The soft colors and fake palm trees of a local Peruvian spot served as ideal backdrop as we caught up with the unique band of personalities in Latin reggae band Mono Verde. For many of the band members, this quiet spot recreates a feeling of home, with its imported South American beers, (fake) birds ... More >>
July marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, the compilation released after Marley's death that brought reggae to the forefront of rock-music popularity (read all about it in our current Bob Marley Backbeat feature). Marley fathered nearly as ... More >>
At the time of his death, in May 1981, Bob Marley was 36 years old, reggae's biggest star, and the father of at least eleven children. He was not, however, a big seller. For Dave Robinson, this presented an opportunity. Two years after Marley's passing, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Marley's lab ... More >>
Editor's note: Hall & Oates are now going as Daryl Hall & John Oates, because apparently that's the way you add gravitas to a catalogue that will turn your pants pastel and put shoulder pads in whatever shirt you're wearing if you listen long enough. Here's the thing: They needn't bother -- the song ... More >>
WAKE UP AND LIVE at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 2/6/14 Despite the negative temperature, people flocked to Cervantes' Other Side last night to celebrate Bob Marley's birthday with local tribute band Wake Up and Live and to welcome Portland's Quick and Easy Boys to Denver. While it didn't exactly feel li ... More >>
As we gear up for the New Year's Eve weekend, it's looking like an epic line-up for shows, including Yonder Mountain String Band's four-night stand at the Boulder Theater, String Cheese Incident's three-night run at the 1STBANK Center, the Lumineers' two-nighter at the Odgen Theatre, the Black Angel ... More >>
Tuesday, June 19, Ogden Theatre, 888-929-7849.
Ah, the happiest holiday of the year is upon us! Around the country, thousands of people will be getting together to celebrate our favorite plant, myself included. And what goes better with a spliff of some good ganja than some reggae music? That's right -- reggae music about ganja. Below is the off ... More >>
Jimmy Cliff at the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday, June 19. Tickets ($34.95 plus fees) to see the reggae legend, whose career spans five decades, go on sale this Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m. via Axs.com. On his most recent effort, the Sacred Fire EP, released last November, Cliff collaborated with Rancid ... More >>
Catch Molina Speaks's Bronze Future chapbook release party tomorrow at Grohaus.If you manage to survive today's snowpocalypse, there's plenty of party goodness happening in the Mile High City this weekend. It's Bob Marley's birthday, in case you feel like celebrating. Oh, and speaking of cele ... More >>
Friday, January 27, Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 303-297-1772.
Sub Pop / Shawn BrackbillCatch Mudhoney tonight at the Bluebird for the Kulwicki Twins benefit with the Fluid and the Purple FluidEven in the early part of January when the concert calendar is typically just barely beginning to ramp back up after the holiday season, there's still plenty of gr ... More >>
SEAN PAUL at CASSELMAN'S | 12/02/11Setting things off with joints like "Temperature," "Get Busy" and "Like Glue," Sean Paul turned Casselman's into a Jamaican dance hall during his forty minute set. Dressed in all black, save for his gentleman's tie, Sean Paul transported the entire place bac ... More >>
Brian Landis FolkinsJimmy Cliff on the Kyocera main stage.Jimmy Cliff, 3:45 p.m. on the Kyocera Main Stage Jimmy Cliff and his band delivered all of the expected musical components within the first strains of their hour-plus set. The godfather of roots reggae and his ensemble set down a set ... More >>
Comedian Bob Marley lives up to his infamous name.
Back to Black
Thursday, January 11, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, 1-866-468-7621.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Thursday, November 16, Fox Theater, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Three DJs take the road less traveled.
Sean Paul has a serious side, too.
Saturday, January 28, Fox Theatre, Boulder, 303-443-3399.
Damian Marley conveys his father's vision to a new generation.
Fast reviews of recent releases
Thursday, November 4, Fox Theatre, 303-447-0095.
DJ Fox keeps Chicago house for the Denver masses.
After half a century, Burning Spear is still stoking the fire in reggae's soul.
Exalting the gospel according to Jah, Preacherman launches his own reggae movement.
Four new discs show that reggae is bigger than just one mon.
Realms of Rebel, Help Them Lord, and Life (RAS Records)
Power of the Trinity (RAS Records)
Chant Down Babylon
This week's concert pick.
John Brown's Body puts a new face on the roots of reggae.
Africa's Alpha Blondy speaks reggae's language.
Aston "Family Man" Barrett of the Wailers is keeping a reggae tradition alive.
Inside the twisted mind of dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Toots Hibbert is a reggae giant--and he's not afraid to tell you why.
Meet Roger Gillies, letter carrier and walking reggae encyclopedia.
AT FIFTY, REGGAE'S BURNING SPEAR HASN'T COOLED OFF YET.
NINE AND DA BUSH BABEES ARE TRYING TO PRODUCE A RAP TO REMEMBER.
AFTER A LONG DECLINE, THE BLOOD IS PUMPING THROUGH STEEL PULSE AGAIN.