The Best Concerts in Denver This Weekend

Kayla Ruby plays at the Oriental Theater on Saturday, March 27.
Kayla Ruby plays at the Oriental Theater on Saturday, March 27.
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MCA Denver continues its three-part Garageband concert series on Friday with Machu Linea (featuring Rare Byrd$) and Kid Astronaut, while Saturday brings a night of country to the Oriental Theater with Kayla Ruby and Luke Mills & The Highway Drifters. Also on tap this weekend are folk singer John Craigie at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, bluegrass act Kitchen Dwellers playing a three-night run at the Boulder Theater, and Hazel Miller at the PACE Center. Here's what's happening:

The California Honeydrops
Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, 5 & 8 p.m.
Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek

Oakland-based R&B, funk and soul quintet the California Honeydrops play four shows over two nights.

Friday, March 26, 5:30 p.m.
MCA Denver,
1485 Delgany Street
$120 and up
Denver electronic artist Machu Linea teams up with soul duo Rare Byrd$, while Kid Astronaut & the Nebula, which delves into R&B, soul and pop, play the second installment of Garageband, MCA Denver's three-part music series performed from the parking garage across from the museum at 15th Street and Delgany. The show will also be livestreamed.

John Craigie
Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, 5 & 8 p.m.
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 2635 Welton Street

California folk singer-songwriter John Craigie, who released Asterisk the Universe last summer, plays four shows over two nights.

Kitchen Dwellers
Friday, March 26, through Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m.
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, Boulder
Montana bluegrass band Kitchen Dwellers was originally slated to play a three-night New Year's run at the Boulder Theater, but the shows were pushed back to this weekend.

Music Lives
Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, 4 p.m.
Price TBD

Music Lives offers 72 hours of nonstop livestream performances over two days to celebrate global music with the Zac Brown Band, Trace Adkins, 24KGoldin, Justine Skye, Lennon Stella, Jake Owen, G Herbo, Jimmie Allen, John Mayer, Wiz Khalifa and more.

The Smokestack Relics
Friday, March 26, 7:30 & 10 p.m.
Lost Lake, 3602 East Colfax Avenue
Denver duo the Smokestack Relics, which formed nearly a decade ago, play underground roots rock.

Kayla Ruby and Luke Mills & the Highway Drifters
Saturday, March 27, 6 p.m.
Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue

Denver indie-country-pop artist Kayla Ruby and Nebraska's country-rock songwriter Luke Mills & the Highway Drifters share a bill as part of the Oriental's Safe Sound Series.

GoodRattle Hardbop Quintet
Saturdays in March, 6:30 & 9 p.m.
Nocturne, 1330 27th Street

GoodRattle, which performs original works Saturdays in March, is a modern hard-bop quintet led by saxophonist and composer Wil Swindler.

Hazel Miller and the Collective
Saturday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker

Local blues, jazz and R&B legend Hazel Miller plays a socially distant show in Parker.

Brandi Carlile
Sunday, March 28, 6 p.m.

The livestream show from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium is Brandi Carlile's first full-band performance since before the pandemic. It raises money for two organizations: the Rainey Day Fund and Fanny’s School of Music, with all remaining proceeds supporting Carlile’s band and crew.

Sunday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street
Denver quintet Moonglade blends pop, funk, neo-soul, jazz and rock.

Find more music events in the Westword concert calendar. Organizing a concert you'd like to be considered for this list? Send information to editorial@westword.com.

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