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All Shows in Denver - August 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Shows in Denver for the month of August 2015

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: Closes 13th September 2015

With NINE Tony Awards - including Best Musical - a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and top New York critic Ben Brantley himself calling it the "best new musical of the century", this is one show you won't want to miss when it comes to a stage near you. Yes, that's right - you no longer have to fly to Broadway to catch this worldwide phenomenon, the boys are bringing it to you! More info

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: Closes 29th August 2015

The Dave Matthews Band emblazoned the 1990s with its hybrid of jazz, folk, and world music with a distinct pop sensibility. By the end of the decade, Matthews' introspective lyrics and distinctive vocal timbre resonated through capacity stadiums across the U.S., as Dave Mathew Band achieved arena-rock stardom. The rumor mill is ablaze however, with whispers of a new album in the works, said to be a return to the Band's folksy roots - keep those eyes peeled and ears open! More info

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: 27th August

1964 The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt-Pepper era, 1964 The Tribute live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. More info

: 11th August

Since appearing in the original production of Rent in 1996, Idina Menzel's career has gone from strength to strength. From originating the role of Elphaba in Wicked to singing Let It Go from Frozen, she's now undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the business. As befits her superstar status, she's heading out on a truly massive 2015 World Tour. More info

: 4th August

Most people first heard Sam Smith's unmistakable vocals on Naughty Dog's La La La, the electronic earworm which rocketed to the top of the UK Singles chart and cracked the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 in 2013. Now the Londoner is touching down Stateside in support of his debut album In the Lonely Hour. He first came to America's attention when he performed a stripped-back, slower version of Whitney Houston's 1985 hit "I Wanna Know" for SM Hits1 in New York City last year. Since then his live performances have garnered critical acclaim and high demand to see him in action. More info

: 12th August

Canadian jazz starlet Diana Krall embarks on a US tour in support of her brand new album, Wallflowers. The album marks the 12th studio release for the singer-songwriter, who has sold over six million albums since she released her first over 20 years ago in the early 1990s. More info

: 18th August

This successful girl group are headed out on their extended summer tour in support of their second album Reflection, following a scorching hot critically-acclaimed sold-out Reflection Tour in March 2014. The MTV Award-winning, pop five-piece features Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and DinahJane and will be supported by Natalie La Rose and Bea Miller on all dates. Reflection has been described as a more mature album, and denotes an older direction for the popsters. More info

: 16th August

Alabama Shakes are heading out on tour in support of the sophomore album Sound & Color. Featuring lead single Don't Wanna Fight, it promises to be yet another shot of propulsive blues rock from the Athens band, who shot to fame with the record Boys & Girls in 2012. They're joined by southern rockers Drive by Truckers More info

: 11th August

Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint was one of the most talked records in recent memory. Released at the tail end of 2014, and proceeded by lead single Anaconda and its accompanying internet-breaking music video, it found the superstar MC entering more introspective territory than previous record Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. This supporting tour features support from Tinashe, Meek Mills and Rae Sremmund. More info

: 23rd August

Essayist, humorist and creator of The Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is one of America's most beloved radio personalities. This tour sees him taking to the stage in his famous red shoes to spin yarns about his Minnesota childhood and his lengthy public radio career. More info

: 6th August

Since 2002, Grace Potter and long-time backing band The Nocturnals have been giving us an eclectic blend of folk, alternative and indie rock with a hard edge. From the growly 'Paris (Oh La La) recent belting ballad 'Stars' (in collaboration with Kenny Chesney) Grace's gravelly voice twists and belts beautifully. Whilst clearly reminiscent of heroes from the past (Joplin, Slick and Knicks to name a few) she is still very definitely a 21st century rock star! More info

: Closes 17th August 2015

Hot on the heels of releasing their 14th studio album Sonic Highways, alt-metal favorites Foo Fighters are heading on a gigantic world tour in 2015, with at least 28 dates in North America. These guys plays hard, fast alt-metal rock without ever falling into its heavier counterpart. Enduring through the sheer strength of their back catalogue, coupled with sheer hard work recording innovative new albums (such as Wasting Light {2011}) and long touring sprees, it is no wonder that this hard-working band managed to escape the early 2000s purge of alt-rock bands that shone bright but burnt out fast. More info

