With less than a month until Riot Fest and Rodeo descends on Denver once again, the after shows' ‘who, where, and when’ details emerge. Tickets go on sale this Friday for a chance to see bands from the big festival stage perform on slightly smaller stages at the Marquis and Summit in downtown Denver, and slightly south at Hi-Dive.
The cat’s out of the festival bag. This morning before the eggs were ready off the skillet, Riot Fest got out their line up news following yesterday’s cryptic teaser videos ("Been Caught Stealin" was one hint). Jane's Addiction fans should be happy to hear the band will perform the classic album, Ritual de lo Habitual, in its entirety, and the Hold Steady will break out the beloved tracks from Boys and Girls in America, with with Franz Nicolay no less, for the Denver (September 2 - 4) and Chicago (September 16 - 18) girls and boys.
When I'm working late nights, can't hear a thing from gig hopping from the night, and have crossed eyes from sending the 100th email that day, Radio 1190 has reminded me why I started Kaffeine Buzz over two years ago and have kept it running every since. When I first moved here, I saw quite a few metal bands playing out and the likes of what I have come to call Original Cover Bands. But underneath mainstream's surface were a plethora of gems of every facet and shade. So many in fact, it's a bit tough to even categorize them.
Diversity is a good, good, thing when it comes to music. It's even better when you get an earful of sweet rockin' jive, thrash-o-rama rants, honky tonk swingsets, reggae rollercoasters, noise fusion fits, undercurrent synth excursions, pop rock parties, and the kitchen sink all in one sitting. The icing on the cake is when all the bands you're taking into your little, deaf ridden ears are in your backyard, ripe for the hearing. Some groups have been touring the nation and getting gigs on Carson Daly, while others are still keeping it local with small shows at Eric's Bar.