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RiNo and Riot Fests keep summer alive



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Critics' favorites Silversun Pickups will be the headliner at Denver's inaugural RiNo Music Festival this Friday.
  • Critics' favorites Silversun Pickups will be the headliner at Denver's inaugural RiNo Music Festival this Friday.

While we officially have only a month left of summer, there are still music festivals and shows aplenty to enjoy. The Denver edition of Riot Fest is rapidly approaching, featuring a mostly original lineup of the Misfits, Ween, Jane's Addiction, Sleater-Kinney and many more from Sept. 2 to 4. The full lineup and schedule is now available, so you can plan your pilgrimages around the National Western Complex accordingly by checking

While it's not a full-fledged festival per se, the Black Sheep is hosting the Why They Fight Food Fest this Wednesday, Aug. 24, a full day of bands featuring, of course, Why They Fight, Passing Out on Porches, False Report, Sleep Academy, Charlie Siren, We Were Sharks, Oh Whale, The Greatest Generation and The Coast Is Ours. As for the "food" part of the fest, the all-ages show doubles as a canned food drive to support local animal shelters, and two cans of food grant you a free beer ... until it runs out, of course.

Meanwhile, Denver's River North district is actually receiving its second outdoor festival of the year, following the inaugural Project Pabst fest in May. The freshly minted RiNo Music Festival will feature performances by LA shoegaze-inspired alt-rock band Silversun Pickups, South African electro-pop singer-songwriter St. Lucia, British indie-rockers A Silent Film, and Denver's own 888. Tickets for the Aug. 26 event are still available but selling quickly. Find more information at

On top of all this, there are plenty more gigs of interest this week:

Local metalcore septet Bermuda Skies celebrates the release of their new EP, Shipwrecked, with a show at the Black Sheep on Thursday, Aug. 25. Joining the band are Falter Never Fail, Fighting the Phoenix, Heathercrest and Crown-Magnetar.

The same night Los Angeles-based producer Brillz brings his EDM stylings, self-proclaimed to be the genre of "twonk," to Rawkus along with Parrish, Pwnage Method and Trilly Wonka.

Friday, Aug. 26, local standouts Eros and the Eschaton celebrate the release of their new album, Weight of Matter, on Bar/None Records with a show at the Flux Capacitor, joined by Shiii Whaaa and Cheap Perfume.

Meanwhile, down south, the Colorado State Fair kicks off in Pueblo, the concert side of things getting started with a show from Travis Tritt on Aug. 26. The fair runs through Sept. 5 and features appearances from Chris Janson, Foreigner, Lee Brice, Huey Lewis & the News, and more.

If you find yourself north of the Springs on Aug. 26 and enjoy the early output of The Beatles, you could certainly do worse than 1964 The Tribute, who recreate period concerts of the Liverpool lads, complete with period instruments and outfits. The Red Rocks show benefits Colorado Public Television 12.

On Aug. 27, Detroit hard rockers I Prevail bring their Strike the Match tour to the Black Sheep, with The White Noise, My Enemies & I and Bad Seed Rising in tow.

Back in Pueblo on Aug. 27, Denver indie-folk act Paper Bird, whom area music fans likely remember from their set at last year's Bristol's Freewheelin' Music Fest, appear at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.

For reggae fans, Red Rocks is the place to be on Aug. 27, with 311, Iration, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, The Werks and Judge Roughneck performing at the 2016 edition of Reggae on the Rocks. Interestingly, Steel Pulse performed at the very first Reggae on the Rocks show in 1988, along with genre luminaries Jimmy Cliff, The Neville Brothers and Burning Spear.

Aug. 28 brings a full night of heavy alternative music to Sunshine Studios, headlined by long-running California trio Smile Empty Soul. Also on the bill are Romantic Rebel, Shallow Side, Chase Kinter, Dying Blynd and the Randy Bennett Project.

Finally, at the Flux Capacitor on Aug. 28, you can catch Tucson-based riot grrrl punk quartet Foxx Bodies, joined by the Tejon Corner Street Thieves.

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