Spring has finally sprung, which means that scenesters will need to find their shades. Because not only are lots of venues offering music outdoors, but they're doing it in the daytime. The Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer Street) is back with its Sunday-afternoon BBQ series, lining up such acts as the Railbenders, Reno Divorce, Belfast Car Bomb and Drag the River. And on June 4, the Lounge kicks off a second outdoor series -- Saturday PBR-BQ -- with All the Rest, the Pugs, Echelon and No Plot Kill.
Although Herman's Hideaway (1578 South Broadway) doesn't have a yard, there's often barbecue available at the club, where for the past year Big Pat has gotten things cooking -- rain, snow or shine.
Barbecues rule in the 'burbs, too. House of Rock (11140 Irma Drive, Northglenn) introduced its own Sunday series on May 1, and every Sunday through the summer, you can catch live music -- mostly small acoustic bands -- on the patio and enjoy free burgers and hot dogs at the same time. No cover, either. Bottoms Up Tavern (3124 South Parker Road, Aurora) also plans to hold barbecue events this summer, although details are pending.
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Another sign of spring: The Gold Hill Inn, located in the old mountain town of Gold Hill outside Boulder, has opened for the season, with live music Friday and Saturday nights in the front room of the saloon/restaurant/inn, as well as special shows through the summer. Those include the Jeff Finlan Band, led by a recent transplant from Nashville who toured Europe with Steve Earle, on Friday, May 20. And on Monday, May 30, Gold Hill's annual Memorial Day barbecue will feature David Booker's Little Big Blues Band, the Tin Men and the Delta Sonics. For details, go to www.goldhillinn.com
From higher elevations to lower: Moscow Underground (1800 Glenarm Place) is still up and running, but promoter/producer Ryan Dykstra is shopping for a new home for Ritual. During the popular club night's sixteen-week reign, an average of 400 people came out for each incarnation, Dykstra says, and with numbers like that, it shouldn't be tough to find a spot. In the meantime, Ritual will be featured at several locations around town. Last week Dykstra tried Club Syn, which wasn't quite big enough; his vision calls for two stages with six DJs on each -- all local.
That's not all that's keeping Dykstra busy. He's also working on the Scion Emerging Artist tour, a national event that returns to Denver on July 16 for a stop at Moscow Underground. For more news, visit www.ryandykstranightlife.com.