Whether you're a local scene junkie or strangely attracted to artists without vowels, there's no shortage of things to do over the next two days. Here's what's good this weekend:
On Friday at 3 Kings Tavern Virgil Dickerson's Suburban Home Records kicks off its weekend long celebration of its 16th anniversary with two days of music. Across the street at the hi-dive, a triple EP release show features Spires, b.sous and The Don'ts & Be Carefuls, while Bare Bones celebrates the release of its new platter at the Larimer Lounge. Up at Red Rocks, STS9 kicks off its two-night run.
Finally, on Sunday, Local Flavor takes place at the Lowenstein Cultureplex at Colfax and Elizabeth, with local bands and more, and then later that night, DMX returns to Denver (well, Englewood, rather) for a show is at the Gothic. Click through for a full rundown.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
And of course, if you're looking for a one-stop shop for all your weekend concert needs, local heroes Suburban Home Records are more than willing to oblige with their 16th Anniversary Party, happening both Friday and Saturday night. The lineup is as follows: Two Cow Garage (playing both nights), Lenny and the Piss Poor Boys, Micah Schnabel (of Two Cow Garage), Michael Dean Damron (of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House), Joey Briggs, Lizzie Huffman, Have Gun Will Travel and Shane Sweeney (of Two Cow Garage). The event goes through both days at 3 Kings Tavern (60 S. Broadway). Tickets are $15 per day.
Tonight The Don'ts and Be Carefuls, B. Sous and Spires all celebrate the release of their individual EPs at the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway). The show is 18+, doors are at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.
At the Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer Street) this evening, meanwhile, Bare Bones is celebrating the release of its brand new self-titled debut EP with Land Lines. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10-12.
Boasting an undercard that's almost as impressive as the headliner, tonight and tomorrow night's Sound Tribe Sector 9 shows are sure to be a party and a half. Tonight's gig features Snoop Dog and Up Until Now, while tomorrow night's show features LTJ Bukem. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets range from $45-$75.
The 9th Annual Sunnyside Music Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. at Chaffee Park on 44th and Tejon. The free event features performances from a slew of local acts, including Bonnie and the Beard (above), Pink Hawks, A.Tom Collins and more.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
But what, you may be asking, should I do if I really need to dance? Saturday is all about killing it on the dance floor as MSTRKRFT comes to the Ogden (935 E. Colfax Ave.), to kick you off your ass. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. and is all ages; Tickets are $25.
Del the Funky Homosapien at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave). Far more underground in style and price, Del is sure to kick Colfax into gear. Catch him at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 or $25 day of show.
Sunday morning coming down, can you think of a better way to close out the weekend than basking in some Local Flavor? Local music from John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light, among others, plus local food and local beer -- it's everything a local can love. What more can you ask for? Oh, yeah, and it's free and runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Feeling a little more dangerous? Get down to the Gothic Theater (3263 S. Broadway), Saturday to catch DMX tear it up in that way only he can. The party starts at 8:00 p.m., tickets are $40 or $53 day of show.