• Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The ten best outfits from Bassnectar's weekend at Red Rocks

    Going to an electronica show is a fantastic excuse to bust out a wild outfit to accentuate your dance moves, and Bassnectar, in town this weekend for their annual appearance at Red Rocks, was no different. Here are the ten best getups from the show, as found by photographer Eric Gruneisen. See also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    First look: Cervantes' new outdoor stage, which will host concerts this summer

    Over the last six months, Cervantes' has been at work on a new patio and outdoor stage by the Other Side portion of the venue. Woodworker Tommy Lyle of Wood of a Kind built the outdoor stage, seating and bar using wood from trees that fell during the floods last year.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Phish, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and more have all announced Denver shows

    Lady Gaga went high-concept on her last album and found mostly apathy among her desensitized fan base. But! The concerts have always been the best part -- last time around she gave birth to herself onstage and that was literally her entrance. So her upcoming show at the Pepsi Center should be a spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Phish's "It's So Stuffy in Here" and guide to on-stage hand signals

    Denver blog posts speak in mysterious ways. On our Backbeat blog, Leslie Simon provides an unusual guide to Phish's on-stage hand signals. The Colorado Independent's Sandra Fish on the handful of contentious House races, which are expected to be brutal and expensive. Denver Frank offers video adv ... More >>

  • Music

    March 6, 2014

    Dwarf Planets

    Dwarf Planets

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    The Avett Brothers three nights at Red Rocks, tickets on sale Friday, February 21, at 10 a.m.

    The Avett Brothers are making their annual trek to Red Rocks, but this year, the outfit will be setting up shop for a three-night run with Bob Weir & Rat Dog on Friday, July 11, Lucero on Saturday, July 12, and Shovels and Rope on Sunday, July 13. Tickets for the shows range from $49.95 to $59.95, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Was something Phishy going on at the Ogden Theatre?

    Denver blog posts do it all night long. At our Backbeat blog, Leslie Simon critiques night two of Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio's other band at the Ogden Theatre. Plenty of photos included, too. Coyote Gulch on climate change planning -- and uncertainty. Denver PR Blog's latest great moment in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Trey Anastasio Band at Ogden Theatre, 1/28/14

    TREY ANASTASIO BAND at OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/14 Trey Anastasio Band kicked off its spring tour in Denver last night and debuted a couple new songs in front of a sold out crowd that was lined up down the block and across the street before doors were even open. The last time the band was in town in 201 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    FRI | ICELANTIC'S WINTER ON THE ROCKS at RED ROCKS | 1/31/14 More than misogyny or materialism, intelligence and verbal skill are championed by Jurassic 5; the vocabulary is impressive and the verbal acrobatics the guys perform are outstanding. J5 carries the energy and excitement of a newer era gro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    The best jam-band shows in January

    THURS-SAT | DISCO BISCUITS at OGDEN THEATRE / 1STBANK CENTER | 1/23-25 Pioneers of the jamtronica genre, Philly's Disco Biscuits build interesting set lists; they invert portions of jams into each other, surprising the crowd again and again while shining a mega ton of lasers in your face for an over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Legal weed, Casa Bonita and other drops in the 2014 bucket list

    As 2013 winds to a close, I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. Not because it was a particularly bad year, though. Just the opposite: 2013 was the first year in a long time that wasn't marked by some kind of personal tragedy. It was a year of minor triumphs and general pleasantness, unmarred by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    The best jam-band shows in December

    SAT-TUES | STRING CHEESE INCIDENT at 1STBANK | 12/28-12/31 String Cheese Incident will be presenting its 20th Anniversary Celebration at 1STBANK Center with various openers for their NYE run. The group has Bootsy Collins joining forces on Saturday, December 28, and confetti rockers Flaming Lips on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    The twenty best versions of Phish classics

    Phish just finished a stunning run of shows on the East Coast last week, in which the band debuted new material. While the new tunes will no doubt inspire much debate, the band's already sprawling archive of performances provides endless fodder for discussions of which versions are the best. Admitte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The ten greatest jam-band meccas

    For many jam band fans, traveling and seeing concerts goes hand in hand. Often when a favorite band announces its tour, folks will scan the tour dates and choose which dates to go to depending on which venue they are booked at. From giant outdoor summer sheds to intimate houses, here are the ten gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night three, 9/1/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 9/1/13 One of the best things about Phish playing Dick's around Labor Day is that you get to see our sunset. A good, juicy, late summer Colorado sunset pre-show, and then you get two whole sets of Kuroda's light show like it's an indoor Fall show. This year's clo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night two, 8/31/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 I guess we do really all love Dick's. For the first time last night, Phish sold out Dick's Sporting Goods Stadium, which can hold up to 26,000. Not too bad for some goofy dudes who have never had a hit song. Many assumed the show would se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2013

