By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
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By Michael Roberts
By Melanie Asmar
If we censor the youth of America, will this solve all of these problems?
Ricky Martin is next!
Bands on the run: I am a friend of some of the members of Vox Demonna, and I help them with some of their shows. Letter writer Robert Avery's unfounded accusations could not be further from the truth. The bandmembers, their fans and the goth scene in general are not evil people. I have found the most wonderful, caring people I have ever known in this scene, and there is more love here then you could shake a stick at, so to speak. These are people who put their heart and soul into what they care about. People you could call at 2 a.m. when your car breaks down, and they will come give you a ride home. It might be in a hearse, but they will be there for you! Just because people like Avery don't understand us doesn't make us evil. Just because they don't see the beauty in the same things we do does not make us strange.
It is people like that who breed hate. I have not once seen someone write a letter to silence them, even though we don't agree with what they are doing. They simply hate. And until they can accept all people, like we have done, like we will do, they will continue to breed your hate. I invite Avery and anyone else who might be interested to come to a show for Vox Demonna or any other local band (the next show is July 14 at the Bluebird). Speak to the people there; observe the fans and how we hug each other when we meet or say goodbye, how we laugh and joke just like "normal" people, and how we enjoy the music that our friends put their heart and soul into.
We also attended the DBG's first concert of the season. Summer concerts at all of the outdoor venues in the metro area are "rain or shine." There were more than a hundred people there, and most were prepared for the weather with rain gear and umbrellas. It was not the fault of DBG that the artist was late in arriving. The music was great and worth the wait. The concert was 45 minutes and ended according to city guidelines put into effect at the urging of the surrounding neighborhood.
We are members of the DBG and attend many events or just spend time enjoying the gardens and refreshing our souls. Criticism of DBG is unfounded. The gardens get more magnificent as time goes by. The current staff is doing an excellent job of creating a Rocky Mountain and high-plains garden -- not an East Coast, West Coast, humid Southeast, Pacific Northwest, etc., garden! There are so many more perennials appropriate to our climate, and DBG is noted for being an excellent "demonstration" garden for educating the local gardener on what will grow well here with water-wise gardening. Many local nurseries and garden centers will sell you plants that are not appropriate for the area, so it is wise to check out DBG first. The DBG is not under a gigantic bubble, and it is subject to the same weather conditions as local homeowners.
The process of changing the 24 gardens over the last few years did leave a few temporary bare spots, but the results are beautiful. The gardens are continually changing and growing with the seasons, and they get more spectacular as the growing season continues. We enjoy DBG all seasons of the year; even winter is interesting. Many people think if they have been to the Denver Botanic Gardens once, they have seen them, but once is not enough! If you have not been there for several years, go see for yourself. There is no finer venue for concerts, and the musicians seem to agree. Visit DBG often. Join DBG. Volunteer.
Name withheld on request
Editor's note: Lisa Sigler reports that the Denver Botanic Gardens "stepped up to the plate" and refunded the cost of all eight tickets.
Remembering Mike:I am writing in response to T.R. Witcher's "After the Fall," in the May 31 issue, and what others wrote about the article. I feel it could have concentrated more on Mix Master Mike, for he was more than an amazing DJ. He was a great friend and a mentor. Now that he is gone, do you see any other DJs bringing in over 1,500 people in a single night? He was the Pied Piper, as Swaun called him: Wherever he was, the people followed.
The most important thing here is that we show respect and let him die peacefully. All the rumors and the talking are not going to bring him back. It is sad for Denver to have lost such an icon, but his memory remains with many and lives through few. I understand that there are others who have paved the way for the Fab Five, and I thank them for that, but at the same time, this is tragic. I just wish that more people could have gotten to know Mike the way that I did -- not only as a DJ, but as a best friend. It is often easy for people to forget that he was a person who touched many people's lives on many different levels and was loved by so many.