Happening Highlights


Music is on my mind. At least, since the lack of music ruined my Monday.

Ever the fan of staycations, my family and I spent that Sunday night at the Hotel Boulderado in downtown Boulder. I blame the cozy bed because I couldn’t pry my face off the pillow. And then I had to lick every last drop off my breakfast plate at Spruce Farm and Fish. By the time I got home and ready to start the work week, I had missed my regular morning pre-work workout window. (Say that five times fast while on an elliptical.)

I decided to knock out a story and then hit the cardio hard at 2 p.m., which also happens to be the worst time of day to exercise because it’s when my morning caffeine high plummets. But I had consumed unspeakable amounts of dessert and wine the night before celebrating my un-birthday, and I felt like I needed to put some of those calories to use to rebalance the universe.

I rallied my enthusiasm. I found a big jug of my husband’s “pre-workout” powder in the cabinet, which appeared to be a mixture of caffeine and cocaine and maybe meth with a dash of heart palpitations that bodybuilders and superheroes commonly drink when they need an athletic boost. That seemed necessary, so I took a scoop. And another, since I sure needed it. It couldn’t hurt, right?

I hopped in the car and began driving to the gym, ready to conquer the exercise bike with the help of my hip-hop playlist called “Werk.” I pulled up at the gym and tried to turn my wireless headphones on, but they wouldn’t connect to my phone. My body began to tingle, just slightly, like a gentle hum. The pre-workout was kicking in. I walked into the gym and tried to connect my headphones again, and the caffeinated vibration escalated to a more aggressive tickle. My nose itched.

I examined my headphones and in horror, realized they were dead. My limbs began twitching and my cheeks felt flushed. Why was the gym playing Bette Midler’s greatest hits? My skin felt like it was on fire and my veins were screaming. I could taste colors and smell from my eyeballs. I could not workout to “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” I wanted to eat my own face.

I jumped back in the car and raced home (while still going the speed limit, though, because I drive like a fearful 15-year-old with their learner’s permit). With spiders in my veins and ants crawling on my skin, I ran through the door, snatched up my spare headphones, plugged them into “Werk” and — crash. The pre-workout buzz imploded into a coma. I slumped onto the couch, slow-twitching to the sound of “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar faintly chirping through my headphones as a reminder of the workout that never was.

Music is important.

Boulder knows this. It loves music. Here are some creative ways to experience music in Boulder this week, no pre-workout required (or recommended):

Ooops! We Did It Again (A Throwback Dance Party): Head to The Hill 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday (July 8), Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; $10 cover for men/free for women. This dance party features a live DJ, free pizza and more.

Bassnectar: Catch this popular dubstep music group live 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday (July 7-9), 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield. More info at 1STBANK Center.

Music & Magic on the West Patio: See the Jack & Kitty Show as part of the Music and Magic series, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. This week’s show is 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday (July 6). Bring a blanket or lawn chair for this free concert. Learn more at the City of Longmont.

Grateful Dead Movie: Whether you saw or missed the Dead and Co. show at Folsom Field, the Boulder Theater’s movie night Friday features a documentary about the Grateful Dead, in celebration of the band’s 40th anniversary. Show starts at 8 p.m. at 2032 14th St., Boulder; $5 a ticket.

Rhythm on the River: Longmont comes to life every summer with its popular Rhythm on the River event, Friday and Saturday (July 7-8) at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road. Event is free. Learn more at City of Longmont.

Music on Pine Street: The Hotel Boulderado launched a new music series this summer. Catch live music on the historic hotel’s patio Monday (July 10) 5-8 p.m. The show is free at 2115 13th St.

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