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David Byrne at Red Rocks

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David Byrne
Red Rocks
Denver, CO
August 27, 2018

Popular music is all about what's new. Quality is measured by age. The newest of the new is best and the quality decays quickly. It has a half-life shorter than a modern attention span. (Is there a relationship here?) It may be ...

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti at Denver Botanic Gardens

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Angelique Kidjo/Femi Kuti
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
August 9, 2018

There is a Groove Heaven. I have proof. Angelique Kidjo, international world-beat star, recently released a song by song cover of the Talking Heads album Remain in Light (Sire, 1980). Kidjo, from Benin, has been exploring and laying down ...

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Dixie Dregs at the Boulder Theater

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Dixie Dregs
Boulder Theater
Boulder, CO
April 14, 2018

In 1979, the Dixie Dregs came to my hometown, shortly after the release of their album Night of the Living Dregs (Capricorn, 1979). They were the opening act for Pure Prairie League, a country rock band. The Dixie Dregs' set was ...

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Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center

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Tierney Sutton Band
Newman Center
Denver, Colorado
January 11, 2018

The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through its magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
November 10, 2017

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...

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We Four at Dazzle

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We Four
Dazzle
Denver, CO
October 21, 2017

The majority of Twentieth Century jazz was represented on stage at Dazzle Saturday night. Either the players were there, in person, or they were merely one degree of separation from the key action and the dominant personalities. History lessons can be nice, but ...

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at Levitt Pavilion

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Levitt Pavilion
Denver, CO
August 26, 2017

You don't hear much talk of “The Energy Crisis" anymore. That's because Karl Denson's Tiny Universe has been on the scene, lighting things up and generating gigawatts of energy with its frequent funk fusillades. Over the course of their two ...

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Rene Marie at Dazzle

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Rene Marie
Dazzle
Denver, CO
August 4, 2017

Rene Marie exudes joy. Over the course of an 80 minute set, she can evoke nearly every human emotion, but it's joy that comes across most often. That's how much she loves to sing. She even had to divorce her husband of 23 ...

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Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theater

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Bryan Ferry
Paramount Theater
Denver, CO
August 3, 2017

Bryan Ferry creates dreamscapes. Dark, ethereal, eerie, brooding, a little bit spooky, but not too scary. You're floating in dreamland; maybe you're aware that you're dreaming; maybe not. But it's a really good dream and you know you don't want to leave ...

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers at Red Rocks

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers
Red Rocks Amphitheater
Denver, CO
July 29-30, 2017

The Tedeschi Trucks juggernaut continues to snowball. The band's inaugural Denver concert in November 2011 was at the Fillmore Auditorium; capacity 3,000. The venue quickly shifted to an annual summer show at Red ...