Karl Denson

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    October 3, 2014

    The Twelve Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

    It's a good weekend here in Denver, with hip-hop deity KRS-One playing Cervantes' and the criminally under-appreciated Ralph Gean playing Mutiny Information Cafe tonight. Elsewhere, the Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brings E-40 and others to the Merchandise Mart. The rest of our picks are below.

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    June 5, 2014

    The ten best summer music festivals in Colorado

    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 >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Spring ski and snowboard season is in full swing this April weekend

    There's still plenty of snow and some excellent riding to be had over the next few weeks, but some of our favorite end-of-season festivities are also well underway. Get it while the getting's good with this weekend guide to where to bikini ski, surf some icy ponds, and even kayak down a ski slope. ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Marijuana: William Breathes's top picks for the 4/20 holi-daze

    Have you checked your calendar lately? The annual 4/20 weekend is nearly upon us, and we can already smell the smoke in the air in the Mile High City. Okay, maybe that's just the smoke from our pot critic's desk. But that smoke signals an ever-growing list of cannabis-centric events in Denver nex ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    The best shows in Denver this weekend

    SAT | ARTOPIA at SOCO CLUBS | 2/22/14 Artopia is always a blast, and this year's lineup includes a cornucopia of producers and bands handpicked from the local scene, including Shady Elders, Confluence, FaceMan, Colfax Speed Queen, the Outfit, the Royal, Pruitt, Mikey Thunder, Decadon, Lotus Drops, P ... More >>

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    December 30, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TUES | WU YEAR'S EVE at CERVANTES | 12/31/13 More than just creating a free-associative style that would be emulated ceaselessly throughout the '90s and to this very day, the Wu-Tang Clan engineered an aesthetic and model for profitability with only a spiritual guide, the GZA, a mastermind producer, ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    New Year's Eve 2013 guide: What to do on NYE

    While the are a number of high profile jam-centric New Year's Eve shows this year, including dates with Yonder Mountain String Band, String Cheese Incident and Umphrey's McGee, there are also a ton of other concerts and club events on NYE. We've put together a comprehensive list of ways for you to r ... More >>

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    December 10, 2013

    New Denver shows: Chvrches, Local Natives, Jennifer Nettles, tickets on sale this weekend

    Scottish synth pop act Chvrches, who released its debut, The Bones of What You Believe, in September, is set to headline the Ogden Theatre on Thursday, April 24. Tickets for the show are $25.75, and go on sale this Friday, December 13. Keep reading to see what other shows are on sale this week and t ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    Your Denver Halloween concert/party guide

    Happy Halloween! What are you doing tonight? Have you decided where to strut your get up yet? If not, lucky you; we've compiled a comprehensive list of everything going down tonight and this weekend. Keep reading to see what's good, and of course, feel free to let us know if we missed anything. See ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Spring snow brings extended ski season

    Never mind those epic closing-day celebrations last weekend at Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Powderhorn: All four resorts have announced they'll be spinning the chairlifts again this weekend and reopening Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, to make the most of massive dumps of late ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

    CHUCK RAGAN @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SAT, 4/13/13 Chuck Ragan first made his mark as the frontman of Hot Water Music, one of the more highly influential punk acts to emerge in the '90s. Fueled by youthful exuberance and inspired in part by the music that surrounding the skateboarding culture of the tim ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    Closing time: An end-of-season ski and snowboard splash-down countdown

    The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a r ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this weekend

    YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13 Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a f ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    The ten best concerts in Denver this week

    ELECTRIC SIX @ LARIMER LOUNGE | TUES, 2/19/13 Electric Six has been bringing the party to the unwary for a decade. The group's songs combine '80s rock, disco and New Wave into a cranked-up, ultra-catchy sound all its own, with lyrics that mix a David Lee Roth-esque bravado with surreal barrages of i ... More >>

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    January 8, 2013

    New shows: Lotus three nights at Boulder Theater, Crystal Castles at the Gothic and more

    A perennial favorite in Colorado, Lotus is making its way back to the Centennial state for a trio of shows at the Boulder Theater, while Crystal Castles is set to return for a date at the Gothic Theatre and Anthrax tops the Metal Alliance tour, a stacked bill at the Summit Music Hall this April that ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Ogden, 10/31/12

    KARL DENSON'S TINY UNIVERSE @ THE OGDEN THEATRE |10/31/12 Things witnessed last night at the Ogden Theatre, in no particular order: Rosie the Riveter breakdancing with a samurai; a priest making out with Little Orphan Annie; Milli Vanilli's Rob and Fab sharing a smoke outside; and a drunk monk. On ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: 10/29-11/2

