Thug Entrancer's rave show at a secret location proves there's still mystery left in the scene
These days, shows are pretty easy to find out about if you want to and relatively easy to get to. There is rarely true mystique surrounding a concert anymore. But over the weekend, Thug Entrancer played a show at a secret location, and it felt like something from the '90s, before not everything was on the Internet. The flier itself had no address listed, just "VENUE TBA" and a phone number, the last four numbers of which corresponded to the word "RAVE." It even listed the start time as 11:30 and "going late." The flier looked like something Peter Saville might have concocted, had he gone even more minimalist in designing a poster for an early Factory gig.
Tom Murphy Thug Entrancer
A call to the number on the flier got a recorded female voice that gave the address and some directions to a place north of the RiNo district. The evening's wind and light rain added to the quasi-clandestine atmosphere. It took some exploring once the map route failed, but finding the road there was half the fun. I eventually found the place on a road that once led to an old practice space/DIY venue in the '80s utilized by Thinking Plague and other legendary old-school Denver weirdos.
Tom Murphy JsCrew
The buildings nearby seemed semi-abandoned -- or at least not in use -- and there were others that had been repurposed from some bygone use, long forgotten. Urban decay, so common in Denver eight years ago and going back, is a little hard to find these days. No trace remains of places like the short-lived DIY venue The Office, which was located in the same building as the offices for Modern Drunkard Magazine. But there are still some forgotten blocks.
Tom Murphy Lone Dancer
A line of parked cars marked the right warehouse. Soft but strong techno music pumped out through the cracked doors. Inside, the white painted walls served as a stark visual contrast to the cloud-darkened night outside. Attendees had to walk down a hall, duck under the half-closed roll-up door and pay the donation inside.