The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND @ RED ROCKS | SAT, 8/10/13
If any band typifies the Colorado approach to contemporary bluegrass, it's Yonder Mountain String Band. The quartet built up its chops playing in venues in Boulder, Nederland and beyond in the late 1990s, and its fusion of traditional instrumentation and progressive musical structures resonated with local crowds. The quartet has spent the better part of the past few years playing sold-out shows in venues across the country, and this weekend, the outfit returns to Red Rocks for what is always an eagerly anticipated hometown gig.
CROOKED I @ ROXY THEATRE | SAT, 8/10/13
Crooked I began his career in California as an affiliate of Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and other Death Row musicians in the late '90s/early aughts. This is perhaps where he first met Eminem, whose Shady Records imprint signed Slaughterhouse, the supergroup of which Crooked I is a member, alongside Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5'9. Crooked I comes to Denver in support of his latest solo effort, Apex Predator, which just dropped.
PRINCESS MUSIC (CD RELEASE) @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | FRI, 8/9/13
Even without Tyler Ludwick explaining his approach to art, this sensation of grasping for a romanticized ideal that seems just out of reach is clearly expressed on Princess Music's debut album, Odobenidae (the release of which is being celebrated tonight). Although the album is rooted in classical guitar and is, at times, tied to what has become a signature Colorado sound, Odobenidae is never bound by these aesthetics. Expressly uninterested in styles and trends, Ludwick requires a wide musical spectrum to satisfy his hunger for expression. Like a painting done in microscopic detail, the layered, complex arrangements on the record reflect an artist with a lot of time and devotion on his hands.
MATTHEW MOON (CD RELEASE) @ SOILED DOVE | SAT, 8/10/13
Matthew Moon's homecoming has been years in the making. In the past five years, the Colorado native has lived in Peru and L.A. But for his latest album, I Am the Wind (due for release this Saturday), he made his way back to Colorado, where he holed up in an isolated cabin in Aspen to write before finally returning to Mile High City to record. The assembled cast of players on Wind is Colorado to the core; the album features a slew of local luminaries like Hazel Miller and Jeremy Lawton, as well as players from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.