The blues just got a lot sweeter with the release of guitarist Robert Cray's latest CD, Sweet Potato Pie, which mixes a shot of rich Otis Redding-style soul into Cray's usual down-home-yet-urbane mix. Mmm-mmm: He'll slather it on thick with the Robert Cray Band tonight at 8 at the Boulder Theater, 2030 14th St., Boulder; for tickets, $25.20, call 303-786-7030.
We know of no more folksy way to spend the day (outside of a patio barbecue with the family) than at the Labor Day Cajun Cookout, an annual tradition at the Gold Hill Inn, up Sunshine Canyon from Boulder in Gold Hill. This year's bash includes authentic squeezebox fare from C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band and Colorado's own Zukes of Zydeco, as well as such bayou-true edibles as fried catfish, beans and rice and jambalaya. The party takes place from noon to 5; tickets are $12 for music and an additional $10 for food. For details and reservations call 303-443-6461 or log on to www.goldhillinn.com.
If you're willing to stand in line, you can meet a hero face-to-face this evening at 6 when Denver Bronco Terrell Davis stops running long enough to drop by the Tattered Cover Bookstore, 2955 E. 1st Ave., to sign copies of his book, TD: Dreams in Motion. The man of the moment is so popular you'll have to have your book in hand to get a place in his receiving line. If you buy a copy beforehand at either T.C. location, you'll automatically be issued a ticket; if not, plan to arrive an hour before the signing, when in-store tix will be given out. Then...on to another Super Bowl win? Call 303-322-7727.
Here's the rare case where you can have your detective fiction and eat it, too. From 5:30 to 7:30 tonight, popular culinary mystery author Diane Mott Davidson will preside over a dinner based on recipes from her latest book, Prime Cut, at Pour La France!, 1001 Pearl St., Boulder, before moving on to a reading at the Rue Morgue Mystery Bookshop, 946 Pearl. Seating is limited, and reservations are highly recommended for both the dinner and the book-signing; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boulder County Safehouse, an agency helping women who, like Davidson protagonist Goldy Bear Schulz, are survivors of domestic violence. Call the Rue Morgue at 303-443-8346 and Pour La France! at 303-449-3929.