: 31st August

After first attempting to tour together waaaay back in 1988, The Psychedelic Furs and The Church, two giants of post punk are finally heading out. More info

: 17th August

As Joe Bonamassa grows his reputation as one of the world's greatest guitar players, he is also evolving into a charismatic blues-rock star and singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. His ability to connect with live concert audiences is transformational. More info

: 18th August

Dominating the World Music charts since 1987, the vibrancy and excitement of the Gipsy Kings' live concert is almost indescribable. A must see for all fans! More info

: 4th August

Baby-faced English singer Ezra infamously dropped out of college to pursue his music career and so far he hasn't disappointed. Already a favorite on the British festival circuit, he was recently named in the final five of BBC's Sound of 2014. He cites a a mixture of influences that come from both sides of the Atlantic that include Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Billy Bragg. This will be his first solo tour in the States, having opened for Hozier and Sam Smith already in 2015. More info

: 14th August

​Long before Taylor Swift, Shania Twain was the original country pop crossover megastar, conquering charts across the globe with tracks like Man! I Feel Like a Woman, I'm Gonna Getcha Good, You're Still the One and That Don't Impress Me Much. Shania has described this Rock the Country tour as a farewell, and it well may be the last tour that she ever embarks on, so this really is the time to see her! More info

: 18th August

For some, Jackson Browne is a definitive voice of the sun-soaked, mellow Southern California vibe that emanated from Laurel Canyon and spread far beyond in the mid 60s and 70s. Catch him this Summer as he tours stripped down and unplugged, with just an acoustic guitar and a magnificent back catalogue to choose from, this is an evening not to be missed! More info

: 16th August

Rise Against still hold firm to the principal that punk should be about something, railing against political inequality and oppressive social forces with blistering riffs and fist-pumping, no-holds-barred sheer force of will. Joining them are metal rockers Killswitch, Engage and Letlive. More info

: 20th August

The Piano Guys first made waves on the internet with their self-made music videos showing off their unique blend of classical and pop music. In 2012, the group released their first studio album which included a range of innovative mash-ups, from Mozart to David Guetta, as well as covers of songs by One Direction, Adele and Christina Perri. More info

: 30th August

World renowned Classic Rock bands Yes and Toto will join forces to co-headline their forthcoming 2015 Summer tour. Hailing from London, UK, Yes debuted in the early 1970's with a symphonic and progressive style that blew minds all over the world. California natives Toto rode the Soft Rock wave of the late seventies and are best known for their smash hit singles 'Hold The Line' and 'Africa'. Together that's one historic double bill! More info

: 23rd August

Weird Al Yankovic, the undisputed king of pop culture parody, has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has amassed 30 Gold and Platinum albums, 7 Gold and Platinum-certified home videos and 3 Grammy Awards (with 11 nominations). His 14th studio album Mandatory Fun contains 12 songs that spoofs a number of well-known hits since its release in 2014 including the infamous Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, as well as material from Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Lorde and Imagine Dragons! More info

: 26th August

Singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson is often lauded as Sweden's answer to Bob Dylan. His gravel-toned, heart-felt vocals and skill with an acoustic guitar evoke the spirit of the rambling planes and open roads of the Americana Folk tradition with a charming Indie twist. The free-wheeling troubadour now heads out on a tour of the US to support the forthcoming release of his 4th studio album 'Dark Bird is Home'. More info

: 5th August

Trombone Shorty's latest offering Say That to Say This was, to the delight of many fans, a return to his New Orleans roots with a full-on funk record. As ever, Shorty is backed by his band Orleans Avenue on tour, a collective of stunningly accomplished players including Joey Peebles on drums and Pete Murano providing the guitar licks. More info

