The Grateful Dead

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Five Beery Events Outside the GABF Today -- Cheers!

    Break out the pretzels: The Great American Beer Festival kicks off today. The annual event will bring hundreds of breweries to the Colorado Convention Center. Tickets were sold out long ago, so unless you were lucky enough to have grabbed one already, you may have to enjoy the festivities from afar. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    The twelve best concerts in Denver this weekend

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Photos: Ten best states for hippies -- and the ones ranks above Colorado

    Colorado has long been known as one of hippie culture's great bastions. But in its list of the best and worst U.S. states for hippies, suggests that while Colorado still deserves recognition, it's rep may soon start to slide. Really? Judge for yourself by counting down the roster, supp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    From Phish to Floyd, the ten best light shows

    For many bands, the light show is almost as integral to the live act as the music, so much so, in fact, that lighting directors are often heralded as an additional member of the group. These illumination wizards have the most open and creative space to work in, and as result, they're able to create ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 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 >>

  • Music

    August 22, 2013

    Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams

    Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Tribute acts to battle it out next month at Lefthand Brewing Company's Leftapalooza

    I think we can all agree that battle of the bands are often tedious. With some notable exceptions, obviously, generally what you get treated to is a parade of mediocre acts that test the thresholds of your tolerance. This one, however, that the Lefthand Brewing Company is hosting next month in Longm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Mellow Mushroom's food is rich -- so rich it comes with its own jewelry!

    There is something magical about mushrooms -- even the non-hallucinogenic kind -- and so I was pretty stoked about eating at Mellow Mushroom for the first time. The chain got its start in Atlanta in 1974, when three college students cooked up the idea for an artful pizza joint based on philosophical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    The best concerts in Denver this week

    TESTAMENT @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | MON, 2/25/13 Testament is one of the bands that you can make a strong case for expanding the Big 4 to the Big 5. The Bay Area act was part of the original thrash movement, which fused the precision and savagery of speed metal with the intensity of hardcore punk. For n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The 25 best concerts this winter/spring

    As the winter chill finally thaws (work with us here -- we know it's still below freezing right now) and gives way to the hopefulness and fertility of spring, the upcoming concert season is likewise bursting with promise. Coming off one of the best years for live music in recent memory, the lineup i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    The ten best concerts this week: December 10-14

    We're blessed to live here, you know. If you haven't already come to this conclusion on your own from feeling the ever-present sunshine and observing the wondrous sunset paintings we're treated to each evening, all you have to do is take a look at the brimming concert calendar. Whereas the live musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Review: Phil Lesh and Friends at the 1STBANK Center, 2/16/12 - Night One

    PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS @ 1STBANK CENTER | 2/16/12 - NIGHT ONEPhil Lesh played the first of a three night stand last night at the 1STBANK Center, bringing with him some extremely talented friends and an energy and enthusiasm in his playing that brought fresh breath to the timeless Grateful Dead catalo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Weekend's best live music bets: Phil Lesh and Friends, Young the Giant and more

    Welcome to the weekend! You made it! While we're assuming we'll be seeing you at Artopia tomorrow night, if for some reason we don't, there's a pretty diverse lineup of music on tap otherwise for the next three days, including two more nights of Phil Lesh at 1STBANK Center, two nights of Future Bird ... More >>

  • News

    December 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2011

    Review: Furthur at Red Rocks, 10/01/11, Night Two

    FURTHUR at RED ROCKS | 10/1/11, NIGHT TWOAfter nearly 50 years of wearing down muscles and tendons in the hands and arms playing the same songs again and again, things have evidently slowed down for the remaining members of the Grateful Dead playing in Furthur. And while you can't fault the band for ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Bob Dylan turns 70 today (happy birthday, big guy!): A list of our favorite Bob Dylan albums

    As you're probably already aware, Bob Dylan turns seventy today. We want to take this moment to thank Mrs. Zimmerman for giving birth to one of the most influential musicians of our time. We're hard-pressed to find a musician that is more versatile or as cool as Dylan. He has been called the voice o ... More >>

  • Music

    January 13, 2011

    Jackie Greene

    Thursday, January 13, Fox Theatre, 303-443-3399; Friday, January 14, Bluebird Theater, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Leftover Yam Jam fashion: skiers and snowboarders face off

