Leftapalooza 2022. 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, Left Hand Brewing, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Tickets: $15
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, what better way to kick-off summer in Longmont than with the return of Leftapalooza, Left Hand Brewing Foundation’s local tribute band competition and fundraiser! Due to limited capacity in the event venue, all tickets will be sold at the door on event day, May 21. The full Leftapalooza line-up includes:
11:30 a.m.—Halfway There (Bon Jovi)
12:45 p.m.—Rooster (Alice in Chains)
2 p.m.—Fire and Ice (Pat Benatar)
3:15 p.m..—TEN (Pearl Jam)
4:30 p.m.—Forever Man (Eric Clapton)
6 p.m.—Those Crazy Nights (Journey)
7:30 p.m..—Guerrilla Radio (Rage Against the Machine), 2019 Leftapalooza winner and 2022 headliner!
The Mike Stanley Comedy Show: Stephanie McHugh. 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, The Louisville Underground, 640 Main St., Louisville. Tickets: $15, thelouisvilleunderground.com
Stephanie McHugh began pursuing stand up comedy in her 30s, married with two small children. Nine months after her first time on stage, McHigh won a trip to the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and has been on the Denver comedy scene for over 17 years. She appeared on Nick at Nite’s TV Show America’s Funniest Mom. McHigh is a co-founder of the MentalPause Comedy Show and The Twilight Moan Podcast: Laughter, Love and Sex After 50.
Dairy Comedy in The Boe with AJ Finney, Gabby Gutierrez-Reed, Bradley Galli, Ali Kareem, hosted by Arlis Gold. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St,. Boulder. Tickets: $15
Stylistically manic, artistically brilliant, AJ Finney is an eclectic midwesterner with a passion for the psychedelic scene of the ’60s. He’s an eco-friendly, improvisational, sometimes philosophical, patchouli-soaked quipster.
Erie Hot Air Balloon Festival and Town Fair. 6-8 a.m. Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, Colliers Hill—CR5 and Colliers Parkway, Erie. Free
The Rocky Mountains are clearly visible in the distance as the sky comes alive with all the colors of the rainbow. This is the beginning of the annual Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival. Come in person from 6-8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and watch the balloons inflate and take flight, weather permitting. The balloons launch from the east side of Collier’s Hill, west of Erie High School on County Road 5 and Colliers Parkway. Parking is available in the Erie High School Lot. After the balloon launch, visit the Town Fair on May 21 only, with 200 vendors and food booths from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and live music and a beer garden from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free parking at the Erie Town Hall, 645 Holbrook St., and at Calvary Bible Church, 615 Evans St.
Strawberry Festival Vintage & Antique Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. $5 per person, children under 12 free
Show features dealers from all around Colorado and out of state selling jewelry (fine and costume), furniture, home décor, toys, collectibles, rustic, shabby chic, art, vintage, clothing, primitives—plus much more. Admissions and café sales support The St. Vrain Historical Society, a local nonprofit, with a mission of historic preservation and education in the community.
CrankGameplays presents ‘I Have To Do This Show.’ 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $42, z2ent.com/boulder-theater-venue
Enjoy this unique experience interlaced with comedy, theater, and a realistic—if possibly warped—viewpoint of the internet, from an online “influencer.”
Free & Organic Plant Exchange. 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 21, Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Free
Head to Unitarian Universalist Church for the annual free organic plant exchange. If you don’t have any plants to give, come take some anyway. Or bring a can of food for donation at a local food bank. Pesticides are difficult to avoid in our world—and pesticides kill pollinators and undermine human health. If you have extra plants in your yard that have not been treated with pesticides, dig them up, put them in a pot, and bring them to our plant exchange. You might see something you like from someone else’s garden. If so, it’s yours—for free!
Andrea Gibson & Zoe Keating. 7:30 p.m. May 21, Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder. Tickets: $28-$43
In a fierce oscillation between activism and love, Andrea Gibson’s newest literary collection, Lord of the Butterflies, is a masterful showcase from the renowned poet whose writing and performances have captured the hearts of millions. An artful and nuanced look at gender, romance, loss and family, this is also a book of protest. While rioting against gun violence, homophobia and white supremacy, Gibson celebrates gender expansion, queer love and the will to stay alive. A cellist since the age of eight, Zoe Keating pursued electronic music and contemporary composition as part of her Liberal Arts studies at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. After graduation she moved to San Francisco and built a career as an information architect and data analyst while moonlighting as a cellist in rock bands. Keating eventually combined her love of music and technology, using a computer to live-layer her cello and performing for late-night after-parties in her San Francisco warehouse.
Motus Theater Presents: Power Playback Theater. 7 p.m. May 21, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Tickets: $15-$20, thedairy.org
Join Motus for an improvisational theater adventure of Power Playback Theater with award-winning violinist Gregory Walker and slam poet Dominique Christina. The night’s theme will revolve around the theme of caretaking and care-receiving. Come and share a short reflection or story on how you experience caring for others or receiving care when you need support, and then watch professional playback actors enact yout story on the spot using movement, music and dramatic spoken word.
Friday, May 20
Max Wagner Quartet. 6 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Boulder Road, Boulder. Suggested $15 cover
Perpetual Motion. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15
Twang is Dead featuring Dave Watts (The Motet). 7 p.m.The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland. Tickets: $15
High Lonesome. 8 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. $15 cash cover
N3ptune with Rusty Steve and special guests VYNYL and BLUSH. 8 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver. Tickets: $15.99
Son Lux with Nappy Nina. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $22-$25
Saturday, May 21
Anjunadeep Open Air featuring Ben Böhmer (Live), CRi (DJ Set), Eli & Fur, Luttrell b2b Yotto, Olan. 3 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver. Tickets: $54.95-$129
Art Lande and the S Band. 6 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Boulder Road, Boulder. Suggested $15 cover
Gustavo Caruci and Victor Mestas. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15
Mellowpunk, Immigrant’s Child, Finn O’Sullivan. 7 p.m. Confluence Garage, 75 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette. Tickets: $10
Tejon Street Corner Thieves. 7 p.m.The Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder
Sam Zickefoose Duo. 7 p.m.Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. No cover
Gus Johnson. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $39.50
Cancerslug with Cobranoid and Flight Kamikaze. 8 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver. Tickets: $16
Elder Island with JORDANN. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20-$25
Sunday, May 22
Cara Elizabeth Trio. 6 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. No cover
Hot Milk with Doll Skin and Suitable Miss. 7 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver. Tickets: $15
Todd Snider with The Cody Sisters. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30
Monday, May 23
The Pineapple Thief featuring Gavin Harrison with The Cyberiam. 7:30 p.m Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30
Modest Mouse with The Cribs. 8 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver. Tickets: $49.95-$109
Kurt Vile and the Violators with Honey Blazer. 8 p.m. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Tickets: $35.75-$75
Tuesday, May 24
Bob’s 81st Birthday Bash. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder. Tickets: $20. This is a “pay or play” event; either buy a ticket or bring an instrument and sing a Bob Dylan song.
Spoon with Geese. 8 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver. Tickets: $36.75-$75
Wednesday, May 25
Bauhaus with Vinsantos. 8 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop St., Denver. Tickets: $87.50-$160
Thursday, May 26
Jeremy Facknitz. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15
Cordovas with Bear and the Beasts. 7 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver. Tickets: $15
Darlingside with Dori Freeman. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder. Tickets: $26