Sunday, December 10, 2017

#SeenOnColfax Mike Watt!

Last night's show at the Lion's Lair with the legendary Mike Watt! He gave a brilliant performance for this show, it was his Mother's Birthday after all!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Squire Market

The old sign for the Squire Market, on Glencoe Street and Colfax Avenue, as it was being torn down. (photo courtesy Erick Roorda)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum: T.J. Miller

East High School Grad T.J. Miller, you are hereby inducted into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum. Not so much for your acting, but more for having survived a weekend at the Holiday Chalet with your wedding party.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

West Colfax Overpass

Aerial View of Denver Looking East. Featuring the magnificent Valley Highway, and the famous West Colfax Overpass, 1960s.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Mat Kearney coming to the Fillmore Auditorium, March 3, 2018

Fillmore Auditorium
Saturday, March 3
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 7:00 pm

  Mat Kearney Announces 2018 Album Title CRAZYTALK with News of the “CRAZYTALK TOUR” Kicking-Off February 19th in the Pacific Northwest
Kearney Dropped New Single “Better Than I Used to Be” November 10th via Caroline

Mat Kearney is excited to reveal the title of his forthcoming new album – CRAZYTALK – today with news of a 2018 US headlining tour that has Andrew Belle as main support. The “CRAZYTALK TOUR” is a two-month long run that kicks off the third week of February in the Pacific Northwest before wrapping in the Southwest with three Texas shows. Pre-sales are November 29th and 30th with the official on-sale date December 1st. 
News of the 2018 tour comes on the heels of Kearney releasing new single “Better Than I Used to Be” via his new partnership with Caroline.  The song, which is a collaboration between Mat and electronic producer AFSHeeN (GalantisSelena GomezMadonna), is the first song to be released from Kearney’s forthcoming album CRAZYTALK and his first new music since 2015’s Just Kids. “Better Than I Used to Be” has already racked up nearly 500K plays on Spotify where it hit #27 on the Viral 50 Chart and CRAZYTALK is poised to be Kearney’s best album yet. 
Mat Kearney is no stranger to the road and over the years has joined NEEDTOBREATHE for their annual “Tour de Compadres” and has shared the stage with John MayerKelly ClarksonTrain and Florence and the Machine among others. Kearney is excited to hit the road in 2018 with a new label partner as well as new management. At the end of 2016 Kearney signed with Big Loud Management (Florida Georgia LineChris Lane) who just announced a merger with Maverick last week. While Maverick is excited to expand their Nashville footprint, Big Loud is looking to enhance the careers of Kearney and their other non-country artists. 
Check for the most up-to-date information on the new album. 

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 – 3000.   
Tickets are $29.75 GA ADV and $35.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.  
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Winning Coiffures

Rosalyn Redwine, a Colorado native, has owned and operated Winning Coiffures at 6115 E. Colfax Avenue since Oct. 22, 1979. Here's a photo celebrating their 10th Anniversary in business back in 1989.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Get Drunk with Scrooge this Holiday Season

Audcious & Fiction Beer Company Host “Drunk Christmas”

This year a local theatre company is putting a boozy spin on everybody’s favorite Christmas tale. Join the drunken cast for a beer at Fiction Beer Company as they teach Scrooge a lesson about Christmas and all its “spirits”. Drunk Christmas will be a shortened version of Charles Dicken’s classic, and is part of Audacious Theatre’s holiday fundraiser. The festive evening will include raffles, baked goods, and Christmas Karaoke.  

This production is directed by Bethany Richardson, and the cast includes Logan Custer, Joey Laughlin, Ren Manley, Dylan Nevergall, Andrew Norman & Elizabeth Porter.

Audacious Theatre is a new performance group that seeks to create innovative and immersive theatrical events that engage all of the senses.

