The Nine Best Shows in Colorado This Weekend

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The best concerts in Colorado this weekend include Elvis Costello, Lyle Lovett, Nerd Prom 2015 and more. Don't let the snow keep you away! 

Friday, February 27

8:00 p.m. Gothic Theatre

It is impossible to ignore Itchy-O. At full capacity, the band comprises 32 members, all dressed in matching costumes, all masked, delivering truly alien vocals and playing marching-band instruments along with guitars, basses, taiko drums and electronics attached to portable amplifiers. There is also a Chinese lion named Larry.

Milo Greene
9:00 p.m. Bluebird Theater

Milo Greene's 2012 self-titled debut won the group plaudits for its inventive, cinematic pop. For its followup, however, the band's members decided to challenge themselves. They wanted a more lively, exciting sound as opposed to the dreamy, melancholy feel of the first LP.

In the years that have passed since the recording and completion of Milo Greene, they agreed that their sound would inevitably go in a new direction. Though it may raise some eyebrows among long-time fans, Andrew Heringer says the change was a natural progression.

Saturday, February 28

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
9:00 p.m. Boulder Theater

Karl Denson is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped him from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and myriad other genres in his two-decade-plus career.

Nerd Prom
7:00 p.m. Summit Music Hall

Andy “Rok” Guerrero didn’t have a great high school prom experience. His girlfriend dumped him before he even got to ask her to the dance with his elaborate secret scavenger hunt, the venue was lame, and the music was worse. But this year, Rok can’t wait for prom. 

On February 28, Rok is hosting the Fourth Annual Nerd Prom , a giant celebration of nerdom at the Summit Music Hall. Prom goers seeking to reclaim their lost prom experience can come dressed geek to chic—prom dresses, giant Lego helmets, suspenders, Iron Man suits, retainers, Chubaka costumes—they’re all welcome. The theme is intergalactic love, so Rok will be dressed as Guardians of the Galaxy’s Star Lord, while some of his fellow musicians will come as Bif’s 2015 gang from Back to the Future .

Screaching Weasel
7:30 p.m. Gothic Theatre

While legendary Chicago-based punk band Screeching Weasel has broken up and re-formed a number of times since being founded in 1986, frontman Ben "Weasel" Foster, the only constant member, is hitting the road with a new line-up .

Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
9:30 p.m. Belly Up Aspen

When it comes to Texans, Lyle Lovett shares a spot just below Willie Nelson for public favor. With every album he's made, it's always been obvious the wiry-haired Klein native who cut his musical teeth at Anderson Fair flies the Lone Star flag no matter how jazzy and sophisticated his music has been. People love him as much for his good-old-boy-made-good manner and low profile as his always-excellent music. What is truly remarkable is how far outside Texas his music is loved and appreciated. His wry, whip-smart, double entendre-filled lyrics ("It's not big, it's large") and his mellow drawl certainly contribute to that appreciation. And he's like Willie in that he started out pegged to country music, but really always has been more of a Texas singer-songwriter and great arranger of pop songs. And Nashville couldn't tie either of them down.

Sunday, March 1

Elvis Costello
7:00 p.m. Boulder Theater

Nearly four decades ago, Elvis Costello released his extraordinary debut album, My Aim Is True, which comprised songs that would become rock-and-roll staples, including "Alison," "(The Angels Want to Wear My) Red Shoes" and "Less Than Zero." Since then, Costello has released two dozen studio albums under his own name or with his groups the Attractions and the Imposters, in addition to collaborations like 2013's Wise Up Ghost, a team effort with the Roots. While it's great to see Costello perform fueled-up rock with a full band, seeing the legend solo — as he'll be tonight at the Boulder Theater — should be sublime. With Larkin Poe.

Danielle Ate The Sandwich
7:00 p.m. Shine

If Edith Lake Wilkinson of Provinceton, Massachusetts, were alive today, her life would have turned out differently.

Instead, Wilkinson was born in 1868 and worked tirelessly to even study art as a woman. By 1925, the struggle got the best of her, and she was committed to a mental asylum. All of her vibrant, impressionistic artworks were packed into trunks, shipped back to her home town of Wheeling, West Virginia, and she was never heard from again.

Danielle Anderson (better known as Danielle Ate the Sandwich) has a new album, The Drawing Back of Curtains, which serves as the soundtrack to a recent documentary about Wilkinson called Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.

Champagne Charlie
9:00 p.m. Lion's Lair

Champagne Charlie feels like about eight people under normal circumstances. In the cozy confines of the Lion's Lair, it'll feel like about twenty. 

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