Things to do in Denver Aug. 30: The music-lovers’ special, with a dash of history

A lot of music and a little bit of history tonight.

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A DJ spins vinyl for breakdancers under the Cultural Unity tent at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Do you love punk rock? Do you love burritos? Then maybe you’d like to eat an ungodly number of burritos in order to win VIP tickets to Riot Fest Denver.

Illegal Pete’s is holding its annual burrito-eating contest and giving the winner two of those passes. It’s going down at 6:30 p.m. at the 2001 E. Colfax Ave. location. Check in is at 5:30 p.m. BYOPepto.


If you love punk rock but a) already have Riot Fest passes, b) don’t want to go to riot fest or c) just can’t stomach a five pounds of burrito, here’s an alternative: Punk rock karaoke.

Have your three minutes of fame with a live band backing you between 9 and 11 p.m. at El Charrito, 2100 Larimer St.


Mac Demarco, whom you’ve probably heard by now described as the Prankster Prince of Indie Rock, is playing a three-show run in Colorado. Tonight’s is at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave.

The opener is a local trio called Homebody, whose music is worth your time and ears.

The show is 16 and over and tickets are $25. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m.


Ratio Beerworks, 2920 Larimer St., is hosting a vinyl night and record swap from 7 to 11 p.m., so dig up all that vinyl you’ve been ignoring.

They’ll be playing and swapping all evening, and Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge will be there selling.


One non-music event for you: From 4 to 7 p.m., the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, will host the last History Buffs and Brews gathering of the summer.

The happy hour history lessons offer $3 Great Divide Brewing Co. specials and appetizers. The final talk of the summer will focus on objects from the “Deer Trail Terror and Other Campfire Tales” exhibit, which tells the story of horse thief and cattle rustler Newt Vorce, who terrorized the communities of Deer Trail, Byers and Agate.

Admission is free and no registration is required.

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