Generation gaps call an evening-long truce to absorb the electric harmonies and magnetic energy of legendary rock bands Def Leppard and Heart. Def Leppard began its ascent to British hard-rock royalty in 1977, solidifying its reign with the 1987 multiplatinum album Hysteria and its iconic anthems "Love Bites" and "Armageddon It." Its latest tour stokes nostalgia and then pours sugar on it, with library classics giving way to singles such as "Undefeated" from the forthcoming Mirror Ball – Live & More album. Heart frontwomen Ann and Nancy Wilson add to the aural carnival with sisterly harmonics and guitar-wrangling routines developed over more than 30 years onstage. Revelry-inducing '70s hits "Barracuda" and "Crazy on You," along with soul-clutching '80s power ballads "Alone" and "What About Love," embody the decades whence they came while continuing to forcefully knock the socks and toenail polish off rapt concertgoers.
Two to four pianists engage in a well-matched duel each evening at Chez Cirque, sampling from more than 100 audience requests spanning all major musical genres. A Paris-inspired stage outfitted with red curtains, opulent lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system tickles all five senses, and a $5 happy hour martini tantalizes your sixth, apple-centric sense with an apple-buttercup concoction made with vodka, DeKuyper Buttershots, Kahlua, and DeKuyper Apple Pucker. Hours become happy Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., entertained by drink specials that also include $3 Bud Light drafts and a free snack buffet on Fridays and Saturdays. A sushi bar adds raw talent to the menu Thursday through Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. (prices vary). Light appetizers are available on the floor level, and groups can dine on specialty options on the mezzanine. See a partial menu online and call for full details. Chez Cirque's team of talent is sure to dazzle all 88 keys with nimble fingers and an ear-pleasing list of tunes.
Herman's Hideaway has lured music lovers with an action-packed slate of performers for more than 25 years. Before the show, guests can chat up a bartender over a draft beer or vodka tonic. Instead of hosting an all-polka lineup, Herman's Hideaway dabbles in many musical genres, welcoming rock bands, jazz combos, and reggae collectives from nearby neighborhoods and far-flung nation-states. On August 22, MC Frontalot will use song to explain how nerdcore hip-hop emerged from a bizarre accident involving an apple, a candy factory, and an optometrist's office. Local math-metal quartet Seris will launch a tour from Herman's stage on August 27, and 13-piece funk band Funkiphino will spawn a dance party with soulful rhythms and come-hither nostril flares on September 9.
More than two dozen flat-screen TVs line the walls of Cleatz Sports Bar & Grille, casting a glow across an arsenal of pool tables, poker games, and decadent fare created by the kitchen’s veteran chef. As the wait staff shuffle around deep-fried mushrooms, catfish poboys, and buffalo wings drenched in a spectrum of sauces—from sweet molasses to XXX hot—a DJ spins live tunes before the munching and swaying crowd. On Friday nights, live jazz music replaces the electronic beats, and musicians welcome locals on stage to jam with the band or turn their middle-school diary into a new song. As for every other night of the week, the bar hosts a range of events, such as pool leagues, poker tournaments, and karaoke.
Buntport Theater Company is a lively group of six collaborators writing, directing, and performing original, creative pieces for the Denver community. Typically containing eccentric humor and unusual adaptations, Buntport's calendar is brimming with innovative work throughout the 2010–2011 season. Take in a twist on a classic with Moby Dick Unread or engage yourself in the quirky Kafka on Ice. Bring along a date or a friend to share the laughs, discussions, and quizzical looks that often result from Buntport's witty and engrossing plays. Call ahead or book online for reservations.
A lot has changed in the century since the Paramount Theatre was founded, but the theater's crowd-pleasing entertainment wouldn't have been out of place in Aurora's turn-of-the-century theater scene. When the Venice-inspired art-deco venue was first built, it joined an already-bustling local tradition of vaudeville, silent films, concerts, and circus acts. Photographs dating back to 1931 guided a 1976 restoration, in which artisans completely retraced and repainted eight original murals, re-gilded the fluted columns, and patched up the sheets of every ghost. Concerts, comedy, and community events fill the theater when it's not occupied by the dazzling production values of a professional musical-theater company, which launched what the Chicago Tribune called a "thrilling debut season" in 2011.