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Photos: First look at the 1Up Colfax, renamed bar and music venue's grand opening tonight

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"We changed the name for consistency and brand recognition," says Craig Bailey, who handles promotion and marketing for the clubs. "It's easier and more effective to promote one brand, two locations, than two brands, two locations. Many didn't realize that the 1Up and former the 2Up were owned/operated by the same person."

While the 1Up Colfax has more than fifty vintage arcade games and multiple pinball games, the space will now be bringing a number of local and national acts. After Yamn plays tonight, Raw Card headlines tomorrow night, followed by two nights of Cosby Sweater and Jet Edison. On Monday, December 30, Umphrey's McGee takes a break from its three-night Fillmore New Year's run to play a private show at the 1Up - Colfax. On New Year's Eve, it's Mux Mool, Mikey Thunder, Krooked Drivers, Artifakts, The BeatServer, Deluxe and a special surprise headliner.

The bar and the hallway in the music venue both pay homage the former porn store with Kitty's signs. Thornton-based Brown Note Productions, who work with some heavies like STS9, set up the sound and lighting system for the venue.

"As a lover of music, I wanted to create a special space that both fans and artists would be passionate about," Adler says. "Too often fan and artist experiences get lost in the business model. We took a different approach and thought of them with every decision. Everything from the sound and lights to the amenities and post show entertainment. I created the place I'd want to go to."

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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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