DeVotchKa takes the stage for the first time since September with two nights at Levitt Pavilion Denver, with Nina De Freitas opening Friday and Edwina Maben opening on Saturday; comedian Adam Cayton-Holland is on the bill for both nights. Also on tap this weekend are Strange Americans at Lost City, Jazz WORMS at Dazzle, and Mt. Joy at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Here's what's happening in and around town (and online) this weekend:
Ben Markley Quintet
Fridays in May, 6:30 and 9 p.m.
Nocturne, 1330 27th Street
As part of Explorations of the Journey, pianist Ben Markley curates a collection of compositions that marks a new chapter in his musical development, including originals and works by Herbie Hancock, Ari Hoenig and John Scofield.
Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion Denver, 1380 West Florida Avenue
This pair of shows marks DeVotchKa's first time on the stage since last September. Local singer-songwriter Nina De Freitas opens on Friday, and Edwina Maben opens on Saturday. Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland is on the bill for both nights.
Saturday, May 22, 6 & 9 p.m.
Dazzle, 1512 Curtis Street
Jazz WORMS, featuring Andy Weyl Keith Oxman, Paul Romaine, Ron Miles and Mark Simon, first formed in the ’80s and cut their first album, Crawling Out, in 1987. Last March, the band finally released Squirmin', its excellent followup, three decades later.
Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison
Los Angeles indie-rock band Mt. Joy, which had started a tour last year with the Lumineers before it got cut short by the pandemic, headlines, with Del Water Gap, the solo project of S. Holden Jaffe, opening.
The Queen City Jazz Band
Sunday, May 23. 2 to 5 p.m.
Q's Pub & Grille, 10133 West Chatfield Avenue, Littleton
For more than six decades, the Queen City Jazz Band has been playing various types of jazz, whether it's Dixieland, traditional, classic or hot.
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