Denver’s music scene is as lively and as strong as ever. With the variety of music acts that have taken the city by storm. Some of these are The Fray, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Dressy Bessy, The Samples, The Apples. Although, Friends Forever is yet to be the most critically-acclaimed amongst them with a full-length documentary that have earned a favorable review from Rolling Stone. Denver, indeed, is not only a Mecca of outdoor challenges but also there is a wealth of talent. When you are in Denver, be sure not to miss their teeming music venues with great show on most given nights.
Although, according to Julie Davies (bluebook), Denver has yet to have an identity. John Wenzel of The Denver Post agreed with a statement that Denver’s music scene is strong and diverse but fortunately not a tightly-packaged little ‘scene’ (trademark symbol) like in some cities.
Colorado-native Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post gave an outstanding comment about their music scene being creative, potent and alive with even some of their local acts like The Fray and Devotchka even reaching mainstream success and garnered Billboard Awards and even Grammy nominations.
Undoubtedly, if you are in Denver be prepared to be captured with the magic of some of their talented musicians with a high-quality music to match it that could compete with other groups from anywhere in a wide variety of genres. Although, as mentioned before, Denver’s music scene have yet to find their own personality with their own niche In the music industry, Baca believes that Denver’s music scene could improve with a recognizable genre like that of the Houston and Saint Louis and their hip-hop culture. But Baca added that there seems to be a Denver kind-of music – their gothic country music genre exemplified by Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots, Wovenhand, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, 16 Horsepower (now-defunct) and Bad Luck City.
While there is still some confusion on Denver’s identity, still you can’t ignore their wide array of music venues from their big theaters to holes-in-the-walls that cater to a wide variety of music genres. Some of these most notable venues you would like to visit are The Fillmore’s turn-around, the newly-revamped 7 South Broadway and the Hi dive, The Oriental Theater, The Skylark’s with their bigger space down the block, The steady and stinky Lion’s Lair. The Meadowlark, The Larimer Lounge with their newly-renovated bathrooms, The Walnut Room, The Marquis’ transition from Brendan’s, Forest Room 5. Monkey Mania, The Cherry Pit’s becoming The Three Kings, The D-Note in Arvada, The Toad Tavern in Littleton and The Soiled Dove moving out East.
Not to mention some of these talents that is on the brink of national recognition: The Hot IQ’s, Born in the Flood, Photo Atlas, The Swayback, Everything Absent or Distorted, Lion Sized, Machine Gun Blues, The Life There Is, Drag The River, Munly and the Lee Lewis Harlots, The Laylights, Cat-A-Tac, Meese, The Vanity, John Common, Bright Channel, as well as: