By all accounts, the first installment of the Colorado Music Gear Swap Meet at Cervantes' yesterday was a success. The two-level venue was buzzing with activity through most of the afternoon as vendors and gearheads alike made conversation, purchases and trades of everything from keytars to sitars. Vendors included well known local music shops like Rupp's Drums and Kolacny Music, as well as specialized shops like Broken String Guitars -- whose owner, Chris Nasca, came up from Salida to display his vintage wares. We stopped by the event yesterday, which our own Dutch Seyfarth helped organized, and took some pictures. Read the full rundown on our Show and Tell blog.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.