Daily Archives: January 6, 2017

New Monkey Barrel location gets live music license approved after Sunnyside neighborhood battle

Under revised terms, Nigg agreed to keep the live music indoors and shut off its garage door and external speakers for concerts after dark. The bar originally broke the news c/o Kevin Bacon: Owner Jimmy Nigg ran into problems with the move to the Sunnyside neighborhood before getting their license to bring back live music. Nigg and Sunnyside United Neighbors Inc.’s planning and community development committee struggled to reach terms on a proposed good-neighbor agreement, an informal contract that sets terms and conditions between a business owner and the residents of the area it inhabits. Richardson,The Denver Post)
After a protracted battle with the city, Monkey Barrel has officially been licensed as a live music venue at the new location in Sunnyside. Monkey Barrel’s 75-person venue will initially focus on “alt-rock, Gen X, ’90s and early 2000s music,” said Nigg, who used to be a talent buyer at the now-closed Cassleman’s Bar and Venue. Thanks to the cooperation of Sunnyside’s neighborhood committee, the bar’s second application for a cabaret license faired better. Related Articles

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Last summer, the bar, which had been pushed out of its original Platte Street location by redevelopment, had faced roadblocks in its quest for a cabaret license as Sunnyside residents raised concerns about its noise disturbing the largely residential neighborhood. It also imposed a curfew, asking that shows end by midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10 p.m. the rest of the week. (Helen H. Nigg said the bar could open its doors to live music as early as March 2017, after they complete construction on an expanded seating area, including a garage door that will open the bar up to the sidewalk opposite Sunnyside’s Chaffee Park. The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses emailed Monkey Barrel owner Jimmy Nigg to confirm the decision on Friday. “I’ve been booking live music for six years, so this is a big deal for me,” Nigg said. The Monkey Barrel Bar at its new location at 4401 Tejon Street on July 26, 2016 in Denver.

Denver winter concert guide 2017: Shows worth the snow

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Jan. (Dylan Langille, The Know)
Tennis (with Hoops), nostalgic rock: Fun, sensitive, timelessly familiar — these  hometown indie rockers are basically your college boyfriend. 25, FirstBank Center, $50-$75
Gun Street Ghost (with Poet’s Row and Bluebook), Tex-odus Americana, Hi-Dive, Jan. 21, $10
Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam (with Alexandra Savior), pop rock, The Bluebird Theater, Jan. Man, he really got you. Share “Every Breath You Take” with him on this lover’s night. 27, $20-$45
5 & Dimers feat. 31, $27.50 – $30.00
Patrick Dethlefs (with King Cardinal), flannel-heart songwriter, Hi-Dive, Feb. 12, $10
Sting (with Joe Sumner and the Last Bandoleros), golden oldies: Sting would like to remind you in about as intimate of a setting as you’ll find him that Valentine’s Day miracles do come true. 13, $25-$30
The Drive-By Truckers (with Dragondeer), last-call bar rock, The Ogden Theatre, Jan. 10, $18-$20
Run The Jewels (with the Gaslamp Killer and Gangsta Boo), woke hip-hop, Fillmore Auditorium, Feb. 17, $19.75-$37.25
Thundercat, acid jazz, The Bluebird Theater, Feb. The Bluebird Theater, March 4, $18-$20
Lake Street Dive (with Joey Dosik), rustic soul: Tight as a drum and as wholesomely empowering as “Zootopia,” this funk’n’soul string ensemble could shake a smile out of the sourest cynic. 13-14, $30-$57
The Nude Party (with Josh Moorehead and The Guestlist), garage-rock blues, Hi-Dive, Jan. 22, 2014. Even in the snow, the show must go on. Kings of Leon performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sept. 28, $20-$40
Dashboard Confessional (with Vinyl Theater), emotional high-wire rock, The Summit Music Hall, Jan. 24, $10

Every Time I Die (with Knocked Loose and Harm’s Way), metalcore, Marquis Theater, Feb. Lost Lake Lounge, Feb. 22, $18-$20
Noname (with Rayvn Lenae), rhythm poetry: If you like Chance the Rapper, you shouldn’t miss Fatimah Warner, a fleet-of-pen 25-year-old M.C. who’s turned Noname into a name to know. The Ogden Theatre, March 9, $33.50-$35
Joseph (with The Marshall McLean Band), harmonic folk, The Bluebird Theater, March 10, $20-$22
TRENTEMØLLER, post house, The Bluebird Theater, March 16, $22.50-$25
  The Ogden Theatre, Jan. on Valentine’s Day, and it shouldn’t keep you from sledding down to your favorite local venue to dance yourself warm. 25, $20-$22
Kings of Leon (with Deerhunter), barroom arena rock, Jan. The Gothic Theatre, Feb. 14, $90
The Polish Ambassador (with Mike Love), EDM sound-collage, Fillmore Auditorium, Feb. From an intimate T.I. Working three record players and more wax than a candle store, he’s a sight — and sound — to behold. Tuft Theatre, Jan. 27, $45-$59.75
Cut Chemist (with Mikey Thunder and DJ A-L), analog remixologist, Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Jan. Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Jan. (Ty Hyten, The Know)
A little snow won’t keep Sting from barnstorming into Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium to serenade your S.O. 10, $13-$15
T.I. 27, $14

