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  • Music

    August 14, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Here's how a $6 million renovation has changed Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre

    When you're near the top of the grassy slope at Fiddler's Green, the massive stage below dominates the foreground. It has hosted Bob Dylan, John Denver, Lollapalooza (back when it was still a touring event), Wiz Khalifa and plenty more, but in 1982 that stage was just an asphalt thumbprint next to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Under a Blood Red Sky screening canceled

    Update, 9/24/13: If you haven't heard yet, this special screening of U2's Under a Blood Red Sky has been canceled. According to the Denver Film Society, after conferring with the Feys, it was determined that any fundraising efforts would be better directed to raising funds for flood victims. All cre ... More >>

  • News

    September 5, 2013
  • News

    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    AEG Live Rocky Mountains set to take over Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in January 2014

    After ongoing discussions for the past few months, AEG Live Rocky Mountains has finalized a fifteen-year deal with the Museum of Outdoor Arts to take over Fiddler's Green, the 18,000-seat Greenwood Village amphitheatre that opened in 1989 and recently reverted back to its original name after stints ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Beatport being sold to SFX Entertainment

    We've heard rumblings about this for the past few weeks, but now it's confirmed: Beatport is reportedly being sold to SFX Entertainment for $50 million. According to the New York Times, who broke the news last night on its Media Decoder blog, Robert F.X. Sillerman, who heads up the burgeoning EDM en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Super Bowl ads: MSU Denver marketing professor Darrin Duber-Smith on what makes them successful

    It's on your mind. You can't stop thinking about it. Your blood starts to pump. Your mouth begins to water. And while the buildup lasts for days, the actual live action (from start to finish) only lasts about ten minutes. No, I'm not talking about sex; I'm talking about the Super Bowl, baby. And whi ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Campaign ad spending: How much are Romney and Obama spending per electoral vote?

    As part of this week's feature "Purple Haze," we take a dive into the millions of dollars used for advertising in Colorado by the presidential campaigns and a handful of very wealthy super PACs. Based on the latest numbers, more than $25 million has been spent in this battleground state as of August ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Super PAC backing Obama pouring more money into Denver TV ads than Romney's

    Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. In Denver, the Obama campaign is spending a lot more money on TV ads than is Romney's. After digging through more public record ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2012

    Obama campaign outspending Mitt Romney's for Denver TV ads

    Editor's note: This election cycle, Westword is exploring the public records of television stations for information on how candidates are spending money on ads in Denver. So far, Barack Obama's campaign is spending more money than Mitt Romney's on Denver TV ads. A lot more.

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Medical marijuana outdoor-ad-ban decision in Denver delayed until August

    Two competing medical marijuana advertising bans have been proposed by Denver City Council members, and their concepts are very different in scope. The council's Debbie Ortega and Christopher Herndon have until August to find a compromise before their colleagues take a vote.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2012

    EDC 2012: Coachella or Electric Daisy Carnival: Which One is Better?

    See also: Our Complete Coachella Coverage Dance music is coming to an arena near you: Kaskade will be the first DJ ever to play Staples Center (July 27). And mainstream concert promoters such as Live Nation are diving into the electronic dance explosion. Electric Daisy Carnival, which is being hel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Industry Group pushes plan for outdoor MMJ ad ban

    If the Medical Marijuana Industry Group has its way, there'll be a citywide ban on outdoor medical marijuana advertising in Denver. And with the idea for this proposal currently floating around city council, MMIG might just get its wish.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Barry Fey and Harry Tuft to inducted in Colorado Music Hall of Fame this February

    ​The next set of inductees into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame have been announced. This February, legendary concert promoter, Barry Fey, and Denver Folklore Center founder, Harry Tuft, two Colorado music icons, will take their rightful place in the hall alongside John Denver and Red Rocks Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Good Times hires Cheech and Chong to promote its green (chili)

    The marketing department for Golden-based Good Times swears that their partnership with stoner comedy duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong for local radio ads had nothing to do with the boom in medical marijuana in Colorado. Apparently nobody told that to Cheech and Chong, though.

