Thursday, 15 August (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO)
Queens of the Stone Age
Dark edgy rock and exuberant Gypsy proclamations don't seem that connected, but both QotSA and Gogol Bordello have a kind of cockiness that should form an interesting mix. The two frontmen, Josh Homme and Eugene Hütz are like night and day.
Both bands are touring on new albums, ...Like Clockwork for QotSA and Pura Vida Conspiracy for Gogol Bordello. Truth be told, even though I like QotSA, having them headline is really just a bonus for the joyous anarchy of a Gogol Bordello set.
Thursday through Saturday, 15-17 August (Sunrise Ranch, Loveland CO)
Arise Musical Festival
Get your hippy on in Loveland. This festival has a decidedly groovy/"one love" vibe, with phrases like "transformational camping" and "creative potential" scattered through their PR material, but there are plenty of great performers included in the huge music line up. Thursday has Keller Williams, Friday includes Freelance Whales, Chali 2na and local afrobeat band Atomga, then Saturday features Zap Mama and Michael Franti's Spearhead.
Saturday, 17 August (Soiled Dove, Denver CO)
Classical/neo-Flamenco guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra have two shows scheduled at the Soiled Dove. Although Flamenco purists hold a grudge against him, the prolific Liebert has developed a rich, eclectic vocabulary inspired by Spanish guitar. Blending in modern musical influences into a hybridized style, the music offers a host of touchstone sounds that audiences can connect to.