Marshall Tucker Band, Wizard of Oz and Van Gogh!

March 17, 2022

This weekend you can take music, theater, and art in and around Aurora and in nearby Denver metro. Take your pick from performances by Dave Mason and the Marshall Tucker Band, Billie Eilish if you’re lucky, the Wizard of Oz ballet and immersive Van Gogh. 

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, March 17

The Marshall Tucker Band came together as a young, hungry, and quite driven six-piece outfit in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 1972, having duly baptized themselves with the name of a blind piano tuner after they found it inscribed on a key to their original rehearsal space — and they’ve been in tune with tearing it up on live stages both big and small all across the globe ever since. 

Plus, the band’s mighty music catalog, consisting of more than 20 studio albums and a score of live releases, has racked up multi-platinum album sales many times over. A typically rich MTB setlist is bubbling over with a healthy dose of hits like the heartfelt singalong “Heard It in a Love Song,” the insistent pleading of “Can’t You See” (the signature tune of MTB’s late co-founding lead guitarist and then-principal songwriter Toy Caldwell), the testifying “Fire on the Mountain,” the wanderlust gallop of “Long Hard Ride,” and the explosive testimony of “Ramblin,’” to name but a few.

Special Guest Dave Mason has been playing guitar most of his life and at 18 teamed up with Steve Windwood to form the band Traffic. At 19 he penned the song “Feelin’ Alright,” the rock anthem recorded by Traffic and dozens of artists including Joe Cocker. Dave’s legacy has had a profound influence over rock music that continues today.

Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $29.50-$79.50

Don’t miss the ORIGINAL Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Denver, a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with art, is now at Lighthouse Denver, located in the former Regency Hotel.

From creators of the blockbuster exhibit seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris and after a sold-out run in Toronto, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes its mark at a historic Venue in the heart of Denver!

Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre. Wander through entrancing, moving images that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color – truly illuminating the mind of the genius. You will be immersed in Van Gogh’s works – from his sunny landscapes and night scenes to his portraits and still life paintings. The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.

Astonishing in scale and breathtakingly imaginative, you will experience Van Gogh’s art in a completely new and unforgettable way.

Lighthouse Denver at 3900 Elati St., Denver 
Various Times – Hour Intervals
Tickets: $40-$55

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, the 20-year-old singer songwriter,  first gained public attention in 2015 with her debut single “Ocean Eyes”. Billie was named after her maternal grandpa, Bill Baird who died before she was born and uses her middle name, Eilish as a surname – the Irish form of Elizabeth. 

She has performed hit songs such as “Bad Guy” and “No Time to Die”, the latter of which was used in the James Bond film of the same name. While concert tickets have been sold out, Ticketmaster advises you can always check back for any returns/changes

Ball Arena, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $51-$151
Phone: 303-405-1100

Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19

Nominated for six Drama Desk Awards and the Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, this hilarious, endearing and hummable musical was hailed by Jesse Green of the New York Times as “a spontaneously charming musical that is just right for right now.”

Enter the quirky world of Josh Cohen’s New York City apartment… as it is getting robbed. Thus begins the hilarious rock-and-roll romantic comedy about good guy Josh, caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. Broke and alone, all hope seems lost – until a mysterious letter arrives that changes his life forever. Two actors play the hapless-yet-warmhearted title character – one eventful year apart – in a 90-minute life-changing laugh-fest that will leave you feeling better about the world.

DCPA, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St, Denver
Thurs./Fri./Sat./Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $46

Friday-Sunday, March 18-20

The Wizard of Oz is a classic musical that has entertained audiences for more than 77 years. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house, over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and on the way meet a Scarecrow who wants a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage.

Septime Webre’s dazzling production brings Dorothy and a whirlwind of your favorite characters back down the Yellow Brick Road with stunning choreography which showcases the athleticism of each dancer on their journey to Emerald City. The performances are accompanied by live music featuring the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.

Ellie Caulkins Opera House, DCPA Complex, 1385 Curtis St., Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.; Sun., 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$160
303-837-8888; 720-865-4220

From the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, comes another scorching drama: the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Tennessee Williams! When the family gathers in the oppressive Mississippi heat to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday, old secrets, sexual tensions, and hidden agendas swell just beneath the sweaty surface. 

After Brick Pollitt injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie, visit his family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy. Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy and his wife Big Momma demand to know why Brick and Maggie haven’t yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick’s brother Gooper and his wife, Mae. Family secrets reveal themselves and unravel on one hot Mississippi night. This searing, poetic portrait of a family’s fight for survival is a 20th century masterpiece.

Vintage Theater, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-34
Phone: 303-856-7830

Backstage antics collide with real world drama as a young Will Shakespeare is desperate to cure his writer’s block. When he meets a new muse, the beautiful Viola, he thinks he has solved his problem. But Viola would rather be on stage, where no woman is permitted! Adapted from the Academy Award winning film, the creation of the greatest tragedy ever written has never been more entertaining!

Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora
Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$34
Phone: 303-856-7830

This unbelievable event is back and you can explore stunning displays and shop home-related products and services. You will find everything related to remodeling, interior decor, gardening, the latest in counters and cabinets, home improvement, and more. Talk to industry experts including Clint Harp, host of TV shows on HGTV and Magnolia Network (Friday at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m.); attend informative presentations; and get great ideas and tips. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Fri., 12:00-9:00 p.m.; Sat., 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sun., 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Admission: $9-$25


Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver
Wed. & Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs./Sat./Sun., 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$75
Phone: 720-865-4220

Friday-Sunday, March 18-20

Meet Diane– a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm. (And keeping one, teeny-tiny secret.) Diane has supernatural powers. Probably because Diane’s not really Diane at all. She’s the Greek God Dionysus, in disguise and on a mission to gather mortal followers and restore the modern Earth to its natural state. Where better to begin than with four desperate housewives in a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac? Don’t worry. It all makes perfect sense in this Obie-winning comedy with a twist! Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the sloppily drunken catharsis that awaits us. Even in our own suburban backyards. Janae Burris returns in the title role, after her electrifying Fox debut in last season’s “Queens Girl in the World.”

The Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora, CO
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40
Phone: 303-739-1970

Perseus “Percy” Jackson is the main character and narrator of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. He is a demigod, meaning he is half- mortal and half god. His father is Poseidon, the god of the sea, and his mother is the mortal Sally Jackson.

When Percy Jackson realizes his newfound powers can help him stop a god-on-god war, he fights against the clock and his pursuers to save the world. Percy is poised for greatness— if he can only find Zeus’ lightning bolt! The teen cast will learn how to do a little bit of everything (acting, singing, and dancing) in this fun rock musical.

Factory Five Five, 10255 E. 25th Ave., #5, Denver
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m., Sat./Sun., 1:00 p.m.
Tickets $10

Saturday, March 19

The stars of the wildly popular award-winning Crave Original Series LETTERKENNY have announced their return to the stage for the first time since March 2020.  Following an unprecedented year that profoundly affected people worldwide and brought live entertainment as we know it to a halt, “PUPPERS GOLDEN LAGER PRESENTS LETTERKENNY LIVE!” will return in 2022 bringing the all new, acclaimed 90-minute comedy experience first launched in 2020, back to cities across North America.  Featuring NINE of the beloved cast members along with never-before-seen sketches.

Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $39-$75
Phone: 303-778-1500

The Arts, Music and More Near Southshore!

Enjoy Life at the Lake in the master-planned community of Southshore—and find all sorts of  entertainment within easy reach! You can personalize your living space – just check out the beautiful model homes from Toll Brothers, Taylor Morrison, Richmond American Homes, and Century Communities. It’s easy to picture yourself in your own new home here, priced from the $500s to the $800s.