Rock the Mike

Tony Rock proves it runs in the family.

WED, 6/15

In one of his bits, comedian Tony Rock discusses the need for a black president. Not a Colin Powell-type black president, Rock explains, but somebody with an edge, somebody just out of prison.

"We need a president named Keef," Rock concludes. "K-E-E-F. President Keef's entourage would include the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a Secretary of Defense, a Secretary of Education and a DJ."

"Mr. President, are you going to increase spending on defense?" Rock asks, imitating a White House reporter. "Not me," Keef responds. "I'm going to get my tools and fix the fence myself."

Clever bits such as "Keef for President" have helped distance Rock's comedy career from that of his brother Chris -- no small task, considering Chris is arguably the funniest comedian of the past decade. Catch Tony at the Comedy Works, 1226 15th Street, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. and running through June 19. Tickets range from $16 to $22 (plus two drinks), and showtimes vary. For information, call 303-595-3637 or go to www.comedyworks.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Little Fest on the Prairie
SAT, 6/11

Nestled among the grasslands and cottonwoods along Deer Creek, the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, is a 750-acre nature preserve where it's not uncommon to encounter prairie dogs, whitetail deer, even the occasional burrowing owl. Beginning today and running through tomorrow, those critters will be frantically scurrying to escape the pulsating bass tremoring through the ground as the Chatfield Music Festivalgets under way. They'll watch from a resigned distance as music fans pour in to watch Nickel Creek, Junior Brown and Oakhurst today, and John Prine, Arlo Guthrie and Mindy Smith on Sunday. Both shows begin at 1 p.m.; gates open at noon. Tickets -- $45-$50 per day, $75-$90 for a two-day pass -- are available at 1-866-468-7624, www.ticketweb.com or the DBG box office. Get your fix now, because before you know it, the bands will move on, the critters will return, and silence will resume. For more information, visit www.botanicgardens.org. -- Adam Cayton-Holland

Don't Worry, Be Happy
It's a mod, mad world with Dressy Bessy.
TUES, 6/14

All dressed up with nowhere to go? Head over to Twist & Shout Underground, 333 East Alameda Avenue, for a free performance at 6:30 p.m. by Dressy Bessy, Denver's power-pop band featuring sugary vocalist Tammy Ealom, guitarist John Hill, bassist Rob Greene and drummer Craig Gilbert. Twist & Shout always has the town's best selection of recorded music, and periodically it presents both local and national acts -- live. "It's not a set thing," explains the store's Dawn Greaney. "It's very sporadic and depends on tours."

And releases: Tonight Dressy Bessy will debut its new CD, Electrified, which expands on the band's previous work, mixing rock and punk for total grooviness. Reviewing Electrifiedfor his in-house newsletter, Twist & Shout owner Paul Epstein had this to say about the band: "They are our own sugar-coated morsel of pop confectionery.... If you believe being happy isn't antithetical to good music, open a pack of Dressy Bessy and eat the whole thing today."

You'll enjoy every bite. -- Patricia Calhoun

 
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