FRI & SAT | BIG GIGANTIC at FILLMORE / RED ROCKS | 9/27-9/28 When Big Gigantic played Red Rocks last year, the feeling of hometown pride was unmistakable. As the act went into "Colorado Mountain High," a giant projection of the state flag draped the rocks, and the crowd went absolutely bananas. The ... More >>
As I sat down to pen another love letter to Casa Bonita, I realized Westword has done that many times, in some form or other. In fact, just as I love Lakeside, other writers love Casa Bonita...certainly far more than regular diners do. But it wasn't just a trip to Casa Bonita over this past weekend ... More >>
ALABAMA SHAKES @ RED ROCKS | SUN, 6/2/13 Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes has a powerful and mesmerizing voice and she sings with an impassioned believability that sounds like she has experienced a fuller life than her young years could hope to contain. Her earthy vocals and the band's solid, vibra ... More >>
Moving Through Universes
FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL @ FIVE POINTS | SAT, 5/11/13 Since starting a decade ago, the Five Points Jazz Festival has been celebrating the music, culture and history of Denver's historic Five Points neighborhood by highlighting local jazz acts. Acts on the main stage of this year's festival include ... More >>
Back in 1976, while traveling around northwest Colorado, composer and musician Bruce Odland was introduced by locals to the Tank, a sixty-foot-tall water tank outside Rangely. Odland used a circular portal to go inside the never-used tank -- and immediately knew he'd entered a very special sonic won ... More >>
5. IMPROVISED ROOTS #4 @ DAZZLE | FRI & SAT, 3/15-3/16 While Greg Garrison plays bass for local bluegrass act Leftover Salmon, he also knows his way around jazz changes. With his Improvised Roots series, he brings the two worlds together with roots music. The previous two shows in his Improvised Roo ... More >>
Journey with Jane Fonda this week to a sci-fi world -- for free! That's just one of the artistic trips you can enjoy this week without having to open your wallet.For a full list of events, visit the online Westword calendar, and if you know of any other free events going on this week, let us know in ... More >>
First Friday means two things. One: you just paid rent and are probably broke. Two: lots and lots of art openings. Luckily, art openings are free and usually include free wine and snacks. In addition to art shows, there are dance parties, magazine launches and plenty of other things to do this weeke ... More >>
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 >>
Every year, we enlist our Backbeat writers to host various stages at the Westword Music Showcase, and in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty and write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Click through to read travelogues from Thorin Klosowski, Ru John ... More >>
David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark in the fleshThe picture above pretty much tells the tale of last night's Westword Music Showcase Awards -- drunk and debaucherous. Everyone (well, we think everyone -- we didn't exactly take a formal poll or anything) had a pretty swell time. Hugs were smiles ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
Saturday, September 29, Dazzle, 303-839-5100.
Dance for democracy -- and KGNU.
The Westword Music Showcase Awards wrap-up.
New music from area artists
The lowdown on the Music Showcase awards.
The dance scene comes together to help Miss Audry and Vitamin D return to the floor.
A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.
It's the time of the season to check out some local releases.
Cabaret Diosa puts its surf-mambo sound on celluloid.
Have you heard that more than thirty bands are playing at the Westword Music Awards Showcase in LoDo?
DJ Logic experiments with hip-hop, rock and all that jazz.
Mar. 12 - 18, 1998