. Tastes are as cyclical as they are fickle, reliant on context as much as content. 23. “That’s the nature of jazz itself.” The simple difference: That was then and this is now. But none have taken hold like hip-hop. Rap is now essentially pop music, and when an artist as dominant in the genre as Lamar takes up the sound, Watkins said, it becomes “undeniable.”
Watkins has taken that to heart with his new project, The Other Black, a lithe rhythmic combo based in Denver. From Annie Booth to the Mikey Smith Trio, Denver has a surfeit of young talent, in a city that Wiest considers “as good as any jazz scene in the world.” (In 2015, renowned jazz radio station KUVO put a fine point on it, publishing a “30 under 30” list of promising local players.)

At Dazzle Jazz, the de facto epicenter of Denver’s jazz scene, that young blood runs backstage, too. The venue’s 23-year-old marketing manager,  Mike Zubrinic, works alongside its 25-year-old music director, Michael Schreier, who began booking the venue after completing his master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado a little over a year ago. Before you know it, people are like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m sitting in a jazz club listening to jazz. Schreier said Dazzle not only caters to an “increased appreciation for jazz in youth,” but thanks to its internet presence, might also be partially responsible for it. On-trend haircuts and antics aside (at one point, BadBadNotGood had the Gothic put up its hands while they took a crowd selfie), young jazz artists are folding fresh styles into the form, nudging it further from the days of the box social and closer to something kids can dance to. Kendrick Lamar followed his breakthrough release with an album that mixed avant-garde saxophone tangents with hard-hitting hip-hop verse. Art Bouton, Wiest’s co-chair at DU, echoed his sentiments, remembering a recent performance by Ellis Marsalis Jr. At the concert, young players were invited to sit in to play with older players, a tradition that signifies the kind of communal passing-down of chops and style that jazz was built on. Denver’s Wes Watkins, a former trumpet player for Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, credits Lamar and hip-hop with bringing jazz from the stuffy classroom to the radio and, subsequently, back to life. “With Facebook and YouTube, it’s easy to sit on your couch and have someone share something. “People around my age group are some of the least religious people America has seen.”
From jazzy jam bands like Snarky Puppy to funk-influenced outfits like Boulder’s The  Motet, this genre agnosticism has led to some unorthodox permutations. For Wiest, it’s something that’d played out in classes time and again. It sounds like your typical weekend at a rock show. The hugely popular M.C. The Other Black performs at Illegal Pete’s Holiday Party at the Summit Music Hall on Jan. “Sometimes what is old is new again,” Weist said. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/yWUt2K53Uq
— Hardys® (@HardysMedia) January 9, 2017

“Any time jazz gets mentioned in a major motion picture, an angel gets its wings,” Wiest said. We’re a hip-hop band, if anything.”

No matter what you call it, jazz’s genre polygamy is nothing new. Wesley Watkin’s hip-hop band the Other Black performs at the Summit Music Hall on Jan. “A lot of people are like, ‘You’re so jazzy, I love it,’ ” he said. BadBadNotGood broke out after a collaboration with goofy rapper Tyler, The Creator, who dabbles in jazz piano, went viral. To hear Bouton and Wiest tell it, not only has the number of young players shot up, but so has their relative skill level. at New Orleans’ recent Jazz Educators Conference. A Miles Davis album handed down by a parent sounds different if a cool cousin recommends it, and Kenny G is embarrassing until you hear him on an Outkast song. Hip-hop and jazz first shacked up as far back as 1992’s “Doo-Bop,” Miles Davis’ posthumously-released final album. “But I wouldn’t call us a jazz band. 23. “I think it stopped being popular.” (Michael McGrath, Special to The Denver Post)
A couple of Fridays ago, Leland Whitty, a multi-instrumentalist in the Canadian four-piece BadBadNotGood, padded barefoot to center stage to rip a searing solo over Englewood’s Gothic Theatre. In the films (both written and directed by Damien Chazelle), jazz fixation is packaged as a sort of enviable affliction, like a bicep scar or an eye patch. Twenty-six-year-old Denver singer Joseph Lamar, whose blend of pop, R&B and spoken word defies neat categorization, said this cross-pollination is a byproduct of his generation’s identity. Though he performs regularly with the Mikey Smith Trio, the artist resists genre as he would any label that attempts to define him. “I don’t think jazz ever stopped being cool,” Watkins said. Once a pariah of youth culture, jazz is enjoying a resurgence with a hip slice of millennial fans and musicians near and far. This generational habit of recontexualizing old sounds isn’t just a whim of pop music; it’s also an essential component of jazz.

Photos: Joe Jonas’ DNCE at the Summit Music Hall

DENVER, CO – JANUARY 25: The Skins perform at Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado on January 25, 2017. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

DNCE headlined its first-ever Denver show on Wednesday night at the Summit Music Hall. Fronted by Joe Jonas, the dance rockers released their eponymous debut last year after bursting onto the scene in late 2015 with the song “Cake by the Ocean.”
The Skins opened the sold-out show.

Queen + Adam Lambert plot summer tour, Denver concert

3 at 10 a.m. 31. Tickets to Queen’s Pepsi Center concert are $49.50 – $175.00 and go on sale Feb. Members of both Lambert and Queen’s fan clubs and American Express card holders can gain access to a pre-sale that goes live on Jan. Queen plays Denver’s Pepsi Center on June 23. Adam Lambert performs March 30 2016 at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, CO (Photos by Jason Bullinger/heyreverb.com)
The legendary Queen will return to the big stage this summer, embarking on a 25-city arena tour, including a Denver date. Former American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert will once again fill in for the band’s famed frontman Freddie Mercury. via livenation.com.

