Jon Solomon

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    July 10, 2014

    Introducing Syntax Physic Opera, a venue and restaurant with an interesting theme

    Jonathan Bitz says the process of opening Syntax Physic Opera has been heavy, it's been emotional and it's been by far the hardest thing he's ever done. He was hoping to have his music venue and eatery at 554 South Broadway (which most recently housed the Bar and the Atrium) open late last year, but ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Monkey Barrel, a new bar and venue, opens on Platte Street

    The Monkey Barrel, Denver's newest bar and music venue, has opened on 1611 Platte Street in an already hopping part of town. The bar seats forty and features booths with private TVs. It is open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. See Al ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Updated with photos: The 2UP reopens after renovations; expansion slated for late fall

    With plans to expand into the former Kitty's East space next door, the 2UP recently reopened after being closed for a two-week renovation, which is part of a two-phase construction plan. The second part of the plan involves expansion. The addition, which will increase the size of the arcade/bar by 3 ... More >>

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    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Dazzle

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    The Psychedelic Furs at Gothic Theatre, 6/08/13

    THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS @ GOTHIC THEATRE | 6/8/12 As good as the Psychedelic Furs' records are, there is just something about seeing Richard Butler, who was all smiles on this night, and hearing his heartfelt thank yous at the end of various songs, and then seeing the collective happiness of those who ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    The Postal Service at Red Rocks, 5/30/13

    THE POSTAL SERVICE @ RED ROCKS | 5/30 "We had to cancel last night because I lost my voice, but I've got it back, kinda sorta," Ben Gibbard told a packed house last night at Red Rocks, referring to scrapping the previous night's gig in Salt Lake City. "And by kinda sorta I mean this will be kind of ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Ogden, 4/3/13

    NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS @ OGDEN THEATRE | 4/3/13 The most mythical moment of Nick Cave's set last night at the Ogden Theatre came at the end when the band performed "Stagger Lee," a re-casting of the Mississippi John Hurt classic "The Ballad of Stagger Lee." With lurid lighting and theatrical flo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Local Bar @ Highland now open in former Arabian Bar space

    After decades as the Arabian Bar, one of Denver's classic dives, the LoHi address got a major facelift --everything in it is new -- and opened yesterday as Local Bar @ Highland. While we'd reported last October that Barry Zadikoff, owner of Barry's on Broadway, had plans to essentially turn it into ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Ten best (and sweetest) rock beards in Denver

    See also: - Animated GIFs of the coolest concert security guard in the world - Dubstep for dummies, a primer for newly-minted dubstep fans - Ten best places for pre/post-show eats on Colfax - Ten records we treasure - Denver's ten best jukeboxes Last April, our Show & Tell blog ran an infographic a ... More >>

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    July 10, 2012

    Grizzly Rock grand opening this Saturday

    See Also: Grizzly Rock opening in former After the Gold Rush/Club Arriba spot Voice Places: The Grizzly Rose Voice Places: The Grizzly Rock When Grizzly Rose owner Scott Durland took over the former After the Gold Rush space last year, he was originally hoping to open Grizzly Rock in its place by ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Harry Tuft and Barry Fey officially inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

    Update (2/24/12): Barry Fey video montage added below. All is right with the universe this morning. We have a pair of Grammy winners in our midst, and as it should be, Harry Tuft and Barry Fey are now officially part of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. While we didn't stick around until the very en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2012

    Review: The Reverend Horton Heat at the Odgen, 1/28/12

    THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT @ OGDEN THEATRE | 1/28/12 Just in case anyone forgot how long the Reverend Horton Heat has been around, he reminded everyone during the first 45 minutes of his show the Ogden Theatre Saturday night by playing a song from each of his albums in chronological order, from 1991' ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Review: Wilco at the Fillmore, 1/19/12

    Jon SolomonWilco's Jeff Tweedy last night at the Fillmore Auditorium. WILCO @ FILLMORE AUDITORIUM | 1/19/12 "I'd like to thank the Fillmore for having us back," Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy told a capacity crowd last night. "It's a pretty sweet joint you got here. It's a good rock and roll joint wit ... More >>

