Blues Music

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Meet Alterity, Eva Claire and the Pigz, three of Denver's most interesting high school bands

    The 3rd Annual Bringing Back the Arts music competition is this Sunday, March 16, at the Bluebird Theater. Admission is free. The competition is part of First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee's Bringing Back the Arts initiative, designed to bring greater attention to local artists and to encourage the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    TUES | POLICA at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/26/13 Polica, which hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, features former Roma di Luna vocalist Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson of Gayngs fame, a pair of drummers, Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson and bassist bassist Chris Bierdan. Formed in the summer of 2011, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Dazzle

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    ZZ Ward on the influence of hip-hop and blues and how they both come from the same place

    ZZ Ward released her debut album, Til The Casket Drops, in 2012. Growing up, she honed a talent for writing bluesy R&B songs. Her knack for that can be heard prominently on that disc, and well as her proclivity for hip-hop, which is even more prevalent on her Criminal EP and her Eleven Roses mixtap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    The five best jail-inspired musician memoirs

    Pop culture incrementally improved the chances that books would outlive CDs when news spread that Lil Wayne had inked a deal to write a memoir about the eight months he spent locked up on gun charges. Titled Gone 'Til November, the book is scheduled to be released in May. While the hip-hop blogosphe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Black Joe Lewis: "I always just figured I'd play the type of music I enjoy listening to."

    Black Joe Lewis (due tomorrow at the Westword Music Showcase on the mainstage) isn't one to make fancy comparisons to the musical legacies of blues giants and soul progenitors. Lewis and his band, formerly known as the Honeybears, have earned comparisons to everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Muddy Waters ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Denver's ten best jukeboxes

    Just as music collections say a lot about people, a jukebox can do the same for a bar; it often reflect the place's personality. A lot of times, variety is key to a well-stocked jukebox, and 3 Kings Tavern, this year's winner in the Best of Denver, had that with balls, to boot. Here's a look at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Win tickets to see John Lee Hooker Jr. tomorrow night at the Toad Tavern

    The son of a blues legend, John Lee Hooker Jr. has overcome many personal travails over the years, from addiction to doing time, and has been striving ever since to make a mark of his own in the blues world in the tall shadow of his late father. And he's done a pretty good job, having released a num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    R.I.P. Etta James

    RIP Etta James, the Genuine Article indeed.​A definitive, earnest and passionate voice in the history of American pop music has gone silent today. Legendary R&B chanteuse Etta James died this morning at the age of 73 in Riverdale, California, reportedly from complications tied to leukemia. Alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    R.I.P. Creighton Holley

    ​Some sad news to report today: We've received word that bluesman Creighton Holley passed away yesterday. The news is devastating to the scene, in general, but particularly for the blues community, which is still grieving the loss of John-Alex Mason, who passed away this past fall at the tragi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    David Bromberg on his career and studying with Reverend Gary Davis

    David Bromberg's eclectic musical expertise is rooted in the sounds of America. Since the 1960s, the singer and guitarist has drawn from a palette of influences, from bluegrass to ragtime, from country blues to New Orleans jazz. Taking lessons from the legendary Reverend Gary Davis as a Columbia stu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Tonight: Warren Haynes at the Ogden

    ​Warren Haynes (playing his second show in a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre) has a résumé that speaks for itself: Picking up the guitar as a preteen, the bluesman began playing with David Allan Coe by the age of twenty and went on to work with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Otis Taylor's latest record earns praise in Spin

    ​It's not unusual to read a review of Otis Taylor and see the words bluesman. In fact, it's as about as commonplace as reading a piece on the Broncos during the '90s and seeing the name John Elway -- the two are virtually synonymous. That said, it was somewhat refreshing to come across a review of ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009

    Delta Sonics

    Never Enough

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    May 14, 2009
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    January 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    No proofreaders need apply at Blues on Blake

    Let's hope that the music and food at Blues on Blake Supper Club (at 1925 Blake Street, in a space formerly occupied by the Dugout) is better than the proofreading,since the new club recently posted an ad that it was IMMEDIANTELY HIRING FOR SERVERS/BARTENDERS. "We are an exciting new club, featurin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 21, 2008
  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    Meet Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

    Which is made up of his whole Fam Damnily.

  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    Flair Lounge

    Richard Engel transforms a Stapleton bar into a live-music venue.

  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Red Holloway Takes Center Stage

    From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.

  • Music

    November 8, 2007

    The Informants

    Stiletto Angel
    Wipe It Off! Records

  • Music

    August 23, 2007

    Joe Fornothin

    Joe Fornothin

  • Music

    October 12, 2006

    Heartless Wonders

    Heartless Bastards may be on Fat Possum, but they ain't singing the blues.

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Westword Music Showcase 2006

    Be there or be square!

  • Music

    June 23, 2005

    Bluesman Walking

    Consummate sideman Eddie Turner steps into the spotlight.

  • Music

    February 3, 2005

    John Lee Hooker Jr.

    Saturday, February 5, Supreme Court, 303-892-6878; Wednesday, February 9, Little Bear, Evergreen, 303-674-9991.

  • Film

    October 28, 2004

    Foxx Is Pitch Perfect

    The actor breathes life into a formulaic Ray.

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Best One-Man Band

    Reverend DeadEye

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004
  • Music

    June 12, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Black Keys

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003
  • Music

    October 31, 2002

    Hit Pick

    Billy Tolles

  • Calendar

    September 26, 2002

    Culture Mulcher

    Even without music, Andy Friedman finds himself in tune with country blues.

  • Music

    April 26, 2001

    A Lighter Shade of Blue

    Virginia-bred guitarist John Jackson explores the sunny side of Southern music.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000
  • Music

    June 8, 2000

    Vintage Edition

    At 78, T-Model Ford is a restored bluesman.

  • Music

    May 25, 2000

    The Son Also Rises

    John Mooney's voodoo blues have an impressive lineage.

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    September 9, 1999

    Lady, Sing the Blues

    Odetta is happy to find trouble everywhere she goes.

  • Calendar

    February 4, 1999

    Night & Day

    February 4 - 10, 1999

  • Music

    July 30, 1998

    Booker's Booking

    Thanks to the swing trend, David Booker is very much in demand--again.

  • Music

    September 18, 1997

    Fortunate Son

    Even a gunshot wound can't stop blues giant Son Seals.

  • Music

    April 18, 1996

    No Regular Guy

    The rise, fall and rise of blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

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    June 21, 1995
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    March 1, 1995



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    February 15, 1995
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