About Author: tdwenger

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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!

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  • Let’s face it, last week’s Dead & Company shows in Broomfield were not without controversy.  Questions like “Should ‘The Dead’ be touring without Phil?”, “Why on earth did Bobby, Phil and Mickey choose John Mayer to fill Jerry’s lauded shoes?” and “I thought they said the Chicago shows were the last ones?” have been bubbling through Head circles for months.  What this band made clear on Tuesday is that there is new reason to love The Dead, warts and all.

    Dead & Company – November 24th – 1stBank Center

    Let’s face it, last week’s Dead & Company shows in Broomfield were not without controversy. Questions like “Should ‘The Dead’ be touring without Phil?”, “Why on earth did Bobby, Phil and Mickey choose John Mayer to fill Jerry’s lauded shoes?” and “I thought they said the Chicago shows were the last ones?” have been bubbling through Head circles for months. What this band made clear on Tuesday is that there is new reason to love The Dead, warts and all.

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  • The Boulder Theater was charged last Tuesday night as longtime fans waited for the legendary Gregg Allman to take the stage before the nearly capacity crowd.  While the majority of those who packed the beautiful Art Deco theater were silver haired and pushing 60 (and with seated tickets on the lower level priced at $90, that's not a surprise) there was a healthy contingent of younger fans who had no doubt been brought up on Allman's music and wanted to check this one off the bucket list.

    Gregg Allman – October 13th – Boulder Theater

    The Boulder Theater was charged last Tuesday night as longtime fans waited for the legendary Gregg Allman to take the stage before the nearly capacity crowd. While the majority of those who packed the beautiful Art Deco theater were silver haired and pushing 60 (and with seated tickets on the lower level priced at $90, that's not a surprise) there was a healthy contingent of younger fans who had no doubt been brought up on Allman's music and wanted to check this one off the bucket list.

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  • Nestled underneath the Tavern Lowry just East of Quebec, The Soiled Dove Underground is a swank Jazz club style room with fantastic sound and not a bad seat in the house.  On Tuesday the conservative, Blues loving crowd at the Dove boasted a little bit more gray hair than most weeknight club shows in town, but it was clear that they knew their stuff and were eager to catch guitar wizard Davy Knowles put on a display of epic proportions.  Knowles delivered in spades!

    Davy Knowles – September 15th – Soiled Dove Underground

    Nestled underneath the Tavern Lowry just East of Quebec, The Soiled Dove Underground is a swank Jazz club style room with fantastic sound and not a bad seat in the house. On Tuesday the conservative, Blues loving crowd at the Dove boasted a little bit more gray hair than most weeknight club shows in town, but it was clear that they knew their stuff and were eager to catch guitar wizard Davy Knowles put on a display of epic proportions. Knowles delivered in spades!

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  • Ah, the sweet memory of August days spent by a babbling river in Lyons Colorado.  This isn't just a locals festival, it's a worldwide calling.  People drive up from Denver for the weekend, fly in from out of state, and even from out of the country just for this event.  In many ways it's the highlight of many people's summers and this year's festival again demonstrated why this festival has worked it's way into the hearts and minds of so many.

    Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – August 14th, 15th & 16th – Lyons, CO

    Ah, the sweet memory of August days spent by a babbling river in Lyons Colorado. This isn't just a locals festival, it's a worldwide calling. People drive up from Denver for the weekend, fly in from out of state, and even from out of the country just for this event. In many ways it's the highlight of many people's summers and this year's festival again demonstrated why this festival has worked it's way into the hearts and minds of so many.

