Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stargazers announces Elephant Revival New Year's Eve show

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 2:23 PM

Elephant Revival - LISA SICILIANO
  • Lisa Siciliano
  • Elephant Revival
For local music enthusiasts who don’t want to travel beyond city limits for this year’s New Years Eve celebration, Elephant Revival's newly announced Stargazers show will come as good news. The venue, fans may recall, sold out a Dec. 11 holiday show last year, but the band had to cancel earlier that week. Happily enough, they'll be making it up to disappointed fans on Dec. 31. Tickets are on sale now, but most likely not for long.

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements. All tickets are on sale now, unless otherwise noted.

• Dirty Thieves, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 22
• Little Car, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 13
• Hard Working Americans (featuring Todd Snider), Fox Theater, Boulder, Nov. 14
• Scream Blue Murder, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 15
• Evinair, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 25
• SIR, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 8
• The Anchor with Tonight We Rise, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 16
• Agnostic Front, Black Sheep, Dec. 19 (tickets on sale Oct. 19)
• Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Globe Hall, Denver, Dec. 29-31
• The Wailers, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Jan. 17, 2018
• Silverstein & Tonight Alive, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Jan. 26, 2018
• Dar Williams, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Feb. 27, 2018
• Galactic, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 17, 2018 (tickets on sale Oct. 20)
• Chicago, Pikes Peak Center, March 20, 2018
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Frank Zappa, the Halloween costume and odd hologram tour

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 1:00 AM

The Frank Zappa “Halloween 77” costume box.
  • The Frank Zappa “Halloween 77” costume box.
While Harley Quinn, Donald Trump and Stephen King’s creepy clown are bound to be well-represented at this year’s Halloween parties, the truly discerning pop-culture aficionado will be dressing up as Frank Zappa. A stylish outfit you’ll want to wear the whole year round, this newly issued retro-style Zappa mask and costume capture the ironic humor of the dearly departed rock genius. The deluxe “Halloween 77” box set is accompanied by a candy-shaped USB stick containing 158 tracks of tasty live performances, in 24-bit audio, from a four-night concert run in New York City. You can pre-order the set, which will ship on Oct. 20. In other news, the Zappa Family Trust has announced that Frank will be doing a national tour as a hologram in 2018. And no, we’re not making that up.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Iration and P!nk announce onsale dates

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 1:26 PM

  • Iration
We’ve finally reached that tipping point where most of the shows going on sale this Friday won’t actually be taking place until 2018.

But as far away as that may seem, don’t be surprised if tickets to them — especially St. Vincent, Iration, and P!nk — sell out very quickly.

Here then, for your planning purposes, is this week’s full list of new show announcements and onsale dates:

On sale Friday, Oct. 13
• Jazz Masters & Beyond, with Philip Bailey & Larry Dunn, Dianne Reeves, Bill Frisell and Ron Miles, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 28
• Christmas Jam, with Chris Young, Chris Janson and Chris Lane, 1stBank Center, Denver, Dec. 14
• St. Vincent, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Jan. 15, 2018
• Iration, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Feb. 3, 2018
• NF, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 2, 2018
• Walk Off the Earth, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, March 13, 2018
• P!nk, Pepsi Center, Denver, May 8, 2018

On sale now
• Crowbar,
Black Sheep, Nov. 25
• The Wailers, Fine Arts Center, Jan. 17, 2018
• Dar Williams, Fine Arts center, Feb. 27, 2018
• Sam Smith, Pepsi Center, Denver, Aug. 21, 2018

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Radiohead, Kate Bush and The Meters among 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame finalists

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Kate Bush
  • Kate Bush

Many are called, but few are chosen. The many — in this case, a short list of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 finalists — were announced Thursday, and the nominations go to:

Bon Jovi
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest
Kate Bush
LL Cool J
Link Wray
The Meters
The Moody Blues
Nina Simone
Rage Against The Machine
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The Zombies

From a historical perspective, it's worth noting that Nina Simone has in the past been recognized for her unparalleled explorations of jazz, R&B, blues, soul, folk, gospel and classical music, but this may well be the first time she’s been accused of being a being rock ‘n’ roll artist. That said, the organization has been venturing outside its namesake genre for some time, perhaps out of fear that, with five inductions a year, they’ll soon run out of worthy rock acts.

The induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland on April 14, 2018.
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Atmosphere and Papa Roach top new show announcements

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 11:23 AM

Papa Roach
  • Papa Roach

Red Rocks may be one of the most beautiful venues in the country, but it’s not exactly intimate. So those fans of Atmosphere and Papa Roach who long to see their favorite artists indoors and relatively up close will be glad to know that both have announced Colorado shows that are just that.

Tickets go on sale this Friday for Papa Roach at the Fillmore Auditorium, while Atmosphere are booked to play the Boulder Theater. Other notable new show announcements include Freddy Cole (pianist, singer and brother to Nat King Cole) at Dazzle Jazz, Powerman 5000 (fronted by Rob Zombie’s son Spider One) at the Black Sheep, and Australian metal band Ne Obliviscaris (who apparently have no famous relatives) at Globe Hall.

Here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements. All tickets are on sale now unless otherwise noted.

• He Is Legend, Black Sheep, Oct. 19
• The Nova Kicks, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 25
• Gorgon City, Beta Nightclub, Denver, Oct. 29
• Lo-Pan, Black Sheep, Oct. 31
• Freddy Cole, Dazzle Jazz, Denver, Nov. 1
• Ne Obliviscaris, Globe Hall, Denver, Nov. 5
• Diarrhea Planet, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 5
• The Burial Plot, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 9
• Type, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 10
• Powerman 5000, Black Sheep, Nov. 17
• The Wailin’ Jennys, Stargazers, Nov. 18
• DeadPhish Orchestra, Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple, Denver, Nov. 18-19
• Free Throw, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Nov. 20
• My Body Sings Electric, Hodi’s Half Note, Denver, Nov. 30
• Scale The Summit, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 30
• My Body Sings Electric, Black Sheep, Dec. 1
• Signor Benedict and the Moor, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Dec. 5
• Papa Roach, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 9 (on sale Oct. 6)
• Atmosphere, Boulder Theatre, Boulder, Dec. 13
• August Burns Red, Summit Music Hall, Denver Jan. 29, 2018 (on sale Oct. 6)

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bill Murray & Jan Vogler, plus Emo Night and STRFKR coming to Colorado

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 9:05 AM

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When it comes to concert announcements, it’s hard to compete with Bill Murray — yes, that Bill Murray — joining cellist Jan Vogler on a tour that will combine music from the likes of Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin with readings from Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Walt Whitman. (Bill Murray will also waltz, as you'll see in the video clip below.)

Tickets go on sale this coming Friday for their Dec. 10 “New World” event at Denver’s Bellco Theater, a collaboration that’s being promoted as “great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.”

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, Sept. 22

• Emo Night,
Marquis Theaer, Denver, Oct. 18

• Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, Bellco Theatre, Denver, Dec. 10

• STRFKR, Black Sheep, Jan. 18, 2018

• Machine Head, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Feb. 27, 2018

On sale now

• Trapt,
Herman's Hideaway, Denver, Oct. 5

• Arsonists Get All the Girls, Black Sheep, Oct. 10

• The Bronx, Globe Hall, Denver, Oct. 14

• Alejandro Escovedo, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver, Nov. 5

• Zay Hilfigerr, Black Sheep, Nov. 9

• Cecile McLorin Salvant, Dazzle Jazz, Denver, Nov. 10-11

• Falli, Moon Room @ Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 19

• Weller, Moon Room @ Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 22

• Lil Debbie, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 13

• Moon Tooth, Moon Room @ Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 15

• SOS Fest 1, Black Sheep, Nov. 18

• Jewel, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Nov. 25

• Cam’ron, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 1

• Ekali, Larimer Lounge, Denver, Dec. 8

• Alter Bridge with All That Remains, Paramount theatre, Denver, Dec. 14

• Joe Satriani, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Jan. 24, 2018

• OMD, Ogden Theatre, Denver, March 20, 2018

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples shows on sale Friday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 2:43 PM


A live Bob Dylan show is usually a wild card: What type of backing band will he bring along with him? What era from his nearly six-decade career will he favor? Will he sing in a decipherable way?