: 6th August

Everyone's favourite American Idol and powerhouse pop vocalist Kelly Clarkson is back and ready to head out on tour with a new album in tow! Ever since winning the first season of the now ubiquitous talent competition, Clarkson has gone from strength to strength, garnering three Grammy Awards, ten Top Ten singles and sold over 20 million albums internationally. Her seventh studio album 'Piece by Piece' is a high-energy electro-pop showcase of that famed vocal prowess and is widely lauded as a return to form for the Pop Diva. More info

: 24th August

The alt-rock heavens are opening, and an almighty deluge fast approaches in the form of a mammoth double headline tour featuring the as-until-recently-quiet heroes of melodic hard rock Incubus and fellow Californian grunge-metal champions Deftones. Yes, you heard correctly, they're teaming up and bringing along Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979 and garage punk rockers The Bots as support. More info

: 25th August

The third leg (Act III: Hollywood) of J. Cole's Forest Hills Drive tour hits the States this July and August. It's all in support of last year's 2014 Forest Hills Drive album, a record which secured Cole's status among the genre's elite. Featuring the singles Apparently and G.O.M.D, the album mainly dealt with Cole's upbrining and his eventual move to New York from his childhood home in Fayetteville. More info

: 9th August

So long the sideman, Leon Russell is finally getting his time in the spotlight. The magnificently bearded singer-songwriter played with everyone George Harrison to Frank Sinatra during his time as a Los Angeles session musician in the 50s and 60s. 2014 saw the release of Life Journey, an album primarily made up of covers, on which tracks by the likes of Billy Joel and Paul Anka were swamped in Russell's big band soul. More info

: 22nd August

The multi-talented comedian, producer, writer, TV host and actor has taken the alternative comedy community by storm, rising from strength to strength. More info

: 19th August

Singer Pat Benatar and guitarist Neil Giraldo first met in 1979. Not only did the two hit it off romantically from the get-go, they discovered they were a perfect match musically as well. Their partnership produced a stream of hits during the 80s, including Love is a Battlefield and Heartbreaker. Last year the pair travelled the country with Cher on her Dressed to Kill Tour, and now in 2015 are heading out on their own in celebration of their 35 year anniversary as an iconic rock force. More info

: 8th August

Founder member of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty's unmistakable growl was a staple of American radio during the 60s, on tracks like Bad Moon Rising, Proud Mary and the anti-Vietnam war Fortunate Son. In 2015 he'll be taking to the road for his 1969 Tour, performing music from the three seminal albums that Creedence released in that year. More info

: 15th August

Akin to the Mickey Mouse Club, Kidz Bop is the Number One brand in children's music, churning out family-friendly versions of today's pop hits, sung by the industry's future stars. The Kids Bop Kids, including Ashlynn, Bredia, Matt and Grant, are heading out on the 2015 'Make Some Noise Tour' and bringing their effervescent, feel-good music with them. More info

: 6th August

German folk/rock duo Milky Chance tour the US with a laid-back, uncluttered sound that has proved extremely popular; their video for buoyant single 'Stolen Dance' has amassed over 80 million views on Youtube in under 2 years. This viral success has helped their debut EP 'Sadnecessary' achieve a phenomenal double-platinum status all over the world. More info

: 11th August

The world's top-selling instrumental artist Chris Botti has charm and talent in spades; the Italian American contemporary jazz trumpeter breathes new life into a range of different genres from American songbook standards to bebop classics by the likes of Miles Davis. Botti is not only a highly skilled musician but a consummate entertainer, with a gleam in his eye his onstage banter calls to mind the performers of jazz's golden age. More info

: 4th August

New York Times Best-Selling Author, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People and forward-thinking pastor and founder of the Mars Hill Bible Church, Rob Bell is no stranger to controversy. Putting a modern spin on the ancient building blocks of Christianity can ruffle a few feathers, yet his surprisingly fresh take on old-fashioned worship has been adopted and endorsed by millions of Christians throughout the world. Catch him as he heads out on the Everything is Spiritual Tour. More info

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