2019, Here We Freakin’ Go

The holidays are over. Back to work everybody! For some, it’s a relief. A return to normalcy after all that holiday chaos. Our routines! Ah, so sweet to know exactly what is coming. But wait, after two consecutive days at work, you’re all like, “I’m bored. Work sucks. 2019, boy sure seems a lot like 2018. Still snowy, still dark, still winter. What is there even to look forward to?”

Well I’ll tell ya! First of all, the days are getting longer. Everyday since December 21st in fact, the days get about 1 minute longer. So don’t forget that. Also, local events are happening! Here’s a list! Take notes and don’t fall back into seasonal feeling-sorry-for-yourself-ness!

National Western Stock Show – Jan 10 – Jan 27

Here come the cows. And the horses and the bulls and the sheep and the dogs and llamas and goats and donkeys and fiddles. Honestly, if Denver had a culture, it would be mountain western, ranches, hats, boots and exactly this. It’s a fantastic opportunity to embrace the western styles by watching 5-7 year olds ride sheep (Mutton Bustin’) and full grown adults ride 2,400 lb bulls while eating a funnel cake and smelling cow manure. 5280 has a terrific first timer’s guide up right now.

Jenny Slate at Comedy Works Downtown Jan 11 – Jan 12 (and other comedy shows)

Post holidays winter is a fantastic time for a comedy show (indoor activity that still gets you out of the house). And quite frankly, January and February are chock full of quality comedians and comediennes.

First and first mostly, Jenny Slate (of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Kroll Show, Big Mouth, SNL (for one brief season) and more) graces the downtown comedy club for four shows in two nights. But she’s not the only attraction of the near future. Steve Rannazzisi, who I sort of can’t believe still has a touring career after he admitted to lying about being in the World Trade Center on 9/11 (????????), will be downtown Jan 17 – Jan 19. Ali Wong, Ari Shaffir, and Erik Griffin (Comedy Works South) round out the January Comedy Works schedule. Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz bring their very popular improv act to the Paramount Theater on Jan 25.

And the hits just keep on coming: Adam Sandler comes to the Bellco Theater Feb 5 and if you saw his recent Netflix special, this should be pretty gosh darn good. Natasha Leggero, Adam Ray, and Denver’s own Adam Cayton-Holland all headline Comedy Works Downtown in February. Finally, Aziz Ansari, after sitting out a year following the troubling story of Aziz pressuring a woman into sex, continues his comeback tour (to a largely receptive audience ) at the Buell Theater on Feb 16.

But don’t forget about the local Denver comedy scene. There’s fantastic monthly shows at Grandma’s House Brewery, Bug Theater, and Chain Reaction Brewing.

Magic City Hippies at Larimer Lounge Jan 18 (and other music shows)

“But Sean, what about the music?? I thought this was a music blog?? Boo! Unsubscribe!”, you’re saying. I hear you. Please calm down. Here it is:

The Pharcyde at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox Jan 11-12. A two nighter! With the legendary Pharcyde of The Bizarre Ride II (1992).

Magic City Hippies, which you read about in that paragraph header, with support from Future Generations play Larimer Lounge in a sold out Friday night show next week (Jan 18).

RJD2 at Ogden Theater Jan 20. RJD2 (of Columbus, OH) seems to play around the same time each year at this place. It’s a party fa sho.

STRFKR at Bar Standard on Jan 23

Again at Larimer Lounge, a local legends show, which is a make up date after the powerful winds of Denver knocked the lights out back in November, features Flaural with support from Panther Martin and Eye and the Arrow on Friday, Jan 25.

AGAIN at Larimer Lounge, Still Woozy is sold out already for a Thursday Jan 31 show with support from Dreamer Boy. (How the ffff am I gonna get tix to these sold out shows….)

Fleetwood Mac at the Pepsi Center on Jan 31

Atmosphere, De La Soul, Living Legends at Red Rocks Feb 1. It’s that Winter on the Rocks thing they do every year. Sounds cold! But the acts are good so who knows!

Elton John at the Pepsi Center Feb 6-7

Flamingosis at Gothic Theater on Feb 8

TV Girl at Larimer Lounge on Feb 12

Colter Wall at Ogden Theater on Feb 15

Men I Trust at Globe Hall on Feb 19

Flaming Lips with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra on Feb 22 at Boettcher Concert Hall. Holy shit tickets start at $50 but this will be insane.

The Nuggets and Avs Are Playing Like Twice a Week

Sign up for the buzzer beater text alerts and get tickets for $15 at the last minute. You’re not planning out your Nuggets games any further into the future than a couple of day anyway. These games are fun! Go and support your sports guys!

Okay that’s enough events between now and the end of February. Get out there and spend that disposable income! Don’t forget about Valentine’s day! This blog is over.

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