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Motley Crue in Denver, other shows, beer fests

Ted AlvarezVail CO, Colorado

Motley Crue should be dead by now. Im not talking about the music: Theyve been through enough overdoses to fill seven hair bands, and theyve all survived. The Crue keeps on truckin, and they take their barely changed, grinding hair metal with them wherever they go. Theyve lasted long enough to become something of a hair-metal emeritus band hair-metal Nobel laureates, if you will (do they give out Nobels for hair metal? They should.) As such, Crue Fest has arisen, sprouting from the dyed and teased roots of their hair-metal … hair. Crue Fest celebrates both the band and other like-minded purveyors of loud party music with an all-night concert sure to be full of lighters and Jagermeister. Oddly, most of the other featured bands (Buckcherry, Papa Roach, SIXX:AM and Trapt) are modern acts, but they all carry something of the original crew spirit. Hopefully theyve learned from that bands failures as well as its successes: Otherwise, they have a lot of overdoses and Pam Anderson ahead of them.What: Crue Fest music festival, featuring Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, and more.Where: Fiddlers Green, Denver.When: Sunday, 4:30 p.m.Cost: $29.50-$95.Info: 303-830-8497 or

Japans Boris and Floridas Torche have made careers proving that huge, heavy music doesnt have to be big dumb metal; both bands combine artistry and creativity to inject color into the often dull palette of heavy music. Japans Boris are strident students of even the most obscure stoner metal, but they take their psychedelia seriously as well. Their latest, Smile, leans heavily in favor of psyched-out fuzztones of the era, filtered through an antic Japanese sensibility to throw it all out there on stage. And female guitarist Wata might be the shreddingest axe-woman in history. Meanwhile, Miami, Floridas Torche bring spacey melodies and thick, airy atmosphere to their dinosaur stomp; low-tuned guitars are the order of the day, but so are soaring melodies courtesy of singer-guitarist Steve Brooks. Imagine a world where spacey sludge-rock existed side-by-side with pop-rock, and youre getting close to the bizarrely beautiful landscape Torche inhabits. Then again, this is also fantastic music if you just want to turn your mind off, go wild and break stuff.What: Torche and Boris perform.Where: Marquis Theatre, Denver.When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.Cost: $12-$15.Info: 303-292-0805 or Summer Brew Fest, Coors FieldIs there anything better than beer?

I dont think so, unless the answer gets more specific and touts the virtues of microbrews over the regular suds. Lucky for beer lovers statewide, Colorado is practically Beertown USA, with the Front Range area often being called the Napa Valley of beer. You can celebrate this happy fact at Summer Brew Fest, wherein over 70 varieties of microbrew beer will invade Coors field from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. The first several beer fans through the gate get a commemorative cup, and music from Angie Stevens and the Beautiful Wreck will pep up the proceedings. Basking in the sun with 70 types of beer and listening to sweet music with kindred spirits ought to have already sold you, but if you still have doubts, consider this: Proceeds benefit the Colorado Environmental Coalition. Youll be drinking beer and helping to protect our mountains, forests, and wildlands at the same time. Now you have to go.What: Summer Brew Fest microbrewery festival.Where: Coors Field Main Parking Lot A.When: Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.Cost: $25-$35.Info: Assault, DenverOK, one more item and well stop with the beer thing (can you tell weve been jonesing for a cold one?). Ft. Collins New Belgium Brewery remembers our adventure-fueled days of youth and wants to help recreate them albeit with the added benefit of being able to drink beer. Their Urban Assault scavenger hunt takes over eight cities on Sunday, including Denver. Participants will have to maneuver their bikes through several checkpoints across the city, where theyll complete obstacles that may include but are not limited to: big-wheel races, slip-n-slides and BMX jousting. Competitors have to ride in pairs thats how tough this thing might get. The after-party gets even better: Free all-you-can-drink New Belgium beer, fajitas from Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, and goodie bags including things like bike bottles and bells. Families are encouraged to participate as a team but the kids must be at least 7 years of age (he or she can wait 12 years for the beer). The race starts and ends at Mile High Station, which also hosts the beer-a-licious after party.What: New Belgiums Urban Assault bike scavenger hunt and after party.Where: All over Denver; begins and ends at Mile High Station.When: Sunday, 9 a.m. Cost: $60.Info: Izzard, Paramount TheatreThough hes made a splash in American movies and television (like FXs The Riches), British comedian Eddie Izzard first gained a cult audience stateside by dressing in drag and going off on hilarious, British-humor rants about everything from genocide to Robin Hood. He may have gone legit, but that hasnt toned down his scabrous stand-up comedy one bit. Weird situations are the norm here: Izzard re-imagines a key Bible character played by Sean Connery, and John F. Kennedy as the voice of God. In his latest show, Stripped, Izzard uses Wikipedia to mock itself and spares the rod for no pop culture item, making fun of everything from Harry Potter to Star Wars. His absurd, stream-of-consciousness comic routines (in a dress, remember) play something like the Monty Python version of stand-up comedy. Its veddy, veddy British, but also veddy, veddy funny.What: Eddie Izzard performs stand-up comedy.Where: Paramount Theatre, Denver.When: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m.Cost: $39-$59.Info: 303-623-0106 or

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