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Lost Lake, Larimer Lounge owner to take over Globe Hall

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“If you’re going to run a venue, you have to pay them properly and that necessitates bringing in some good music,” Cornelius said. “I’m definitely excited about it.”
In the year since he opened the space, Cornelius’ Globe Hall was a champion of the Denver music scene, featuring a healthy amount of local bills. Globe Hall is under new management. “You can’t survive on bringing in local bands where, four nights a week, only 20 people come.”
“Scott has more quality bands contacting him to play than he has venues to fill,” he added. “He knows how difficult this is.”
While local music will still have a place at the venue under its new management, Campbell plans to bring more tours through the room. Campbell and his team of four booking agents have already begun to bring splashier names to the venue’s marquee. Campbell said he attracted by the local charm of the 200-person hall, which is located in Denver’s Globeville neighborhood. Aside from an upgraded sound system and “stronger” shows, Campbell said he isn’t planning major changes. Popular alt-country band Split Lip Rayfield and lively string band the Brothers Comatose have been confirmed to play the venue in the coming months. While the margins on bar-sized music venues aren’t huge, Campbell, who’s booked shows at Denver venues big and small over the last two decades, said he’s more interested in the scene itself. “In Denver, with the momentum you have here and the community’s support for the music and the arts,” he said, “it’s a great time to (work in the industry).” “It’s a beautiful room and a great area,” he said. Globe Hall founder Jeff Cornelius confirmed the deal on Friday. 1, the venue will be owned and operated independently by Scott Campbell, a promoter for AEG Live Rocky Mountains and independent owner of Denver clubs Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake Lounge. “By the end, what we both wanted was an outright sale.”
Both Cornelius and Campbell declined to disclose the details of the deal. As of Feb. Denver music venue and barbecue joint Globe Hall is changing hands. “We started the conversation figuring out how a partnership might work,” Cornelius said. Globe Hall’s staff will be retained, including head chef Orlando Navarro, who handles its barbecue. Ultimately, the approach didn’t pan out, as the bands failed to generate enough business to keep pace with the venue’s overhead costs. Photo by Jeff Davis, JWD Imagery. The venue also plans to host more “rock, indie rock and hip-hop shows,” Campbell added.

