If you are feeling the blues, maybe a good cocktail and a bit of jazz are just what you need. Fortunately, the jazz scene around Denver is pretty vibrant and as smooth as a sax solo on a Friday night.
To get your Jazz fix, here are some spots you can go to:
If you are talking about Jazz in Denver, the first place to go to is the pioneer in the scene: El Chapultepec. Every Jazz fan in Denver knows to go to the corner of the 20th and Market. They are considered the oldest Jazz club in Denver, serving up the blues every night since 1933.
1962 Market St. Denver, CO 80202
Herbs’ motto is low on pretension, high on energy, and the club certainly lives up to it. If you are looking for a Jazz club at Denver’s LoDo scene, this is the spot. Great bands paired with creative, yet inexpensive cocktails make for a very smooth night. If you are in the mood to sing or play yourself, Herbs wants you to come down and bring your voice and your Axe on their Hump Day Funk Jam. Just check out their calendars for the dates
2057 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80205
Probably the premier jazz spot in Denver. They have featured some of the best local and national jazz artists like Joe Lovano, The Bad Plus, and Kurt Elling. It was listed as one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by DownBeat magazine too. To top it off, they also established their own vinyl record store so that Jazz enthusiasts has another mode to enjoy the music.
1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202
Nocturne is a pretty young contender on this list as they only opened in 2014, but that they already belong on this list speaks volumes of what they offer the Denver Jazz scene. What started out as a warehouse in RiNo, turned into an acoustically designed room to optimize the blues from the bands and artists. Their Artist in Residency program explores modern and classic jazz as never before as artists engage in an 8-week performance. So for straight ahead to funky, Nocturne has got you covered.
1330 27th St. Denver, CO 80205
The Crimson Room
If you are looking for a more intimate setting with a touch of sophistication, just check out this cozy place behind a glossy red door at downtown Denver’s historic Larimer Square. Wear your fancy clothes and experience some of Denver’s best Jazz and Acoustic acts nightly.
1403 Larimer St. Denver, CO 80202
Greta Van Fleet, the young rock and roll foursome from Michigan, nonchalantly walked onto the darkened stage waving and throwing white roses to a screaming crowd at the Fillmore Auditorium. Then without a word they exploded into a thunderous jam session before seamlessly flowing right into “Highway Tune,” their first big radio hit that put them on the map. Guitarist, Jake Kiszka, charging into the song followed by frontman and twin brother Josh unleashing a primeval scream into the night was an immediate warning to the sold-out crowd that they were about to unleash classic rock and roll fury. And for over an hour, they did not disappoint.
If you’ve heard Greta Van Fleet blast through your speakers and listened to people talk about them, there’s a good chance you’ve also noticed the comparisons to rock legends Led Zeppelin. Sure, Josh Kiszka’s voice does conjure up the stage spirit of Robert Plant. Jake does evoke a little Jimmy Page swagger and style of play. Danny Wagner and Sam Kiszka hold it all together just as the great Bonham and Jones had to. And although the band may play off those comparisons while dressing in classic 1970s leather and open vests, make no mistake. These four musicians are not “the next Led Zeppelin.” They are Greta Van Fleet, a force unto themselves who have risen to the top of the charts even before releasing a debut album. (Anthem of the Peaceful Army will be released on October 19) You can’t do that on comparisons alone. And on this night, they not only showed why the band has seen such a meteoric rise, but also why they deserved to play two big shows at the Fillmore.
For over an hour, they blasted fans with mesmerizing guitar solos, classic rock and roll ballads, and thunderous seven to ten-minute jam sessions. Whether it was Josh delivering his epic vocal range on “Flower Power” and “You’re the One,” Jake’s behind the head solo on “Edge of Darkness,” or monstrous performances of “Thunderstomp” and “When the Curtains Fall,” the crowd seemed to never get enough. They got their wish during a two-song encore of “Black Smoke Rising” and “Safari Song” which brought the night to a close.
I often wonder what the future of rock music will look like when the Metallicas and Foo Fighters of the world decide to call it quits. Then I witness live shows like this where the showmanship, the talent to turn great music from a record into a gigantic live performance, and the ability to knock a sell-out crowd on their ass is on full display and I realize a good part of that future lies with Greta Van Fleet because there doesn’t seem to be anything in their way of achieving greatness.
With the major three-day Denver festival, Grandoozy, less than a month away, set times have just been announced.
Grandoozy, the three-day festival taking place Sept. 14-16 at Overland Park will feature more than 50 artists on four stages – the Rock, Paper, and Scissors stages as well The Break Room venue playing host to electronic, house and disco. The Rock Stage will host festival headliners Kendrick Lamar, Florence + The Machine, and Stevie Wonder.
