Once home to DIY venue Blast-O-Mat, Seventh Circle started with the mission to provide a safe space for all sorts of music and a meeting place for cultural and artistic endeavors. The spot, Denver's strongest and longest-running aboveground DIY space, books as many as five a shows a week, including local acts, obscure touring bands and occasionally a big-name artist looking to play in a community-run venue.
Pavilion Amphitheatre at the Stanley Hotel
The Stanley, the reportedly haunted Estes Park hotel that served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, has hosted a handful of concerts over the past few years. Earlier this year, the Stanley opened a beautiful new venue, the Pavilion Amphitheater, and last month, AEG Presents Rocky Mountains inked a deal with the hotel to book sixty events per year. Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Murder by Death, Los Lonely Boys, Guster and others are slated to play at the Stanley this winter.
Swallow Hill Music
While Swallow Hill Music has been educating students at its music school for the past four decades, its three venues bring in some of world’s best folk and roots acts and singer-songwriters. Acoustic Eidolon, Cheryl Wheeler, Sons and Brothers, Julie Geller and Harry Tuft (founder of the Denver Folklore Center) are just a few of the acts scheduled to play there this winter.
Syntax Physic Opera
Now in its fifth year, the cozy Syntax Physic Opera is an ideal spot for checking out an assortment of local acts and regular dance parties, including Mile High Soul Club, Funk Club and Weird Touch. The music venue, eatery and art bar also hosts one of the best singer-songwriter open-mic nights in town, as well as weekly comedy open-mic nights and jazz jams.