Despite the closure of Broadway south of Alameda, it wasn't too difficult to find one's way over to Syntax Physic Opera on opening weekend. Walking through the front door felt like exiting Broadway in Denver on a hot July evening and entering a '50s jazz lounge or after-hours club, with more simplif ... More >>
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 >>
It's been a long haul, but after months of construction and permitting delays, Syntax Physic Opera should finally open this weekend -- if it gets the green light from the city -- and start a new chapter as a restaurant/venue devoted to telling stories at the same time it serves food and features liv ... More >>
While Jonathan Bitz originally planned to have Syntax Physic Opera up and running by last November, construction delays and having to obtain new permits have extended the timeline. He's now hoping that his music venue, eatery and art bar open by the end of April.
During his five-year stint as talent buyer at the Meadowlark, it was clear that Jonathan Bitz had a deep passion for the local scene, and as such, he helped cultivate a community of singer-songwriters, most notably with acts like Churchill and the Lumineers. Over the last three years or so, Bitz beg ... More >>
Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>
Science Partner had its origins as a solo side project of Tyler Despres of Dualistics. When that band split up due to half the band moving out of state for work and the like, Science Partner became Despres main creative focus. The early shows may have been more acoustic affairs, but last year, by th ... More >>
Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>
Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.
Jon SolomonHouses performing on the patio last year. Just into its third year, the outdoor stage at the Meadowlark (2701 Larimer Street) got its third noise violation from the city, which essentially means the bar can no longer hold shows outside. "It's been really emotional for everyone at ... More >>
This past February, when we started putting together the 2010 Westword Music Showcase, we posted an item asking you how we could improve our annual music festival, this year set for Saturday, June 19, in the Golden Triangle (if you haven't already purchased your tickets, you can still buy d ... More >>
There's a few ways to tell how good an open stage is going to be when you walk in. The most obvious, of course, is by the caliber of talent the night attracts, followed closely by how the number of people that have signed up to perform. To that end, Maria Kohler (Mercuria, Science Partner, ... More >>
Doug BeamSo a few weeks ago, I got a note from my pal Jonathan Bitz, who was raving about Jen Korte & the Loss's new record. In his succinct, inimitable, articulate style, he told me everything I needed to know about the album in the expanse of just five words: "absolutely beautiful. restrain ... More >>
I just received an email from Cowboy Curse's Benjamin Bergstrand, hipping me to an exciting showcase of frontmen-turned-singer-songwriters, coming up at the Meadowlark. Jonathan Bitz and the gang at the 'Lark have always gone out of their way to spotlight the talent of local sad bastards, but this o ... More >>
On the third day of an alcohol, caffeine, fat and sugar binge in the name of the winter solstice and some folks' savior, I'm feeling lethargic, unhealthy, dirty and startlingly unattractive. This is the stuff New Year's resolutions are made of. All I want to do is eat raw foods, spend four hours in ... More >>
As Eryc Eyl so astutely noted in his Mile High Makeout column today, it is indeed that time of year again, when fans, bloggers and pundits alike compile and weigh in on their top picks for the year. So far, we've stumbled upon a pair of lists, one from Julio Enriquez on his Cause=Time blog, as well ... More >>
Britt Rodemich, Ellison Park, Ian Cooke and Levi Weaver Friday, April 25, 2008 hi-dive Better Than: Enduring yet another uneventful happy hour. The matinee show is an idea whose time has come in Denver. Instead of doing happy hour and then heading home only to amble back out around nine or ten, how ... More >>
Jonathan Bitz creates a new night to keeps the spirit of A Moveable Feast alive.