Blues fusion guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will make a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 5.
Ever since 2010, when Gary Clark Jr. wowed audiences with electrifying live sets everywhere from the Crossroads Festival to Hollywood’s historic Hotel Café, his modus operandi has remained crystal clear: “I listen to everything…so I want to play everything.” The revelation that is the Austin-born virtuoso guitarist, vocalist and songwriter find him just as much an amalgamation of his myriad influences and inspirations.
There are a handful of folks who have informed for the mélange of genres and styles, which comprise the genius of Clark. One is Michael Jackson. It was on a Denver stop of MJ’s Bad Tour where a four-year-old Gary’s life was altered after witnessing The King of Pop. By the sixth grade, Clark would own his first set of strings. As a teen, Clark began making a local name by jamming with adult musicians around nearby clubs. He struck a balance by singing in the church choir with his sisters. That gritty & sweet combination imbues the honey-thick soul that oozes from his vocals today.
The upcoming concert in September will be the popular guitar player and singer’s first gig back at Red Rocks since appearing at the outdoor venue alongside The Avett Brothers back in July of 2016. Tickets are on sale here.
Drop through the sky at 125 mph, zip through the treeline, or test your driving skills in a Lamborghini Superleggera Gallardo. No matter what you choose it’ll likely make your heart pump faster and send adrenaline surging through your veins for quite the rush. Feel like giving it a go? If so, check out these three companies near Denver that’ll feed the inner adrenaline junkie inside you.
There’s a reason why Mile-Hi Skydiving is the top-ranked skydiving company in Colorado. They are the largest facility in the state, possess a full-time fleet of jet-prop aircraft that sees 35,000 jumps made annually and they take jumpers to an altitude of 17,500′ for one hell of a freefall. And the best part is that Mi-High is only 35-minutes from Denver.
First timers can look forward to a Tandem Fun Jump which will include preflight training and briefing, all equipment, a one-way plane ride, approximately one minute of freefall, a five-minute parachute ride with a professional nationally licensed instructor, and the experience of a lifetime.
Check out their prices here.
Oxotic puts drivers behind the wheel of cars people dream of owning including Lamborghinis, a Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsches, and a Mercedes AMG GTS. Drivers also choose from five “rally style” tours ranging from a 15-mile canyon curving drive to 105-mile five, 1,000 curves, 4 hours supercharged experience.
Check out their different packages and prices here.
The Cliffside Idaho Springs Zipline course sends people zipping 2,360 feet through paths of trees and soaring cliffs complete with drops and an exciting ride above of Chicago Creek. Visitors can also enjoy the 600-foot Dual Race Line and a 50-foot cliffside free fall.
Prices and packages can be found here.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of catching legendary blues musician Jimmy “Duck” Holmes on stage singing about “moonshine whiskey when I’m dry,” and “must have been the devil that changed your mind.” As I sat tapping my foot to that Bentonian style of playing he’s known for, it got me thinking. Where can I find blues music in Denver? Well, here are three great joints to try.
Don’t worry about missing a show here. Live music happens every night of the week.
El Chapultepec’s history runs deep. It has stood on the corner of 20th and Market since 1933 making it Denver’s oldest jazz and blues club. Jack Kerouac and his beat generation crew spent a lot of time slumped in the booths back in 1952 and musicians such as Count Basie, Doc Severinsen, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis have all played here.
Rated as Denver’s Best Jazz club by Westword Magazine for 15 years running.
Dazzle is a true Jazz Supper Club and staple in today’s Denver arts scene. Now located in the historic Baur’s building between 16th Street Mall and the Denver Performing Arts Center, Dazzle is distinguished as being a part of the “Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World” by Downbeat Magazine.
Herb’s is a musician-owned and run venue with a passion for great live music.
Located in the heart of Denver’s LoDo scene at 2057 Larimer Street, Herb’s is a vintage bar full of history welcoming everyone from twenty-somethings looking for incredible cocktails to music enthusiasts wanting live music from some of the best talent Denver has to offer.
We love Denver. You love Denver. But we can also agree that it’s nice to get away from city life for a weekend trip or maybe even a longer vacation and simply relax. If you’re in need of such a break, check out these amazing places in Central America and the Carribean you can visit with a flight out of DIA via Southwest Airlines.
