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The River Arkansas go rafting, and all of this week's local music


  • William Knudson
Unless you’re planning on making the trek to the upcoming 2018 Telluride Jazz Festival (headlined this year by Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Irma Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans), the coming week represents a slight respite from summer music festivals. There is, however, still one new festival on the horizon, and The River Arkansas is once again at the center of it.

Aug. 10 to 11 in Buena Vista finds River on the River, a rafting, camping and, of course, live music festival presented by the band in conjunction with River Runners Colorado. Aside from Mike Clark’s sextet, music will be provided by Forgotten Space, Ry Warner and AGAVE. There will also be a silent disco, presumably so attendees can dance the night away without causing too much ecological unrest to the river — insert your own Christo joke here, I guess.
As for the week at hand, much of the action is going down at the Triple Nickel Tavern. Things kick off on Thursday, Aug. 2, when Oakland metal act Ovvl takes the stage on its Owl Be Back Tour, joined by art-noise-rock band Cloud Temple and local metal quintet Spirit in the Flesh. Ovvl’s sound is prog-tinged and certainly contains a good deal of late-’70s New Wave of British Heavy Metal in its instrumentally dexterous style. Their latest release, “Awaken Jupiterian,” is available in limited quantities as an orange cassette single. A full-length album is due out later this year.

The fun continues on Friday, Aug. 3, when Albuquerque’s own self-described “boozegrass” outfit Moonshine Blind comes to the Nickel with fellow New Mexico gonzo folk/country/blues act The Imperial Rooster. Joining them are perennially touring local favorites Tejon Street Corner Thieves, just returning from another jaunt across the western U.S. So, trashgrass, boozegrass and a band whose vocals are credited to “Nat King Kong” — what more could one ask for?

Meanwhile, here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 8/1

Ancient Mariner Tavern, Musician’s Jam with The Hoodoo (Americana), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Mephiskapheles, Last Reel Hero (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Broadmoor Community Church, Summer Concerts in the Glen: Joe & Katie Uveges (folk), 6 p.m.
Distillery 291, Juke Joint Party with Grant Sabin (blues), 6 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Franklin and Friends Album Release Party (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
Royal Castle, Local Takeover 7 with Rolos Rios (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Shae’s Eats & Spirits, Open Mic Wednesdays with Rob Dylan, 7 p.m.
The Social, Mix and Mingle with DJ Karson with a K (dance), 9 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 8/2

Adam’s Mountain Café, John Drew Petersen (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Kinfolks, 950 Drum Circle (acoustic), 9:45 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
Whiskey Baron, Zach Coffey (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 8/3

Adam’s Mountain Café, John Drew Petersen (acoustic), 9 a.m.
Ancient Mariner Tavern, Vanilla Blue (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Axe and the Oak, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Benny’s, Big Sky (bluegrass), 8 p.m.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, The Mitguards (Americana), 7:30 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Eternal Temples (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Red Moon Rounder (bluegrass), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
The Mezzanine, TREO (jazz), 5:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Facing Forward (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House, The Beatidudes, Mason Wheatley (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Rico’s, The Mitguards (folk), 7:30 p.m.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Festival Fridays with Groove ‘N Motion (rock/pop), 6:30 p.m.
Stargazers, Austin Young Band (blues), 8 p.m.
Swirl Wine Bar, Iggy Igloo (Americana), 7 p.m.
Whiskey Baron, Stephanie Quayle (country), 9 p.m.

Saturday 8/4

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Lindsay White (folk), 6:30 p.m.
Ancient Mariner Tavern, Amon Copel Band (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Benny’s, Starburn (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Jarren Benton, Kato on the Track, Falli, Kanipshin (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Cold Brew’d 40 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Red Mountain Roots (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Levi & Rifkin (rock/pop), 7:30 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Straight Six and Gravel (metal), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
Stargazers, Brewer and Shipley 50th Anniversary Show (folk), 8 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, The Lacs, Chute Nine, Redraw the Farm (country), 5 p.m.
Swirl Wine Bar, Deryk Cunningham (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Whiskey Baron, Zach Coffey (country), 9 p.m.
Wine Down by the River, Nance Vixen Jazz Duo, 8 p.m.

Sunday 8/5

Black Sheep, 10 Years, I Set My Friends On Fire, The Funeral Portrait (metal), 7 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Blue Frog with Rob Landreth (Americana), 6:30 p.m.
La Taverne, La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.

Monday 8/6

Ancient Mariner Tavern, Jerrod Fox, Ryan Davis and Friends (Americana), 8 p.m.

Tuesday 8/7

Speak Easy Vape Lounge, Lion Heights (world), 8 p.m.

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