Monthly Archives: February 2017

Telluride Bluegrass adds Norah Jones, Jason Mraz and more

See the full list of acts playing the 44th annual Telluride Bluegrass festival below. The famed Telluride Bluegrass festival has expanded the lineup for its 44th annual event, including a few splashy headliners. Planet Bluegrass has announced additional artists to the 44th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. (New additions in bold.)

2017 Telluride Bluegrass festival lineup
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Telluride House Band featuring Sam, Béla, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan & Stuart
Brandi Carlile
Dierks Bentley with The Travelin’ McCourys
Tim O’Brien Band
Freddy & Francine
Chris Thile
Friday, June 16, 2017
Greensky Bluegrass
Norah Jones
Punch Brothers
Jerry Douglas Band
Peter Rowan Dharma Blues featuring Jack Casady
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
The Cleverlys
Jeremy Kittel Band
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Sam Bush Band
Margo Price
Telluride Troubadour
Yonder Mountain String Band
Sarah Jarosz
Rayland Baxter
Fireball Mail
Band Contest Finals
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Jason Mraz & His Superband
Elephant Revival
Hot Rize
Béla Fleck & Chris Thile
Parker Millsap
The East Pointers
We The People featuring Abigail Washburn & Friends
  In addition to the initial blast of already announced artists, the festival added a dozen more acts, including Norah Jones, Jason Mraz, Margo Price and more. Single day tickets to Telluride Bluegrass are still available via the festival’s website. Photo courtesy of Planet Bluegrass.

Gucci Mane announces tour, 4/20 Denver show

10, 2009 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Months on from his release from prison, rapper Gucci Mane will embark on a North American tour in support of the three releases he’s dropped in the last year. 24 via The 19-stop Trap God tour will zig-zag across the country this spring, including a stop in Denver’s Ogden Theatre on April 20, aka weed Christmas. Tickets to Gucci Mane’s 4/20 show at the Ogden are $65.00 with VIP meet-and-greet packages starting at $150. According to Rolling Stone, it’s Mane’s first-ever tour. on Feb. Rapper Gucci Mane performs during the taping of the BET Hip Hop Awards Saturday, Oct. For the full list of tour dates, check out Gucci Mane’s Instagram. Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m.

Bon Iver expands tour, adds Colorado show

24 at 10 a.m. via But that’s about to change. Bon Iver at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday, May 31, 2012. It’s been five years since Bon Iver played Colorado. On Tuesday, the singer-songwriter added a couple of shows to his run of 2017 dates, including a concert at Broomfield’s FirstBank Center. Photos by Glenn Ross, Bon Iver plays the venue on April 11. Tickets are $40.95 – $60.50 and go on sale Feb.

Chris Brown, 50 Cent announce Pepsi Center concert

25 at 10 a.m. via FILE – In this June 7, 2015, file photo, rapper Chris Brown performs at the 2015 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
Chris Brown is heading out on a 33-city North American tour, and he’s bringing a grip of hip-hop cohorts along with him. Genasis, and Kap G will join Chris Brown on his aptly named The Party tour. Tickets are $29.95-$149.95 and go on sale Feb. It swings by Denver’s Pepsi Center on May 8.

Old Crow Medicine Show announces Colorado dates, Bob Dylan cover album

Old Crow Medicine Show performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 16, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Tickets to the band’s Paramount Theatre show are $49.95-$59.95 and go on sale Feb. The band’s show at Belly Up runs $60-$90. Old Crow’s “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde,” which covers the Dylan masterpiece in its entirety, comes out on April 28. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Rowdy bluegrass outfit Old Crow Medicine Show is hitting the road in support of a new album of Bob Dylan songs, including two shows in Colorado. On the heels of that release, the band will play Aspen’s Belly Up on May 13 and Denver’s Paramount Theatre on April 14. via 24 at 10 a.m.

