High Plains Comedy Fest, hip-hop in RiNo and more

A Meazy’s big stage, new album

Through Saturday. Denver’s scrappy hip-hop scene, while underground nationally, has climbed significantly in recent years as entrepreneurial types have charted high and toured the U.S. The latest example is A Meazy, whose new album “PYT (Protect Your Energy)” is another marvel of thoughtful, hard-hitting, independent hip-hop. Recorded during the pandemic lockdown, and dropping Sept. 10, “PYT” (Uncut Entertainment) hit No. 7 on iTunes earlier this week, just a few spots behind Kanye West’s “Donda.”

The album will get another debut of sorts when Meazy plays the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 18. The event, which begins Friday, Sept. 17, also includes performances from a who’s-who of fast-rising Colorado acts (The Velveteers, Schama Noel, Neoma, Adiel Mitchell, iZCALLi) at RiNo Art District venues the Larimer Lounge, Tracks, Reelworks, RiNo Beer Garden, Number 38 and more, plus national headliners Young the Giant, Thundercat, Hippo Campus, Duke Dumont and Kaytranada.

Various times, Sept. 17-18 in RiNo and at Mission Ballroom, outdoors and inside of 4242 Wynkoop St. Friday general-admission passes are sold out, but Saturday’s are on sale for $55. A ticket covering indoor and outdoor main-stage shows costs $90. Proof of COVID vaccination or a negative test is required for entry. westwordshowcase.com

An overdue laugh, or three

Through Saturday. This year’s High Plains Comedy Festival, which started Thursday, is billed as the first comedy fest of its size to return to full strength since the pandemic began. It’s not hard to believe, given the sharp booking and masterful planning that the festival has shown in the past.

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