No one in Denver works as hard -- or is in as much demand -- as Fury, the city's premier jungle DJ. In addition to spinning at several raves each month, DJ Fury maintains two weekly club residencies ("Breakdown" at the Snake Pit on Thursday nights and "The Globe" at Maximillian's on Tuesday nights). When he isn't heading up his own Reload Productions company, Fury also works as a resident DJ for Together Productions and L.A.'s Insomniac Productions, two of the biggest rave production companies in the nation. This year he gained representation by Champion Sound Management out of San Diego, which manages some of the biggest names in the national club scene; since then, the number of Fury's out-of-town bookings has soared. With a DJ mix CD forthcoming on local Terraform Records and several mix tapes in the works, Fury's pace is simply furious.
Owner Scott Heron has crammed his boombox with eras of rockabilly, blues and early country, from Bob Wills and Hank Williams to Elvis, Etta James and more. Johnny Cash and Johnny Horton share space with the Haywoods and Go Cat Go, pure proof that "rock and roll is here to stay."

Skylark Lounge
Owner Scott Heron has crammed his boombox with eras of rockabilly, blues and early country, from Bob Wills and Hank Williams to Elvis, Etta James and more. Johnny Cash and Johnny Horton share space with the Haywoods and Go Cat Go, pure proof that "rock and roll is here to stay."

Rarely do a squealer (Journey's Steve Perry) and a grunter (Fugazi's Ian MacKaye) lay side by side, but inside the jukebox at the Goosetown Tavern, everybody is friends! The diversity of the artists represented, from gutter punks to Motown divas, keeps the crowd interesting and interested. Goosetown regulars know that on any given night, the crowd can range from tattooed and pierced to moneyed and khakied. Note the framed painting of Gene Simmons above the right side of the bar. When a breeze rolls behind it, the canvas wobbles in and out, creating the illusion that Mean Gene is about to come down and lick you. And just wait until someone puts another dime in the jukebox, baby, and selects "Sweet Child O' Mine." You're sure to hear some of the finest Axl Rose impersonators tuning up for their ten-year reunions.

Goosetown Tavern
Rarely do a squealer (Journey's Steve Perry) and a grunter (Fugazi's Ian MacKaye) lay side by side, but inside the jukebox at the Goosetown Tavern, everybody is friends! The diversity of the artists represented, from gutter punks to Motown divas, keeps the crowd interesting and interested. Goosetown regulars know that on any given night, the crowd can range from tattooed and pierced to moneyed and khakied. Note the framed painting of Gene Simmons above the right side of the bar. When a breeze rolls behind it, the canvas wobbles in and out, creating the illusion that Mean Gene is about to come down and lick you. And just wait until someone puts another dime in the jukebox, baby, and selects "Sweet Child O' Mine." You're sure to hear some of the finest Axl Rose impersonators tuning up for their ten-year reunions.

Celebrating a pagan holiday in a former church may be sacrilegious, but that doesn't scare us. Denver's most ghoulish characters congregate at The Church on All Hallow's Eve: One Halloween bash turned up a seven-foot-tall creature (the guy somehow managed to dance on stilts all night), an ape-masked person with red lasers for eyes, and a dead ringer for Prince. The winner of the costume contest that year got to go on a trip to San Francisco, and the second-place winner got a couple hundred bucks. No bones about it: This is one hell of a good time.
The Church
Celebrating a pagan holiday in a former church may be sacrilegious, but that doesn't scare us. Denver's most ghoulish characters congregate at The Church on All Hallow's Eve: One Halloween bash turned up a seven-foot-tall creature (the guy somehow managed to dance on stilts all night), an ape-masked person with red lasers for eyes, and a dead ringer for Prince. The winner of the costume contest that year got to go on a trip to San Francisco, and the second-place winner got a couple hundred bucks. No bones about it: This is one hell of a good time.
Since he began hosting his weekly Acid Jams in the northerly mountain town of Nederland in 1996, promoter "Michigan Mike" Torpie has seen some mighty fine players wander up on stage and play improvisational music for eager, dancing crowds: Stanley Jordan did it once, and Tony Furtado's done it often, as have members of the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. In February Torpie celebrated the 200th installment of the series, a victory he marked by briefly extending its reach into Boulder's Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights. Jazzheads who can't get enough jam in their diet can access archives of past events and stream live broadcasts through Torpie's Web site, www.michiganmike.com. With Torpie around, there's plenty of fire on the mountain.
Since he began hosting his weekly Acid Jams in the northerly mountain town of Nederland in 1996, promoter "Michigan Mike" Torpie has seen some mighty fine players wander up on stage and play improvisational music for eager, dancing crowds: Stanley Jordan did it once, and Tony Furtado's done it often, as have members of the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. In February Torpie celebrated the 200th installment of the series, a victory he marked by briefly extending its reach into Boulder's Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights. Jazzheads who can't get enough jam in their diet can access archives of past events and stream live broadcasts through Torpie's Web site, www.michiganmike.com. With Torpie around, there's plenty of fire on the mountain.
The rowdy and experimental Harp Seal Piñatas don't quite have a cutesy handle that will endear them to animal-rights activists, but that's okay -- they've got a good beat.

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