    Happy Monday, amigos. Hope you didn't go too hard this past weekend -- though, judging from the pics from Rockbar's last call, some of you apparently did -- because there's at least four truckloads of shows (including Ryan Adams acoustic set at Boulder Theater tonight) going down this week, which me ... More >>

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    August 21, 2012

    New Colorado Concerts: Kreayshawn at the Fox, Sleigh Bells at the Boulder Theater and more

    See also: - Alanis Morissette, State Radio, Adventure Club and more - Bruce Springsteen, Waka Flocka Flame, Chevelle and more - Gov't Mule two nights in September, Primus in November and more - The Who, New Order, the Script, Minus the Bear, Cursive and more - Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Odd Future ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    311 at Red Rocks, with Slightly Stoopid, 8/19/12

    311 @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8/19/12 When 311 made their long-awaited entrance, frontman Nick Hexum told the crowd, "We're going to start this off like sex: nice and slow, so it lasts long" -- and slow and mellow it was. As undoubtedly devoted as the fans were, the first few songs of the set were ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Ru with a view: A mainstage travelogue from our Westword Music Showcase emcee, Ru Johnson

    Because I live in the club district, for me, the Westword Music Showcase started around 5 p.m. the day before and went on through the evening. Outside my window, the workers toiled and clanged away throughout the night, building the production. By morning, there was a complete stage, and the heat wa ... More >>

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    June 23, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Alright, it's here! Finally! The waiting is over! The eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase. You've probably already printed it out, cut it out, copied and highlighted the schedule, but just in case you haven't, here's the most up-to-date version of today's lineup for the Showcase. All of the TB ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    The weekend's best live bets: The eighteenth annual Westword Music Showcase 2012

    Welcome to the weekend! You made it. And of course, this is not just any weekend. It's the Westword Music Showcase weekend! Whoo freaking hoo! So with that in mind, here's a rundown of what you have in store tomorrow afternoon/evening on the main stage. Be sure to check out this page for a full rund ... More >>

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    June 21, 2012
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    June 18, 2012

    Karl Denson on musical roots, moving on after Lenny Kravitz and creating Beastie Boys tribute

    Karl Denson (due on the main stage at this weekend's Westword Music Showcase) is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped the musician from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and m ... More >>

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    June 12, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase schedule

    Okay, time to officially start getting excited now. The annual Westword Music Showcase is a little more than a week away. Did you pick up your tickets yet? If not, you can still get them at the discounted rate. Prices go up day of the show. By now, you've already seen the lineup of who's playing the ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    Don't sleep! Today only: Get a ticket to Showcase and the official after party for $23

    Today only, in the Voice Daily Deals, you can get a ticket to this year's Westword Music Showcase with Girl Talk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe's tribute to the Beastie Boys, Battles, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Baywood and 150 of the hottest local acts, PLUS a ticket ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    Westword Music Showcase: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents a Tribute to the Beastie Boys!

    If you haven't picked up your tickets to the Westword Music Showcase yet, here's another reason to get on it: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe presents a Tribute to the Beastie Boys at this year's Showcase. This is going to be absolutely sick! Page down to see what you have in store. If this isn't the be ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Weekend's best live bets: Lucero, Flipper, the Ting Tings, Say Anything, Jewel and more

    Ah, yes, welcome to the weekend! Don't you just love living in the Mile High City? Besides the glorious weather we're enjoying right now, we have yet another weekend filled with a ridiculous number of enticing options: Lucero kicks off its two-night stand at the Bluebird, in addition to an in-store ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Neal Evans of Soulive on doing Snowlive there: "Boulder goes off"

    ​Over the last two years, Soulive has set up shop at Brooklyn Bowl for the band's annual Bowlive residencies, which have also featured guest appearances from heavies like by Maceo Parker, John Scofield and Ivan Neville. With this weekend's Snowlive, Soulive will be at the Fox Theatre for a thr ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Ten Best Electronic Shows of 2011

    How does one go about defining the best electronic music shows of the year? A lot goes into it, trust me. There is the production aspect, which looks upon the lighting choreography and the overall visual spectacle. Then, there is the actual music, which volleys between producers and DJs, both of whi ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Win tickets to celebrate Halloween at the Fill-morgue with MiM0SA and Karl Denson

