Denver's Rob Drabkin Celebrated Birthday at Denver's Bluebird Theater with Homecoming Show

By: Sierra Voss

Last Saturday night, Denver native Rob Drabkin celebrated his birthday as he took the stage at The Bluebird Theater. Audience members were immediately welcomed into the theater for the night with baked goods passed out by Drabkin’s mother and sister. This immediately set the vibe for the awesome community-feel the rest of the night would have.

Rob began singing at age 23, the same year he wrote his first song and played his first open mic. Since then, Drabkin has been recording music and touring the world after his big breakout album Little Steps (2014) charted internationally. His most recent single, “Someday,” was released last August.

Check out Drabkin’s newest release, “Someday”:

Drabkin currently tours with his band, featuring Brian McRae on drums, Bijoux Barbosa on bass, Eric Moon on keys, and Dave Preston on electric guitar. Rob has certainly surrounded himself with incredibly talent musicians. Saturday night, trumpet player AnDre Mali also shared the stage with the band, and his trumpet solos were some of my favorite moments of the show. Another memorable moment was when the audience broke out into song, singing “Happy Birthday” as Rob’s sister brought a cupcake lit by a single candle onstage for Rob to blow out. The Denver crowd’s connection with this hometown hero was evident and palpable in the room.

Drabkin has found a style and structure of music that is incredibly easy for listeners to digest. The singer/songwriter blends folk and rock genres that result in a sound somewhat reminiscent of Dave Matthews Band and Trevor Hall. His kindness and warm energy radiated through each of his songs, and his stage presence brought smiles to many in the Denver audience. Saturday night’s bill included many of Drabkin’s popular favorites, as well as some unannounced covers including Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Almost Cut My Hair” and Peter Gabriel's song “In Your Eyes”.  

Drabkin clearly has a community in Denver that has been with him since the beginning of his musical journey. The feeling of support and celebration of Drabkin filled the venue Saturday night, proving once again how great the Colorado music scene really is. What better way to celebrate your birthday than playing a homecoming show for the people you love, and whom love you?

Check out Drabkin's music on his site as well as future tour dates.

-Sierra

All photos per the author. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

We Talked to The Fighter and The Kid About Their Upcoming Denver Stand-Up Shows, CO Music, & More

By: Hannah Oreskovich + An Interview By David Landry

This is a duo you don't want to miss. 

You may know actor/writer/comedian Bryan Callen and former professional football player, UFC fighter, and Colorado native/CU alum Brendan Schaub best from their podcast “The Fighter and The Kid”, which garners over 3 million downloads a month. I first heard the comedic duo on The Joe Rogan Experience, which prompted me to dive into their hilarious and wildly successful show. Recently, the two announced that they’re hitting the road together for a nationwide stand-up tour, starting at the Irvine Improv in California this Wednesday, March 16th. We were hoping for a Colorado date, and lucky for us, WE GOT FOUR, the most shows of anywhere that these riotous dudes are scheduled to perform.

Our contributor David recently chatted with the duo about their upcoming stand-up tour, Schaub’s time at CU, Colorado music, and more. So get ready to roar this Friday and Saturday at Comedy Works Denver South, because if our conversation with these two is any indication, it’s going to be one hell of a weekend at the CW. Keep reading, and for the full audio interview, scroll to the bottom and listen up:

D: How yah doing gentleman?

C: Just a couple of men on a Friday morning.

Schaub & Callen. 

Schaub & Callen. 

D: Haha great. So you have a really fantastic podcast. It’s really funny and it seems really natural, like you guys just have fun talking and laughing with each other. How did y’all meet and build that chemistry and create something like this?

S: We’ve always kind of had that chemistry, from day one. I met Brian on the set of The Ultimate Fighter in Vegas and I’ve always been interested in the entertainment business. Bryan is one of the pioneers for that out here [in LA] so when I moved out here, he took me under his wing. He asked me to come on his podcast and we had this weird chemistry, so it was Brian’s idea to start this thing and, man, I was never expecting it to become what it has.

C: Yeah- you never know if something is going to become successful. But we are two guys who are hanging out and talking the way we would anyway- and that’s the big thing. We’re not planning anything. We just go and talk. And when we have someone on as a guest, we’re not trying to interview them…. They’re part of a conversation. There’s no filter.

S: Yeah we have no agenda. We can talk [with our guests] about whatever we all want to talk about. We’re just hanging out. I think a lot of people tune in because [it’s like] they’re one of the guys. A lot of people in this business want the love from everybody, but that’s not the way to go. And that’s how I know a show is good- if we get a bunch of bad comments or good comments, as long as they’re comments, it’s good because then we know they care about what we’re saying.

C: It’s true. In comedy, if 20% of the audience is a little disturbed or maybe doesn’t even like you that much, then you’re doing your job. If everybody likes you, then you’re just one of those comics up there smashing watermelons or something, with all due respect.

