15th Street Tavern

15th St. Tavern, resurrectedsort of

If you ask experienced local music fans in the Denver area about the 15th St. Tavern, you’ll run into some interesting paradoxes. For example, while they may describe the holes in the wall and the overbearing smell, they’ll do so with such an air of reverence that it may sound like they actually enjoyed it. There’s a simple reason for that: they did. The 15th St. Tavern was renowned for its chaotic punk shows, full of fire hazards and questionable behavior. For those who remember, there’s good news: the bar is back (sort of) in the form of the new Rockaway Tavern. Keep on reading!

Denver music clubs you’ve got to hear to believe

Denver doesn’t exactly spring to mind when you think of musical hot-spots, but like any larger city, it’s there if you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you and found the best spots in town to see bands, from both far and near.hi-dive: The hi-dive opened in 2003, but its location was well-known in the 70′s as the Ellsworth Tavern. The club is run by an ambitious couple from New York who wanted to celebrate the local music scene in their new city. In addition to featuring local bands, the club also features the Sputnik bar and caf, where you can get the intimidating Deep Fried Oreo Cookies. Keep on reading!

Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: a venue with history

In 1983, the band U2 took the stage at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, located just outside of Denver. The people making up the audience were the boldest of the bold: they had braved torrential rain and flash flood warnings for a band that had not yet reached the level of universal acclaim it enjoys today. However, that night would be a turning point for both the band and the venue. U2′s epic, intoxicating rock reached out to the audience through a thick, freezing mist and catapulted the band into the public eye, especially with the performance of “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” It also raised the status of Red Rocks to a world-famous concert venue. Keep on reading!

Colorado bands that rock

With John Denver’s glory days long past (and was he even from Colorado, anyway?), it’s time to look at the up-and-comers of the Centennial State. Here are some groups that have us grooving.The Swayback: Don’t lump this Denver group in with the plethora of other 80′s-inspired dark punk groups. For all their atmospherics, the band still knows a riff when it hears one, and they’ll follow it as far as they can take it. Check out “Concrete Blocks” or “Earring in the Shag” for examples.Monofog: Singer Hayley Helmerick’s throaty vocals and Doug Spencer’s tight guitar jamming may initially suggest comparisons to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but Monofog has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Listen to the grunge-meets-art rock of “Sub Like Nothing”, and look for their album “Runner” on cdbaby. Keep on reading!