In years' past we've tweaked the format of this weekly events list based on who was writing it. It's gone from a comprehensive list of everything going on at every venue along the Front Range over any given week, all the way to a select few events that we felt would deliver a unique cultural experience. Going forward, it's going to become a bit of a hybrid on a week to week basis, depending on what is actually on the docket. With the holidays being here (and the fact that we literally gave you some ideas for holiday activities a mere two days ago), this week we're sticking with the shows. And not all of them, just the can't miss ones. Weeks like this make you want to have the ability to be multiple places at once, and although that's commonplace here in Denver, it doesn't make the FOMO any less real. Don't sleep on any of these shows if you can help it, and we'll see you out there party people.
Everybody knows about the prototypical Christmas activities to do around here: Blossoms of Light at the Botanic Gardens, ZooLights at the Denver Zoo, various Santa's workshops, going to a performance of The Nutcracker, skating rinks, etc. Those are all well and good, but we're always looking to get into things that are a bit more off of the beaten path. So here are a few suggestions to help get you into that Christmas spirit! (Cover photo by J. Mimna Photography).
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you know that the Ink! Coffee location in RiNo (I hate that acronym) has drawn much ire for their misguided attempt at marketing contained on the sign above. So much so that tagging the storefront and bricking their windows has become more common than actually going there for coffee. Regardless of their faux pas however, Ink! was never the best spot to get coffee in and around Denver anyway. So if you're tiring of all the social activism and in need of a pick-me-up, here are some other LOCAL places who are proud to be part of their neighborhood where you can go to do just that - and some of them even serve booze too, so go ahead and take notes here Ink! (NOTE: these are listed in no particular order).
At this point in the NFL season, I’ve completely run out of superlatives/excuses in regard to this iteration of the Denver Broncos. Any time you’re mentioned in the same sentence as the Cleveland Browns says more than enough. With that in mind, I ran across a Facebook post last week from Ring-of-Famer and Orange Crush lynchpin Karl Mecklenburg that described them perfectly (quote has been edited for clarity, any emphasis placed is mine):
We first interviewed Decadon aka Donnie Miller a few years ago, when he was already making waves in the Denver scene with his heavy hitting brand of bass. Since then, we've watched as Donnie has made some great strides, with some headlining shows under his belt here locally, as well as a few festival appearances to boot. As 2017 comes to a close, he's looking to turn the corner and broaden his already sizeable audience even more.
By now, most of you should already be familiar with another local producer making a name for himself: Illenium. One thing is for certain, his musical style is a bit of a contrast to what Donnie is known for, which is why this flip is such a refreshing take on the original, as he's clearly broadening his repertoire here, and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for 2018.
If you can't wait either, then mark your calendars for this date here at the Bluebird, and we'll see you on the rail.
Today is a red-letter day for fast food aficionados here in Colorado, native and transplant alike. This is because the much anticipated arrival of California-based burger chain In-N-Out has finally announced their intention to expand here, making Colorado Springs the site of their regional headquarters, distribution facility for the Front Range, and their first restaurant. But before you ravenous cult-members get too excited, these plans are strictly preliminary - meaning a timeline has yet to be established as to when we can all walk in and get a taste of those delicious burgers that we’re used to having to travel west for.
That in mind, we’ve decided to craft a list of our favorite places to get burgers here locally to tide us over until the day when we can slake that craving for a 3x3 Animal Style (my personal favorite). It is also important to note that this list is comprised solely of opinions of this writer, feel free to send all complaints/beefs (see what I did there) to me, because sometimes arguments brighten up my day!
With less than one week until Arise music festival, Colorado is gearing up for one of the state's most cherished and well put together events. Arise is entering into its fifth year in colorful Colorado, and the festival is known for bringing diverse music to the community and inspiring a better tomorrow through community efforts. As many of us already know, the best part about a music festival isn't the music, but the community it brings. Arise captures this essence better than any other festival we've ever been too, and they continue to improve on this year after year.
The Take Note Colorado concert was Governor Hickenlooper’s kick off for his music initiative to improve and increase children’s access to musical education. “Twenty years from now, people are going to say, ‘Were you at that first Take Note concert?’ And you’ll say, ‘Yeah! I was there,’ ” Hickenlooper said to the crowd. With high hopes, the 1STBANK Center was about two thirds full, packed with people who came together for education and to see some of their favorite artists perform some of their greatest hits.
Over the past few years, Colorado natives Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats have made a big name for themselves. Selling over 700,000 albums, the band still hasn’t lost their passion for the Colorado music scene. They will be performing for Take Note Colorado, a concert benefiting music education for Colorado schools. All proceeds for the show will go to the Colorado Music Coalition, a new nonprofit group dedicated to promoting music education throughout the state. The coalition is working directly with Governor Hickenlooper as part of his new music initiative. Fueled by his own love for music, the governor hopes to improve music education to inspire future musicians.
Take Note Colorado will be working with a variety of donors as well as musicians. It is something that no other state has done, and Governor Hickenlooper hopes that Colorado can serve as a model for the nation as a whole. With art programs depleting in schools, music education is often the first to be cut even though studies suggest that children who participate in music have higher academic success and lower dropout rates. For some, music can be a creative outlet or an extracurricular activity. For others, music is everything, a part of life.
