The ten best concerts in Denver this week
7. RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA @ DAZZLE | TUES & WEDS, 2/26-2/27
Growing up in Boulder, Rudresh Mahanthappa got an early start on the saxophone and studied with Mark Harris -- who exposed him to a wide variety of music -- before heading to Berklee and DePaul University to study music. Since moving to New York in 1997, the innovative Mahanthappa has gone on to release a number of recordings, either in collaboration with others or under his own name, including the brand-new Gamak, in which he melds Indian and Middle Eastern styles with jazz undertones. At his two-night run at Dazzle this week, he'll be joined by guitarist David Fiuczynski, bassist François Moutin and drummer Dan Weiss, who all appear on Gamak. Expect some intricate and fiery improvisations.
6. GREENSKY BLUEGRASS @ FOX THEATRE | FRI & SAT, 3/1-3/2
Greensky Bluegrass takes bluegrass to a new high by weaving psychedelic rock into a roots-oriented go-for-broke approach. While retaining a good dose of backwoods authenticity on genre standards as well as its own earthy creations, Greensky marks live gigs with crowd-pleasing interpretations of the music of Pink Floyd and the Beatles, among other classic artists. The Kalamazoo-originated act turned heads at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2006 and 2007, then barnstormed the country, earning more plaudits and fans. With some of the new-school attitude of Yonder Mountain String Band and the down-home sound of the hills (via Michigan), the group is continuing to carve out its own space in the jamgrass barnyard.