Weekend's best live music bets: Lumineers, Titwrench, HeavenFest, Kid Ink and more
Jade Ehlers Catch the Lumineers tomorrow night at Red Rocks warming up for Cake.
- Sarah Slater, brainmother of Titwrench Fest, discusses her female-centric music fest
- The Lumineers shed light on life in Denver and their evolving sound
- Ravi Coltrane's love of music comes naturally
- Trace Bundy on the impact of YouTube and getting his start playing metal
- Heaven Fest quickly growing into a destination festival
- HeavenFest's pure motives
Welcome to the weekend! If you haven't seen what's on tap yet for the next couple of days, well, let's just say the options are virtually endless, regardless of your flavor. The fourth annual Titwrench Festival kicks off tonight at Glob, Kid Ink's over at the Ogden, Ravi Coltrane's at Dazzle, the Smithereens are in Louisville and Greensky Bluegrass is at the Mishawaka -- and that's just tonight. Tomorrow, you've got the Lumineers at Red Rocks with Cake, HeavenFest, the Denver screening of Searching for Elliott Smith, H.R. from Bad Brains and tons more. Page down to get the drop on the weekend's best bets for live music.
Unless you're tuning in to some kind of specialty show, the number of female voices, literally and otherwise, that you'll hear on the radio or see on TV is criminally small compared to those of their male counterparts. That ratio drops further when you try to find women doing challenging or experimental music. While that dismal record seems unlikely to change soon, Titwrench Fest is bringing together some of the most interesting and innovative avant-garde and experimental female artists performing today in an effort to not only showcase their art but also to encourage trends toward more women being involved in musical expression that includes, and goes far beyond, more conventional female roles in the performing arts. The fourth annual edition of Titwrench kicks off tonight at Glob, with performances from Lady Wu-Tang (above), Kitty Crimes, Bigawatt, Mariposa and more, and runs through the weekend at the Mercury Cafe tomorrow and MCA Denver on Sunday.
I was always a music fan," Ravi Coltrane says. "I'd get home from school and I'd go right to Mom's station wagon -- that was when you could play the stereo without the car key. So I'd sit in there with my cassettes, listening to music all day after school. Just sitting there by myself, quietly listening to music. That always felt natural to me."
The music he listened to? While he was into the Beatles and James Brown and whatever was being played on pop-radio stations during the '70s, he also tuned in to classical music and Charlie Parker. But it wasn't until after his brother, John Jr., died in a car accident in 1982 that he really started paying attention to the music of his father: legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, who'd passed away when Ravi was two years old.
KID INK @ OGDEN THEATRE
On the heels of being named as a member XXL Magazine's prestigious Freshman 2012 Class this past spring, alongside Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly and Hopsin, among others, and fresh off the release of his album, Up & Away, the Los Angeles-based rapper known as Kid Ink returns to Denver again this evening for a show at the Ogden Theatre with Pries, Myke Charles and DJ Chonz. With millions of YouTube views, hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook and Twitter, Kid's Ink is one rapper worth keeping a very close eye on.
THE SMITHEREENS @ DOWNTOWN LOUISVILLE
They didn't truck with shimmery guitar effects, but the Smithereens' late-'80s, early '90s salad days did produce a batch of bristling power-pop anthems that still channel that particular bitter fruit POV on lovin' typical to the post-college rock, pre- grunge malaise. "Only a Memory," from 1988's Green Thoughts, still broods as much as it kicks. More recently, the New Jersey band's output has gone the route of rarities comps, tribute albums, and live one-offs; famously goateed frontman Pat DiNizio continues a solo career.
TANGO RED TAPESTRY (CD RELEASE) @ HI-DIVE
Brian Eastin, singer and guitarist for Tango Red Tapestry, met drummer Nicholas Hureau when they were both five and their parents were musicians in the Army -- but the two never really played music together as kids. In high school, Eastin met bassist Dan Snyder and the two formed a band, playing shows inspired by acts like Against Tomorrow's Sky, the Great Redneck Hope and Eyes Caught Fire -- all great Colorado Springs bands from the past decade. When the fledgling outfit parted ways in 2008, Eastin and Snyder got together again and formed Tango Red Tapestry. After two years of figuring out the proper chemistry and lineup, which now includes guitarist Jesse Cotton Stone and Hureau, and a move to Denver in 2011, the band is issuing its second EP, Painter's Picture.
GREENSKY BLUEGRASS @ MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE
Greensky Bluegrass is a band best experienced live. Though the group has put out a handful of records in the last decade, its traditional bluegrass instrumentation and jam-like improvisation comes to life outside of the studio. Greensky is well aware of this, encouraging fans to record its shows and trade them with others. The stage is also where the quintet finds itself collaborating with other artists like Railroad Earth and The Hackensaw Boys, creating a unique experience for each performance.
Check out our newly revamped concert calendar for a complete listing of all of tonight's shows. Page down for rundown of tomorrow night's best bets.