With incentive to preserve Colorado’s music scene, Colorado-bred bands are coming together to raise funding. Along with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the show will feature OneRepublic, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Bill Nershi of The String Cheese Incident, Tracksuit Wedding, and Josh Blue. Hoping to raise $500,000, the money will go to getting instruments and instruction for K-12 Colorado schools. Their goal is to make sure that every child has access to music education and have the opportunity to start pursuing their dreams.
Working with several Colorado celebrities, Isaac Slade of The Fray is a chairman for the coalition. Fueled by his own childhood experiences playing, Slade works to bring together musicians, politicians, and donors, serving as a role model for his own son who has picked up a love for the drums. On the political side of the spectrum, daughter of a billionaire family Libby Anschutz is dedicated to the cause. Wanting to play music since she was young, Anschutz now performs with Tracksuit Wedding who will play at the concert. With the dedication of all those involved, Colorado has a chance to make history with its musical culture, starting with every child that wants to play.
The Take Note Colorado concert will be held May 4th at the 1STBank Center in Broomfield. Doors open at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:30. Tickets are $25-$55 and can be found HERE. VIP passes are $250 and include premium seating, early entry, dinner, and a hosted bar.
There is a moment when in the wilderness where everything is quiet except for the sounds of nature. The warm breeze blows through the tree, birds chirp cheerfully, and wildlife rustles through the bushes. These sounds are peaceful, a testament to the power and beauty in nature. There is a quietness that lets the mind relax, and a feeling of true serenity. Most Coloradans would agree that this is a feeling worth protecting, something that can only be found in the outdoors.
Over the past few years as we've grown in the music scene in and around Colorado, we've been faced with both personal challenges and business obstacles that we've had to overcome to get to where we are today. As a collective group of artists and musicians first, we've seen the struggle and I know I'm not the first to say this, but.... the struggle is real!
Fabric London has been known as one of the most renowned night clubs in the world since its opening in late 1999. With a capacity of 2500 people and three separate rooms (two dedicated to live act's) it has hosted the largest act's in dance music over its seventeen year history. Some of the largest names in the game have seen their start there since it's conception including french electro duo Justice and German techno heavy weight Boys Noize. Starting in 2001 Fabric started an iconic monthly live mix series entitled "FABRICLIVE". Arguably among the most famous in the series came from the pairing of Caspa & Rusko back in December of 2007 alongside another beautiful installment from A-Trak in April of 2009.
Keeping up with the tradition of bringing you Colorado artists booming with potential we'd like to take a minute to introduce you all to Karlyle Sky Walker, also known by his stage name Krushendo. Born in Santa Monica, CA, Karlyle calls Ft. Collins, CO home and has been producing music for the past 10 years. With a background as a vocalist and a guitarist in various jam and metal bands, his diverse skill set culminated into the project Krushendo and he's been rapidly rising in the Northern Colorado underground scene over the past 6 months.
In just over a week the prodigal dubstep son Datsik returns to Colorado on February 4th to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, CO to bring us his Ninja Nation Tour. (BUY TICKETS NOW) Featuring the Shogun stage, a fresh new sound from Beetles himself, and a diverse lineup full of some of the biggest names in electronic dance music and hiphop/rap, this is a show you won’t want to miss this year.
Kicking the 2017 year off strong, we start our festival journey in the Southwest region of the country with Gem and Jam Music Festival. The eleventh annual festival located in the heart of Tucson, AZ takes place February 2nd-5th, and this year things are heating up more than ever. With masters of hip-hop-funk Gramatik, The Floozies, and Lotus headlining the festival, Arizona will host one of the most notoriously funk-worthy festivals of the year--and that’s not all that's in store for funk-lovers alike. Phish bassist Mike Gordon, several members of the String Cheese Incident, G-Jones, OPIUO, The Russ Liquid Test, and more fill out the lineup making the 2017 Gem and Jam fest one of the best they've ever had. The festival also includes both on and off-site camping each night, and for all of us Coloradans getting buried under snow, Gem and Jam sounds like the perfect place to trade up the bitter cold for the warmth, light, and music for a few days. (BUY TICKETS NOW)
Sometimes eating what we want, the way we want isn't always easy on our budget. The good news is Denver has a plethora of restaurants that cater to the vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian I've searched far and wide to find some of the best dishes around town. It was tough to narrow it down to just five, but here are my 5 favorite.
Colorado's culture is as vibrant and full of positivity as anywhere else in the world. There are so many things to do here, and it's a state that naturally encourages people to open up their eyes, their hearts, and their minds. To get out of their houses, away from their TVs and computers and experience the world without walls. Culture is all around us. Are you ready to find it?
It's almost here—Safe in Sound tour comes to First Bank Center on November 4th and we could not be more excited. With headliners Borgore and Zomboy, featuring LAXX and Just a Gent, and Colorado's own Decadon, Colorado’s bass-capital Denver, and other local bassheads are in for a treat this fall season. We highly recommend that everyone come ready and fully prepared for full-forced headbanging as one of Colorado's best fall electronic events returns.