The Casual Fridays, July 20Ska, right! No, seriously. Ska…right. And that’s especially right when it’s ska from The Casual Fridays, southern New Mexico’s energizing, skankalicious ska band. And these oi-oi masters will be gracing you with their presence at Animas City Theatre, feeding you a healthy dose of rowdy, kickin’ first-wave ska. Prepare to dance your wingtip shoes off.
Details: Animas City Theatre, 128 E. College Drive, Tickets start at $7, animascitytheatre.com
Global Dance Festival, July 20 & 21With Future, DeadMau5, Tiesto, Gucci Mane, etc.
It’s Gucci Mane, mane! It’s also Tiesto, Future, Deadmau-fiiiiiive (Deadmau5 for those of you who prefer to use his real stage name), and a bunch of other top billers in the dance world. This festival is two days of chaos, two days of artists like Machine Gun Kelly and Junkie Kid, and two days of leg cramps from dancing harder than you’ve ever danced before. So dig out the Costco-sized box of glow sticks and go do your thang, club kids. Do your thang.
Details: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver, Tickets start at $159, globaldancefestival.com
The Roasted Bones, July 22Are you ready for some reggae? Well, then you’re ready for The Roasted Bones, a 6-piece band out of Austin, Texas. They’ll be making a stop in Durango on their MOTAvation tour, and you should make your way to The Billy Goat Saloon to celebrate.
Details: The Billy Goat Saloon, 39848 Hwy 160, Gem Village, thebillygoatsaloon.com
Third Eye Blind, July 22I wish you would step back from that ledge, friends…and step into the Hudson Gardens in Littleton to catch a nostalgic act live and in living color. Third Eye Blind basically defined the late ’90s alt-rock genre, thanks to the epic earworms like “Jumper” and “Semi-Charmed Life,” which were pretty much unavoidable if you owned a radio or ever went in public. Nostalgia tours are the greatest, and we think if you’re going to invest some time and cold cash in seeing one of those acts, it should be Third Eye Blind. If you skip this show, how’s it gonna be? (Hint: Lame, because you’ll miss a good show.)
Details: Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr. Littleton, CO, Tickets start at $42, ticketing.axs.com
Paramore & Foster the People, July 24Oooh, yeah. It’s time for a little Hayley Williams in your life. Sure, you’ll have to drive to Denver, but won’t it be worth it to catch Ms. Williams belt out your favs, like “Crushcrushcrush” and “Still Into You,” all while you scream along like a 17-year-old? And, as a bonus, you’ll get to catch ol’ Foster the People. So, you should go. All the other kids with the pumped up kicks are going to be there.
Details: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO, Tickets start at $49.50, ticketing.axs.com
Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, July 24Here you go again on your own…to Denver to see Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. As an added bonus, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, led by the late John Bonham’s son, will help you live out your rock ‘n’ roll fantasies. They’ve perfected the art of playing Zeppelin, and they’re the perfect addition to an already good lineup.
Details: Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, Tickets starting at $25, altitudetickets.com