The five best concerts in Colorado this week
Railroad Earth at the Ogden Theatre is one of the week's five best concerts.
Hi. Uh, erm, happy Monday? Yes, we know: A certain sports team let everybody down (grumble, grumble, f*@king Broncos! grumble). Not to mention it's overcast and bitterly cold. So what's happy about it, right?! Music. That's what. Nothing picks up spirits like, well, spirits and music. And since you live in Denver, there's plenty of good stuff where that's concerned, including shows from Quicksand, Railroad Earth and more. And luckily at virtually all of these shows, we hear they serve beer (yay booze!). So in the very least, you can drink your troubles away. From all the shows listed in our concert calendar, we've picked the five best concerts in Denver (and Boulder) this week. Keep reading to see what's, uh, on tap.
FEMI KUTI & POSITIVE FORCE @ BOULDER THEATER | TUES, 1/15/13
For nearly three decades, legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti used his highly energetic music -- essentially a fusion of African rhythms and American funk and jazz -- as a weapon for political change in Africa. Fela's son Femi honed his musical chops in his father's band and then formed his own band, Positive Force, in the mid-'80s. The younger Kuti continues to carry on his father's tradition with equally infectious grooves and socially conscious lyrics.
ASH REITER @ UNIT E | TUES, 1/15/13
There's a notable '60s influence in Ash Reiter's laid-back California style and sunny, well-crafted pop songs. And while that sort of thing has been trendy lately, Reiter and her band also play music that has a social conscience -- music that delves into a refreshingly open exploration of anxiety while exhibiting a willingness to cast aside despair in favor of working things out. Beyond all that, the most immediately striking aspect of Reiter's output is the sheer excellence of the musicianship and the way the band weaves its layers of sound in with her Rickie Lee Jones-esque clarity of tone.