3014 learns the cold, hard fax of surviving on Colfax

After a two year-stint as Senger's on the Fax, the bar at 3014 East Colfax Avenue closed quietly last July, then reopened the next month as 3014, under the ownership of Nick O'Sullivan, one of the brothers responsible for Brothers BBQ, with former owner David Senger back running the joint. "It had to do with partnership issues," Senger explains. "My last partner, we just couldn't quite figure it out. So we kind of got rid of Senger's and went under new ownership."

Now 3014 is gearing up for its first full summer, the bar's busy season partly because of its upstairs patio, where Senger, who has a background in construction, did some of the renovations himself. There's a new, 25-foot pole with a sign in front — which required six months of negotiating with the city to get a permit, Senger says. He's also installing a garage door in front of the new booths, moving the DJ booth and planning to put fire pits on both the front and upstairs patios. "We're redoing the patio upstairs with some new paint, a lot of flowers and trees, trying to make it the best patio on that stretch of Colfax," he adds. "Which we kind of already think it is."

While 3014 will celebrate its grand reopening in mid-May, the bar is hosting a Kentucky Derby party on Saturday, May 1, that starts at noon and runs through the race until closing, with a derby attire and hat contest and DJ Squirt on the decks. And on Sunday, May 2, the club will launch its BBQ and Bikini Bike Wash, which runs Sundays through October 31. "We're excited about that," Senger says. "We've never done it before. We used to have reggae on the rooftop, and that went pretty well. But we're trying to do something a little bit new this year. We've gone to all the motorcycle clubs, and we're going to try to rent out the front block from the city so that they can park all their bikes out there. Through the alley and in our back parking lot, they're going to do a bike wash and going to have some music going and some BBQ."

During the week, 3014 will show movies on the patio. It also hosts Buckhunter tournaments on Tuesdays; Matt Need's Stripper Bingo on Wednesdays; pianist and singer Elizabeth Rose on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by DJ Lynn Ryan; and the Latin/world fusion band Tito del Barrio Málaga from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Club scout: On Thursday, April 29, the Meadowlark (2701 Larimer Street), which just won Westword's Best Jazz Jam award, will kick off the monthly Jazz at the Root, featuring Roger Green, SuperCollider, Cloud City and Lelah Simon, who started the series as a way to build the local community of younger jazz and improvisational musicians (see Critic's Choice, page 54). Simon hopes to bring in some bigger players, such as Ron Miles, when they're available, and every installment will have a slightly different theme, like pop/jazz or funk/jazz.

The Gold Hill Inn (401 Main Street), in the old mining community of the same name about ten miles west of Boulder, will open for its 48th season on Friday, April 30, with the blues duo of Mary Russell and Becky Martinek. The music will continue through the summer, with a variety of acts starting at 9 p.m. on Fridays, and jazz and bluegrass bands on Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m.

Back in town, former Denverite and superstar DJ Keoki is returning for a set at Diamond After Dark (511 West Colfax Avenue) on Friday, April 30. Rockstar Aaron, DJ Danny, Smyl:e and Scott C will also be on the decks. There's no cover if you arrive before 11 p.m.; after that, it's $5 until 1 a.m. and $10 thereafter. And 16mix, the new cocktail lounge inside the Sheraton hotel at 1550 Court Place, is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1; the $5 cover lets you join a race team and get free appetizers and $4 mint juleps.

Tambien (250 Steele Street) just kicked off its third year of Rockabilly and Ribs, which brings the tattooed and biker set into Cherry Creek from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sundays through Labor Day. In addition to Mexican BBQ — carne asada, turkey legs and spare ribs, all cooked on an outdoor mesquite grill — the party includes weekly DJs, as well as local and national acts.

 
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