The hardest thing to navigate at large music festivals — well, besides huge crowds, sunstroke, overpriced beer and the bathroom situation — is the logistics of catching all the bands one wants to see on a given day. Luckily, Denver's Riot Fest and Rodeo is alleviating that stress a bit by introducing its equivalent to after-party parties: Riot Fest official after-shows.
Following the regular Riot Fest proceedings on Aug. 28, 29 and 30, several acts will perform shows later in the evenings at Summit Music Hall and the Marquis Theatre.
On Friday, Aug. 28, The Damned will be joined by Meat Wave at the Marquis, while Thrice appears at the Summit. On Aug. 29, The Lawrence Arms, Elway, and Success will play the Marquis, while Summit features Doomtree, Cayetana, and Input + Broken.
Finally, Rancid and 7 Seconds will appear at the Summit on Aug. 30, while the Marquis hosts Drive Like Jehu and Joyce Manor.
These shows will likely sell out quickly, so act fast. I hope your summer concert ticket budget is healthier than you anticipated.
Meanwhile, closer to home, local indie-folk stalwarts The Haunted Windchimes have released a new live album, Live Chimes, Volume One, available now through Blank Tape Records. If you've been hankering for new Windchimes material since their 2012 LP, Out With the Crow, this 15-song collection will surely do the trick, comprising an abundance of unrecorded and unreleased material.
As Blank Tape Records co-conspirator Conor Bourgal recalls, "The Windchimes were all set to release a new studio album last summer, in 2014. It was pretty much done; had a name and everything. When they parted ways with bassist Sean Fanning, the album got set aside and eventually scrapped altogether in favor of this live collection that acts as sort of a bridge between the band's older stuff and the new songs that they're coming up with. Songs like 'Second Wind' and 'Over the Line' have the classic Windchime vibe, but something new about them, too."
The album was recorded live over the course of two days at Songbird Cellars in Beulah. Can we read into the "Volume One" designation and expect future installments in the "Live Chimes" series?
"This is a band that writes so many songs, they could easily put out Live Chimes, Volumes 2-10 with songs they've already written," says Bourgal.
The Haunted Windchimes will be making appearances at festivals nationwide this summer, but you can catch them at the ARISE Music Festival in Loveland on Saturday, Aug. 8, and they'll be opening for Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops on Aug. 14 at the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities.
As for the immediate future, here are some local highlights for the coming week.
Veteran country falsettist/guitarist and 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill appears at the Pikes Peak Center on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
On Thursday at Sunshine Studios, it's a veritable marathon of metal: headliners Kobra and the Lotus, a Calgary-based power metal band fronted by former classical singer Kobra Paige, will be joined by a slew of support acts, including San Francisco's Hatchet, Arizona hard rockers A Fall to Break, Pueblo's Goatsilk, the classic-rock inspired Sabbatar, and local "melodic metal" act Neverlight.
Friday brings local Pink Floyd tribute act Colorado Floyd to Stargazers Theatre, while Cowboys hosts country-rocker and erstwhile bullrider Cody Johnson.
Finally, on Saturday, the venerable singer-songwriter Leon Russell is appearing at Stargazers. Russell still maintains a hearty tour schedule after releasing an astounding 37 LPs, the most recent of which came out last year. He's also the subject of the previously lost 1974 documentary, A Poem is a Naked Person, which debuted earlier this spring.