The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
CONSPIRATOR @ OGDEN THEATRE | SAT, 3/23/13
Conspirator is an apt name for this supergroup of sorts, which comprises members of several well-known acts. Exploring the ethereal realms of EDM, the quartet -- Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits, KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Chris Michetti of RAQ -- incorporates numerous genres into its sound. Each player brings a necessary component to the music, implementing his own take on a specialized blend of dance and rock, from explosive keyboard solos and melodic guitar riffs to thundering bass lines and drumbeats that would make the most earnest drum-and-bass enthusiast salivate.
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9. LEE KONITZ TRIO @ DAZZLE | SAT & SUN, 3/23-3/24
A prominent figure in the late-'40s and early-'50s cool-jazz movement, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performed on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and performed with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh around that same time. While a number of players were copping Charlie Parker's sound, Konitz took a different approach, opting for more individual phrasing and tone. The now-85-year-old saxophonist went on to release dozens of albums on various labels under his own name, including some outstanding recent efforts -- Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian: Live at Birdland and last year's Enfants Terribles: Live at the Blue Note, which also features Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock and Joey Baron. Konitz is an innovative and masterful improviser whose lyrical phrasing is about as gorgeous as it comes.
8. DONAVON FRANKENREITER @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI, 3/22/13
Donavon Frankenreiter first gained recognition as a surfer. After signing a sponsorship deal with Billabong, he often traveled to Hawaii, where he rented a room from Jack Johnson's parents. Frankenreiter formed the band Sunchild in the late '90s, and by the early part of the next decade, he decided to pursue a solo career and ended up signing with Johnson's Brushfire Records. He released a record and toured extensively in Australia, where he was already popular due to his surfing career. In 2006, he left Brushfire for Lost Highway Records and had a song featured on the campy film Snakes on a Plane. The singer has since created his own label, Liquid Tambourine Records, to issue his brand of beachy rock and roll.