It’s a stretch to say none of that matters, but, in some ways, it really doesn’t. How much longer this mercurial artist will be calling the road his home is anyone’s guess, probably even his. And no matter what, it’s going to be memorable in a way that goes beyond just telling the grandkids “I once saw Bob Dylan.”

Tickets go on sale this Friday for Dylan’s Oc. 21 show at the 1stBank Center. Factor in opening act Mavis Staples — one of the two daughters from the legendary Staples Singers as well as a rhythm & blues icon in her own right — and you’ll want to think twice before letting this one slip by.

Meanwhile, here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and onsale dates:

On sale Friday, Sept. 15
• Bob Dylan & His Band, 1stBank Center, Denver, Oct. 21
• Gemini Syndrome, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 28
• Architect, Summit Music Hall, Denver, March 11, 2018

On sale now
• DED, Black Sheep, Sept. 24
Rock For Hurricane Relief feat. Demi Dimetro (of Velveteers), Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 27
• For The Love Of Locals feat. Valienta, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Sept. 28
• Lockjaw, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 1
• Immortal Synn, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 8
• Layne & Soen Bryce, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 12
• The Accidentals, Sangue de Christo Art Center, Pueblo, Oct. 22
• Sammy J & Anuhea, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 27
• Knockout Kid, Black Sheep, Oct. 29
• Wes Tucker, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 2
• Rain In July, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 7
• Perpetual Groov, Black Sheep, Nov. 10
• This Broken Beat, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 10
• Shwayze, Black Sheep, Dec. 16

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Monday, August 28, 2017

KRCC station manager Delaney Utterback honored, remembered

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 11:31 AM

Delaney Utterback, longtime KRCC office and general manager, passed away late last week at age 45.

Friends and family will host a memorial service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Colorado College's Shove Memorial Chapel. Gifts in support of travel assistance to out-of-town guests wishing to attend, as well as Utterback's mother, Gaye Schaefer, can be made via this Delaney Utterback Memorial Fund.

As well, friends will host a Celebration of Life Party for Delaney Utterback from 4:30 to 10 p.m. that same day.

Several of Utterback's colleagues at the station, who worked closely with him up until he left for other pursuits in mid 2015, honored him on this KRCC posting, noting the many hats he wore over the years as well as a legacy that continues thanks to his pioneering efforts.

Adding to her thoughts on that thread, music coordinator and Evening Music Mix Host Vicky Gregor tells the Indy:
I've been thinking non stop about Delaney and what to contribute to his story. I keep coming back to his depth of emotion and passion, his incredible intellect (part Vulcan) and his unwavering trust in those who inhabited his world, whether friend, co-worker or committed ally. He introduced me to countless bands and records. My musical lexicon is defined by most of them; in fact, they are, in many ways, my daily sustenance. You could say he saw me. I fell in love with KRCC, seeing it through Delaney's eyes.
"Delaney Utterback was many things" according to co-worker and KRCC Program Manager Jeff Bieri. - DELANEY UTTERBACK
  • Delaney Utterback
  • "Delaney Utterback was many things" according to co-worker and KRCC Program Manager Jeff Bieri.

More recently, Utterback was involved in work with another local community radio station, KCMJ. Founder and Chair Dennis Apuan says:
The KCMJ radio family is saddened to hear of the passing of Delaney Utterback on August 24th. He was a valued associate, and served KCMJ with passion, dedication and integrity. We will miss him and his devotion to the cause of community voices through community radio.

Several of us on the Indy staff had the opportunity to work briefly with Utterback as well, via a period of media partnership between KRCC and our paper. Publisher Carrie Simison recalls:
Delaney was KRCC when I first started in a management role at the Indy and up thru 2015. He saw the synergy between the station and the paper and was a big proponent of us sponsoring each other’s events, supporting each other’s missions and seeing if there were projects we could work on to combine resources and get more out of our similar independent voices. He was generous, creative, funny, a pleasure to work with … and had truly outstanding taste in music. 
Organizers of the upcoming remembrance say Utterback described himself as a "Designer, Writer, Introvert, Loather, Partner, Struggler [and] Friend to Many Wonderful People." They write: "His heart was pure and giving. His life touched so many people from different walks of life."