Gates open at 1:30 p.m. each day.
Lineup and set times (subject to change)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14th
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Amzy
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Andy Frasco & the U.N.
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Ty Dolla $ign
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Miguel
8:30 p.m. – 9:40 p.m. Kendrick Lamar
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Bayonne
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Tennis
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. BIG K.R.I.T.
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The War on Drugs
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Flaural
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Jade Bird
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Bishop Briggs
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Phoenix
THE BREAK ROOM
2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. Dead Set Yoga with Sunny Trails
3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Deep Club Deejays
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Kim Ann Foxman
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Heidi
8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Doc Martin
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Head for the Hills
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Soul Rebels
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Snow Tha Product
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sturgill Simpson
8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m Florence + The Machine
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Wilderado
4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Poolside
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 6lack
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Young The Giant
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Gasoline Lollipops
3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cherry Glazerr
4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. SunSquabi
THE BREAK ROOM
2:15P p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Yoga with CorePower
3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Weird Touch
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eli Escobar
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Purple Disco Machine
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tensnake
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Drunken Hearts
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Black Pumas
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mavis Staples
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Logic
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Stevie Wonder
2 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Dragondeer
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Kelela
5 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. De La Soul
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. The Chainsmokers
1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lost Lakes
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TBA
4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. Daniel Caesar
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. St. Vincent
THE BREAK ROOM
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Yoga with CorePower
2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nocturnal Residents
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Soul Clap
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Leon Vynehall
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Jon Hopkins (DJ set)
107.5’s Summer Jam 21 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Dicky and Saweetie was at Fiddler’s Green last night. Here’s a look at the event.
Photos by: Joe Rogers (303Live / JoeFotos)
Dave Matthews Band to play two shows at Fiddler’s Green
The multi-platinum selling jam band, Dave Matthews Band, released their latest album, Come Tomorrow, landing them an opening spot of number 1 album in the world with its release, on June 22. And now, they are returning to Denver for a two-show stopover at Fiddler’s Green on August 24th and 25th after a six-year hiatus.
According to Billboard, Come Tomorrow is Dave Matthews Band’s seventh straight studio album to debut at No. 1 — making them the only group to see seven consecutive studio albums bow at No. 1. The band’s hot streak dates back to 1998, when Before These Crowded Streets started at No. 1 — marking the group’s first leader.
The Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early 1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. Instead of simply recording himself with a guitar, he opted to bring in some instrumental help to give his musical ideas more depth. Dave found assistance in drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene. Based on the recommendation of distinguished local jazz guru John D’earth, 16-year-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard came on board to play bass. Completing the band was keyboard player Peter Griesar, who left the band after a couple of years, as well as the talented and classically trained violinist, Boyd Tinsley.
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
Fri, Aug 24, 2018 – 8:00PM Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Sat, Aug 25, 2018 – 8:00PM Doors Open: 6:30 PM
Wiz Khalifa to headline at Fiddler’s Green on Sunday.
Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa is coming back to Denver this weekend to headline the KS 107.5 Summer Jam 21. Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, Rolling Papers in 2011. And now with the release of Rolling Papers 2, XXL Magzine reports that “Wiz Khalifa gives the fans what they want with Rolling Papers 2, the sequel to his 2011 debut album that finds him attempting to conflate his sustained commercial success with a return to his musical roots.”
Mississippi-bred brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi make up the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd will also be at Summer Jam. Their third album, SR3MM, arrives as the follow-up to SremmLife 2—a 2016 album offering the multi-platinum No. 1 hit “Black Beatles” (ft. Gucci Mane).
KS 107.5 Summer Jam 21: Wiz Khalifa / Rae Sremmurd
with Lil Dicky, Big Boi, BlocBoy JB, Saweetie, Kayla Rae
Blues fusion guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will make a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 5.
Ever since 2010, when Gary Clark Jr. wowed audiences with electrifying live sets everywhere from the Crossroads Festival to Hollywood’s historic Hotel Café, his modus operandi has remained crystal clear: “I listen to everything…so I want to play everything.” The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter find him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations.
There are a handful of folks who have informed for the mélange of genres and styles, which comprise the genius of Clark. One is Michael Jackson. It was on a Denver stop of MJ’s Bad Tour where a four-year-old Gary’s life was altered after witnessing The King of Pop. By the sixth grade, Clark would own his first set of strings. As a teen, Clark began making a local name by jamming with adult musicians around nearby clubs. He struck a balance by singing in the church choir with his sisters. That gritty & sweet combination imbues the honey-thick soul that oozes from his vocals today.
The upcoming concert in September will be the popular guitar player and singer’s first gig back at Red Rocks since appearing at the outdoor venue alongside The Avett Brothers back in July of 2016. Tickets are on sale here.