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When Soda Jerk Presents took over the former Bash at 1902 Blake Street, the concert promotion company changed the name to Summit Music Hall and turned the front section into a space where local acts have been playing since May 1. Now Soda Jerk is ready to debut Summit's main room, which will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, July 10.
Soda Jerk already owns the Marquis Theater (at 2009 Larimer Street, and previously the short-lived second incarnation of Brendan's), and the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs. But for larger shows, the promoter frequently had to use the Gothic or Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, both venues where it's booked the Summer Slaughter Tour for the past few years. This year, though, that metal tour will be at the Summit on Friday, August 13, and Soda Jerk owner Mike Barsch says the 12,500-square-foot venue will continue to compete with bigger venues like the Ogden or the Gothic.
So over the past few months, the Summit's main room has gotten an overhaul, with new lighting, stage, P.A. and green room. "We've stuck to our plan, but it's like renovating a kitchen or something," Barsch says. "You knock down a wall, you find something else you have to figure out how to deal with. I think, all in all, the process was pretty good. This being our third club, we kind of knew who we needed to talk to and what we needed to do to get things done."
1902 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Downtown Denver
The venue is designed so that smaller, local acts can use the front area, and the entire space can be opened up for bigger shows. The last piece, Barsch says, is getting the kitchen finished, then working up a menu of inexpensive finger food in time for the grand opening.
The Rouge, Air Dubai, Honor the Fallen, Della and Cobraconda will perform at that party. And on Tuesday, July 13, the Summit will bring in the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour, which includes Silverstein, Emery, We Came As Romans, I Set My Friends on Fire and more.
Club scout: Upscale club Boudoir 1434 was supposed to open in late May above SportsBook, the sports bar that opened last fall in the former Lure Lounge space at 1434 Blake Street, but it hit a major snag the day before its scheduled grand opening. That's when SportsBook abruptly closed its doors, which were slapped with seizure notices from the city citing $16,000 in outstanding sales and occupational taxes.
"We went through everything from basic building roadblocks to a complete tax seizure of the entire building brought on by our neighbors on the ground floor," says Boudoir owner Jordyn Hollander on the club's Facebook page. "Each bump in the road came with further delays, each more frustrating than the next, none of which were in our control."
But all that is changing now, because Fallen Angel Concepts Corporation, Hollander's corporate entity, has secured the lease on the entire building. It still plans to open Boudoir — although no new date has been set — and just turned the ground-floor space into Pre-Game Sports Bar & Grill.
Nine blocks away, at 2301 Blake, owner Chris Fuselier reports that the bigger and better Blake Street Tavern has been "crazy busy" since it opened in its new location last month. So crazy, in fact, that even without any marketing push, the business volume in this spot is bigger than Fuselier ever saw at 2401 Blake.
DJ Ginger Perry just kicked off the Kitty Kat Social at the new Beauty Bar (608 East 13th Avenue), where she'll head up ladies' nights every Thursdays that feature a rotating crew of DJs, including Vajra, Mike Deez, Jah Rocker, Klaw and A-Ray — whom she's asked to think about their favorite upbeat female artists. On Thursday, July 8, Perry will bring in special guest Ben Samples from Fresh 2 Death; Mikey Thunder will be there on July 15. In keeping with the night's name, Perry is working to create an environment that encourages socializing rather than cattiness. And while the nights are lady-centric, guys are welcome, too. "I want the kitties to kick it," Perry says, "but the dogs are welcome."
Finally, about two months after Below Bar (1422 Larimer Street) switched over to being a gay bar, the space has gone dark.