Monthly Archives: February 2017

Modest Mouse announces 2017 tour, Denver show

One of the likely reasons Modest Mouse grew from a power trio to an octet was to give Brock more breathing room. Photo by Joe McCabe, heyreverb.com. Tickets are $39.75 – $45 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. The band played Colorado last year on a double-bill with emo rock favorites Brand New. The band will play the Fillmore Auditorium on June 6. via livenation.com. Modest Mouse, Portland’s favorite alt-rock weirdos, are setting off for a 2017 spring tour, including a show in Denver. From our review of that show:
…instead of turning on the auto-pilot, Brock improvised a little, especially during “Shit in Your Cut” off last year’s “Strangers to Ourselves” and the timeless “Perfect Disguise” from Modest Mouse’s 2000 major label debut, “The Moon and Antarctica.”
If he messed up, the audience definitely didn’t notice and the seven-piece band backing him up was able to rectify the situation. Oh, and to make each song sound massive. FILE: Modest Mouse at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield on July 10, 2010.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa announce joint Red Rocks show

The performance marks the umpteenth time Snoop has performed in Colorado around the high (LOL) holy day. After news that Gucci Mane would come to Denver on 4/20, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have announced that they’ll team up to play a joint (LOL) Red Rocks show on April 23. But no amount of think pieces can keep Snoop away from his adoring Colorado public. Per usual for Denver’s version of the holiday, if you like hip-hop, you’re in good company. Wiz Khalifa performs at Red Rocks Amphitheater as a part of the Snoop Dogg 420 Wellness Retreat in Morrison, Colorado on April 20, 2014. But now, the music for Colorado’s favorite April holiday is starting to come into focus, too. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
We already know there’s going to be weed. Even if this is exact bill and venue is deja vu from 2014. via axs.com.   Tickets to the show are $64.95 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m.

Shakey Graves, the Revivalists to headline 2017 Westword Music Festival

Well, because the Westword Music Festival has just announced the initial lineup for its 2017 hootenanny. Shakey Graves performs at the Ogden Theatre on Oct. More than 100 bands will fill the ranks below those acts at the handful of venues the festival takes over in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood. 23, 2015. The June 24 festival will bring Shakey Graves, The Revivalists, Cut Copy, Bob Moses and Coin to this year’s mainstage. Summer is coming.   via axs.com. How can we tell? Tickets to the Westword Music Festival are $25-$80 and go on sale March 10 at 10 a.m. Photos by Tina Hagerling, heyreverb.com. Besides simply looking at the calendar and acknowledging the fact that time has traditionally marched forward, day after day, for all of recorded history?

Sylvan Esso announces tour, Denver show

Sylvan Esso performs at the Gothic Theatre on March 21, 2015. Sylvan Esso plays Denver’s Ogden Theater on March 10. Flock of Dimes will open the show. via axs.com. (Jake Blair, Special to the Know)
Electronic indie-pop duo Sylvan Esso has announced a new album, “What Now,” and a new tour in support of it, including a show in Denver this summer. Tickets are $25.75 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. Listen to “Die Young,” the first single from the band’s new album, below.  

Slayer, Lamb of God and Behemoth are coming to Colorado

Tickets are $36.75-$49.50 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. The high priests of metal will storm into Broomfield’s FirstBank Center on August 2. FILE: Slayer performs at the Fillmore Auditorium on May 10, 2014. via altitudetickets.com. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)
As far as metal bills go, this one’s a doozy. Thrash pioneers Slayer, death metal deities Lamb of God and Polish demons Behemoth are teaming up for a 2017 tour, which includes a Colorado date.

The Lumineers will wrap up its world tour in Colorado

But this spring, the band is ending its Cleopatra World Tour where it all began for the band: in Colorado. Check out our feature on the Lumineers’ return to the music scene after four years away here. FILE: MORRISON, CO – JUNE 7: The Lumineers perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado on June 7, 2016. Andrew Bird will perform in support. MST via axs.com. Tickets to the show are $29.95 – $65.00 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. Related Articles

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Chris Stapleton announces tour, Red Rocks concert

After wrapping up its headlining European dates (and crossing off a couple of shows with Tom Petty closer to home), the band will play Greenwood Village’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on August 25. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Since releasing its sophomore album, “Cleopatra,” last April, the Lumineers have been around the world and back again.

