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Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex Begin Residency at La Cour Bistro

Ever Saturday starting December 3, Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex will perform at a "Denver brunch" from 4 to 6 p.m. at La Cour Bistro, 1643 South Broadway. What's a Denver brunch, and why does this particular one start so late? The event encourages attendees to "wake, bake" and stop by La Cour for a sunset "peace jam" complete with toast, coffee and "an audio/visual atmosphere."

The band's current members are Hagerty, Charles Ballas and Eric Van Leuven. Some may know Ballas from his time in experimental music projects like Multicast and Dan'l Boone, and Van Leuven from playing drums in dream-pop band Breezy Porticos and feminist punk bands Cavity and Anti-Scrunti Faction. Hagerty is a respected musician and a former member of Pussy Galore and Royal Trux. Given the diverse background of the band's members and Hagerty's penchant for reinvention, the ongoing residency should prove to be fertile ground for some inspired experimentation.

Hagerty and company have left instructions on their website to take the Route 0 Bus on Broadway to the Mexico Avenue stop and to “escape to Denver” by indulging in some marijuana and joining the band for the show. Didn't bring your own pot? No problem; there are loads of dispensaries in the area.

Given recent events, a "peace jam" seems appropriate and necessary.
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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.