Download “The Worst In You” from Tyto Alba, only in Steal This Track

We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. The overwhelming turnout at marches on Saturday proved that legions of people are going to sit back and let it happen. At the core of Tyto Alba music is a balance between the thoughtful, heartfelt and tender lyrics and subtle guitar fingerwork Steinway brings from her folk background and the driving, riff-friendly rock the fellas add. The comp is “pay what you like” and proceeds will be split between the two orgs. Leading off the comp is Denver’s Tyto Alba, who shared the single “Between the Lines.” Tyto Alba formed in Denver in late 2014 when folkster singer/guitarist Melanie Steinway teamed up with indie rock guitarist Matt Rossi. This January, Tyto Alba released the single “The Worst In You” from their sophomore EP, “In Our Own Time,” which will be released on March 3 with a show at Syntax Physic Opera. It’s an expansive and driving yet intimate and thoughtful collection of songs. The unlikely combo worked, and they soon added bass and drums. One such example is the “Planned Parenthood and ACLU Benefit Compilation.” Organized by some dedicated Colorado music fans, the comp features unreleased, b-sides and live tracks from 27 artists from Colorado and beyond. On their first EP, “Oh Tame One,” listeners could tell something magical was at work. If you’re a Colorado band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Steal This Track for consideration. But there are other, smaller, oft-overlooked things folks are doing to fight back. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. For the obvious reasons, lots of folks in Colorado feel that our civil liberties will be under attack for the next four years. But now it has blossomed. And it deserves your immediate attention, as does Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. This EP is not a departure from what the band was working on with “Oh Tame One,” rather it appears to be the fruition of what they set out to do. Download the track “The Worst In You” below.

Watch: Denver’s Bad Licks shares video for “Set Them on Fire”

In the song and the video — a veritable Ludovico treatment of protests, authoritarian brutality and war, color-corrected to stark red, white and blue — the band makes no bones about it: There are political songs, and then there’s this. You might have caught Denver’s Bad Licks opening for Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats’ last Denver show at the Ogden Theatre (the one where the band got a whole day named after them). “I think the trend in music in 2017 will be a lot of protest songs, maybe a surge of punk/hardcore,” frontman and videographer Rett Rogers said in an email. The manic offspring of the Night Sweats, the bayou-born Rootbeer & Mermentau and fuzz overlords Blue Rider, the pressure-cooker psych band formed at the beginning of 2016 after members Alex Eschen, Mark Shusterman, Rett Rogers, “Rootbeer” Ritchie and Aaron Collins decided to record a few sweaty demos in the basement of the Hi-Dive. “People on all sides are angry and artists are going to reflect these turbulent times.”
Check out the music video above, and listen to more Bad Licks via Bandcamp. “Set Them On Fire” is the spruced-up version of one of those demos.

Photos: Illegal Pete’s 2017 holiday party

The Other Black performs at Illegal Pete’s Holiday Party at the Summit Music Hall on Jan. Check out our photos of the night above. 23, 2017. On Monday, Illegal Pete’s threw its annual holiday party at the Summit Music Hall. The Other Black, Flaural, Eldren, Brent Cowles, Big City Drugs and more played the party, which chugged through the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Photos by Michael McGrath.

Kings of Leon’s FirstBank Center show has been postponed

According to the band’s publicist, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill was diagnosed with pneumonia and has been advised by his doctor to rest for several days.   Tickets to the Jan. Alternatively, fans can get a refund at their point of purchase. Kings of Leon performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 25 show will be honored at the concert’s new date. The southern rock band is scheduled to play a make-up show at the venue on March 11. Cancel those Wednesday night party buses, arena rock fans: Kings of Leon’s Jan. 24, 2014. 25 show at Broomfield’s FirstBank Center has been postponed. Photo by Kirsten Cohen, The Know.

Watch: Stevie Wonder surprises Colorado singer-songwriter with “Superstition” duet

Image from the artist’s Facebook page. Erhard is gearing up a string of Colorado dates in March, including a date at Denver’s Soiled Dove Underground on March 12. music trade show NAMM when the R&B legend materialized in the crowd. singer-songwriter had just finished a brief cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” at the Anaheim, Calif. Watch the whole thing below via Erhard’s YouTube page. “I’ll teach you the words you don’t know,” he said. Like a scene out of a movie, Wonder approached the stage with two assistants. On Saturday, the Del Norte, Colo. Check out the video for his new song, “Manifest,” here. Del Norte, Colo.’s Grayson Erhard got a Wonder-ful surprise at NAMM 2017. If Grayson Erhard wasn’t superstitious already, he probably is now. “Stevie, I’m sorry I don’t actually know the second and third verse yet,” Erhard said, registering his surprise.

John Paul White’s concert in Denver tonight has been cancelled

His last show was in Vancouver on Jan. In the meantime, keep warm with this video of White’s Tiny Desk Concert performance. White tweeted about a possible snag en route to Denver on Wednesday:

Denver…this is where we are. 16. Bad news for fans of ex-Civil Wars singer-songwriter John Paul White: According to his publicist, he’s cancelled his Thursday night show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater. We’ll update this space with more info as it comes in. Photo by Allister Ann via Sacks and Co. John Paul White plays the Bluebird Theater on Jan. Inclement weather in the Pacific Northwest prevented White from making the show on time. 19. https://t.co/58AkUixIye
— John Paul White (@johnpaulwhite) January 18, 2017

According to his publicist, the show could potentially be rescheduled, but no plans have been made as of press time. We’ll keep you posted. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.