Brace yourselves. The next three days are going to be quite a spectacle in Boulder and Denver. The shows rolling in this weekend all have some kind of hook to them, whether it's an album release, elaborate production, politics or lots and lots of booty.
Polytoxic: The Last Waltz
8:30 p.m. Friday
Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030
It's that time of year. No, not the time when you eat way, way too much and gain a million pounds in gravy. It's time for Polytoxic to perform The Last Waltz. The 9th annual extravaganza, recreating The Band's famous performance, will feature more than 40 Colorado musicians. A portion of the show's proceeds will go to the Denver Rescue Mission.
9 p.m. Saturday
Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-322-2308
Big Freedia started twerking long before it could go viral. The Queen of New Orleans Bounce and a team of "bootydancers" have shot to notoriety in recent years. The shows are absolute riots. And how could they not be, with songs like "Azz Everywhere" and "Booty Whop."
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
9:30 p.m. Saturday
hi-dive, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230
Missouri-based indie pop-rockers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have one of the most excellent band names. Sure, they're talented and their music is catchy, but the name has gotten them places, too. That includes an appointment by the U.S. State Department to be Cultural Ambassadors to Russia. Anyway, this band's been kicking around since the early aughts and they can still get a room going.
8 p.m. Sunday
Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-830-2525
According to Lupe Fiasco's bio, he finds that "inspiration is attained amongst high altitudes." Welcome to the Mile High City, dude. OK, he's talking about more exotic high-altitude locations and more figurative heights, but whatever. The point is that the ever-thoughtful rapper will be in Denver on Sunday. Should be a good show, especially if you like your hip hop with a big helping of politics.
8:30 p.m. Sunday
Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-44-3399
In case you're unfamiliar with this progressive reggae group, know that the band gets its name from grounation, "Rastafarian gatherings aimed at reaching a common vibration through the positive power of prayer and music." The nine-piece ensemble includes a horn section, a bunch of percussionists and a group of Jamaican backup vocalists. Let the good vibes roll.