Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

 Vintage Theatre presents
Ring of Fire: the music of Johnny Cash
Created by Richard Maltby Jr. Conceived by Bill Meade
Directed by Kelly Van Oosbree

Vintage Theatre and Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre present the Denver premiere of “Ring of Fire: the music of Johnny Cash” June 23 through August 6. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at the Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.  Tickets are $28 - $34 and available online at or by calling 303-856-7830.

From the opening chords of vintage Country to Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll, searing ballads and gentle songs of love and deep faith, Ring of Fire packs a score that provides a rich fabric in which to lay down the story of Johnny Cash. The show features 38 classic hits – including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and the title tune –and paints a musical portrait of The Man in Black that is a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a uniquely American legend!

The cast includes Ray Anderson, Benjamin Cowhick, Isabella Duran, S Parker Goubert and Eric Weinstein.

Richard Maltby conceived and directed the only two musical revues to ever win the Tony Award for Best Musical: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978: Tony, N.Y. Drama Critics, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards, also Tony Award for Best Director) and Fosse (1999: Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards). He was director/co-lyricist for the American version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, (1986) starring Bernadette Peters. He was co-lyricist for Miss Saigon (Evening Standard Award 1990; Tony nomination: Best Score, 1991). He is also well known as a constructor of cryptic crossword puzzles.

Bill Meade began his career as a musician. He has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Zurich Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, and Jacksonville Symphony. On Broadway, he has been involved with more than 50 musicals. He is a Grammy-nominated record producer with a wide range of theatrical releases to his credit, from Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing to Elegies by William Finn.

Vintage Theatre presents
Ring of Fire: the music of Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music.
June 23 – August 6, 2017
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Industry Night, Monday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $28 - $34
Online at or call 303-856-7830.
Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bob's Auto Body & Paint

Changing #WestColfax. Bob's Auto Body & Paint used to be at 6700 W Colfax Avenue, in
Lakewood, Colorado.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

S.O.S. Motel

The S.O.S. Motel, once stood at 12099 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Circle D Motel

Postcard courtesy Jonny B.
Love the sign at the Circle D Motel, which used to be at 9050 E. Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Soundgarden / Fillmore Auditorium / May 22


Fillmore Auditorium
Monday, May 22

Due to the untimely passing of Chris Cornell, Live Nation announced that Monday’s scheduled Soundgarden show at the Fillmore Auditorium is cancelled.

Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Soundgarden family during this difficult time. 

Rest In Peace, Chris.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dita Von Teese / Fillmore Auditorium / July 20

Fillmore Auditorium
July 20
Showtime 7:30 pm / Doors 7:30 pm

International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese, is set to bring audiences an opulent evening of glamour and seduction in her critically acclaimed, “The Art of the Teese” which kicks off July 6th in San Diego, CA.
"I'm proud to bring together a show-stopping, diverse cast of the crème de la crème of modern burlesque stars that elate and inspire! The Art of the Teese is an opulent and riotous spectacle that is not to be missed!"

The decadent spectacle treats audiences to four of Von Teese’s most exhilarating performances, including a brand new version of her iconic “Martini Glass” routine which features a beautiful new champagne glass, crystalized from top to bottom with over 250,000 Swarovski crystals.  She will also be debuting a brand new costume for the routine featuring her recently added male dancers. Each show throughout the tour will showcase the stunning visuals of the exclusive acts that have made Von Teese the consummate performer in modern Burlesque, captivating the imagination and transporting audiences worldwide.

This leg of the tour brings new acts never before seen in the United States including “Lazy,” an act only ever performed at The Crazy Horse Paris (including new costuming from British designer, Jenny Packham), an all-new ballet-themed act “Swan Lake Stripteese,” plus a revitalization of her show-stopping Cowgirl Act with her sexy male “Vontourage.”

The “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) will be joined on stage by an eclectic supporting cast of today’s brightest stars of Burlesque.

Von Teese’s tours have appeared in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana, and Seattle, Atlanta, and Ft. Lauderdale.

The Los Angeles Times says, “Her attention to detail and embellished glitz onstage is unparalleled, even for pop stars. From the sparkle of each and every Swarovski crystal (hundreds of thousands swathe pretty much every prop and article of clothing in the production) to the sensual lighting that caresses her slender porcelain frame to the vampy music that sets the mood for the procession of themed vignettes - your eye cannot turn away from the utter flawlessness of it all."