    Phish at Dick's, Labor Day Weekend, night one, 8/31/13 (photos, review, setlist)

    By Leslie Simon PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/13 The night started with a familiar sight in the Denver skies last night over the Phish show at Dick's Sporting Goods Park -- the airplane that local grow supply store chain Way to Grow usually has flying overhead at concerts with its "Grow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The thirty best concerts of 2012

    While 2012 will be remembered as they year that Red Rocks hosted the most shows in its history, it's also going to go down as one of the best years for concerts in Colorado in general. As we reflected on all the incredible shows we took in this past year, there were an astounding number of what we'd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Phish at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, 8/31/12 - 9/2/12

    PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/31/12 - 9/2/12 Telluride '88, Red Rocks '94 and Denver '97 -- these aren't just places and years to Phish fans. They're monuments, pivotal parts of Phish's Colorado legacy. Out of nearly eighty concerts that the band has played in the Centennial state and more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    The five best concerts in Colorado this week, Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 30

    Good morning! Here we are again. Weekend's over. Bummed? So are we. Luckily, there's another full slate of music to look forward to this week. As always, the choices are plentiful. From folk and metal to indie rock and jam, whatever your flavor, there's plenty of options. Mumford & Sons kicks off a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Phish's Junta is fetching double its Record Store Day price on eBay. Clearly it was worth the wait.

    Sleep-deprived Phish fans who woke up early for Record Store Day made a great investment it seems. As noted in our Record Store Day coverage, the most sought-after piece of vinyl on the April 21 event was a limited-edition vinyl pressing of the band's first album, Junta, and the available copies wen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Review: Trey Anastasio at Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony, 2/28/12

    TREY ANASTASIO @ BOETTCHER CONCERT HALL | 2.28.12 The soft, beautiful and, at times, elegant side of Phish's musical catalogue shone last night as frontman and songwriter Trey Anastasio took the stage at the Boettcher Concert Hall backed by the 65-piece Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Outside, fans dr ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Phish Story: View the parking lot fight from another angle (video)

    Update (9/29/11): A few commenters on this week's cover story, "Phish Story," alerted us to another video of the incident that has surfaced. This one, which was posted on YouTube today, evidently, is shot from yet another angle, and the footage appears to be from sometime between the subsequent elev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Taste of Colorado paints the town -- and the people in it (PHOTOS)

    ​The perfect weather brought out a perfect crowd to this year's Taste of Colorado, and Westword's Dave Ingraham was there to capture snaps of memorable attendees. And other photogs were equally busy. Check out galleries devoted to Phish, Blink-182, Selena Gomez, Ke$ha and more on our overflowi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2011

    Jon Fishman of Phish on how the band got its name, Yonder Mountain String Band and more

    Jon Fishman is one timekeeper with some crazy get ups​The Grateful Dead and Phish are often compared because of their fanatical fan bases, trippy live shows and psychedelic-rock flavored extended jams and improv. Lead singer/guitarist Trey Anastasio, bassist Mike Gordon, keyboardist Page McCon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Local fans share their best Phish stories: Our top five favorites out of those shared this week

    There were some amusing Phish stories were shared this week.​If you've just joined us, earlier this week we gave away a pair of three-day, general admission field passes to see Phish this weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Rather than just giving the tickets away at random, we asked folks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Paper Diamond added to Outside Lands

    ​Paper Diamond's stock just rose significantly. The Boulder-based act led by Alex B. (aka Alex Botwin) of Pnuma Trio and Elm and Oak, has been added to the Outside Lands festival happening a few weekends from now in San Francisco. Have you seen the lineup? He'll be in some pretty impressive c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Mike Gordon at the Ogden, 3/14/11

    ​ MIKE GORDON 03.14.11 | Ogden Theatre Last night, just a week after Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio took the same stage, bassist Mike Gordon brought the funk to the Ogden Theatre with a little help from Ian Neville's Dumpstaphunk. Unlike Anastasio, Gordon doesn't pepper his set list with Phi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Trey Anastasio Band at the Ogden, 03/01/11

