Welcome to the weekend! Another work week is almost in the books. Time to cut loose. If it's live music you seek, you've come to the right place. Tons of great music on tap this weekend, a diverse array of options whatever your flavor, everything from jazz and jam to hip-hop and hardcore to industrial and indie. We've got a full rundown of every show happening on the Front Range over the next few days in our concert calendar. If you'd rather take a more curated approach to crafting your itinerary, we've singled out the ten best concerts in Denver this weekend. Keep reading to see what made the cut.
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10. CIRQUE SIDE OF THE MOON @ CASSELMAN'S | FRI, 2/8/13 One of the most beloved (and most duplicated) albums of the twentieth century, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been adapted into endless forms of live entertainment, from kid-friendly laser-light half-time shows to the Flaming Lips' brain-bursting acid tests. So it only makes sense that the album would be adapted to another exceedingly popular transgenerational concept, Cirque Du Soleil, and sprinkled with a little voodoo and Mardi Gras for good measure. The aptly named Cirque Side of the Moon: A Voodoo Mardi Gras Masquerade mixes acrobats, fire-dancers, burlesque and contortionists with the 1973 album played in its entirety by tribute band Wish We Were Floyd.
9. CHINGY @ ROXY THEATRE | SAT, 2/9 After his ubiquitous smash hit "Right Thurr" sprung a run of three albums certified at least gold, now six years have passed since his latest album, Hate It or Love It failed to crack the top ten. With 2012 came a new mixtape, Jackpot Back, and promises of a new album, No Risk No Reward for 2013.
8. PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND @ BOETTCHER | SAT, 2/9/13 Preservation Hall is one of the few pillars of old-school New Orleans-style jazz left in the world. The band, which was founded over five decades ago, has a style that's bouncy and upbeat, borrowing from Caribbean rhythms. At Boettcher, the band, which usually includes traditional Mardi Gras songs and old standards in its sets, is slated to team up with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.