Roxy Theatre open for business again

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As partners in Strong Survive Promotionz for the past five years, independent concert promoters Travis Ragan and Ivan Ovchinnikov have booked shows at a number of venues around Denver, but they've never gotten a cut of the bar sales. So when they found out that the Roxy Theatre, an old movie theater turned performance space at 2549 Welton Street was up for lease, they jumped at the chance to have their own place.

While the two specialize in hip-hop shows, they don't want the 500-seat Roxy -- which reopened last weekend -- to be known strictly as a hip-hop club, Ragan says. Rather, they want it to be a venue that presents all kind of music, including blues and jazz. In addition to such national acts as Brotha Lynch Hung, due this Friday, June 11, Lil Wyte, who will be at there Friday, June 18, and Dirtball from the Kottonmouth Kings, booked for Saturday, July 9, the pair plan to book a lot of local acts, including an all-local metal show on July 2.

"My being involved in music, owning a record label and promotional company and a venue, I know what it's like for locals to get off the ground," Ragan says. "I want to work with hardworking locals in every demographic."

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Although one of the club's previous operators had told them the liquor license had expired, there was actually a month left on it, so the partners were able to get it transferred. Now they're working on getting an all-ages license for the spot, which they hope will go through in the next three to six months. They also plan to turn a small room near the entrance into a kitchen so that they can serve breakfast from 5 to 10 a.m. and then reopen around 4 or 5 p.m.

Since taking over the Roxy, they've installed new sound and lighting systems and repainted the interior; Ragan says they also spent about two days scraping gum off the floor with razor blades, since some of the previous tenants had just painted over the gum. But their work has been rewarded: Ragan says people are telling them that the Roxy has never looked as good as it does now.

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2549 Welton St., Denver, CO

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Weareyou
Weareyou

Gun violence in the first week! Patrons shooting into other patron's car. Rene Cousins... shame on you for leasing to a group known to bring in violent acts and patrons. Close this place down before Welton Street District and surrounding neighborhoods are set back 20 years!

Five Points Resident
Five Points Resident

Sorry, but this club is already a disaster and most of the neighbors are already fed up with them. If they want to see six months, they should start being better neighbors, or else it looks like we are going to have to shut them down. 

Omar Wattley
Omar Wattley

Travis and Ivan bring in music acts that promote violence.  The patrons are disruptive and dangerous.  They have been open 2 weeks and have already had a shooting on the street from patrons of the club.  Too bad that have to take advantage of a up and coming commercial district in their attempt to make a dollar.  

Christine
Christine

Soooo excited for you Travis and Ivan! And....SOOOOOO proud!  All the hard work is starting to pay off :) You have come a long way and there's more great things to come! Love you, Your proud Sister!!!!! :)

Jerry Ragan
Jerry Ragan

Trav thats AWESOME!!!! YOU BOYS HAVE WORKED HARD, look now how its paying off, you 2 have just started, all tho its taken so much just to get to the start, i have 3 words of counsel WORK - WORK - FUN i'm sure with all this hard work you guys are having a lot of fun, i have 1 more Quotation for you boys<< its better to wear out then to rust out>> I cant tell you how proud i'am of you boys your doing great !!! <<<<dad>>>></dad>

Jerry Ragan
Jerry Ragan

Trav thats AWESOME !!, you 2 have worked very hard now for years & its now starting to pay off, keep up the hard work boys i'm real proud of you !!!!!!   <<<<<dad>>>>></dad>

Geri Ragan
Geri Ragan

Travis i am so proud of you. You have come along way since you were a teenager.  I know you'll go far and so will all your friends.  Can't wait to see it again.  Kiss Alisha and  the babies for me to.Love ya Mom

Nicole
Nicole

This has been a long time coming, I am so proud of Ivan & Travis. They have worked really hard to get to this place & its only going to get better. Please come down to the NEW IMPROVED Historic Roxy Theater to enjoy all it has to offer.

Bouncer20
Bouncer20

I have never been more proud of Travis and Ivan.. These men are a force to be reconed with and this is the beginning of some nice things to come to The Roxy and to Denver....

Green Lintner
Green Lintner

Gonna be huge! SUPPORT! Strong Survive Promo all day!

Melissawoodside77
Melissawoodside77

I was at the Roxy last friday for opening night and it was amazing to see that someone in the community has started to give back ... this venue will really be neat once it takes off!

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