Good Friday: Westword Music Showcase, after-party and more this weekend
So, the Westword Music Showcase is finally going down tomorrow, and, of course, we're excited. Along with laundry list of amazing local acts like Kingdom of Magic, Diamond Boiz and Vices I Admire, we've got Chromeo, UME and Del the Funky Homosapien rolling through.
When you're all tuckered out from wandering the showcase's venues on Saturday, head to City Hall for the official Westword Music Showcase after-party with Cut Chemist, DJ Vajra, Seth Abrumz and London Dungeon. Pre-sale tickets to this dance party, with your showcase wristband, are just $10 if you're over 21 and $15 for under -- or $20 without a wristband. (18 & up, DJs start at 10 p.m.)
In addition to the Showcase, there is an entire weekend of great shows on the horizon, too -- like Ray LaMontagne, who plays Red Rocks tonight with Brandi Carlile and Secret Sisters (6 p.m. doors, all ages, $37.75-59.75). Also this evening, Denver power poppers Regret Night are letting you relive prom night all over again at the Gothic Theatre, with a school-dance-themed super show of all local acts, including Be Brave, Anesthesia Blvd, Saving Avery and Vanattica (7 p.m. doors, 16 & up, $10).
Sunday, Black Lips bring the rowdy party to the Bluebird Theater with Cerebral Ballzy and School Nights. These ATL dudes play straightforward rock and roll with a lot of attitude -- which sometimes includes taunting their own audience with inappropriate on-stage behavior, but it's all in fun. (16 & up, doors at 7 p.m., $15.50-18.)
Looking for a more low-key way to end this never-ending weekend of rad shows? The Oriental Theater hosts psych-folkers Vandaveer with Cheyenne Marie Mize, JoAnna James and Lilly Scott. The Washington D.C. group is led by Mark Charles Heidinger, who dark and melodic voice is complimented by bandmate Rose Guerin's, creating an Americana sound all their own. (21 & up, 7 p.m. doors, $10.)