Seven Spots for Foreign Music in Denver

Africana Cafe regularly hosts Ethiopian musicians.
Africana Cafe regularly hosts Ethiopian musicians.
Tom Murphy

The most obvious way to find the different ethnicities represented in Denver's population, from Italian to Vietnamese to Mexican, is in our wide variety of restaurants. (Westword food editor Mark Antonation has dedicated an entire series to ethnic food in Denver.) But why not treat your stomach and your ears to something new?

Below is our guide, arranged in alphabetical order, to some of the best places to hear music in Denver that might be foreign to our Western ears.

Africana Cafe
5091 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
303-320-9515
africanacafe.com

Africana regularly hosts Ethiopian musicians, though calling ahead is a must to find out who's playing on any given night, as there is no weekly or monthly schedule on its website.

Club Galaxy hosts Spanish-language musicians.
Club Galaxy hosts Spanish-language musicians.
Tom Murphy

Club Galaxy
2025 Clinton Street, Aurora, CO 80010
303-360-0242

This nightclub in northwest Aurora regularly hosts live Spanish musicians who specialize in banda, norteño, corrido, movimiento altrado, cumbia, ranchero and more. Check Club Galaxy's Facebook page for event announcements.

Just a grocery store? Not so fast. Holly Grocery's proprietor is known to have for-sale Ethiopian cassettes on hand.
Just a grocery store? Not so fast. Holly Grocery's proprietor is known to have for-sale Ethiopian cassettes on hand.
Tom Murphy

Holly Grocery
5602 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80220
303-862-3995

Though this is a grocery store, be sure to ask the proprietor about Ethiopian cassettes, as he usually has several on hand for purchase. He'll also suggest where to find more. 

Mex Mall offers everything from clothing to music.
Mex Mall offers everything from clothing to music.
Tom Murphy

Mex Mall
10809 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, CO 80010
720-859-0671

This miniature mall hosts vendors of various goods, including hats, footwear, clothing, food and electronics. But toward the back is the music vendor, who specializes in banda, norteño, corrido, movimiento altrado, cumbia and ranchero.

Find Asian movies and music at Modern Boutique.
Find Asian movies and music at Modern Boutique.
Tom Murphy

Modern Boutique Inc.
1011 South Federal Boulevard, Denver, CO 80219
303-934-9465

At Modern Boutique Inc., you'll find a good deal of movies from Asia, as well as popular music from various countries in the continent and information on interesting events happening around town. 

Pick up Soviet-era albums and Russian literature at Russian Books.
Pick up Soviet-era albums and Russian literature at Russian Books.
Tom Murphy

Russian Books
970 South Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80224
303-333-3222

Along with the largest selection of Russian-language books in the city, Russian Books also carries an extensive inventory of Russian music, from pop to EDM, rock, folk, hip-hop — you name it. Of note is a large selection of releases from Russian record label Moroz, which reissued an extensive line of Soviet-era psychedelic rock, heavy metal, punk, prog rock and pop.

Catch Vietnamese pop artists at V2.
Catch Vietnamese pop artists at V2.
Tom Murphy

Upcoming Events

V2 Event Center/Viet's Restaurant
333 South Federal Boulevard, Unit #125, Denver, CO 80219
303-922-5774

V2 Event Center, the venue next to Viet's Restaurant, hosts semi-regular live-music events featuring primarily Vietnamese-language pop artists.

BONUS: Get a head start and listen to some Ethiopian music, below.


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