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Music Scene of Boulder/Denver

Thursday, September 27, 2012

 

Tonight is the night I've been waiting for since I was fourteen and first discovered the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Tonight, they're finally coming to Denver, and, unbelievabley, I have a ticket! The anticipation has been building since I first purchased the tickets in December. Tonight, my friends and I will head down to Denver to catch their show at the Pepsi Center, and I'm sure it's going to be a blast. That's one of the things I've come to love so much about living in Denver/Boulder- there are so many concert venues and they are so accessible!

A lot of artists on the rise come to Boulder. I've seen Atmosphere (before When Life Gives you Lemons, you Paint that Sh*t Gold) at the Fox and seen the remnants of LCD Soundsystem at the Boulder Theater. These two venues have become Boulder stables. Located on the Hill, about 2 minutes from campus, the Fox is a small, intimate venue. Tickets are typically pretty cheap- Ellie Goulding was there before she blew up, and so was SBTRKT. The Boulder Theater, on 14th and Pearl, is quite a bit bigger and hosts tons of different events. Besides the Boulder Film Festival, the Art of Flight premiered in Boulder at the Boulder Theater. Finally, for a really unique concert venue, try to check out some shows at Chataqua Auditorium! This enormous barn may deceive you- it looks pretty dingy on the outside- but on the inside it is phenomenal! Andrew Bird recently swung by Chataqua and put on a really fun show (he always does!)

If you're trying to see a bigger name or a band you love is coming to a smaller venue in Denver, getting down there is super easy thanks to your RTD pass that allows you access to all Boulder and Denver busses. You can take the BX from 16th and Broadway, right next to campus, all the way down to Market Street Station in Denver and not worry about driving. The bus even runs until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays! Besides the Pepsi Center, some smaller venues like The Ogden and The Fillmore bring some awesome talent to town- if you take the bus you might just have to take a quick cab ride or a connecting bus to get to one of those! These are by no means the only venues in Denver, but they are some of the most famous. One of the best shows I've ever seen in my life was Ratatat at the Ogden-it's a great little venue where the energy is high and the artists always deliver.

Last, but certainly not least, is everyone's favorite: Red Rocks. An outdoor, all natural amphitheater, Red Rocks is flanked by two giant auburn Boulders that make the sound melt into the starry night sky. A terrible show at Red Rocks would equate to the best show you've ever seen at any other indoor venue. They're only open from May to September (though Atmosphere hosted the first ever winter concert this past winter... more to come?) so the beautiful Colorado evenings are the perfect backdrop to musician. My favorite show at Red Rocks was a Ben Folds/ John Mayer show I saw a few years ago... Or was it Ra Ra Riot and Andrew Bird? See, I really can't even keep them all straight!

If big shows isn't really your scene, but you're into local bands, or you yourself has put together a band, Boulder pulses with live music. Coffee shops, restaraunts, and bars all invite interesting bands from the area to gig. Also, some of the most incredible musicians hang out on Pearl Street in the summer and play for tips! Whatever your music scene, I am certain that between Boulder and Denver, you will find a couple of amazing shows to attend!

Lauryn
International Affairs, Anthropology • Colorado Springs, Colorado

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