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Denver DIY space Mouth House shut down, two of its tenants due in court today, a month later

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As for the alcohol, there was beer, but it wasn't being sold outright by the tenants. "The cops thought that they would find more -- they wanted to find more. Drugs, probably. And they didn't," the tenant notes. "So, it was really just the show. The cops said that they weren't here to bust the show; they were here for the alcohol. But we weren't running a speakeasy -- it was a donation thing, and there happened to be a keg. We never intended it to be like, '$5, here's your alcohol.' That was just a side aspect of it -- we were doing what we always do -- having a DIY show."

In its three years as Mouth House -- the address has had a handful of monikers and been home to other artist-collective living situations -- the space hosted hundreds of shows, giving local and national acts alike a place to put on all ages events. In its lifetime, diverse acts like White Lung, Sauna, Speedwolf and Chase Ambler crammed amplifiers and rowdy crowds into the living room that was known for welcoming anyone and everyone to join the party.

Mouth House was even a launch pad for comedy, as local comedic heroes The Fine Gentleman's Club utilized the house as one of many venues for its end-of-summer Too Much Funstival blowouts over the last three years.

FGC's Nathan Lund lived at Mouth House for a period of time, and had this to say about the notorious space:

" I moved in to Mouth House to save money after quitting my job at the Mayan. Sam (Tallent) and I each paid 123 bucks a month, plus maybe $15 or $20 more for utilities. You couldn't beat it, if you could deal with the potential for utter madness that comes with living with 17 people who are mostly 18 to 24 years old (I turned 30 while living there, ha ha.) Fortunately, I had started dating my girlfriend right before I moved in to Mouth House and so I wasn't there all the time. It would have been too much for me to have spent every night there, because of all the shows and parties and random people that wandered in and made it as fun and chaotic and exhausting as it was to be there.

I will say that it's a fucking bullshit sham of a shame that Mouth House was shut down. A lot of very talented musicians and comedians have lived and performed at Mouth House. It was a good thing, not a bad thing, and it should be allowed to continue to house talented young creative people. The DPD should catch a rapist or a murderer or the fucking sociopaths playing Knockout instead of weird kids putting on independent shows and supporting each other."

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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