It's mid-August in Colorado Springs. We've all worked hard, and I feel we all deserve a funnel cake and walking lizard for our collective efforts. Luckily, this year's installment of Springs Spree will be in full tilt at Memorial Park on Aug. 13 and 14, so you can collect your richly earned spoils while taking in a diverse lineup of bands, including B Positive, Modern Suspects, Ghost Radio, Goya and Sound Studies, among others.
Headlining the proceedings on Aug. 14 is Los Angeles-based indie-pop ensemble Trapdoor Social, who hold a local connection of their own due to their collaboration with the Mesa Ridge High School marching band on their single "Fine On My Own." The song, which received plenty of airplay, started a partnership resulting in Trapdoor Social raising over $7,000 to help fund Mesa Ridge's band program. Students and alumni from Mesa Ridge will take the stage with the band (and their solar-powered tour trailer) once again at Springs Spree.
Meanwhile, an update for the Denver edition of Riot Fest: The festival has added several "after party" club shows to the proceedings Sept. 2 to 4 that allow a chance to catch some of the headliners in a less parking-lot-esque atmosphere. You'll also find The Aquabats, Lagwagon and Me First & the Gimmie Gimmies at Summit Music Hall, while Against Me! hits the Marquis Theater. More headliners and guests are expected to be announced soon.
Also in Denver, on Aug. 10 you can be part of the Bud Light Party Convention. On some level, I suppose one has to respect Anheuser-Busch's dogged determination to stick to this election-themed ad campaign, despite very few Americans enjoying the caucuses, conventions, or just about anything election-related. (To say nothing of the temporary renaming of Budweiser as "America" despite its parent company being based out of Belgium.) But, hey, you can see Young the Giant and The Strumbellas.With that, here's a look at further musical opportunities this week:
On Aug. 10, you can catch Detroit's pop/R&B singer Mike Posner at the Black Sheep with Juz J in support.
The Flux Capacitor hosts a mixed-genre night on Aug. 11, featuring Virginia's rootsy punk singer-songwriter Mike Frazier, Oklahoma hardcore act Valleys and locals Dead Set.
Also on Aug. 11, long-running Houston hardcore/thrash band D.R.I. (or Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) takes the stage at the Black Sheep, joined by 8 Bucks Experiment, The Mostly Don'ts and Haj Paj.
If you're feeling nostalgic for '90s country, Cowboys has just what you need on Aug. 11 with an appearance by Trick Pony, perhaps best known for the ubiquitous country bar track "Pour Me."
Meanwhile, at Mountain Fold Books on Aug. 11, Savannah's mellow indie-rock act Triathalon will perform, joined by Boulder's Bad Rat and Mitchell Macura's Cocordion project, now performing in a trio format.
On Friday, Aug. 12, Stargazers Theatre hosts blues guitarist Big Bill Morganfield, who has played with such luminaries as Taj Mahal and Pinetop Perkins, and also happens to be the son of the legendary Muddy Waters.
At Peak 31 on Aug. 12, a full evening of metal features Iridium, Image Of, Icarus Echoes and Enduality. Notably, Fall From Silence was also originally slated to perform, but they will instead be representing the local metal scene at South Dakota's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally the same night.
Aug. 13 brings Dallas-based dubstep/trap artist AFK to Rawkus, along with Colorado acts Nova 9, DJ GBP and MVRTIVL LVW.
Finally, fresh off the unclassified dispatches from Fort Carson, Iron Horse Park will host a concert featuring Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on Aug. 13. The event includes a free steak and hot dog dinner for the first 3,000 Department of Defense ID card-holders.
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