Five best midsize venues in LoDo and Ballpark

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With the recent opening of the 500-capacity Roxy Theatre, which will be now be primarily a live music venue, LoDo and the Ballpark neighborhood are suddenly brimming with midsize venues. With so many fine rooms to choose from, now seemed to be a fitting time to us to offer up a rundown of each place and give you an idea where they rank.

5. Roxy Theatre

While it's still has to prove its worth, the newly revamped 500-person Roxy Theatre has potential. A new thumping sound system was installed, as well as a new lighting rig, and new owner Travis Ragan, who runs it with Ivan Ovchinnikov, says some people are saying the venue has never looked better. The two, who also own Strong Survive Promotionz, are bringing in national and local hip-hop acts, but Ragan says they're open to all genres of music.

4. Casselman's Bar & Venue

While Casselman's took a while to get its legs, the place has been transformed into a solid spot for live music over the last few years with the addition of a new sound system and a killer lighting rig. The 9,000-square-foot venue can accommodate close to a thousand people standing in the back room, as well as another few hundred in the front section. The venue brings a decent of variety of acts, including both local and national rock and hip-hop groups, and is also an ideal spot for corporate events and parties.

3. Marquis Theater

The folks at Soda Jerk Presents, who oversees the Marquis Theater, definitely have a handle on what the kids like. One of the most populuar all-ages venues in town, the venue keeps the teenagers coming back with a steady stream of national and local punk, rock and hip-hop acts. While the sound system rocks and the sight lines are pretty good around the place, it can be a bit tough to see the full band if you're in the 21-and-over section. But the caliber of bands more than makes up for it.

2. Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

With a number of renovations to Cervantes' Masterpiece over the past two years, including upgrades to the sound system, the 900-person room has become one of the better spots to see live music north of downtown. The venue has become a mecca of sorts for the jam-tronica, dubstep and reggae sets. Since dialing in the sound and lighting, the ballroom has become a killer venue.

1. Summit Music Hall

While the folks at Soda Jerk Presents already had the Marquis Theater at the edge of LoDo and the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, they still wanted a bigger venue of their own where they could put larger-drawing acts, which were previously booked at various bigger venues around town. So last year, Mike Barsch and company took over the former Bash nightclub space at 1902 Blake Street and transformed the 12,500-square-foot venue into a first-class music venue with top-notch lighting and sound rigs, making it the best room in all of LoDo and Ballpark.

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