There is no plausible reason an Ian Cooke show should be only five bucks. But tonight, you can catch Denver's polished gem at Moe's Original BBQ -- on a lovely first Friday night, no less -- for the low price of a cocktail. While we await the release of his follow-up to 2007's The Fall I Fell, Cooke's stories of unrequited love will do just fine, brought to life each performance with unique, on-the-spot created loops to compliment his cello.
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Cooke's voice works within compositions as an instrument, his sing-talk softening the pluckiness of his cello. But beyond what can be inferred from a recording, Cooke's gentle in-person charm is another reason to catch him live -- he is humble and gracious, much like the guy who's been selling you movie tickets at the Esquire Theatre for the last few years. Ian Cooke plays a sixteen and up show tonight with The Head and the Heart and The Lumineers at Moe's Original BBQ. Show starts at 9 p.m.