The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
Alicia J. Rose
LEFTOVER SALMON @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI & SAT, 3/29-3/30
Leftover Salmon has graced the the bluegrass scene with their talents for 23 years and counting. With the passing of Mark Vann in 2001, the band hasn't produced an album in eight years. The addition of Andy Thorn, carried over from Emmitt-Nershi Band, sparked a new interest in touring and inspiration is in a steady flow among the members, and the band went on to release Aquatic Hitchhikers last May.
BEST OF THE WEST @ HERMAN'S HIDEAWAY | SAT, 3/30/13
As we're nearing the end of the latest edition of the Best of the West showcase, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. This weekend's semi-final round features Gang Forward, SF1, Places, Joe Fornothin and Robert Harrison and the Outsiders, all competing for a chance to advance. The winner from this show will compete against the winner James and the Devil for a chance at the title.
MAGIC CYCLOPS @ HI-DIVE | FRI, 3/29/13
Magic Cyclops has been inciting head-scratching and booty-bumping ever since he began mixing on-stage aerobics with cheesy '80s music over a decade ago. And just as the mythological Cyclops had to make do with just one eye, so does Magic Cyclops. Sporting oversized shades, an iridescent track suit and a Hulk Hogan headband, he blazes through his sets fueled on cans of Hamm's beer. Magic, indeed. (Mr Pacman and Charly Fasano are also on this bill.)
NAUGHTY BY NATURE@ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/30
To even think of labeling Naughty By Nature "pop" seems almost profane, but this New Jersey group found mainstream success rarely seen by a hardcore act. No matter who you are, you've heard at least one of their songs: "O.P.P." Plus, the guys won the Grammy for best rap album in 1996 for Poverty's Paradise, beating out Bone Thugs, ODB, Skee-Lo and 2Pac. Perhaps no song is more emblematic of NBN's absolute appeal than "Feel Me Flow," which is one of the illest, chillest songs you'll ever hear. If ever you wanted to ease a skeptical friend into the world of gansta rap, you couldn't go wrong with Naughty By Nature.