By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
Odds of Getting In: Excellent. If you're willing to part with $20, you'll gain entry to the festival, as well as a one-year subscription to GOOD. All proceeds benefit the Denver Film Society; go to www.cinemocracy.org for more info.
What: Rock the Vote Ballot Bash
Where: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 10 p.m.
Details: This is probably the week's most (pop) star-studded bill, with a lineup that includes Fall Out Boy, N.E.R.D. and Jakob Dylan. (Wyclef Jean was initially touted as confirmed for this show but is no longer included in any mentions of it by Rock the Vote's publicist and isn't listed on the website.) After the show, Nick Cannon will man the decks at an after-party in the Grant Chambers salon in the basement of the Ellie.
Odds of Getting In: Moderate to difficult? Ticket information is scarce. We do know that this is a fundraiser, and there's ample use of the term "lucky" on the website with regard to attending. For what it's worth, when we requested credentials several weeks ago, we were told that while we couldn't be guaranteed a seat, we were on the list. Whatever that means. To see if you can get lucky, visit www.RockTheVote.com/rocktheconvention.
What: Women for Peace Concert
Where: Cuernavaca Park, 6:30 p.m.
Details: Women for Peace is presented by CodePink, an insurgent, grassroots, female-centric organization united in its opposition of the war in Iraq, working toward peace and social justice. Fittingly, this show comprises a cast of strong, iconoclastic female performers led by Michelle Shocked and Jill Sobule, with (local fans take note) the return of Melissa Ivey.
Odds of Getting In: Excellent. Like all of the other Tent State events, it's free.
Tuesday, August 26
What: Rock to Win
Where: Fillmore Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Details: Being billed as a celebration of GLBT equality, Rock to Win is the brainchild of Cyndi Lauper, who will perform at the Fillmore alongside Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright and Thelma Houston. The whole impetus of the Human Rights Campaign-sponsored concert is to educate and inspire folks on the importance of taking part in the political process (which seems to be a popular sentiment this week, for whatever reason), especially when it comes to making their voices heard regarding human rights.
Odds of Getting In: Good. Rock to Win is open to the public. Tickets, which range from $98 for general admission to $500 for VIP can be purchased through Ticketmaster.
What: GRAMMYs Rock the Convention
Where: The Church, 10 p.m.
Details: Next to the Rock the Vote Ballot Bash, this could be the week's biggest show — at least in terms of pop-star power. Being billed as an up-close-and-personal acoustic evening, it's slated to feature Daughtry, Everclear and the Flobots (in their second of three DNC appearances). Curious how this lineup was conceived — at a wedding, perhaps? Something old, something new, something...uh, Daughtry?
Odds of Getting In: Dunno. Ticket info is scarce on this one, too.
What: Public Enemy
Where: Civic Center Park, 2 p.m.
Details: Following their Monday night performance at the Boulder Theater, Chuck D., Flavor Flav and the rest of Public Enemy will bring the noise to the Mile High City for a show at the Greek Ampitheatre sponsored by Re-create '68. To quote our man, Flav, yeah, boooyeee! It's going to take a nation of millions to keep us from taking an extended lunch break on Tuesday.
Odds of Getting In: Hmm. I guess that all depends on your boss, and if he (or she) will let you take an extended lunch break.
Wednesday, August 27
What: Tent State Music Festival to End the War
Where: Denver Coliseum, 11 a.m.
Details: This show, presented by Iraq Veterans Against the War and Tent State, is the most eagerly anticipated, hands down. Last Thursday, when the news came that noted firebrands Rage Against the Machine had been added to the bill (which includes likeminded acts the Flobots, the Coup, State Radio and the MC5's Wayne Kramer), word spread across the blogosphere like a Malibu wildfire. Rage was an obvious addition. The band's inclusion bridges the Flobots, which Rage presaged, to the MC5, Kramer's former outfit, which begat (at least ideologically) Rage. Besides that, every revolution needs a bomb track, and Zack de la Rocha and company are DNC veterans, having performed on the streets of Los Angeles during 2000. (I seem to recall RATM playing around that same time at the Coliseum during its Battle of Los Angeles tour. Coincidence?)
Odds of Getting In: Decent, or at least as good as anybody else's. Tickets to the event are free, but will only be available by lottery. To be eligible, you need to make your way to City of Cuernavaca Park with a photo ID between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. from August 24 to August 26. Those selected will be notified via e-mail. Presumably to curtail potential scalping, the lucky lottery winner and his/her guest will both need to be on hand to pick up the tickets at the Coliseum on August 27, and must then immediately enter the venue (doors open at 9 a.m.). Any unclaimed tickets will be made available to the public after noon on a first-come, first-served basis.