Spoon plots tour, two Colorado shows

Spoon will play Aspen’s Belly Up on August 8 and Bellvue’s Mishawaka Amphitheatre on August 9. 24 to the general public. But no matter what side of SXSW you’re talking about, Spoon deserves a spot right up on the upper crust. In March, they’ll have a new album, “Hot Thoughts.” Today, they added a new tour to their schedule, including a pair of Colorado shows — albeit neither within an hour of Denver. Photo by Joe McCabe, As per usual, the band has a lot in store this year. When it comes to Austin, you have near infinite choices for indie rock bands. No word on ticketing info for the Belly Up yet, but tickets to the Mishawaka show go on sale Tuesday at 1 p.m. Spoon performs at Governors Ball 2014 in New York. to  those with a password, and on Feb.  

Ryan Adams announces tour, Red Rocks show

Adams will play Red Rocks on June 20. Infamous Stringdusters, who he collaborated with on a twangy acoustic set at last year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival, will perform in support. Today not only marks the release of the folk-rock country-punk’s sixteenth studio album “Prisoner,” but a brand new tour, too, including a show at Red Rocks, which just might be his new favorite venue. 24 at 10 a.m. $46.50 – $55 and go on sale Feb. (Photo by Daniel Petty/The Denver Post)”
Happy Ryan Adams day, everyone! “MORRISON, CO – JUNE 4: Ryan Adams performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 4, 2015, in Morrison, Colorado. via

Styx, REO Speedwagon announce tour, Denver concert

via Rock Band Styx live in concert with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on August 29, 2016 [Photo: Steve Hostetler for]
Styx and REO Speedwagon are hitting the road with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, including a date in Denver. for the Arts
Sat 8/12 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
Sun 8/13 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tue 8/15 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion
Wed 8/16 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
* Fri 8/18 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Events Center
Sat 8/19 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
Sun 8/20 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Tue 8/22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Check out the bands’ full list of tour dates below. 21 at noon. 25 at 10 a.m. The classic rock titans will hit Denver’s Pepsi Center on June 29. Tickets are $10.50-$125 and go on sale Feb. But first, this surprisingly funny tour announcement video:

Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder 2017 tour
Tue 6/20 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
Wed 6/21 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 6/23 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Sat 6/24 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Sun 6/25 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Tue 6/27 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Thu 6/29 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Sat 7/1 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tue 7/18 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wed 7/19 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
Sat 7/20 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Sat 7/22 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre
Sun 7/23 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Tue 7/25 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 7/27 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sat 7/29 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sun 7/30 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
Fri 8/11 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Ctr. Pre-sales will go live to the bands’ fan clubs on Feb.

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World announce Red Rocks concert

21 at 10 a.m.   (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Incubus is embarking on a 30-city tour in 2017, including a stop at Red Rocks. MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $49.50 -$99.50 and go on sale Feb. via AT&T will launch pre-sale that goes live on Feb. via Incubus will play the outdoor amphitheater on Oct. 3. Jimmy Eat World and Atlas Genius will perform in support.

The week in local albums: Shady Elders, Otis Taylor and Gasoline Lollipops

“I want to be free,” Taylor echoes from what seems like time immemorial, until the track dies out. That’s the devastating other half: The subject matter here is no less relevant today than it was when the blues was hot. The Gasoline Lollipops will open for Split Lip Rayfield at Globehall on March 11. His “trance blues,” a form of the classic genre that unfurls simple chord progressions and phrases into the distance, is about experiencing time not as the enemy, as many of us have become accustomed to thinking about it today, but as a teacher. Sonically, its dedication to repetition is decidedly post-modern. The album is swathed in the same dose of reverb, casting a stylish, dissociative effect over what’s an unmistakably melancholy pop album. Catch Otis Taylor live at his album release show for “Fantasizing About Being Black” on March 10 at Daniels Hall. With new albums by Denver’s Shady Elders, trance-blues mastermind Otis Taylor and the punk-Americana Boulder band the Gasoline Lollipops, you have your weekend listening cut out for you. Five years later, the band shipped out to Berkley, Calif.’s Fantasy Studios to record and mix its first its first full-length record. But the end is only the beginning for “Resurrection,” an album that defiantly celebrates life in earshot of death. Its sonic trappings are in vogue, but thanks in large part to front-woman Fox Rodemich’s memorable voice, which pangs around the record like a cave bellow, there’s an outlying classic quality to these songs. Tickets are $20-$25 via These days, it seems there are more local albums released than there are hours to listen to them. Released on Valentine’s Day, the album drips with passion, whether it be through electric hoedowns (“Hard Times”), elegiac noir ballads (“Resurrection”), or jaded theologian poetry (“Homesick Remedy,” “Jesus Ain’t Dead”). On a buoyant song like “D&OD,” it turns a familiar point of reference on its head, like surfing at night. If there’s any justice, “Resurrection” will mark the band’s breakthrough. Tickets are $23 via “The moon swallowed whole / the sky spit back that sliver / I knew I had to go it alone,” he sings on “Love Is Free,” just one searing fresco Rose evokes with a handful of cowboy chords and spit-shined verses. The title track is as authoritative in style as it is lyrically: “Try your best to not get mad / try to use your inside voices.” For fans of Denver’s indie rock scene, don’t expect the latter after this one makes the rounds. 17 with Ned Garthe Explosion, Male Blonding and Kyle Emerson. If the latter two categorizations weren’t a tip-off, frontman Clay Rose is a songwriter worth his salt. Stand-out tracks: “Resurrection,” “Homesick Remedy” “Imma lie here / be dead soon,” Taylor sings on “Twelve String Mile,” illustrating a plea that’s landed loud on America’s doorsteps in the last few years: “Nobody sees me / I’m a big black man.” The meaning of the title of the album — Taylor’s best in years — ambles into focus. “Inside Voices” expands on Shady Elder’s sound, a disembodied sway that’s fastened down by confident rhythms, even if it doesn’t necessarily push it forward. Shady Elders will play an album release show at Syntax Physic Opera on Feb. This week in particular has been bountiful. Songs like “D to E,” which clings fast to that two-chord progression, playfully stretch your sense of time by robbing you of the context that a verse-chorus-bridge structure provides. Denver’s Shady Elders has been cooly cooing under the surface of the city’s indie rock scene since it formed in 2012. What resonates about the lessons of “Fantasizing About Being Black,” the 68-year-old Taylor’s 15th album, is their timelessness, in both senses of the word. Stand-out tracks: “Twelve String Mile,” “Jump Out of Line”
The Gasoline Lollipops, “Resurrection”

If the Coen Brothers and Nick Cave holed up in Nashville after a near-death experience, it might sound something like “Resurrection.”
The album marks the third in Boulder-based Gasoline Lollipops so-called Lucky Sevens trilogy, putting an appropriate cap on the themes of destruction and doom. Stand-out tracks: “Inside Voices,” “Lonely Girls”
Otis Taylor, “Fantasizing About Being Black”

Boulder’s Otis Taylor has long been a man apart from Boulder’s hip, young and loud music scene. Shady Elders, “Inside Voices”

This one’s been a long time coming. Tickets are $7 at the door. Fans of niche seaside favorites like Beach House and Beach Fossils will find a wash of familiarity here.

Best shows: Noname and The Polish Ambassador

Noname and The Polish Ambassador are our picks for the best shows around Denver this week. See you there, and if you don’t make it out, follow our music musings on Twitter and our selfies on Instagram. Not only is the lush soundscape architect a regular around venues like Red Rocks and Cervantes, but Sugalski got a (probably underutilized) business degree at the University of Colorado back in 2003. Tickets are $15-$17 via Noname — Feb. That’s not the only reason he’ll be packing the 3,600-person Fillmore Auditorium on Feb. Catch her while you can next week: she won’t be playing venues as small as Lost Lake Lounge for long. 22, Lost Lake Lounge

The charm of Noname, AKA Fatimah Warner, comes quick to the close listener. Laying claim to a menagerie of wildly different styles, there’s no niche Sugalski can’t get at.   17, Fillmore Auditorium

Though the name conjures a European diplomat, San Fransisco’s Polish Ambassador (real name David Sugalski) isn’t foreign to Colorado’s club faithful. If you do, mind where you put your jacket. 22. Photo via The Billions. The Polish Ambassador — Feb. Take this nugget of wisdom from “Yesterday,” a standout track from her 2016 debut, “Telefone”: “When I remember memories don’t last forever / When I deny my empty with an open letter / Who gon’ remember me? Tickets: $19.75-$37.25 via Noname performs at Lost Lake Lounge on Feb. 17. / My satellite, my empathy.” Even if she isn’t quite as bright as 2017 Grammy Award winner Chance the Rapper, who tapped her talent for his celebrated 2016 mixtape “Coloring Book,” Warner is a shining star in this generation’s constellation of MCs.

