The Colorado Music Hall of Fame slated to move into the Red Rocks Trading Post next summer
Next summer, The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is moving to Red Rocks. All of the exhibits from the inductees, which have been on display at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield since the hall's inception in April 2011, will be moved into a new home at the Trading Post in time for next year's summer concert season.
Those artifacts include items from the inaugural inductees, John Denver and Red Rocks itself, along with memorabilia from the second set of inductees, the legendary late concert promoter Barry Fey and Harry Tuft; and the third class of the Astronauts, Sugarloaf, Flash Cadillac and KIMN Radio. This year's class -- Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind and Chris Daniels -- will be inducted into the hall this evening at the Paramount Theatre.
"We always knew that the 1STBANK Center was a temporary home," says Chuck Morris, president and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains, who sits on the Colorado Music Hall of Fame's board of directors. "You know, you can't go during the day, and it was only open during concerts, and we certainly were running out of space, as we have more and more inductions. So we wanted a permanent home, and the Trading Post, where a million people go through a year, with Red Rocks and all the business to Red Rocks, it was the ideal place, and we've been talking to the city for almost a year about it."
From the sounds of it, city officials didn't require a ton of convincing. "Frankly, from the mayor on down, they all loved the idea," says Morris. "I mean, for god's sake, the music community and Red Rocks are synonymous. In fact, our first induction was John Denver and Red Rocks, and they're probably, to be very honest, the two biggest names that ever came out of here."
The immediate plan, according to Morris, is to move into a large section of the Trading Post. "They're still going to sell a few things, and they're still going to have a restaurant in there," says Morris of the hall's new digs, which will be open 365 days a year, "but most of it is going to be the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. In fact, we're planning on having the twelve-foot John Denver statue be at the front of it."
Within the next three years or so, another building will be added to the Trading Post, and that building will be the hall's permanent home. "City architects are already making some plans for it," Morris reports. "So the city is helping us with architectural plans and has donated the land to us. We're going to have to raise some money or get some grants to build this other permanent building attached right to the Trading Post, but that's our final long-term plan for the Hall of Fame."
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