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tyler, the Creator, Shania Twain tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 4:34 PM

Tyler, the Creator
  • Tyler, the Creator

If you haven’t already made plans for July 27, 2018, you’ll be glad to know that tickets go on sale this Friday for Shania Twain’s newly announced Pepsi Center show.

The country-pop crossover queen, who scored her first Top 10 hit when Taylor Swift was all of six years old, has since shifted close to 100 million units, making her the biggest selling female artist in country music history.

Meanwhile, this Friday’s other candidate for most-likely-to-sell-out-in-a-matter-of-hours is Tyler, the Creator’s Nov. 8 show at the relatively intimate Ogden Theatre.

Here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, Aug. 25
Shpongle, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 27
The Used, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 30
The Jesus and Mary Chain, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 3
Tyler the Creator, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Nov. 8
The Revivalists, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Dec. 1
Say Anything, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 8-9
Shania Twain, Pepsi Center, July 27, 2018

On sale now
Pullman Standard, Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 14
A Lot Like Birds, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Sept. 19
Morgan Heritage, Black Sheep, Sept. 19
A Lot Like Birds, Summit Music Hall’s Moon Room, Denver, Sept. 19
Vermillion Road , Marquis Theater, Denver, Sept. 30
Ice Nine Kills, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct. 3
Listener, Black Sheep, Oct. 14
Bellwitch, Hi-Dive, Denver, Oct. 25
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, Nov. 12
Rittz, Black Sheep, Nov. 14
Within Ruins, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 15
Wax Tailor, Black Sheep, Nov. 25
Julien Baker, Fox Theatre, Boulder, Dec. 4
Fit For A King with In Hearts Wake, Marquis Theater, Denver, Dec. 13

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kid Cudi, Gwar, and an orchestral Evanescence on sale Friday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 8:26 AM

Evanescence's Amy Lee - PHOTO: P.R. BROWN
  • Photo: P.R. Brown
  • Evanescence's Amy Lee

Most bands who choose to play this area with a full orchestra opt for Red Rocks, but Evanescence will be going that route in the more intimate confines of the Paramount Theatre. Frontwoman Amy Lee and her alt-metal bandmates' newly announced Dec. 13 show will go on sale this Friday, and every ticket sold will include a free download of the band’s Synthesis album when it’s released later this fall. Also on sale this Friday are orchestra-free Noveember performances by Gwar and Kid Cudi.

Meanwhile, here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements and onsale dates:

On sale Friday, Aug. 18
• Kid Cudi,
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 10
• Microwave, Hi-Dive, Denver, Nov. 15
• Gwar, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 25
• Evanescence, Paramount Theatre, Denver, Dec. 13

On sale now
• Smolder and Burn, Marquis Theater, Aug. 27
• Mac Lethal, Black Sheep, Sept. 14
• Cigarettes After Sex, Bluebird Theater, Denver, Sept. 19
• A Benefit for the Trevor Project, Moon Room @ Summit Hall, Denver, Sept. 24
• Ice Baloons, Lost Lake, Denver, Oct. 7
• Worriers, Moon Room @ Summit Music Hall, Denver, Oct. 10
• Swingin’ Utters, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 3
• Citizen, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 22

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Friday, August 4, 2017

DeVotchKa to play free surprise show in Denver

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 3:06 PM

Is it possible that nefarious anti-DeVotchKa hackers somehow infiltrated the Denver band's email account to spread fake news about a free hometown show tonight? That scenario began to seem plausible after we received the following announcement early this morning from the band's official email address:

The only problem was that we could find no mention of the show anywhere online, and were unable to reach the band or the venue for confirmation.

Happily, we can now report that the show is, by all appearances, legit.

While the band is still being very coy about it, Ophelia's Facebook page just posted the same photo from this morning's email. There was no caption or other information. Just the photo.

