It may be hot outside now, but before you know it that famous Colorado weather will change to fall, bringing us cooler temps and PSL’s, but taking with it the music festivals we all love. Here’s a few of the best that have yet to occur.
Velorama Music Festival
August 11-13 | Wilco • Death Cab for Cutie • Tennis
Twelve blocks of Denver’s rapidly changing RiNo neighborhood are set to become a 3 day party when the Velorama Music Festival rolls into town. Featuring 3 days and nights of music, community and the Colorado Classic bicycle race, Velorama is sure to bring the good times with headlining sets from Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and the Old 97’s, as well as hundreds of vendor booths and food options galore. This fest also opens early and promises family friendly fun and activities for everyone in the ‘hood.
Bohemian Nights at NewWest Fest
August 11-13 | CAKE • Paper Bird • Leftover Salmon
Set as a way to “feature new, emerging and established Colorado music” and “reveal Fort Collins as a musical city”, Bohemian Nights at NewWest Fest brings a lot to the festival table; there’ll be 8 stages pumping out music over the course of three days in Fort Collins. You’ll get to shake booty to alt-rock royalty CAKE and groove to jam legends Leftover Salmon at these stages, as well as 50+ more local and touring acts. There are over 250 art, food and specialty booths, 2 different sections just for kids (including an interactive childrens music tent). But quite possibly the best part of all this is that Bohemian Nights gives entry to all this to for all of us for free. You’re welcome!
Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
August 18-20 | Gregory Alan Isakov • Loudon Wainwright III • Lake Street Drive
Now in its 27th year, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons is a long-standing tradition and three day camping party brought to you the folks at Planet Bluegrass. For over two decades they’ve presented “the world's finest acoustic musicians in breathtaking Colorado settings,” and this year isn’t looking any different! Sets from indie-folk charmer Gregory Alan Isakov and folkie-turned actor Loudon Wainwright III are on the docket, but there’s plenty more where that came from if you like your music unplugged! From morning time to 11pm August 18-20, Lyons, CO will be Folk City USA, and you’d be a fool not to take the trip!
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Extreme forms of modern music, (namely metal, hardcore and all subgenres contained therein) are well known for their brazen lack of goofiness. But in today’s heightened political and societal climate, I think we could all use a little more humor in our day-to-day lives. And Colorado Springs unholy trio Night of the Living Shred are here for you, babe, on Ain’t Nothin’ to F*ck With.
Sonically, NotLS takes the highway to the thrash-in’ zone; monster crunchy metal riffs and a bludgeoning rhythm section run this album, and they do it damn well. These, however, are anything but funny, so the yucks delivered by NotLS are contained within its lyrics and song titles. Featuring catchy li’l diddies with sweet names like “When I get Sad I like to get drunk and listen to Lucero” and “Straight Edge For Life...Or at least until I turn 21”, Night of the Living Shred keeps their tongue planted firmly in cheek. This, along with a bunch of skits interspersed within the album taking on Guitar Center n00bz, bro reggae dudes and crust punx alike, make the record just as much a charmingly off-kilter blend of comedy album and thrash-core rager, perfect for longhairs and thrash-zoners who need a laugh.