Drunk Christmas will only perform for 2-nights at Fiction Beer Company at 7101 E Colfax Ave Dec. 15 & 16  at 8:00 p.m.  Limited reserved seating is available for $15 and pay-what-you-can admission is available first come, first served. For tickets and more information, visit

Audacious Theatre presents
Drunk Christmas
It’s Dickens. Drunk.
Dec. 15-16 @ 8:00 p.m.
Fiction Beer Company, 7101 E Colfax Ave, Denver
Tickets $0-$15
Baked Goods & Beer available. All ages, must be 21+ to drink

Friday, December 1, 2017

Miss Colfax December 2017 - Amanda Partridge

Miss Colfax December 2017, Amanda Partridge, is a big fan of Frank Sinatra, so I knew right where to take her on Colfax Avenue: the mid-century wonder that is Bastien's Restaurant. She is also the founder of a fun event raising money for a great cause: Redheads Unite! Photos by Jonny Barber, on his iPhone 6.

Founded in 1937, Bastien's is celebrating 80 years in business this year! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Hey Jonny,

I saw the article in the LA Times today, and it reminded me of a story.

My mom, Betty Cohen, was born in Denver 1907 and lived with her parents at 2704 Marion St. After her parents divorced, she lived for a time at the Clifton Hughes Training School for Girls, which I tried to find on a visit last summer, but it's now a park.

She described "Clifton" as a Methodist boarding school, which must have influenced her theology a bit!

She said she used to pray that if her parents got back together, she would "go down to Colfax and convert all the Jews."

Thanks for your great work.

Don't Agonize — Organize!

Alan Weiner

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame: Bill Frisell

Today we are inducting legendary guitarist/East High graduate Bill Frisell into the Colfax Avenue Walk of Fame and Museum, and this poster is going on the wall. My favorite work of his was with the Ginger Baker Trio. One of their albums was called "Falling Off the Roof", and I was actually at Ginger Baker's house when he fell off the roof.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, taken soon after construction was completed. (Louis Charles McClure/Denver Public Library/Western History Collection/MCC-1920)

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Story of Modern East Denver by Phil Goodstein

Phil Goodstein, The Story of Modern East Denver: Magnificent Mayfair, Beautiful Bellevue, Hale, Hilltop, Hospitals.  Denver: New Social Publications, 2017.  ISBN 0–9860748–3–7.  vi + 474 pp.  Illustrations.  Index.  $24.95.

Nobody has written more about Colfax than Phil Goodstein.  In such volumes as the Ghosts of Denver, The Denver Civic Center, and North Side Story, he has looked at the character of the road between Colorado Boulevard west to the city limits at Sheridan Boulevard.  His Park Hill Promise covers the north side of the street from Colorado Boulevard to Syracuse Street.  Now he has added to this by focusing on the south side of Colfax between Colorado Boulevard and Monaco Street Parkway in The Story of Modern East Denver: Magnificent Mayfair, Beautiful Bellevue, Hale, Hilltop, Hospitals.

When residential development started to emerge east of Colorado Boulevard near Colfax in the 1880s, Colfax was still something of a rural road.  A branch of the Mayfair Ditch ran along it, eventually draining into City Park.  Efforts soon saw the extension of streetcar lines east of York Street.  Businesses popped up on the boulevard near substantial houses.  In 1902, the Denver Orphans’ Home occupied its new premises at the northwest corner of Colfax Avenue and Albion Street.  For a while, it had a school of its own, Albion Street, across the road at the northeast corner of the intersections.

In the course of the mid-20th century, Colfax east of Colorado Boulevard was an exemplar of middle-class retail.  Some stores, such as the Dolly Madison at Colfax Avenue and Forest Street and the nearby Colfax Radio & Appliance at 5128 Colfax Avenue were crucial parts of the city’s business scene.  The Mayfair Shopping Center at 14th Avenue and Krameria Street, opened in 1951, was once the city’s busiest shopping center.  It blended it with stores on Colfax.  Among them was the city’s leading toy store, Guys and Dolls, at the southeast corner of Krameria Street next to a Walgreens.

