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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  • Last Thursday night, Spafford kicked off a three night run in Colorado with a show at The Ogden Theatre.  While they immediately put their considerable jamming prowess on display early on, the first set was not the fiery jam filled behemoth that they are known to unleash.  That said, the band stepped things up in the second frame and dazzled the packed house with some wild jams, fun covers, and a special guest who really put some icing on the cake.  These guys are on a tear and the stage is set for some big things in Colorado!

    Spafford – November 9th – Ogden Theatre

    Last Thursday night, Spafford kicked off a three night run in Colorado with a show at The Ogden Theatre. While they immediately put their considerable jamming prowess on display early on, the first set was not the fiery jam filled behemoth that they are known to unleash. That said, the band stepped things up in the second frame and dazzled the packed house with some wild jams, fun covers, and a special guest who really put some icing on the cake. These guys are on a tear and the stage is set for some big things in Colorado!

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  • Arcade Fire lit up the Pepsi Center with one of the most energetic shows of the year.  Despite the fact that the arena was vastly undersold, the band poured their heart and souls into a two hour performance that touched on all eras of their 16 year career.  Staged in a boxing ring at the center of the floor, Win Butler and crew opened the show with the Disco laced title track from their most recent album, and the show took off from there. Arcade Fire has always been a powerfully unique band to see live, and this tour proved to be no exception.

    Arcade Fire – October 25th – Pepsi Center

    Arcade Fire lit up the Pepsi Center with one of the most energetic shows of the year. Despite the fact that the arena was vastly undersold, the band poured their heart and souls into a two hour performance that touched on all eras of their 16 year career. Staged in a boxing ring at the center of the floor, Win Butler and crew opened the show with the Disco laced title track from their most recent album, and the show took off from there. Arcade Fire has always been a powerfully unique band to see live, and this tour proved to be no exception.

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  • It was yet another great year in Telluride and Steve Gumble and his crew outdid themselves again. Falling in mid-September, Blues & Brews always brings with it that bittersweet realization that Summer doesn't last forever and Fall is right around the corner as fans are delighted by old favorites, turned on to up-and-comers, and reminded again why Telluride is one of the most special places in the world.

    Telluride Blues & Brews – September 15, 16, 17 – Telluride Town Park

    It was yet another great year in Telluride and Steve Gumble and his crew outdid themselves again. Falling in mid-September, Blues & Brews always brings with it that bittersweet realization that Summer doesn't last forever and Fall is right around the corner as fans are delighted by old favorites, turned on to up-and-comers, and reminded again why Telluride is one of the most special places in the world.

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  • The rocks filled in quickly last Thursday with a wide variety of fans; there were Country leaning cowboy types, hipsters, buttoned up 9 to 5ers, and more than a small contingent of Punk fans waiting on the second opener Frank Turner to soothe their souls.  All in all it was about the perfect night in Morrison and the diverse line-up pleased the masses.

    Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – September 7th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The rocks filled in quickly last Thursday with a wide variety of fans; there were Country leaning cowboy types, hipsters, buttoned up 9 to 5ers, and more than a small contingent of Punk fans waiting on the second opener Frank Turner to soothe their souls. All in all it was about the perfect night in Morrison and the diverse line-up pleased the masses.

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  • In stark contrast to the last time JRAD was supposed to play Red Rocks, the weather on Thursday as the show approached was a perfect late Summer Colorado day.  The lots were hopping early, and the show was very obviously the go-to pre-party for the annual "Phish Dicks" Labor Day celebration across town at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  As Phishheads and Deadheads rubbed shoulders in the amphitheater, to say the energy and anticipation was high would be an understatement - the place was buzzing.

    Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – August 31st – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    In stark contrast to the last time JRAD was supposed to play Red Rocks, the weather on Thursday as the show approached was a perfect late Summer Colorado day. The lots were hopping early, and the show was very obviously the go-to pre-party for the annual "Phish Dicks" Labor Day celebration across town at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. As Phishheads and Deadheads rubbed shoulders in the amphitheater, to say the energy and anticipation was high would be an understatement - the place was buzzing.

