Monday, May 30, 2016

Brave Bull Buffet, 1965

Courtesy Aurora History Museum
The Brave Bull Mexican Buffet was located at 8975 E. Colfax Avenue, between Yosemite and Akron on Colfax. It opened in the mid 1960s.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cottonwood Motel, 1908

Cottonwood Motel on East Colfax Avenue in A-Town (Original Aurora), 1908 - courtesy Aurora History Museum

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Every Which Way But Loose at Zanza Bar

Scene at the Zanza Bar on Colfax Avenue in Aurora, Colorado from the Clint Eastwood movie "Every Which Way But Loose".

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colfax Throwbax: The Aladdin Theater

Truly a $10 Broadway Show for only 50 cents! Denver's most distinctively beautiful theater, now a Walgreen's.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fitzsimons Army Hospital Theater

Colfax in Aurora hosted some big name stars in this theater on the Fitzsimons Army Hospital campus...Bob Hope was a regular!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Retro Colfax: Riviera Motel

Very cool postcard from the Riviera Motel, 1960s. This was around the time Frank Sinatra stayed there on his way through town.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Freddie's Lounge

Found an old t-shirt from Freddie's Lounge, a great live music joint once at 6300 West Colfax Avenue.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Aurora Community Church, 1925

Aurora Community Church, East Colfax Avenue and Fulton Street, 1925. (courtesy Aurora History Museum)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond, 1958

The Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond was designed by sculptor Robert Garrison in 1922 as part of the Voorhies Memorial. John E. Voorhies was a banker who made his wealth in the early mining days. He funded the memorial which was located across from his home at 1425 Cleveland. The structure was designed by William Ellsworth and Arthur Addison Fisher to resemble the Water Gateway at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Bob Dylan recorded at the Motel DeVille on Colfax?!

Bob Dylan spent a lot of time on Colfax, even beyond the days of one of his very first early gigs, ever, at the Satire Lounge when he was only 19. I came across this bootleg today, recorded with Robbie Robertson at the Motel DeVille at 3:00am on March 13, 1966. (650 West Colfax Ave., Room 102).

Bob Dylan - Motel de Ville
Room 102
Denver, CO
3 AM

01 Most Probably van Gogh #1            00:56
02 Most Probably van Gogh #2            04:25
03 Most Probably van Gogh #3            00:33
04 Most Probably van Gogh #4            01:03
05 Most Probably van Gogh #5            02:21
06 Most Probably van Gogh #6            02:19
07 Most Probably van Gogh #7            00:48
08 Don't Tell Him #1                            01:08
09 Don't Tell Him #2                            03:15
10 If You Want My Love                     04:53
11 Just Like a Woman #1                    00:21
12 Just Like a Woman #2                    05:10
13 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #1        02:06
14 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #2        01:23
15 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #3        05:25
16 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #4        02:05
17 Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands #5        02:33

Rooms reserved for Ashes & Sand, Inc
Room 102: Bob Dylan
Room 104: Robbie Robertson [Jaime Royal Klegerman]
Room 108: Robert Shelton [Robert Shapiro]

Bob Dylan: vocals, acoustic guitar
Robbie Robertson [Jaime Royal Klegerman]: acoustic guitar

taper: Robert Shelton
lineage: Reel-to-reel (3 3/4 ips, 1 7/8) >
3-inch reels

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Crazy Stan the Used Car Man

Crazy Stan the Used Car Man, East Colfax, 1974 (Courtesy Save the Signs)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Hotel Tours and State Capitol

The elegant Hotel Tours by the Colorado State Capitol, 1900s. Stately rooms going for 75 cents and up! (Image courtesy the Colfax Museum)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

DAVA Monster!

DAVA Monster in the Courtyard (Photo by Jonny B.)
DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) provides arts education programs for urban youth ages 3 to 17 in Original Aurora, Colorado.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Denver's Centennial Pioneer Village

To commemorate Denver's Centennial (1859-1959) this Pioneer Village was erected and depicts a striking contrast against Denver's City and County Building.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Slayer coming to The Fillmore October 10th, 2016

Special Guests ANTHRAX and DEATH ANGEL
Fillmore Auditorium
October 10
Showtime 7:30 pm / Doors 6:30 pm


Slayer, with Special Guest Anthrax and Death Angel, will join forces this fall for a seven week North American beat down.  The dates start in Cleveland on September 9 and will hit both major and secondary markets across the continent. The Slayer Fan Club Presale starts Tuesday, May 10, and the general on-sale begins this Friday, May 13 at 10:00AM local time.  For all ticket purchasing and VIP packages details, log onto

Said Slayer's Kerry King, "It’s always super fun for us to tour with Anthrax.  Frank is one of my best friends in the biz!!  Put that together with Death Angel, and fans will probably see the best package this year.  See you there!”

Fans will hear their favorite Slayer songs from the band's 30-year plus discography, as well as a few of the newer songs from Repentless, named "The Metal Album of the Year" by Guitar World.  Slayer and Anthrax stormed through Europe together last fall, amassing a string of sensational live reviews, so North American fans, this will be a night of metal music that should not be missed.

"We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante.  "Two of the Big Four - now that's a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!"

Added Mark Osegueda from Death Angel, "We are thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing North American touring package.  Slayer/Anthrax/Death Angel - it just looks, sounds and feels right.  This will be Death Angel's first-ever tour with Slayer, something we've hungered for our entire career.  And we will bring that hunger to the stage every night, so get there early because this will be a show not to be missed; from the first note of the night until the very last! Metal is alive, hungry, thriving, and coming for you!”

