Sunday, January 10, 2016

36 Hours in Denver

Denver, the capitol of Colorado, home of the 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 must be a very boring person.
Upon arrival to Denver Colorado

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, otherwise known as 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 upgraded rooms and complimentary breakfast.  From the outside it looks like any other La Quinta motel, but our rooms were very updated, clean, and comfortable.  The perfect place for a short-term 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 & the Motorcars.

American Aquarium, an alternative country band from Raleigh, North Carolina includes frontman BJ Barham (vocals/rhythm guitar), Bill Corbin (bass), Ryan Johnson (lead guitar), Whit Wright (pedal steel), Kevin McClain (drums), and Colin Dimeo (lead guitar).  I have now seen American Aquarium three or four times and they never disappoint.  I can't wait to get my hands on their current album, Wolves - VINYL style (I already have it from iTunes on my iPhone).  I saw them 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 & the Motorcars is an alternative Texas country/Red Dirt band formed in Stanley, Idaho before moving to Austin, Texas.  Micky & the Motorcars includes frontman Micky Braun (vocals/acoustic guitar), his brother Gary Braun (guitar), Dustin Schaefer (lead guitar - who is phenomenal, by the way), Bobby Paugh (drums), and Joe Fladger (bass guitar).  I've had the honor of seeing Micky & the Motorcars three or four times within the past few months.  I saw them right around Thanksgiving when they played with Reckless Kelly at Knuckleheads Saloon in Kansas City, Missouri.  Their current live album now available is Across the Pond - Live in Germany.  Their current studio album now available is Hearts From Above.  Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@themotorcars).
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Coors Brewery gift shop

Sunday my crew and I set out for Golden, Colorado to tour the Coors Brewery.  Not having visited a 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) any rate, I highly recommend the Coors Brewery tour in Golden, Colorado.  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.

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 Cole Porter Band from Springfield, Missouri.  They played an acoustic show at the Lions Lair on Colefax Avenue in Denver.  ANYTIME you get the chance to see Cole Porter Band, you should take it - you will not be disappointed.  Be sure and check out their new single 'Doin Just Fine' by visiting their website,; also, be sure and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@ColePorterBand)...additionally, FYI - you can create a Cole Porter Band station on Pandora and enjoy my kind of music!!

With the perfect ending to our 36 hours in Denver, this gang will definitely be back!!

See you next year Denver!!

Denver Colorado

La Quinta Denver Golden

Grizzly Rose

American Aquarium

Micky & the Motorcars

Coors Brewery Tours

Woody's Wood Fired Pizza

Cole Porter Band

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