  • Music

    December 29, 2011
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    December 22, 2011
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    November 27, 2011

    Review: Nathaniel Rateliff at the Gothic, 11/25

    NATHANIEL RATELIFF AT THE GOTHIC | 11/25/11There aren't a whole lot of singers with a magnetism capable of completely hushing a room the size of the Gothic, but Nathaniel Rateliff did just that near the end of his set on Friday night during his annual holiday show. Sure, there were some energetic mo ... More >>

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    November 21, 2011

    Review: Sting at the Wells Fargo Theatre, 11/20/11

    STING at WELLS FARGO THEATRE | 11/20/11Sting's list of endearing anecdotes is almost as long as his lineup of inexplicably bizarre ones -- which, in turn, is almost as big as his ego. The former Police frontman and pouty-lipped crooner remains fearless in the face of a staid solo career (heavy on Po ... More >>

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    July 22, 2011

    Photo: Chloe Lounge preview party pictures

    Photo: Jon Solomon​So Chloe's a lounge and a "fictitious, jet-setting socialite," according to this week's Bar Back column, and this photo carries on that marketing concept. The writing's on the wall -- the above lines are supposed to be from the Chloe's journal. We've got more photos below fr ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Hearing new songs versus old songs in concert: Buzzkill or invigorating part of the experience?

    Jon Solomon​Welcome to Hot Topic, our latest feature, which is precisely what it sounds like. We present you with a topic that is, well, hot, and then we ask you to weigh in with your opinion. Today our inquiring minds want to know: When you part with your hard-earned loot to see your favorite ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Review: Mumford & Sons at Fillmore, 6/15/11

    Jon SolomonMumford & Sons last night at the FillmoreMUMFORD & SONS at the FILLMORE | 06.15.11"Mumford and his mates certainly did their best to show the crowd one of the greatest shows they have seen in recent memory."

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    May 19, 2011

    U2 at Invesco Field 360° Tour: The stage is set

    Photo by Jon SolomonThe Claw has landed at Invesco for U2's 360 Tour on Saturday night If the weather gods are to be believed, this string of shitty weather we've endured for the past few days will be but a distant memory by the time U2 takes the stage at Invesco with the Fray on Saturday. Temps ar ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Vivian Girls with No Joy and School Knights at Larimer Lounge, 5/12/11

    Photo: Jon SolomonVivian Girls last night at Larimer Lounge.VIVIAN GIRLS No Joy * School Knights 05.12.11 | Larimer Lounge It isn't the worst thing that can happen to you when you're on stage, but breaking a string without having an immediate replacement or a back-up guitar can induce the kind of re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2011

    Photos: Night one of Pure Sunshine at the Bluebird Theater, 3/25/11

    Jon Solomon Last night at the Bluebird was night one of Pure Sunshine, the aptly named Rick Kulwicki celebration and benefit. Among Kulwicki's family, friends, fans and many admirers (with Rick, it seems, none of those terms are mutually exclusive), all of the remaining members of the Fluid were of ... More >>

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    February 13, 2011

    DeVotchKa with Mariachi el Bronx at the Fillmore, 2/12/11

    Photo: Jon SolomonDEVOTCHKA With Mariachi El Bronx | Gregory Alan Isakov 2.12.12 | Fillmore Auditorium On this night, Colorado native, Gregory Alan Isakov, played the roll of conquering hero -- stepping out onto the massive Fillmore Auditorium stage and looking pleased at the sea of people floodin ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010
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    October 28, 2010

    Gogol Bordello at the Boulder Theater, 10/27/10

    Jon Solomon GOGOL BORDELLO Forro in the Dark 10.27.10 | Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO In some regards, a Gogol Bordello show is kind of like sex: It's a sweaty and exhausting experience, one that you can't really fully comprehend until you're balls-deep in it. Sure, you can sneak peeks at your dad' ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    Interpol at the Ogden Theatre, 10/25/2010

