The best jam-band shows in Denver in February
FRI | JJ GREY & MOFRO at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/21/14
Blues lead man JJ Grey headlines an all-star night at the Fillmore, and it's sure to be a bluesy, rocking showdown. With a Southern-tinged flavor that adds extra authenticity, Grey commands attention with his big voice, singing songs about cheating hearts and the usual blues fare. Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers bring their own brand of soul-filled blues to the stage, and looping singer-songwriter Keller Williams rounds out the bill.
FRI & SAT | LOTUS at FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 2/7-2/8
Taking rock music to the next level through sampled beats and electronic flourishes, Lotus consistently puts on a good, high energy show that inevitably turns into a non-stop dance party. After some reshuffling the last time the act was in town due to the floods, Lotus returns to Denver to bask in the warmth and glow of the purple chandeliers at the Fillmore. Poolside is slated to share the stage on the first night, and the outfit is fantastic live, so you'll want to make sure to get there early.
WEDS | TAUK at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 2/5/14
Based out of New York City, jazz/rock fusion band Tauk has made a name for itself quickly by opening for the likes of moe. and Robert Randolph, and playing well received sets at Hangout and Bonnaroo. With psychedelic guitar effects and jazzy keyboards, this quartet builds layered instrumental grooves that put you in a trance and send you dancing in a frenzy. Colorado's own Springdale Quartet opens with its own brand of jazzy acid rock.
THURS | QUICK AND EASY BOYS at CERVANTES' OTHER SIDE | 2/6/14
The Quick and Easy Boys, a power trio out of Portland, plays catchy upbeat songs with great falsetto funk vocals and steady, hip-swaying beats. Live, the band is very interactive, trading off energy with the crowd and giving everything it's got. The garage-soul sound is complemented by psychedelic outbursts and highly proficient playing from all members. Talented local Bob Marley tribute band Wake Up and Live will be hosting the night's festivities to celebrate the reggae legend's birthday.