This weekend is absolutely crammed with shows both local and national. Tonight, Phish kicks off its three-night stand at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Ke$ha brings her garbage chic to the 1STBANK Center tomorrow night, and Sunday Blink-182, My Chemical Romance and Rancid stop by Comfort Dental for the Big Gig, and Santana pulls into Red Rocks for a pair of dates. And somewhere in between, Band of Horses plays at the Fox and the Ogden, 8Ball & MJG are at Casselman's and Ideal Fathers play their last show. Busy weekend.
Tonight, Phish closes out its tour with a highly anticipated three-night run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Tickets for the festival range from $47.50 to $60.00 for daily tickets and $142.50 to $180.00 for three-day passes. Parking lots open daily at 3 p.m., gates open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is at 7:30 p.m.
Also Friday, Eisley, playing the Marquis Theater tonight with The Marksmen and Christie Dupree. Growing up in a band could have been tough on the teenage soul -- Eisley's youngest member, Stacy Dupree, was just fourteen when the group was signed -- but the family of musicians has done so with grace. In its over a decade together, Eisley's sweet and haunting sound has taken them on tours across the world, to the stage and the studio with the likes of New Found Glory and Bright Eyes. (8 p.m. doors, all ages, $15).
Balkans plays the Larimer Lounge with some serious local supports Achille Lauro, Amazing Twin and Saturn Cowboys. The youngish Atlanta-based band almost feels like a throwback to the early '00s reverb-heavy garage sound, but there is something inherently fresh and jittery about the quartet -- which is on tour in support of its first, self-titled full-length. (8 p.m. doors, 21 & up, $10).
Saturday night, Ideal Fathers will be playing its last show together, also at the Larimer. We reported last month that the band was calling it a day -- but on the plus side, the dudes are also celebrating the release of a new EP. The Photo Atlas, I Sank Molly Brown and The Vicious Women will also be joining in for this bittersweet and celebratory final performance. (8 p.m. doors, 21 & up, $5-10).
Also on Saturday, polarizing pop empress Ke$ha comes to the 1STBANK Center with Spank Rock and LMFAO. The party monster's keen sense of humor is easily overlooked by adults, but she couldn't care less: The snarky-mouthed, rap-singing Ke$ha's teenaged fans come out in droves, and they not only look just like the diva, they know every word to her songs. (6:30 p.m. doors, all ages, $36.50-49.75).
On Saturday and Sunday, Santana pulls into Red Rocks for a pair of dates with George Lopez on the Divine Rascals Tour. Doors at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets for the gig range from $57.85 to $117.15 per show.
Sunday afternoon, meanwhile, Blink-182 stops by Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, with Rancid and My Chemical Romance for Honda Civic Tour, aka KTCL's Big Gig. Be on the lookout for cool dads. Show starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $33.50 - $85.
Sunday evening, Band Of Horses play the Ogden Theatre with Tyler Ramsey, followed by a show on Monday night at the Fox Theatre. The Seattle band has been kicking around since 2004, creating a sound thick with equal layers of guitars and harmonies. The band is currently on tour in support of last year's Infinite Arms, which a third single, "Dilly" was released earlier this year. (7 p.m. doors at Ogden, 16 & up, $35; 7 p.m. doors at Fox, all-ages, $35 + $2 for under 21 tickets).
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Finally, Sunday is also host to 8Ball & MJG live at Casselman's, along with Hypnautic, King Tef & J Rocketz, Rockie, Young Doe, Fresh Breath Committee, Gamer Life and Esi Juey. Though they got big and mighty in the public eye in 2005 after a spot on Three 6 Mafia's "Stay Fly," the dirty South boys had already been in the game for almost a decade prior, and have been making music together since. (8 p.m. doors, 21 & up, $15-25).