"Dita is absolutely mesmerizing. She elevates the art of tease with an effortless grace and ease that is thoroughly intoxicating, and the elegance and beauty of her movements will truly take your breath away! It is delicious, powerful and playfully provocative!"
- Demi Moore –

"Dita is the true definition of glamour."
- RuPaul –

"Dita exudes timeless grace. She is our generation's Bettie Page, but on a much different level. She was born to entertain. Love that girl!"
- Aaron Paul –

"Dita's show is timeless, with a powerful delivery that explores the sensuality of the human spirit. With jaw dropping costumes, a thunderous crescendo of music and superb production design, Dita brings burlesque to a whole new level. The show is dazzling and sexy...a must see!!"
- Debi Mazar -

For additional information on the tour and ticket prices, please visit []

Be sure to check out the special VIP packages which include a post-show meet-and-greet and photo with the one and only Dita Von Teese herself! 

Dita Von Teese – Taking audiences on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, Dita is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes adorned with hundreds of thousands of Swarovski crystals. This “Burlesque Superheroine” (Vanity Fair) determines every aspect of her burlesque shows from the sets and costumes, to the music and lighting.  She has also been celebrated for her distinct sense of style and remains on top of “Best Dressed” lists internationally. Beyond her live performances, Dita has curated her brand across multiple platforms including her own lingerie line, fragrances, eyewear, gloves and stockings.  In addition, Von Teese is a New York Times Best-Selling author who recently released her third book, "Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour.” For more information please visit,

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800-745-3000.

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $40.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.  

There are also 4 top tables = $400.00 per table. 

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm. On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.  The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pig Parlors - Originators of the Famous Pig Sandwich

Pig Parlors, originators of the "Famous Pig Sandwich", used to be at 7343 West Colfax Avenue.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Top Rail Motel

Courtesy Jonny B.
Love this old postcard of the Top Rail Motel neon sign, 11940 East Colfax Avenue, in the 1950s.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Holy Ghost Repair Service

Photo courtesy Denver Public Library Western History Collection
Charles McPheeters was a former nightclub entertainer who converted to Christianity in 1965 and, with his wife Judy, became a leader in the emerging Jesus People Movement. From 1972-1975, Charles and Judy McPheeters operated a multi-phased street ministry called The Holy Ghost Repair Service out of The Paraclete Bookstore and the Planet Jerusalem Coffeehouse in Denver, Colorado, later known as the Oasis of Hollywood. They also published a street paper, called The End Times. 

Charles McPheeters album entitled “Faces” is considered a Christian music classic. He died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 38. His commitment to take the Gospel to addicts, prostitutes, and street people is a legacy that continues today in the ongoing work of Charles’ widow Judy, and her husband, Ron Radachy at the Oasis of Hollywood.

Source: The David Alan Hubbard Library.

Friday, May 12, 2017

White Swan Motel Chairs

Photo by Jonny B.
At the White Swan, the chairs go on and on and on...

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Auto Body Experience

Photo by Jonny B.
Having an Auto Body Experience? Get on over to Apex Auto Body, at 5809 W Colfax Ave. in Lakewood, CO!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ghost / Fillmore Auditorium / July 8

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

Grammy® Award-winning band Ghost have announced additional headlining dates to take place this Summer during the band’s North American tour with Iron Maiden. Pre-sale tickets for the 13 headlining dates will be available for purchase beginning today at 1:00 PM local time. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning this Friday, March 31st at 10:00 AM local time.

The band have also announced the following VIP packages for the newly announced headlining shows:

Papa - Meet & Greet Package
Package includes:
        One premium reserved or general admission ticket
        VIP early entry into the venue
        Exclusive preshow meet & greet with Papa at his altar of worship
        Personal photograph with Papa
        Collectible Papa autographed 8x10 photo
        Specially designed & very collectible Ghost “spirit” board (limited print; exclusive to VIP packages only!)
        Ghost commemorative coin
        Official Papa meet & greet laminate
        Exclusive Ghost tour merchandise item
        Very limited availability

Ghost - Popestar VIP Package
Package includes:
        One premium reserved or general admission ticket
        VIP early entry into the venue
        Specially designed & very collectible Ghost “spirit” board (limited print; exclusive to VIP packages only!)
        Ghost commemorative coin
        Exclusive Ghost tour merchandise item
        Popestar VIP laminate
        Limited availability

For more information on the VIP package, visit HERE

Ghost is currently touring Europe and recently topped the Active Rock and Mainstream Rock songs charts with their single "Square Hammer", featured on the band's most recent EP release, Popestar, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts. Popestar was surprise released on September 16th by Loma Vista Recordings and is available online and in record stores on CD, vinyl, and digital. The EP has been streamed over 18 million times globally. In addition to "Square Hammer", the five-track offering features covers of selections by Echo and the Bunnymen, Simian Mobile Disco, Eurythmics, and Imperiet. Popestar was recorded by Papa Emeritus III and his nameless ghouls in Linköping, Sweden and produced by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood, Opeth). To purchase Popestar now, click HERE.

