The nine best shows in Denver from July 21 to 24

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Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck have an eTown taping this week.
This week's concert offerings include Dierks Bentley at the big stage in Morrison and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn taping at eTown in Boulder.

There are a few good ones in the actual city limits of Denver -- read on for our picks this week.

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The eight best shows in Denver this week

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Mac DeMarco plays tonight at the Gothic Theatre
It's a particularly good week at Red Rocks, with something like half of our recommended shows taking place at the World's Sexiest Natural Ampitheatre. There is a particularly appealing collection of Colorado talent taking that stage on Thursday, when DeVotchKa joins the symphony orchestra for what is becoming an annual joint show. As always, the rest of our picks follow.

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The twelve best shows in Denver this weekend

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Ms. Lauryn Hill at the Fillmore in 2012.
Another several-night stand at Red Rocks this weekend: The Avett Brothers play three shows at the World's Only Natural Amphitheater. Elsewhere, Ms. Lauryn Hill will confound you with a bunch of songs that sound absolutely nothing like the hits your remember. And Joan Baez goes from Denver to Fort Collins. The rest of our picks follow.

See also: Why mountain concerts like this weekend's Ride Festival are especially appealing for bands

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The five best concerts in Denver this week

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Tootie Heath Trio plays Dazzle on Wednesday and Thursday
Welcome back, Americans. We ardently hope you return to us full of leftover barbecue and slightly sunburned.

There are a few good shows this week, starting with legendary jazz drummer Tootie Heath with his new backing band (two-thirds of the Bad Plus). They'll play Dazzle a couple nights this week. The rest of our picks follow.

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The eight best shows in Denver this weekend

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Paper Diamond headlines the South Park Music Festival tonight.
The Fourth of July might mean fireworks, hot dogs and apple pie to some folks, around the parts music will be a big part of that. If you're down with a 90-minute drive, there's the South Park Music Festival, which kicks off today and runs through Saturday while Umphrey's McGee plays two dates in the area, and Blues Traveler makes its annual pilgrimage to Red Rocks but this time John Popper and company are joined by Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Uncle Kracker. The rest of our picks follow.

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The five best shows in Denver this week

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Fitz & the Tantrums play the Ogden Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are some excellent shows in town this week as we lead up to Fourth of July weekend, including Fitz & the Tantrums two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre, Sarah McLachlan at Red Rocks, as well as Zeds Dead and Dada Life co-headlining at Red Rocks.


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The eleven best shows in Denver this weekend

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It's that kinda weekend at Red Rocks.
The mighty King Rat turns twenty this weekend and will celebrate with a pair of unusual shows at Three Kings. If you go to nothing else this weekend, we advise you go there.

But we understand if you go to Red Rocks instead for Widespread Panic's annual weekend getaway in Morrison. You could also see A-Trak in the coming days, and Nightmares on Wax and Smokey Robinson and plenty more.

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The nine best shows in Denver this week

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Nick Cave plays Temple Buell Theater on Tuesday.
A few spectacularly heavy hitters come to Colorado this week -- both Nick Cave and Merle Haggard are in town. Sharon Van Etten, playing Tuesday at the Bluebird, has plenty to show for her own relatively short career. You can read our extensive interview with her elsewhere on Backbeat this morning.

There's plenty more to hear; the rest of our picks follow.

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The nine best concerts in Denver this weekend

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The Westword Music Showcase is tomorrow in the Golden Triangle.
The Westword Music Showcase is finally here. Tomorrow right here in the Golden Triangle neighborhood, we'll host over 150 of Denver's best bands on 16 stages. And headliners Diplo and 2 Chainz will take to an outdoor set-up right in the heart of the festivities.

There are other worthwhile shows in the next few days, as well, including the return of Make Music Denver under the stewardship of Swallow Hill, Andrew Bird in the beautiful confines of Chataqua in Boulder and more. All our picks follow. See you tomorrow!

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The eight best concerts in Denver this week

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Andrew Bird plays Chautauqua this week.
There's plenty to keep you busy this week. James Taylor brings his musical featherbed to Red Rocks for a couple nights, and Nas and Flying Lotus will headline Feed the Rocks right after that.

The outdoor activities continue with the kickoff of both Sonic Bloom and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Note that this roundup doesn't include weekend shows, so despite the fact that both festivals do run into Friday and Saturday, we're telling you about them now because they start before then. Wouldn't want you to think we were forgetting anything...

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