The ten best concerts in Denver this weekend
Victor Wooten at the Gothic Theatre: Saturday, May 31
With his virtuosic playing and two-handed approach, Victor Wooten has long been a pacesetter on the electric bass. From his longtime work with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones to a vibrant solo career launched with his outstanding 1996 debut, Show of Hands, Wooten has provided plenty of proof as to the potential of the bass guitar. Not only is he a major force on the instrument, but he's one who's been more than willing to share his knowledge with other musicians. Wooten has written books such as The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music and spearheaded a number of music clinics, workshops and camps. During his stop in Colorado this week, Wooten (who will play cello and electric, tenor and upright basses as well as sing) will be joined by a variety of special guests.
The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival at Civic Center Park: Saturday, May 31
If you were to make a short list of the greatest bass players of all time, Bootsy Collins would surely be included. After firing his backing band in the late '60s, James Brown hired Collins and his brother Catfish's band, the Pacemakers, to back him up. Collins later became a member of Parliament-Funkadelic, creating a legacy of unimpeachable musical excellence and setting a high bar for a larger-than-life stage show. Since then, Collins has been involved in countless collaborations and other projects. There's really nothing not to like about this bombastic character, who also does plenty of work for the community. Collins will be at the Kinfolks Soul Food Festival along with Cameo, Morris Day & the Time, SOS Band and Lakeside.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom: Saturday, May 31
As one of the top acts from the bustling New Orleans scene, Dirty Dozen Brass Band throws down hard. The act's Dixieland brass-heavy jazz sound is infectiously joyful, with each horn player getting to shine on his own and as part of the collective.
The Bloody Beetroots at the Gothic Theatre: Sunday, June 1
Like labelmates MSTRKRFT, Bloody Beetroots have a penchant for performing live in costume. Instead of looking like psychotic ax murderers, though, Bloody Beetroots prefer that their "Death Crew 77" looks like Spider-Man villain Venom. Although joined on stage by a variety of musicians, including a live drummer, producer Bob Rifo and DJ Tommy Tea write all the music. Hailing from northern Italy, Bloody Beetroots has become internationally renowned for hectically upbeat electronic music and energetic live shows. In fact, those shows are more like seeing a rock band with a sense of theater than just a DJ nerding out at his console. But the band's songs sound nothing like rock and roll. Mixing the computerized with the acoustic, Bloody Beetroots have taken what is sometimes a stultified art form and injected it with sheer enthusiasm.