Kick out the jams, motherfucker. But stay away from cliches, and do it somewhere other than downtown -- somewhere like Swimclub 32 (3628 West 32nd Avenue), which recently added live music provided by both DJs and bands Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays. (Fridays are reserved for the owners' own twelve-inch collection, and the place is closed Sundays.) "The music pulls in a different crowd," notes talent booker Ginger Perry, who was brought on board by Chris Golub and Grant Gingerich to keep the two-year-old tapas-and-wine bar in the social swim. "People who have never been here before. They wanted something to increase the nightlife here." There's the Tuesday Latin Love Affair with Bijoux Barbosa, Andy Nevala and Brian Dillon; Thursday's Dub Wise Chillout; and DJ Timbuk on the wicky-wicky front on Saturdays. "It's been very well received," Perry says of the lineup. "This is not a normal restaurant: The food is organic, the mood lighting is perfect, the atmosphere is great. It's just a beautiful concept. Plus, the entertainment is free." The food is not, but you get what you pay for. Check out the menu and a complete schedule at www.swimclub32.com, or call the restaurant at 720-889-7946.
For more rock action, head south to Dewey's American Grill, 52 West Springer Drive in Highlands Ranch. Yep, that's live music in Highlands Ranch -- but stranger things have happened. Probably. Piano jam man Arch Hooks now makes weekly appearances at the steak-and-burger joint, as does Tempered, a rock cover act, and Spicy Soup Piano Show, a group whose name says it all. "There's some people who say that the music is too loud," Jake Robinson, manager of this Dewey's, says of mixing dining with bands, "but mostly it's been a positive experience." Other locations in the chain, including a Dewey's in Colorado Springs and one in Littleton, also offer live jams with your appetizers. Get greasy at www.deweysamericangrill.com or call 720-348-0101.
And finally, last week Brix (3000 East Third Avenue) got its basement addition open in the old Nectar space (Club Scout, May 18). By building a bridge from the back patio, the owners were able to use the same liquor license -- and ensure that the fun just keeps flowing. Next project: to get the long-delayed Brix in the Ballpark neighborhood up and running. According to owner Charlie Master, the new target date for hitting the Brix downtown is the end of July. For more information, go to www.eatatbrix.com.