Governor Hickenlooper On Stage With Some of Colorado's Most Famous Musicians: Photos

Categories: Photos

10241464.87.jpg
Scott Lentz
The Lumineers brought a few guests on stage during their set Tuesday night, including governor John Hickenlooper and his son, Teddy. Full slideshow here.
Governor John Hickenlooper celebrated his re-election earlier this week with a formal inauguration ceremony followed by a dinner at the Fillmore Auditorium and a concert at the Ogden Theatre.

We'll have much more on the latter in next week's issue of Westword. It was an improbable arrangement of some of the state's most well-known musicians playing a relatively small venue, and it was a testament to the sincerity of Hickenlooper's enthusiasm for music. For now, relive some of the night's highlights through the lens of photographer Scott Lentz (you can view the full slideshow here).

See also: Governor Hickenlooper on Why (and How) He Wants to Support Colorado Music


More »

The Ten Best Michael Jackson Impressions at Who's Bad

Categories: Photos

jacksoncovr.jpg
All photos by Brandon Marshall
Who's Bad, the traveling tribute show to the King of Pop himself stopped by the Ogden Theatre Saturday night. Jackson himself will, for obvious reasons, never play the intimate Ogden, but fans got to glimpse what it might be like thanks to the tribute act. Our photographer was there, and got some photos where the line between Who's Bad and the peacefully resting ghost of Michael Jackson blurred together.

See also: The Five Best Shows in Denver This Week

More »

Photos: Where Decadence Fans Put Their Cell Phones While Barely Wearing Anything

Categories: Photos

cell1.jpg
Scott Lentz
Option #1: The pant tuck
Decadence once again proved among the most extravagant options for New Year's Eve in Denver, with three stages of world-class DJs along with enough decorative insanity to lead our reviewer to compare the scene to a carnival.

The fans spent about as much time on their costumes/outfits as the organizers did on the decorations -- you can see the whole array, from Harry and Lloyd to any number of mythical creatures, in our slideshows from the event. Many of the costumes, however, did not include obvious places to put that all-important modern appendage: the cell phone. Where there's a will, however...

See also: The Fans and Artists of Decadence 2014 (Slideshow)

More »

Photos: The Shirts Are Disappearing Again at Adventure Club

Categories: Photos

adventure_club-2.jpg
Eric Gruneisen
Pretty much the best Adventure Club fans.
You may remember the shirt-disappearing epidemic we reported on toward the end of the summer. We have, of course, been monitoring the situation, but it appeared to be contained in Morrison. Canadian "ClubStep" duo Adventure Club made a stop at the 1STBANK Center over the weekend. AND GUESS WHAT HAPPENED? DID YOU GUESS? WE'RE DOING THIS ANYWAY.

See also: Photos: The Disappearing Shirt Crisis Deepens at HARD Red Rocks (NSFW)

More »

My Night With Afroman, Fueled by Colt 45 and So Much Legal Weed

Afroman12.jpg
Taylor Boylston
Afroman backstage at a Weedmaps event in Denver.
When I was first asked if I wanted to cover a Weedmaps event at which Afroman was the featured guest, thirteen-year-old Taylor died a little bit on the inside. I was taken back to the good old days of middle school, and recalled the first time I ever smoked weed, with Afroman as the soundtrack. And now I was going to meet him, the man who provided an entire generation with music to listen to while getting high.

See also: Photos: Musicians Buying (Legal) Weed in Denver

More »

Photos: The Misfits Bring Family Fun to Summit Music Hall

Categories: Photos

misfits-16.jpg
Eric Gruneisen
Fans at last night's Misfits show in Denver.
The Misfits may not have Glen Danzig anymore, but Jerry Only manages alright with a re-formed version of the band, which brought out a wide array of horror-movie punk fans to Summit Music Hall last night.

Photographer Eric Gruneisen was there to capture smiles and scowls alike.

See also: Ten Metal Bands to Watch in 2014


More »

Halloween Was the Best Weekend for Live Music in Colorado

Categories: Photos

10117406.87.jpg
Brandon Marshall
Colorado is a pretty great place to be a music fan. Denver has more music venues than Austin, and several of them are among the busiest in the world. People living here spend twice as much as the national average on music. The local scene is experiencing unprecedented success.

All this is to say that nearly every weekend is a good weekend for music in Colorado. And while it's hard to imagine that the best could be one where none of the legendary outdoor venues is active, that is exactly the case: Halloween weekend was the best one of the year for Colorado music.

See also: Meet 100 of Denver's Best Bands

More »

Meet Michael Amott, Slash and the Rest of the Denver Zoo's Rock and Roll Flamingos

Categories: Photos

Flamingo1.jpeg
Polaroid photo by Taylor Boylston
Brittney Weaver with Michael Amott (of Arch Enemy)
It's not every day you get to brush feathers with rock and roll legends like Ace Frehley and Slash, but in Denver, all it takes is a visit to the zoo.

Brittney Weaver started working at the Denver Zoo about six years ago. She also happens to be a big music fan, regularly attending heavy metal and rock shows with her husband. In 2008, the zoo received nineteen flamingo eggs from a wild Caribbean herd in Miami. Weaver named them after rock guitarists, and she's been doing it ever since. Now, there are nearly 74 flamingos with rock icon names in the zoo.

See also: A Flamingo Named T-Boz? Denver Zoo Holds Contest to Name New Chicks

More »

Polaroid: Guy Blakeslee Puts Denver in a Trance

Categories: Photos

10696243_295368073985172_4236697203861959325_n.jpg
Photo by Taylor Boylston
Growing up in a digital age, I learned very young that photography could be something used quite carelessly with the hopes that maybe one click out of several hundred would turn out half decent.

In high school I began messing around with disposable and old 35mm cameras I would find at thrift stores and garage sales. My mother gave me an old Polaroid she had, and instantly I was in love. Polaroids have a strange way of igniting a feeling of nostalgia that's difficult to achieve with any of medium. People, much like Polaroids, are flawed, and the two work together to create an image that is both familiar and relateable. In order to present a different view of Denver's music world, we'll publish a series of profiles accompanied by Polaroids here on Backbeat.

More »

Photos: Free Blunts, the Happiest Snoop Dogg and All the Weed at the Gypsy Jane Carnival

Categories: Photos

gypsyjanelead.jpg
Eric Gruneisen
This is real life, Snoop. Welcome (back) to Colorado.
The Gypsy Jane Cannabis Carnival brought two remarkably solid days of music to the Denver Mart over the weekend. Saturday was particularly good for fans of classic hip-hop, with sets from E-40, Too Short, Warren G and your headliner, Snoop Dogg.

Snoop has spent plenty of time in Colorado since marijuana became legal for recreational use on January 1. It's still a safe assessment that he hasn't seen anything like Gypsy Jane before, because of the pervasiveness of scenes like the one that leads this post. We truly are the new frontier, people. Photographer Eric Gruneisen was there to bring you several more photos that would have seemed impossible two years ago.

See also: Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at Red Rocks on Colorado's First Legal 4/20

More »
Loading...