The best concerts in Denver this weekend
SMOKEY ROBINSON @ VILAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER | SAT, 3/9/13
With the absence of SnowBall, which moves to its new home in this weekend in another mountain town, you might think that Avon will be lacking for music. And while it may not exactly boast the brimming roster of talent in Winter Park this weekend, what it lacks in quantity it more than compensates for in quality in the form of a Motown music legend. On Saturday night at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, you'll find one Mr. Smokey Robinson, a living icon who needs absolutely no introduction.
SWINGIN UTTERS @ MARQUIS THEATER | SUN, 3/10/13
For a group that first began bashing around backyard parties and smelly decrepit venues way back in 1987, San Francisco-based punks Swingin' Utters are a success simply because they are still going. And there are still willing ears waiting to hear what they serve up next, included Poorly Formed, released last week on Fat Wreck Chords.
THE EXPENDABLES @ FOX THEATRE | SUN, 3/10/13
Although the Expendables hail from further up the California coast than most '90s third wave ska bands, the guys carry on the same spirit. The sound leans heavier on Upsetters-style reggae grooves, and lets up on Operation Ivy's punk energy. The group's sound is at once soothing and uplifting -- perfect jams for the beach, or the after-party.