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Denver or Bust

Denver or Bust

Denver, the capitol of Colorado and home to various professional sports teams: Denver Broncos (NFL), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), and the Colorado Rockies (MLB) - just to name a few.  If you can't find something to do in the Denver area, you should practice being more outgoing (literally); plus the Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour and a half from the city.

Upon arrival to Denver Colorado in January 2016…

I arrived in Denver on a Saturday evening - and if you know anything about me, you know that two of my favorite things to do are travel and listen to live music, particularly the genre Red Dirt, also referred to as Americana and/or Texas Country.  On Saturday, upon arrival to Denver, my crew and I checked into our hotel at the La Quinta Inn Denver Golden, right off I-70 in the Wheat Ridge area.  This particular La Quinta is very affordable, in a great location - only minutes from downtown Denver and Golden - with updated rooms and complimentary breakfast.  The perfect place for a short-term stay...in our case, two nights.

After we checked in to our hotel and got situated, we headed out to The Grizzly Rose Saloon & Concert Hall featuring live music six nights a week.  Upon arrival at The Grizzly Rose, we immediately sought out the grill and ordered some food.  I had a BBQ sandwich that was amazing.  We found a seat close to the stage, alongside the dance floor (great seats, by the way - excellent for concert viewing and people watching) and commenced to having an outstanding evening.  We arrived in town just in time to see two of my favorite bands, American Aquarium and Mickey and the Motorcars.

American Aquarium is an alternative country band from Raleigh, North Carolina who is represented by front-man BJ Barham.  I have now seen American Aquarium six or seven times (I’ve lost count) and they always put on an entertaining and high-energy show.  I saw them back in March 2015 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma for my 40th birthday, which was also a special treat.  Be sure and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@USAquarium).

Micky and the Motorcars is an alternative Texas Country/Red Dirt band formed in Stanley, Idaho before moving to Austin, Texas.  Micky and the Motorcars includes front-man Micky Braun and brother Gary Braun. I've had the honor of seeing Micky and the Motorcars quite a few times over the past few years, including at the 2018 Braun Brothers Reunion this past summer. In 2015, I saw them right around Thanksgiving when they played with Reckless Kelly at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri.  Their current album, Sunset Motel, now available. Be sure to also follow both Micky and the Motorcars and Reckless Kelly on Facebook and Twitter (@themotorcars ~ @recklesskelly).

Sunday my crew and I set out for Golden, Colorado to tour the Coors Brewery.  Not having visited a major brewery before, I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun we had.  Upon arrival to tour the Coors Brewery, you have to park in a particular parking lot and stand in line for a shuttle bus which takes you to the visitors entrance.  Fortunately it was a beautiful day, which made the 45 minute wait quite lovely (I'm trying to incorporate 'lovely' more into my daily language, because after all, it IS a lovely word)...at any rate, upon arrival to the visitors entrance, you get your group photo taken (or solo photo if you happen to be alone), then continue on to specific stops in the brewery, ending in the tasting room, where of course you have to make your way into the gift shop.  The tour is free, in the tasting room you get three full glasses of beer, and everything I looked at in the gift shop seemed quite affordable. I highly recommend the Coors Brewery tour excursion. I will definitely go back.

After our Coors tour, we proceed into downtown Golden where we visited a couple local retailers and ate a late lunch at Woody's Wood Fired Pizza & Watering Hole, a local favorite since 1993.  Woody's has a full menu, where once again I had a spectacular BBQ sandwich.  My crew decided on the pizza and salad bar, which was also quite amazing.  Woody's has a great atmosphere and our initial waiter made us feel right at home and was on top of things - he was lovely; unfortunately for us we arrived just before shift change and he had to leave us.  You definitely need to check out Woody's if you're ever in the area - and remember, shop local.

Continuing our live music endeavor, we went to support our friends Cole & Kendra Porter of Porter Union from Springfield, Missouri.  They played an acoustic show at the Lions Lair on Colfax Avenue in Denver.  ANYTIME you get the chance to see Porter Union, you should take it - you will not be disappointed.  Be sure and check out their new tracks by visiting their website, www.theporterunion.com; also, be sure and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@PorterUnion)...additionally, FYI - you can create a Porter Union station on your favorite music streaming service.

With the perfect ending to our 36 hours in Denver, this gang will definitely be back…sooner rather than later, actually.

See you in March, Colorado!

Photo by Kait Herzog on Unsplash

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