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Warped Tour sunsets with Nekrogoblikon, Reel Big Fish, 3OH!3 and more; this week's music listings

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While it’s not certain that hype-man John Goblikon will join Nekrogoblikon on the final Warped Tour, we can rest assured that he’ll be there in spirit. - ACHIM RASCHKA
  • Achim Raschka
  • While it’s not certain that hype-man John Goblikon will join Nekrogoblikon on the final Warped Tour, we can rest assured that he’ll be there in spirit.
Conventional wisdom says that we simply don’t have the luxury of being adults in the world we knew when we were young. If we presume this is true, as well as acknowledging pop music’s perennial ability to make us recall our youth, then this goes a long way toward explaining the various genre revivals we’ve seen, especially since the 2000s.

That said, pop-punk — especially that which emerged during the genre’s commercial rise in the ’90s — has had a pretty good run. It’s never fallen too far out of fashion with the general populace, and even during the thinner years as Hot Topic outlets started to fade away in malls across the nation, diehards could always depend on the Vans Warped Tour to get their fix.

But, as further conventional wisdom dictates, all good things must come to an end. The traveling rock festival, now in its 24th year, has just unveiled the lineup for its final victory lap, which makes its last Denver stop at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, July 1.

While “Warped” didn’t explicitly set out to be a pop-punk festival — and the tour has seen a fair amount of musical diversity, counting Beck, Eminem, Katy Perry and the Black Eyed Peas amongst its performers over the years — it will probably forever be emblazoned in popular consciousness as a major platform for the likes of Green Day, The Offspring and Blink 182.

None of the aforementioned bands will be appearing in Denver for the final run. Instead, attendees can look forward to some familiar faces — Reel Big Fish, Simple Plan, Four Year Strong, 3OH!3, We the Kings, The Used and Tonight Alive are being welcomed back to the proceedings — as well as numerous up-and-comers and some heavier and weirder stuff, like goblin-centric melodic death metal outfit Nekrogoblikon. The full lineup and ticket information are available at vanswarpedtour.com.

Here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 3/14

Black Sheep, Tigers Jaw, Yowler, Looming (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Front Range Barbeque, Out of Nowhere (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall, Lawn Chairs, Spirettes, Dear Rabbit (indie), 8 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 3/15

Bristol Brewing Company, John Stone (acoustic), 6 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, Ralph Rhymes (hip-hop), 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.
Stagecoach Juke Joint, Fireside Thursday with Joe Johnson (blues), 6 p.m.
Tap Traders, Archtop Eddy, Nance Vixen (acoustic), 6 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Sim Balkey (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 3/16

Axe and the Oak, Jesse Cotton Stone (blues), 7 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, Sofa Killers (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, 40 Oz. Freedom Fighters (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Oh, Whale, 1000 Miles of Fire, The Midnight Club, Creature Canopy, Viretta (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Wirewood Station (country), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Ryan Flores (jazz), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Pine Creek Tippers Celtic Band, 6:30 p.m.
McCabe’s Tavern, Danny & The Fried Shrimp (Americana), 5:30 p.m.
Stagecoach Juke Joint, FoJo Groove (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Stargazers, Vinyl Lust (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Sim Balkey (country), 9 p.m.

Saturday 3/17

Back East Bar & Grill - Monument, Ashtonz (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, Sofa Killers (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Dallas Alley (country), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Declan McKenna, Chappell Roan (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
C’mon Inn, Soapdish (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
High Hops Brewery, The Wildwoods (Americana), 5 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Blackthorn Celtic Band, 10 a.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Fireline (country), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Eternal Temples (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, Cari Dell (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Goya (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
The Public House, Playing With Smoke (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Rico’s, Zach Wight (indie), 7:30 p.m.
Royal Castle, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
Stagecoach Juke Joint, Phosphene Eyes (indie), 8 p.m.
Stargazers, Countywide (country), 8 p.m.
The Buzz, DJ Dance (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
The Whiskey Baron, Sim Balkey (country), 9 p.m.

Sunday 3/18

Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.

Monday 3/19

The Ancient Mariner Tavern, Music Jam with Rhonda Lee (open mic), 7 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center, Collective Soul (rock/pop), 7:30 p.m.
The Buzz, Trivia Mondays with DJ BatBoy, 8 p.m.

Tuesday 3/20

Benny’s, Sweet T’s Rude Blues Jam, 7 p.m.
Black Sheep, Act of Defiance, Shattered Sun, Ovira (metal), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Mountain High10 Radio The Sarge’s Birthday Bash, with Comedic Guest John Brown (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
Pikes Peak Center, Chicago (rock/pop), 7:30 p.m.

Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

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