Punishing rock fests and twangy state fair spell summer fun, plus this week's local shows 

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Okay, I know what you’re thinking — Goth Fest? In this kind of weather? As someone who wears all-black year-round and will expound upon my strong opinions about The Cure and Bauhaus loudly, at length, to whomever is within earshot (at least until I fall unconscious from heatstroke), I know that the July 21 date for Colorado Goth Fest 2018 and projected 90-degree temperature may be alarming. One could also point out a bit of irony that it’s taking place at Sunshine Studios this year. But hey, in 2018, you should be thoroughly poisoned with irony.

So let none of this be a deterrent and prepare to let your raven-black flag fly high for the fourth annual edition of the Goth Fest, which features music from Tragic Black, Radio Scarlet, Voicecoil, The Midnight Marionettes, WitchHands and many more. And that’s to say nothing of the accompanying vendors, such as Podiatryst Shoe Salon and the Disgruntled Stitch Ripper.

Continuing on the festival front, July 27 to 28 holds the iNSOMNiSTOCK festival at Rocks Sports Bar & Grill. Friday, July 27, features a lineup on the heavier side, including the likes of Suspension 9, He Kill 3, Sideffect, Deathride and Straight Six, while the Saturday lineup features a more “genre-fluid” array of artists such as Billy Doom, the Charlie Milo Trio, Dylan Holcomb and Foggiest Notion.

Elsewhere, tickets are also now available for the concert lineup of the 2018 Colorado State Fair, and the performers should be of particular interest to country fans. The long-running, Grammy-winning country/gospel crossover quartet The Oak Ridge Boys will kick off the concert series on Aug. 24, followed by local Western favorites the Flying W Wranglers and country singer Neal McCoy, who has enjoyed a successful career since the late ’80s, gaining further notoriety for the truly astoundingly titled 2017 single “Take a Knee, My Ass (I Won’t Take a Knee).” If country’s not your thing, you can also catch Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, country-pop quintet Old Dominion, and Latin-pop singer Lorenzo Antonio amidst the lineup. Oh, Larry the Cable Guy is in there, too, for those who are into that sort of thing.

Meanwhile, here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 7/18

The Ancient Mariner, Musician’s Jam with The Hoodoo (Americana), 8 p.m.
Broadmoor Community Church, Summer Concerts in the Glen: The Skean Dubh (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Distillery 291, Juke Joint Party with Grant Sabin (blues), 6 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Grassfed String Band (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
The Social, Mix & Mingle with DJ Karson with a K (dance), 9 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 7/19

Black Sheep, Short Leash, Remain & Sustain, Morose, Shroud (hardcore), 7 p.m.
Bristol Brewing, John Stone (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Kinfolks, 950 Drum Circle (acoustic), 9:45 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Playing with Smoke (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Summer Madness Showcase featuring Wicked Pimpz, Juliet and more (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
The Social, DJ LemonHead (dance), 9 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Gemini Syndrome, Code Red Riot, The Endless Line, Fall From Silence, Myth of Creation (metal), 6 p.m.
Thorndale Park, Paint the Town Blue: Austin Young Band (blues), 5:30 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Triple Nickel (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 7/20

Axe and the Oak, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Benny’s, Jake Loggins (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Roo, Crystalculture, Why They Fight (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society, Barry Ward (country), 7 p.m.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
First & Main Town Center, Such (indie), 5 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Austin Young (blues), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Jay Martin Duo (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Playing with Smoke (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Starving Artists Showcase (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
Prime 25, Levi & Rifkin (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, Papi and Friends Dueling Piano Show (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Social, Acoustic Happy Hour, 4 p.m. Endless Line, Scoot Bartlett, Scott Wilson, Chris Johnson (acoustic), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Randy Hansen’s Jimi Hendrix Revolution with D-Day Invasion (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Summer Rock Fest with Random Hero, Zahna, Gold Frankincense + Myrrh, Amongst the Giants (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Swirl Wine Bar, John Drew Petersen (acoustic), 7 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Ashlee and Longshot Revival (country), 9 p.m.

Saturday 7/21

Benny’s, Westside Rhythm Kings (blues), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Kalfou CD Release (hardcore), 7 p.m.
The Chicken Coop, Ashlee and Longshot Revival (country), 9 p.m.
Graner Music – Barnes, Lynn Tredeau, Rachel LaFond and Adam Andrews (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Kinfolks, Acoustic Rhythm Machine (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Run with Scissors (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Prime 25, Levi & Rifkin (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Royal Castle Lounge & Grill, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
Single Barrel Craft Burgers & Brews, Dylan Kishner Band (blues), 8 p.m.
The Social, Southern Drawl Band (country), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Cass Clayton Band (blues), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Country Music Project (country), 9 p.m.
Wine Down by the River, Nance Vixen Jazz Duo (jazz), 8 p.m.

Sunday 7/22

Black Sheep, Citizen, Oso Oso, Teenage Wrist, Queen of Jeans (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
The Collective, Playing With Smoke (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Coyote’s Coffee Den, John Drew Petersen (acoustic), 9 a.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Blue Frog With Bruce Hayes (bluegrass), 6:30 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.

Monday 7/23

The Ancient Mariner, Jerrod Fox, Ryan Davis and Friends (Americana), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Metalachi, Thegoodmorningaccordionterrorist (metal), 7 p.m.
Monument Valley Park, Tribe (blues), 7 p.m.

Tuesday 7/24

Black Sheep, Light The Torch, Ovira (metal), 7 p.m.

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