High Plains Underground Archive

Highlights of the Underground Scene During Denver Music's Dark Ages

Editor: Please see the Author's note on this new photo-driven series at the end of this article.

In this second part (read part one here) of the Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages, we're going to use a few bands of the era to spotlight some of the important venues. Not every band played every venue and as a band you often had to seek out new places to perform if you wanted to play to a different crowd or more than once per month. By November 2003, the hi-dive opened its doors and provided a place for bands playing original music. More venues with similar mindsets opened, and more bands formed to play them, effectively ended what is somewhat humorously referred to here as Denver Music's Dark Ages.

See also: The Underground Bands of Denver Music's Dark Ages: Part One.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.