Ten things to do on Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, a day commemorating the Mexican army's defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla. In honor of the occasion, rather than randomly heading off to your closest Mexican restaurant or bar to drink some tequila, we've come up with a list of things to do and places to go today and tonight to get your Cinco on.


Casselman's Cinco de Drinko event tops our list for a few reasons: It's specifically geared toward Cinco de Mayo, there will be lowrider cruiser bikes and cars, you'll get Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver tequila specials all night, Certified Customs artwork, a taco bar is available, there's a mechanical bull, and it's free. DJ Nick Skeet, Coult45! and Whygee are in the lineup, too. Visit www.casselmans.com.

Herman's Hideaway is having a Cinco de Drinko, too; that venue will feature Extreme Turbo Smash with Animus, the Killing of Kindness, Scarred by Ascension and Ashes of Ruin rocking it hard. Admission is $6 at the door. Visit www.hermanshideaway.com.

Cinco Central is taking over El Diablo and Sketch for the entire weekend; expect bands, Mexican barbecue and more.

Rex Lounge is hosting the Spring Bling: Cinco de Mayo Bash & Car Show, featuring, um, cars, plus music by CO.Alition, DA DUBB-IKP, MDZ, NDAAZ, Swaggaland Ent., Albeez, Jay Smuve, K-Biz & Beezy, Playalitical and more. Doors open at 5 p.m., and admission is $10.

If you don't think Cinco de Mayo and reggae go together, clearly you've completely missed out on a little craze known as reggaeton. We don't know if they'll be playing reggaeton at the Wash Park Underground's Viva La Roots Dance Cinco de Mayo Reggae Celebration, but there will no doubt be booze and island-inspired tunes. It starts at 9 p.m.; admission is free before 10 p.m. and $5 afterward.

Happen to be happening:

Club Arriba -- great name for the day, no? -- is hosting new-school hip-hop artist Wacka Flocka Flame at 8 p.m.; admission to the show is $30.

Up in Boulder, psych-rock outfit the Black Angels are bound to put on a dark, heavy show at the Fox Theatre. Doors for the all-ages show open at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are $18 to $22 at the door.

Luke Temple's experimental pop project, Here We Go Magic, is playing the Larimer Lounge; doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $13 at the door.

What does Joan of Arc have to do with Cinco de Mayo? Well, nothing, unless you're talking about the band Joan of Arc (we are), which is playing the hi-dive at 8 p.m.; admission is $10.

And for a slightly different take on Cinco de Mayo festivities, Americana band Bonnie & Her Clydes will play the Meadowlark with Weird Turn Prose, Oblio Duo and Julie Stratton; the show starts at 9 p.m.

That's not all! There's more -- too much to list, in fact -- in our online May 5 music listings.

Did we leave you out? Let us know by posting your Cinco de Mayo event below!

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