Concerts and Tours

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    October 8, 2014

    Robert Plant Is the Latest Enthusiastic Customer of Denver's Rockmount Ranch Wear

    The West is not a place," Jack A. "Papa" Weil, the founder of Rockmount Ranch Wear, was fond of saying. "It's a state of mind." Jack A. entered that state for good in 1928, when the then-27-year-old salesman for Paris Garters drove his brand-new Chrysler Roadster across the plains from Memphis to o ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Strangers Will Buy You Beer When Deer Tick Comes to Town

    People throw all kinds of things at Deer Tick in order to express their love of the gritty rock 'n' roll band from Providence, Rhode Island. At the quintet's sold-out show at the Bluebird Theater in Denver, they threw half-full beers, shoes, even themselves. Even before the group, led by John McCa ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    The summer concert series is a major source of revenue for the Botanic Gardens

    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 >>

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    June 13, 2014

    A 7,500-person amphitheater on Sante Fe will host 50 free shows a year

    While Ruby Hill Park is a popular sledding spot during the winter months, starting June 2016 the park (near South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue) will be home to fifty free concerts a year. Work will begin on the 7,500-person Levitt Pavilion next spring.

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    April 28, 2014

    The complete Arvada Center Summer Stage 2014 lineup

    Last month, we brought you the news that Swallow Hill Music would be booking this year's summer concert series at the Arvada Center. That partnership becomes much clearer this morning with the full lineup announcement -- in addition to previously announced artists including Judy Collins and Don McLe ... More >>

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    April 17, 2014
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    March 27, 2014
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    June 10, 2013

    3 things to do for free in Denver this week, June 10-13

    It's magic! This week, you can experience magical entertainments without having to open your wallet. The free fun includes everything from a screening of Christopher Nolan's magician movie The Prestige to getting a peek inside the Governor's Residence to a free outdoor concert. Share other free even ... More >>

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    April 8, 2013

    Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert series line-up: St. Vincent & David Byrne and more

    Welp, it's supposed to snow tonight. I know, right? It's April. Happy Monday from your own private rain cloud, eh? Oh well, what are ya gonna do? Happens. Talk to Prince. Sometimes it snows in April, evidently. The good news, though: Summer is coming! Proof? The lineup for the upcoming Denver Botani ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Morrissey's new Denver date is April 26

    It's all Morrissey all the time on Backbeat apparently. In what can only be explained as the universe being charter member of the Cult of Moz (or just seriously coincidental timing), we've just received word that the one and only Steven Patrick Morrissey has rescheduled his upcoming Denver date. Pos ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra

    Friday, September 21, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 303-788-0984.

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    August 2, 2012

    Nicki Minaj

    Thursday, August 2, Wells Fargo Theatre, 303-830-8497.

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    July 31, 2012

    Celebrate the Pearl Street Mall's 35th birthday tomorrow with live music, kites and more

    Boulder's Pearl Street Mall is known for its funky shopping and dining district as well as its street performers. Less well known is the street's colorful history, dating back to Boulder's days as a mining supply town. Starting tomorrow, August 1, celebrate the Pearl Street Mall's 35th birthday wit ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Coohills introduces Beats on the Creek summer concert series

    Coohills, 1400 Wewatta Street, has launched a new summer concert series: Beats on the Creek will take place every Tuesday on the restaurant's patio -- and the adjacent bridge over Cherry Creek -- from 5 to 8:15 p.m. "We're thrilled to be offering lower downtown a concert series in an urban setting, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Twenty fabled moments in Denver music: #16: Radiohead's gear gets jacked in 1995

    Over the course of the next few weeks, Backbeat will be counting down the twenty most fabled moments in Denver music history. Today, a look back at the time when Radiohead had all of its gear stolen outside the Rockmada before a 1995 show at the Ogden Theatre. Okay, so it's bad enough that Radiohea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Elitch Gardens rings in its new season today with new rides, more flowers and a fresh coat of paint

    Elitch Gardens opens today for its 122nd season, but you wouldn't know this institution is that old by looking around the current park. With 25,000 new flowers, three new shows and three new rides, it looks as though this season's opening could be its grand opening. "We've been doing a lot of resto ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    Joe Walsh, Heart, Rick Springfield part of Hudson Gardens summer concert series

    Starting off with The Guess Who on Sunday, June 3, and closing with Super Diamond on Sunday, August 26, the Hudson Gardens summer classic rock-centric concert series includes more than a dozen acts such as Mr. "Proud to Be An American," Lee Greenwood, on July 3 and 4, Heart on July 8, Rick Springfie ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Norah Jones at Red Rocks on 8/23

    Norah Jones, who debuted songs from her forthcoming album at SXSW last week, kicks off her North American summer tour in June in Indianaplolis and wraps it up at Red Rocks on Thursday, August 23. Her Danger Mouse-produced album, Little Broken Hearts, hits stores on May 1 via Blue Note. According to ... More >>

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    February 11, 2012

    Review: Achille Lauro at the hi-dive, 2/10/12

    ACHILLE LAURO @ HI-DIVE | 2/10/12 Before Achille Lauro launched into a rousing rendition of "Supernatural Beings" Friday night, frontman Matthew Close spoke to the creative process behind the band's new album, Flight or Flight. The album combines new material with singles released in the past year, ... More >>

  • Music

    February 9, 2012

    The Asteroids Galaxy Tour

    Friday, February 10, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    October 27, 2011


    Saturday, October 29, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Bring Me the Horizon show this Sunday night moved from the Fillmore to Summit Music Hall

