Keb’ Mo’.
Keb' Mo'. (Courtesy Photo)

Colorado, what are you doing this weekend?

No, really. Where are all the bands? Why are weekend nights at some venues going quiet?

Maybe we're overreacting. There are still things to do this weekend. We already told you about the math-rock of Confluence at the Larimer Lounge on Friday, and the double-duty Pimps of Joytime and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are pulling at the Bluebird Theater.

Here are a few more shows worth your hard-earned dollars.

Steep Canyon Rangers


8:30 p.m. Friday


Boulder Theater




You probably recognize Steep Canyon Rangers because they're the band that gets to play with Steve Martin. It's probably not because the band's 2012 album, Nobody Knows You, won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album (since they don't televise that stuff). Notoriety is a weird thing.

The point is, they're a big name in bluegrass. Even if you've never been one to go hang out at a bluegrass pick, you could get into a Steep Canyon Rangers show. The Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder) show is the last of a short run through Colorado, and you know they'll sell well in this town.

Red Devil Magic


10 p.m. Saturday







"Red Devil Magic was birthed in a Juarez, Mexico jail cell..."

Maybe don't believe everything you read in this Denver band's bio. (Or do, we don't care and it's more fun.) What's definitely accurate is that they're hard rock with a bit of metal and blues. The band is releasing its debut EP at the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver), so if you like what you hear, grab a copy.

Keb' Mo'


8 p.m. Saturday


Boulder Theater




Good ol' Boulder Theater. They know what sells and they keep bringing it back.

So, let's welcome back Keb' Mo'. He's been killing it in the roots and blues department since 1994, racking up awards and soundtrack spots along the way. It's been since 2011 that he released a record, The Reflection, but he has a new album due out on April 22, so expect to hear some new tunes.



8 p.m. Saturday


Larimer Lounge




Any hip-hop artist good enough to work with Common should be good enough for the rest of us, and Chris "Time" Steele did just that. He did production work on The Dreamer/The Believer.

But this Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer St., Denver) show isn't about Common. It's about showcasing a dude who is tenacious enough to release 12 albums in 12 months — the Hydra Collection — for free, and get Xiu Xiu on board for his latest record, Newstalgia.


Oh yeah, and he's a journalist. We like that.

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