Cass McCombs – October 24th – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

Photos by Tim Dwenger

Chicago based psych-folk troubadour Cass McCombs stopped through Denver last week and treated fans to an eclectic show that featured singer-songwriter moments, deep psychedelic jams, and even a sit in from guitar phenom Ross James. The 90 minute show focused mostly on material from McCombs last two album, 2019’s Tip of the Sphere and 2016’s Mangy Love with the songwriter delivering four from each including “Bum Bum Bum,” The Great Pixley Train Robbery” and the show closing “Rancid Girl.”

Midway through the set, the Terrapin Family Band guitarist Ross James took the stage and things got a little jammy as he and McCombs stole a page from the Grateful Dead playbook that James is so familiar with. The pair traded licks and smiles as they enjoyed their time on stage together so much that after the main set sit-in, McCombs invited the bearded guitarist back to the stage for the encore.

McCombs proved over the course of the 13 songs that not only can he write memorable tunes, but he and his band can deliver them in the live setting in a way that is both compelling and entertaining.

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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!