Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

The Funk Ark 2012 Summer Tour Continues in Chicago

After a highly praised 2011 debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark surprised the critics with a soon and even tighter follow up album: High Noon. In just a couple of years since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music, the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio and with their high-octane live performances.

Pan Astral Announces Their New Full-Length Album Mary Can Dream

Pan Astral's latest album, Mary Can Dream, features chief songwriter and visual artist Gabriel Otto and co-creator Ryan Burnett of Signal Path as well as new members Kipp Koren, Tad Lusk and Mike Smith.

Sonic Bloom Announces New Artists, Greening and Pre-Party

Nearing the two-month countdown until SONIC BLOOM 2012 we have a barrage of new artists confirmed!  Newest additions to the list of performing acts are: PANTyRAiDWelder

Band of Heathens | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | 3/16/12

We turned onto Welton Street, in the Five Points section of Denver, and started looking for parking for the Band of Heathens show on Friday, and saw around eight police cars posted out in front of the venue. Upon finding a spot a few blocks away, we loaded the glass, negotiated our way through a couple of bands of mooching crackheads and over to Cervantes.

The Motet | Funk is Dead | Cervantes | 1|27|2012

If you are a Deadhead living in SFO, PDX, PHL, BWI, or NYC, I need to talk to you about time and energy. But not in the “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” tradition of “Practice, Practice, Practice”. Instead, I need to talk to you about the temporal evolution and aggregate electrical output that are quickly molding The Motet’s funkified adaptations of the Grateful Dead songbook into an instant must-see classic.

Kyle Hollingsworth Band | Cervantes | Denver, CO | 11/19/2011

Nobody needs to remind any live music goer how active of a place Colorado and its Front Range are for seeing concerts. Intimate or gigantic, we have as much of a draw for jazz, rock, hip-hop, bluegrass, blues, indie, classical or pretty much anything else you could think of. People come in hordes from all around the country to see their favorite acts at our one-of-a-kind venue scene. Something about the Colorado attitude meshes well with hassle-free lot scenes, and of course the most important part, the concert.

Greensky Bluegrass Performs with Grateful Dead Drummers, Announces NYE Run in Denver

As summer fades and autumn arrives, the music of Greensky Bluegrass is piquing new ears and peaking out. This past weekend at the Hoxeyville Festival in Northern Michigan, the band offered the crowd of thousands two surprise guests to close out their Saturday night show by inviting the Grateful Dead drumming duo of Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart on stage for a bluegrass-infused version of “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider”. The set closing sit-in was filmed and can be viewed on YouTube here:

Additionally, Greensky Bluegrass announced today that the quintet will be ringing in the New Year in Denver, Colorado with two nights of raging bluegrass at Cervantes' Other Side December 30 and 31. Tickets for both shows will go on sale September 6 at www.cervatnesmasterpiece.com or www.greenskybluegrass.com with special hotel rates available for fans at the band’s website.

To celebrate the New Year’s Eve announcement and the special guest appearance of the Rhythm Devils over the weekend, the band wants to share a free download from their most recent double live CD All Access: Volume 1. For a limited time, an extended 13 minute version of the song “Train Junkie” is available for a free download here.

Maceo Parker | Cervantes | Denver, CO | 3/12/2010 | Review

The physical requirement of playing live music leaves little room for musicians to keep performing past a certain age.  Although a handful of timeless artists such as Buddy Guy, BB King, The Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney have been able to defy the limits of time, it goes to say that most careers decline past middle age.

Home Cookin' with the Motet

When I got the news that I could write a review for the Motet’s Best of their Halloween shows at my favorite indoor venue in the world, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only was it just their “best of” show, but it was the 7th Anniversary Grand Re-Opening Celebration for the venue that has demonstrated its appeal to the fans of music in many ways.