The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend

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Brandon Marshall

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.

See also: Matthew Moon on coming back home to Denver

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.

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mckabir
mckabir

Critically acclaimed Boston hip hop artist and music teacher MC Kabir has two shows coming up in Denver and Boulder.  He plays The Lost Lake Lounge in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 15th and the Boulder Theater on Friday, Aug. 16th (opening for Joey Porter). His new album "Olympic Gold" has been in the college radio hip hop charts (CMJ) for 12 straight weeks and it features Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Edo. G and Akrobatik.    www.kabirsen.bandcamp.com

Kabir's sets in Denver and Boulder both feature some excellent live musicians, including Nikki Glaspie  on drums (Beyonce, Dumpstafunk), Garrett Sayers on bass (Motet, Dwele, Ryan Hollingsworth) and Ryan Jalbert on guitar  (Motet, Brett Dennan, Dwele, Dubskin). 

mckabir
mckabir

Critically acclaimed Boston hip hop artist and music teacher MC Kabir has two shows coming up in Denver and Boulder.  He plays The Lost Lake Lounge in Denver on Thursday, Aug. 15th and the Boulder Theater on Friday, Aug. 16th (opening for Joey Porter). His new album "Olympic Gold" has been in the college radio hip hop charts (CMJ) for 12 straight weeks and it features Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Edo. G and Akrobatik.    www.kabirsen.bandcamp.com

Kabir's sets in Denver and Boulder both feature some excellent live musicians, including Nikki Glaspie  on drums (Beyonce, Dumpstafunk), Garrett Sayers on bass (Motet, Dwele, Ryan Hollingsworth) and Ryan Jalbert on guitar  (Motet, Brett Dennan, Dwele, Dubskin). 

Cindy Dickey
Cindy Dickey

Chris was at Red Rocks last night for Steely Dan! Wish I could have gone :( Did see them in Indy.

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

You forgot Donna The Buffalo at the Oriental Theater tonight!

jedh
jedh

#11:  Dirt at BarBar Friday at 10!!

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