The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 05/20 & 05/21

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Let’s get to the tunes:

Today (Friday 05/20):

Battle of the Beer Round One with MOONTANG, The Alcapones, and Pro-Leisure at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 830PM-Close

Tonight kicks off Fox Theatre’s monthly Battle of the Beers, and all your favorite brews will be there: Avery, Boulder Beer, FATE, Odell, Oskar Blues, and Upslope. They’re competing for most brews poured, so come thirsty kids! Some of the night’s proceeds will go to charity, but entrance is free + it’s an all-ages show. And of course, there will be music! Boulder’s MOONTANG future-soul collective will be headlining the night, sharing the stage with folkadelic/reggae outfit The Alcapones and funky/jam rock group Pro-Leisure. Get down! (PS: Eye our exclusive Alcapones interview.)

Listen to Moontang’s “Higher Places”:

Lula Granji with Asalott at Tony P’s Music in Denver 10PM-Close

There’s been a lot of Boulder talent at Tony P's lately, and that’s the case tonight, as Boulder’s Lula Granji and Asalott take the stage. Jazzy-psych/funk five-piece Lula Granji will close out the evening, after a trance/dance set from Asalott. This is a show to groove to folks. $5 cover; lots of drink specials. Head on out! (PS: Catch our exclusive Asalott interview here.)

Listen to Lula Granji’s “Orama”:

Midnight Strange at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Everybody needs a little Strange once in awhile, and tonight’s the night Boulder! These indie twangin’, boot swingin’, booze slingin’ boys will be busting out their best bolos for you at The No Name Bar this evening. The five-piece has been working on some sweet new tunes for the summer! Come on over and dance along!

Check out Midnight Strange's "Miniature Lake":

Tomorrow (Saturday 05/21):

The 3rd Annual Upslope Get Down Festival at Upslope Brewing in Boulder 1PM-10PM

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It’s American craft beer week, and Upslope wants to celebrate it with you! They’re throwing a massive bash at their Flatiron Court location that will include brews, several food trucks, 3 stages, and thirteen local bands. The best part? Thanks to Flatiron Subaru, it’s free! Get out in the sun and see Eminence Ensemble, Freekbass, Lady and the Gentleman, Gipsy Moon, Zee Jackson 4, MOONTANG, Punch Drunk Munkey Funk, Booster, Steepland String Band, Realtalk, Reckon, K-Law, and Zen Mustache. Festival deets here. Can’t wait to see you there!

Peep Eminence Ensemble’s album Mouse Hunt:

Project Pabst Music Festival in Denver’s Larimer/RiNo Neighborhood 1PM-10PM

Though there have been a few changes in the lineup (most notably when Courtney Barnett was swapped with Best Coast), tonight’s Project Pabst festival is still going to be rad. Hometown heroes Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats are headlining the gig, with a slew of talented local and national acts tagging along. The Violent Femmes, K. Flay, and others will be helping you party with your PBR tall boy. We will be snapping pics and covering the fest. Stay tuned for our full review; it drops Monday! Full lineup and tickets here.

We know you’ve seen this Nightsweats video already, but watch it again, will yah?:

John Craigie with Dustin Reid at Swallow Hill Music in Denver 8PM-Close

The last time John Craigie was in Colorado, we caught his back-to-back Boulder to Denver shows, and we loved him. Craigie’s troubadour lifestyle gives his music, and his sense of humor, a crafty wit that weaves between his talented songwriting and musical prowess. Craigie has performed all over the world, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve had the chance to catch him live. Also aboard this Swallow Hill gig is Denver’s talented folk and blues singer/songwriter Dustin Reid, who will be opening up the evening on guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. Get tickets while you can! (PS: Here’s that one time we chatted with Craigie.)

Listen to John Craigie’s “Coldest Colorado” (of course we chose this one):

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Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM, and this year, we’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market! Tomorrow, David Coile will be holding things down at the big red tent near the vendors! Stop by to hear this local singer/songwriter and grab some tasty eats!

Check out David Coile’s original “Change Myself”:

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

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This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Colorado Springs’ Hydrogen Skyline. Want the scoop on this female-fronted indie electro rock act? Read our feature on the band here! Make sure to tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light Sunday night between 9-10PM to catch their tune “Victory”!

Happy Weekend!

-Hannah

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Colorado's Divide Music Festival Just Announced Their Beer Lineup- And Let's Be Real- It's As Important As The Music:

At Colorado's Divide Music Festival this summer, the beer is going to be local and delicious.

The Divide Music Festival makes its debut against Colorado’s Continental Divide with three-days of entertainment, outdoor activities and amazing camping grounds. Adding to the lineup of event happenings is Colorado’s best and brightest craft beers, local food artisans and some of the finest crafters from around the state. The Divide Music Festival is creating a truly unique festival featuring the best-of-the-best from Colorado.

This year, the Divide Music Festival is teaming up with three major Colorado craft breweries to offer a range of styles for tasting enjoyment. For the beer connoisseur, this year’s inaugural festival is showcasing the following flavors to make this event the ‘hoppiest’ music festival set in the Rocky Mountains:

Special brews will be showcased and served for VIP ticket holders. Tickets for the three-day VIP experience are $345 and include exclusive seating and shaded areas, front stage access, special beer samples, separate restrooms and other amenities.

“We are extremely excited to be working with this great group of Colorado craft breweries,” said Jason Ornstein, owner, Team Player Productions. “They not only produce some of the finest craft beers nationally, but they are also huge supporters of the Colorado community. Only at The Divide Music Festival will you find this magnitude of Colorado craft beers being served to our anticipated 35,000 attendees from around the country.”

The music lined up for The Divide Music Festival is just as diverse as the Colorado craft breweries. From Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Kid Cudi and The Fray to Blondie, Miike Snow and AMZY, the talent will have people dancing for days. Additional musical acts to hit the stage over the three days include: Bleachers, Cake, JR JR, Passion Pit, Saint Motet, The Coteries, Foxfield Four, Gasoline Lollipops, Gipsy Moon, Kayla Marque, Medic, Modern Suspects, One Flew West, Paper Lights, Popfilter, Redlands, Rumours Follow, Skylaw, Splyt and more. 

Don’t Miss This Inaugural Festival

Music, craft beers, camping, local food trucks, outdoor activities, and Colorado artists make the Divide Music Festival “the must-attend music fest” of the summer. Every music lover and outdoor enthusiast will love the line-up of music and events planned. From exploring nature with hiking, biking, and yoga classes before your music adventures to car camping and RV camping – this event offers the most well-rounded experience for all guests.

For more information on tickets, food/drink, camping, and the full line-up, visit dividemusicfestival.com.

Stay tuned for more information on Divide Music Festival throughout the summer from BolderBeat.