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  • Sure this festival is about music, but more than that it's about the community that surrounds the music as performers stand in line alongside fans for a bowl of Sister's Dumplings, hard fought for tarp dash numbers are graciously given away to unsuspecting families, and strangers look out for each other on the slippery river rocks.  For three days each August the real world melts away as we join the rest of the Folks on Planet Bluegrass.

    Rocky Mountain Folks Fest – August 18, 19, 20 – Planet Bluegrass, Lyons, CO

    Sure this festival is about music, but more than that it's about the community that surrounds the music as performers stand in line alongside fans for a bowl of Sister's Dumplings, hard fought for tarp dash numbers are graciously given away to unsuspecting families, and strangers look out for each other on the slippery river rocks. For three days each August the real world melts away as we join the rest of the Folks on Planet Bluegrass.

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  • There's no skirting the issue here, this was one of the wettest concerts of the year.  While a good number of folks clearly stayed home, about two-thirds of the ticket holders showed up and took their spots on the Botanic Gardens lawn for a night with the incomparable songwriter Randy Newman.  After being shuttled to the stage in a golf cart, Newman started his set shortly after 6:30 as fans tried to keep their cheese and crackers out of the incessant rain which didn't let up until the musician said "good-night."

    Randy Newman – August 7th – Denver Botanic Gardens

    There's no skirting the issue here, this was one of the wettest concerts of the year. While a good number of folks clearly stayed home, about two-thirds of the ticket holders showed up and took their spots on the Botanic Gardens lawn for a night with the incomparable songwriter Randy Newman. After being shuttled to the stage in a golf cart, Newman started his set shortly after 6:30 as fans tried to keep their cheese and crackers out of the incessant rain which didn't let up until the musician said "good-night."

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  • The Wheels of Soul rolled into Red Rocks last weekend and featured two nights of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna.  Despite some rain early on Sunday, the fans got a healthy helping of Roots, Soul, Rock and Blues that featured more collaborations and covers than anyone could have anticipated.  It was a memorable night on The Rocks and one that will likely go down in the lore of the storied venue.

    The Wheels of Soul: Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna – July 30th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    The Wheels of Soul rolled into Red Rocks last weekend and featured two nights of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, and Hot Tuna. Despite some rain early on Sunday, the fans got a healthy helping of Roots, Soul, Rock and Blues that featured more collaborations and covers than anyone could have anticipated. It was a memorable night on The Rocks and one that will likely go down in the lore of the storied venue.

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  •  Energy was high as fans made their way into the hallowed confines of Red Rocks on Tuesday.  There was an electricity in the air even before the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage to warm up the crowd.  Beck was in the house and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of what this musical chameleon would bring to the stage.  While a light rain threatened to dampen spirits early on, the faithful were not to be deterred and only a few minutes after the music started, the rain drops faded into a memory!

    Beck – July 11th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

    Energy was high as fans made their way into the hallowed confines of Red Rocks on Tuesday. There was an electricity in the air even before the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage to warm up the crowd. Beck was in the house and everyone was on pins and needles in anticipation of what this musical chameleon would bring to the stage. While a light rain threatened to dampen spirits early on, the faithful were not to be deterred and only a few minutes after the music started, the rain drops faded into a memory!

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  • Denver Botanic Gardens concerts are always a true marker of summer.  The blossoms, the warm air, the threatening clouds, and the wine, oh the wine.  There are very few summer traditions in this town that are more fun than packing up a picnic and some wine, and heading to the gardens for a show.  For this one, Gaby Moreno and the Austin based David Garza set a very high bar as the openers, but it was one that the uniquely talented Punch Brothers cleared with grace.

    The Punch Brothers – June 13th – Denver Botanic Gardens

    Denver Botanic Gardens concerts are always a true marker of summer. The blossoms, the warm air, the threatening clouds, and the wine, oh the wine. There are very few summer traditions in this town that are more fun than packing up a picnic and some wine, and heading to the gardens for a show. For this one, Gaby Moreno and the Austin based David Garza set a very high bar as the openers, but it was one that the uniquely talented Punch Brothers cleared with grace.

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