Calling all audiophiles, melophiles, and live music enthusiasts! Denver boasts a vibrant live music scene spanning genres. When you’ve exhausted your Spotify Discovery playlist and need a fix of local musicians and the venues to find them, we’ve got your back. Check out these great Denver live music venues to find your new favorite local musicians.
hi-dive, 7 South Broadway, Denver.
Discover the best local bands and national acts on the cusp of hitting it big at hi-dive. hi-dive features cheap, stiff drinks paired with rad bands you might not hear anywhere else. Many of Denver’s favorite local bands got their start at this intimate bar and have gone on to perform for larger audiences and bigger venues throughout Colorado. Coming up you can check out traveling musician Jeff Crosby as he plays alternative country and rock. For a taste of the local metal scene, head to the hi-dive on April 20 to rock out with Denver’s Space In Time.
Skylark Lounge, 140 South Broadway, Denver.
For plenty of room to dance the night away, head to the Skylark Lounge. This stalwart of the Denver bar and live music scene showcases classic Western and sci-fi movie posters, creating an old school vibe. Formerly known as the place to check out the latest in Rockabilly, the Skylark Lounge has evolved over the last decade to host a broad spectrum of Denver local musicians.
Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 South Broadway, Denver.
What’s even better than checking out live music? Being able to peruse records, too! Mutiny Information Cafe provides music lovers with more than a great lineup of live music since it is also a bookstore, coffee bar, comic book store, and they have pinball. Consider Mutiny Information Cafe your hub for local literature, culture, and live music. The venue hosts intimate shows from a variety of genres including hip-hop, punk, experimental electronic, indie rock, Americana, and avant-garde. Shows are all ages and may be your best bet for discovering local musicians in Denver.
Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street, Denver.
The Mercury Cafe occupied several spaces before settling into their current home back in the ‘90s. In the ‘80s, Denver audiophiles could catch bands like Black Flag before they hit it big. The Merc still hosts live music in the Jungle Room and in the upstairs Dance Hall — and they have one of the best sound systems of any small venue in town. The venue features a variety of entertainment from live music to theater and poetry. Get your jazz fix in the Rose Dining Room and enjoy up and coming indie musicians in the Jungle Room and Dance Hall. You can also get a tarot card reading done while you’re there.
If not already on your list, check out these venues for your new favorite Denver musicians. And, if you’d like more information on arts and culture in the Denver area, check out the TAVA Waters blog.