Bartender Blogs: Sonnenblume and the Denver Music Scene
Sometimes I think Denver doesn’t deserve some of the bands that reside here. The local support is at times pitiful. Why is that when a booking agent puts together a very respectable local line-up like last Sundays Benefit for Rich People at the Larimer – which had some of the best local music – less than a hundred people show up to the event?
I think it’s because Denver’s average music fan is a four-show-a-year music idiot. This person will go to more festivals in a year than local shows – has a 60 gig iPod full of music, but only listens to two or three artists over and over.
Bands like Sonnenblume, who played last Sunday at the Larimer, should be a source of pride for Denver, but instead they get to play in front of roughly a dozen people. It’s insulting to the band and to the Denver music scene.
I have never lived in a city bigger than Denver. I don’t know if a band like Sonnenblume would draw better crowds in New York or LA. One thing is clear to me – Denver doesn’t have enough live music fans.
Denver has enough bands that a person could go see a show every single night this week and not be disappointed. As a bartender at the Larimer, I see at minimum two shows a week, but sometimes I have streaks where I see a show every night of the week. I know for a fact that Ric Baca – pop music critic for the Denver Post – will go on month-long streaks of shows every single night and he loves it.
Some people might call that excessive, but I think if you really love music, why wouldn’t you want to see shows every single night? Local show ticket prices are rarely over $10 if you’re worried about money. More importantly, you are giving life to an art form that has been tirelessly produced for your enjoyment.
Plus, it’s fun. Last Sunday, for example, we had the Donnybrook writers and staff attempting the Century Club (100 shots of beer in 100 minutes) and they all gave up at 60 – Timmy puked at less than 40. I made jalapeño infused vodka for my special “Brutal Marys.” Mike Marchant, Grant Israel and Sam Mcnitt (Rowboat) played intimate acoustic sets on the patio. A few people even dressed up.
The point is – go see more shows, you fuckers. Do it before all the good bands leave Denver.
Keep drinking and rocking,