    Jon Solomon​ INTERPOL With White Rabbits 10.25.10 | Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO Colorado went from summer to winter in one momentary movement yesterday (complete with a rainbow early in the day), and, as usual, that season other states call "fall" was skipped altogether. Interpol's show at the ... More >>

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    October 25, 2010

    Gorillaz at Wells Fargo, 10/24/10

    Jon SolomonDamon Albarn of Gorillaz​ GORILLAZ With N.E.R.D. 10.24.10 | Wells Fargo Theatre In what will probably now become a legendary appearance at Wells Fargo Theatre last night, Gorillaz brought out a Colorado crowd in its truest form -- Dads, ravers, white people with dreads, babies, br ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    LCD Soundsystem at the Fillmore, 10/20/10

    Jon SolomonJames Murphy of LCD Soundsystem​ LCD SOUNDSYSTEM With Hot Chip 10.20.10 | Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO It's surprising that Hot Chip isn't more popular in Colorado. Priming the stage for LCD Soundsystem last night at the Fillmore, the U.K. band's music is definitely electronic ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    The National at Fillmore Auditorium, 10/18/10

    Jon Solomon​ THE NATIONAL 10.18.10 | Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO In a New York Times piece written on the National last April, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe explained how he took his bandmate Mike Mills to see the group in London. It took half a song for Mills to say it was the most amaz ... More >>

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    October 16, 2010

    Vinefield Agency showcase at Casselman's, 10/15/10

    Jon SolomonMonroe Monroe​ VINEFIELD AGENCY SHOWCASE 10.16.2010 | Casselman's Bar & Venue It's an ambitious task fitting close to a dozen diverse acts into a five and a half-hour show, but the folks at the Vinefield Agency pulled it off as part of new company's launch party and showcase. Loca ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    The Yard Dogs Road Show at the Ogden Theatre, 10/8/10

    Jon Solomon​The Yard Dogs Road Show With Devil Makes Three 10.8.10 | Ogden Theatre View slideshow of the Yard Dogs at the Ogden Outside of the Ogden last night, there were a few punks sporting foot-high Mohawks and wearing studded leather jackets standing next to hippies and guys wearing in v ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Sonic Youth at Ogden Theatre - 10/04/10

    Jon Solomon​ SONIC YOUTH With Caldera Lakes 10.04.10 | Ogden Theatre The thing about seeing Sonic Youth is, no matter what else is going on in the venue, the city or even the world at that very moment, there is no question the show will be staggeringly beautiful. It won't be flashy or dramat ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Wilco at Jazz Aspen Snowmass - 09.03.10

    Jon Solomon​ WILCO 09.03.10 | Jazz Aspen Snowmass "Don't even think about yelling, 'Freebird," Wilco's frontman Jeff Tweedy replied to the guy in the crowd who screamed out the Lynyrd Skynyrd tune early in Wilco's ambitious two-hour set at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass labor day festival. "You can ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    UMS Night One Travelogue: The Swayback at 3 Kings, Candy Claws at Skylark and more

    Jon SolomonThe Swayback at 3 Kings​ UMS Travelogue, Day One 07.22.10 | Baker District, South Broadway A guy with a pint of hooch in his back pocket was stumbling and struggling to make it across street toward Famous Pizza. After he made it across the street, he paused for a moment and leaned ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Nathaniel Rateliff gives the Bluebird something to talk about

    Jon Solomon​ Nathaniel Rateliff • The Tallest Man on Earth 05.19.10 | Bluebird Theater "Shut up!" demanded one rather surly fellow somewhere in the balcony. In a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease, the indignant exhortation came during the opening strains of "When You' ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    The Epilogues win Westword's Best of the West competition

    Jon SolomonThe Epilogues​After Thirty-two bands faced off over the last three months, the Epilogues took the top prize from Yerkish, Forth Yeer and Goldie & the Bears during the finals of Westword's Best of the West competition Friday at Herman's Hideaway. At the end of the night, the Epilogue ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    Star Bar future looks dim