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  • The weather in Morrison on Monday night was just about perfect, there was a slight breeze and just the hint of a chill in the evening air as a varied crowd poured into Red Rocks for a unique double-bill of two genre defying artists who each chose to tackle The Rocks on their own without the help of their backing bands.  It was an amazing night night filled moments turned to memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

    Damien Rice and Iron & Wine – August 10th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The weather in Morrison on Monday night was just about perfect, there was a slight breeze and just the hint of a chill in the evening air as a varied crowd poured into Red Rocks for a unique double-bill of two genre defying artists who each chose to tackle The Rocks on their own without the help of their backing bands. It was an amazing night night filled moments turned to memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

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  • Last Tuesday saw beautiful weather in Denver and the city's Reggae fans turned out in droves to catch Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of the godfather of the genre Bob Marley. From beginning to end the show had an energy not usually found at The Gardens.  The volume seemed to be a bit louder than normal and the crowd was as exuberant as the Gardens gets. Here's to more shows like this one at York Street!

    Ziggy Marley – August 4th – Denver Botanic Gardens

    Last Tuesday saw beautiful weather in Denver and the city's Reggae fans turned out in droves to catch Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of the godfather of the genre Bob Marley. From beginning to end the show had an energy not usually found at The Gardens. The volume seemed to be a bit louder than normal and the crowd was as exuberant as the Gardens gets. Here's to more shows like this one at York Street!

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  • Last Friday The String Cheese Incident returned to Red Rocks after skipping last summer and though the afternoon storms that have plagued Red Rocks all year long threatened to let loose once again, Mother Nature kept the rainfall to a minimum with only the occasional drizzle and never the soaking deluge that the sky seemed to threaten for much of the early part of the night.

    The String Cheese Incident – July 24th – Red Rocks

    Last Friday The String Cheese Incident returned to Red Rocks after skipping last summer and though the afternoon storms that have plagued Red Rocks all year long threatened to let loose once again, Mother Nature kept the rainfall to a minimum with only the occasional drizzle and never the soaking deluge that the sky seemed to threaten for much of the early part of the night.

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  • Rock legends Van Halen gave nostalgia seeking fans a thrill with a nearly sold-out performance at Red Rocks that served as a fitting metaphor for the band’s career.  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” said an overserved fan as we headed out of the venue and it couldn't have been more true.  Despite having to deal with a pretty heavy pre-show dose of rain and an insanely drunk crowd, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famers delivered a hit filled, high energy show that left ears ringing for a few days after the fact.

    Van Halen – July 20th – Red Rocks

    Rock legends Van Halen gave nostalgia seeking fans a thrill with a nearly sold-out performance at Red Rocks that served as a fitting metaphor for the band’s career. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” said an overserved fan as we headed out of the venue and it couldn't have been more true. Despite having to deal with a pretty heavy pre-show dose of rain and an insanely drunk crowd, the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famers delivered a hit filled, high energy show that left ears ringing for a few days after the fact.

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  • Though the forecasts leading into the night were for thunderstorms and rain for much of the evening, aside from a brief shower early in the night, nothing of significance ever materialized.  Instead what the nearly sold-out crowd got was a night of damn near perfect weather as the clouds parted and allowed Jeff Tweedy and Wilco to strut their stuff in front of legions of Denver's music connoisseurs as they proved that, even after twenty years in the business, they are still absolutely at the top of their game.

    Wilco – July 14th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Though the forecasts leading into the night were for thunderstorms and rain for much of the evening, aside from a brief shower early in the night, nothing of significance ever materialized. Instead what the nearly sold-out crowd got was a night of damn near perfect weather as the clouds parted and allowed Jeff Tweedy and Wilco to strut their stuff in front of legions of Denver's music connoisseurs as they proved that, even after twenty years in the business, they are still absolutely at the top of their game.

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  • On this episode of Noise Behind The Sound the guys get excited about their favorite band, Phish, getting back on the road and break down the 2015 Summer tour which kicks off  today with two sold-out shows in Bend, Oregon which will be webcast via LivePhish.com

    Noise Behind The Sound Breaks Down The Phish Summer Tour Which Kicks Off Tonight

    On this episode of Noise Behind The Sound the guys get excited about their favorite band, Phish, getting back on the road and break down the 2015 Summer tour which kicks off today with two sold-out shows in Bend, Oregon which will be webcast via LivePhish.com

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