Soundgarden announces 2017 tour, Denver show

Tickets are $66.75 and go on sale March 3 at 10 a.m. MST for members of the band’s fan club. Soundgarden will play the Fillmore Auditorium on May 22. A pre-sale will go live on Feb. The Dillinger Escape Plan will perform in support. Photo by Chad Batka, The New York Times. 28 at 10 a.m. Soundgarden, seen here at a concert in Newark, N.J., will play the Fillmore Auditorium in May. The dream of the nineties is alive in Denver. Seminal alt-rockers Soundgarden has announced a spring tour around the handful of festival dates the band has already announced, including a show in Denver. MST via livenation.com.

Jazz: “I Called Him Morgan” a must-see jazz film

Lee and Helen Morgan. Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin heard of a rare taped interview with Helen Morgan that was conducted weeks before her 1996 death and embarked upon the journey that resulted in the revelatory new documentary, “I Called Him Morgan,” which will screen at the Boulder International Film Festival on March 4. 26. Related Articles

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“Lee Morgan was unafraid to express himself creatively,” said Dan Braun, who served as co-executive producer of the film. Bret Saunders (bretsaunders@kbco.com) can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. $9-11. It doesn’t matter if it’s about jazz or love or murder, even though it covers all three of those topics. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. His wife, Helen, between sets where he was headlining at New York’s Slug’s Saloon, shot Morgan to death. Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio The contemporary interviews with musicians like Wayne Shorter and Jymie Merritt reveal a deep affection for both Lee and Helen Morgan. Biff1.com
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Pianist (and Grammy-winner) Don Grusin appears with vocalists Robert Johnson and Teresa Carroll at Boulder’s Dairy Center on Feb. It’s a moving portrait of Morgan’s rise to prominence, his struggles with heroin addiction and the woman who saved him from the gutter before killing him in what appeared to be an act of romantic vengeance. But “I Called Him Morgan” shouldn’t just appeal to jazz aficionados. … Trombone Shorty opens up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on March 2 at the Pepsi Center. I can’t think of anyone from that era who was comparable.”
The film takes a deep dive into the highs and lows of creative culture in jazz from half a century ago, with sterling footage of Morgan performing with his own groups as well as drummer Art Blakey‘s Jazz Messengers, where Morgan found his creative footing. He made riveting music on his trumpet that managed to be both commercially appealing and exploratory. 27. on March 4 at The Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street. “If you want to learn about the mood of the human race in New York City in 1961, go see this movie. It evokes a mood that I haven’t seen in a similar film.”
“I Called Him Morgan,” 12:15 p.m. … Miguel Zenon brings his saxophone and quartet to Dazzle Jazz March 2-3, and singer Jane Monheit performs there March 9-11. … Guitarist John Scofield’s “Country For Old Men” group plays the Boulder Theater on Feb. Even though he only lived to 33, Morgan left behind a great deal of music, mostly for the Blue Note label, and his recorded legacy retains an aura of energetic beauty. (Kasper Collin Produktion AB / Courtesy of the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center)
Lee Morgan was one of the most expressive jazz artists of the 1960s and early ’70s. (Braun will appear at the festival.) “He had an inquisitiveness and openness in his gaze. His 1964 hit “The Sidewinder” helped to usher in the prominence of soul-jazz, and there’s a quality of discovery in his best recordings that make them sound as brash and exciting now as they must have 50 years ago. Anyone familiar with the jazz world knows what a delicate balance that can be, and Morgan maintained a relatively high profile for much of his career, which was cut tragically short in February 1972.

Bon Jovi’s March Pepsi Center concert has been rescheduled

Jon Bon Jovi leads his six-piece band through covers and favorites, often joking with the crowd, at the Colorado Convention Center’s Korbel Ballroom in 2011 to benefit the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. You can read more about the show on our original announcement. According to the Pepsi Center, a refund is available if you cannot make the new date, the venue can be reached at 303-405-1100. Related Articles

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The show has been rescheduled to April 14 and all tickets already purchased will be honored for the new date. Tickets are $157.25, $117.25, $107.25, $77.25, $67.25, $37.25 and $19.75 at Altitude Tickets or 303-893-8497. (Evan Semon, The Know)
Due to a scheduling conflict, which we are assuming is a hair appointment, Bon Jovi has rescheduled its Pepsi Center concert originally set for March 14.