S: Yeah I’m thinking about smashing fruit at our next live show Brian. I’m running out of material…

C: I’m already all over it.

D: I think as long as you wear a cabbie hat and a mustache for that, you’ll be fine. So talk to us about this radical tour ya’ll are about to start on March 16th.

S: We start in Irvine and then we head to my hometown of Denver.

D: So Brendan you’re from Colorado? You grew up here and are from the Denver area?

S: Correct- I grew up in Aurora, Colorado and I went to Overland High School, and then I went to University of Colorado where I played football for four years.

D: That’s fantastic. I didn’t know you grew up in Colorado as well. Is that a reason you are doing four shows at Comedy Works Denver on March 18th and 19th?

S: Yeah that’s usually not our game plan. Usually what we do is one city, one night, one show- a big show- in like 800-900 [person] theatres. But in Denver at Comedy Works… I mean I’m from there so I’d like everybody who wants to see it to be able to see it, and it’s Denver. I know they’re going to come out and support, so that’s kind of the plan here.

C: A lot of times we’ll do a show and sell out really quickly but the bummer is we have to turn a bunch of people away and we’re like look, we’re in Denver, let’s just do four shows and see what happens.

D: That’s awesome.

S: Oh and it’s my birthday March 18th!

D: So the 18th show is going to be like a nude show? Everyone’s going to be in their birthday suits?

S: Yeah the only way you’re going to get in is with a birthday suit and a positive attitude. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

Callen preparing to get into his birthday suit. 

D: I’m glad we’re on the same page. So BolderBeat is a music news and entertainment website. Brendan- growing up in Colorado, who were some of the local bands and artists that you were listening to? And what were some of the places you’d go hang out in with your football buddies?

S: I remember one of the [local] bands who was really huge in highschool and college was The Fray. They were awesome. As far as other Colorado bands, I worked security at The Fillmore, The Gothic, and Red Rocks in college so I was around a lot of the music industry… And as far as where we hung out, I was in the typical Boulder spots: The Sink, Pearl Street.

C: Yeah some really big bands have come out of [Colorado] right? Like Big Head Todd [& the Monsters]?

D: Yeah and The Samples. So when you guys go out and do a performance of “The Fighter and The Kid” live, are you going out and doing the podcast?

S: See that’s where people make a mistake. A lot of the bigger podcasts in the podcast world go out and do these live shows, but “The Fighter and The Kid” live show is not a live podcast... it’s a live experience, it’s an entertainment show. It’s not like the podcast. But if you like the podcast, you’ll love this. We get pretty wild and have some fun.

C: Yeah we kind of surprise each other too. We like to throw things in there and get crazy.

D: Nice. So your podcast is weekly- are you still doing the podcast while you are on the road since y’all are on tour until May?

S: Yeah we always find time to get it done. The podcast is our mothership and home base and we know that not everyone can make it to these live shows. We realize that. So people can still bank on two podcasts a week, that’s for sure.

C: Always. Without fail.

D: Cool. Can you tell us one of the weirdest things that has happened to y’all while you were traveling on tour?

C: One time this woman got up and accused Brendan of proposing to her and there was this weird moment in the audience. She was like, “You asked me to marry you.” And she was um… she was the worst. She looked like Brendan with a wig. And Brendan was like-

S: -yeah we do open forum fan questions at the end where it’s a live mic, so you can’t really censor those. So we’ve had some pretty interesting questions. It makes it fun though. That’s how we end every show.

C: Then it’s like $10 to touch us and $15 to have sex with us.

50 Cent   allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

50 Cent allegedly paid $20 in Vitamin Water to touch Callen and Schaub. 

D: Well gentleman, I don’t really have any more questions. We know you’re playing Comedy Works South in Denver this weekend. Anything else you’d like to add?

C: We’re excited.

S: Last time I was in Denver, I was fighting in an octagon for the UFC, so this performance, I think, is going to be a little more fun.

D: Well hopefully there will still be a knockout.

C: Brenden and I are going to do some light sparring on stage, some light sparring.

D: Can’t wait.

Get your tickets to the show while you still can! Buy them here.

Listen to our full audio interview with The Fighter and The Kid:

We’ll see you at Denver Comedy Works South this weekend peeps.

-Hannah & David

All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 02/26 & 02/27

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Picks! Picks! Here they are yo:

Today (Friday 02/26):

Analog Son featuring Jason Hann with The Pamlico Sound at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 8PM-Close


Denver’s funky duo Analog Son will rock your socks at The Fox tonight with Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and other special guests. And Boulder’s The Pamlico Sound will open this magical show, a spot they had to compete for in a recent Battle of the Bands contest. Go get baptized by all these talented funkadelics, and if you’re in Denver, catch both acts at Ophelia’s tomorrow night. Or be a rockstar and see both shows! What a sweet start to the weekend- get tickets to tonight’s performance here.