If you're a hardcore DeVotchKa fan, you're probably already on your way. The rest of us may want to keep an eye on the venue's Facebook page for further clues.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Replay America festival canceled, Third Eye Blind and Jason Aldean shows on sale Friday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 4:37 PM

  • Third Eye Blind
Colorado Springs fans of Taylor Dayne, Billy Ocean, The Motels, Starship, and Naked Eyes were dealt a blow last week with the cancellation of Replay America: The Ultimate 80’s Festival. (Refunds here.) But they can still find some measure of consolation in newly scheduled Denver shows featuring B-52’s cofounder Cindy Wilson, who'll be at the Marquis on Nov. 16, and synth-pop icon Gary Numan, who plays the Gothic on Dec. 18.

Fans of ‘90s music, meanwhile, will be pleased to know that Third Eye Blind, Cat Power, and Our Lady Peace have also booked Colorado shows for the coming months.

Here's this week’s full list of new show announcements and on sale dates:

On sale Friday, Aug 4

• Jason Aldean,
Pepsi Center, Denver, Sept. 15
• Buckethead, Black Sheep, Sept. 21
• The Expanders, Marquis Theater, Denver, Oct 5
• Third Eye Blind, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Nov. 4
• Witt Lowry, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 4
• Our Lady Peace, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 12
• Waterparks, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Nov. 18
• The Interrupters, SWMRS, Summit Music Hall, Denver, Dec. 17

On sale now
• Cat Power,
Marquis Theater, Denver, Aug. 19
• Campfire Caravan Tour, with The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil’ Smokies, Ivywild School, Oct. 13
• Jonwayne, Black Sheep, Oct. 16
• Kesha, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 24
• Cindy Wilson of the B-52's, Marquis Theater, Denver, Nov. 16
• Gary Numan, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Dec. 18

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Earth, Wind & Fire, Too Short, and Cannibal Corpse tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 8:29 AM

Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
If you’ve always wanted to hear live renditions of “Ain’t Nothing Like Pimpin’,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “Evisceration Plague,” you’ll be deliriously happy to know that tickets to shows featuring their respective creators — Too Short, Earth Wind & Fire, and Cannibal Corpse — all go on sale this coming Friday.

Other new concert announcements include appearances by neo-glam rockers Hollywood Undead, Nashville blues-rocker Gina Sicilia, performance-art marching band Itchy-O, semi-Juggalo rapper Tech N9ne, and country Christman fan LeAnne Rimes.

Here’s this week’s full list of new show announcements and onsale dates:

On sale Friday, July 28

• The Fall Of Troy,
Marquis Theatre, Denver, Sept. 4
• Earth, Wind & Fire, Pikes Peak Center, Sept. 27
• Highly Suspect, Black Sheep, Oct. 3 & 4
• Motionless In White, Black Sheep, Oct. 7
• Hollywood Undead, Black Sheep, Oct. 18
• Beach Slang, Marquis Theatre, Denver Nov. 7

On sale now

• Gina Sicilia,
Gold Room, Aug. 3rd
• Itchy-O, Gothic Theare, Englewood, Aug. 26
• Too Short, Black Sheep, Sept. 28
• Grizzly Bear, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Oct. 3
• DevilDriver, Superjoint, Summit Music Hall, Denver Oct. 4
bRed Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Oct. 13
• Afghan Whigs, Har Mar Superstar, Gothic Theare, Englewood, Oct. 21
• Mutemath, Ogden Theatre, Denver, Oct. 22
• Alvvays, Bluebird Theatre, Denver, Oct. 31
• LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour, Paramount Theater, Denver, Dec. 18

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Espinoza Paz, The Selecter, Wolves in the Throne Room announce Colorado dates

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:32 AM


Regional Mexicano music artist Espinoza Paz and pagan black-metal band Wolves in the Throne Room have virtually nothing in common, apart from the fact that tickets for both artist's Colorado shows go on sale Friday.

In other new concert announcements, ska-punk pioneers The Selecter are paying a return visit to Denver, as are Chicago industrial veterans Ministry and “boombastic” reggae-pop artist Shaggy.

