Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Brian Wilson, Raekwon, and Gillian Welch announce Colorado dates

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 11:27 AM

click to enlarge Brian Wilson and his band have  booked to perform a  the Pikes Peak Center on April 18. - PHOTO: TAKAHIRO KYONO
  • PHOTO: Takahiro Kyono
  • Brian Wilson and his band have booked to perform a the Pikes Peak Center on April 18.
Fans of Wu-Tang Clan and neo-dustbowl folk will be glad to hear that Raekwon and Gillian Welch have both announced Denver shows over the past week.

But here in Colorado Springs, the big news is that Brian Wilson, who is universally regarded as one of the true pop geniuses of the past half century, has been booked to play the Pikes Peak Center on April 18.

While Wilson's cousin Mike Love owns the rights to the Beach Boys name, and continues to use it for live shows that center around early surf-rock hits like "I Get Around" and cheesy MOR fodder like "Kokomo," Wilson's band has, in recent years, leaned toward heartbreakingly beautiful renditions of classic material from albums like Pet Sounds and Smile. (You can read more about all that in the Indy article “Inside Brian Wilson.”)

The bottom line: If you see just one Colorado Springs show this year — which would admittedly be a weird thing to do — you need to make it this one.

Meanwhile, here's this week's full rundown of new show announcements:

• Raekwon, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 27
• Lockjaw, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 3
• Tatanka, Black Sheep, Feb. 9
• Lucia, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 25
• CupcakKe, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 26
• Prince Fox, Marquis Theater, Denver, Feb. 28
• Ramzoid, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 7
• Rings Of Saturn, Marquis Theater, Denver, March 11
• Forever Came Calling, Marquis Theater, Denver, April 3
• Frankie Cosmos, Black Sheep, Apr. 16
• Brian Wilson, Pikes Peak Center, April 18
• Red Sun, Black Sheep, Apr. 18
• Hall & Oates with Train, Pepsi Center, Denver, May 10
• Wolf Parade, Ogden Theatre, Denver, May 22
• Imparables, Paramount Theater, Denver, May 26
• Odesza, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, June 15
• Umphrey’s McGee, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, July 5-7
• Def Leppard with Journey, Coors Field, Denver, July 21
• Erasure, Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Aug. 10
• Shakey Graves, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Aug. 30
• Gillian Welch, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Sept. 17

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