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

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/15 & 07/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Brews, burgers, and bands- this weekend’s got it all folks:

Today (Friday 07/15):

Foxfeather at The Gold Hill Inn in Boulder 830PM-Close

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

The classy folks of Foxfeather.

Boulder’s folk five-piece Foxfeather will be helping you dance your way into the weekend tonight at The Gold Hill Inn. Most recently, the group has been hard at work in the studio recording their first full-length album after the success of their most recent Kickstarter campaign. So make sure to drop on over to The Inn tonight- you just might hear some of their new tunes!

Listen to Foxfeather’s original “Math Problems”:

SleepWalker, The Swifts, & Wild Love Tigress at Boulder House in Boulder 9PM-Close

SleepWalker.

SleepWalker.

Boulder House is hosting “a night of rock, punk, and funk” this evening with Denver acts SleepWalker, The Swifts, and Wild Love Tigress. For a venue that used to only consist of college kids doing the DJ and drinks thing (the spot is formerly Absinthe House), Boulder House is really trying to make a name as a local mid-level venue. So go check out what they’ve got goin’ tonight! The show is $5 at the door; 21+ only.

Listen to SleepWalker’s “Lady in the Sky”:

The Red Petals at Pizza Bar 66 in Lyons 930-PM-Close

The Red Petals.

The Red Petals.

It’s been a minute since we’ve caught a Red Petals set, so tonight's the night folks. The Colorado blues rock trio will be playing over pizza, so come grab a slice and hear ‘em at it! With influences like John Mayer Trio and White Denim, these dudes are bound to break your heart over a Pizza Bar beer. Get outta town and check ‘em out!

Peep The Red Petals’ cover of “Come On In My Kitchen”:

Tula’s EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Tula, the “Colorado funk quartet with Chicago roots”, is throwing their EP Release Party at The Lazy Dog tonight. The funk and jam rock band will be celebrating and performing their latest release, Follow The Beast Inside, and this show is free! So roll over and trip the funk fantastic. PS: If you’re seeing The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks tonight, here’s your perfect after-party spot!

Listen to Tula’s single from their newest EP, “Bus Stop Booty”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/16):

Park Burger Presents The Denver Deluxe with The Original Wailers, Hip Abduction, & More at Park Burger RiNO in Denver 12PM-8PM

Park Burger is shutting down Walnut Street tomorrow in Denver for a beer garden, burger station, and good tunes. And Denver Deluxe is on board the shebang, in support of Denver Urban Gardens, a nonprofit dedicated to creating neighborhood community gardens. Bands on the bill include The Original Wailers, The Hip Abduction, Rob Drabkin, Musketeer Gripweed, Jonathan Boogie Long, Technicolor Tone Factory, and Atomga. $30 gets you entry, a burger, and two beers. Support local sustainability and check out this event!

More details here.

One Flew West, The Longest Day of the Year, & Whiskey Autumn at The Fox Theatre in Boulder

Whiskey Autumn.

Whiskey Autumn.

Blending the sounds of rock and roll with folk and pop”, Denver’s One Flew West will headline The Fox tomorrow night. Boulder’s alt-rock Americana outfit The Longest Day of the Year will share the stage, and it’s rumored this may be the band’s last performance for 2016. Plus Boulder pop rock trio Whiskey Autumn will open the evening with a killer set that will be their last around these parts for awhile, as the group is hitting the road for the third time this summer on tour. We love all local lineups, so come hang out! Tickets are $11 if you message Whiskey Autumn today; otherwise they’re $14-$16 here.

Watch One Flew West's new music video for their cover of "Come Together":

Stoked to see you out Colorado!

-Hannah

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