John Mayer extends world tour, adds Denver show

28, at 10 a.m. Prices have not yet been released. The show features full band, solo acoustic and John Mayer Trio sets. There will be various pre-sales, including one for American Express and Citi card members, beginning Tue, Feb. Grammy-award winner John Mayer has added a second leg to his “The Search For Everything” world tour — his first solo tour since 2014. through Altitude Tickets. And in honor of Flashback Friday, how can we forget about this random tricked-out RV Mayer had hand-built in Colorado? You can also see Mayer when the Grateful Dead offshoot Dead and Company returns to Folsom Field in Boulder June 9 and 10. Tickets go on sale beginning Sat., March 4, at 10 a.m. Related Articles

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The summer leg kicks off July 18 in New Mexico, then hits the Pepsi Center on Wed., July 19, at 7 p.m.

One Trev Rich begins and another ends at the Gothic Theatre

Near the end of the night, he promised he’d never forget where he came from. He even managed to squeeze in a handful of advertisements for his new brand of “HD OG” weed, which was name dropped to the obnoxious extent that it probably should have been among Squizzy’s small arsenal of vocal tags and sound effects. The amount he put into it took it out of him a couple of times, cueing him to duck behind the electronic billboard he’d arranged for DJ Squizzy to reign over like some sort of Skrillex understudy. That’s partly because for as much as it was the beginning of an exciting new chapter, it was also an ending for Rich — the finish line after years of free shows, part time jobs and general industry hustle. But whatever pre-show jitters he may have had (seconds before his first song, Rich could be seen rocking from heel to heel while he took a video from the stage) dissolved in the spotlight. 23, 2017 in support of his Cash Money Records debut “To Make A Long Story Short”. Family, buddies, fellow performers and ardent fans padded out the room, chanting along to favorites from his Cash Money Records debut mixtape “To Make A Long Story Short” like “Not No Mo (Regular),” and “Flex Sumn.” (For those who were none of the above, the Squizzy crew showered the crowd in what looked like stacks of real cash at one point.) This isn’t the crowd that will greet him on his inevitable debut tour for Cash Money, particularly as an opener, which he’ll have to win over night after night. The 1,100-capacity room was a big step up from Rich’s last show in October, a double-headliner at the 500-person Roxy Theatre with fellow Denver M.C. That makes sense: Having ground it out for almost a decade at this point, the Park Hill M.C. And so on Thursday night, Rich took to a snow-dusted Gothic Theatre for his first major show since the deal. It’d flash a video skit or a logo of Rich’s face when he was off stage; when he stormed back out, it’d flare up with digital fire or, most memorably, crudely drawn twerking cartoon characters. Aside from the fog cannons, which raised a safety concern in the photo pit, this screen was the other takeaway from the night. A microphone snafu cut his vocals out of the first song, but a simple baton-pass of a second mic shored up any lasting damage. “Even after all this Cash Money s–t.”
Now that Denver has been effectively crossed off the list of cities, he’d have the rest of the world to convince. Photos by Michael McGrath. Since he inked his deal with Cash Money Records in 2016, Denver has heaped expectation on rapper Trev Rich. From there on, he was tranquilo, bouncing with the happy confidence of a kid in a candy store full of his best friends. But in interviews, Rich has never let on that any of that bothers him. Trev Rich plays a sold out show at The Gothic Theater on Feb. But with a roomful of familiars cheering him on and his very own afterparty at the NATIV Hotel to get to, that was for another night. It was hard to say if Rich could have failed. AP, who joined Rich later in his set. “It’s always gonna be Squizzy, baby,” Rich said. The only pressure he feels, he confided in a feature late last year, is to bring whatever national spotlight he receives back to the city that made him who he is. has played enough shows and taken enough selfies to win most of the hearts and minds in a Denver hip-hop scene that’s desperate for a win. (If you thought the airhorn was a classic, you haven’t heard explosion-and-breaking-glass blasted at ear-splitting volume through a professional PA before.)
Despite all the pomp, the 50-minute show toed the line between a ticketed homecoming and a rap star cotillion. Even if they were in hand, Trev charged through the set with genuine gusto, more than you typically see at a hip-hop show.

