Boulder isn’t the only town changing its local club scene.
Denver’s been going through its own club renaissance, as smaller promoters shift away from the larger concert groups and start running their own shows.
Will this shake things up?
Here’s the fall scoop on Denver’s clubs:
Summit Music Hall
Where: 1902 Blake St., Denver
Local promoters Soda Jerk Presents have been busy stocking Denver and Boulder clubs with indie music talent.
The company started out bringing bands to other clubs, then got savvy and took over its own Marquis Theater in LoDo. Now Soda Jerk’s opened the nearby Summit Music Hall.
“We just opened up the Summit Music Hall,” Soda Jerk owner Mike Barsch said. “It’s really a giant room, so we have the main concert venue and bar area at the back of the room called the Base Camp.
“The main room holds 1,000 and the Base Camp holds about 300. That’s where we’ll hold smaller shows.”
Barsch said his company had been looking for a larger concert hall.
“We always want to own and operate our own venues,” Barsch said. “It was a matter of finding the right venue at the right location. The Summit Music Hall is right downtown and right near Coors Field.
“The new room puts us on direct competition with the Ogden and the Gothic. Because the room is so large, it allows us to do any kind of event.”
Barsch said the Summit will bring diverse music to Denver.
“We’re going to bring in whatever sells 1,000 tickets,” Barsch said. “It’s time for us to move forward, so we’re going to booking Americana and jam bands, too. This will add more options to the market.”
The Gothic and Moe’s
Gothic Theatre: 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood
Web: www. gothictheatre.com
Moe’s Original BBQ: 3295 S. Broadway, Englewood
Live Nation and Soda Jerk pulled out of Englewood’s Gothic Theatre, so now the venue’s changing gears and operating as an indie promoter.
The Gothic has the same ownership as neighboring Moe’s Original BBQ, so the clubs are now teaming up to book shows. Moe’s will cater to local and up-and-coming bands, while the larger Gothic will bring in major touring acts.
Danny Sax has worked with the University of Colorado’s Program Council and Live Nation, and now he’s a talent buyer for both the Gothic and Moe’s.
“The time was right for these venues to be totally independent,” Sax said. “We just put a brand new sound system into Moe’s and we’re going to make it a place where bands can grow. We’re going to book everything from indie to punk.
“The Gothic holds 600-700, and we’re going to have the room focus on national acts and larger local bands. We’re also going to have a giant local music festival at the Gothic on Labor Day weekend.
Sax said his venues are ready to compete in the Denver market.
“Our goal at the clubs is to create the best possible interaction between the artists and the audience,” Sax said. “We’re open to booking anything and we’re going to keep an open mind.
“We’re going to carve out our own scene, and really support and develop artists.”
Other Denver venues
Fillmore Auditorium: 1510 Clarkson St., Denver; 800-745-3000. The Fillmore brings in a variety of larger indie rock, jam and rock bands to its gaping ballroom.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre: Morrison; 800-745-3000. Red Rocks hosts major touring acts from the spring to the fall in its picturesque 9,000-seat setting.
Ogden Theatre: 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 800-745-3000. The Ogden brings in indie rock, hip-hop and jam bands to its mid-size room.
Larimer Lounge: 2721 Larimer St., Denver; 303-291-1007. The Larimer Lounge hosts indie rock and alt bands of all kinds. The small room is one of the best places to see breaking acts.
Bluebird Theater: 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; 303-377-1666. The Bluebird is an intimate-sized room that features indie, rock, reggae and hip-hop shows.
Cervantes/The Other Side: 2637 Welton St., Denver; 303-297-1772. The adjacent clubs are also independently owned, and bring in a variety of indie, jam, reggae and hip-hop acts.
hi-dive: 7 S. Broadway, 720-570-4500. The hi-dive is a favorite room in town to check out indie rock and alt-folk bands on the rise.