As the sun rescinds it’s carefree glow of summer and offers instead cool, autumn breath, we must say goodbye to open air concerts and the outdoor festival season. But while you’re putting away your shorts and open-toed sandals, be sure to leave out a pair of dancing shoes because there is a whole lot of music coming to Boulder this fall! Here are the 10 performances I’m most excited for, and you shouldn’t miss, either.
Head for the Hills, October 5, Fox Theatre, October 31, Cervantes
Head for the Hills is a Colorado band whose name has been making its way into my ears since arriving in Boulder earlier this summer. Listening to some of their tracks and performances, it is immediately apparent that these four (sometimes five) gentlemen are outstanding musicians capable of blending many genres of music together to create a style all their own. Though their foundation may be acoustic and bluegrass music, they fuse jazz, rock and roll, and hip hop influences to cultivate something entirely new. I can’t wait to hear them play Saturday night.
Buddy Guy, November 12, Boulder Theater
This man needs little introduction, but in case you’re not familiar, he is one of the biggest, most vital names in blues history. Known to turn his treble all the way to 11, Buddy Guy will keep your ears ringing for days—and begging for more when it stops! Born in July, 1936 in Louisiana, he was inspiration for Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and many other mega-star guitar gods. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a living legend.
Taj Mahal: World Blues feat. Vusi Mahlasela, and Fredericks Brown, October 19, Boulder Theater
Another absolute legend, Taj Mahal will grace the stage with his soothing vocals and driving blues at the Boulder Theater on October 19. This project is unique because, “It is not every day that three artists from different worlds, but who speak a common language, come together for a tour,” said Taj Mahal. He puts a lot of energy into his concerts and his songs are as timeless as any…don’t pass this show up.
Greensky Bluegrass, October 24 and 25, Fox Theatre
One of the bigger acts in the newgrass scene, Greensky Bluegrass are relentlessly on the road perfecting their craft. They take a very pure approach to their music and songwriting, with folk and Americana influences awash throughout their repertoire. There is a reason they will be playing two shows at the Fox this fall, and I for one intend to see what it is!
Twiddle, October 11, Aggie Theatre, October 12, Fox Theatre, October 14, Donkey OT
Hailing from Burlington, VT, Twiddle is a rapidly rising name in the jam band world. They offer a sound and style that is not necessarily “new” or never done before, but certainly has their own fresh take on it all. As time goes on they will come to evolve into their own, and it is a fun process to witness for those listening. There is an eclecticism in their catalogue that keeps you curious about what might be coming next, yet you’ll find yourself dancing to their funky reggae vibes the whole time.
moe. December 6, 7, Ogden
A staple in the jam band scene, moe. has been touring since the early 90’s giving its small and yet dedicated fanbase explosive, mind-blowing jams night after night. They have a long song catalogue, and every show is packed to the brim with songs. Sure to be a fun time there in Denver.
Gov’t Mule, November 5, Ogden
You’ve got to love a night with the Mule. Blisteringly energetic rock and roll, Warren Haynes fires on all cylinders. They were originally a power trio consisting of Haynes, Matt Abts and Allen Woody but have since grown into a fuller band after Allen Woody passed away in 2000. Haynes was and still is today the lead guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band. Their concerts feature rock and roll in all of its forms, from southern rock to straight blues to the psychedelia of the 60’s. See you there.
Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, October 10 Fox, October 11, Gothic Theatre, October 12, Aggie Theatre
Brace yourself for the weird, cause Claypool’s coming to Colorado! The Duo de Twang pairs Claypool up with Marc “Mirv” Haggard, a guitarist, singer and old friend of Claypool’s. Claypool is regarded as one of the greatest (and weirdest) bass players ever to pick one up, so get ready for some thick bass slaps that you’ll feel in your stomach as much as your feet. And I mean that in a good way!
Leftover Salmon, November 29, 30, Boulder Theatre
Let’s hear it for late November hometown, homegrown bluegrass! The guys of Leftover Salmon have been at it since 1989, paving the jamgrass road from the beginning. They have quite a name in the music scene, and despite that…I have never seen them! Having just moved to Boulder a few months ago myself, I cannot wait to romp and stomp with these guys at this hometown show at the Boulder Theatre!
The Motet: Mixtape 1980, October 31, Boulder Theatre
Halloween is always a great night for music and partying and this show with The Motet will not be any different! A truly talented bunch of musicians, these Colorado natives know how to throw a dance party. They are nine piece band and their sound has evolved tremendously over their 13 years together. This Halloween is sure to be a groove fest. Don’t miss it! Check this video out to get a taste.