Here's Where Live Music Is Happening in Denver

The Boulder Theater reopens in February...but not like this.
The Boulder Theater reopens in February...but not like this. Courtesy of Boulder Theater
COVID-19 restrictions were just lowered to Level Yellow, and music venues around Denver and surrounding suburbs have started hosting live bands again, with limited capacities. Most venues have irregular hours, and all have strict safety protocols, so be sure to reach out to the individual venues to see how things work and to ensure there are no calendar changes. We'll be updating this list weekly. Here's where live music is happening, with some updates at the top:

New and Upcoming Openings:

Black Sheep
2106 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs

Black Sheep in Colorado Springs reopens on February 4 with a double feature of Superbad and Booksmart, Freaky Fridays DJ night with Bstro on February 5, and the Go With the Flow livestream on February 6.

Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street, Boulder

Foxfeather's concert marks the return of live music at the Boulder Theater in late February. There are quite a few shows lined up over the next months, including Martin Sexton, the Oteil Burbridge Trio, Moon Hooch and Dead Floyd.

Muse Performance Space
200 East South Boulder Road, Lafayette

The Lafayette jazz venue has been hosting livestreams over the past year, and recently opened for live shows as well, welcoming up to ten people per concert.

Takoda Tavern
12365 Pine Bluffs Way, Parker

Live music returns to the Parker bar and restaurant over the last weekend in February with Bad Candy.

Previously Announced:

Aggie Theater
204 South College Avenue, Fort Collins

Concerts are lined up from February through April at the historic downtown Fort Collins venue.

Antero Hall
9890 West Girton Drive, Lakewood

The 9,000-square-foot live-music venue is gradually bringing back shows, while also preparing to record and stream them in the near future. Karaoke nights on Wednesdays have returned, as well.

Appaloosa Grill
535 16th Street Mall, #110
Live music starts 8 p.m. every night of the week.

Black Box
314 East 13th Avenue
The underground electronic-music venue brings in local talent as well as select national headliners for live shows; it has also started incorporating livestreams.

Buffalo Rose
1119 Washington Avenue, Golden
While some February concerts have been pushed back to May, there are still a few on the books.

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom and the Other Side
2635 Welton Street

There are a number of shows lined up at both Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom and the Other Side through March and a few in April and May.

11964 Washington, Northglenn

The Northglenn rock venue hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays and has a few tribute bands set to play in January.

The Clocktower Cabaret
1601 Arapahoe Street

The Clocktower Cabaret, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary this year, reopens with limited live shows beginning Valentine’s weekend.

1512 Curtis Street

The jazz venue is back to hosting concerts and also livestreaming in-person shows.

Dirty Dogs Roadhouse
17999 West Colfax Avenue, Golden

The Golden biker bar has been booking singer-songwriters.

Fraco's Bar and Live Music
5302 South Federal Circle, Littleton

The music venue and bar (formerly the Toad Tavern) has a few rock shows on its calendar.

Gerard's Pool Hall
1305 26th Street
Trumpeter, keyboardist and singer Wes Watkins plays (very) limited-capacity shows from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street

The Globeville music venue and barbecue joint has many shows lined up through the end of April, including Waxcat, New Ben Franklins, Holdfast and Moon Hooch.

60 South Broadway
The venue, which recently opened in the former 3 Kings Lounge space, hosts Spellbound goth DJ nights on Sundays, Mutiny Information Cafe owners spinning vinyl the first Thursdays of the month, and karaoke nights on Wednesdays starting in February.

Herman’s Hideaway
1578 South Broadway

The long-running venue, which serves Ms. Porky's barbecue, has multi-band bills lined up into June.

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
3636 Chestnut Place

The RiNo distillery and restaurant hosts outdoor socially distanced live concerts from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturdays through February 27.

Jake’s Roadhouse
5980 Lamar Street, Arvada

Jake's hosts live acts on Saturday nights and on Sunday afternoons, while karaoke starts at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Larimer Lounge
2721 Larimer Street

Larimer Lounge has many shows booked through March. Cocktail-ledge tickets for two people as well as tables for four and six people are available for concerts.

Lincoln Station
9360 Station Street, Suite 175, Lone Tree
A coffee shop and pizza place hosts live music and comedy open-mic nights.

Lost Lake
3602 East Colfax Avenue

Lost Lake, which recently reopened, has concerts booked through March. The venue has partnered with nearby Machete Tequila + Tacos, and guests can order food directly from their phones with no delivery fee.

Mercury Cafe
2199 California Street
Gabe Gravagno leads jazz jams starting at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, jazz pianist Sam Amable starts at 8 p.m. on Fridays, and classically trained guitarist Grisha Nisnevich plays at 3 p.m. on Sundays. An open mic for musicians starts at 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Moe’s Original BBQ and Bowl
3295 South Broadway, Englewood

Live concerts return to Moe's in early February with rock and tribute acts lined up through mid-March so far.

Moxi Theater
802 9th Street, Greeley

The downtown Greeley venue has a few shows booked through March as well as Metalachi in August.

1330 27th Street
The RiNo jazz venue has shows five nights a week.

Number Thirty Eight
3560 Chestnut Place
The new RiNo bar, restaurant and music venue has been hosting shows on its outdoor stage since October. Outdoor concerts are booked Thursdays through Sunday. Reservations via OpenTable are recommended.

Oriental Theater
4335 West 44th Avenue

The venue has a variety of concerts booked through February with a focus on local bands.

Q's Pub & Grille
10133 West Chatfield Avenue, Littleton

The Littleton bar and restaurant recently started live music again and is bringing in bands like JK4 (Jakarta four-piece band), Woodland Park and Guild of Ages. Capacity is limited to fifty people, but there is additional seating in heated outdoor areas.

Tailgate Tavern
19552 East Main Street, Parker
Tailgate hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays on its patio stage. The spot also has patio heaters and fire-pit tables.

So Many Roads Museum and Brewery
918 West First Avenue

The Grateful Dead-centric bar hosts Hunter Graham Band on Wednesdays, Dueling Dead on Thursdays, and other acts throughout the week.

Wash Park Grill
1096 South Gaylord Street
The bar and restaurant near Washington Park hosts live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Reservations are recommended because of limited seating capacity inside. The music can still be heard on the west patio and in the street seating section.

The Venue
1451 Cortez Street
The Venue's hosting A Hell of a Valentine's Day Party (with music and burlesque) set for February 6, and Trapt, L.A. Guns and Pretty Boy Floyd in March.

Your Mom’s House
608 East 13th Avenue

The Capitol Hill venue reopened in early January and is doing rock and electronica multi-band bills nearly every day of the week. 

Do you know of a venue with live music that isn't on this list? Send us the details at [email protected]
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Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
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