PICK OF THE WEEK: Jason Isbell & Centro-Matic – Thursday, August 9th – The Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO

Why You Should Go: Centro-Matic frontman and founder Will Johnson and Jason Isbell seem to be cut from the same cloth. Both men are essentially singer-songwriters who put their own fuzzed out, rock-n-roll twist on music that is rooted in the american tradition.

Centro-Matic hails from Austin, TX and Johnson has been cranking out records for years in several different bands, each of which fits a different musical personality that he struggles to give time to shine. Centro-Matic is the strongest of these bands and though they aren’t out of the small clubs yet in most of the country, they were given an early spot on the mainstage at the Austin City Limits Festival last September and got a great turnout.

Their music is rough and tender with a bar-room feel that is accesible while still unique in its sound. First timers will get sucked in by the groups easy going attitude, simple yet effective guitar hooks and heartfelt vocals. With a new EP, Operation Motorcide, and at least 7 full length CDs under their belt, it is hard to know what songs Johnson and company might pull out on tour.

Jason Isbell recently parted ways with rising Southern Rockers, Drive By Truckers, to venture out on his own and pursue a solo career. His recent solo record Sirens Of The Ditch has been very well received and he has put together a new band “The 400 Unit” to tour with him in support of the release.

Click here to read a feature story that appears in this months Marquee Magazine on Isbell.


Jason Isbell:

Venue: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver, CO – 303.291.1007

8:00 PM

*Approximate Set Times:
Centro Matic – 10:00 PM
Jason Isbell – 11:00 PM

$12.00 (ADV)
$14.00 (DOS)

*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!