RJD2 (with TNERTLE and Rumtum), polymathic turntablist: Most know him from the “Mad Men” title song, but RJD2 has been DJing with vinyl since before either was a fad. Hi-Dive, Feb. 9, $18-$20; and The Bluebird Theater, Feb. Fillmore Auditorium, Feb. 22, $15-$17
Anthony Ruptak & The Midnight Friends (with Montropo and John Common Superheart), cabin rock: If you want to catch wind of one of Denver’s next breakout songwriting talents, pull up a stool while you still can. 27, $10 

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Zedd (with Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals and Lil Dicky), ice-cold EDM: Zedd is fine and all, but the openers, who were both 2016 XXL freshmen (albeit for very different reasons), are equally worth the price of admission. 24, $22-$25
The Japanese House, dream balladry, Larimer Lounge, March 1, $15.75-$18
Valley Queen (with Blake Brown & The American Dust Choir and Cody Statz), alt-western, Hi-Dive, March 2, $10
Lake Street Dive performs on the third day of the 42nd annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on June 20, 2015. 2, $10
Pepper (with Less Than Jake), reggae punk, The Ogden Theatre, Feb. (Juli Williams, The Know)
Angel Olsen (with Chris Cohen), songwriter rock: Listen to Angel Olsen’s new album, throw a brick at your ex’s Facebook profile and find your people at one of her two better-late-than-never shows in Denver. 3, $36.50
Thundercat performs at the Fillmore Auditorium on Nov. (Kirsten Cohen, The Know)
American Aquarium (with Strange Americans), sad dad rock, The Bluebird Theater, Jan. Shine those boots, grab your partner and check out this promising cosmic-country band’s album release party. 11, $49-$75
BADBADNOTGOOD, millennial jazz, The Gothic Theatre, Jan. (with Talent Among Us and ITsEVi), pop rap: It’s an expensive ticket, but you won’t get many chances to see a rapper this big (remember “Whatever You Like”?) in a room this small. concert next week to a hometown set by Denver’s Tennis in March, these are the shows that are worth getting some snow on your boots. 24, 2014. 11, $29.50-$49.50
Landlady (with Princess Dewclaw), ADHD pop-rock, Hi-Dive, Feb. Jeff Rady (with Top of the Hill), honky-tonk: For a Denver dosey-doe, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Even in a quiet winter, Colorado jazz performances beckon

She’ll perform at 6 and 8 p.m. 26 … Pianist Bill Charlap brings his trio to Dazzle on Jan. The Bad Plus has solidified itself as one of the most dynamic bands in improvised music right now. Related Articles

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Denver-based guitarist and educator Janet Feder makes personal and intelligent music that is as difficult to pigeonhole as The Bad Plus. There’s a high likelihood that these shows will sell out, so get tickets from dazzlejazz.com. Denver’s Big Swing Trio (Mark Diamond, Paul Romaine and Andy Weyl) are holding down Thursday evenings all month at Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club …. The boundary-pushing piano trio The Bad Plus has two nights scheduled at Dazzle Jazz, 930 Lincoln St., Jan. 27. Follow him on Twitter: @Bretontheradio 44th Ave., on Jan. 21 at Denver’s Mighty Fine Productions studio (5235 E. 20-21 … Bassists Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer team up at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. Bret Saunders (bretsaunders@kbco.com) can be heard from 6 to 11 a.m. Sets are at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. 24-25. She’s collaborated with British avant-guitar legend Fred Frith successfully in the past, and they’ll be teaming up again on Jan. Get details and tickets for both events at brownpapertickets.com. weekday mornings at KBCO 97.3 FM. Stay warm with a little jazz this winter. each night, and ticket prices are $27-$30. both nights, and tickets are $25. Their latest release, “It’s Hard,” consists solely of covers, mostly from unexpected sources. The multiple Grammy-nominated and empathic vocalist-pianist Karrin Allyson is making a rare set of Denver appearances at Dazzle on Jan. 20. 9; guitarist John Scofield presents “Country for Old Men” there on Feb. 29 … John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood fame) teams up with a number of funk and soul pioneers at the Boulder Theater for the “Foundation Of Funk” revue on Feb. 17-18. The duo is also giving an “artist talk and demonstration” at the Neorama Art Studio, 2895 W. Both artists are unafraid to stake out uncharted territory, and together they should sculpt a night of memorable sound. In addition to being open-minded interpreters of songs known outside of the jazz canon, the band puts on a particularly compelling, cerebral and often humorous live show. Allyson has a talent for breathing new life into standards (recently the works of Rodgers and Hammerstein on the “Many A New Day” release) due to her refreshing commitment to the so-called Great American Songbook. 38th Ave.). Information is at dazzlejazz.com. Saxman Freddy Rodriguez plays El Chapultepec every Wednesday and Thursday … Smooth sax hero Gerald Albright will play the Soiled Dove Underground Jan. (Denver Post file)
January is typically a quiet month for jazz in Denver, but there are a few promising gigs lined up in the next couple of weeks. Pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer Dave King and bassist Reid Anderson are known for their audacious covers of rock songs made famous by names like Black Sabbath and Radiohead.