Classic Denver: Pretty Lights and GRiZ dropped in on a 450-person show last night

On Wednesday night, that’s exactly what the city’s electronic music fans got. SuperVision and the Boulder-based GRiZ joined in soon after, pushing off into a night the room won’t soon forget. Check out videos from Pretty Lights and GRiZ’s performances below (via Instagram). Pretty Lights performing at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Aug. Between highly hyped (and sold out) shows by Thundercat at the Bluebird Theater, Reverend Horton Heat at the Larimer Lounge and Noname at Lost Lake Lounge, it was already a big night for Denver’s concert faithful. (Steve Hostetler, Special to The Denver Post)
If you’ve seen Leon Bridges waltz on stage at Goosetown’s open mic night or Jack White bust out a gas station set on West Colfax, you’ll know that on any given Denver night, your favorite artist could come out of the rafters to play a surprise set. According to one show-goer, Pretty Lights took the stage around 11 p.m., playing a modular synthesizer and at one point, joining up with rapper Jubee, one of the night’s openers. But over in Five Points, Cervantes’ Other Side had two of the night’s biggest artists up its sleeve: Pretty Lights and GRiZ, two massive electro-soul artists, who casually dropped in on SuperVision’s headlining set at the 450-person venue. 17, 2013. A post shared by aubree landers (@aubree__notaubrey) on Feb 23, 2017 at 10:06am PST

Still in awe that I was able to be front row for all of this madness #secretset #GRiZ #getthefunkdown
A post shared by aubree landers (@aubree__notaubrey) on Feb 23, 2017 at 11:14am PST The producer made a surprise performance at Cervantes’ Other Side on Wednesday night.

The five weirdest things happening at Red Rocks this year

How many, though, is another question: While it isn’t strange that Nickelback is headlining Red Rocks — even in 2017 — it is strange that tickets start at $75. When: Sept. Of course, barring a miracle, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Beatles and ABBA will never grace Red Rocks. But thanks to the magic of ambitious tribute acts, you can get a wig’s throw away from that dream. Like that Nickelback has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide since it first hit the rock scene more than two decades ago. For fans not sated by the handful of films and 10-plus seasons of television, the once-dead (and Netflix-revived) show has somehow mobilized into a live performance that plays out like a staged improv comedy routine, often attracting an equally sauced-up crowd. Who knows? Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser is probably as far from rock and roll as a sippy cup full of Shirley Temple. When: Various times
How much: Various costs For the rest, it’s a Red Rocks sign o’ the times. Between the two of them, Croatia’s Luka Šulić and Stjepan Hauser can play just about anything on their uber-sleek electric cellos, especially with the help of a drummer, who joins in on jauntier numbers in their pop repertoire, like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” For the pair’s latest international tour, which hits Red Rocks this summer, it’s taking on famous film scores. 12
How much: $75-$125
The Trailer Park Boys

No, the Trailer Park Boys isn’t the name of some incredible bluegrass band you’ve never heard of. In other words, despite the internet’s worst wishes, tickets will sell. No matter: This double feature of a YouTube-famous classical cover band and an all-male a capella group is weirder. For die-hard fans, this one is a gimme. They are Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, the protagonists of the Canadian comedy movie and TV series of the same name. It’s probably a logistical decision, given that it’s one of the band’s most intimate shows on its just-announced Feed The Machine tour. When: Aug. Each act that plays Red Rocks gets an award just for having played it, along with a chance to write their names in the venue’s underground tunnel next to luminaries like Wilco, Judas Priest and Santana. 30
How much: $45.00 – $69.75
2Cellos

Sometimes, Red Rocks just anticipates what we all want before we know we want it. (Seth McConnell, The Denver Post)
Red Rocks has long been thought of as a venue upon a hill. 4
How much: $39.95-$79.95
Nickelback

When it was announced earlier this month, the internet greeted the news of Nickelback’s first-ever headlining spot at Red Rocks in the same way it treats everything else: outrage and ridicule. Literally, it’s about 800 feet higher up than Denver in elevation. Case in point: One, well, it’s an a capella group, and two, out of seven total releases, they’ve cut four Christmas albums. Post Modern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser

