Music News

Waterloo is an unlikely home for music royalty in Louisville, Colorado

Before he moved to Colorado in the late '90s to help open the Whole Foods store on Pearl Street in Boulder, Louis Karp opened Waterloo Records in Austin, a spot that went on to become one of the most successful independent record stores in the nation. Karp also had a few decades of music-industry experience under his belt, both in management and production, having worked with acts like Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M. and k.d. lang.

Growing up in that musical environment made Karp's son, Josh, the music lover that he is. "We've been going to concerts since we were little babies," Josh says. "We always got backstage and free tickets. I can't complain."

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jon Solomon writes about music and nightlife for Westword, where he's been the Clubs Editor since 2006.
Contact: Jon Solomon