Some CSU students staying in the Fort this summer may be
wallowing in the myth that the city clears out when the school year
is over, thinking their social life will slip into a three-month
hibernation. Other students are gearing up, and scrounging every
penny from between the couch cushions to catch a few of the
plethora of great concerts and festivals in and surrounding the
Fort Collins area this summer. Here are a few events that are sure
to put a halt on your endless-summer blues:
18th, Tuesday, Ogden Theater in Denver – Cursive and Saul
This show has all the makings of a very special evening. Come
hear the sounds of Cursive, a prominent face on the ever-rising
Saddle Creek Record Company out of Omaha, Neb., that seems to be
popping out amazing indie bands, such as Bright Eyes and Rilo
Kiley, like it was a job. Joining Cursive is Saul Williams, one the
most poetic and intense acts to come into the hip-hop scene in
quite some time. This collaboration is sure to bring the audience a
memorable, intense and emotional evening of music.
26th, Wednesday, Coors Amphitheatre in Englewood – Coors
presents, “VH1 Classic Summer Hits” with Nelson, Peter Frampton and
Is there really any better excuse to slam a sixer of Coors and
scream in your best alien voice, “Do you feel … like I do?” If
you’re feeling really saucy, keep practicing your best Eric Cartman
impression and let loose when Styx plays, “Come Sail Away.” You
won’t be alone, I promise.
28th, Friday, Avogadro’s Number, Ft. Collins – Hit and Run
Bike down to Avo’s this Friday night for some great bluegrass,
courtesy of Hit and Run. This band recently participated in and won
the bluegrass battle at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. If the
bluegrass isn’t enticing enough, at least go grab a tempeh burger
and hear what you can from the diner.
30th, Sunday, The Bluebird Theatre, Denver – Bob Schneider and
Touring together here are two great singer-songwriters with two
unique styles. Schneider, a veteran on the scene from the blooming
musical metropolis of Austin, Texas, has such a range of
songwriting he can instigate a full-out bar brawl and swoon over
your girlfriend in the same song. The man’s shows are truly
entertaining and worth footing the bill. Hest doesn’t bring as much
energy to the shows but is a talented act as well, often being
compared to James Taylor.
4th – 6th , Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellevue – Yonder Mountain
Mishawaka is a diamond in the rough. If you have not had the
pleasure of seeing a show at the theater 13 miles up the Poudre
Canyon, this is one of the best unknown concert venues in the
country. Yonder Mountain brings its “dance your butt off” bluegrass
to welcome in June and the beginning of a stretch of great concerts
at The Mish.
15th – 19th, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison – The Dead.
Grab your crystals, an appetite for “dank” veggie quesadillas
and enough Febreeze to get that hippie/patchouli smell off your
tie-dye: The Dead are back. For a second year, the remaining
members of the Grateful Dead grace the stage at Red Rocks for six
nights of dancin’ in the streets. Allegedly the spirit of Jerry
will be somewhere in the audience this tour … at least he’s
supposed to be if you’ve eaten enough of the brownies.
19th, Saturday, Universal Lending Pavillion – Dave
If you haven’t heard of this guy, or at least the catch phrase,
“I’m Rick James (explictive deleted)!” then you probably haven’t
set foot on campus this semester. Straight from the silver screen
of “Half-Baked” and Comedy Central, Dave Chappelle brings his
stand-up act to Denver for an evening of pure enjoyment. Note: This
isn’t Bob Hope, and your grandma would probably slap Dave’s face
for some of his choice words, so be careful whom you invite.
25th, Friday, Paramount Theatre, Denver – Al Green.
Any craving you’ve ever had to be swooned away by the sweet,
sweet sounds of soul is sure to be satisfied this night. Bring a
bottle of wine, your favorite suede robe and really, things just
can’t go wrong for you tonight.
26th, Saturday, Red Rocks – 311, The Roots, Medeski, Martin and
Here we go, a collaboration that brings a little bit of sound
for everyone. The progressive jazzy groove of MMW, the funky
rap-rock of 311 and the self-described “organic hip-hop jazz” of
the acclaimed Roots is a sure bet for concert picks this
10th, Saturday, Irish Festival, Littleton – The Young Dubliners
and Alasdair Fraser.
So St. Paddy’s Day was four months ago, whatever. It was cold,
and I still want to drink some Guinness. Come celebrate.
14th, Wednesday, Coors Amphitheatre, Englewood – Tim McGraw and
The Warren Brothers.
Country fans alas, your prophetic son has arrived and he has
brought The Warren Brothers with him to shake things up. Now, if we
could just get Skoal to come in as a second sponsor … ah,
24th, Saturday, Pepsi Center, Denver – Eric Clapton and Robert
Randolph and The Family Band.
So the tickets will cost you an arm and a leg, but it’s worth
it. Not many artists can plow through decades of hits like Clapton
has, and the fact that he has the energy to tour with the
relatively new Randolph, who’s soul-rock keeps audiences dancing
for hours – literally, hours – is quite a feat for “Old Slow
26th – 27th, Coors Amphitheatre, Denver – Lollapalooza 2004.
Perry Ferrell-you silly, silly man. Back and in full force is
Lollapalooza 2004 with, once again, a lineup of bands to satisfy
the needs of all. Acts include, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips,
Gomez, Sonic Youth and Sound Tribe Sector Nine, among others. Also
joining the tour this summer is the cloak-draped, warm-fuzzy cult,
known only as The Polyphonic Spree.
7th, Saturday, The Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins – The Stockholm
Widespread Panic fans, Stockholm Syndrome has got what ails ‘ya.
A collaboration between long-time band friend Jerry Joseph, who has
written and performed with Panic, and Panic bassist Dave Schools
lead the Stockholm Syndrome through a summer tour that is getting
fans hyped for the shows.
9th, Monday, Coors Amphitheatre, Denver -The Beach Boys.
If you are sitting there joking to your friends what a dumb
choice this was, wipe that smirk off your face. The Beach Boys are
not only pioneers in the world of music as we know it now, but also
if you get past that “too cool for school” attitude and admit you
scream “Sloop John B” at the top of your lungs when you’re driving
alone, you can admit you’ll have a good time at the show.
27th – 28th, Friday, Pepsi Center, Denver – PRINCE!