Chris Stapleton announces tour, Red Rocks concert

For more on that, go to Stapleton’s website. VIP packages are also available for the tour, which include whiskey tastings and a mini Chris Stapleton museum to peruse pre-show. 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $49.50-$74.50 and go on sale Feb. Country crooner Chris Stapleton has announced a brand-spanking new tour, including his first headlining show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Chris Stapleton plays Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium on May 5 and 6. via Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Tour will come to Morrison, Colo., on May 23. A pre-sale will go live to Citi card members on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Photo by Becky Fluke.

OneRepublic announces North American tour, Denver concert

25 Wheatland, CA Toyota Amphitheatre^+
Saturday, Aug, 26 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre^+
Sunday, Aug. 9 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
Monday, Sept. Ticket pricing was not available as of press time. 12 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage^+>
Tuesday, Aug. 15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre^+>
Thursday, Aug. 2 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre^+
Friday, Aug. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Fresh off winning a Grammy award for his work on Adele’s “25,” Ryan Tedder’s OneRepublic has announced a lengthy summer tour, including a Colorado date. 21 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena^>
Tuesday, Aug. 11 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion^+
Tuesday, Sept. 1 Chula Vista, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre^+
Saturday, Sept. 5 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion^+
Sunday, Aug. Tickets go on sale Feb. 17 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre^+>
Friday, Aug. 6 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre^+
Saturday, Sept. 12 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^+ Check out OneRepublic’s full list of tour dates below. 29 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion+
Thursday, Aug. OneRepublic 2017 North American tour dates
Friday, July 7 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center^+
Saturday, July 8 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+
Monday, July 10 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre+
Tuesday, July 11 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center^+
Thursday, July 13 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center^+
Friday, July 14 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival*^+
Saturday, July 15 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival*^+
Tuesday, July 18 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion^+
Wednesday, July 19 Clarkstown, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre^+
Friday, July 21 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live^+
Saturday, July 22 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion^+
Sunday, July 23 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre^+
Tuesday, July 25 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center^+
Wednesday, July 26 Scranton, PA The Pavilion at Montage Mountain^+
Friday, July 28 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center^+
Saturday, July 29 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater^+
Tuesday, Aug. 9 Quebec, QC Videotron Centre^+>
Friday, Aug. 6 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion^+
Wednesday, Aug. 19 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome^>
Monday, Aug. 22 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre^+
Wednesday, Aug. 1 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center^+
Wednesday, Aug. 11 Montreal, QC Bell Centre^+>
Saturday, Aug. 23 Ridgefield, WA Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre^+
Friday, Aug. 27 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion^+
Tuesday, Aug. 4 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center^+
Saturday, Aug. 9. The 2016 NFL regular season kicks off Thursday evening at Sports Authority Field at Mile High pitting the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos against the Carolina Panthers. FILE: DENVER, CO – September 08: OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder rocks Civic Center Park in front of the City and County building during the NFL kickoff event at Civic Center Park September 08, 2016. The Colorado Springs-born pop-rock band will play Englewood’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. 2 Anaheim, CA HONDA Center+
Wednesday, Sept. via 31 Los Angeles, CA The Forum+
Friday, Sept. 18 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place^>
Saturday, Aug. We’ll update this space with that info when it becomes available.

We saw Sting, who ruined love, on Valentine’s Day. It stung.

