Denver’s music scene rivals such cities as Los Angeles and New York, in terms of opportunities to catch live music. Coming from out of town, the sheer number of concerts is undoubtedly overwhelming, so to simplify things, Denver music experts at 303 Magazine have compiled a list of the must-see Denver shows that you cannot miss. These concerts are also exclusive to the region. 


Nov. 12 - FKA Twigs @ Mission Ballroom - is a rare type of talent. A soprano singer who is also a highly skilled dancer, artist and producer, she manages to transform what it means to put on a show. Her newest work stopping by Mission Ballroom for a rare Denver showing in support of the forthcoming Magdalene is no different. There are swords at play, pole-dancing, back-up dancers and more in what will surely be one of the biggest spectacles to hit the venue since it opened earlier this year.

Nov 15 - Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes @ Mission Ballroom - One-offs come in all shapes and sizes, but the upcoming Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes doubleheader at Mission Ballroom will surely be one for the ages. If lyrical mastery is something you missed, news of two of hip-hops most beloved MC’s throwing down on their only mutual concert date in Denver, of all places, should whet your appetite. To add a cherry on top of the whole affair, The Grouch and Murs will be joining in on the fun. Can we get a hip-hop hurray?

Nov 19 - Wilco @ Mission Ballroom -  At this point, Wilco is indie music royalty. The Jeff Tweedy fronted band has a lasting legacy of influence and tunes to boot dating all the way back to the late ‘90s. Not ones to slow their prolific output, the band has a newly released project, Ode to Joy, and deep fandom that begs to hear which direction the band will head in, album after album. Their appearance at the newly constructed Mission Ballroom ought to be considered a christening of sorts.

Nov. 25 - Cher and Nile Rodgers & CHIC @ Pepsi Center
Fresh off her appearance in "Mamma Mia" and her wildly successful ABBA cover album, Dancing Queen, the inimitable Cher will head to the Pepsi Center in continuation of her “Here We Go Again Tour.” Coming along for the ride, Nile Rodgers & CHIC will join in on the festivities making for one hell of a funky affair. So, if you've ever caught yourself belting “Believe” in your spare time, it’s your chance to catch the real deal — we believe in you. 

Nov 29 & 30 -  String Cheese Incident @ Mission Ballroom -  If you’re in Denver for Thanksgiving weekend, you can’t go wrong with the String Cheese Incident performing two back-to-back intimate shows. Denver loves the Colorado-based band and their special holiday performances will be quintessentially Colorado moments filled with lifelong fans and friends and of course newcomers.  In fact, these shows mark 25 years strong for the band. What better time for a homecoming than at Denver’s newest venue. 


Dec. 1 – The 1975 @ 1stBank Center
If you hadn’t already heard, English pop-rock band, The 1975 will have another album coming in 2020, and they’ve already begun to push out the new material. One of the first chances to hear some of the new tunes will come when the band drops in on none other than the 1stBank Center, following a cancellation earlier this year when the band got caught in a blizzard on their way to Red Rocks. With only a handful of dates coming at the tail end of 2019, there’s never been a better time for a do-over. 

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