Gogol Bordello at Boulder Theater
Klezmer-Punk is admittedly a niche genre, but that should garner it no less attention than the wildly talented high-energy shows of Gogol Bordello deliver. Ukrainian ex-pat Eugene Hütz cobbled the group together — like so many great American success stories — somewhere in the depths of the Lower East Side of Manhattan back in 1999. Their debut album, Voi-La Intruder (Rubric, 2002) helped garner interest in this quirky gypsy-flavored skapunk outfit, but it wasn’t until their third outing, Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike (Side One Dummy, 2005) that the band started getting national attention. Four albums later and a steady calendar of non-stop touring has kept the band sharp — and their live shows among some of the most loved in the Boulder area. Catch them at the Boulder Theater, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35, check out www.bouldertheater.com for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver
Depending on who you ask, the story of the birth of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Denver takes on a few different plotlines. But one place they all seem to merge is at Duffy’s Shamrock Restaurant and Bar, the world famous pub at 16th and Court Place in Denver that served its last Irish Coffee in November of 2006. And though what was once thought to be the nation’s longest bar (at 70 feet) may be no more, the parade that started there endures — and has earned accolades for being one of the biggest in the country. This year’s route starts at 9:30 a.m. on March 12 at Coors Field, winds up Wynkoop to 17th, over to Blake, then north back to Coors Field. Grab your seats early, because the crowds will be as thick as the Guinness. Head to www.denverstpatricksdayparade.com for more information.
Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine at the Boulder Theater.
Richard Cheese loves either Doc Holliday or F. Scott Fitzgerald (we never quite figured out which). He thinks Superman is a far better wingman than Batman when it comes to picking up chicks. He’s a fan of both Dean Martin and Tony Bennett, and loves the sound of the trombone when it’s actually just the sound of Sinatra’s voice. These are the things we learned in our interview last year with the worlds most beloved living lounge singer, and why you should probably go see him at the Boulder Theater on April 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25, www.bouldertheater.com for more information.
This month: Five things you didn’t know happened on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
- 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius died.
- 1756: First official St. Patrick’s Day celebration in New York City (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern ).
- 1941: President Roosevelt opened the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
- 1958: The U.S. launched the Vanguard I satellite.
- 1969: Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minister of Israel.