The ten best green rooms in Denver and Boulder
The green room at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
The green room is a mythical place to a lot of people, and rightly so: It's a closely guarded inner sanctum of sorts where artists chill before their sets, smoking their smoke, drinking their drinks and generally co-opting the marketing mantra of Las Vegas -- you know, what happens in the green room... Knowing that these are places that rank and file music fans rarely get to see, we've compiled a list of the ten best green rooms in the metro area, complete with photos (well, the ones we were allowed to shoot, anyway), so that you can glimpse where the magic happens before and after the show. Page down to take advantage of your backstage pass.
10. Herman's Hideaway, 1578 South Broadway, Denver
In the basement of this south Broadway venue sits two hidden-away rooms filled with musty-yet-comfortable furniture. The old couches and autographed walls are covered in a layer of old smoke, and the stench of cheap beer. Herman's boasts a great stage and a cool bar, but the green rooms are dated and need a little upkeep. Nonetheless, that's how a green room should be, and artists should be able to feel both comfortable, and at home.
9. The Fox Theatre, 1128 13th Street, Boulder
Inside of Boulder's famed music spot on the Hill, which has born many big names -- early shows for Pretty Lights when he had a live drummer, the boys from 3Oh!3 used to deliver sandwiches next door at Jimmy Johns -- is also one of the most comfortable green rooms around. Two sets of stairs allow for access, while a connecting hallway/room lies directly underneath the stage. Given the Fox's cozy capacity, the green room offers a welcome solace from the insanity that Boulder's newly renovated venue attracts. (No photo available, as the Fox is currently undergoing renovations.)
8. Cervantes Other Side, 2637 Welton Street, Denver
The green room for the Other Side is located directly beneath the stage and main floor in the venue. At the bottom of the stairs leading from back stage, the room opens into a large lounge with couches, a refrigerator and lots of signatures. For the most part, this is a pretty common area for artists, friends and anyone who likes milking the talent for free booze. It happens all the time. (No photo: The Other Side's green room "was not to be put in print," according to management, when we asked to shoot it.)
2637 Welton St., Denver, CO