Monday, August 31, 2015

Interesting piece of Colfax Memorabilia

Scarce tintype photo and frame pin promoting Schuyler Colfax during his 1868 presidential campaign. Schuyler was not successful in his bid for the Republican nomination but accepted the Vice Presidential spot under Ulysses S. Grant. Original and interesting piece of Colfax memorabilia.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Trey Anastasio coming to The Fillmore Auditorium

Fillmore Auditorium
Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 6:30 pm 

To celebrate the release of Paper Wheels, Trey Anastasio Band will embark on a short fall tour, kicking off with a two night stand at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on Oct 16th and 17th.  The tour will then travel to the west coast and resume with two sold out shows at Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. The tour will conclude with a two night run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver.

Tickets for all shows will be available through a real time pre-sale beginning Thursday, August 27th at Noon ET and ending Wednesday, September 2nd at 5:00pm ET at  

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Thursday, September 3rd.  Please visit for specific on sale dates and times.

Paper Wheels, the new album from Trey Anastasio is now available for pre-order at Trey’s store and Phish Dry-Goods. The album will be released on October 30th on Rubber Jungle Records/ATO Records. Recorded at The Barn and inspired by the immediacy of Stax-era recordings, Trey Anastasio recorded the songs live, often in one or two takes. Paper Wheels was co-produced by Bryce Goggin and Trey, and mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison).

Paper Wheels will be offered as a deluxe limited edition that will include 180 gram 45 RPM 2x LP splatter vinyl and a die cut gatefold package with six unique sleeves. Only 4,000 of these special packages will be manufactured. A CD format and t-shirt bundles are also available for pre-order. A pre-order is now available at Trey’s store and Phish Dry Goods.

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745 – 3000. 

Tickets are $42.50 GA plus applicable service charges.
There is a 4 ticket limit.

The Fillmore box office is open Monday - Friday from 12:00 Noon - 6:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  On days of Fillmore shows, the box office is open from 12:00 Noon – 9:00pm.  The box office accepts cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express – No checks!  Service charges may apply. 


Ages 16+
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Old Capitol Building

Photo courtesy the Denver Public Library Western History Collection

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Schuy's Our Guy!

Schuyler (pronounced "Sky-lar") Colfax, was elected Vice President under Ulysses S. Grant in 1868.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Colfax History: Landes Restaurant

Lande's of Denver – "A Restaurant for the Discriminating" – was located at 3130 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver. It is likely that these rooms changed names over time, but at one time or another, Lande's featured a Rose Room, a Blue Room, a Jade Room, a Gold Room, La Ri Ka Room, a Jungle Room and "The Famous Cock & Bull Room."

The luxurious La Ri Ka Room in Lande's Restaurant, once located at Colfax Avenue & Steele Street.

An undated menu advertised that it had been in business for "over 23 years." According to "Lost Restaurants of Denver," in 1961, Lande's became the Golden Ox, a Kansas City restaurant with multiple locations. Even if that menu was printed in 1960 – ostensibly Lande's last year – the restaurant would have opened in the late 1930s. However, it seemed to have been especially popular in the 1950s.

The location is now an apartment building.

The Cock & Bull Room in Lande's Restaurant

Monday, August 24, 2015

303 Boards crowned winner of first Dew Tour Shop Showdown


Let's celebrate with a huge sale!

With your help and votes, we took the title for the first ever Dew Tour Shop Showdown! To show our gratitude here is a huge sale!

From Friday Aug. 21st through Monday Aug. 31st. All Clothing, Shoes, and accessories with be BUY ONE GET ONE 1/2 OFF, BUY TWO GET ONE FREE! All items are mix and match, so stock up on pants, shirts, shoes, and a backpack. Sale items included too!
Dew Tour Shop Showdown Interview: 303 Boards

Check out our interview on the Transworld Skate website, and be on the look out for a shop profile in the next issue of Transworld SKATEboarding along with an Afternoon In The Park edit.

Also be sure to check out our website:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Retro Colfax: Tiki Kai Lounge

Why o' why did they tear down Tiki Kai? Formerly at 4151 E. Colfax Avenue.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Multiverse opening at DAVA September 11


This exhibition explores different interpretations of the idea of Multiverse. Through sculpture, wearable robotics, films and drawings, DAVA youth analyzed and imagined different universes through art. Videos by guest artist Evan Mann complete the exhibit. The exhibit opens September 11th with an opening reception from 4 to 7:30 pm. The exhibit will be open to the public until November 18th, 2015. DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) is located at 1405 Florence St., one block south of East Colfax in the Aurora Cultural Arts District.

