Cinco de Mayo -- or "Cinco de Drinko," if you're feeling classy -- is upon us. This year the excuse to party falls on a Saturday, giving you the freedom to make the most of the evening and soak yourself in tequila.
This also means it'll be easy to make live music the center of the evening, with rowdy acts booked at almost every last venue. On Tuesday, we previewed Juno What?! and Euforquestra's show at the Fox Theatre, but there's a lot more out there if you're looking for something more low-key, rock ‘n' roll, or electronic.
Now someone get me some Mezcal.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
9 p.m., $8-$10
Rock En Tu Idioma Presenta: Viva Rock de Mayo 2012. There's a literal translation there, but really what you should take away is that this is the more authentic way to enjoy Cinco de Mayo. Forgo the questionable white dudes in fake mustaches and sombreros for iZCALLi -- a Spanish rock group that draws inspiration from classic rock, ska and Mexican folk music. Opening are Eldren, Madafra and Petals of Spain.
Shine, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-0120
8:30 p.m., $5
This will be the Yawpers' first local show with the band's new drummer, James Hale. If you haven't figured it out yet, Cinco de Mayo will be a good night to discover that this band loves to party. Have some shots with them, and enjoy the hard-rocking Americana. They're joined by another local band with a similar sound, The Longest Day of the Year. They, too, would probably join you for a drink.
Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666
9 p.m., $20.75-$25
The location might not be Boulder, but the occasion (other than Cinco de Mayo) is the first anniversary party for Boulder's Elm and Oak label. Christian Bauhofer, who performs under the name Minnesota, specializes in bass-heavy dubstep and glitch. If you're looking for a night of killer electronics, this is your best bet. Opening are Raw Russ, Black Actors and “secret special guests.”
In The Whale
Herman's Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-777-5840
8 p.m., $5-$10
Local indie rockers In The Whale are headlining this show that also includes Carl Carrell and The Consequence, Ghost In The Machine and Portobello Road. In The Whale has a Black Keys/White Stripes style going on and Herman's Hideaway has a dive-y rock bar vibe, so if you're feeling a little grungy, this is for you.
Pete Kartsounes Band
Conor O'Neill's, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922
Here's your more low-key, close-to-home option. Guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Kartsounes heads a band that dabbles in a few different genres from folk rock, to funk, to bluegrass. The music isn't so laid-back that you'll be snoozing -- Kartsounes is an energetic performer -- but you'll be able to sit back, relax and sip on a beer all night.