Introducing Syntax Physic Opera, a venue and restaurant with an interesting theme

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Jon Solomon
Syntax Physic Opera will open this weekend at 554 South Broadway
Jonathan Bitz says the process of opening Syntax Physic Opera has been heavy, it's been emotional and it's been by far the hardest thing he's ever done. He was hoping to have his music venue and eatery at 554 South Broadway (which most recently housed the Bar and the Atrium) open late last year, but after enduring some construction delays and permitting issues, he says the spot should open this weekend if he gets the green light from the City.

See also: Here's what to expect at Syntax Physic Opera

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Fort Collins's Road 34 abruptly cancels all shows, to the surprise of nearly everyone

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Mike Pope
Shaley Scott performs at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins. She put on one of last shows at Road 34.
Shaley Scott's performance was the one of the last on the Road 34 stage, and she didn't even know it. The Fort Collins singer-songwriter played for the first time at the venue on June 6, and at the time it didn't seem like it would be the last.

"The door guys said they really loved me and were excited to have me come back," she says. "It didn't even seem like the staff knew. No one alluded to stopping concerts, I mean, they kept saying, 'We're going to have you back.'

"I thought, 'Oh, yeah, I'll book a show here again in August or September.'"

See also: FoCoMX proved Fort Collins's potential as a music hub

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A 7,500-person amphitheater on Santa Fe will host 50 free shows a year

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While Ruby Hill Park is a popular sledding spot during the winter months, starting June 2016 the park (near South Platte River Drive and West Florida Avenue) will be home to fifty free concerts a year. Work will begin on the 7,500-person Levitt Pavilion next spring.

"Our entire mission is to build a community through music and by providing free access to music," says Chris Zacher, executive director of Levitt Pavilion Denver.


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Photos: The remodeling of Denver's Hard Rock Cafe, including new memorabilia

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Not too long after the Hard Rock Café opened in 1998 on the 16th Street Mall, the Fray played one of its first gigs there. John Lindsay, Hard Rock Denver's senior sales and marketing manager, said the guys in the band walked up the mall begging people to come to see them play.

A lot has changed for the band since then, as well as for the Cafe itself: It just went through a major remodel and got a new collection of nearly 200 pieces of memorabilia -- some of it from the Fray, actually.

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First look: The Office on east Colfax will be a haven for soccer and music fans

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Hugh Evans used to have three indoor soccer fields housed in about 80,000 square feet where heran the Colorado Clash soccer club. There was also an 18,000 square-foot party room where large bands from Mexico would sometimes play. But after the building was bought by some pot growers and Evans and his soccer fields got the boot, he needed a place to store all that astroturf. He stumbled across the former Denver Rodeo Nightclub at 7800 East Colfax Avenue, took it over and dubbed it the Office. He'll host plenty of watch parties for soccer (and other) games as well as live bands. As for the turf? It's lying around, much of it headed for a dog-friendly patio out back.


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Starting now, Dada Art Bar will host live music and other events every night

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Lori Midson
Iain Chisholm owns the Italian restaurant Amerigo on Upper Larimer. It's a good place to be, and recently the lines necessitated expansion. "As the neighborhood came online, we were starting to turn a lot of people away on the weekends because we didn't have any place for them to wait for a table," Chisholm says. "That led to the need for a holding area, so to speak."

Chisholm took an unusual approach to the problem, opening Dada Art Bar in April at 2470 Broadway. What started as a means to an end, however, quickly turned into a full-fledged, near artistic pursuit for Chisholm. As with Amerigo, he built Dada from the ground up, hanging the drywall and laying the cement. He is hoping to establish a distinct identity for the bar and this week, the space will begin hosting free, weekly events, furthering Chisholm's goal of making Dada into a communal hangout.

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Hoffbrau Colorado moves north, doubles in size and dramatically expands its concert calendar

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Hip Pocket performs at the old Hoffbrau location last year.
After 28 years at 7699 West 88th Avenue, Hoffbrau Colorado moved to a new 15,000 square-foot space at 9110 Wadsworth Parkway. It's about twice as big as the old location and features an expanded stage and more ambitious concert calendar. The grand opening is tonight, May 15 with live music from the Steve Aldridge Band.

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First look: Cervantes' new outdoor stage, which will host concerts this summer

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All photos by Jon Solomon
Over the last six months, Cervantes' has been at work on a new patio and outdoor stage by the Other Side portion of the venue. Woodworker Tommy Lyle of Wood of a Kind built the outdoor stage, seating and bar using wood from trees that fell during the floods last year.

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Kava Lounge, an after-hours, 18+, BYOB venue selling kava root drinks, opens this month

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When Kava Lounge opens at 1915 Broadway in Boulder near the end of April, it will be the first of its kind in Denver's northwest neighbor. It will be open seven days per week and until 5 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday night (Sunday morning, really). Anyone over 18 years old is welcome, and while the two-level club capable of holding 300 people won't be serving alcohol, manager Antonio Otea says that patrons over 21 can bring in their own booze.

"They can bring it in and they can bag it up when they leave," Oteo says. "We can't touch it, store it or sell it, which is fine by us."

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Ian Cooke plays the Science Lounge, where there's booze, bear suits and plenty of gluesticks

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Ashley Rogers
At last night's Science Lounge at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I asked a grown woman what drew her into a fishbowl full of craft supplies to make her own mini diorama, and this is what she said: "I was like, ooh! There's glue sticks in there!"

Hot glue does have an undeniable magical pull on folks who fondly remember craft time in summer camp. At this month's Science Lounge event, after hours museum-goers were invited to relive their childhood hobbies while sipping on cocktails. And everyone was totally into it.

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