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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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.
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 >>
Marquee MagazineJust 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 >>
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 >>
Crispin Porter BoguskyBoulder-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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Tuesday, February 12, Ogden Theatre, 303-830-8497.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Thursday, May 31, Gothic Theatre, 303-788-0984.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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A Denver ad agency puts a higher value on its services than Lieutenant Governor Joe Rogers does.
In Jefferson County, vasectomies are quick, cheap and cool.
Pulling the plug on attorney advertising could get somebody sued -- including the State of Colorado