    Jon SolomonSign of the times on Star Bar​For the first time in decades, the Star Bar -- one of the very last classic dives left on Larimer Street (at 2137 Larimer, to be exact) -- was dark this weekend, with a sign posted on the door that it's been closed because of liquor-code violations. N ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Flaming Lips at Red Rocks

    Jon Solomon​The Flaming Lips, Explosions in the Sky, Stardeath & White DwarfsRed Rocks AmphitheatreSunday, August 23, 2009Better than: The last time the Flaming Lips played Red RocksI know it's not the most manly thing to admit, but I was almost cried a few times during the Flaming Lips set la ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Last Night: Ghost Buffalo at 3 Kings Tavern

    Ghost Buffalo, one last time as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonGhost Buffalo, Eyes and Ears, Brian Hartley, Sonic Vomit Tuesday, May 12, 2009 3 Kings Tavern Better than: The death of a person -- that just sucks. Out of the death of a band, at least there came a great show The night was bitters ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Last Night: Mogwai at the Bluebird

    Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite as seen through the lens of Jon SolomonMogwai, Women Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Bluebird Theater Better than: Listening to layered and nuanced instrumental music as background. Instrumental music is not dead. For all the prominence of vocal-driven music in the modern pop scen ... More >>

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    April 10, 2009

    Last Night: Lily Allen at the Ogden Theatre

    Lily AllenThursday, April 9, 2009Ogden TheatreSome lyricists bury a song's meaning in metaphors or subtleties, which sometimes leaves a lot more room for interpretation. Lily Allen, on the other hand, shoots from the hip. She's blunt and she'll tell you what's what in plain English, whether it be ab ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    The Fluid to play two East Coast dates with Overcasters

    Photo: Jon Solomon What was it Michael Corleone said in The Godfather? "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"? That quote could certainly apply to the Fluid. The act, which had initially just intended to get back together for a few shows leading up to Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008
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    October 16, 2008

    Live Review: Stereolab at Gothic Theatre

    Photo: Jon Solomon Le Loup Stereolab, Monade and Le Loup Tuesday, October 14, 2008 The Gothic Theatre Better Than: Seeing just one Laetitia Sadier project. For whatever reason, my expectations tend to be a lot lower for out of town opening acts touring with national and international bands. Lucki ... More >>

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    September 29, 2008

    Live Review: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Ogden Theatre

    Photo: Jon Solomon Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Friday, September 26, 2008 Ogden Theatre Better than: Anything that has ever come out of Australia. Nick Cave handily disproved the notion that rock and roll is a young man’s game this past Friday night at the Ogden Theatre. Taking the stage backed b ... More >>

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    September 2, 2008

    Over the Weekend: Modern Drunkards (and other assorted drunkards) do Denver

    Yes, this Modern Drunkard slide show proves it: Our city was obsessed with the wrong convention. What you missed this weekend while you were frantically searching for Bristol Palin's facebook page: Friday brought late-breaking news both ironic and sad: The Latest Word reported that Shepard Fairey ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    Live Review: Machine Gun Blues Final Show (Updated with slide show)

    Photo: Jon Solomon This Machine kills...everybody. See the slide show here. Machine Gun Blues, Ghost Buffalo, Mr. Pacman, the Nicotine Fits Saturday, August 9, 2008 Bluebird Theater The skies opened up early Friday evening, shattering the recent heat wave and bringing down what can only be descr ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008

    Live Review: The Police and Elvis Costello & the Imposters at Red Rocks

    Photo: Jon Solomon Love at first Sting. The Police and Elvis Costello & the Imposters Monday, July 22, 2008 Red Rocks Amphiteatre Better than: Any show I’ve seen in a long time. Nearly three decades after the Police’s first Denver gig at the Rainbow Music Hall, the band finally made it up ... More >>

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    January 24, 2008
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