"We're really surprised that it happened so quickly," says partner Tyson Murray. "We are a local-music venue first and foremost, but it's great that we've had so many national artists as well. It's about fifty-fifty, I'd say."
They've made a lot of changes to the physical space, too, opening a kitchen, putting in booths and adding windows to the front of the club. "We really want to be a comfortable neighborhood bar on one side, and a kick-ass music venue on the other," Murray says. The owners are confident that this is just the beginning for Bender's, which is very good news for the local-music scene.
Whiskey Bill's (7290 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood) is bringing true metal to that part of town with a new weekly feature on Thursdays. The night will showcase DJ Inferno (otherwise known as Ivan from Throcult) spinning all genres of metal -- death, black, doom, grind, thrash and heavy classics -- except for watered-down, radio-friendly metal.
Inferno says he started the metal night because there wasn't anything like it going on around town, and that when he walks into a bar, this is the kind of music he wants to hear. Whiskey Bill's will couple the music with two-for-one drink specials all night in hopes of drawing a larger crowd. And Inferno not only promises to play local music, he'll take requests.