And with that, here is this week’s full list of new show announcements:

On sale Friday, July 21

• Espinoza Paz,
Paramount Theatre, Denver, Aug. 27
• Whitey Morgan, Black Sheep, Sept. 1
• Hail The Sun, Black Sheep, Sept. 6
• Wolves In The Throne Room, Black Sheep, Oct. 2

On sale now
• The Selecter,
Larimer Lounge, Denver, Aug. 11
• Soul Rebels, Big Freedia, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Sept. 2
• Shaggy, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, Sept. 20
• Tuck & Patti, Soiled Dove Underground, Denver, Oct. 5
• Ministry, Death Grips, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Oct. 29
• Victor Wooten, Gothic Theatre, Denver, Nov. 8

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Flux Capacitor's do-it-together team

Posted By on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 12:05 PM

Flux Capacitor co-founders Bryan and Sean Ostrow tend to be the most visible members of the team, but it takes more than two to make things work. We spoke to the rest of the Flux team as part of our coverage of the rebirth of this beloved DIY venue and the Pikes Peak Library District's forward-thinking plans for the Knights of Columbus Hall, which will host Flux 2.0. (The following interviews have been edited for clarity.)

  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • Nick Pryor
Nick Pryor, 30, built the original Flux Capacitor's stage and sound booth. Generally, he handles the technical stuff and occasionally works as the sound engineer. He plays guitar in both Alone and Still Valley. By day, he's a wholesale hardwood flooring distributor. He also builds custom guitar/bass speaker cabinets.

Indy: How did you get involved with Flux Capacitor?

Pryor: Through Bryan and Sean. I actually lived with both Bryan and Sean at the time we started Flux. I used to be involved in the DIY scene down in Pueblo, and I had a place down there called the Fallout Shelter. It was just my house, but we had shows there for two years.

Why do you think Flux is important?

I was a band nerd, and that was about it... I was interested in guitar. I got into bands and I actually played at a place [in Pueblo] when I was 13, and it changed my life. I loved it. I had something that didn't make me depressed. It was something that gave my life meaning. I think it’s important for cities to have these type of things because not everybody’s into football and those type of things. It’s especially important for kids to have things to do that aren’t sports or drugs... A lot of being drug free, for me, has to do with music.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?

I just want to see new people come and check stuff out, people that didn’t like to go out before or didn’t feel like they had friends. I want people to find friends within the Flux community. I hope it lasts, too. I hope we have the space for quite some time. It’s awesome that the people at the library are helping us out like this. It’s an amazing thing, and it goes to show that there are people who are involved with the city who do care about things like this.

Naboth Gonzales - CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • Naboth Gonzales
Naboth Gonzales, 28, mainly does grounds maintenance, usually unlocking the venue door and helping bands load in, as well as cleaning and working the door. He does not play in any bands at the moment. By day, he's a dishwasher at a local restaurant.

Indy: How did you get involved with the Flux?

Gonzalez: My friend Greg [Mullenax] was helping them out. He was having a kid and he was working a job, and he didn’t have any time for it. So I said I could do it… It’s nothing I took lightly. I wanted to be part of it. That meant I had to be there all the time, be there when bands got there. I was totally cool with that. I really enjoyed it.

Why do you think Flux is important?

It’s a place for people who don’t necessarily fit in to come out and watch bands they actually like. We all come together, and it’s not just under one person or one thing, really. We have Bryan and Sean who are the guys who get our names out and do everything, but it's a big community family. When I started, I never thought I'd be part of something like this.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?
I want to see more art classes. I want to see more art in general. That was one of my favorite things, when people would come in and do murals on the wall. It was always cool to see how that process went; how it started out as a sketch on a piece of paper and it became this big mural on our wall. It's cool to see the community contribute.

  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • Josh Austin
Josh Austin, 27, helps with security and works the door, occasionally helping with sound. He plays bass in Autumn Creatures and guitar in both Soul Vice and Dream Hearse. By day, he's an HVAC installer.

How did you get involved with the Flux?
I’ve known Sean and Bryan, for a while now. I’ve known Sean since I was 18, 19, almost ten years now. I saw they were starting a venue, so I wanted to get involved. I just kept hanging out at the Flux until Bryan said they needed someone to be here in a full-time type deal and help pay rent.

