Sara Bareilles Drops Five F-Bombs on Suburban Denver Park: Ten Eyewitness Accounts

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Kerry Maletsky
1. The first time she heard Sara Bareilles's breakout hit "Love Song," a young swimmer named Hannah Bradford immediately won her race, setting a personal record in the process. That was in 2007, when the song was ubiquitous, particularly among suburban families driving to swim meets. So the girl who slipped off the starting block and is now afraid of water probably also heard "Love Song" immediately before the race.

But Hannah has listened to Sara Bareilles before every swim meet since then, and now she is her favorite artist. Hannah Bradford and her mom, Lisa, showed up early to the Sara Bareilles show at the Denver Botanic Gardens: Chatfield. They brought extra-sharp cheddar and red-pepper hummus and pepperoni and gluten-free crackers and chocolate chip cookies because Hannah is allergic. They got a piece of grass right up in the front row.

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Kerry Maletsky
2. The Denver Botanic Gardens: Chatfield is neither a regular concert venue nor a regular botanic garden. It's 600 acres of prairie across South Wadsworth Boulevard from Chatfield Reservoir. It is, admittedly, immaculate prairie, with a diverse and well-cared-for selection of native flowers and grasses, a brand-new visitors' center, a barn that hosts weddings and, in the fall, a corn maze of some renown. Mostly, the Chatfield branch of the Botanic Gardens earns its keep with special events and rentals, but you can wander around any time you want for an admission fee of $5 per car. It would be a nice place to have a picnic.

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The volunteers there probably didn't sign up for chaperoning concerts, since the Chatfield location has an agreement with its landlord and neighbors to host a maximum of five shows per year. This year it will have three -- more than it ever has before -- all part of the Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series presented by Swallow Hill Music. In addition to the three Chatfield concerts, the series features eight shows at the Botanic Gardens' main location on York Street.

The night before Sara Bareilles was the Barenaked Ladies at Chatfield. Two longtime Botanic Gardens volunteers have, by chance, worked most of the concerts over the years. They praised this year's events, noting that the belligerence of the crowd and open consumption of marijuana were nothing, nothing compared to what they were like at the David Byrne and St. Vincent show last year. Sara Bareilles fans and Barenaked Ladies fans, I was surprised to learn, are equally docile and uninterested in pot.

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3. You can bring quite a bit into the Chatfield Botanic Gardens for concerts. Binoculars and picnic baskets and non-alcoholic beverages in sealed containers are acceptable. So is any type of food. Your service animal is welcome; your bullhorn is not. Also not allowed: chairs over 26 inches high.

A member of the Argus security team was given a yardstick and what would seem to be the unhappy task of walking around, cracking down on tall chairs. But there is at least one champion for justice and clear sight lines left in the world, and the woman who drew this assignment took to it enthusiastically.

"Oh, that green one!" she exclaimed, spotting a chair near the front in clear violation of the 26 inch rule. "I'm gonna get it."

She and her stick left no room for gray areas. The green chair and its owners relocated to the back, where they wouldn't be blocking anyone's view.


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Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO

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51 comments
Patrick O'Smitty
Patrick O'Smitty

I'm surprised there was no mention of phish and how much they "rock".

James T. Knight
James T. Knight

I had no idea dropping an F-Bomb at a concert was against any sort of rules. Maybe social rules, but that's man's design.

Robert Diehl
Robert Diehl

Fuck -off with your muti-posts...OLD news...

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Yet, you gave enough of a shit to post...and in CAPS LOCK at that.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

Classy. Not long ago such vocabulary warranted calling a woman a tramp.

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

So 10 people heard a swear word? Now how many people know about it? Lol

Edgar Mora
Edgar Mora

Who gives a fuck? I can give you 4 more f-bombs for free.

Doug Beary
Doug Beary

And to celebrate the 45th posting of this...NO ONE GIVES A SHIT!

Travis
Travis

Wow you are a fucking horrible writer!

Mary Willson
Mary Willson

I think that not all stories about artists need to have a "point", just like not all songs have a "point". This piece of writing shows the little gems of concerts, including the surrounding, odd quirks and the vibe of the experience, which is refreshing! Writing doesn't always have to be a means to an end, it can just a means, for fun! Just like music, and concerts, are fun!

Eric Ravelo
Eric Ravelo

I'm tired of clicking on these links and getting stupid, unrelated or completely absent stories. The people at Denver Westword aren't going to be getting my clicks- people shouldn't get paid for misleading people with shocking statements and not focusing on the quality of the work their subscribers read for. -unsubscribing-

Ariel Thompson
Ariel Thompson

This title makes her seem like a bad artist for saying the F word... When in reality your story is nothing about her cursing.. Terrible title

Jim Kenley
Jim Kenley

It was a great concert! Fucking profanity and all!

Abby Halder
Abby Halder

This story really isn't about Sara dropping the F-bomb. It is about the small nuances of the Botanical Garden venue. Confused as well. Fucking eh!

Montana Williams
Montana Williams

This is probably the most awkwardly written article about a concert venue that has an attention-grabbing yet completely unrelated title ever.

Rumple Stiltskin
Rumple Stiltskin

Maybe next time she will drop a "C word" and get another pointless story....

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck. Are you going to write a story about me now?

Sam DeWitt
Sam DeWitt

I... you just... What's the point of this story? Seems like you could have saved a lot of time, energy, and bandwidth by publishing just a headline: Sara Bareilles plays show. That's all I got out of three pages of ipsom.

Solé C-Sweet
Solé C-Sweet

NewsFlash her tour T-shirts actually say SARA F*CKING BAREILLES Get a clue #prude

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

I commented prior to reading the story. I deleted the comment because now I am just confused. What, exactly, was the point of the story? Slow day?

Paula Glaser
Paula Glaser

Just happen to be playing my Sara Bareilles collection on iTunes this very moment!

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