The Solution relaunches as a weekly this Friday night in its new home at the Meadowlark
Brace yourself: The Solution, one of the dopest hip-hop parties in Denver for the past half-dozen years, is making its return this Friday night as a weekly. The award-winning night (Best of Denver 2010) has thrived despite a succession of moves over the years, from Milk -- where DJs Low Key and Sounds Supreme first founded the night -- and Funky Buddha to Bar Standard and 3014, to its current home at the Meadowlark, the quaint subterranean space at 27th and Larimer just name-dropped in the New York Times. The secret to the Solution's longevity and success? Simple: The crew has always adhered to the fundamental tenet the night was started with in the first place: creating a party that they'd all want to go to.
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After hosting the Solution Showcase for more than a year, plus launching Goodness (a fresh, daytime outdoor patio party) and Introducing (a mid-week party that's precisely what its name would suggest, a gathering geared specifically to the introduction of new music), the Solution crew has finally found a home at the Meadowlark, which boasts one of the chillest patios in town. The bar has proven to be the ideal spot for the Solution -- but then, DJ Low Key has kind of always had the spot in mind for the party.
The Solution has found a new home at the Meadowlark.
"I have had my sights set on the Meadowlark for the Solution years before I did anything else over there," Low Key confesses. "My initial thought when I was put on to the Meadowlark and how cool it was -- I don't know, the word eclectic seems like it gets beat to death when you talk about that venue, but you know, it's just got a lot of personality. The first time I was there and I saw that patio -- we were doing the Solution at the Funky Buddha at the time -- I was just like, "Man, the Funky Buddha is great and all, but doing the party on this patio would be kind of the next level."
Although the space seemed ideal, the timing wasn't right, says Low Key. This was around the time that the Meadowlark was dealing with noise complaints from the neighbors. What's more, despite reaching out on several occasions, Low Key says he just couldn't generate interest from the venue. Eventually, though, he and the Solution crew began hosting its Solution Showcases at the Meadowlark. The monthly event has a specific format that spotlights prominent local talent, various acts and producers, along with special guests from out of town, performers like TiRon & Ayomari, who appeared at the inaugural edition, and Danny Swain, and the Showcase has proven to be very successful.
Now with the Solution relaunching as a weekly, the monthly Showcase, Introducing and the mid-week party will all be absorbed into the Solution proper: The former will still happen once a month with the exact same format, while the latter has made a move from Wednesday to Friday and will now essentially serve as a happy-hour lead to the Solution from 5 to 9 p.m. There are plenty of reasons to come out early -- for the complimentary green chile tamales, of course, but also to make sure you get in. This Friday's relaunch is poised to pack.