And while that’s the worst idea ever, there’s something about how he sings so sincerely about luck and chance that creates this mystery that we all seek in our relationships — even if, in the real world, things are slightly less idealistic. One of the most significant things about Sting’s performance was his unwavering ability to still reach and maintain those incredibly high notes without falter. But we’re not in our twenties anymore, man. Truly. But, whatever: The couples coupled and forty-somethings swayed to the creepy “love” song, joyfully jetting back into time to a place where they were once happy with a stranger cuddled in their arms. The age group at the show has now experienced all the things they’d once only heard about on the radio. He performed “Message in a Bottle,” “Walking on The Moon,” “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying,” and “Desert Rose.” The only break he took was to sip what I can only imagine was tea out of a stark white mug. Sting-type love is not possible. He’s a lover. Notes:

Sting’s son slayed “Major Tom,” looks and sounds like his father and is certain to ruin love for a whole new generation. He’s a romantic. In the middle of our favorite jam, he started wailing “Ain’t No Sunshine.” It wasn’t the way he sang this classic that was so offensive; it was the placement. With no real storytelling, Sting moved through his set without thought or delay. Case in point: last night’s “Englishman in New York.” His wailing struck a chord with the aging and increasingly drunk ladies in the crowd who were continually getting shushed by their spouses throughout the evening. Sting is known for his astral lyrics, raspy wail, and perfectly toned body, so when the 65-year old crooner took the stage, the antsy crowd gasped that gasp that you have right before your first kiss, or the deep inhale you take before a big interview. And then: “Roxanne.” If you were alive in the 20th century, you know Sting is the only man in the universe who can make a song about a hooker romantic. In 1993, Sting released this song and every person who listened to it fell in love with gamblers. We’ve been out there. Our eyes are open. His acceptance of his lady, even if she’s a hooker, and then missing her when she’s turning tricks? But Sting says that’s all true, and so we believe. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

But because we love nostalgia, we all showed up at the Fillmore Auditorium last night to be reminded all over again just how far behind the love curve we still are.  
And because it was Valentine’s Day, and that people have zero sense of what the song really means, he sang “Every Breath You Take.” Yes, one of the top wedding songs in the ’80s and ’90s was about a stalker, kids. Sting? And because Sting, in his teeny-tiny t-shirt and skinny jeans, doesn’t care about his greatest hits, he dove into “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You,” “One Fine Day” and “Down Down Down” from his new album “57th and 9th.”

And then came “Shape of My Heart.”
Can we take a moment? This breath is nothing new to Sting. Right? Of course, no man actually believes that whiny demands are a turn-on, or that hating everything he likes makes a partner endearing, as the song hints. And you know what? Who the hell are we to say it’s not possible? DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 14: The Last Bandoleros perform at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado on February 14, 2017. It doesn’t faze him, but it slays us. If you’re a child of the late ’70s and ’80s, you innately understand that Sting ruined love. Sting-type love, people. *swoon*
Best wishes at The Academy Awards, S-Money. And sure, he’s given us completely false hope that a handsome, ab-tastic Englishman will sing us a song, tell us we’re beautiful, and quote Proust. There’s nothing ascendant about divorce and heartbreak (which is why fans piled into this sold-out show in the first place). Sting-type love: It’s romance and heartache and the gratitude for having had both. We want it to all mean something, and Sting gives us that. He didn’t just do it with his dreamy eyes, his oiled abs, and tantric sex moves; Sting’s songs blurred the reality of love, and worse, gave us hope that a Sting-type love is possible. Real life is less rosy. When he started belting out the lyrics to “She’s Too Good For Me” from his 1993 album “Summoner’s Tales,” it jolted the audience into that ethereal space, the romantic non-reality that only Sting can create. He performed the song under bright red lights and with gusto, but that’s not what killed us.

Ice Cube and Phantogram to headline Denver’s Project Pabst 2017

21, 2016. Denver’s Project Pabst 2017
Ice Cube
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Danny brown
Twin Peaks
Deap Vally
Summer Cannibals
Flint Eastwood
The Nuns of Brixton
Tracksuit Wedding
Emerald Siam
… and more to be announced. (Photo by Marc Hobelman/The Know)
As we previously reported, on May 20, Project Pabst is coming back to Denver. On Wednesday, the festival released its initial lineup. Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires perform during the Rino neighborhood’s Project Pabst on Saturday, May. Want another reason to get excited? Ice Cube and Phantogram will headline the RiNo-based music festival. See the full list of the initial acts below. Kurt Vile & The Violators, Danny Brown, STRFKR and more round out the initial announcement.