Gentle readers, by the time you encounter this edition of Reverb, I hope you're in a nicer world where you don't see events indicating that Korn will be playing at the Platte Walmart and so forth. I'm cautiously optimistic. I admit, though, that I had similar thoughts when I read that Mike Love is playing the Black Sheep on May 18, two nights before the critically acclaimed metal band Baroness hits the same venue's stage. Why is the Beach Boy that nobody likes touring by himself, and why would he come to the Black Sheep? (Nothing ill meant against the Sheep by that statement — quite the opposite, in fact.)
Luckily, my sanity was restored when I realized it was, in fact, Mike Love the Oahu-based reggae singer, who has shared stages with Michael Franti and Steel Pulse, and is known for his revolutionary, environmentally minded lyrics.
I experienced the same amazed and incredulous feelings by reading the long list of brand partnerships flaunted on a recent press release for Pitbull, who kicks off The Bad Man Tour along with Latin megastar Prince Royce this summer. But, lest we forget, in 2012, a contest sponsored by Walmart and Energy Sheets was held, promising fans whose city received the most likes on Facebook that Pitbull would appear and perform at their local Walmart.
Thanks to the noble efforts of satirical music writer David Thorpe and comedian Jon Hendren, Pitbull ended up being sent to the most remote Walmart in the country, in Kodiak, Alaska. You won't have to travel quite so far if you want to catch Pitbull, as his tour arrives at the Pepsi Center on August 18.
Meanwhile, this highly unlikely announcement is shocking because it's actually true: Original Misfits frontman Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only are reuniting under the Misfits banner with guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein for Riot Fest, which comes to Denver for the Labor Day Weekend, running Sept. 2 to 4. After decades of contentious legal battles within the group, many considered Danzig and Only rejoining forces to be only slightly less likely than, say, The Smiths reuniting. We'll have more on the full Riot Fest lineup in our May 25 issue.
In a final moment of the mild surrealness I've experienced this week, you can catch singer-songwriter Ronny Cox at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on Friday, June 10. There's nothing surreal about Cox's rootsy, emotional music and storytelling, nor his virtuosic band. However, it's a good thing he went on to have an extensive career as a musician and character actor, otherwise he might be billed as "the guy who played guitar during the infamous Deliverance 'Dueling Banjos' scene."
Aside from the various music festivals coming in thick and fast, this week brings plenty more of interest.
Popular local "trashgrass" trio Tejon Corner Street Thieves play Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse May 18.
An array of hip-hop artists descend upon the comfortably divey, reggae-themed Royal Castle Lounge on Platte Place on May 19, including Mars, Jason Porter, King Pien, Cannibus Klown, Native Thug, and more.
The hip-hop continues on May 20, with Houston-based emcee Z-Ro appearing at Rawkus, while Peak 31 features Juz J, Citurs, JKNack, Empirical Knowledge, DUBZZ, Young Gunna, and more.
Local blues-rockers Rocky Gene Wallace and Brickyard continue their series of 10th-anniversary shows at Benny's on May 20.
Sunshine Studios hosts Littleton hard rock quartet Red Tide Rising on May 20, joined by Cosmic Waste, The Furzurds and Winter Nacht.
Maryland-based ska-punk band Bumpin Uglies plays the Black Sheep May 21, joined by Fort Collins' Rawtune, Denver's Red Sage and locals The KnightBeats.
Los Angeles "rap-gaze" act Moodie Black hits the Flux Capacitor on May 22, joined by shoegazy Denver quartet H i d e a n y w a y, Mobdividual and $laves.
Also on May 22, Manitou Springs' Unikord, a band described as "loud, nasty rock & roll," "kill-metal," and "one-chord wonders," is doing a rare reunion gig at Kinfolks as a benefit for the family of the recently passed Jeremy Cupit. Other performers include Dylan Fudge, Ruxton Railsplitters, Grant Sabin and a reunited Creating a Newsense.
Finally, Chicago-based Americana artist Adam Lee stops by the Triple Nickel Tavern on May 29 as part of his "Cashin' Out" solo tour. Lee formerly fronted alt-country act the Dead Horse Sound Company before gaining further prominence playing Johnny Cash in the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, and plans to release a new LP later this year.
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