For more than three decades, Slayer's onslaught has proven the band to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet, the band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to. The two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with "Best..." awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!SPINMetal HammerRevolver, and Esquire.  Throughout Slayer's history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and, unlike many of its contemporaries who "commercialized" their sound, Slayer has remained crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream.  Slayer's founding member, guitarist Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since.  Paul Bostaph, who was Slayer's drummer from '94 - '01, has rejoined bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and guitarist Kerry King, and is back behind the kit.  

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band's 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band's career.  The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for two high-concept and brutal music videos for the album's "Repentless" and then for "You Against You."                          

In 2016, Anthrax is celebrating its 35th anniversary as a band with the release of one of the year's most-anticipated metal/thrash albums, For All Kings. 
The eleven-song crusher that the band's drummer Charlie Benante has described as "aggressive and super-thrashy," was written by Benante, bassist Frank Bello and rhythm guitarist Scott Ian, the dynamic triumvirate whose unique composition chemistry is, in part, what sets Anthrax's music apart from other bands' in the same genre.  Add to that Joey Belladonna's breathtaking vocals and the searing guitar leads by newest member Jonathan Donais, and it's no wonder the band has been so excited about its 11th studio album.  The track “Breathing Lightening,” currently a Top 40 track at rock radio, with its made-for-radio, classic Joey Belladonna melodic, hooky vocals, is Anthrax at its best.  Check the song out here:

Over its 35-year career, Anthrax has been a pioneering band with its unique style, sound and heavy brand of thrash metal, and, as Metallica's Kirk Hammett put it, "one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands."  The band has sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans.  From the race and genre barriers Anthrax helped break down in 1988 when they collaborated with Public Enemy on "Bring The Noise," to becoming a card-carrying member of The Big Four - with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth - as one of the four bands that defined the speed/thrash metal genre, to being the first metal band to have its music heard on Mars when NASA played "Got The Time" to wake up the Mars Rover, Anthrax continues to demonstrate it's just all about the music.

Three decades into their celebrated career, Death Angel remain as hungry as ever.  As a result, uncompromising urgency and unpredictability define the Bay Area thrash quintet’s eighth full-length album, The Evil Divide [Nuclear Blast]. The group—Mark Osegueda [vocals], Rob Cavestany [lead guitar], Ted Aguilar [guitar], Will Carroll [drums], and Damien Sisson [bass]—satiate the appetite for buzzsaw speed riffs, double bass mayhem, and scorching vocals over the course of ten new anthems. The Evil Divide stands out as the culmination of thirty-plus years of music for Death Angel  It kicked off with legendary debut, The Ultra-Violence, in 1987. The classic Frolic Through The Park began to cement their legacy and even earned the distinction of landing on Loudwire’s list of the “Top Ten Thrash Albums NOT Released by The Big 4.” The group broke up following 1990’s Act III only to reunite in 2004 on Art of Dying for the next generation.

Death Angel will release their eighth studio album, The Evil Divide, worldwide on May 27, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded once again at AudioHammer studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, Deicide), who previously worked on 2010's Relentless Retribution and 2013's The Dream Calls For Blood.  Mastering duties were handled by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.  Artwork was created by tattoo artist Bob Tyrrell.
at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 – 3000.

Tickets are $35.00 GA ADV and $40.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

DAVA Annual Fundraiser on May 11th

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Celebrates Students
at their Annual Fundraiser

Local nonprofit honors positive youth outcomes through its
arts education programming

DAVA is hosting its annual spring fundraiser on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. A cocktail hour will be followed by dinner and a program where the theme is Pathways to the Future. DAVA students will present their own self-produced short films, model paper fashions that they created, and receive awards. The Museum’s Gems and Minerals Exhibit will be open to guests.

DAVA recently completed the renovation and expansion of their facility. With 8300 square feet of dedicated arts education capacity, DAVA will be celebrating the accomplishments of youth and the possibilities this highly functioning arts building brings to the kids in our community.

About Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

Founded in 1993, Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) has been building community through the arts for over two decades. By providing a safe learning environment for youth ages three to 17, DAVA programs reinforce 21st century life skills, build self-esteem, and connect youth to the community.

DAVA represents a unique combination of arts education and youth development, demonstrating how quality arts programming during after-school hours form a critical framework for long-term youth success. Each year, DAVA programs impact approximately 1,400 young people and support the programming of partner organizations. DAVA is as an anchor in the Aurora community, contributing to the development of a creative workforce and preparing young people for lifelong success. Visit for more information.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Denver Tramway stop in Civic Center Park, 1920s

View of a waiting shelter at a Denver Tramway street car stop in Civic Center Park at Colfax Avenue and Broadway in the Civic Center neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, 1920s. Flowers are near the wood building. (courtesy Denver Library Western History Collection)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Colfax and Broadway, 1904

Colfax Avenue has a girlfriend...her name is Broadway! Colfax and Broadway, 1904. (courtesy Denver Public Library)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Colorado Cafe

View of the Colorado Cafe at 601 East Colfax Avenue (corner Pearl Street) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, 1990. Features include moss rock cladding. Signs read: "All You Can Eat Pancakes" and "Steak & Eggs $3.39". (Photo by Roger Whitacre)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#SeenOnColfax: Actor James Stewart

Actor James Stewart was in town for the filming of "The Glenn Miller Story" in Denver in 1953, which required some streets to be blocked off and locals hired as extras. This scene is downtown Denver at what is now Civic Center Park area. Denver Post file photo (courtesy Bob Coen).

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Huddle Inn

The Huddle Inn at 7036 East Colfax Avenue in the Montclair neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, in 1976. The one story brick building has a stucco finish on the sides. Large front display windows have been covered in wood panels. The building has glass brick transom windows. A large electric and neon sign is attached to the roof and points into the front door, it has a large martini glass on it and reads "Huddle Inn Food Mixed Drinks." The building was built around 1940. (Courtesy Tom Noel Photo Collection)