The best concerts in Denver this weekend
YO GABBA GABBA! @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE | SUN, 2/24/13
Sesame Street couldn't handle mixing kids' programming with Katy Perry cleavage, but Yo Gabba Gabba! gets it right every time. Perhaps it's because one of the show's creators, Christian Jacobs, is MC Bat Commander of the Aquabats. After becoming a father, he and a friend created Gabba, which began to go viral even as TV execs rejected it. The producer of Napoleon Dynamite spotted it and showed it to a Nickelodeon bigwig, and the rest is pop-culture/kid-show history. Host DJ Lance Rock and characters Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee and Plex are irresistible in their own right. But add guest stars like Of Montreal, the Ting Tings and Weezer, and the show becomes eye and ear candy for everyone ages one to 37.
- Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi on J Dilla and reserving his side project for experimentation
- Karl Denson on his roots and moving on after Lenny Kravitz
- VibeSquaD mastermind Aaron Holstein on life as a producer and family man
9. KARL DENSON @ BOULDER THEATER | FRI, 2/22
Karl Denson is hard to pin down. The saxophonist and bandleader may have strong roots in the traditional jazz of giants like John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter, but that hasn't stopped him from exploring funk, R&B, hip-hop and myriad other genres in his two-decade-plus career. Starting as a member of Lenny Kravitz's original ensemble in the late '80s, Denson went on to push the creative envelope, exploring different textures and styles with the Greyboy Allstars and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
8. TALIB KWELI @ SUMMIT MUSIC HALL | SUN, 2/24
"They say you can't please everyone," Talib Kweli declares at the outset of his 2007 album, Eardrum, and his career stands as proof of that maxim. Since the days of Black Star, a 1998 disc that teamed him with Mos Def, critics have championed Kweli as a rhymer whose interests extend well beyond stereotypical narratives about women with too much booty for one man to handle...If the masses remain beyond Kweli's reach, his refusal to compromise keeps his cult following well-pleased.