Five things to do in Denver and Boulder
You know whats missing from violent sports these days? Speed. And you know what else? Hot chicks! Add these sorely-missed elements to the genre and you get Roller Derby, the high-speed game of pushing, shoving, roller skating and … did I mention the hot chicks? Denvers Roller Dolls are ranked a respectable 21st, and they aim to climb up the leaderboard and amp up the carnage when they take on Albuquerques Duke City. Im not exactly clear on the rules of the sport, but I dont think thats really the point, is it?What: Denver Roller Dolls vs. Duke City roller derby match.Where: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver.When: Today, 7 p.m.Cost: $15.Info: 303-830-TIXS or http://www.livenation.com.
If youre still basking in the afterglow of Earth Day and feel the urgent need to act, you could plant a tree, clean up your neighborhood, or buy a hybrid. But why do that when you can knock back a few beers? Microbrews for the Environment lets you drink $2 Colorado microbrews all night from over 18 breweries, all in an effort to raise money for several environmental charities. Plus, you can buzz out to funk band Elephant Revival and bluegrass purveyors Cornmeal. All that for the environment, and you even get a free commemorative pint glass.What: Microbrews For the Environment.Where: Boulder Theatre.When: Today, 8 p.m.Cost: $21 (includes pint glass).Info: 303-786-7030 or go to http://www.bouldertheater.com.
I know Ive been driving the metal angle a little hard here, but its been a fantastic spring for fans of loud guitars, pummeling drums and wailing vocals. Austin, TX band The Sword combine sludgy Sabbath riffs with Judas Priest attitude and Iron Maiden speed. Basically, classic metal is back and The Sword is helping lead the charge. Combine some intense medieval imagery, and were talking about a metal show for the ages, true believers. Put on your leather pants its gonna be a wild night.What: The Sword performs.Where: Bluebird Theatre, Denver. When: Saturday, 8 p.m.Cost: $10-12.Info: http://www.bluebirdtheatre.net.
Its hard to get higher on the hip-hop mountain than Kanye West or Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. and Neptunes fame theyve both pretty much driven popular hip-hop for the last five years. Whats more, unlike a lot of hip-hoppers, they arent afraid of the stage. Expect West to host a bombastic, self-aggrandizing show to fit his bling-with-a-conscience image, while N.E.R.D. will spread out with actual instruments and a diverse, sometimes rock-infused groove.What: Kanye West and N.E.R.D. perform.Where: Pepsi Center, Denver.When: Sunday, 7:30 p.m.Cost: $44.75-$74.75.Info: http://www.ticketmaster.com.
Lest you thought Jack Whites other band was a one-off side project, hes returned with a second album, Consolers Of The Lonely, and a new tour to match. The album is pretty much what youd expect lots of retro-rock, Led-Zep tributes executed with extreme competence. Jack White remains a huge draw, but co-bandleader Brendon Benson deserves credit for being a surprise asset. True rock fans should pop in youll certainly never see Mr. White on a stage of this size for a long, long time. What: The Raconteurs perform.When: Monday, 8 p.m.Where: Fillmore Auditorium, Denver.Cost: $34.Info: http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/1380.