During much of the 20th century, Colfax was a premier automobile-oriented boulevard.  Not only were there numerous filling stations along the road, but such new car dealers as Empire Olds, Seifert Pontiac, and Deane Buick were on the arterial.  So were car washes, body shops, car rental agencies, and tire dealerships.  As The Story of Modern East Denver notes, such businesses are still part of the fabric of Colfax.

Business improvement and leadership has been another Colfax theme.  In the mid-20th century, the East Denver Civic Association claimed ownership of the strip.  Then, in the 1980s, groups such as Colfax United and Colfax to the Limits emerged, seeking to forge business partnerships to improve the image of the famed arterial.  The 21st century, as the volume observes, has been marked by the formation of the Fax Partnership and the Colfax–Mayfair Business Improvement District.

This is but the beginning of the volume’s wide-ranging emphasis on Colfax.  Included is the time when stripper joints invaded the road in the 1970s, followed by used bookstores in the 1980s.  The Story of Modern East Denver highlights both achievements and failures.  Not only does it address the people who have lived nearby, but it is a balanced measure of what Colfax has been all about.  Anybody interested in the road will want to read it.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cahoots - Legend of the Parlangua

Cahoots was a house band in Aurora Colorado in the mid-eighties. They played at a historic country music club called Four Seasons. The band was fronted by Lloyd Barnett, an talented songwriter and performer. His wife Annie backed him on vocals and did lead on several songs.

The Cahoots band was comprised of Lloyd Barnett (bass, vocals and wrote most of the songs), Ann Marie Barnette (his wife and singer), Willy Angel (lead guitar), Mac Eisensohn (drums), Vaughn Meyer (keyboards) and a few others. The group broke up after recording the Legend of the Parlanqua.

Many people confuse this band with other similarly named groups. This is not the group named IN CAHOOTS based in England. Also, it is not the Cajun band named The Cahoots. (Legend of the Parlangua song was released in the 1983. The cajun band "Cahoots" didn't get together until 1997.)

Because the lyrics of the Legend of the Parlangua deal with the theme of the Louisiana Swamps, many people think it was recorded by a Cajun band. However, it was actually recorded by a Colorado based band.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Aurora Pharmacy/Distillery

Another Classic Colfax story! Gustin was only a doctor at the Aurora Pharmacy on East Colfax and Dayton Street for a year, before being arrested for selling whiskey and leaving town. (Photo courtesy the Colfax Museum)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Senator Bob Hagedorn visits the Colfax Museum

Former Colorado State Senator Bob Hagedorn stopped by the Colfax Museum for a preview today. He’s the one who introduced the resolution in the 1990’s that designated Colfax Avenue as a Heritage Corridor!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grand Opening of the Colfax Museum!

Great news! The Colfax Museum, dedicated to Historic Route 40, Schuyler Colfax, and the longest, wickedest (as in awesome) street in America that bears his name, Colfax Avenue, opens 11/18/2017! Join us 2:00-5:00pm on Saturday to celebrate the accomplishment, at 6109 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver. Please also join us on our Facebook page for our hours and the latest information.

We have an extensive collection of rare and one-of-a-kind items, and a very good friend of ours has offered up a lovely space for us to begin the genesis of what will become the Ultimate Colfax Museum Experience. The call went out the length of Colfax and the only one to step up to the plate was Lydia Mary of Ed Moore Florist and More, who offered the museum its' first home. We had to start out relatively small, but there is still a ton to see! Write us if you have photos, film, video, stories, postcards, memorabilia, etc. that you are willing to donate to the cause at info(at) Thanks!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Charlie Chan Village

Today a great mystery was solved. For years I had been trying to track down an old East Colfax motel called Charlie Chan Village. In my mind, I saw something mythical, like Grauman's Chinese Theater. The good news is Jennifer and Bonnie at the Aurora History Museum found something about it today! The (not so bad I guess) news is that it was a laundry service...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ms. C's

By Daniel M.

Are you kidding me that no one has Yelped C's yet? (7900 E. Colfax Avenue)

For shame Denver.  For shame.

This place is the most shit-kickin', ghetto-fabulous, country western(ish), lesbian dive bar in the world.  Ok, that's a pretty grand claim, so I'll limit the scope to Denver.  This place is the most (see above) in Denver.