Additionally, Ghost have released a Deluxe Version of Meliora, their acclaimed 2015 Grammy® Award-winning album. Meliora Deluxe contains the Popestar EP as a bonus disc (CD or LP or digital).

Ghost were awarded a Grammy® last year for 'Best Metal Performance'. Their most recent album Meliora was released on August 21, 2015 and debuted at No. 1 at Independent Retail, No. 2 at Rock, and in the Top 10 (#8) on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The album has sold over a quarter million copies globally and has been streamed over 120 million times. The band capped off a landmark 2015 with their late night television debut on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Halloween show on CBS with a rousing performance of their offering "Cirice", which reached No. 3 at radio at Active Rock and Mainstream Rock.

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800-745-3000.  

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $38.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.   

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm. On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.  The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mammoth Gardens

The building that today is the Fillmore Auditorium opened in 1907 as a skating rink, then became a manufacturing site for Fritchle electric cars and car batteries. But from 1935 to 1962 it was the Mammoth Gardens, an all-purpose sports arena. After several years as a warehouse, it was purchased by Stuart Green with the express purpose of emulating Bill Graham's Fillmore. Chet Helms had opened a branch of his Family Dog in 1967, but constant police harassment had led to its financial demise. Nonetheless, due to its location on I-70 and near I-80, Denver remained an important stop on the rock circuit. Green opened the new Mammoth Gardens for business in the Spring of 1970.

Mammoth Gardens 1970 Performances

April 11-12, 1970  Spirit/Van Morrison (canceled show)
April 17-18, 1970  Jethro Tull/Clouds/Zephyr
This was the opening night of Mammoth Gardens. Zephyr featured guitarist Tommy Bolin, and was the leading band from Boulder, Colorado.

April 24-25, 1970 Grateful Dead/John Hammond
April 28, 1970 Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs and Englishmen
May 15-16, 1970 Mountain/Shocking Blue/Blues Image
May 22-23, 1970 Eric Burdon & War/Fever Tree
May 29-30, 1970 John Sebastian/Poco/Ballin Jack
Headliner Grand Funk Railroad canceled.

June 5-6, 1970 Spirit/Pentangle/Gypsy
June 9-10, 1970 The Who
June 23, 1970 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
June 26-27, 1970 - Iron Butterfly/Black Oak Arkansas
July 3-4, 1970 60,000,00 Buffalo/Deep Rock/Jasmine and Mystic Moods
 “Audition Night” Presumably these were local bands.

July 10-11, 1970 Terry Reid/Jerry Hahn Brotherhood
July 17, 1970 Leon Russell/Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
July 29, 1970  Procol Harum
I am missing a large block of dates here.

September 12, 1970 Johnny Winter/Brownsville Station
September 16-17, 1970 Santana/Country Joe McDonald/Bread
October 2-3, 1970 Flash Cadillac and The Continental Kids/Illusion
October 6, 1970 Van Morrison/Sugarloaf/John Mayall
October 9, 1970 Spirit
October 17, 1970 Linda Ronstadt/Black Oak Arkansas
October 23, 1970 Leon Russell/Clouds
October 31, 1970 Steve Miller Band

 I am not certain that this last concert was played.

November 11, 1970 Derek and The Dominoes (canceled)
The city of Denver blamed the concert venue for the general decline of the neighborhood. The venue closed and the building was apparently boarded up by this time. 

After various uses, the venue re-opened as a concert site in 1986. In 1999 the building's name was changed from Mammoth Gardens to The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver.

From: Rock Archeology 101

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Answer to a Complex World

Photo by Jess Sherlock
The Answer to a Complex World is at Lakewood Auto Electric - 10005 West Colfax Avenue!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Green Pine Motel

The Green Pine Motel used to be at 11700 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cinco de Mayo Festival

It may start a day late, but that’s no reason to overlook the cultural experience you can find at the Cinco de Mayo Festival.

There will be two stages with musical and dance performances, including a free Zumba class Saturday morning at 10 a.m. There will also be a parade from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, starting at Colfax Avenue and Welton Street and finishing at Lincoln Street and 13th Avenue.

And there will be contests, such as the taco-eating contest, the quinceanera fashion show and Chihuahua races.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Crédit Mobilier Scandal

The Crédit Mobilier scandal of 1872-1873 damaged the careers of several Gilded Age politicians. Major stockholders in the Union Pacific Railroad formed a company, the Crédit Mobilier of America, and gave it contracts to build the railroad. They sold or gave shares in this construction to influential congressmen.

It was a lucrative deal for the congressmen, because they helped themselves by approving federal subsidies for the cost of railroad construction without paying much attention to expenses, enabling railroad builders to make huge profits. When the New York Sun broke the story on the eve of the 1872 election, Speaker of the House James G. Blaine, a Maine Republican implicated in the scandal, set up a congressional committee to investigate.

