Editor's note: No doubt the Mile High music scene is rich these days, thanks to its fans, bookers, promoters, musicians, sound engineers, techs and the like. And we're grateful for all the people who make it what it is. Each month we'll introduce you to five people doing the most for music in this city. Here are five (listed in no particular order).
Singer-songwriter Coles Whalen, who made a career as a touring musician crooning in Borders Bookstores nationwide before the chain collapsed, writes educational music for children all while baring her soul as a lyricist and performer. This year she shared her experience with stalking with Westword and used her struggles to spark urgent conversations about sexual assault, harassment and abuse in the music community — all before the #MeToo movement dominated social-media conversations and headlines nationwide. Most recently, her story inspired promoters at the Walnut Room to organize a meet-up: Better Policies and Safer Gigs for Women, which will launch in 2018.
Levitt Pavilion is among the greatest venues to arrive in Denver in the past decade. Chris Zacher, the brains behind the nonprofit outdoor music venue that hosts dozens of free concerts each year, has been hustling nonstop to make the project happen. He's wrangled with politicians and shmoozed with donors. With a laid-back front and a tireless work ethic, he demonstrates what's possible when Denver's music community dreams big.