Earlier this year, I made a commitment to broaden my horizons. I said I'd catch music in different genres and at different venues than I normally frequent. I didn't set any specific measurable goals to correspond with this resolution, but I think I've been fairly successful. For example, last month, I caught some bands at the fabled Herman's Hideaway for the first time. Last week, I enjoyed drinks (and the cacophony of the piano bar) on the patio at Charlie Brown's. And last Friday, I had my inaugural experience at the LIFEspot in Centennial. That last one was nothing like what I'd expected.
In case you're not under 21, I'll give you a little background. LIFEspot is a teen outreach and community center, started by St. Andrew Methodist Church and nestled inconspicuously into a strip mall on University Boulevard and Dry Creek Road. Yep, it's way out in the 'burbs, but that hasn't stopped the venue from giving birth to a passionate, pubescent scene -- one that has launched bands like Breathe Carolina, the Chain Gang of 1974, the Axe That Chopped the Cherry Tree and many, many more. Ever since I wrote a Mile High Makeout about the Band Formerly Known as Prince, I've been hoping to catch that young band's admittedly derivative but thoroughly addictive party jams live, and it appeared that LIFEspot was the place to do it.
That sounds reasonable.
That's when things got weird.
...to be continued in a later edition of the Mile High Makeout.
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