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Live Nation and Universal Music form super-company

    ​Live Nation Entertainment, which now houses Ticketmaster, House of Blues and Ticketweb has announced a partnership with the Universal Music Group to create a joint-venture management company for managing and strengthening the label's acts. This is the first time a major label has teamed up di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Breaking News: Peter Ore joins the Soda Jerk Presents team

    Marquee Magazine​Just received some pretty major news on the concert promotions front: Peter Ore (pictured right), former Vice President of Booking for Live Nation, has joined the Soda Jerk Presents family. "Working with Peter is going to be a huge step as we continue to grow the company," sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Medical marijuana advertising revenue greening local papers (like this one), says New York Times

    William Breathes.​I overheard someone call our fine publication Weedword not too long ago, referencing the eight-plus pages of medical marijuana ads in the back of our print edition. Funny, and also true. As Jeremy Peters points out in today's New York Times, that greening of advertisements ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Crispin Porter Bogusky behind advertising ploy aimed at getting kids to eat vegetables

    Crispin Porter Bogusky​Boulder-based advertising firm Crispin Porter Bogusky is renowned for using viral tactics and edgy (and sometimes controversial) campaigns to turn around floundering companies and proliferate products or ideas that, prior to their input, had little airtime.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Chipotle menu changes: What's taken - and what hasn't - a year into the chain's "Low Roller" menu revamp

    ​When hometown hero Chipotle unveiled a new "Low Roller" menu last spring in Denver, featuring novel options like single tacos, small salads, pozole and kids items, some people heralded it as a disaster of biblical proportions - fire and brimstone coming down from the skies, human sacrifice, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Coca-Cola apologizes for Dr. Pepper's "2 Girls 1 Cup" Facebook snafu

    ​2 Girls 1 Cup may be the most notorious internet porn video of this generation, portraying two girls doing hideously disgusting things with one cup and some unsavory bodily functions. Seriously NSFW (Wikipedia link). Google it in private if you must. So when a Glasgow woman found out that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Cheba Hut is a hit with Greeley judge

    ​Cheba Hut raised a toasty toast this week when a Weld County District Court judge overturned a ruling that had denied a liquor license to the sub shop's Greeley location. In April, Robert Frick, who rules on Greeley liquor licenses, turned down the company's request, citing Cheba Hut's pot-r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Colorado Public Radio announces pay cuts, salary freeze despite successful fund drive

    Photo by Anthony CameraMax Wycisk, in a 2002 photo. Colorado Public Radio met its $1.6 million goal at the (blessed) end of its recent Drive to Thrive campaign. But that doesn't mean the organization is done with cutbacks. The network has just issued a press release announcing 3 percent pay reducti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2009

    Kenny Be's Hip Tip: U.S. Army resorts to new Pinon Canyon plan

    The U.S. Army wanted to purchase the entire southeastern corner of Colorado to expand the Pinon Canyon military maneuvers site. However, now that America is broke, the Army needs a new business model. Instead of costing money, it is time to start making money. The Army could start by rebranding Pino ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    The bloodletting starts at Clear Channel Denver

    The December 17 blog "Clear Channel's Lee Larsen Talks About Possible Layoffs at Denver Stations" noted strong rumors about impending staff cuts at the area outlets owned by the Texas-based mega-corp: five FMs -- KTCL/93.3 FM, The Party/95.7 FM, KBCO/97.3 FM, The Fox/103.5 FM and KBPI/106.7 FM -- an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Rush Limbaugh, Peter Boyles see ideology behind Rocky Mountain News' troubles

    In his nationally syndicated December 5 broadcast, robust yapper Rush Limbaugh made mention of the Rocky Mountain News being put up for sale. "Did you see where Scripps Howard may have to close down the Rocky Mountain News?" he asked. "Propaganda organs are just falling by the wayside. The Obama ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Worst-Case Scenario: Amendmentos, Part 2

    Click here or on the cartoon thumbnail to see a larger image; it'll take a few seconds. The TV commercials about this year's ballot issues are bad medicine. Each is poisoned with lies and they are all extremely hard to swallow. Amendmentos, on the other hand, are the political refreshmakers! This w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Chipotle needs a new ad man? How about Adam Cayton-Holland?