Six new Colorado music venues to check out in 2017

To that end, the two-room, 250-person venue features a formidable custom sound system (designed by Fort Collins audio engineers Basscouch) that manifests itself in two towering stacks of subs, mid-bass and high frequency speakers that flank the stage of its main room. Amenities: Food truck pad, “affordable” drinks, free shows
Can’t-miss shows: All concerts are TBA. Opened last November in what was previously Quixote’s True Blue, the space has been all-but scrubbed clean of its colorful Grateful Dead trappings in favor of a monochromatic color scheme. Telluride’s Club Red is a lesser-known music venue you should check out this year. For barbecue and string bands, Globe Hall is one of Denver’s best-kept secrets. The other big difference? But down-home string music — be it western, bluegrass, honky-tonky or country rock — is its bread and butter. (Photo by Dylan Owens/The Denver Post)
Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple 
Quixote’s True Blue may have faded away, but the art of the Grateful Dead hangout is still alive and well in Denver. The Black Box; 314 E. Can’t-miss shows: Tim O’Brien on Feb. Image courtesy of Chris Zacher. Globe Hall
Despite opening way back in Nov. The Black Box 
“New” Denver’s love affair with electronic music has made it a hot bed for DJs and producers near and far. With a scalable capacity of 2,500 to 7,500, it’ll be one of the city’s biggest music venues when it opens for its first show on July 14. Bellying up the venue’s adjacent bar, you can taste it. 720-668-8833 or globehall.com The String Cheese Incident plays intimate Nederland venue the Caribou Room on June 5, 2016. That might come as a surprise if you’ve only been to the handful of venues that house the lion’s share of Denver’s biggest shows. Sound easy? It isn’t Colorado’s first outdoor amphitheater by a long shot, but Levitt hopes to set itself apart from Colorado’s other massive music meccas with its booking. It opened back in 2014, but the club has shown new life this year, ramping up the caliber of talent for its 15-show season, most of which falls in winter and summer. But if you can’t make it to every one of Colorado’s venues, consider checking out these newer, under-the-radar concert epicenters. Jay Bianchi’s Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple (1700 Logan St.) is Denver’s latest — and largest — Grateful Dead bar and music venue, seen here Jan. Photo by Ryan Bonneau, courtesy of Telluride Conference Center. Globe Hall; 4483 Logan St. Photo courtesy of the venue. Amenities: Upscale bar food, high-end sound system and a big parking lot. Telluride is a several-podcast drive from Denver, but if you’re planning a special weekend, you can regularly score a round-trip plane from DIA for less than $100. A play on owner Jay Bianchi’s last name, Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple has risen as the new holy home for Colorado’s fans of the California-via-the-cosmos jam band. The Black Box gives Denver’s swelling electronic music community an underground home. That makes a full-fledged rock club like The Caribou Room, whose 500-person capacity is a third of Nederland’s total population, unparalleled. Can’t-miss shows: Devendra Banhart on Feb. “We want to be a launching pad for artists, not a graveyard,” said Levitt Pavilion Denver’s executive director Chris Zacher, who helped grow City Park’s wildly popular free summer jazz series. 12, 2017. According to Pollstar and our own research, there are at least 135 live music venues in Colorado, with 53 of them set in Denver. In Denver, there’s no den more ideal for popping open a Lone Star and paying respect to a tray of its house-smoked barbecue that’s good enough to chew the wax paper its served on after its gone. Club Red 
Housed in Mountain Village’s Telluride Conference Center, the 400-person Club Red is the rare mountain-town music venue that’s a few ski-boot hops away from the slopes. Factor in ticket cost, gas money — especially if you want to swing by Durango’s Animas City Theatre, one of the farthest-reaching stages from Denver — and some pocket change for a T-shirt at the merch table, and you’re looking at a pricey 2017 bucket list. The Telluride venue offers up top-tier shows just a few hops away from the slope. Community is one of the venue’s raisons d’être, according to owner Nicole Cacciavillano, who envisions the club, which favors underground artists, as the electronic community’s CBGB. Here’s our challenge for 2017: Catch a show at each of Colorado’s music venues in just one year. Launched in 2016, the club mingles a plush decor with the loose-suspender sound of Colorado mountain music. The majority of Levitt’s concerts — 30 in 2017 and 50 each year thereafter — will be free. (Aside from co-founding Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Bianchi owns fellow Dead clubs Sancho’s Broken Arrow and Owlsey’s Golden Road in Boulder.) The historic photos and posters that crowd the walls impart an archival air, but it’s far from stuffy: The space inherited the high ceilings of its former tenant, The Wrangler, not to mention the biggest footprint of Bianchi’s three rooms, including a sizable arcade that offers ping-pong, pool, foosball, four video game cabinets and one of Denver’s precious few air hockey tables. It caters to plenty of our music scene’s homegrown weird, like the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet Up and Denver Noise Fest, both of which recently set up shop between the pew-lined walls of its concert space. 2015, Globeville’s Globe Hall has remained one of Denver’s best-kept live music secrets. We promise, Red Rocks will still be there come summer. 31 ($15-$20) and Addison Groove on Jan. Amenities: Barbecue — ’nuff said
Can’t-miss show: Split Lip Rayfield on March 10-11 ($20-$25) and Brothers Comatose on April 29 ($15-$18). While outsized venues typically demand outsized names, Levitt’s meat and potatoes will be fledging artists from the local and national music scene who are ready for the demands of a huge, headlining set. 970-369-8030 or clubredtelluride.com
A rendering of the Denver Levitt Pavilion, Ruby Hill’s 7,500 person venue set to open in July 2017. 303-578-0488 or levittdenver.org. Not so fast. From the paint coated over the Jerry Garcia mural below its marquee to its inky interior, black dominates the venue, an effort to cut down on anything that might distract from the music. Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple; 1700 Logan St., 303-861-7070 or beonkey.com. With Capitol Hill’s The Black Box, Denver now has a dedicated home for these bass mavens. Or even just Denver, for that matter. 13th St. If you feel like you aren’t in Colorado anymore when you mosey between the neon signs on the building’s facade, that’s the idea. Levitt Pavilion Denver
Perhaps no new Colorado venue is as promising as Denver’s $4.8 million Levitt Pavilion amphitheater. Dwight Yoakam, Devandra Banhart and a double-bill featuring Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene are a sampling of the wide swath of artists scheduled to play the intimate room in 2017. Owner Jeff Cornelius hails from Texas, and his 200-person bar-and-venue wears the state proudly. 24-25 ($15). 4 ($25-$45) and the String Cheese Incident March 11-12 ($75)
Club Red; 580 Mountain Village Blvd., Telluride. 28 ($15-$20). Zero-waste and solar powered, it’s also an ideal neighbor, right down to its plus-sized parking lot. Florida. 303-831-6207 or blackboxdenver.co
The Wailers performing at Club Red on Feb 8, 2015. Photo by Sam Joos courtesy of the venue. Photo by Jeff Cornelius. Amenities: High-end soundsystem, two rooms, full bar
Must-see shows: Joker on Jan. The Caribou Room; 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland. Photo by Aurelie Slegers courtesy of Telluride Ski Resort. Premier string bands like the Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band have made the 25-minute drive north from Boulder to play through the venue’s top-of-the-line Meyer sound system. 17 ($25) and Todd Snider on March 17 ($20). 303-258-3637 or thecaribouroom.com. (Many of the staff are self-proclaimed “audio nerds.”) And unlike most music venues, The Caribou Room serves more than just peanut shells with its beer, featuring up-scale bar food like lamb belly pita and salmon sliders. Amenities: Full bar, VIP area, slope-side access. The Caribou Room 
Not counting the circus songs that stir its Carousel of Happiness, there aren’t many places worthy of your music money in Nederland. Levitt Pavilion Denver; 1200 W. Photo by Lauren Krieger. But its marquee booking is two shows with rustic jam outfit String Cheese Incident, which just wrapped three near-capacity nights at the 6,500-person FirstBank Center for New Year’s Eve. Amenities: An arcade, full bar, good vibes
Must-see show: Pink Talking Fish, a Pink Floyd-Talking Heads-Phish cover band that played Quixote’s last show, on Feb.