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A breakdown of Denver's Grandoozy festival, and all of this week's music

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Kendrick Lamar will co-headline Denver’s Grandoozy, a three-day festival produced by the promoters who started Bonnaroo. - KOBBY DAGAN / SHUTTERSTOCK
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  • Kendrick Lamar will co-headline Denver’s Grandoozy, a three-day festival produced by the promoters who started Bonnaroo.
It’s hard to say how long it will be until Denver hosts another Riot Fest. But fans of massive music fests can still celebrate the newly announced lineup for Grandoozy, a new three-day festival happening in the Mile High City this Sept. 14-16, with ticket packages now on sale. The event, which will take place at Denver’s Overland Park Golf Course, is being presented by Superfly, the “dynamic cultural experience” company behind the Bonnaroo Festival, San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival, Phoenix’s Lost Lake Festival and others.

The festival roster, while still possibly subject to change, is impressive, especially for an inaugural effort. Kendrick Lamar, Florence + the Machine and Stevie Wonder are each scheduled to headline one of the three nights, and the musical depth chart, so-to-speak, features plenty of varied interests. Scan the lineup and you’ll see the likes of rootsy singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, avant-guitar heroine St. Vincent, singer/rapper Ty Dolla $ign, and funk-jazz outfit Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. You’ll also find EDM-pop DJ duo The Chainsmokers, indie rockers The War on Drugs, classic hip-hop group De La Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples. There are also a number of acts that Colorado Springs music fans may have caught at local venues, such as Boulder-based alt-country act Gasoline Lollipops and San Jose-based emcee Snow tha Product. (You can find the full lineup, as well as ticket information, at grandoozy.com.)

Festival promoters are also promising accompanying Colorado-centric “experiences” such as the “Devour Denver” local food and drink program, a Denver-centric “Flight School” distillery showcase, and an outdoor-themed “Backyard” activity experience, which will celebrate “Colorado’s heritage as the ultimate destination for outdoor sports and lifestyle.”

There will also be an ’80s-themed ski lodge, just in case, I suppose, you have to win back the heart of your high school sweetheart from your evil jock nemesis.

Meanwhile, here’s what's playing around this week:

Wednesday 4/4

Black Sheep, Mac Lethal, Wax, Earsiq, Curta, ICE C.R.E.A.M (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, County Wide (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 4/5

Black Sheep, Phoenix, London and David’s Birthday, Raul’s Going Away Extravaganza, featuring Fortune’s Fool (hardcore), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Embrace the Dirt, Pretty Vague, Paradigm (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Ladies Night with Dj TT Wizard (dance), 8 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 4/6

Axe and the Oak, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Benny’s, 6035 (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Frankie Cosmos, Lomelda (indie), 7 p.m., $15.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Goya (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Sean Ashby (Americana), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
The Mezzanine, TREO (jazz), 5:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Dirty Kings (metal), 9 p.m.
Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, The Beatidudes (acoustic), 6:30 p.m.
Rico’s, The Mitguards (folk), 7:30 p.m.
Rocks Sports Bar & Grill, Grateful Dead Night with Big Sky (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.

Saturday 4/7

Bar-K, Levi & Rifkin (rock/pop), 7:30 p.m.
Black Sheep, The Grass Is Dead (bluegrass), 7 p.m., $10.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, The Martini Shot (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, James Galloway (folk), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Legends Rock Bar, Cold Brew’d 40 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, 40 Oz. Freedom Fighters (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Asphalt Cowboys (country), 9 p.m.

Sunday 4/8

Friends House Concerts, Willy Porter (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.

Monday 4/9

Black Sheep, Shawn James, Romero (rock/pop), 7 p.m.

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