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Friday, October 22, 2021

Machine Gun Kelly, jxdn, Mod Sun 10.18.21 (Photos)

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Erykah Badu 10.18.21 (Photos)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Riley Downing & Kassi Valazza 10.12.21


Globe Hall
Denver, CO

Words by Martin Smith
Photos by Melissa Evans


Tuesday night’s show at Globe Hall in Denver had the crowd slow dancing and two-stepping to headliner Riley Downing’s country-soul sounds and show opener Kassi Valazza’s stripped down solo acoustic set. It was an intimate affair on a weekday night and most of the guests got there early so they could enjoy some of Globe’s delicious BBQ and Nashville hot wings, which interestingly paired well with the styles of the night's performers.

Riley Downing looks more like a dude you would sit next to in a Kansas City dive bar, rather than see performing live on stage, wearing his signature white Royals hat, work boots and Carhart. His not-so-unique-unique look is the perfect accompaniment to his one-of-a-kind sound that has its roots in country music and soul but also throws in a little blues and that New Orleans street music spirit. His extremely deep baritone voice and deliberately slow and methodical cadence is one of a kind and will make you want to grab a partner to waltz around the room with. He brought his backing band with him, about which he joked they hadn’t officially come up with a name for, consisting of keys, drums, bass, and lead guitar. Riley played the acoustic guitar that he apparently borrowed from Kassi.

They opened the set with “Coleman Rose” from his first solo album, Start it Over, which was released earlier this year. When they got to “Deep Breath” he joked that it was a favorite of Colordans but he wasn’t sure why because it's not a “weed song, but maybe it could be.” He told stories about growing up in a small town in Missouri and gave a shout out to the fans rocking KC Royals’ hats. Riley and his band had the crowd swaying and dancing as they played other favorites from his debut album including “Start it Over” and “Won’t Somebody Play.” They even played a song from Riley’s old band, The Deslondes.

Kassi Valazza definitely made some new fans when she opened the show. Her intoxicating voice was front and center hypnotizing the crowd as she was only accompanied on stage by her acoustic guitar. Her solo set has a much different feel than when she has her band, which has an almost gothic americana vibe. Kassi solo has a little bit of that Joni Mitchell sound with a touch of Lana Del Ray. Her 60’s folk look: bell bottoms, pink sweater, and corduroy jacket, along with her sound that night felt like being transported back in time.

Riley and Kassi put on amazing performances that complemented each other well. The size of The Globe Theater allowed them to really connect with the crowd both from the stage and before and after the show. This is one of the best venues to get up close and personal with your favorite acts while enjoying amazing music, good BBQ and some tasty cocktails.

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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Billy Strings 10.14.21 (Photos)

Friday, October 15, 2021

State Champs, Real Friends & Four Year Strong 10.9.21 (Photos)

Monday, October 11, 2021

The California Honeydrops & Valerie June 10.2.21


Mission Ballroom
Denver, CO

Words & Photos by Veronica Vera Photography

The Mission Ballroom welcomed back The California Honeydrops on Saturday, October 2, 2021 with Valerie June. The band's Denver based fans were very excited to see them perform live again after waiting well over a year. The last time The California Honeydrops performed live in Denver was for a sold-out show on January 17, 2020. Soon after that show, the band was forced to cancel or postpone concerts up until their Pure Honey Fall 2021 tour making this show well anticipated by their fans. As part of their Spreadin’ Honey Project, an effort to partner with local non-profits based in each city of their tour, a percentage of merch sales was donated to Denver Urban Gardens.

The incredible, Memphis-based, folk soul singer-songwriter, Valerie June warmed up the crowd with her song ‘Shakedown’ in her fashionable, sequins pants while playing her guitar. She also performed other hits from her 2017 album The Order of Time such as "Astrak Plane" and "Smile" which continued to rev up the fans. She filled the ballroom with cheers and applauds as she reminded us “we are all here to shine bright” after a period of great hardship our world has recently endured. Valerie ended her set with "Tennessee Time" as she explained in her endearing southern accent that Tennessee is where she calls home.

As the stage crew finished the band's setup, Lech Wierzynski, lead vocal, was greeted by cheering fans as he crossed the stage just before their set. The crowd’s excitement could hardly be contained as they waited for the band to come on stage. A huge roar of cheering fans erupted from the ballroom as the band took their spots on stage. Lech started off the show playing the trumpet, Lorenzo Loera on the keyboard, Ben Malament on the drums, Johnny Bones and Leon Cotter on saxophone. They performed fan favorites such as "All Day, All Night" and "When It Was Wrong" which got the crowd really moving and jiving. As true to form, the band gave an energetic and dance-party type of performance that their fans have come to love and expect.

Stops in New Orleans, Dallas, Austin and Houston are next on this amazing tour. The California Honeydrops announced they will be playing from their soon-to-be released album on October 14th, Covers from the Cave in the shows to come. Make sure you see this epic band when they come into town!



Saturday, October 9, 2021

Dave Matthews Band 10.8.21 (Photos)

Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Greenwood Village, CO




Friday, October 8, 2021

Angels and Airwaves & Bad Suns 10.6.21 (Photos)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Kiefer 9.30.21 (Photos)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Watchhouse, Milk Carton Kids & Bonnie Light Horseman 10.3.21 (Photos)

Monday, October 4, 2021

Dropkick Murphys, Rancid & The Bronx 10.1.21 (Photos)