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John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light will play the hi-dive on Saturday night.
John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light will play the hi-dive on Saturday night.

If you go

Who: John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light with Carbon Choir and The Microdots

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: hi-dive, 7 South Broadway, Denver

Cost: $10


This is a great time of year to check out local musical talent. National acts are just gearing up for spring tours, so Boulder and Denver venues are booking lots of Colorado artists.

This weekend, John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light play the hi-dive with Carbon Choir. Then, the Fox hosts a variety of local acts as part of the Troubadour Collective.

This is a great opportunity to check out some great music — and these shows are very affordable.

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light

Saturday, the hi-dive hosts a triple-threat music night featuring Denver bands.

The hi-dive roster includes the indie rocking Carbon Choir, the psychedelic sounds of The Microdots — and John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light.

Common’s been on the Denver scene for a few years, but he created a unique artistic vision with Blinding Flashes of Light. The group weaves indie and instrumental elements into a lush, musical package, and translates the tunes into stunning live performances.

“I played in a roots music band called Rainville for awhile, but I got tired of that genre,” Common said. “I wanted to do something experimental as a songwriter. This was the first time I put music under my name and took a leap of faith.

“My writing went in a different direction and the lyrics became more heartfelt. I wanted to do some musical exploration.”

In 2010, Commons released the CD, Beautiful Empty. The record features a collection of heartfelt songs that are encased in cinematic textures and beautiful harmonies.

“This is a tightly produced indie rock record,” Common said. “It’s intellectual, indie and artsy. It sounds like people having a musical conversation that pulls from indie and folk.

“This record is big, emotional and epic. We’ll be playing songs from Beautiful Empty at the hi-dive — and throw in two or three new songs. We want to make the fans proud of what we’ve done.”

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light have played everywhere from Red Rocks to the Mile High Music Festival, but the hi-dive will be a very cool place to see this band. Plus, tickets are only $10.

Dechen Hawk and the Troubadour Collective

Dechen Hawk wears lots of musical hats in Boulder. The singer-songwriter promotes his own career, and books musical talent for the Laughing Goat and Café Sole.

Hawk is also part of Boulder’s Troubadour Collective. The local project’s hosting a show at the Fox on Friday night with sets by Hawk, Ramaya Soskin, Gasoline Lollipops, Wadirum with Max Davies, Mortimer and Jeb Bows.

“I feel really connected to the Boulder community and expressing myself through the arts,” Hawk said. “I’ve been doing the bookings and focusing on my own career.

“I now want to be in a big band, and the whole collective thing is intertwined to where my career’s going. I’m starting to put on bigger shows that have videographics and artists.”

Hawk blends serious soul and funk sounds into his musical explorations. The local performer is a 2009 graduate of Naropa, and his music’s been featured in several film and TV projects.

“My current project is neo soul — like Maxwell and D’Angelo,” Hawk said. “It blends into some of the electronic scene. For me, it’s about taking the message of soul music and giving it a more modern feel.

“I started out as a singer/songwriter, but this music is a mix of ballads and serious funk. I naturally combine the two — and it’s a huge, fun sound. This will really be the first time I’m presenting the material at this level.”

Hawk is excited to be part of the growing Troubadour Collective.

“We have a core group that’s grown over the years,” Hawk said. “We’re all taking a stand for this musical community and supporting each other. Our goal is to build up the collective and get it sustainable.

“You can expect to see a beautiful, diverse variety of music at the Fox. All these songwriters have a real passion to share their songs.”

As a special perk, tickets to the Troubadour Collective are only $5.

Wendy Kale’s Club Notes runs every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Colorado Daily. Keep up with the local scene at

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