PICK OF THE WEEK: Eric Bachmann & Richard Buckner – Friday, Sept 29th – Walnut Room, Denver

Why You Should Go: First of all the Walnut is a hidden gem in Denver. Located at 31st and Walnut in the warehouse district north of Coors Field, The Walnut is a combination restaurant, bar and venue. The food isn’t top notch but it will satisfy late night munchies or the need to grab a quick bite before catching a show. The intimate performance space holds about 250 people and with great sound and an easily accesible bar it is a great space to hear live music.

Second, Eric Bachmann is not to be missed. He has been prolifically producing material since his days with Chapel Hill, NC band The Archers of Loaf in the early 90’s. In the last 6 years he has stepped away from the punk influenced noise of the Archers and steered himself in a more folky direction as Crooked Fingers. Crooked Fingers is a loose affiliation of musicians that has evolved more and more into a band over the years. While Eric Bachmann is for all intents and purposes Crooked Fingers he recently decided to release his first album under his given name. The album, To The Races, was released on August 22nd on Saddle Creek Records and is a stellar collection of emotional acoustic songs that will appeal to fans of Crooked Fingers as well as fans of the current Indie-Folk movement.

As an added bonus to this performance Bachmann will be joined by Richard Buckner who just released his 8th album Meadow, and Nick Urata of local world indie favorites Devotchka. With Nick on the bill we can hope that Tom Hagermann (also of Devotcka) who’s violin appears on several To The Races tracks, will be on hand to add his violin to the mix throughout the evening.

The intimacy of the venue and the strength of the line-up make this show my pick of the week.

Venue: The Walnut Room – 3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205, 303/292-1700

*Doors: 8:00 pm

*Approximate Set Times:
Nick Urata (Devotchka): 9:15
Richard Buckner: 10:15
Eric Bachmann: 11:15

Adv – $12.00
DOS – $14.00

*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!