The fifteen best concerts in Denver this weekend
Big weekend for big shows here in Colorado. A few festivals, including Telluride Jazz, bring deep lineups to the mountains. And the alleged last ride of hair metal legend Motley Crue comes to Denver tomorrow. We have plenty more -- see the full list of our picks below.
Maria Vassett for Phoenix New Times. More here. Alice Cooper plays with Motley Crue on Saturday.
Crestone Music Festival
Challenger Golf Club : August 1; August 2; August 3
The 16th Annual Crestone Music Festival is Friday, August 1 through August, 3 in Crestone Colorado. The festival is a two-stage, multi-genre, multi-cultural event with camping, kids zone, all-age contests, arts & crafts, international acts, international cuisine and Colorado libations. Acts include Ruthie Foster, Charles Neville, Youssoupha Sidibe, Paper Bird, Blue Canyon Boys, SHEL, Conjunto Colores, The Young Ancients, Intuit, Taarka, Chaco Royal International, Tribal Belly Dance, Rachael and the Ruckus, Beth Quist and more.
Telluride Jazz Festival
Telluride Town Park : August 1; August 2; August 3
Now in its 38th year, the Telluride Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the state's premier jazz fests. Still, the lineup includes a number of acts that dabble in jazz but also have roots planted in other genres. Among the internationally known jazz legends such as guest of honor percussionist Poncho Sanchez and pianist Monty Alexander, there are a fair amount of acts that dip into funk, as well, including the Brooklyn-based sextet Lettuce; Dragon (featuring Ivan Neville and Galactic drummer Stanton Moore); Grammy-winning jazz/funk band Snarky Puppy; and New Orleans trio DVS, with percussionist Mike Dillon, drummer Johnny Vidacovich and bassist James Singleton. Brazilian singer Claudia Villela and Austin-based Latin funk outfit Grupo Fantasma are also on board for this three-day festival.
Amos Lee & Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Red Rocks Amphitheatre : 8:00 p.m. August 1
Ninety percent silk and ten percent grit, Philadelphia blue-eyed-soul man Amos Lee's pipes are steeped in both the smooth R&B stylings of Billy Paul and Smokey Robinson and the Seventies singer-songwriter tradition of James Taylor and Harry Chapin. After performing at 9,500-person Red Rocks the night before, Lee plays the much more intimate Fox Theatre tonight in Boulder.
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield : 6:30 p.m. August 1
Barenaked Ladies fans -- don't lie, you know you're out there -- had quite the scare when co-vocalist Steven Page (a.k.a. the one who doesn't rap) announced he was leaving the band in early 2009. His departure did little to slow down the Canadian pop-rock institution, however. But 2010's Page-less album, All in Good Time, was the group's highest-charting release in the United States in nearly a decade, and the group even had a Ben & Jerry's ice-cream flavor ("If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours") named after one of its classic songs. It's the perfect thing to eat when you're lying in bed (just like Brian Wilson did) or as a dessert after a big plate of chicken (might we recommend Chickity China -- it is the Chinese chicken, after all).
Kraddy & EPROM
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom : 9:00 p.m. August 1
A founding member of the Glitch Mob, producer/DJ Kraddy is no stranger to the electronic-music scene. He's the mind behind "Android Porn," a track sometimes cited as the glitch-hop anthem, and although he began his career with breakbeats back in 2003, Kraddy's been mixing it up ever since, blending heavy hip-hop influences with dubstep and dancehall, splicing the genres in ways that make it difficult to pinpoint exactly what his sound is -- and that's a good thing, especially with so many dubstep artists dropping near-identical sets. Kraddy definitely stands out from the crowd.
500 E. Colorado Ave., Telluride, CO
67581 Cr-T, Crestone, CO
935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO
1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO
8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO
18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO
1902 Blake St., Denver, CO
2620 Walnut St., Denver, CO
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO
1701 Bryant St., Denver, CO
2637 Welton St., Denver, CO