The best concerts in Denver this week
FRI | ONEREPUBLIC'S DENVER ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS at OGDEN | 12/20
Over the last few years OneRepublic has made its acoustic Christmas shows an annual event that helps local charities. This year's show, which also features Gungor, is a benefit for Colorado flood relief. VIP ticket includes ticket to the show, autographed OneRepublic photo, Denver Acoustic Christmas show poster, plus an after-party meet and greet with OneRepublic.
FRI | HARD WORKING AMERICANS at BOULDER THEATER | 12/20/13
Hard Working Americans, a supergroup made up of Todd Snider, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi and Duane Trucks of Col. Bruce Hampton's School of Music, is making its live debut this week at the Boulder Theater. The show, which also serves as the kick off of the band's inaugural tour in support of its self-titled debut album (due out on Tuesday, January 21), is a benefit for the United Way Flood Relief fund sponsored by Boedecker Foundation.
THURS | WILL HOGE at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 12/19/13
In a time when singer-songwriters are as plentiful -- and nearly as indistinguishable -- as the corporate coffee shops lining the streets of tony shopping districts, Will Hoge stands out like a homegrown roaster serving his hand-picked beans in a secondhand mug in some bohemian boutique. Hoge's raspy, soulful voice is as expressive as it is authentic: Every word he sings sounds genuinely heartfelt, like he's lived it, whether he's indulging his Southern-rock roots on cuts such as "Pocketful of Change," doing his best Otis Redding on "When I Get My Wings" or singing with a pained resignation on ballads like "Goodnight/Goodbye." And Hoge's songs are affecting even when he's not doing the singing: Just ask the Eli Young Band, which has made "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," a song Hoge co-wrote, a country staple.
THURS | VINCE HERMAN & FRIENDS at CERVANTES' | 12/19/13
When Leftover Salmon vocalist and overall Papa Bear Vince Herman takes the stage at Cervantes', he'll be billed as "Vince Herman and Friends." Considering he has some of the most musically talented friends on the planet, the show should have the exuberant festival feel that his personality naturally brings to the stage. The last time the outfit came through, it was playing an after-show party following Phish at Dick's. This show should only be a tiny bit less out of control.