Hanging out under the mistletoe, one leftover salmon, rock stars
and spare change for some bum in Denver await you this holiday
season. Being out of school should hopefully provide some spare
time that you can fill with tunes so here is an overview of some
good shows through the end of the month.
Tonight, the Fillmore Auditorium plays host to KBPI’s Mistletoe
Jam featuring Staind & Puddle of Mudd. KBPI is known to put on
a quite a show and both headlining bands have developed a devoted
group of listeners so it should be a good time.
Friday night the show to check out is definitely Vince Herman at
the Aggie Theatre. Vince is the guitarist and vocalist for the
Boulder breakout band Leftover Salmon. Leftover Salmon recorded
their first album in 1993 and has since gone on to become one of
the foremost grassroots groups in the United States. Being able to
see even one member of the band should be well worth the cover
charge. The show also features John McKay with Canine Unit.
Another great show Friday night should be William Topley at the
Fox in Boulder. Topley is a world-renowned musician whose fan base
includes Rolling Stones Producer Jimmy Miller and Neil Dorfsman,
producer of acts such as Sting and Dire Straits.
Monday night features a show that many have been looking forward
to for longer than originally expected. Matchbox 20 is playing
their show that was rescheduled from November, when lead singer Rob
Thomas got unexpectedly sick and had to cancel. The group have
established themselves as rock stars and have developed a worldwide
Dec. 20 features a favorite local band at the Starlight. Twelve
Cents for Marvin has been performing around Fort Collins as well as
the West coast for years and is one of the top acts to come out of
this humble city in the last ten years. Named after a homeless guy
in Denver they’ve been voted as one of the best local bands in Fort
Collins over the past several years. A phat mix of funk, ska,
reggae and rock, they’re definitely a band worth checking out.
Another excellent band, On Second Thought, is performing a
one-night-only reunion gig at Herman’s Hideaway in Denver also on
Dec. 20. On Second Thought was a Fort Collins legend but played
their last show in February 2002. However, due to an outpouring of
email and pleading requests OST has agreed to this gig. If you’re
in Denver this is one show you should definitely not miss, because
it won’t happen again.
Dec. 30 has two great gigs going on.
Blackalicious, the funky hip-hop group with hits including their
verbal assault “Alphabet Aerobics,” is performing at the Fox. For a
completely different twist on the music scene check out the Younder
Mountain String Band at the Paramount theatre. Both shows guarantee
a good time with good tunes.
Finally ring in the New Year with Big Head Todd & The
Monsters at the Fillmore Auditorium if you’re in Denver. This group
has a huge local following and for good reason — they’re one of
the best rock and roll groups touring. If you’re in the Fort check
out local hip-hop group Listen at the Aggie Theatre.
Have a great, safe holiday season and let the good tunes
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