PICK OF THE WEEK: Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Thursday & Friday, August 2nd & 3rd – Fox Theatre and Red Rocks, CO

Why You Should Go: At its best Ryan Adams’ music is simply beautiful and mesmerizing. At its worst his loose alt country ditties that are entertaining and would land most artists a record deal of some kind. Some would argue that his prolific output comprimises the quality of his records but he stands by his work and claims it deserves attention, and I agree with him. However, I do think that had he culled one album from the 3 he released in 2005 he would have easily had one of the best records of the decade so far.

The music of Adams and The Cardinals invokes images of the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Wilco when they on their game. They are currently touring in support of their recent outstanding release “Easy Tiger” and so far this summer most shows have highlighted the songs from the new album while also showcasing a few standout tracks from older releases especially 2005’s Jacksonville City Nights and Cold Roses.

In the past several years Adams has had some well publicized problems with drugs and alcohol that have negatively effected his shows. In the last year or so he has reportedly cleaned up and by most accounts the shows on this tour have been stellar with Adams in fine voice and form.

Adams shows this summer have either been identified as “Red Cave” or “Blue Cave” performances. As cryptic as this may sound “Red Cave” simply means electric shows and “Blue Cave” means acoustic performances. Adams website identifies the Red Rocks show as a “Red Cave” show so fans can expect a full electric set from the band while The Fox Theatre show will be a 50 minute acoustic “Blue Cave” set. Either way Adams is sure to delight fans new and old.

Below is a clip of “Two” from a “Blue Cave” performance on Letterman recently.

Thursday: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 – (303) 443-3399
Friday: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Red Rocks Park, Morrison, CO 80465 – (720)865-2494

Thursday: 7:30 PM
Friday: 5:00

*Approximate Set Times:
Sarah Bareilles – 8:30 PM
Ryan Adams – 9:30 PM
Paula Cole – 10:45 PM

Show Starts at 5:30 I imagine Ryan Adams will headline and go on around 9:30 or so.


$37.00 (GA)

*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!