Originally, this spot was going to go to freaky South African nu-rap duo Die Antwoord, whose Red Rocks show was announced by the band last week and mysteriously pulled off of the internet soon after. When: July 25
How much: $39.50-$59.50
Cover bands galore

Speaking of cover bands: If you squint, there’s an impossible medley of rock gods coming to Red Rocks this summer. Hence, this year’s Red Rocks schedule, which is by no means bad, but isn’t without a handful of questionable choices sprinkled throughout like so many worms in a bowl of spaghetti. Below, this year’s highlight oddities. For example: Who hasn’t wanted to see two hunky Croatians destroy a cover of “Moon River” on the cello? When: Oct. But to bands and fans, it’s also a sort of arbiter for the talent that graces its stage. Because if 2Cellos’ headlining show is any indication, about 10,000 of us do. Or so the thinking goes. Led by Scott Bradlee, the latter has made its bones by tricking out today’s best pop and rock songs to hipsters’ liking, typically sending them back to the jazz age, or enlisting a nearly 7-foot clown to take lead vocals (see: Puddles the Clown’s rendition of “Royals” above). Maybe a radical cello version of the “Game of Thrones” theme song will make you forget you’re watching a couple of guys furiously bow through rock covers instead of just, you know, hitting up a rock show. The Beatles and Zeppelin make sense: 1964: The Tribute has played Red Rocks every year for awhile now, and as one of the objectively best rock and roll band of all time, the right Led Zeppelin cover band (which Get The Led Out is) could actually be incredible. But even hardcore Nickelback fans (they’re out there) might balk at paying what shakes out to just under $100 after convenience charges for a nosebleed ticket to the Canadian AOR four piece. Now that the venue is open for business nearly half the year, the privilege of playing the stage is more a matter of rent money than it is a gatekeeper for the music elite. Music data aggregating service Pollstar even calls its small venue of the year award the Red Rocks Award. If you can play Red Rocks, you can play anywhere. But that’s not really true — at least not anymore. But snark can’t undermine cold, hard facts. Arrival from Sweden’s Music of Abba is harder to parse until you remember how ABBA is basically happiness personified, and that it’s hard not to smile — nay, box step — when you’re at its mercy. The show follows a group of brash, hard-drinking trailer park low-lifes as they scheme their way in and out of money and jail time.  
An inflated Red Rocks schedule leads to some odd choices for the venue’s 2017 roster.

Chris Stapleton adds second Red Rocks show; tickets on sale Friday

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Stapleton will play Red Rocks on May 24 in addition to his already announced May 23 show. Colorado really likes Chris Stapleton. The new show goes on sale the same time as the first one: Feb. MST. (A Citi cardmember pre-sale started on Feb. Chris Stapleton plays the Fillmore Auditorium on May 5, 2016. So much, in fact, that the bearded country troubadour has added a second Red Rocks show to his 2017 tour schedule — even before his first show has had a chance to go on sale to the general public. Photo by Michael McGrath. Tickets are $49.50 – $74.50 via livenation.com.

Download “Guest House” from Ambit, only in Steal This Track

The pedigree of the line-up alone should spark the curiosity of Colorado music fans, but then you enter Amblin’s world and find a lot to be curious about. For one, its comprised of three very accomplished Denver musicians: Eli Mishkin (Hot IQs), Jeffrey Wentworth Stevens (JWS, Wentworth Kersey, george&caplin, etc.) and Jason Iselin (george&caplin). 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. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live. But it’s also somehow melodic and it carries a narrative. It’s smarty pants dance music for the arts crowd. As the band describes it, Amblin makies repetitive “garage house,” with each member taking bass credits and focusing on bass as the foundation of their contributions. Sure, it’s repetitive and there is an obsessive focus on bass (the band’s logo contains three simple representations of sound waves produced by bass). Without hearing the music, this description might give the wrong impression. It’s truly some interesting, powerful stuff that doesn’t sound as experimental through speakers as it sounds through words. Amblin has one EP, “Venn1,” which was recently made available on most streaming platforms, and are releasing a new track, “Guest House,” on March 3. The melody and narrative build aren’t done in the classic way, but rather through layers building and looping and interacting. Follow the band on Twitter for more releases and updates. We only feature tracks not available for free elsewhere. There are a list of things unique about the Denver trio Ambit. Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. But you can download the track now, only in Steal This Track.