Make no mistake, the place is a hole but that adds to its charm.  There are pool tables, darts, pitchers, and line dancing, (natch) and the place can get crazy busy.  Prepare for a truly random listening experience as you'll hear everything from Barry White to The Dixie Chicks.  They also take requests.  (I found it handy to add an extra L and E to the end of my name.  Do with that what you will.)

For the most part the clientele is laid-back and chill to be around.  To be fair, I have been attacked by angry lesbians who don't understand this 'mos deep love for the 'bos.  But that's ok, the cool chicks came to my rescue and then they played 'Let's Stay Together' so everything was better.

In the world of gay Denver you have to experience C's at least once.  It's little, it's funky, it's way the eff out on east Colfax, and it's a part of our history.  Viva C's.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Black is the New Orange

Black is the new Orange? I know Colfax Avenue is down in there somewhere...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Guido's Nickel Bar

You haven't lived until you've made Guido's Nickel Bar a part of your West Colfax Crawl! 
Still pouring drinks at 9500 West Colfax Avenue.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Vintage Theatre presents Red

Vintage Theatre presents
by John Logan
Directed by Craig A. Bond

November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Vintage Theatre presents “Red” November 24 through January 7. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (no performance on Saturday, December 2) at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. No Performance on Sunday, April 16. Tickets are $25 - $30 and available online at or by calling 303-856-7830.

What is art? And who gets to decide anyway?
Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art; a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing.  Set in the 1950s, and based on a series of real events, “Red” takes a compelling look at the ever-changing relationship between an artist and his creations.  

Director Craig A. Bond has cast Phil Luna as Mark Rothko and Jason Spina as Ken.

Red” won the 2010 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Play and was nominated for a total of seven Tony Awards, winning six  including Best Play.  All in all, it received the most wins out of any other production that season. The play also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
John Logan is well known for films like Gladiator, The Aviator, Star Trek: NemesisTim Burton-directed musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Rango, Skyfall and Alien: Covenant and as the creator of  the television series Penny Dreadful, but Logan was a successful playwright in Chicago years before turning to screenwriting. His first play, Never the Sinner, tells the story of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case. Subsequent plays include Hauptmann, about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and Riverview, a musical melodrama set at Chicago's famed amusement park. He premiered two new plays in 2013; Peter and Alice and I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.  In 2014 the musical The Last Ship, inspired by the childhood experiences of Sting, premiered and received two Tony nominations.   I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, staring Emma Messenger as Sue Mengers, can be seen at Vintage Theatre on December 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m.

Vintage Theatre presents
A gripping look at artist and art through the lens of a young assistant.
Nov.24 - Jan 7
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m; No performance on Saturday, December 2
Tickets are $25 - $30
Online at or 303-856-7830.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.
90 minutes, no intermission.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Royal Host Motel

The Royal Host Motel is still standing today at 930 E. Colfax Avenue, only now it's a Days Inn.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I Yam What I Yam at Popeye's Chicken

Ah Colfax, the more you change, the more you stay the same! What happens on Colfax has probably already happened on Colfax.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Bronco Cheeleaders 2017

I guess you could say I'm a Broncos Fan, but this view is what really gets me to the games!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Colorado State Capitol

All the trees are still babies!

Our best guess on the year of this photo comes from Ward Love: "I'm going with 1963 - plus or minus a year. I can recall when the "old" trees were all dying and removed. Then for a few years, hardly any trees - before a "reforestation" project began. There have been several periods over the last century when the Capitol, Civic Center Park and City and County Building were bereft of trees, as I recall. (I'm 81YO)"

Friday, October 20, 2017

Aeroplane View

Aeroplane View of the Colorado State Capitol and Colfax Avenue.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Farewell Stonewall Motel

Photo by Jonny B.
Colfax Jack just told me they are going to tear down the Stonewall Motel. Ah, progress... had to grab a shot when I was out there today. I'm so glad their rooms include AIR!