Interpreting the idea of Multiverse in different ways, groups of DAVA middle school students created wearable robotics as survival outfits for another time or space while others created a large sculpture of a tree to represent an ecosystem blending life forms, black holes and vegetation. Younger students in the studio imagined their own planets and what would be on them, they drew imaginary microcosms and macrocosms and learned to draw mandalas to represent the different spheres of a Multiverse. High school students created hybrid or science fiction versions of other worlds.

Short films produced by DAVA Job Training students with Professor Geoffrey Chadwick at the Colorado Film School explore the theme of transformation through documentaries, fiction and animation. The films range from documentaries about gender and religious topics to animations about change of scale and ethnicity.

Guest artist Evan Mann shared his works with students during a presentation. In his videos, he explores common materials including cotton balls and q-tips to create scenery or wearable outfits from another world. The videos combine elements from animation, performance and sculpture.

The students’ short films will be on view in the gallery during the duration of the exhibit with a special screening during the opening. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday or by appointment. For more information, please e-mail

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with youth as its primary focus. For more information about our programs, visit, or call DAVA at 303 367 5886. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Before the Satire, there was Sugie's Lounge

Sammy "Sugie" Sugarman, obviously an ex-Football Player, renamed his bar from Sugie's Lounge to The Satire in 1960 and hired the Smothers Brothers (who rented the apartment above the lounge) to entertain. (courtesy The Denver Eye).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

11th Annual The Last Waltz Revisited

Fillmore Auditorium
November 25 – Thanksgiving Eve
Showtime 8:00 pm / Doors 7:00 pm

Come join us to make this year’s Last Waltz celebration better than ever and to ensure the success of the holiday canned food/desired items drive for the Denver Rescue Mission

          Culminates a canned food/desired hygiene items drive for the Denver Rescue Mission.

          FREE Special Artwork Poster with a Donation of Canned Food Items. Bring cans to the Venue Day of Show and receive the Special Poster.

          Portion of Proceeds to Benefit the Denver Rescue Mission.

The 11th Annual Last Waltz - Revisited will be held at the historic Fillmore Auditorium. This event showcases members of Polytoxic together with 50+ musicians from across Colorado.  This show has become an annual tradition, bringing the community together to kick-off the holiday season. The musicians will perform the music of The Band and recreate their historical performance, The Last Waltz. To celebrate the last 11 years, they have added special guests and additional songs from years past.

Back in 2005, Denver's number one jam band, Polytoxic, wanted to put on a show that could showcase all the great local musicians they had been playing with for the past few years. They decided to re-enact The Band's The Last Waltz, a concert film by Martin Scorsese from 1978 of The Band's last performance that included all of that era's greatest musicians - Eric Clapton, Dr John, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.

The show was held at Dulcinea's in Denver's Capitol Hill area on May 25, 2005, and Polytoxic planned on it being a fun little show that would garner a little bit of interest. It sold out in minutes, surprising the band and fans alike, and became the biggest show they had ever thrown.  So big, in fact, they decided to do it again in 2005, this time on the night before Thanksgiving at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom.

Polytoxic's The Last Waltz - Revisited immediately went from a "fun little" idea at a small venue to one of the biggest events of the year. It has become an annual tradition, playing to sold-out capacity crowds.

The Last Waltz culminates the official Holiday Canned Food and Desired Hygiene Items Drive that benefits the Denver Rescue Mission. With the support of Anthony’s Pizza, YellowDog Printing & Graphics, KBCO and The Westword, they are again reaching out and seeking to give back to the community by supporting the Denver Rescue Mission. In addition, they will be working with KBCO and the Denver Rescue Mission on a VIP Dinner with the band.  There will be a limited number of tickets available for this Dinner with The Band VIP Package.

They will donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to the Denver Rescue Mission and they will give any fan that brings canned food items to the venue (on the day of the show) a FREE Special Artwork Poster.

They invite you to share this special night with their musical family and participate in their efforts to collect as many cans of food and desired items as possible for The Denver Rescue Mission to assist needy families during this Holiday Season. So get out and support the 11th Annual Last Waltz – revisited.

We hope you will join us for the 11th year of a musical event that not only supports a worthy cause but has become a family affair.