    Update 10/28/11: Contest is officially over. Thanks for all the entries. Congratulations goes out to Jess Dealme. You and a guest will be our guests this weekend. Please send an email for info on how to claim your tickets. ​Psst... Hey, there. How are you? Snow putting a damper on your mornin ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Mile Highlights: Denver/Boulder area concert news, local radio playlists and top album sales

    ​Here's what's happening in music on the Front Range this week: On the concert front, shows Tech N9ne, Lucinda Williams and Jimmy Buffet were announced. On local radio specialty shows, Monroe Monroe, Air Dubai, Spires and Popcult all got some spins. Meanwhile, at our local record stores, new a ... More >>

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    January 29, 2011

    Big Gigantic at the Fox Theatre, 1/28/11

    ​BIG GIGANTIC with Fresh2Death and Raw Russ The Fox Theatre | 1.28.11 Big Gigantic played the second stop of its Colorado kick-off tour at the Fox Theatre last night in Boulder. The new lights, the openers and the special guest made this stop especially unique. The sold out theater's walls wer ... More >>

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    December 29, 2010

    Madeleine Peyroux, Dark Star Orchestra, Stockholm Syndrome shows announced

    ​It was avery slow week for concert announcements, which usually happens around this time of year, but there were a few new shows added. Jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux returns to the Boulder Theater on Wednesday, April 13. General admission ($30) and reserved ($40-$47.50) tickets go on sale nex ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Public Enemy, Drive-By Truckers, Sepultura shows announced

    ​After hitting South Africa and Australia in December and January, legendary hip-hop act Public Enemy makes its way to the Ogden Theatre for a co-headlining bill with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe on Saturday, February 19. Jurrasic 5's Chali 2na opens the show. Tickets ($25) for the 16 and over ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    September 21, 2010

    STS9, the Heavy and Dimmu Borgir shows announced

    ​After selling out a two-nights at Red Rocks and a show at the Boulder Theater earlier this month, STS9 has announced its return to the area for a three-night stand at the Fillmore Auditorium from Wednesday, December 29 to Friday, December 31. While tickets for the New Year's run go on sale to ... More >>

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    September 5, 2010

    Photos: Electric Avenue Festival at Five Points

    MTHDS freaking out some audience members.​As you might have read here on Backbeat, Electric Avenue Music and Arts Festival is going on this weekend (it wraps up tonight.) Last night, photographer Eric Gruneisen stopped by the festival in Five Points and brings back these photos: Electric Avenu ... More >>

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    September 3, 2010

    This weekend: Cervantes' Electric Avenue Music and Arts Fest

    ​ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom may have changed owners last fall, but things are clearly still kicking at the venue, and there's still plenty of music in the streets. Last year, before changing hands Cervantes' hosted the Dancing In the Streets, a three-day festival that took place at 26th ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Further, Band of Horses, Uproar Festival shows announced

    ​Phil Lesh & Bob Weir's group Further, who helped kick off things at the 1stBank Center in March, return to the area for a two-night stand at Red Rocks on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25. The two Grateful Dead members will be joined by RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, Benovento-Russo ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    See which local acts got love on local radio this week

    ​Here what the area's local-centric specialty radio shows were spinning this week. We're currently tracking the playlists a number of different shows including, Radio 1190's Local Shakedown*, KTCL's Locals Only, The Colorado Sound, which originates at KRFC and is re-broadcast all over Colorado ... More >>

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    July 19, 2009

    Mile High Music Fest Live Reviews: Day One

    Aaron Thackeray See photos of Day One's fans on the slideshow page. It's here: The second edition of the Mile High Music Fest is underway, and our gaggle of writers and photogs are shvitzing their way around the grounds to bring you ongoing, as-close-to-live-as-my-fingers-allow coverage of Denver ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007

    Greyboy's Anatomy

    With their first album in nearly a decade, the soul-jazz Allstars are back in the groove.

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    February 5, 2007

    Group Sax

    From the first note to the last, the Karl Denson Trio rocked Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom Saturday night. There are few fine musicians in this world whose fans can generally agree that the artist is better every time they step on stage -- and Denson is one of those artists. Denson is a sax man w ... More >>

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    June 29, 2006

    DJ Greyboy

    Thursday, June 29, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

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    March 2, 2006

    The Greyboy Allstars

    Thursday, March 2, Fox Theatre, Boulder; Friday, March 3, Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, 1-970-482-8300; Saturday, March 4, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

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    March 24, 2005
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    August 19, 2004

    Needle and the Spin

    Acid-jazz legend DJ Greyboy is remixing his roots.

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    March 25, 2004

    Best Jam Band and More Label

    Sci-Fidelity Records

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