Lots of shows on Thursday; starting at 8 p.m. at Aroma Café, local singer/songwriter Jason Bentley will pair up with Canadian Mark Perak. The show is free and will take place on Aroma’s back patio if the weather allows. Over at the Canopy Club, Underpaid Packy will play another in their frequent series of summer shows, this time with JoBu (the Carbondale band returns again) and Uncle Boogie Pants. This show is $5 and starts at 9 p.m. Rose Bowl Tavern’s Thursday night residency is still in the capable hands of Caleb Cook and the Big Naturals, who start at 10 p.m., performing a wide variety of covers and originals. Also, Cowboy Monkey’s free Thursday promotion continues, this week offering Curb Service and Stellar Days at 11 p.m.
The Robbie Fulks concert at the Highdive has been moved to Friday night at 7:30 p.m., which presents a difficult choice for many downtown concert goers. Luckily, the times can sort of work out if you miss a little bit of each show, but it’ll put you $15 in the hole. If any concert-hoping experience is worth it, though, it’s this one. Fulks is obviously well-known for putting on great shows, but when teamed with excellent local act Tractor Kings, it makes for one hell of a bill. The new Tractor Kings record is almost upon us, but you can sate your appetite by seeing them live. It doesn’t get much better than the Kings’ brand of country, folk and rock. It also doesn’t get much better than the loaded bill at Mike ‘n Molly’s on Friday. Shipwreck will come off of a long hiatus to headline a show also featuring rising local act Common Loon and longtime local favorite (for good reason) Terminus Victor. The bill is just quirky enough to offer something for most music fans, and the beer garden setting will prove to be pleasant assuming this crazy weather doesn’t act up. Fingers crossed. $5, 9 p.m.
I can’t imagine that anyone reading this isn’t aware of Bon Iver at this point, so not much to say about Saturday’s show except that New Ruins is a perfect choice for an opener.
Finally, the Embassy Tavern will host the Surreal Deal on Tuesday, with special guest Dave Easley on pedal steel. Easley is a CU native who doesn’t make it to town often, as his pedal steel prowess is in high demand from artists like Brian Blade. But don’t expect your usual “country-ish” sound from his pedal steel, as Easley is known for playing a jazzier style, and running through a MIDI, which allows him to emulate sounds like the trombone. This free show is not to miss. Donate if you can. 8 p.m. start.

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