So far, this summer has been one filled with good music, and it promises to continue to be. My wife and I discovered Princess Music last fall at a Punch Brothers concert. They’ve got a really awesome sound, kind of a Bach meets Beatles, classical meets math rock hybrid monster that makes me wish they had about 10x as many songs as they do. Or more, I don’t want to limit them. But anyway, we saw them at the Mercury Cafe in Denver in June. I think we might have been the only people in the room who A) didn’t know the band personally and B) also knew all the words to their songs. Yeah, it was slightly embarrassing. But even though they were 2 members down, it was a great show. I’d see them again in a heartbeat.
Then two weeks ago we saw Ben Folds, who I’m confident you’re all familiar with, at the Ogden Theater in Denver. The last time I was at the Ogden was for GeeksWhoDrink‘s Geek Bowl back in January, and I have to say, it was a lot less crowded and a lot more comfortable back then. Still, a great show, and Ben’s opener was Kenton Chen, who you may remember if you watched NBC’s “The Sing-Off” (did anyone?), who did a killer looped a cappella version of Britney Spears’ Toxic, as well as some great original tunes. We snuck out before the rush at the end, but we had a lot of fun. My only gripe was with the venue: what kind of bar refuses to give customers a cup of water? BTW, bottled water is $4 or something. Ridiculous.