The House censured two of its members who were involved in the scandal: Oakes Ames of Massachusetts and James Brooks of New York. But the affair also tarnished the careers of outgoing vice president Schuyler Colfax, incoming vice president Henry Wilson, and Representative James A. Garfield, all of whom were implicated (although Garfield denied the charges and was subsequently elected president).

The scandal also showed how corruption tainted Gilded Age politics, and the lengths railroads and other economic interests would go to assure and increase profits.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lifehouse and Switchfoot / Fillmore Auditorium / July 23, 2017

Fillmore Auditorium
July 23
Showtime 7:00 pm / Doors 6:00 pm

Rock fans across North America can look forward to Lifehouse & SWITCHFOOT together for the first time on the “Looking for Summer” Tour, delivering 30+ shows to venues across the U.S. and Canada. The tour kicks off July 23 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver and will run into the fall, culminating at The Masonic in San Francisco on September 10. Up-and-coming songstress Brynn Elliott will open every night of the tour. 

Pre-sales for the Lifehouse and SWITCHFOOT fan clubs begin today as early as 11am, with additional pre-sales rolling throughout the week, including Citi card member pre-sale (Tuesday, April 4 @ 10:00am), Facebook pre-sale (Wednesday, April 5 @ 10:00am), Spotify pre-sale (Wednesday, April 5 @ 10:00am), and Live Nation pre-sale (Wednesday, April 5 @ 10:00am). General on-sale beginning Friday, April 7 @ 10:00AM at For complete ticket information, visit

"We are amped to announce that we are going on tour with LIFEHOUSE for the first time ever” said SWITCHFOOT co-founder and lead singer Jon Foreman. “We're calling it the "Looking for Summer" Tour and we can't wait to sing these songs with you.” 

It was in 2001 when the Los Angeles-based Lifehouse first broke through in a big way when “Hanging by a Moment,” from No Name Face, spent 20 weeks in the Top Ten, and won a Billboard Music Award for “Hot 100 Single of the Year.” Since then, the band has released six more albums, three of which made the Billboard Top Ten, sold over 15 million records worldwide and spun off such hit singles as “You and Me”, “First Time”, “Whatever it Takes”, “Broken”, “Halfway Gone”, “Between the Raindrops” and “Hurricane.”  Lifehouse’s 7th album, Out of the Wasteland, debuted at #1 on the independent album charts in 2015. 

SWITCHFOOT’s latest album, Where The Light Shines Through, released on July 8th, 2016 via Vanguard Records.  Where The Light Shines Through is the band's tenth album and the first since 2014’s highly acclaimed Fading West. The album was self-produced in collaboration with John Fields, who helmed the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.

Since their debut album No Name Face, released in 2001, Lifehouse has sold over 15 million records worldwide and played to sold-out shows around the globe throughout their 17-year career.  Comprised of Jason Wade (lead vocals, guitar), Bryce Soderberg (bass, vocals) and Ricky Woolstenhulme Jr. (drums, percussion), Lifehouse is an American rock band like no other.  With songs in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, Alternative, Adult Top 40, Mainstream Top 40, Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop charts, Lifehouse has proven their versatility and longevity. 

Their staying power is due in large part to Jason Wade’s signature voice and heartfelt songwriting talents, as well as his long-time partnership with co-writer, co-producer Jude Cole.  Known for their infectious, upbeat hit songs “Hanging by a Moment”, “First Time”, “Halfway Gone” and “Hurricane” as well as the emotionally charged, ballads “You and Me”, “Broken” and “Whatever It Takes”, Lifehouse has spanned the radio dial for well over a decade.

But Lifehouse won’t be pigeonholed as a radio band. High-energy rock performances and intimate acoustic moments are to be expected from a Lifehouse set.  Having toured the world extensively, they have amassed a fiercely loyal fan base in the States, Europe, Australia, South East Asia and South America.  For more information on Lifehouse, please visit

Formed in San Diego in 1996, SWITCHFOOT is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard, guitar), Drew Shirley (guitar), and Chad Butler (drums). Since their start, the band has sold over 5.7 million copies worldwide of their first nine studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles, and performed sold-out world tours with over 4 million concert tickets worldwide.
Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has also been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over a million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band's own Bro-Am Foundation, providing services to underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. They've also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as CURE International, DATA, the ONE Campaign, and Habitat for Humanity.  For more information on SWITCHFOOT please visit

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800-745-3000.   

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $38.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.   

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm. On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.  The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 

THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM IS LOCATED AT 1510 CLARKSON ST. AT COLFAX.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Brynn Elliot: