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2 entertainment options beyond Colorado Springs: Midnight Oil along with Riverwalk food, beer and music

May 16, 2017 Updated: May 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm
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Artist Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil performs on the FedEx Stage of the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Memphis, Tenn. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP)

Boats, Bands and BBQ Cookoff

Who wouldn't like a day by the water with good food, beer and music? It's all there at Loaf 'N Jug presents Boats, Bands and BBQ Cookoff at the Riverwalk in Pueblo on Friday and Saturday in Pueblo. Admission: $6 for adults per day and $3 for children 4-12; kids 3 and under are free; Info: puebloriverwalk.org/boats-bands-and-bbq. Part of the festival is the Steel City Brewfest on Saturday, also at the Riverwalk. Cost: $30 general admission, $40 VIP. Look for barbecue and wing-eating competitions, music, vendors and kid fun. Info: http://puebloriverwalk.org/steel-city-brewfest

Midnight Oil tour

Australian rockers Midnight Oil first hit the American music scene in 1987 with "Beds are Burning." Three decades later, The Oils (as fans call them) will stop at Denver's Paramount Theatre on Tuesday as part of their 50-date Great Circle Tour - their first in more than 15 years. Why the hiatus? Lead singer Peter Garrett, now 64, served in the Australian government for more than 11 years, beginning in 2002. This makes sense since many of Midnight Oil's songs have a political hook. The Denver show features opening band All Our Exes Live In Texas and kicks off at 8. Tickets start at $29.50, and you may want to act fast. axs.com.

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