If you're not preparing for round two of Global Dance Fest tonight at Red Rocks, there are still plenty of shows to look forward to this weekend. Cellist and songwriter Ian Cooke brings his beautiful music to the Fox Theatre in Boulder tonight with Danielle Ate The Sandwich & The Missing Parts. This show will be kicking off a weekend of local-heavy line-ups, so think of it as kind of a primer for next weekend's UMS. (All Ages, 8:30 p.m. doors, $8-12.)
Also tonight, Natural Selection, Force Publique and 200 Million Years take over the Meadowlark with some dance-friendly jams. Though this too is an all-local line-up, it is a more rare performance, as not all members of Natural Selection are living in Colorado at present time. (21 and up, 8 p.m. doors.)
Starting off Saturday is the Girls Rock Denver 2011 Camper Showcase at the Oriental Theater, an afternoon of brand new bands making their first appearances on stage. The show will be a culmination of band practices and coaching, as the young women's newly formed bands will be playing material created during the week-long intensive camp. (All Ages, 2 p.m. doors, Sliding scale donation starting at $5.)
In the evening, The Foggy Mountain Fuckers make a rare appearance, with a night of its legendary no bullshit honky tonk music at Three Kings. The rowdy dudes bring along fellow locals All Capitals, The Land Grabbers and The Bonnie Situation. (21 and up, 8 p.m. doors, $6-8.)
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Sunday, the now-famous Larimer Lounge BBQ series continues with Drag The River headlining a showcase of local Americana and rock acts. Kick back with a beer and enjoy Elliott Moonshine & The Ghost, Whiskey Tango, Woodrose, Casey James Prestwood & The Burning Angels, Lizzie Huffman, Arliss Nancy and Bonnie And The Beard for just $10 if you grab tickets in advance. (21 and up, Doors open at 12 p.m., $10-15.)
Rounding out the weekend of local madness, dance punks The Photo Atlas play the Hi-Dive with A Common Anomaly and The Noise FM. Kicking around since the early '00s, the wirey, beat-heavy band has seen a few line-up changes (drummers, mostly), but its sound and energy have stay on point.(18 and up, 8 p.m. doors, $7-10.)