Cabo San Lucas
Live music at Cabo Wabo Cantina, spectacular weather, beautiful scenery, ocean water, surfing, and plenty of beaches to soak up some sun. Sure it’s a popular spring break getaway, but they’re not there all the time so it’s still easy to relax, hang with some locals, or head to the coves and rock formations of the Cannery beaches.
Puerto Vallarta is the perfect coastal city getaway along Mexico’s western shores. Here you can take a stroll along Malecon boardwalk, dine on wonderful local food, walk and ship the cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta, sip tequila, find yourself on an exciting ATV tour, or even dive in the warm waters of the Bay of Banderas.
Liberia and San Jose are both wonderful places to start your Costa Rica adventure. A stay in Liberia means modern churches, an authentic colonial atmosphere, rich history, and the gateway to white sand beaches. San Jose, or “Chepe,” as locals call it, is the modern hub for Costa Rican culture including chic cafés, shopping, dining, and a growing craft beer scene. To get away from it all, take the scenic drive to Playa Flamingo for a slower pace, sailing tours, small local restaurants, spectacular beaches, warm waters, and stunning sunsets.
Just look at the picture above and you’ll see why Punta Cana is one of the best places to visit in the Carribean. Whether it’s lounging on the beach all day, waterfall repelling, zip lining, or hitting any number of the upscale restaurants and bars, this Dominican Republic gem will not let you down.
Want more locations? Check out this interactive map for additional Southwest Airlines routes.
If you love running, bubbles, brews, and an endurance challenge, it’s time to lace up your shoes for these fun events coming up on the calendar.
July 28 | Great Lawn Park Lowry – 101 N Yosemite Street, Denver CO, 80230 | Heat# 1: 8:00 AM
If you’ve done a traditional 5K, you know they can be a bit lackluster. But the Bubble Run is like running through three miles of Willy Wonka’s factory of family fun. Waves start every 3-5 minutes. Then, at each kilometer, participants will run through the Foam Bogs where there is enough colored foam to cover you from head to toe!
August 11 | Odyssey Beerwerks – 5535 West 56th Ave. #107, Arvada, CO | Cost: $35
Rocky Mountain Brew runs brings together what runners and athletes of all shapes, sizes, ages and levels love: Beer and running! Join the social fun run along the flat and fast Ralston Creek Trail. Finish with an ice cold brew, delicious grub from a local food truck, live music, and fun games. This brew run includes a free Odyssey brew, fun coaster, custom pint glass and more giveaways from our sponsors and partners!
August 25 | Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, Colorado | Prices vary per event
Come run in one of the biggest endurance sporting events of the summer, the Boulder Sunset Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K & 5K Run. Race alongside more than one thousand athletes from across the west and finish to an amazing post-race party.
The glass case was nearly empty. Gone were the Danish, bread, croissants, and a good portion of the cakes I’d read about only an hour ago. Disappointment set in quickly and the clerk at the counter noticed right away.
“I’m sorry,” he said with a polite shrug. “We had a pretty busy day and went through just about everything. I would suggest the Monte-Cristo Croissant, though. We have a couple of those left.”
What was I going to do? Say no? Sure we made the mistake of showing up at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Saturday but I wasn’t going away on an empty stomach. The Rolling Pin Bakeshop is supposed to be the place to go for authentic French pastries in Denver.
“I’ll take one.”
My wife decided on one of the last raisin rolls, warmed to perfection just as she likes it.
“I better try one of those iced mochas, too,” I added. “I’m a sucker for caffeine.”
In between making the coffee, plating my Monte-Cristo, and handing the raisin roll directly to my wife, the clerk mentioned we should definitely come back tomorrow morning.
“Our croissants are made from scratch,” he said very matter of fact. “They have 81 layers and take three days to make right here in the shop. They’re worth coming back for.”
I have to admit, this was my first Monte-Cristo and everything from the flaky crust and tender ham to the swiss cheese, raspberry preserves, and powdered sugar held its flavor so late in the day. I even managed to get a small bite of the raisin roll before it was devoured. Delicious. All of it. Iced mocha included. So if you’re in Five Points, head straight into The Rolling Pin because they’ve definitely managed to bring the taste of France to this historic streetcorner. In fact, I’ll be heading there this weekend and likely trying one of everything, especially the key lime pie. I’ll never turn that down.