Mud season music in Boulder
Ryan Summerlin May 10, 2012
As one long-time Summit County resident proclaimed the other day: “My skis are locked up, the trails are full of mud and snow…I’m tossing the bikes on the Subaru and heading down to Boulder for the weekend.” Mud season presents a perfect excuse to hop onto a dry I-70 and check out the live music scene in Denver or Boulder. Ladies, while it’s still too cold up here to take your jackets off at night, it’s already warm enough on the Front Range to don that sundress. And gentlemen, if you’re beginning to get a little stir crazy here in the Male Valley, why not travel to Boulder where females abound (and they’re probably all already wearing sundresses). Boulder boasts two of Colorado’s most fun, classic and eclectic venues: The Fox Theater, located on The Hill, and The Boulder Theater, right in the heart of downtown just off Pearl Street. The Fox’s atmosphere caters primarily toward the college crowd. Their line-ups tend to be exclusively music, ranging from local bands to big name acts, and the intimate interior ensures a decent shot at being within spitting distance of the bassist as long as you’re willing to throw a few polite elbows. Some upcoming shows worth checking out (see sidebar) include The Jet Life Tour featuring Current$y for those who like hip-hop and rap; and for a more mellow vibe, the Boulder Roots and Blues Summit. Anders Osborne will be stopping by the Fox later in May, and has been touted by Living Blues magazine as “a songwriter of enormous depth and an incredibly passionate musician.” For those who like electronically driven/influenced music, Break Science and Orchard Lounge are also playing the Fox in May. There really is something for everyone playing at the Fox this month, but get there while the getting’s good as they will be closed all of June and July for roof repairs.If you have kids or are over the whole mosh pit thing, the Boulder Theater can be a down-to-earth and family friendly option. In the upcoming month the Boulder Ballet will be performing Cinderella, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will be attempting to elicit some laughs from the audience. This is not to say the Boulder Theater doesn’t have lots of bands coming through. Trampled by Turtles and the Grandmothers of Invention are playing this month, an especially fun experience for anyone who has ever dug the music of Zappa. According to the Boulder Theater, “Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa’s music, let alone make it live and breathe.” The BoDeans (there’s a callback to the ’90s) are coming to the Boulder Theater next month, and in the face of Adam Yauch’s (more familiarly known as MCA of the Beastie Boys) death, KDTU will be hosting a tribute show for the Beastie Boys June 22, guaranteed to be the best kind of nostalgic fun, especially for those who were in high school in the ’90s. Another important show coming through Boulder is Weir, Robinson and Greene Acoustic Trio. Although this show is sold out at the Boulder Theater already, the group will be performing at Chataqua Park Amphitheater in June. Chataqua is one of Boulder’s most beautiful locations, nestled at the foot of the Flatirons, and any show there is truly a treat. For those who aren’t familiar with the music of Weir, Robinson and Greene, perhaps the trio’s biggest claim to fame is that Weir, i.e. Bob Weir, is one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. Tickets went on sale for this show on May 9 so don’t miss this opportunity to go to one of Boulder’s most scenic locations and enjoy some great music in the sun.
Tonight 7:30 p.m.: An Intimate Evening with Trevor Hall: Music, Stories & Inspiration w/ Jaden Carlson; AA/GA $17.50, $23.50 RESSaturday 8:30 p.m.: In The Beginning CD Release Party 3LAU & James Egert w/ Wiley Webb & Paris Burns; AA/GA $13 ADV, $16 DOORSunday 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.: Boulder Ballet’s Cinderella; AA/GA Student & Senior $15/$22, RES $30Sunday 7:00 p.m.: Grandmothers of Invention – Original Frank Zappa Band; AA/GA $25, $32.50 DOORThursday, May 17 7:00 p.m.: Trampled by Turtles w/ Brown Bird; AA/GA $25 ADV, $28 DOORFriday, May 18 6:00 p.m.: Boulder Roots & Blues Summit ft. Taj Mahal Trio w/ Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin Blues Band & Fredericks Brown ft. Deva Mahal; AA/GA $35, RES $45, GOLD CIR $65Saturday May 19 6:00 p.m.: Boulder Roots & Blues Summit ft. Keb’ Mo’ and a Very Special Guest; AA/GA $30/ RES $40/ GOLD CIR $50
Tonight 8:30 p.m.: Portland Cello Project & Emily Wells w/ Ian Cooke & Shenandoah Davis; AA/GA $15 adv, $17.50 DOORSaturday 8:30 p.m.: Schoolboy Q w/ Ab-Soul, BLKHRTS & DJ Low Key; AA/GA $14 ADV, $16 DOORWednesday May 16 8:30 p.m.: Curren$y: Jet Life Tour w/ The Jets, Smoke DZA, Fiend 4 Da Monkey, Corner Boy P, Trademark & Young Roddy; AA/GA $20Thursday, May 17 8:00 p.m.:Mariachi El Bronx & Two Gallants; AA/GA $15 ADV, $17 DOORFriday, May 18 9:30 p.m.: Boulder Roots & Blues Summit: Ladies of the Blues ft. Treasa Levasseur, Fredericks Brown & Hope Waits; AA/GA $10 ADV, $14 DOOR, Ladies get in free.Saturday, May 19 8:00 p.m.: Boulder Roots & Blues Summit Ft. Anders Osborne w/ Musketeer Gripweed; AA/GA $15 ADV, $17 DOORSunday, May 20 7:30 p.m.: Ane Brun w/ Gemma Ray; AA/GA $10 ADV, $12 DOOR