The Westword Music Showcase descends on Denver on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10. Many national bands come to town for the annual event, including psychedelic legends Flaming Lips, indie popsters Saint Motel and Indiana funk lords Main Squeeze, all playing Saturdays at Mission Ballroom Outdoors. The two-day festival is also a great time to experience the rich local music scene Denver has to offer, especially Friday night at RiNo, which is completely free.

Friday Highlights: Dream-Pop Outfit madam rooms gold dot, Electric animals play the Larimer Lounge and DespAIR Jordan balance by the Matchbox.

The main compression brings the funk to the Brighton stage at Mission Ballroom outside Saturday. Later that night, N3ptune plays the Native Roots scene, and flaming lips close the evening on the Brighton stage.

Check out this guide to help you plan your festival.

In other music news, the Okee Dokee Brothers to play Swallow Hill Music Sunday for post-festival bluegrass.



madam
Friday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Gold Point, 3126 Larimer Street
Free

mlady, directed by Hannah Beeghly, is Denver’s answer to dream-pop duo Beach House. While you’re at it, catch the singer-songwriter Kayla Brand at 8 p.m. and offbeat indie folk group blue book at 9 pm




Electric animals
Friday, September 9, 10 p.m.
Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street
Free

Denver’s Elektric Animals create a unique brand of electronically-influenced pop music that’s suitable for radio and good for dancing. Stay in the Larimer lounge for indie rockers neon the bishop at 11:10 p.m. and Boulder fuzz lords pink duvet at 12:20 p.m.

DespAIR Jordan
Friday, September 9, 11:10 p.m.
The Matchbox, 2625 Larimer Street
Free

A sort of supergroup, DespAIR Jordan includes members from many Denver bands. His music is firmly rooted in the shoegaze world, but owes a lot to The Cure.




The main compression
Saturday, September 10, 1:15 p.m.
Mission Ballroom Outdoors, 4242 Wynkoop St.
$45-$85

Funk is part of a balanced music diet and a great way to start your Saturday. The Main Squeeze definitely plays funk, but the band from Bloomington, Indiana also incorporates a lot of hip-hop and even psychedelic rock into their fun sounds. See the act on the Brighton stage.

N3ptune
Saturday, September 10, 8:40 p.m.
Mission Ballroom Outdoors, 4242 Wynkoop St.
$45-$85

The Denver artist has only released his debut album, RENAISSANCE, last year, but has left his mark on Denver ever since. N3ptune likes to push the boundaries between genres with the energy of being in church coupled with the precision of a Beyoncé show. His influences include artists like James Brown, Prince and Michael Jackson, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Mama Thornton.

Flaming Lips
Saturday, September 10, 9:30 p.m.
Mission Ballroom Outdoors, 4242 Wynkoop St.
$45-$85

The Flaming Lips released a 24-hour song, a song that came on a USB stick packaged in a real human skull, a feature film that came on four separate discs meant to be played simultaneously, and sixteen albums of psychedelic music that seems to get weirder and weirder as they progress through time. Their live show is a sight to behold and may feature unicorns and leader Wayne Coyne inside a giant clear beach ball.

The Okee Dokee Brothers
Sunday, September 11, 11 a.m.
Swallow Hill Music, 71 East Yale Ave
$25-$27

The Minneapolis-based Okee Dokee Brothers play a mix of bluegrass and roots music aimed at kids. Teammates Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up together in Denver.

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