The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
It's a good weekend for live music in Denver. Let's start at the end, with Paul Simon's Graceland collaborator Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Boulder Theater. The day before that, pop clinician Dr. Dog stops by on the same night as the collaboration between knotty rappers Madlib and Freddie Gibbs. There are more of these things -- seven more, in fact.
Matthew Scott Freddie Gibbs and Madlib: Saturday at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
David Grisman's Folk Jazz Trio">Friday, 3/7: David Grisman's Folk Jazz Trio at Boulder Theater
Mandolinist David Grisman has spent more than three decades playing what he calls "dawg" music, which is essentially a mix swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz and gypsy. While the line-up of his band has changed over the years, Grisman's always had a knack for recruiting skilled players, such as Tony Rice and Mark O'Connor, both of whom went on to lead their own bands, and guitarist Frank Vignola, the latest addition to the group, who honed his chops listening to Django Reinhardt and Joe Pass. For tonight's performance at the Boulder Theater, Grisman is with his Folk Jazz Trio, which features his son Samson Grisman on bass and guitarist Jim Hurst.
Friday, 3/7: Dead Meadow at Lost Lake Lounge
Since forming in 1998, Washington, D.C.'s Dead Meadow has toured the globe relentlessly, doling out doses of dreamy, distortion-heavy psych rock in the key of Black Sabbath spiked with acid-infused Beatles. If Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda had ditched Easy Rider and taken over 2001: A Space Odyssey from Stanley Kubrick, Dead Meadow would have made the perfect soundtrack.
Friday, March 7: Electric Six at Larimer Lounge
Electric Six formed in Detroit in 1996. Not content to strictly follow any particular style of rock, the band has forged its own strange and surprisingly original path. Its greatest commercial and popular success came in 2003 with its debut, Fire, which contained the hit single "Gay Bar." Rather than milk the success of that album, however, Electric Six has continued to evolve into different directions with each of its nine successive releases, including 2013's Mustang.