Why do you think Flux is important to the community?
I think it’s good for any community to have different artistic outlets for people of all ages to express themselves in a place where they don't have to worry about being judge, and also to see what other communities or "scenes," for lack of a better word, experience. It plays a huge part in building a community within a town.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?
[I want] more people coming out to shows, more local bands being made, more people getting involved and booking their own shows — just more creativity, I guess. More art.

W. Cameron Barrett, left - CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • W. Cameron Barrett, left
W. Cameron Barrett, 27, serves as a general assistant at the Flux, working the door and helping keep things organized. He plays guitar and sings in 2 Fly 2 Die, and he plays bass and sings in Ultraviolet. By day, he's a cook.

Indy: How did you get involved with the Flux?

Barrett: I was always friends with Sean and Bryan. I knew about them when they were just playing in Blighter, and we kept in touch through going to shows. I heard they were opening a new venue and, of course, I went to go check it out. I ended up hanging out there more than anywhere else.

Why do you think Flux is important to the community?

It provides rare opportunities for artists to mingle with one another, beyond just being a venue. There were a lot of opportunities to be social with other artists. That allowed a lot more bands to form and a lot more art to get made, simply because of the environment itself. I think Flux provided a safe haven for gritty, real artists.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?

I’m hoping that it introduces a lot of people that might not otherwise know the DIY culture, this culture of creating your own art and creating your own scene with your friends. I like the idea of bunch of kids getting into DIY culture. It doesn't take much to contribute to a music scene.

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  • Caleb Butcher
Caleb Butcher, 24, started as a sound guy and worked the door, eventually teaching himself photoshop and becoming the main flyer artist for the venue. He sings in Dream Hearse and plays bass in Soul Vice. By day, he's an AV installation technician.

Indy: How did you get involved with the Flux?

Butcher: I’m from Colorado Springs, but I went to school in Florida for two years to study show production. When I came back to the Springs, one of my main goals was to start a DIY space. I knew Sean, and I approached him with the idea, saying "I have this skill set and you have connections." He told me that he and Bryan had already been planning on doing something... When they found the space for the Flux, they asked if I wanted to be a part of getting it going, and I was all for it.

Why do you think Flux is important to the community?

I think it's important for musicians to have a space that will let new bands and new musicians play their first shows, or play shows in general. A lot of places in the Springs are bars or bigger spots and it's harder to get a show in, like the Black Sheep. They have a more business-focused agenda, so they don't always take risks on new bands. I definitely ran into that when I was trying to start bands. [Flux is] a place for people to come and share what they've been making.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?

I hope we get more people involved, more than just the core members. That’s always something we wanted. We wanted it to be truly a community thing, so I want to see more people getting into DIY, maybe even starting their own spaces. I want to be an inspiration, to show that DIY can thrive, even in harsh times. And I want more shows, bigger and better.

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  • Quintin Gamer
Quintin Gamer, 19, works at the door, cleans and helps bands load and unload. He plays bass and sings for Youthful Nothings, and he occasionally plays washboard for the Tejon Street Corner Thieves. By day, he works at a Jamba Juice.

Indy: How did you get involved with the Flux?

Gamer: I heard rumors about a new DIY venue, and then I saw a Facebook page, a little while before there were actual shows happening. As soon as I found it, I was messaging the page nonstop, saying "Please let me help." I was just so interested! I found out Sean was involved, so I befriended [him]. He ended up giving me flyers for the first show to post around. Ever since the beginning, I've been hanging around with them.

Why do you think Flux is important to the community?

On the outside, it looks like just some punk or metal club where you’d expect the same sort of people and ideas. But on the inside, it’s a hub of eclectic people and groups that, maybe on the outside look similar, but when you actually get to know these people, there's vastly different interests, drives, needs and experiences. The Flux was for everybody. You could go and take your band there and experience shows in a safe setting, and it wasn't a breaking-the-bank thing. It was something in the city that the youth cared about, and we need things like that.

What's something you hope to see or make happen at the new Flux?

It already feels like we’ve accomplished so much, it’s almost like, "what [else] could be added?" Maybe more interconnectivity among members of the scene. I want more people to feel like they matter and that they're involved. [I hope to see] more ideas being shared and expressed and more people making things.
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