    Adam Perry​ TREY ANASTASIO BAND 03.01.11 |Ogden Theatre Whenever I think of Phish singer/guitarist/composer Trey Anastasio's most powerful solo work, my mind always turns to "orchestral funk" -- the term Anthony Keidis used to describe the Talking Heads' large-band era (with Adrian Belew on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The 20 bands that inspire tattoos like no other

    An average Misfits fan.​Personally, it's been the "One Bad Album" rule. That's all it takes for a band's musical reputation to be asterisked forever, which makes getting a tattoo of that band, well, risky. You have to wonder how often thirty-somethings across the land hear "Nice Chi' Pep's tat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Phish getting comfy on night two at the 1STBANK Center - 10/11/10

    Boyd Fletcher​ PHISH - NIGHT TWO 10.11.10 | 1STBANK Center Settling in for night two of three at the 1STBANK Center, the crowd and the members of the band seemed to be making themselves at home. Anastasio flashed a smile before sending the opening chords of "Runaway Jim" bouncing around the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    Phish turns 1STBANK Center into a steam bath on first night of three-night stand - 10/10/10

    Boyd Fletcher​ PHISH - NIGHT ONE 10.10.10 | 1STBANK Center One night after the Fourmile Canyon Benefit warmed up the 1STBANK Center, Phish turned the arena into a steam bath. The band took the stage just after eight, and aside from two suites that were going unused, the 6,500 seat arena was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Fourmile Canyon Revival benefit concert slated

    ​File this one under the most heartening news we've heard all week. Just got word of a benefit concert for the folks effected by devastating Fourmile Canyon Fire. Presented by KBCO, the aptly dubbed Fourmile Canyon Revival features the String Cheese Incident, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Yond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Phish makes triumphant return to Telluride

    Boyd Fletcher​ PHISH August 9-10, 2010 | Telluride Town Park Looking out over a crowd of roughly 10,000 people on the ball fields of Telluride's town park after tearing through a cover of Traffic's "Light up or Leave Me Alone," Phish's Trey Anastasio summed up the surroundings succinctly: "I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    This Just In: Phish, Yonder Mountain String Band, Green Day shows announced

    ​Phish, which kicks off its summer tour in June, is slated to play back-to-back dates at Telluride Town Park on Monday and Tuesday, August 9 and 10. An online ticket request period is currently underway and ends March 26. After that, tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of November 2, 2009

    ​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. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of all the things we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    The blog shortcut, August 4 edition

    The Diamond Boiz.​Diamonds in the rough? Today in Backbeat Online: • Update: Diamond Boiz crew ready to bust through. • Over the weekend: Phish at Red Rocks, 8/02/09. • Flobots check in from the Blasting Room to hype the Bowling Ball. • Dialed In: This week's local music radio playlis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    The blog shortcut, March 27 edition

    Don't make your weekend a weak end. Today in Backbeat Online: • The Five Peace Band at the Paramount Theatre. • Phish at Red Rocks sells out in minutes; fans call bullshit. • Q&A with David Frederickson of the Prids. • Freaky Friday: "The Force" Swinging robodisco of the '70s. Today in Caf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2008

    Rearview: The Week in Review (9/27/08-10/3/08)

    Due to a crippling, worldwide shortage of seventeen-minute solos, Phish has decided to reform Here's a friendly, easy-to-use index to all the great content you might have missed this week on Backbeat Online while you were busy doing that weird stoner hippie dance in celebration of the recent news t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 26, 2008

    Take a Little Trip

    Head to the Denver Coliseum for the Lowrider Tour.

  • Music

    January 24, 2008

    Big Easy Blowout

    Friday, January 25, Boulder Theater, Boulder, 303-786-7030; Saturday, January, 26, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.

  • Music

    April 20, 2006


    Thursday, April 20, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772; Friday, April 21, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.

  • Summer Guide

    June 2, 2005

    How to Survive...A Hippie-Fest at Red Rocks

    Watch out for beer bottles, laser pointers and pointy umbrellas.

  • Music

    February 10, 2005

    Sound Tribe Sector 9

    Artifact (System)

  • Calendar

    December 30, 2004

    New York Wit Man

    Adam Ferrara brings his big-city humor to Denver

  • Music

    April 17, 2003


    Radio waves: Clear Channel clears the air about independent promoters.

  • Calendar

    March 27, 2003

    Best Men's Room in a Bar

    Sancho's Broken Arrow

  • Music

    August 15, 1996
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