See also: Welcome to the new Deadbeat Club.
Since the original Deadbeat Club closed in early 2000, the space at 4040 East Evans Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations, especially over the last five years, when it's operated under various names, including Posh Ultra Lounge, Skin and Club Next. But now bass-centric Step Nightclub has moved into the space and will be celebrating its grand opening this Friday, May 4, with Florida-based drum-and-bass DJ AK1200.
"Really, we're just trying to be a venue that gives people an alternative place to go," owner Ryan Kirk says. "You've got Beta and the SoCo clubs that are dominating the EDM scene in Denver. We're trying to be really the first dubstep, broken-beats-centric club in Denver. It's tough, because we're trying to be the giant-killer."
Kirk says they have a pool of forty DJs to choose from -- some up-and-coming DJs new to the scene, as well as more experienced ones that already have their following -- to spin on Thursday and Friday nights, when the scene is more local-centric. On Saturdays, the club, which holds 1,200, will sometimes feature nationally known DJs.
While the space has gotten a bad rap over the past few years, one of the biggest things Kirk is trying to do is to change people's perception of the spot and to keep it safe. "That's our biggest battle, believe it or not -- just getting people to understand we are a different place now," he says. "We're under new ownership. The previous owners would re-brand the place but not do anything different; they'd just put a new sign up. I think once they see it, they're going to want to come back."
Tickets for the grand opening are $25 at the door (VIP tickets are $50) and can also be purchased here. On Saturday, May 5, Step is bringing in 6Blocc, Wabberjocky, Pnut and Need & Necessity.
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