With Nov. 1 landing on a Thursday in 2018, Thanksgiving comes particularly early this year, giving us procrastinators an extra week of Christmas shopping. With all of the extra time to not shop for presents, why not treat yourself to the gift of live music? For those in the Denver area, the concert calendar on Thanksgiving weekend looks a lot like your holiday turkey: Stuffed. Here are our picks for the best concerts in Denver on Thanksgiving week 2018.
Get the holiday week started right with boygenius, a lowkey supergroup made up of lowkey indie artists Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. Although each artist is fairly seasoned in their individual careers, they only recently began playing together as a trio in support of their new self-titled EP. Reviews of their first shows have been very positive, with each performer playing a set of their own music before coming together as boygenius.
The night before Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the biggest party nights of the year and the good people at Global Dance are bringing Dirtybird Records co-founder Justin Martin to the Ogden to get the long weekend started off right. Martin has been on the road supporting his new Set It Off EP, which features new versions of the Strafe electro classic.
Snakehips is another excellent option for those looking to get their dance on the night before a big Thanksgiving feast. The English production duo of Oliver Lee and James Carter expertly blend pop, dance and hip-hop on hits like "All My Friends" (which features Tinashe and Chance the Rapper) and the Zayn collaboration "Cruel." They've also scored a number of high profile remixes for artists like Banks and Khalid and recently released the EP Stay Home Tapes.
Leftover Salmon is a seminal band in Colorado's jamgrass scene and the group will cap a full weekend of charitable events with their two-night stand at the Gothic. In addition to performing with the Gasoline Lollipops on Friday and the Tenth Mountain Division on Saturday, Leftover Salmon will be appearing at a series of events all weekend at Moe's Original Bar B Que, next door to the Gothic. Dubbed Thanksgiving Leftovers, you can find out more about the events, which include a coat and canned food drive, on the band's Facebook page.
Lastly, since this is Thanksgiving, the hungriest of holidays, why not celebrate with Mac Sabbath, the self-described "drive-thru metal" band. Blending Black Sabbath's music and satanic iconography with the wholesome characters from McDonald's advertising campaigns, Mac Sabbath has a truly special sauce on songs like the "War Pigs" parody "More Ribs" and the newly released "Sweet Leaf" sendup "Sweet Beef." Yum.