Listen to Analog Son’s “Shady Nights”:

Jaden Carlson and Friends Birthday Celebration at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Earlier this week, we dropped a sweet feature on Jaden Carlson and her headlining set at The LD tonight. Did we mention Jaden is 15 and has played with Michael Franti and SpearheadThe Revivalists, John Popper, and Blues Traveler? We might have, but you know what? This lady is insanely talented so it’s worth mentioning again! Come celebrate her birthday- she’s sharing the stage with musicians from TAUK, Eminence Ensemble, Lady and the Gentleman, The Drunken Hearts, Mama Magnolia, the Jacob Larson Band, and more. Get to her gig!

Listen to The Jaden Carlson Band’s album Polychromatic:

The Alcapones at Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Reggae/ska six-piece The Alcapones will take the Conor’s stage this evening. Formed on the Front Range, they “bring a new-school feel to what was made popular in Jamaica in the 1960s”. Righteous. The band plans to make you dance alllll night, so come by and get down. And grab an Irish brew while you’re at it!

Listen to their song “Molotov Dub”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 02/27):

Antonio Lopez CD Release Show at Swallow Hill Music in Denver 8PM-Close

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We just brought you a feature on Antonio Lopez’s Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP when it hit the interwebs a couple of days ago. And now it’s time for the release parties! The first one is tomorrow evening at Tuft Theatre at Swallow Hill in Denver. Get your tickets before they’re gone and celebrate with Lopez and opener Theresa Peterson. These two talents are going to put on one awesome show!

Listen to Cloud 9000: Vol. 2: The Alamosa EP:

ASA Martin, Ludlow, Patrick the Pirate, The Real Lyin’ Rohr, & Crust-E the Katt at The Forge in Boulder 630PM-Close

Look- we could give you the info on all of these awesome acts, but half of the fun of walking into a Forge show is not knowing what the h*ll is going on. So we’re not going to. If you just really have to know more, check out the event page right here and preview the bands.

And you know what, here’s ASA Martin’s new EP for your curious listening pleasure:

Anna Englander Trio at Johnny’s Cigar Bar 9PM-Close


Cozy up to some jazz, some bourbon, and a stranger at tonight’s Johnny’s show. Why? Because it’s fun. Anna Englander, Adam Sammakia, and Alex Heffron will light your jazz fire. And Johnny will light your cigar (only in the back room, of course). Read more about the event here.

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PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Denver’s Miles Wide! The trio released their new EP this week, The Kindness of Strangers, and they’re throwing a release party next weekend. So tune in Sunday to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to listen to Miles Wide’s new song “California”!

Thanks Boulder- see you around!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

 

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See Valentine's Day Weekend

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We’ve got your weekend picks, so whether you’re spending it with that special someone or a hard glass of bourbon (we don’t judge), here are the shows to check out around town for Valentine's Day Weekend:

Today (Friday 02/12):

Asalott at Goorin Bros Hat Shop in Boulder 5PM-Close

Looking for that last minute VDay gift? Then this show is perfect for you! Goorin Bros. have an awesome hat selection that your mate is sure to dig. Come by and shop with Asalott’s wicked beats in the background, or bring your babe and make it a date! They’ll make your heart thump while you find the perfect Shalone. Drop on in and get down.

Watch Asalott’s recent Tiny Desk submission video:

Silent Bear Trio and Birthday Celebration at Tandoori Grill in Boulder 830PM-Close

Listen to Silent Bear and The Electric Band:

Abstract Solution at Taco Junky in Boulder 10PM-Close

Abstract Solution is a “rock and roll project that will funk you out with the best vibes, energy, and sound you’ve never heard”. They’re bringing that goodness to TJ’s tonight, so come groove over margs and guac. They promise to make all your dreams come true tonight, whatever those may be. Alright!

Learn more about Abstract Solution here.

Whiskey Autumn at The No Name Bar 10PM-Close

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Whiskey Autumn will be singing to you and your boo behind the big brown door tonight. Come get baddd with this electric-pop and R&B trio - a sensual rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You” has been promised. Things are going to get wild. Come check it out!

Watch Whiskey Autumn’s recent Tiny Desk submission video:

Tomorrow (Saturday 02/13):

February House Concert from The Birdhouse Concert Series featuring Weary Bones and Ben Hanna & The Knighthawks in Boulder 7PM-Close

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Longmont’s Weary Bones will be opening up this lovely evening at The Birdhouse with their “unique harmonies and beautifully odd guitar to bring their honest lyrics to life”. And then Ben Hanna & the Knighthawks will make you sweat. Seriously, you can’t sit still at a BH show. This is an awesome DIY concert, put on monthly by local artists themselves. Go hang in their living room, crack one open, and neck on the couch. It’s gonna be rad.