Please get your tickets early as the show has sold-out every year in the past!

Polytoxic and The Last Waltz – Revisited have been honored to win the following awards in the past:

Best Live Music Showcase 2005 / The Best (local) Concert, 2006 /
Best Live Music Showcase 2006
- Denver Westword Magazine

Best Jamband 2006
- Marquee Magazine

at the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, online at or call 800 – 745-3000.

Tickets are $25.00 GA ADV and $30.00 GA DOS plus applicable service charges.   

Limited VIP Dinner with the Band tickets:  $50 available via
For Private Box seating and other VIP ticket option information, please call (303) 837-1024. 


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Nightwolf is hosting an open stage every Wednesday night starting at 7:30pm until 10:30pm. Sign up at 7:00 pm. Friendly and non-judgmental. Blues, 60's Rock or any music of your choosing.

Everyone including bands are welcome. We provide P.A. system, amps and a drum kit. Bring axes, sticks and voices! Hope to see you there on Wednesday!

8707 West Colfax Avenue in Lakewood

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Weicker Depository

Folks were asking what building that was in one of yesterday's Colfax shots, so here it is, the Weicker Transfer & Storage building, designed 1925 by Fisher & Fisher. Lower walls are clad with Travertine marble.

From Masonry of Denver's website:

If you drive east on Colfax Avenue past Capitol Hill, you might come across a Florentine, Italian-Renaissance Revival style tower that looks completely out of place.  Not only is it taller than all of its neighbors, but its style is unlike anything in Denver.

This building at East Colfax and Vine Street was built as a warehouse for the Weicker Transfer and Storage Company in 1925.  Known as the Weicker Depository, it was designed by architects William E. and Arthur A. Fischer [pdf].  According to Thomas J. Noel’s book, Buildings of Colorado, the Weicker Depository was so admired upon its completion that it was written up in Architectural Record and in Western Architect and Engineer.


The two-story base of the building is clad with travertine, most likely Colorado travertine.  The stone is heavily soiled and has been painted over with a gray-colored paint along the base, making the building look incredibly run down.  But most of the building’s original steel windows remain at the base and upper floors, and you can still see many of the original wrought-iron railings and window grilles.


Travertine is an interesting material.  It is made of calcium carbonate, like limestone and marble, but it is formed when calcium carbonate layers build up in hot springs.  If you can picture the thermal pools at Yellowstone that have those ‘terraces’ of white or yellowish deposits – you’re watching travertine being created.  It eventually forms into a stone once the hot spring disappears and the layers cool and compress.  Travertine often has a highly porous and rippled texture due to the decay of algae and other bacteria that die when the calcium carbonate layers cool to form stone.  You can see the highly porous stone and the rippled texture more clearly in the photo above.

The upper stories of the Weicker Depository are clad with red brick laid in a really odd pattern known as Monk bond.  It has two stretcher bricks followed by a header brick, all in a repeating pattern.  It is a very old fashioned style of brick coursing that is more common in Europe than it is here in the States.  Note also the corbelled brick used to create the projecting arches at the eighth floor, and the crenelation at the parapet.


The entire building resembles a watered-down version of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, minus the bell tower, of course.

The Weicker Depository has little changed over the past ninety years, as you can see from this 1926 advertisement in The Rotarian.  A few doors have been removed from the ground floor, and their openings infilled with masonry.  But otherwise, it is largely intact.  (N.B.: The 1926 Rotary convention was held in Downtown Denver, so the May 1926 issue of The Rotarian contains numerous advertisements for Denver buildings and businesses. It’s worth a look, if you’re interested in old advertisements.  You can access it via Google Books here.)

The Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection has a wonderful photograph of the base of the Weicker Depository taken in 1928.  I cannot include the photo itself for copyright reasons, but if you click on the link you’ll notice the wonderful lanterns between each shallow, Gothic-inspired ogee arch at the ground floor.  There was even a cast metal (probably bronze or brass) clock mounted to the corner of the building!  The base of the Weicker Depository certainly looks much better than it does today in its incarnation as a self-storage facility.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Schuyler Colfax expert to host lecture as part of Lincoln Exhibition

Posted: Aug 11, 2015 11:31 AM MST Updated: Aug 11, 2015 11:31 AM MST
Photo Courtesy Studebaker National Museum  
Photo Courtesy Studebaker National Museum
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -A local expert on Schuyler Colfax will host a lecture called The Lives of Schuyler Colfax and Abraham Lincoln at the Studebaker National Museum on August 19 at 1:30 p.m.The lecture will be presented by Ann Leonard as part of the museum's exhibition Lincoln’s Final Journey: A Nation Mourns which continues through October 31.

The lecture will be at the museum's Wiekamp Auditorium.

Leonard is an affiliated scholar at Indiana University South Bend. She will discuss how South Bend's Schuyler Colfax’s life intersected with that of President Abraham Lincoln.
Tickets are $2 or free to Studebaker National Museum members.

Click here for more information about the Studebaker National Museum

Friday, August 14, 2015

Scene on Colfax: Faithless

You may recognize the location on the cover of the band Faithless' second album, Sunday 8pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Taylor's Supper Club

Taylor's Supper Club was a hot spot on West Colfax Avenue, known for great food and live entertainment. Established in the 1950's by Sam Toole, they hosted many different entertainers from around the country, including The Lettermen, Kay Ballard and Chet Atkins. This is a collection of short films of the very popular house band favorites,"The Taylor's," starring Buddy Greene, Kenny Smith and Frankie Burg. Enjoy! (courtesy Scott Greene)

The Taylors Supper Club building is still there at 7000 W. Colfax as the Lakewood Endoscopy Center. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy 50th Birthday, Emick’s Auto Service!

And many thanks to owner Dave Emick, who played a leadership role in the Fax Partnership and the new Colfax Mayfair BID over the past 10 years. If you pass the flower planters on the Colfax medians, give a honk for Dave—he plants and waters them every year. Emick’s offers a full range of auto repair services—at Colfax and Jasmine Street.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats coming to Twist & Shout

From the Jimmy Fallon Show to Colfax...if you missed their standing ovation, soul shakin' S.O.B., check THIS out!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Live at Twist and Shout
on Thursday, August 20th at 6pm.

Pre-Purchase the new self-titled album by Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats at Twist and Shout for a wristband to this performance and autograph signing. We will have the CD and LP available the day before it is out nationally (8/21). Pre-sales start now, please be sure to ask a cashier.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will bear the iconic logo of Stax Records, because at certain moments Rateliff seems to be channeling soul greats like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. This will be a soul-stirring performance, so don’t miss out!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats is Rateliff (vocals, guitar), Joseph Pope III (guitar), Patrick Meese (drums) and Mark Shusterman (keyboard).

Twist & Shout Records - 2508 E Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80206

Thursday, August 20
at 6:00pm - 6:30pm

Band Website:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

West Colfax Mural Fest 2015 Photos

Photos by Jonny Barber
Mural Artist Daniel Chavez
Artist Kate Anderson
Muralist David Ocelotl Garcia
Muralist David Ocelotl Garcia

Sculpture by Gamma Space Art

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Reimagine West Colfax

Re-imagine West Colfax is a one-day community celebration and demonstration that will test out creative redesigns that make Colfax more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, including enhanced crosswalks, median refuges, wider sidewalks, small pop-up parks along Colfax, and several types of bike lanes that allow riders to test what it feels like to ride on each. All of these features will be paired with food, music, art and beer. In addition to helping with set-up and tear-down of the event, we need volunteers to host various activity stations throughout the day, including parklets and “Tour de Donut” bike stations. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and refreshments!

To sign up for a shift, visit

For more information about the event, visit

Friday, August 7, 2015

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Colfax Mayfair Streetscape Improvement Project

Now's your chance to tell their streetscape design team what you think of the plan alternatives for the Colfax Mayfair Business District. August 7th, from 5:30 – 7:30pm @ Marczyk’s Burger Night (Colfax & Fairfax). Visit their webpage for more information.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Crowd is loud on Colfax tonight

by Jonny Barber

The crowd is loud on Colfax tonight

The impossibly hip are doing alright

First highway running coast to coast

East to West, On the Road

If it happens at all, it’ll be on the Fax

It’ll be the most, just don't step on the cracks

Corridors of power to the homeless

And those boys that work in the mine

Won’t look for long to find a great time

Goddess of the dawn comes in from the East

To the mountains of the west where her soul is released

We make our way on the nation’s longest commercial street

Exploring the haunts of Kerouac and the Beats

You'll find what you need, old and new

You’ll find it all on the Avenue

What is she to you?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Colfax is for Lovers

Photo by Jonny Barber
Colfax is for Lovers, not just paying customers...