PICK OF THE WEEK: Midlake – Tuesday, October 2nd – The Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO

Why You Should Go: Every once in a while, a band comes along that undoubtedly evokes something special. You don’t know what it is, but you are certain that they belong set apart from amongst the crowd of musical peers in which they lay.  You quickly find yourself coming to the foregone conclusion that this band’s music is to be revered and will remain relevant for some time to come. Midlake has not only embodied this idealism in the hearts of many already, but with the introduction of their latest album, ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’, they are making it a reality.

Midlake formed in the small, quirky Texas town of Denton.  There the five diligent musicians toiled to create a sound that was pleasing, as wellas their own. Soon enough they were discovered by Bella Union Records owner and Cocteau Twins bassist, Simon Raymonde. Simon fell deeply in love with the band, and together they began to cultivate a relationship built upon sharing Midlake’s music to the world. The band continuously worked day and night to create what would become their debut album, an album of incredible vision, talent, dedication and eccentricity: ‘Bamnan and Slivercork’.

Released in June of 2004, ‘Bamnan and Slivercork’ became a instant favorite for many critics and fans worldwide.  After a series of touring stints both domestic and abroad, Midlake rapidly found themselves being embraced by a much larger fan base than ever before. Included in the group was actor and skateboarding legend Jason Lee (My Name is Earl, Mallrats, Almost Famous, etc.).  Jason joined forces with Midlake as a huge supporter, promoter, and collaborator, directing and filming a video for their single, ‘Balloon Maker’.  In June of last year, Midlake appeared with Jason on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ where they were received with an
overflow of wonderful reviews.

Midlake then retreated home to begin work on their next musical venture. With a desire to reach further within and accomplish something even more unique and of their own, Midlake’s determined efforts produced ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’.  Tim Smith, Singer/Songwriter for Midlake says, “Compared to Bamnan and Slivercork, this album uses less keyboards in favor of acoustic guitar, piano, more vocals and electric guitar. The sound is something more related to 70’s folk rock but not in a gimmicky way, hopefully. I have a great affinity for those bands from the 70’s, the music just seems to move me more. So when writing this album of course those sounds came out in the music.”

With the album available worldwide, and critics touting them as a “Band to Watch”, Midlake is set to further the momentum rapidly growing with an album that is sure to merit such high expectations.

*Reprinted from the bands official biography that is posted on their website www.midlake.com


Venue: The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 (303)377-1666

8:00 PM

*Approximate Set Times:
Maria Taylor: 8:30 PM
Midlake: 9:30 PM

$12 – General Admission

*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!