Red Rocks hosted the last concerts of its regular concert series a little over a week ago, signaling the official end of the summer concert season in Colorado. This week on the Backbeat blog, we're looking back at some of our favorite shows of 2014's warmest months. Note that we didn't include any f ... More >>
Yesterday, Linkin Park headlined Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. That band has aged surprisingly well, as rap-rock goes, but it brought a mighty opener in AFI. No one's following that band and coming out looking good. Photographer Aaron Thackeray, however, was able to capture some incredible shots o ... More >>
It's a weekend of superlatives in Denver: The biggest reunion of the year (OutKast), the biggest drum set on the planet (Terry Bozzio), the king of Tex-Mex Guitar (Joe King Carrasco)...All great shows. There are more, including the annual Reggae on the Rocks and NedFest for the people who miss the o ... More >>
This week's crop of shows includes a busy lineup at the big venues, including guitar heaven at Fiddler's Green with ZZ Top and Jeff Beck. Elsewhere, the Coathangers return to Denver after a short time away, Styrofoam Sanchez plays Rhinoceropolis and, yes, Huey Lewis and the News are in Colorado. T ... More >>
This weekend's best shows include rapper Redman releasing a new album poolside in RiNo, Xiu Xiu bringing its newest noise to Larimer Lounge and "Jessie's Girl" to Fiddler's Green. There are plenty of other good ones in the next couple days -- the rest of our picks for the weekend are below.
Red Rocks plays the classics this week, with performances by Chicago (with REO Speedwagon) and Boston. It'll also host a damn good time of a double-bill in Chromeo and Cut Copy. The rest of our picks follow. See also: Cut Copy on Interactive Billboards, Unusual Guitars and the Summer of Love
It's summer in Colorado which means it's time to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives again and the beautiful green fades to a snowy white. Summer also means the Denver-area concert calendar is packed, and thankfully, you can enjoy both mother nature and music in the same place this summer. From ... More >>
With the Fourth of July holiday landing on a Friday this year, Colorado will be home to patriotic celebrations full of music, food, fun and fireworks (of course) all weekend long. We've rounded up twenty of the best family-friendly spots to celebrate, whether right here in the city, on the plains or ... More >>
It's a good one, folks: KS 107.5 FM's Summer Jam brings hip-hop royalty to Englewood tonight, and most of the people there will probably be capping off their weekends with The Fray at Red Rocks on Sunday. There's more: Dragondeer, subject of this week's Backbeat feature, will release its long-awai ... More >>
A Colorado summer can be short, but there are plenty of ways to make it sweet, especially if you pack it with as many festivals, road trips and patios as possible. We've picked out ten music festivals sure to give you the flavor of the state's musical offerings -- everything from the EDM of Global D ... More >>
When you're near the top of the grassy slope at Fiddler's Green, the massive stage below dominates the foreground. It has hosted Bob Dylan, John Denver, Lollapalooza (back when it was still a touring event), Wiz Khalifa and plenty more, but in 1982 that stage was just an asphalt thumbprint next to t ... More >>
For the past 25 years, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Englewood has been owned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts and operated under a single lease, most recently controlled by Live Nation. Last year, that lease expired, and AEG Live signed on to operate the venue for the next fifteen years. Check bac ... More >>
If 1967 was the summer of love, then 2013 was definitely the summer of laughter -- at least in Denver. After absorbing three comedy festivals in four weeks, there must have been a lot of chuckle-trimmed abs that got another workout last night. Because closing out this season of the wit was Dave Chap ... More >>
No, Chappelle did not get sick of his "Rick James, bitch!" shouting fans and disappear into Morocco. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, scheduled for tonight at Fiddlers Green, has been postponed due to the massive flooding and rainfall that Denver and other cities have endured over the last ... More >>
A week into his comeback tour, Dave Chappelle either had a "meltdown," was "booed off the stage," or was treated like a black-face minstrel by a crowd of "fucking animals" last Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut. The incident has made for a bloggery buffet of commentary on race, comedy and corporate ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS | FRI-SUN, 8/29/13-9/1/13 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 e ... More >>
Okay, hands up if you knew the Zac Brown Band was so popular. He's wildly popular, in case you're wondering. Dude just added another show at Red Rocks, thanks to the fact that the first two have already sold out. Oh, and speaking of the Rocks, Sting has announced a June date up there, and we've got ... More >>
Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) has died. He was 47. Forming the Beastie Boys as a teenager in Brooklyn in the late '70s, Yauch was part of a pivotal assembly of artists that defined rap music for the radio. Early incarnations of the group shifted genres and changed members, but Michael "Mi ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayHow do you take a venue that's already not all that appealing in the first place and make it even less so? How about hanging a handle on it that fans can't say (or even think about, really) without spitting out their soda? If you haven't heard yet, word came down this morning t ... More >>
On Wednesday, July 22, Live Nation is offering buy one, get one free lawn tickets for Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre shows including Creed, Crue Fest II, Def Leppard with Cheap Trick and Poison, Toby Keith with Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley and Jimmy Wayne, and Rod Stewart. The two-fo ... More >>
NIN photo by Aaron ThackerayJane's Addiction & Nine Inch NailsTuesday, May 26, 2009 Fiddler's Green AmphitheatreBetter Than: Seeing Dave Navarro hanging out with porn stars. Near the end of Nine Inch Nail's set, frontman Trent Reznor said this current outing with Jane's Addiction would be NIN's ... More >>
In addition to the My Bloody Valentine and Phish shows that we already reported, there were a lot of other concert announcements this week, including Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction at Fiddler's Green on Tuesday, May 26, Death Cab for Cutie at Red Rocks on Tuesday, July 14 and Rod Stewart at Fi ... More >>
The summer concert season is beginning to take shape. A lot of great shows were announced this week, including Neil Young's show at Magness Arena on Monday, April 27, Depeche Mode's show at Red Rocks on Thursday, August 27, and Keith Urban's show at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday, July 15. We've list ... More >>
In 1988, Westword published its fifth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Band (the Subdudes, just going national) to the Best Hungry Young Band (Big Head Todd and the Monsters, long before they started singing Hillary Clinton’s song) to the Best H ... More >>
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Soloshot Records' efforts to pump up Denver hip-hop are right on target.
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For Silkk the Shocker and the No Limit Army, success is all in the family.