Look out! GRiZ has a few shows coming up that you should know about

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Come one, come all! You better get excited for next weekend because it's going to be a weekend filled with amazing music! GRiZ is putting on a live band performance before his two sold out shows at Red Rocks! Get more details here. GRiZ has also decided to bless us all with two after parties following his Red Rocks shows! Get tickets to the night one after party here and night two after party tickets here. Along with all of these amazing shows, GRiZ has also done a collaboration with Great Divide Brewing Co. and will be selling his 'Chasing The Golden Hour' beer at both nights of his Red Rocks shows. Be sure to grab a cold one and get your dancing shoes on! 

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Janelle Monaé Dazzles As The Dirty Computer Tour Made A Stop In Denver

Janelle Monaé dazzles the Denver crowd. (Photo: Robert Castro)

Janelle Monaé brought her Dirty Computer Tour to the Paramount Theater this past Sunday night. On the heels of a highly praised performance during the BET Awards last week, the Denver crowd anticipated the same worthy performance from the multi-Grammy nominated performer (singer, rapper, actress, songwriter). As the lights dimmed out came Monaé under a spotlight, a thick layer of fog filled the stage leaving only a silhouette of the performer. Going right into "Crazy, Classic, Life", Monaé was joined by a troupe of dancers who accompanied her throughout much of her set. Much of the show consisted of newer material off the Dirty Computer album. Perfecting the role of showstopper, she lit up the stage with a variety of costume changes that adorned black and white checker patterns with flashy red ensembles. 

With a penchant for her love of dance, Monaé performed well calculated choreographed numbers that only brought each song to life giving it an organic feel to the performance. Other fan favorite hits included "Electric Lady", "Yoga", and "Make Me Feel", in which she channeled her own James Brown persona mimicking the legends signature dance moves. Often pausing between songs Monaé took time to mention some of our world's current cultural issues stemming from LGBTQ to immigration gaining positive reactions from the crowd. Her now famous "vagina" pants even made an appearance on the song "PYNK".

Monáe describes the song as, "a celebration of creation, self love, sexuality and pussy power", and that the color pink "unites all of humanity" because it is the color "found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere."

As the crowd disbursed after the amazing show, the whispers of "show of the year" managed to echo across the theaters lobby as patrons made their way to the merch both to give them something tangible to remember the magical night and performance that Monaé brought to the Mile High City.

As for show of the year......we will go ahead and concur with the masses who felt the same way.

Words and Images: Robert Castro

Setlist Here

One of the many costumes Monaé wore. (Photo: Robert Castro)

Preaching the message of love throughout the night Janelle Monaé gave the Denver crowd a memorable performance. (Photo: Robert Castro)

Westword Music Showcase: A Day Full Of Fun In The Sun

The crowd going wild during the Galantis set. (Photo: Aly McClaran)

This past Saturday we celebrated covering our tenth Westword Music Showcase and once again we had an amazing day celebrating some of the best national and local music right in the heart of The Golden Triangle. While the main stages were buzzing with some of the best national acts it was the neighborhood venues that provided for some of the best action of the day.

Demi Dimitro of The Velveteers (Photo: Robert Castro)

Roaming the streets of Broadway and Lincoln, we had a chance to take in amazing sets from The Hollow, Kayla Marque, The Velveteers, iZCALLI, Chella and The Charm, Lady Gang, The Corner Girls, Grayson County Burn Band, Florea, Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir, RL Cole & The Hell You Say and more. The main stages had us reeling with amazing sets from locals Wildermiss whose Hometown for The Holidays win gave them a chance to play main stage as has been the norm the past few years. Other notable sets came from Sunflower Bean, St. Lucia, Bonobo and Galantis who need the night.

The one day festival has continued to succeed by sticking to a simple formula and that is to provide some of the best Denver local acts along with some of the buzz bands on the national scene to provide a day full of musical bliss.

Photos: Robert Castro


Photos: Aly McClaran

8 Must See Bands At This Year's Westword Music Showcase

Another year and another Westword Music Showcase is upon us. This years lineup boasts a who's who of amazing artist from national acts, to some of the best local acts our city has to offer. Without further adieu we want to give you a glance at what artist to be sure to catch this year. (in no particular order).

1. Wildermiss - Coors LightMain Stage - 12:25-12:55 PM

One of the hottest rising bands in Denver Wildermiss is a fun band to watch led by the amazing Emma Cole on vocals the band is well on its way to becoming the best band in Denver. (I feel like we've said that before)

2. Kayla Marque - 100% de Agave - 2:45-3:25 PM

Kayla Marque is a Denver born native whose career we have been following closely for years now. A talented singer-songwriter Marque captures you with her attention to heartfelt lyrics and emotional live performances.

3. The Corner Girls - 100% de Agave - 3:40-4:20

Fresh off their packed show for the release of their latest single "Boyfriend" The Corner Girls bring a newfound sense of fun and catchy lyrics to their live performances. The three-piece is sure to make you dance and make you choose who's a better kisser me or my sister?

4. Chloe Tang - #Vybe - 12:00-12:40 PM

A newcomer to the scene Chloe Tang is a multi-genre artist whose talent is able to adapt and give us an array of sounds from her multi-faceted landscape making for a truly unique listening experience. Be sure to het their early for her set.

5. Los Mochochetes - Stoney's Main - 6:10-6:50

One of Denver's hidden secrets Los Mochochetes preach unity and love in each of their songs. Cut from the same ribbon as bands such as Ozomatli, Los Mochcochetes brazen filled political lyrics are unmatched and provide for a high energy performance.

6. Sunflower Bean - Mike's Lemonade Stage - 2:00-2:45 PM

Indie rock darlings hailing from New York, Sunflower Bean is a three piece rock outfit lead by vocalist Julia Cumming. Fusing from inspirations such as bands like Beach Fossils, The Smiths, and The Cure. One of our favorite acts from this years SXSW festival, we are excited to see them rock in our own hometown this year.

7. Felix Fast4ward - Vinyl Main - 5:15-5:55 PM

Felix Fast4ward continues to fly under the radar in the Denver music scene. one of the most respected musicians in the scene who strives keeping a low profile Felix manages to captivate you with his unique style of play often fusing lops, and live instrumentation to make for a pleasurable listening experience.

8. Ray Reed - Vinyl Rooftop - 3:40-4:20

Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Ray Reed is no stranger to the Denver hip hop scene. Honing his craft for the past several years and drawing influence from the likes of Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar, Reed delivers punchy lyrics and amazing production to deliver the goods. A must see!