Photos: The Evolution of Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

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Ken Hamblin
Cervantes' has one of the best 4/20 celebrations in the city.
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom became a music venue in 2003, but the building is much older, having served as the "Casino Cabernet" as early as the 1920s. In the years since it started hosting bands, it has expanded with an additional stage, known as The Other Side, an outdoor patio, all new sound equipment, a lounge area, murals and more.

Owner Scott Morrill says one way he's been able to keep up with a growing music scene and young adult population in Denver has been by constantly updating the space. Read on for a complete list the renovations the venue has undergone over the years.

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The Crimson Room, With Four Weekly DJ Nights, Opening Tonight in Larimer Square

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Mark Antonation
When the subterranean club Wicked Garden opened in 2008 it felt like a New Orleans mansion with its darkly baroque decor, but after Corridor 44 owner Brian Siffermann took over the spot he gave it a significant makeover in decor and layout. Tonight, he's opening it has the Crimson Room: a lounge that specializes in martinis and will have DJs Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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VIE Nightclub Opening Tonight in Former Suite Two Hundred Space

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After running Suite Two Hundred at 1427 Larimer Street in Larimer Square for six years, Lotus Clubs, which also runs Chloe and View House, has completely remodeled the space and is opening it as Vie tonight, December 5, with DJ Mike Magic and the VIE dancers. While the new club will still focus on bottle service, as did Suite Two Hundred, the 7,000 square-foot VIE is bringing in local and national EDM talent as well as a visual DJ and state of the art sound and lighting systems, including a 32-foot LED screen.

See also: The Ten Best Dance Clubs in Denver

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The Night After a Fatal Shooting Outside the Beach Nightclub, Life Goes On Inside

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Google Street View of The Beach
A few hours after the Broncos barely beat the Dolphins, The Beach Nightclub just a stone's throw from Mile High Stadium is mostly empty. The tailgaters and fans and revelers have all departed, leaving just under a dozen Manning jersey-clad people all huddled in one part of the spacious club.

It was busy earlier, the lone bartender says. But now, it's just a small group of people who all seem to have come here together, or at least all know each other. The owner is here, his nephew is here, and so is an employee from another business the owner supposedly runs.

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Bluebird Owner Chris Swank Buys Goosetown Tavern and Turns It Into a Music Venue

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Reno Divorce performs at the newly updated Goosetown Tavern.
Goosetown Tavern has a new owner: Chris Swank, who has a long history in Denver music. He's taking over the bar from the Wynkoop Brewing Company, and he did a "low-key remodel," adding a stage and sound system installed by Event Production Services in the back room where local bands now play on the weekends.

See also: Denver's Ten Best Small Venues

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The Levitt Foundation Wants Your Input on its New, 7,500 Person Amphitheater in Denver

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Back in June, it was announced that part of the Ruby Hill Park revitalization project was to turn part of the space into a 7,500-person ampitheater. In a public-private partnership, the City of Denver and Levitt Pavilion Denver (one of several philanthropy projects supported by the Levitt Foundation, which has established similar outdoor venues across the country) plans to open a concert and art space at the park (near South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue) in 2016.

This Monday, November 17 at 6 p.m. at the Oriental Theater, those involved with Colorado's music industry at large are invited to an open forum to discuss plans for the pavilion. Levitt Pavilion Denver has not solidified architectural plans for the venue as of yet, and would like musicians, promoters and anyone involved with the local music scene to share their vision for a perfect performance space.

See also: A 7,500-person Amphitheater on Santa Fe Will Host 50 Free Shows a Year

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Fort Collins Live Music Staple Surfside 7 Is Moving

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Surfside 7 has been a staple in the Fort Collins bar and music scene for the past fifteen years. The Old Town haunt is a favorite for local musicians and thirsty patrons alike, but after the new year, they'll have to find the venue in its new location, "just around the corner."

"It's been a weird time, because I wasn't planning on moving right now," says owner Kim Snodgrass. "Our landlord just decided that she didn't want alcohol in her building anymore. Very suddenly, actually."

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Yazoo BBQ on Broadway Will Now Host Rooftop Concerts

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Danielle Lirette
Yazoo BBQ Company's rooftop bar.
Last summer Yazoo BBQ Company owner Don Hines expanded his 700-square-foot spot at 2150 Broadway, which he opened fourteen years ago, to close to 5,000 square feet, adding to the kitchen and interior dining area, as well as building a patio and rooftop deck. About a month ago, Hines secured a cabaret license for the spot and he's celebrating with a show on the rooftop bar this Saturday, October 18 with Faceman and Jim Yelenick.

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Blues & Greens, Boulder's Home of the Blues, Closing This Month

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Photos courtesy of Dan King
One of many blues jams at Blues & Greens in the Boulder Overlook Hotel.
About a year after Dan King and his business partners took over the Overlook Hotel in Boulder, bassist Mark Diamond started hosting weekly jazz jams in the back of the hotel's restaurant, before there was a stage set up. Four months later, King started bringing in local and nationally known blues acts, and along with jams, there was music five nights a week. But nearly ten years later, King and his partners have sold the hotel, and it will be torn down to make way for student housing. The hotel's music venue/restaurant Blues & Greens, dubbed "Boulder's Home of the Blues," is closing at the end of the month; one final jam will take place there on Sunday, October 26.

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New Park Burger in RiNo/Ballpark Neighborhood Will Host Live Music

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Since Jean-Philippe Failyau opened his first Park Burger location in Platt Park about five years ago, he's opened a Park Burger in Highland, Park & Co. in Uptown, and a Park Burger in Hilltop. He's scheduled to open his biggest location yet next month, at 2601 Walnut Street in the RiNo/Ballpark neighborhood, where he plans to host live music.

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