    ​At the leftover Yam Jam on Friday, skiers and snowboarders alike gathered to face it off freestyle in a casual post-Thanksgiving competition. They were facing off against each other -- the skier and snowboarder events were separate -- but the real rivalry was, of course, between those who fav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Mile High Music Festival: Rusted Root's Michael Glabicki on the act's first big tour in Colorado

    Duane Rieder​ When Rusted Root formed in Pittsburgh in 1990, it made a world-beat influenced splash with a series of releases throughout the decade. During this creative period, the band released its most commercially successful song, "Send Me On My Way." The tune, which has been used on soun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    No magic mushrooms at Mellow Mushroom, but the drink specials are (mostly) solid

    ​A funny thing happened the other day on an exploratory trip to the new Mellow Mushroom , which just opened at 1201 Sixteenth Street, in the Tabor Center. Tempted by the sweet allure of lunchtime pizza, we were actually more impressed by the drink specials than the pizzas.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Westword Music Showcase headliners: Meet the envelope pushers of BoomBox

    Tobin Voggesser​ These days, there are dozens of well known electronic-based bands of all shapes and sizes. Back in 2003, though, the very mention of a band that took a DJ and fused it with live instrumentation would've conjured up thoughts of Linkin Park or worse, Limp Bizkit. When it form ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of January 25, 2010

    ​As music critics -- and people who generally think about, talk about, listen to and make music -- the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to right now?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation. ... More >>

  • Music

    January 7, 2010

    Band of Heathens

    Thursday, January 7, Bluebird Theater, 303-377-1666.

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Over the weekend: Jolie Holland at the Walnut Room

    Adam Perry​Jolie Holland, with Matt Bauer The Walnut Room Saturday, October 10, 2009 Better Than: Walking from Market St. Station to Walnut & 31st in the cold No one shines like Brooklyn-based indie-folk goddess Jolie Holland. Just as Neil Young was the depth and edge of CSNY, Holland was the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Advice for Phish phans in need of a buzz: Look for Colorado license plates

    ​Believe it or not, drugs are fairly common at most concerts by Phish, whose phans have been known to follow them around the country, Grateful Dead-style. And according to police in Howard County, Maryland, a couple of Coloradans were doing their best to fill the phaithful's needs this past we ... More >>

  • Music

    August 6, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 3, 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, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Bob Dylan top seller at Twist & Shout

    Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, released last week on Columbia, grabbed the top spot at Twist and Shout for the week ending May 3. Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Neko Case rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    This Just In 12/18-12/24/08

    Yes visits the Paramount on February 12. Yes, who kicked off its "In the Present" tour last month, will stop at the Paramount February 12 with long-time members Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White, as well as Rick Wakeman's son, Oliver, on keyboards. Vocalist Benoit David, who Squire discovered ... More >>

  • Music

    May 17, 2007

    This Just In…

    The latest nightlife news.

  • Dining

    March 8, 2007

    D Note

    You'd think I'd hate this place. But you'd be wrong.

  • Music

    May 11, 2006


    10,000 Days (Volcano)

  • Music

    March 16, 2006

    The Warlocks

    Thursday, March 16, Fillmore Auditorium, 303-830-8497.

  • Music

    September 1, 2005


    Particle is constantly pushing the envelope in its quest for reinvention.

  • Music

    May 26, 2005

    May Daze

    May 26-30, Spanish Lady Ranch, Strasburg, 303-297-1772,

  • Film

    December 30, 2004

    Cine Bon!

    Remembering the films that heated up cinemas this year.

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2004

    The Beat Goes On

    Linda McCartney's photos of '60s rockers roll

  • Music

    October 16, 2003


    quebec (Sanctuary Records)

  • Dining

    September 12, 2002


    Empire of the Sun

  • Music

    June 27, 2002


    Sid Pink makes the audience see red as Westword Music Showcase Awards winners are announced.

  • Music

    May 10, 2001


    Quixote's stays true blue, but it's movin' on down the road.

  • Music

    March 18, 1999

    The Root of the Matter

    Rusted Root isn't as hippie as you think.

  • News

    March 27, 1997
  • Music

    August 8, 1996

    Something's Phishy

    Legions of neo-hippies latch on to the catch of the day.

  • Music

    August 1, 1996
  • Calendar

    July 18, 1996
  • Calendar

    April 4, 1996
  • Music

    August 9, 1995
  • Music

    March 1, 1995



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