    Bring Me the Horizon's show this weekend, originally scheduled for the Fillmore Auditorium on Sunday, October 2, has been moved to the Summit Music Hall. Tickets for the all-ages show, which also features Parkway Drive, Architects (UK), Deez Nuts and On Broken Wings, are still available ($25) and ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Game coming to the Ogden and Fox

    Game​Rapper Game hits the the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, November 2 and the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, November 3 as part of R.E.D. Tour in support of his fourth album,The R.E.D. Album, which came out in August on Interscope/DGC after almost two years of delays. Game was a recent cover-story su ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Guns N' Roses announces Denver show

    ​Next month, Guns N' Roses will kick off its first U.S. tour in five years, but there are still more than a dozen cities on the band's tour itinerary, which the band released yesterday, that have yet to have dates or venues set, including Denver. While the tour, which starts October 28 and run ... More >>

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    September 20, 2011

    WHY? cancels U.S. tour, including Denver date

    ​Just a week after starting its seated tour, WHY? canceled most of its remaining U.S. tour dates, including its show at Gothic Theatre slated for Wednesday, October 12. The band's Facebook page states, "Dear fans, due to an unfortunate injury, we are going to have to cancel the rest of our Nor ... More >>

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    September 15, 2011
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    September 15, 2011

    Straight-edge pioneers Youth of Today and D.Y.S. doing one-off show in Denver

    Youth of Today, back in the day.​The Summit Music Hall will continue what's become a rotation of classic punk and metal bands playing its stage (Bad Brains, Stiff Little Fingers, Saint Vitus come to mind) November 10 when Youth of Today and D.Y.S. are scheduled to perform. What makes this show ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2011

    Under A Blood Red Sky has $75,000 worth of gear stolen last week while on tour in Arizona

    ​As a musician, is there anything worse than having your gear ripped off? Really? I mean, aside from having your best friend sleep with your girl while you're on the road, probably not. Talk about feeling violated. Just the thought of somebody else fondling your cherished instrument -- few thi ... More >>

  • Music

    May 26, 2011

    Lion SoulJahs

    Zion Bound

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    May 25, 2011

    Rockers, Rollers & Riders kicks off this weekend at City Hall with Mighty 18 Wheeler and Hotgun

    This Sunday, May 29, City Hall is slated to kick off its new weekly Rockers, Rollers & Riders concert series with the Mighty 18 Wheeler and Hotgun, which features members of the Informants, Railbenders and GT & the Sidewinders. If you haven't heard about it yet, the weekly shows, Rockers, Rollers & ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011


    Monday, May 2, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.

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    April 12, 2011

    Cold Cave at the Larimer Lounge, 4/11/11

    Aaron Thackeray​ COLD CAVE With Force Publique 04.11.11 | Larimer Lounge My companion's flowery dress was almost comically out of place amid all the black at the Larimer last night, as local and national representatives of the darkwave revival took the stage for some synth-heavy brooding. It ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard, Junip shows announced. Tix on sale this weekend.

    ​As reported last week, the Avett Brothers will be at Red Rocks in July, while Warren Haynes and Cake are due at the Ogden in May and June respectively. Also, Arctic Monkeys, who have been working on their fourth album, make their way back to the Ogden again on Monday, May 30, as part of a twe ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    October 7, 2010


    Sunday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 12, 1STBANK Center, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Gogol Bordello, DeVotchKa, Interpol, Railroad Earth shows announced

    ​Gogol Bordello, who shared a headlining bill with Primus at Red Rocks last week, returns to the area for a two-night stand at the Boulder Theater on Wednesday and Thursday, October 27 and 28. Tickets for this one range between $36 and $41 and go on sale on Friday, August 27 at 10 a.m. The gyp ... More >>

  • Music

    October 29, 2009

    Steely Dan

    Thursday, October 29, Wells Fargo Theatre, 800-745-3000.

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    September 10, 2009


    Monday, September 14, Larimer Lounge, 303-291-1007.

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    September 10, 2009

    Good for Laughs

    Originally from Longmont, humorist Kirsten Schaal returns for a set.

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    July 23, 2009
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    April 8, 2009

    2009 Westword Music Showcase headliners

    Recognize the dudes pictured above? If you do, then you're probably pretty stoked right now. That's right -- Built to Spill will be headlining this year's Showcase. Hold on. There's more... you know we always have more than one act on the mainstage, right? Well, how about some Mudhoney? (No, we're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    The Fray to perform at Mile High Music Festival

    Those on the Fray's mailing list may have noticed that Denver was conspicuously missing from the act's exhaustive list of upcoming tour dates this summer. Rumor had it this was due to the fact that the band was going to be performing at the Mile High Music Fest. Well, that rumor has now been confirm ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    More non-musical influences

    Picking up a thread I started on Tuesday, in which I confessed to judging a band's performance based on elements that, honestly, had nothing to do with the music, I'd like to turn now to the flip side. Last weekend, I decided I liked an act before it even took the stage. Once again, my snap judgment ... More >>

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    November 20, 2008

    Friday Night Fever

    Three free shows heat up Keystone’s early season.

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    November 17, 2008

    Red Rocks Riot, 1971

    Jethro Tull's 1971 show at Red Rocks was almost the last rock show ever held at the venue In 1971 at early rock show at Red Rocks featuring Jethro Tull, unruly fans turned the venue into a war zone. It started when fans who couldn't get get tickets for the sold-out show decided to climb the hills b ... More >>

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    July 13, 2008

    Foo Fighters' Red Rocks Dates Postponed

    I, for one, was looking forward to the Foo Fighters' Monday, July 13 gig at Red Rocks -- the first of two nights at the venue. But I'll just have to put my enthusiasm on hold for a couple of months. Moments ago, a press release came through announcing that due to illness, the concerts have been resc ... More >>

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