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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Front Range recommended shows, 12/23

Even though it's the end of the year, there are a few good shows to recommend. Have a great holiday season and enjoy the music.

Thursday, 26 December (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Friday, 27 December (Ogden Theatre, Denver CO)
Trombone Shorty

The renowned New Orleans horn player has a couple of shows at the Ogden that will serve as a late Christmas gift to the Front Range. It will probably be fairly cold out, but I guarantee that Trombone Shorty and his band will be cooking! Funk and jazz will kick it loose with a healthy side of deep-down, gut-moving soul.

Saturday, 28 December (1st Bank Center, Broomfield)
Sunday, 29 December (1st Bank Center, Broomfield)
Tuesday, 31 December (1st Bank Center, Broomfield)
String Cheese Incident with various openers

String Cheese Incident will be holding court at the 1st Bank Center. Just like Louis XIV, they will surround themselves in flamboyant spectacle. Past NYE shows have included aerialists, wild stage surprises, and mind-blowing visual effect. With the band celebrating their 20th anniversary, this will be the show run of the season if you like jam bands and cross-genre fusion at all. The real question which opener you'd prefer. Karl Denson and Chris Littlefield will be sitting in on Saturday and Sunday. Bootsy Collins is opening the Saturday show and The Flaming Lips will lead off on Sunday. New Year's Eve itself will feature the legendary Del McCoury Band.

Sunday, 29 December (Aggie Theatre, Ft. Collins CO)
Monday, 30 December (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Tuesday, 31 December (Gothic Theatre, Denver CO)
Reverend Horton Heat

Of course, if you like countrified psycho-billy blues, then you might prefer to catch one of the Reverend Horton Heat shows. He'll be gracing the stage at the Aggie on Sunday before a two day run at the Gothic. While it will be less trippy than SCI, the Reverend will certainly match the intensity as he and his band blaze through their sets. Sadly, Jello Biafra (ex-Dead Kennedys) won't be joining the tour until January.

Monday, 30 December (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)
Tuesday, 31 December (Fox Theatre, Boulder CO)

034 Brother Ali On the other hand, if you're more into rap and hip-hop, I highly recommend Brother Ali's installment at the Fox in Boulder. His show earlier this year at the Gothic (review) was phenomenal. He is such a charismatic, powerful presence on the stage. His material shows off his range as a performer; his words can move, motivate, and illuminate. Local band, the ReMINDers will be among the openers.

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