After several years as a weekly dance party, Lipgloss will become a monthly event at Pearl's, with a monthly special event held at Bar Standard.
The last weekly Lipgloss will be held at Bar Standard on Friday, September 2, says Lipgloss founder Michael Trundle. Zia of the Dandy Warhols will deejay the unofficial Riot Fest pre-party, and tickets to Riot Fest will be given away. The first monthly Friday party at Pearl's will be on Friday, September 16, and the first monthly event at Bar Standard will be the Lipgloss Halloween party, featuring a Cut Copy DJ set, on Friday, October 28.
Lipgloss will still be free before 10 p.m. and $5 after, but tickets for the monthly Bar Standard event will vary based on the event and any special guest DJ involved. The reason for the change in focus and locations is both personal and based on the changing music landscape.
“It's been harder and harder to keep the night running successfully as a weekly over the last couple of years,” says Trundle. “There's a lot going on every night in Denver now, so there's a lot of competition. I've been watching other parties that I think are doing a great job and succeeding, and most of them are monthlies. I think it gives me the ability to better focus on each individual party rather than just getting into a grind and stressing about each weekly event."
Then there's the personal. "With a baby coming into my life, I need to do what it takes to reduce those stresses, and both Bar Standard and Pearl's have generously offered me the opportunity to move forward in a way that is best for me personally, and I think for Lipgloss' lasting success in the long run,” Trundle says.
That said, Lipgloss will remain essentially the event its fans have come to expect. “Pearl's will focus very much on the traditional Lipgloss experience of the last decade and a half,” says Trundle. “Myself and local DJs in the booth, music that doesn't typically get played in clubs, and a raucous good time where the best bad decisions get made. The Lipgloss events at Bar Standard will pretty much be the same deal, except we'll be more event- and special-artist driven there and be able to throw the party whenever it makes sense each particular month.”