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Getting the season off to a bright, beautiful start

Happenings in the metro area


It’s always better to catch your favorite musicians at a concert in a small venue — the smaller the better. It provides a feeling of intimacy, of communing directly with the artist.

One of the best venues in the metro area to see some local artists, and national musicians who are starting to break into the scene, is the Hi-Dive, located at 7 S. Broadway.

At 8 p.m. Nov. 24, the venue is celebrating to simultaneous milestones at its Fifth and 14th Anniversary Party. The concert is in honor of 14 years of the Hi-Dive, and five years under its current ownership.

“When I used to play in punk bands in my teens around Denver, I always said owning and booking my own music venue was my dream job,” said Curtis Wallach, owner of the Hi-Dive. “And it still is, even though the reality of it is far different than I assumed it would be.”

The show features six bands: Ned Garthe Explosion, Sleep Union, Extra Gold, Slynger, Really Good Bad Boy Club and Five Mile Woods.

Their genres are as eclectic as their names imply. Extra Gold is influenced by honky tonk and outlaw country, while Slynger blends surf rock with folk and alternative sounds.

You never know what you’re going to find at the Hi-Dive, and that’s something worth celebrating.

“The bands are indicative of the diversity of Hi-Dive’s overall calendar,” Wallach said. “We love the folks who love us. They’re a great group to party with.”

Support local artists, burgeoning school band

High school marching band is often a first, and all important, foray for budding musicians into live performance, working as a team and honing their craft.

To support the band and color guard programs at Arvada High School, the first annual Arvada Fair for the Band will be held at the school, 7951 W. 65th Ave., from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25.

This fair showcases the handmade arts and crafts of local artists, and used a jurying process to pick the top quality goods for holiday shoppers, as well as student-created pieces. Concessions will be provided by the Band Boosters, which include snacks and meals.

And, you can spend comfortably, knowing that 80 percent of the profits will go directly to the band program.

Check out www.sites.google.com/site/arvadafairfortheband for information.

Sounds of the old country

Some music just like sounds like home, and I’ve always found Irish music sounds like that for me.

If you have a hankering for music from the Emerald Isle, the Irish Christmas in America is making two stops in Broomfield during its 13th season. The performances will be at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road.

Produced by Oisín Mac Diarmada, of award-winning lrish group Téada, the 2017 features the vocals of Séamus Begley and Sligos Niamh Farrell.

This family-friendly performance features Irish ballads, instrumental tunes and authentic Irish dancing, while photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions.

To get your tickets, head to www.brownpapertickets.com.

Swingin’ into the holidays

A lot of the holiday tunes you’re going to hear this time of year tend to skew either toward the spiritual or to the children’s audience.

So, you don’t want to miss the chance to spice up the holidays a little with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party, at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, at the PACE Center, 20000 Pikes Peak Ave. in Parker.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been blending jazz, swing, blues and lounge since the late 1980s.

When they signed with Capitol Records, they started making a name for themselves with listeners all over the world. Their holiday show, which is family friendly, features both holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full-length holiday albums.

For tickets and more information, visit www.parkerarts.org.

A taste of a mountain Christmas

If you’re looking for a sampling of a mountain Christmas without having to brave the weather and traffic on Interstate 70, you’ll enjoy the Farolito Lighting and Pinecone Ceremony in Morrison.

The free outdoor event goes from 4 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 26, at the Tesoro Cultural Center, 19192 Highway 8.

The pinecone ceremony features visitors throwing their cones into a courtyard fire, and then watching as good thoughts and prayers rise into the night sky.

Guests can also sing Christmas carols from the 1830s and 1840s with music students from the Colorado School of Mines, and enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, hot cider and traditional biscochitos.

To cap it all off, the event honors Steve Friesen, executive director of the Buffalo Bill Museum, and author.

For all pertinents, visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org/farolito-lighting-and-pinecone-ceremony.


Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. A community editor with Colorado Community Media, he can be reached creader@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


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