    Chipotle, the little homegrown company that got very big by selling big burritos, is looking for a new advertising agency. According to Ad Age, Chipotle only lasted nine months with New York's DeVito/Verdi, and now wants to stuff its $15-to-$20 million account into some other company's coffers. "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008
  • Music

    February 7, 2008

    Sara Bareilles

    Tuesday, February 12, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2008

    Concerts Battle Heats Up Again

    The ongoing concert promotions battle in Denver just became a little more heated. Just received word from Live Nation that Eric Pirritt has been named Vice President of Booking. Pirritt joins fellow VP of Booking, Peter Ore, and will now go head-to-head with his former associates at AEG Live, vying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2008

    Is the Budget Ax About to Fall at Denver's Clear Channel Stations?

    Times may be ultra-unpleasant for newspaper operators these days, but specialists in other areas of the media universe aren't enjoying a smooth ride, either -- and Clear Channel represents exhibit A. Toward the end of the last millennium and the beginning of this one, the Texas-based firm seemed to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Remembrances of Parking Promises Past

    Denver parking scofflaws are about to get a little poorer; city parking ticket fines will rise from $20 to $25 on October 1. Kind of makes you wistful for those heady days of yesteryear, when a fresh-faced kid with a beer-making degree was swept into the mayor’s office thanks to television commerc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2007

    Dan Brogan's a Mile High on 5280

    Most interviews done for the The Message column contain more information than can possibly be squeezed onto any given page, and plenty of what doesn't make the cut is very interesting indeed. Seldom, though, is it presented in such an easily digestible form as was recently the case with comments pro ... More >>

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Sick Puppies

    Thursday, May 31, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2007

    Coors, of Course

    Wow -- dope really does affect your memory. Because in all the yapping over making "Rocky Mountain High" a second official state song, no one at the Colorado Legislature mentioned a potential snag. Back in 2005, Coors Brewing Co. bought the rights to the song -- the lyrics and music, if not John De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2006

    Stage Managers

    The techtonic plates continue to shift along Denver's increasingly competitive concert scene. Although no official statement has been released, Chuck Morris will be vacating his current post at Live Nation to join his proteges, Don Strasburg and Brent Fedrizzi, at the new Denver outpost of Anschutz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2006

    Live Action

    The concert business in Denver just got a hell of a lot more interesting. After last month's announcement that Live Nation planned to acquire House of Blues, things had calmed down — but now a tidal wave looks to be forming on the horizon, one that could have epochal implications for the local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Clearing the Way

    It's official: The nation's (not to mention Denver's) highly competitive live concert business just got a little less, well, competitive. Live Nation today announced that it will purchase House of Blues Entertainment for $350 million in cold, hard cash. As part of the deal, Live Nation will presum ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005
  • People & Places

    March 25, 2004

    Best Slogan for a Colorado City That Isn't Denver

    "Alferd Packer: Eat Your Heart Out", Lake City

  • Goods & Services

    April 4, 2002

    Best Help for Women in Tough Times

    Sista's in the Spirit
    Charlene Ferguson

  • People & Places

    March 29, 2001
  • News

    October 26, 2000

    Give and Take

    A Denver ad agency puts a higher value on its services than Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers does.

  • Best of Denver

    June 29, 2000

    Best local TV commercial

    Colorado Lottery

  • News

    April 6, 2000

    Takin' It in the Pants

    In Jefferson County, vasectomies are quick, cheap and cool.

  • News

    June 17, 1999
  • News

    May 9, 1996

    Adding Insult to Injury

    Pulling the plug on attorney advertising could get somebody sued -- including the State of Colorado

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