PICK OF THE WEEK: Joe Pug – Friday May 6th – The Hi-Dive

Photo by Tim Dwenger

Why You Should Go: The world of folk music is, for the most part, unassuming. There are no huge light shows or pyrotechnics, and the paparazzi probably aren’t chasing down your favorite singer/songwriter.  The folk tradition is about great songs. It’s about the music, it’s about the lyrical images that the artist creates, and it’s about the sense of community that surrounds the whole experience. In three short years, Chicago native Joe Pug has calmly established himself as one of the rising stars of the scene simply by believing in himself and the quality of his art.

Pug has released two outstanding EPs, and in 2010 his debut LP Messenger was released to critical acclaim. The album’s ten tracks showcase Pug’s self-taught guitar playing, and seemingly effortless songwriting with bittersweet lyrics like:

I sacrificed my sister
I prayed my own soul to keep
I told my dying father
That a man should never weep

With a sparse backing band, Pug’s songs translate very well from album to stage and simply put, his live performances are a mesmerizing affair.  He is at the forefront of a next generation of singer songwriters whose stars are rising quickly and the intimacy of The Hi-Dive provides a great venue for him to put his immense talents on display.

Venue: The Hi-Dive, 7 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 – (720) 570-4500

8:00 PM

$15.00 Buy Tix

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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!