Watch Ben Hanna's Tiny Desk submission video:

The Next Day (Valentine’s Day- Sunday 02/14):

Valentine’s Concert with The Heartstring Hunters, Ben Rabb, & Shanna Hoar at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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New York folk artist Ben Rabb will be opening up this romantic evening over your heart-art latte as he ends his most recent tour, with special appearance by Shanna Hoar. Then Boulder acoustic indie-folk group The Heartstring Hunters will swoon you into the night at The Laughing Goat. Treat yoself.

Watch The Heartstring Hunters “Let’s Let Go”:

ANNNDDDD HEY-

Big thanks to all of those who bought tickets to the Homevibe Presents show with Ryan Montbleau at The Riverside this Sunday! The show sold out weeks in advance and we sponsored some press for the event so we appreciate those who checked out our feature and are ready to wine and dine their Valentine with Homevibe!

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Our recent partnership with Cafe Aion Music means we will also recap their upcoming weekend shows for the month of February in our Friday feature. This weekend’s lineup includes Ben Hanna and Whiskey Autumn; read more about both acts here. As you might have noticed, each of these artists actually play Friday and Saturday shows in Boulder this weekend, so feel free to fall in love with one and stalk them at both of their performances.

PS: This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Whiskey Autumn! The three piece recently released their single “07.04.07” with an accompanying music video that you can watch here! They’ve got two shows this weekend -one at The No Name Friday & one at Cafe Aion Saturday- so let them croon you and your honey live. Tune in Sunday to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light to listen to WA’s “07.04.07” on Valentine’s Day!

See you lovers.

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Punk's not dead. In fact, it’s not even aging.

By: Nikki Steele

Rancid has the same punk rock energy they always have.

Rancid headlined a show at the Summit Music Hall this weekend (with opener 7 Seconds ) and both bands proved that punk rock is still kickin’.

the stage setup.

the stage setup.

Let’s be honest- the guys from Rancid and 7 Seconds are all older dudes who have been playing for 20+ years. None of these guys look like they’re in their 20s anymore. In fact, it was Lars Frederiksen’s (Rancid guitar/vocals) 44th birthday the day of the show. But what hasn’t aged is the power of their performances. Though  Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds vocals) told us, “we’re out here acting like we're 20, but feeling like we're 60,” you’d never know it. Both sets were full of kicks, spins and punk rock dancing. And this was after both bands had just played Denver’s Riot Fest, Rancid on Saturday and 7 Seconds just eight hours before their Summit set. Colorado usually welcomes out of breath singers, due to our altitude, but no such excuse was needed Sunday night. Neither band put their energy on pause for even a second, and neither did their fans.

The electricity of the punk fans was apparent even at the beginning of Rancid’s set. As Lars started to introduce a song, he got cut off by the crowd screaming his own album titles at him. It didn't take long for the screams to turn into the entire crowd singing “Happy Birthday,” which brought a look of surprise and satisfaction to Lars’ face. He was stoked, and so was everyone around me.

crowd love.

crowd love.

And even when you might have expected things to slow down, they didn’t. At one point, Lars’ amp blew out and the show was paused for ‘technical difficulties.’ Lars shouted, “This is just punk rock!” and proceeded to entertain us with jokes while the roadies worked to get the show going again. Though there wasn’t music happening, everyone was still having a great time.

Sometime after this, a fight broke out in the crowd. Here, Lars actually stopped the set and basically told us that he didn’t care what had happened, that the fight had to stop, and that “this is our time right now, and on our time there is no fighting.” Everyone was quiet. And this is when I had the chance to look around the crowd and realize that one of the most amazing parts of any punk rock show is the fans.

punk rock worship.

punk rock worship.

The crowd was made up of old rockers in their 1991 Rancid shirts, the new punk rock kids whose leather hasn’t even been broken in yet, and a bunch of people wearing Misfit clothes from Hot Topic. And then there were the ones who looked like they didn’t even listen to punk. But no matter which category you fit into, the crowd moved and worked with each other for the rest of the night.

Punk has always been about giving people a place to go to do what they want to do: to dance, to jump around, to mosh, to whatever. The entire crowd moved with the music, from the front of the barricade, to the circle pit in the middle, to the people in the very back of the venue. The mosh pit was crazy; there were even small children moshing! There were crowd surfers flying, people falling down, and beer cans being thrown left and right. The crowd pushed and moved, but when the music stopped, so did all of the chaos, and everyone walked away just fine.

When I left for the night, I couldn’t believe it: Here were these middle-aged guys with a (mostly) middle-aged crowd and everyone was getting down like nothing’s changed. But I guess that's just punk rock for ya.

-Nikki

All photos per the author. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

Watch a Rancid video here: