Up In Smoke

Cheech & Chong have had a longstanding willingness to appear at any weed-related event, which means the duo has been seeing plenty of Denver lately. The musical-comedy buds remain America’s most beloved stoner cliche after more than forty years, earning fan adoration with a series of cult-classic albums and films and touring constantly since their reunion.

Tonight, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong will perform comedy and sing some of their songs at the Fillmore an evening of entertainment, featuring a special appearance from Shelby Chong; standup comedy from Jeffrey Peterson, otherwise known as “the 420 Comic,” and musical performances from Boot Rooster, Laith Al-Saadi, Sister Sledge and the Family Stone.

Despite the weed-themed marketing and legalization advocacy, however, the venue will comply with the Clean Indoor Air Act and prohibit fans from blazing indoors. “Iconic names like Cheech & Chong and NORML are part of American culture,” says event promoter and King of Quality Productions owner Chris Chiari. “We don’t have to smoke to celebrate the fact that we legally can.” The event, he says, which doubles as a fundraiser for NORML, “could generate one of their largest single contributions ever.”

Catch the big benefit show from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Fillmore, 1510 Clarkson Street; for tickets, $95, go to livenation.com or the Fillmore box office.
Thu., April 17, 6 p.m., 2014

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