When Joan Baez played at the Botanic Gardens a few weeks ago, she kicked off her shoes and danced around the stage, pulling her keyboard player away from his instrument to join her. As she did, people in the audience got up from their blankets and danced too, because how often do you get the chance ... More >>
The Denver Botanic Gardens has just announced its 2014 lineup, and it is hefty. Starting June 24 with March Cohn and Mavis Staples and concluding on September 6 with St. Vincent, the Garden's two locations (on York Street and in Chatfield) will also host Joan Baez, Barenaked Ladies, B.B. King and mo ... More >>
Lorde and Robin Thicke are playing the Fillmore this weekend. Oh! Not together. No, it's a Saturday/Sunday situation. But do you know who would make one exceedingly odd twerking couple? Those two. Elsewhere, the great Tower of Power hits our neighbor to the south, D.R.I. will be yelling at Englewo ... More >>
Although Steve Crenshaw has spent more than a decade as lead guitarist with the Groove Hawgs (which features Lewis and Floorwax, from 103.5/The Fox) and he's shared stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Delbert McClinton, he's been a fixture on the scene since the early '90s. In recent years, Crensha ... More >>
MY BLOODY VALENTINE @ OGDEN THEATRE | MON, 8/19/13 Few bands of the past two decades have had as profound an influence on as wide a spectrum of artists as My Bloody Valentine. Not only did the landmark 1991 album Loveless have a massive impact on the group's peers at the time, but it has since influ ... More >>
Here's what's hot this week in music on the Front Range: On the concert front, new shows featuring Madonna, Jeff Mangum, the String Cheese Incident, Jane's Addiction, B.B. King and more were announced; Lola Black, Fresh Breath Committee and the Autumn Film got spins on local radio; and recent a ... More >>
The legendary B.B. King teams up with Tedeschi Trucks Band for a night of blues at Red Rocks on Thursday, August 30. The 86-year-old King averages 125 concerts a year and has logged in over 15,000 gigs over his six-decade long career and Tedeschi Trucks Band just won a Grammy for Best Blues Album fo ... More >>
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week: On the concert front,The Go-Go's are coming to the Ogden Theatre, Fleet Foxes are coming to the Fillmore, and Arvada Center has added shows to its summer lineup. Meanwhile, on local radio, Bad Weather California, Science Partner and Veronica got ... More >>
Every year, the Denver Botantic Gardens typically have a lively concert calender, and this year doesn't seem to be the exception. The season kicks off this summer on Sunday, June 1, with a show from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and culminates on Sunday, August 21 with B.B. King.
Here's what's good in the Mile High City this week. On the concert front: The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are hosting the first annual Boulder Blues and Roots Summit. Bad Brains is coming to the Summit Music Hall in August and Blues Traveler is coming back to Red Rocks for its annual Fo ... More >>
This just in: B.B. King's sold-out show tonight at the Boulder Theater has been postponed due to inclement weather in the mountains. From the promoters: "The date will be rescheduled as soon as possible for a to-be-determined date later to be announced." This won't tide you over 'til then, but it ... More >>
My Chemical Romance, which hit the road near the beginning of the new year on the World Contamination Tour and just released a new album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, is due to stop at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, April 9. Tickets ($32.50, $35 day of show) are ... More >>
Back to the Wheel
Master bluesman B.B. King, who seems to visit these parts a couple times a year, returns the the Boulder Theater on Saturday, January 22. Tickets ($77.50 general admission, $96.50 reserved, $124.50 gold circle) go on sale this Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. When DJ Shadow hits the Ogden Thea ... More >>
The Big Motif
As reported last week, Jay-Z brings his BP3 tour to the Pepsi Center on Monday, March 22. Reserved tickets range from $39.50 to $99.50 and go on sale Saturday, November 14 at 10 a.m. On Monday, March 8, Bon Jovi also hits Pepsi Center as part of the band's Circle World Tour, which includes 135 sh ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list ... More >>
In an industry littered with tween pop stars and Disney Channel minions, it's refreshing to come across an artist whose work isn't a medley of foot-tapping drivel swathed with AutoTune. Equipped with awe-inducing guitar skills and a hauntingly intense wail, 22-year-old Davy Knowles is quickly making ... More >>
This year, we've wrapped our roundup of holiday albums a bit differently. Instead of delivering it to you in one big lump (like coal), we're parceling out the reviews online, with a blog each weekday through December 24 devoted to recordings in a different category. Part three is titled "Jazz to the ... More >>
Tickets for B.B. King's April 10 Boulder Theater show go on sale Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. There was a lot more action this week with concert announcements, including Scott Weiland's gig at the Gothic Theatre February 2, KBPI's Birthday Bash with Slipknot, Coheed & Cambria and Trivium March 3 at t ... More >>
LOCALS ONLY With Westword’s Music Showcase going down this weekend, let’s take a quick look at what the last five hip-hop winners have been up to the last five years: The Pirate Signal (Yonnas and DJ A-What) who won in 2007, has just released its new mixtape The PS Pt. II: Of Gods and Gangster ... More >>
Three decades on, the Oakland ensemble still knows what is hip.
Saturday, September 23, First Church of Divine Science, 303-777-1003.
Blues master Buddy Guy searches for a place in today's music industry.
Check the Vegas odds: It's time to predict this year's rock-star deaths.
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do.
Tuesday, May 11, Bluebird Theater, 303-322-2308; Wednesday, May 12, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399.
Linda McCartney's photos of '60s rockers roll
Denver Jazz on Film Festival
Take Them On, On Your Own (Virgin)
'Tis the season to rate another avalanche of holiday discs.
Denver officials and the press grope for the best way to deal with bogus anthrax scares.
Death comes calling jazz's legendary players.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
Harvesting a summer crop of local releases.
The thrill still isn't gone for B.B. King, American royal.
Delbert McClinton has something better than a record deal: a sound all his own.
A.J. Salas hasn't let his youth get in the way of playing the blues.
August 13 - 19, 1998
Denver's Boa and the Constrictors squeeze new life out of jump blues.
Digging out from a blizzard of seasonal CD releases.